Malcolm Kantzler

Malcolm Kantzler

Lives in Cincinnati
Joined on Sep 25, 2012

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On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2604 comments in total)

Does anyone know if the Pentax 645 SMC lenses (manual, AF, and Leaf Shutter) will work with this camera with at least Aperture-Priority metering, and if so with adapter, what the adapter is? Those 645 system lenses are beautiful performers and I'd love to be able to use them on a full-frame digital body w/o the expense of a medium-format digital body. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 05:21 UTC as 442nd comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)

I've only owned one Nikon flagship body, my first Nikon, the FTn, and since the F3 they've been too expensive for me, and that's not changing. My advice to Nikon is to not rush and make sure the D5 has no dumb glitches, like the D600 and D750 did, among others. And to anyone who can lay out $5-6K, wait to make sure you don't become a part of the test market for finding glitches that should have been found in quality control.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2015 at 04:41 UTC as 12th comment

I take issue with several of DPReview's portrayals. First, Swift’s Apple letter was anything but “angry.” It was “Taylor,” polite, diplomatic, amicable yet pointed. Second, Swift didn’t threaten to yank 1989 from Apple, she did withhold it.

While I agree with the complaint against Swift’s rights management, I believe she was unaware of the details or the issue, her management people having probably operated on the basis of what’s been industry standard. If I am right, she will be directing appropriate changes. But it should be noted that the use of greatest value, by far, for these types of photos, the first publication, is freely afforded to photographers, even under the strictest of the contracts referenced.

Taylor Swift has truly been a role model for behavior as a celebrity, or as a lady, the opposite of types like Justin Bieber, Charlie Sheen or any of dozens coming to mind. Now that this issue has been raised, it won’t go away and I’m sure Swift will act as her image implies.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 02:29 UTC as 11th comment
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Malcolm Kantzler: It's nice they learned about quicker customer-service response with the D600 manufacturing flaw, but it's not nice that they didn't learn about quality control, as evidenced by the repeat of a manufacturing defect in the rush to release the D750, or that they didn't mention any emphasis on improving the QC process after both disasters.

And they were disasters, because the sense of Nikon off-the-shelf dependability is gone, and after being a victim with the D600 and the D750, I will never buy another new Nikon body until after it's been out long enough to hit its first price reduction. And if I were not a lifetime Nikon user, from when the FTn was the top-line model, and did not have a large lens investment, I would switch to Canon for the next upgrade. As you might guess, I consider the back-to-back QC failures and the way Nikon handled them to be inexcusable!

The shortcomings you mention are indicators of a systemic QC problem and are not inconsequential, but when you highlight product problems of a company, you can't name them all to make a point, so the worst ones are put out there as an example, the ones that have no user-compromise fix, that require the user to go without the product for a repair return, the ones that are all the more grievous because of the category and price of the product. I also never owned the DXXXX cameras, but did own the D600 and do own the D750, so it is to be expected that would also be a reason to single them out.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 02:41 UTC

It's nice they learned about quicker customer-service response with the D600 manufacturing flaw, but it's not nice that they didn't learn about quality control, as evidenced by the repeat of a manufacturing defect in the rush to release the D750, or that they didn't mention any emphasis on improving the QC process after both disasters.

And they were disasters, because the sense of Nikon off-the-shelf dependability is gone, and after being a victim with the D600 and the D750, I will never buy another new Nikon body until after it's been out long enough to hit its first price reduction. And if I were not a lifetime Nikon user, from when the FTn was the top-line model, and did not have a large lens investment, I would switch to Canon for the next upgrade. As you might guess, I consider the back-to-back QC failures and the way Nikon handled them to be inexcusable!

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 03:43 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On article Lightroom 4 Review (469 comments in total)
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Tom Mounsey: No Support for Windows XP means goodbye Adobe for me. I'm sick of being mugged by companies like Adobe and Microsoft milking us every 18 months to stay on their merry-go-rounds.

I also would not write off anything for dropping XP support. XP has problems, and it always has. Further, MS will be dropping support for XP anytime now that 8 is out. It's very expensive for them to support an OS, esp. one that was flawed from day one and is losing what users didn't upgrade to 7 now to 8..or MAC.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 11:00 UTC
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