sandy b

sandy b

Lives in United States Southern Minn, United States
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Joined on Jan 4, 2002

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On article Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 / TZ200 (103 comments in total)
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a777: Compact zoom is good, but again - why DPR doesn't mention, that Panasonic's RAWs are lossy? Why this serious limitation found by me after I bought camera? Usually, reviews here are quite right enough for making proper decision. But never I'd bought a camera with crippled RAWs... Now it's to late...

This isn't a review.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 15:23 UTC

Nice. Thinking of selling my Sigma version, it's sharp but the VR plain sucks and no tripod collar. This collar is spendy, but a third party one will come out at 1/3 the price.

The Siggy actually has no place to really even put one.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2018 at 15:04 UTC as 28th comment
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blackcoffee17: It's a great lens, wish it was 5.6 at 400mm, 6.3 seems a bit dark for many situations.
How is the AF accuracy? That is very important on a telephoto.

It's a sunny lens, no doubt. But that's mostly when you would use a long zoom. This seems like a great compromise. I will take the slower lens for better handholding on a sunny day.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2018 at 15:00 UTC
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Toby43: Well D750 is a superb lightweight FF camera at a great price. What’s not to like. I am a professional photojournalist and think it’s great successor to the D700...its about low light.

Yes. It was #2. really not that surprising, on sale, grip thrown in, best camera FF deal I have ever seen. In December, the D750 made it as high as #4 on DPR's top ten list. It has been on that list far longer than any other camera in the 18 years I have been here. Undoubtedly Nikon's best selling FF camera ever, scored a 90 here at DPR, no I am not slightly surprised it was number two. I wouldn't have been surprised if it had been number 1.
I would still buy before almost any other FF camera today, after three years.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2018 at 19:16 UTC
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Toby43: Well D750 is a superb lightweight FF camera at a great price. What’s not to like. I am a professional photojournalist and think it’s great successor to the D700...its about low light.

Actually Richard, The D750 was number two in DSLR sales behind the 850.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 02:28 UTC
On article Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS sample gallery (194 comments in total)

I am more impressed with the fact that Sony is flying people to Hawaii to check out a very good kit lens. Wow. That's some serious marketing money.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 14:48 UTC as 13th comment
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sharkcookie: Dear Nikon,
please ignore all the requests from people who want to tell you what you should do. Last time you did, you made the Df. Everyone said they want a camera like that and then no one bought it.

Nikon sells more cameras than Sony, Oly, Pentax and Fuji combined. Tell me more about Zillions?

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 17:02 UTC
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ShaiKhulud: So zero glass for a while and 5 years of catching up. No good in Nikon's situation if true.

Mshot. Second biggest camera producer, second biggest revenue from camera sales. Right. Pour yourself another.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 22:05 UTC
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Rich Evans: Will be interesting only to see the mental contortions the Nikon fanboys will have to do since many of them spent years of bashing on the likes of Sony for "not having enough lenses" or "having to use an adapter".

The Nikon adapter wont be a kludge.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 22:03 UTC
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LessMirrored19: Really Nikon !!
Just make it E-mount lol

Doubt it. They want it to be a winner.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 21:58 UTC
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ShaiKhulud: So zero glass for a while and 5 years of catching up. No good in Nikon's situation if true.

What?? I would expect the Nikon adapter to work fine with Nikon glass. Nikon makes fully functional teleconverters, this really is the same thing ala electronics. Screw drive lens may no longer AF. I think everything else will be fine. They will CERTAINLY work better than Nikon lens on Sony cameras.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 20:55 UTC
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Retzius: Considering the cost of Nikon's recent "professional" products, I shudder to think what their new full frame mirrorless camera and lenses will cost.

Probably about the same as Sony.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 20:49 UTC
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Chuck Yadmark: I'm sure it will be powered by yet another EN-EL battery for some bizarre reason. What are we on, EN-EL 29?

Yeah. Not so much.

Nikon ENL-15, D7000, V1, D600, D800, D800E, D7100, D610, D810, D810A, D750, D7200, D500 cameras

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 20:46 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (1011 comments in total)
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Kikl: If "flutter" is such a bad thing, then how can the reviewer recommend a camera - nikon D500 - that has complete black outs, where you don't see anything, when shooting action. Not seeing anything is obviously a lot worse than seeing something slightly out of focus, when you are trying to follow an action!

It seems to me that this review is slightly biased.

Blackout times are faster than you can blink by a large margin. Largely imperceptible.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 20:24 UTC
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chimbos_matt: Congratulations to the 4 people that will actually purchase this lens!!! Nikon should be focusing on the lenses that people do buy and there sharpness, they are falling further and further behind.

Nice summary of DXO scores by lens type.
http://briansmith.com/sony-fe-lenses-sharp-canon-nikon-glass/

I saw an estimate that Nikon sold 25,000 of the last variant. This is an Olympics year, and Olympics lens. Get over it.
Maybe they should buy the Sony Pro version...Oh, wait, oops.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2018 at 15:59 UTC

Tbis is a pro lens for professional shooters and well healed advanced amateurs. An Olympics lens. Pro lens and camera's cost lots of money. Nikon will probably only sell a couple thousand a year, but thats hiw you maintain a pro base. I am quite sure they noticed Canon sales levels.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2018 at 11:57 UTC as 62nd comment | 4 replies
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David Stahl: Had Nikon been able to ship the D850 in volume, the November number might have been better.

Nikon sells more cameras than Fuji, Oly, Ricoh and Sony combined. They are more profitable than any of them per camera sales. They are also flush with cash, they are financially very conservative. They have the D500, D750, D850, and the D5. IMO easily the strongest line up in the industry.

They, like the rest of the market, will continue to shrink. And they like the rest of the market are having a hard time figuring out the paradigm. But if they go under, you can be pretty sure it won't be first, and that the rest of the market is pretty much dead. BTW, does this look like a company in it's death throes?

https://www.google.com/search?q=Nikon+stock+price&rlz=1C1CHBD_enUS764US764&oq=Nikon+stock+price&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.6014j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 21:56 UTC
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sbu: A lot of commenters have a hard time to accept that the major underlying cause in the downward trend is due to 99% who just use their smartphone as camera. Not me - smartphone cameras takes excellent pictures nowadays and when viewed on a phone or a tablet device iq is similar to ilc cameras.

The future for dedicated cameras are the enthuatist segment. Entry level is dead. So no - we won't see cheap cameras at 500'$ that can match or even near-match sony a7riii or other highend cameras.

True. ALL the sales are diminishing. I agree they won't go away. But can the market sustain all the players struggling for a piece of an ever shrinking pie?
Oh, DSLR's will become all niche when Canon and Nikon go ALL IN on mirrorless and take their base with them. The Nikon and canon Pro base will be the last and that could be a decade till completed.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 20:36 UTC
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sbu: A lot of commenters have a hard time to accept that the major underlying cause in the downward trend is due to 99% who just use their smartphone as camera. Not me - smartphone cameras takes excellent pictures nowadays and when viewed on a phone or a tablet device iq is similar to ilc cameras.

The future for dedicated cameras are the enthuatist segment. Entry level is dead. So no - we won't see cheap cameras at 500'$ that can match or even near-match sony a7riii or other highend cameras.

Been saying that for years and dslrs still outsell 2-1.

The problem is good enough smartphones. And everyone has has a smart phone. Smart phone camera research and Dev expenditures are prob 10 times that of cameras.

The other problem is the good enough syndrome. I love to upgrade to new gear, but fail to see anything worth dumping my D750. Even at over 3 years old. Why bother?

The other issue is this is a hobby powered by older well heeled men. Who are getting older. Expensive hobby and to the vast majority of kids a phone is good enough. Its mostly wealthier older men now. And we tend to die off...

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 20:10 UTC
On article Have Your Say 2017: the winners (202 comments in total)
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vscd: D850! The true Winner. No Sony or Fuji deserve to win 2017, as Nikon prooved to be still alive. Good to know, competition is always good.

They are all winners. Twenty years ago I would have not dreamed of these qualities and capabilities. That includes smart phones. There has never been a better time to be a photographer, IMO.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 20:59 UTC
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