nachos

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Marty4650: Isn't the genuine lens pretty cheap?

This is like counterfeiting $1 bills. If the criminals had any sense they would be counterfeiting L series lenses.

It...isn't anything like that.

It's one of the best selling lenses, probably 10x the volume of something more specialty. That is why it is counterfeited.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 23:21 UTC

"non-GAAP profitability" means non-profitability.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 00:19 UTC as 22nd comment
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JordanAT: They should have renamed it "The President" because that bezel is yuuuuuge!

it also makes for a nice visual break from background clutter. Bezels and hoods are good things...

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 21:30 UTC
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (150 comments in total)
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stevielee: This seems like a great multi-port thunderbolt dock - giving back to new MacBook Pro buyers, much of what they already had built in regarding available ports - along with a couple of extra ones - especially backward compatible USB Type A ports as well.

Trouble is, if you're planning using your "Touch Bar" Macbook Pro as a truly versatile mobile workstation, you'll also have to carry around this OWC Dock and it's AC power cord, along with all of the other necessary cords and assorted dongles/adapters (including the .5 meter proprietary USB Cable) you might require for whatever "Pro" job the computer is being utilized for.

And as jonny1976 correctly observed, adding another $300.00 on top of the 3.5K+++ cost
for a 2016 MacBook Pro that comes with at least a discreet video card, it's a rather painful upfront financial investment for many independent small businesses and freelance professionals.

It's like going to a very expensive Restaurant where everything on the menu is ala-cart!

That they didn't wait for 4-core Kaby Lake processors to ship says a lot about the target audience. Significant video-handling performance enhancements will be available, but it would miss the Christmas season, so here they are using a processor already a generation old.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 20:24 UTC
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albert2014: I am so unhappy with how apple seems to be progressing that I am thinking of switching back to use Microsoft based machines, and this has grabbed my attention. I wonder if some one can invent a Microsoft bootcamp that can run macOS?

As a long time dual systems user, the historic windows trick was (and still is) to buy business-class machines. The consumer grade hardware were where you would have problems with bloatware, instability and poor support because they were designed to have a very low price point. MS's Surface products have shown there is a market for well made consumer PC's so things are improving on that front.

Business machines cost a little more, but are spec'd better, are very clean from the start and enjoy better warranties and things like on-site repair. I used to manage a studio full of macs and problems with them involved Apple store to-and-fro - a huge time waster. Our current studio is PC based and when we have issues Dell sends a tech next business day. I think Apple has started offering contracts for this in some cases, but it's still uncommon.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2016 at 18:49 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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Wye Photography: Lot of peeps bitchin about no SD slot. Well, in time it will become irrelevant anyway as new cameras come with wifi and wifi will be the easiest way of transferring data. I bet in a few year's time everybody will be busy transferring by wifi and the poor old SD slot will end up redundant.

Good move Apple.

wifi at the moment is far too slow to use for this except in circumstances where there is no other option.

"In a few years time" - so, what until then?

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 14:50 UTC
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Ayoh: I would be interested in the screen only, would make a nice monitor sans the compromised integrated PC

They have to source the display from somewhere. Would not be surprised if it appears, probably under another brand.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 14:22 UTC
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albert2014: I am so unhappy with how apple seems to be progressing that I am thinking of switching back to use Microsoft based machines, and this has grabbed my attention. I wonder if some one can invent a Microsoft bootcamp that can run macOS?

Also, for what its worth, Win10 is quite nice and the major photo-related apps work just about identically.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 14:20 UTC
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albert2014: I am so unhappy with how apple seems to be progressing that I am thinking of switching back to use Microsoft based machines, and this has grabbed my attention. I wonder if some one can invent a Microsoft bootcamp that can run macOS?

Hacks exist, similar to phone jailbreaking. Expect difficulties however.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 14:19 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Other than the price, this lens looks strangely familiar. Now, they need to go back and and update the 24 PC-E. Incidentally, the reason Nikon calls shifting the lens "perspective control" is because it's perspective control. DPR makes it sound like they've coined a new phrase, like Pure Photography.

T/S adapters are nothing new, but usually there are issues because on normal lenses the image circle at the rear tends to be not be much larger than required - if it is larger, generally the unacceptably soft part is cut off.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 02:33 UTC
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Muqdad: Did anyone click on the link at the end of the article, the link to the gallery? OMG!! Are these details all from a 1.6 Mpixels?!! Bummer. These days we ditch our 16 Mpixels cameras to buy their 24 Mpixels successors!!

2MP is enough to make a decent 8x10.

I managed a studio that had a 6mp technical camera back circa late 90s/early 00's... the system, computer it was tethered to included, was well over $100k. And we earned that back in revenue within 6 months - clients loved the immediacy of it and would pay a premium. Those images were used for every marketing use, posters, you name it.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 14:08 UTC
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Felipe Rodríguez: I guess that prices will get lower than the SRP, but the lens will still be more expensive than the Canon 17. Actually, I like more 19 than 17 for most uses, since it will deliver a much more natural perspective. I currently have the Canon 17 (on a Sony camera, I am a Nikon shooter), and I took a lot of pictures with it when I was shooting Canon, and I find it too wide many times. Anyway, I'm sure the Nikon 19 will be a superb lens that will give us more choices for architectural photography...

I think that would be tough. The 24 takes a polarizer, and when shifted it is the equivalent width of 14mm. But, the 14-24 is better at 14 in the corners due to that bulbous element. Hard to imagine a wider field of view that is better in quality, but with enough space for the polarizer.

Can't have everything!

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 15:39 UTC
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photofreak1972: I had the Kodak DC290, and had so much fun with it, shooting everywhere with real 2MP at that time. It was slow, has to boot, and other things, that makes it a nostalgic piece of camera. But the pictures that it took, are so fine, that i look at them today also. I bought it new, and it cost me about 1000 DM (german Mark), and 300 for 128MB CF-Card in these days, many years ago, in end of 1999. Kodak supplied a small 16MB CF-Card, four recharcable batteries and a charger with this camera.

Mine still sits on my shelf/camera museum. I recall image quality was quite good for the time. Point and shoots in the following years would be faster, smaller and have higher resolution, but quality was generally pretty similar - it didn't have that 90s video camera look that early digital cameras had.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 15:33 UTC
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G Sciorio: Im pretty sure the DC265 used the Digita OS which was an attempt from the photo industry to make a standardized camera OS. Minolta had the DiMage 1500 which also used the OS and I think there was a few others. I recall cameras with Digita OS ran a bit slower then people hacked into it and allowed installs and emulation and then the whole thing kinda went away.

I had the DC290, which I think followed the 265 a few months later (got it Christmas '99). Same body, but with 2 megapixels.

Digita *was* slow. Shutter lag was something like 1-2 seconds. But people did port Doom to it! There were a few other apps developed like using the autofocus as a rangefinder for measuring distances.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 15:28 UTC
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nachos: Another obligatory pricing discussion... here's my thoughts, and I'm a working architectural photographer.

- Comparisons between the Canon 17 and Nikon 19 are going to be made, however the Canon 17 is getting a bit old (so are the other Nikons!) and isn't great on the higher res cameras. It's not terrible, but could be better. I expect this Nikon is designed for high performance at high resolution, and may indeed be why its 19 and not 17. I look forward to reviews!

- Professional equipment has a professional price. Rodenstock and Schneider technical camera lenses make this look affordable.

-I expect a 20% price drop next summer. I picked up the new 24-70 with such a discount a few months ago. The early adopter tax is real.

- On the creative side, I like 19mm more than 17. To me, 17 is for documenting tight technical spaces - the spacing between objects begins to look unreal when wider than 19.

Field of view differences are bigger at the wide end though. It's a 13 degree difference between 24 and 19. Compare 45 and 50 - that's only 4 degrees.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 20:09 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Other than the price, this lens looks strangely familiar. Now, they need to go back and and update the 24 PC-E. Incidentally, the reason Nikon calls shifting the lens "perspective control" is because it's perspective control. DPR makes it sound like they've coined a new phrase, like Pure Photography.

When shifted to its extremes and stitched together, the 24's field of view equals that of 14mm. Seems like you could take some of the 14-24's technology and re-adapt it for this. Sure would be nice, and fix some of the 24's limitations at the extremes!

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 15:40 UTC
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Hugo808: Would seriously love one but there'd better be a decent lans hood because that front element looks mighty exposed...

There's bayonet rings for a hood. May be similar to the 14-24's, only not built in. I wonder what the lens cap is like.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 15:37 UTC
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DongaMogudu: What is the issue with using it on some latest bodies:
Models that can be used with some limitations: Df, D800 series, D750, D610, D600, D300 series, D7200, D7100, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100

The prism housing extends a bit over the flange, which gets in the way of some of the knob positions. The current 24 has this as well and it's not really an issue because you can rotate the knobs away from the box as it is symmetrical. More of "minor annoyance" than limitation.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 14:58 UTC

Another obligatory pricing discussion... here's my thoughts, and I'm a working architectural photographer.

- Comparisons between the Canon 17 and Nikon 19 are going to be made, however the Canon 17 is getting a bit old (so are the other Nikons!) and isn't great on the higher res cameras. It's not terrible, but could be better. I expect this Nikon is designed for high performance at high resolution, and may indeed be why its 19 and not 17. I look forward to reviews!

- Professional equipment has a professional price. Rodenstock and Schneider technical camera lenses make this look affordable.

-I expect a 20% price drop next summer. I picked up the new 24-70 with such a discount a few months ago. The early adopter tax is real.

- On the creative side, I like 19mm more than 17. To me, 17 is for documenting tight technical spaces - the spacing between objects begins to look unreal when wider than 19.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 14:48 UTC as 12th comment | 8 replies
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chriscotec: I shoot architecture for a living and can't imagine life without my T/S-E 17mm. Most projects I do needs a lens that is wider than 24mm for some shots. My 17mm lives on my camera.In the rare cases it is too wide I move the tripod a step in.

Welcome back too architectural photography Nikon (almost).

Funny, for me 17 is much too wide and I only use it for documenting tight spaces. The distortion between objects is too much for me. 19 is about as wide as I like to go (I even have it marked on a zoom), and I'll try to make 24 work before that.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 14:40 UTC
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