sandy b

sandy b

Lives in United States Southern Minn, United States
Works as a tech writer
Joined on Jan 4, 2002

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On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (417 comments in total)
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Team Yeti: Every now and then I feel a bit nostalgic and think about picking up an older 35mm SLR body and shooting film...

Then I snap back to reality and remember what a pain it was waiting for prints to be returned, getting film back that was screwed up during processing, negatives that were all scratched up, slides that were out of focus, dust blobs on people's faces, trying to keep rolls safe from summer heat, etc.

Honestly, Fujifilm has done a great job of capturing the shooting with film "feeling", but with modern technology.

I used to be one of those people and have no desire to go "back". Messy, expensive, time consuming. I also have no desire to get a rotary phone, re-buy my LP collection, or give up my remote or the internet.

I have always felt blessed to live at the beginning of the digital age. I understand nostalgia, but love digital. I can create images with more resolution and DR than I ever could. And I love instant gratification. And my VSCO filters.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 14:34 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with Nikon D5600 (322 comments in total)
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Gever: I own D5500 and do not see enough reasons to upgrade to D5600, but generally the concept of an inexpensive, small, light, and very capable SLR with a great sensor, AF system and battery life seems to be a winning combination over current APS-C mirrorless.
I am sure mirroless cameras will be there some day, but today D5xxx is more attractive.

I'm not seeking refuge. Your original statement was that the D5600 was a dumbed down camera with plastic lens that wasn't as good as a M43. I disagreed and you had to drag in my images.
Either camera would be fine for someone just starting out.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 01:20 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with Nikon D5600 (322 comments in total)
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Gever: I own D5500 and do not see enough reasons to upgrade to D5600, but generally the concept of an inexpensive, small, light, and very capable SLR with a great sensor, AF system and battery life seems to be a winning combination over current APS-C mirrorless.
I am sure mirroless cameras will be there some day, but today D5xxx is more attractive.

Personal attack all you want. Still none of the lens have plastic mounts, they are all still excellent lens, and the 24mp sensor in the D5xxx line still tests better for DR, noise and resolution.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 16:48 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with Nikon D5600 (322 comments in total)
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Gever: I own D5500 and do not see enough reasons to upgrade to D5600, but generally the concept of an inexpensive, small, light, and very capable SLR with a great sensor, AF system and battery life seems to be a winning combination over current APS-C mirrorless.
I am sure mirroless cameras will be there some day, but today D5xxx is more attractive.

None of those have plastic mounts and they are all excellent lens. And none of the M43 can match the IQ of the 5600. And probably the AF.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 14:33 UTC
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marike6: Why the outrage? Since film days and medium format cameras dominating the wedding industry are well over, the overwhelming majority of wedding photographers do shoot FF cameras, mostly Canon and Nikon. Of course there are exceptions, but Canikon are the industry standard, and have been since the end of the film era. They have the most complete SLR systems available, they have unrivaled support for things like wireless TTL flash triggers and custom light modifiers like Lightsphere. And crucially, it's much easier to rent replacement Canikon cameras, lenses or flashes should your equipment fail the day of the wedding. So if you are hiring a wedding photographer, one clue is whether or not his/her gear is in line with industry standard. That's just the way it is, mirrorless fans shouldn't be so sensitive about ever little thing and DPR shouldn't try to create controversy where there is none.

^^^ This one.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 16:44 UTC

Stirring it up a bit, eh?

Truth is any good photographer who excels at shooting weddings could use any name brand camera and get the job done.
Also true that probably +90% pro wedding shooters use Canon or Nikon. For many reasons.
Again. Not that they have to.
The key is "who excel at shooting weddings". I have seen yokels with D5's and no experience blow a wedding because of lack of experience/ Shooting weddings is HARD work. I have also seen exquisite work with a D7100.
But as a rule, horses for courses. Usually quite a bit of low light shooting.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 20:22 UTC as 311th comment
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massimogori: Food for thought for all the people who quickly defined the Nikon 1 series as crap.

Of who?

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 21:08 UTC
On article Nikon 105mm F1.4E ED sample images (279 comments in total)
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beavertown: FGS, the skin tones... when will Nikon reinvent their color rendition from thier slr to the awful coolpig
cameras to match up the top color kings: Canon, Fuji, Olympics etc.

Its typical of him. He can't help himself. It's how he gets off.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 18:29 UTC
On article Nikon 105mm F1.4E ED sample images (279 comments in total)
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tissunique: Made in China but damned expensive...it's beyond me that Nikon have forgotten the great value photographers place on 'Made In Japan' - like makers such as Canon, Fuji and many others

I believe all the Apple equipment is made in China. Your point is?

Also: http://www.canon-asia.com/personal/web/company/about

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 18:22 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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Nikonandmore: Kudos for Sony.. a great camera & price point. This combines about the best of all other DSLRs on the market into one, lightweight, tech-packed killer gear. All the Nikons, Canons & everything else, chewed in one gulp! Sony made nearly obsolete just about most of the competition w/a camera outputting awesome stills & video (& codec), great AF & insane burst rate @42MP (everyone else needs use sensors about 1/2 the resolution to achieve similar speeds).

Now the next step is up the sensor, put the same tech in a bit larger Pro-grade A7xx or A9xx body & everyone else will be in serious trouble to catch-up. The other guys need either be very worried or if they are not, they're delusional.

And I say this not being a Sony fan.. most of my gear is Nikon. I ask myself, what excitement did Nikon being to Photokina? A new 105mm lens & Key Mission cameras? What a joke. In a word: NOTHING!

Sony did very well. And so did Fuji. I wish them both much success w/their products, well deserved!😊😊😊

If it can out track a Nikon pro AF, which the 810 has, it will be a first. It sure isn't all about the points. Canon has more and still trails Nikon in tracking AF.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 19:25 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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Nikonandmore: Kudos for Sony.. a great camera & price point. This combines about the best of all other DSLRs on the market into one, lightweight, tech-packed killer gear. All the Nikons, Canons & everything else, chewed in one gulp! Sony made nearly obsolete just about most of the competition w/a camera outputting awesome stills & video (& codec), great AF & insane burst rate @42MP (everyone else needs use sensors about 1/2 the resolution to achieve similar speeds).

Now the next step is up the sensor, put the same tech in a bit larger Pro-grade A7xx or A9xx body & everyone else will be in serious trouble to catch-up. The other guys need either be very worried or if they are not, they're delusional.

And I say this not being a Sony fan.. most of my gear is Nikon. I ask myself, what excitement did Nikon being to Photokina? A new 105mm lens & Key Mission cameras? What a joke. In a word: NOTHING!

Sony did very well. And so did Fuji. I wish them both much success w/their products, well deserved!😊😊😊

Sony has never had a camera that could track moving targets as well as a Nikon.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 14:55 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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Nikonandmore: Kudos for Sony.. a great camera & price point. This combines about the best of all other DSLRs on the market into one, lightweight, tech-packed killer gear. All the Nikons, Canons & everything else, chewed in one gulp! Sony made nearly obsolete just about most of the competition w/a camera outputting awesome stills & video (& codec), great AF & insane burst rate @42MP (everyone else needs use sensors about 1/2 the resolution to achieve similar speeds).

Now the next step is up the sensor, put the same tech in a bit larger Pro-grade A7xx or A9xx body & everyone else will be in serious trouble to catch-up. The other guys need either be very worried or if they are not, they're delusional.

And I say this not being a Sony fan.. most of my gear is Nikon. I ask myself, what excitement did Nikon being to Photokina? A new 105mm lens & Key Mission cameras? What a joke. In a word: NOTHING!

Sony did very well. And so did Fuji. I wish them both much success w/their products, well deserved!😊😊😊

Maybe. But I have a feeling for AF the Nikon D810 will chew it up and spit it out in little pieces. It's a nice camera, and Sony has upped their game. And the D500 and 105 are not a joke. But your post is.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 13:42 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1599 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: Great move by Canon but what about Nikon..?

Why is it a great move? Why would I spend twice as much for this as one of their compact DSLR's? Why wouldn't I buy a 80D for about the same money. Nikon does seem to napping on its mirrorless, ( I can't believe its going to take a year for the DL line, really Nikon?) but I really don't think this is the direction.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 13:14 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2092 comments in total)

Sweet looking camera. Pushing that envelope further and further..

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 03:23 UTC as 304th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (280 comments in total)
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whyamihere: This lens is emblematic of what I find wrong with Sony: they make brilliant products that are marred by confounding business decisions.

This is, what, the 6th lens that covers this focal length from Sony and/or Zeiss? (I count 4 primes and 2 zooms.) Were users really clamoring for this lens? Why didn't they consider other focal lengths? Even if it's a high quality optic, does Sony expect people are willing to spend $1500 for a 50mm f/1.4?

There's also the question of branding. Why is this a Zeiss and not a GM, other than the blue badge and the T* coating, and perhaps the exclusion of the XA element that makes the bokeh slightly different? Should we expect yet another 50mm that is a GM, which will make for a 5th 50mm prime? Why can't Sony just make GM and G lenses while Zeiss just makes their own brand products? Right now, we have Sony G & GM, Zeiss Batis and Loxia, and Sony/Zeiss. That's 5 lens brands from only two companies.

Sony needs to pick a direction and stick with it.

Over how many years (decades)?

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 15:12 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (473 comments in total)
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Vintagecamera1930: This is not false advertising, wifi can be utilized using their proprietary app or purchasing the WT-7. The manual explains how to switch from Bluetooth to wifi (Page 354) on the smart device and also makes a reference on page 256 on how to upload over a network using the Wt-7. Page 354 tells what the snapbridge app can and cannot connect to as well.

Mr. Andreas V needs to be a big boy and buy the adapter if he does not want to use the app.

This.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 17:56 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (473 comments in total)

Apple software out soon, DPR obviously thought the wifi was not an issue based on its scoring. Most of the people complaining here have no D500, or ever used one, and the D500 knocks the snot out of what they are shooting.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 04:41 UTC as 113th comment | 2 replies
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1118 comments in total)
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jrsjs: Given its price and its size, I am not sure why one would buy this instead of a full frame model. I don't think that the D810 is much more expensive now. The D810 has a crop mode so you can obtain the extra reach if needed but there again with 36MP you can simply crop.
I appreciate that if you own many DX lenses it could appeal but even so.

The D810 is not a sports cam. This is. The pro sports cams start at $6000.00.

Thats why.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 20:30 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1118 comments in total)
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rz350: I have to stop reading Thom Hogan. With all of the issues that are reported by his readers to him, I would find it hard to buy one. On the other hand, if I were to go by DPR, I couldn't wait to get my hands on one.
Canon should fold their tents and disappear into the night if DPR is to be believed.
I must admit to be somewhat cynical as to the test reports being supplied by DPR. Have you secretly hired Ken Rockwell because your reviews are tending towards his except that he does seem to like what Canon has done.

Lets see, I have never kept the battery of an old car when I bought a new one. A bit weird. You sell the extra battery with the cameras, the 20 are updated for an updated camera. I guess you should have bought Sandisk cards, there is a reason they are number 1, and they work perfectly in the 500, whats with that, I guess Nikon forgot to tell them how to make them fail. You don't want to upgrade? fine, but don't come in here trash talking DPR about being "believable".

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 17:35 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1118 comments in total)
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zakaria: I suggest you dpr to return to the old system score which is
Highly recommended
Average
The new trend is misleading.

Can you elaborate on the "trend"?

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 20:10 UTC
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