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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Nice. Like the look, like the selection, like 4k.

Nikon may have started paying attention.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 04:34 UTC as 186th comment
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Gesture: Where's the Pentax one?

Market share. Get those sales up and the lens will follow.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 17:29 UTC

Weight with the D500 and the new Sigma? Almost exactly 5 pounds.
Eat your Wheaties and spinach.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2016 at 02:17 UTC as 60th comment

The Beast. It's heavier than their 70-200 2.8. Almost as long. 82mm filter. $1400. I suspect it will be very good. It better be at that price/size.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 19:08 UTC as 114th comment | 4 replies
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (609 comments in total)
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Anastigmat: Why now? The reason is that the world is moving to full frame, and it is do or die time for the Pentax brand. The APS-C market is saturated and users are reluctant to upgrade again to another APS-C model with practically no improvement in image quality. Medium format is nice, but it is a huge leap in price. There has to be an alternative to the APS-C or medium format strategy Pentax has been using.

The top of the line Pentax APSC models were being undercut in price by Nikon, so that it is no longer profitable. Turn about is fair play. Pentax is now undercutting the D810 in price. Since the sensor is the most expensive component in a FF camera, Pentax's pricing strategy on the K-1 shows us Nikon has been making $1,000 above and beyond what is fair on the D810. It is pure gravy. The artificially high prices Canon and Nikon have been setting on FF models is one reason the world has not moved faster to FF. Ricoh will change that with the Pentax K-1. Full speed ahead towards FF.

I believe they are not using the d810 sensor but the d800 sensor. There is a difference. And many may find the state of the art AF in the D810 worth the extra money alone. When you buy a $1000 dollar more D810 you are buying into a professional system, and to some that is important.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 15:22 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (649 comments in total)
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noirdesir: For me, having only 15 native lenses would be the biggest negative point of this camera. Which is mirrored by third-party manufacturers only offering a rather limited part of their lens line-up with K-mount, mostly APS-C and older lens designs (though this probably will improve somewhat once the K-1 is shipping).

Otherwise, except possibly for the AF, it looks like a great camera.

If you guys buy enough, the support will comeback.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 16:09 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)
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sporobolus: i can't believe you used the M 50mm f/2.0 lens to test "legacy" lenses; there are so many other great primes, even the 50mm f/1.7 is much better, and there are many thousands of used F and FA autofocus primes still in good condition, so you could have tested autofocus with legacy glass

also surprised to see the list of compatible lenses completely missed the two D FA macro primes, 50mm & 100mm both f/2.8; these are extremely sharp lenses that are flexible enough for every day use

The glass will be usable, especially in the center. But shooting FF landscapes, which is a strength of this camera, requires glass designed for corner to corner sharpness. Older glass may not have that sharpness in the edges. That is my experience with some of my older glass vs newer designs.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 15:18 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)
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sporobolus: i can't believe you used the M 50mm f/2.0 lens to test "legacy" lenses; there are so many other great primes, even the 50mm f/1.7 is much better, and there are many thousands of used F and FA autofocus primes still in good condition, so you could have tested autofocus with legacy glass

also surprised to see the list of compatible lenses completely missed the two D FA macro primes, 50mm & 100mm both f/2.8; these are extremely sharp lenses that are flexible enough for every day use

Kuuan, Unjustified and misleading? He is a pro reviewer and it was an Impression, not a fact. They basically said the same thing when the D800 came out. The fact is, a FF 36 mp sensor is a whole new world when it comes to lenses. It will separate the wheat from the chaff quickly. Nikon lens that were sufficient on the D700 became less so on the D800. Not a slam on anyone, just fact.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 12:15 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)

Nice camera, the Pentax crowd is going to be happy. Well done. The astro feature is really cool, and the grip and controls are typical Pentax, a shooters camera. Great price. Kudos to Pentax and it's fans who have been waiting.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 02:53 UTC as 589th comment
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Photoman: Canon announce a new camera - 300 comments.
Sony announce a new camera - 800 comments.

What do you read from that?

I read that the canon costs 6 times more, is pro with a much smaller target audience.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 00:26 UTC
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Donny Jay: Better than d500, half the price.

Welcome to the real world Nikon

LOl, who would put a decent heavy lens on that ticky-tack camera.

Since when did tiny and fidgety body and controls beat a DSLR built for real work? Lousy ergonomics. I might buy one for $350 to use as a video camera. Nice small snap shot camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 21:51 UTC
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FredDU: are you affraid in the dark ! (canon.nikon)

No.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 20:47 UTC
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Marlin Green: R U Kidding me! Obvious Nikon didn't see the post on Gopro's latest invention that caused people to have to stay home due to no work. I can't translate that dollar value to US dollar due to not wanting to search..waste of time. Anyways, if it's more than a good GOPRO...good luck. I look at it and see a GOPRO...why would I want this thing compared to my GOPRO? It better be super awesome in every way and better. I guess the mounts will look like GOPROS and other knock offs out there. Think Nikon needs to focus on what they have been good at. Everyone always wanting a piece of the GOPRO pie. Nothing wrong with that. Good luck...impress me!

http://dailyreckoning.com/gopro-go-2015s-worst-stock-far/

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 14:57 UTC
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princecody: Both Sony & GoPro are releasing 4k 60fps action cameras.

GoPro doesn't even make the cameras and they are in trouble. Stock crash and layoffs.

http://dailyreckoning.com/gopro-go-2015s-worst-stock-far/

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 14:56 UTC

Interestingly, DPR did not deem it worthy to announce the permanent Nikon lens price drops in November:

http://nikonrumors.com/2016/02/01/nikon-us-rebates-for-february.aspx/

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 12:25 UTC as 5th comment
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Michael MacGillivray: When are they going to announce the "Going Out of Business" sale?

If they've upped prices by 20% in the home market, it's only a matter of time before the rest of us see a similar increase.

They didn't up prices 20%. One Item 18%.

Newest didn't go up at all. Average 5% or less.

People are trained to read sensationalist headlines and ignore the terribly hard work of reading numbers.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 03:40 UTC
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NikonD800Es: Hey DPR, what exactly is the purpose of this "(up to) 18% price increase" tabloid headline???

Judging by a lot of crying here (247 comments so far) it seems that none of you have no freaking clue how (based on the above given data) to analize data and to calculate the actual increase in prices.

What 18% or 20% or 30% price increase are you all talking about?!?
Take a calculator in your hand and do the math.

I just checked out price increase for some top of the line Nikon FX lenses (14-24, 24-70, 70-200, 200, 300mm ...) and guess what, price increase is about 3% only.

Yes, 3% only, for FX top of the line lenses!!!

So, you all better stop beaching and screaming and calm down. And try to learn some basics, like percentage calculation.

Or at least learn how to use your calculator. :)

http://dslrbodies.com/newsviews/nikon-lens-price-increases.html

Another artlicle

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 03:23 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: Both Canon and Nikon stocks are on a downward trend. Interestingly enough, both Olympus and Fuji are seeing positive stock growth, especially with their new announcements this week!

And interestingly Nikon and canon actually make lots of money making cameras and a rebel or 3300 will out sell Oly or Fujis entire lineup.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 17:41 UTC
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sandy b: Inflammatory headline designed to roil the trolls. Most increases are modest. And inline with reasonable increases in any market segment in Japan considerong the distress of the yen and its impact on commodity prices.

I know, right? make damned sure you're excited by spin instead of facts.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 13:49 UTC
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Don Diafragma: This is the second price increase this year.

As of January they also increased prices in between 17% and 30%, now add this new price hike to the previous one and we are at a whopping 36% to 48%.

Looks like Nikon entered a storm and have come into troubled waters.

Read again. This is Japan only. And most are nowhere close to 18%.
And the first increase was europe only. Neither has hit the states or many other places. But nice spin.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 13:44 UTC
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