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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the Df
« on: November 05, 2013, 11:29:24 PM »
..people are so bored with what Canon are doing that they're looking elsewhere for excitement

+1

Exactly.  A camera isn't just a tool to capture images.
Some cameras have a personality, a character, and some of them lend themselves better to certain uses by virtue of their design.

CaNikon bodies are, for the most part, rather bland black plastic looking bricks.  I don't find any of them exciting to use.  The D800, for me, comes close but that's mostly because it works very well for what I want it for while most others were somehow disappointing.

This new DF actually looks like a camera design I would ENJOY using, although I'd prefer d800 guts to d4 guts in mine.  I LIKE those manual knobs and buttons.  They're unambiguous, you can adjust them easily by feel, even with gloves on or while the camera is still powered OFF.

The Df looks like an imaging INSTRUMENT, not a black box of wonders with various goodies buried in menus.  The Df is very appealing to the photogs I know because it's causing a more emotional response with them.  We don't NEED a Df, we WANT a Df. (or something just like it in the lens mount of your choice)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: BP511(a) vs. AA in a grip
« on: November 05, 2013, 08:27:53 PM »
Good quality NiMH AA cells should provide as much performance as a good OEM BP511, much more actually.
Try Sanyo Eneloop, possibly Panasonic R2 (?) series AA NiMH with super low self-discharge characteristics.
AA alkalines won't last near as long but a good emergency backup.
I haven't had much luck with other brands of NiMH tho did have some good results from Ray-O-Vac ones some years ago.

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The specs are reasonably impressive.
Excellent number of shots from a small battery.
I wish my D800s had this kind of control setup.
And it's LIGHT!  This gets a bit closer to the feel of an old film body just for the reduced weight.
The Df will Dfinitely have to seduce me with the ergonomics and overall feel to make me trade a D800 for it tho, I typically do not need great high ISO performance.
I think this is going to be a polarizing product, love it or hate it.  I think there'll be enough of the former to make it a worthwhile product.
Canon might even copy it. ;)

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I will wait for Fuji FF - mirrorless. I wouldn't change anything about Fuji x100s, except body size for 35mm sensor - I'm ok with slightly bigger body size.

That Nikon retro looks  :-\

yup, a big fence for next gear direction.
FF Fuji and FF Pentax rumors yet to bear fruit beyond photo of prototype.
Still luvin my d800s tho might consider swapping one for a Df.  I like all the basic controls on big, glove-able dials.

Gotta love that old film SLR styling straight out of the early 1980's.  To complete the package, you just need a groovy mullet haircut and a sweet ride like an early 80's Mazda 626...
Does that 626 come with some sweet seatcovers?..  you know, the skintight demin variety, big hair, lots of eye makeup and .. ;)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumor: Nikon Digital FM2 - Retro look
« on: November 04, 2013, 02:23:00 PM »
This isn't just retro looking for retro' sake.
Nikon makes 2-handed cameras. This looks to be an improvement in common control ergonomics over the bodies I've used.  No fiddling with myriads of buttons all over; they're convenient but you need to spend enough time to know where they are and if you're wearing gloves... fuggeddabowdit!
These are nice big dials for ISO, EV comp, shutter, etc.

Canon did something similar but they called it a G11. ;)

If the ergos fit as well as they look, it's a good step.  Looks like plenty of useful still features and no video hooey to clutter up Nik's not-so-intuituve interface or control layout.

I LIKE IT! :)
it's be a little like going back to my old A-1

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumor: Nikon Digital FM2 - Retro look
« on: November 04, 2013, 09:47:38 AM »
IT LOOKS GOOD!
I LIKE IT!

new photos show lots of manual controls on top deck

http://nikonrumors.com/2013/11/04/this-is-the-nikon-df.aspx/

maybe I'll buy one if it feels good and performs well (low ISO, no FPN, high DR, etc ;) )

edit - link anchor removal

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: "Downgrading" for a very specific reason
« on: November 01, 2013, 03:16:40 AM »
I was in a time-wasting mood tonite so looked at over 140 different camera specs on DxOmark and specifically for the metamerism sensitivity ratings.
YUP, 1ds3 and 5d are at 86 and 84 respectively, and these are 2 bodies that are extolled for their image quality.
another good image camera, the 20d, is at 83..  a score it shares with the sx50 compact superzoom and G1x!

Of all the ones I've looked at, there are few bodies on DxoMark that score higher in this metric, 2 are Canons.. and there's a few Sonys. I'm not a Sony fan so not familiar with them but they're included at the bottom.

Would you believe...
coming in at 87 is the....  50D! (my least favorite body because of it's high subjective noise levels)
and, in TOP SPOT, with a SCORING of 88 ...  (Can we have some trumpets please?)
  The lowly consumer body, LIKELY ONE OF THE CHEAPEST CONSUMER DSLRS EVER MADE...
THE 1000D!

Instead of everyone rushing off and wasting a lot more time to see how a bunch of Canon bodies fare (in daylight index), here's what I put together, below.
Generally, it seems that most cameras that score at least in the high 70s can provide pleasing color although we see that even 70 or lower can still provide a decent image, witness the 6D.
Combined with unobtrusive noise characteristics, better CFA results seem to be what's appealing to our visual sense of perceived image quality. (yet there's all those processing factors in there that should be able to make up for a good part of the difference?..)

Canon

88   1000d
87   50d
86   1ds3
84   5d
83   sx50
83   g1x
83   20d
82   1d4
81   400d
81   30d
80   550d pre-prod
80   5d2
80   450d
80   s100
79   s90
79   40d
79   350d
78   7d
78   500d
78   1100d
78   G16
77   70d
77   60d
76   g12
76   g11
75   700d
75   s95
75   m
74   5d3
73   650d
73   600d
73   100d
73   1dx
69   6d

Pentax

85   km
84   mx1
83   k52, k52s
82   k20
82   kx
81   q10
81   K10D
81   k7
78   k500
78   k5
78   k200
77   k50
77   k01
77   kr
76   q
76   k30
75   645D


Nikon

85   d60
85   d40x
85   d40
84   d300
84   d200
84   d70
84   d70s
84   d50
83   d700
83   d2xs
83   d2x
82   d90
81   1j1, 1v1,
81   p7700
80   d3200
80   d3000
79   1j3, 1v2,
79   coolpix p6000
79   d3s
79   d7100
79   d5200
79   d3x
79   d80
78   1s1, 1j2
78   p7800
78   d800
78   d7000
78   d5100
78   d3100
77   d800e
77   d4
77   d610
77   d600
77   d300s
77   d3
77   coolpix p30
76   coolpix a
75   d2h
73   p7100
71   p7000

Olympus

86   e520
84   410
83   pen ep2
83   510
82   e600
82   e420
82   e3
80   pen epm2
80   pen epl5
80   pen ep3
80   e5
79   pen ep5
79   omd em5
79   omd em1
79   pen epl3
79   pen epl2
78   pen epm1
78   pen epl1

Fuji

82   s5pro
81   s3pro
79   xf1
79   f800exr
78   f600exr
77   x100
76   xz1
74   xs1

I'm not a big Sony fan, but most of their stuff is pretty well placed in this area.

Sony

87   a900
86   a77, a230,
85   a99, a58, a450, a35,
84   a37
83   a33
82   a100
79   a200, a290
74   a700

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Nobody cares what the dynamic range and IQ is of an out of focus picture....

FWIW, OOF image reduces DR.  A useful technique to use if your DR-limited camera can't handle the scene, make an artfully OOF abstract of it. ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 28, 2013, 10:09:31 PM »
If you're not stuck on CANON, there are a lot of other excellent imaging machines out there, worth considering.

Nikon D5300 w 18-140mm if you can afford it, fast, good video, no touch screen tho but does have articulating display.
Nikon D5200 - on price reduction or kitted with extra lenses.
Nikon D5100 if you can still find them- low cost, great images

Pentax K-30 or K-50 with 18-135mm WR lens - tough and weather/spill resistant


Fast focusing mirrorless cameras:

Fuji X-A1 or X-M1 w 16-50mm lens  fits in your budget, great image quality, good features, interchangeable lens

Fuji X-E1 with 18-55mm lens, taking it up a notch

Olympus Pen E-P5 with 14-42 lens or one of the many other good micro 4/3rds camera systems

All the above cameras compete well, if not exceed in some cases, any APS-C Canon body out there.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumor: Nikon Digital FM2 - Retro look
« on: October 21, 2013, 02:34:15 AM »
Certainly does sound like a fun product that could possibly kick serious butt!
However, for those looking away from Sony's recent A7/r ...
What's the register distance for the A7?...  is it short enough to handle adapters and a variety of other makers lenses?  If so, makes a very versatile imaging back end compared to an F-mount.

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It's lot of camera for a really decent price.  And it's small and light with a real enough viewfinder.  Makes me have second thoughts about getting a Pentax K3...

I'm only gonna bide my time, and timing, to upgrade some d5100s to 5300s.  the 5200 was certainly tempting so if the low ISO performance is as good or better, this 5300 is offering way more stuff I can actually use (GPS, WiFi, more battery life, 1080/60p video if I ever use it) at a comparable price point (that will eventually come down to about $650-700 b-o).

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 58/1.4 - $1,700!!!
« on: October 17, 2013, 02:07:15 PM »
it's 58mm because the legendary old Noct was also 58mm.
This new lens is supposed to be much sharper than the f/1.2 Noct.
I like it.  Don't know if I'll buy it.  Samyang's got a fast 50mm in the works. ;)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A7 or A7R pre-order list
« on: October 17, 2013, 02:05:10 PM »
short register distance with class-leading FF sensor = nice compact back for whatever you want to put in front of it.  Smart thinking Sony!
This could be the sort of modular imaging tool that appeals to gear/tech geeks in a big way.  And the price point is practical enough.
I'm mildly excited by this product, it's really cool!  And useful for more than typical photo-video applications... microscopy for example.. astrophotography?

No pre-order for me, but I'll definitely keep it in mind for some goofy project to justify getting one.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Reactions, Pros and Cons, and Results to the 70D
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:02:21 AM »
If it is truly the best crop camera, it has to beat out the 7D which from what I have read is pretty tough to do.  I imagine they are on the shelf because of the uncertain economic climate.  If I had the money Now, I would order it today. 

7D is a different beast, and is now getting to be an old one too.
I loved everything about my 7D except the very strong low iso pattern noise mine had.  if it weren't for that it'd still be THE top Canon crop body for so many reasons, IMO.  Some 7Ds are good at low ISO, if you get one of those it's worth grinning cuz it is a really great photographic tool for so many kinds of work.

So yes, the 7D is still a very strong competitor and worth considering over the 70D in some ways.

For me, the 70D is an improvement/better because Canon has actually made some sensor improvements that result in almost non-existant pattern noise at low ISO.  The split-pixel AF is a vast improvement in live-view AF which also has its uses.
I'm not sure I'll buy a 70D though.. I can wait until the 7d2 comes out to see what it will do.  Meanwhile, Pentax has released the new K3 which might come close enough to the old 7D's abilities for me to be satisfied as I don't need top-teir performance as much as maximum low ISO image quality.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: "Downgrading" for a very specific reason
« on: October 14, 2013, 04:29:20 PM »
Yup, you're not imagining the difference.  This topic has been touched on in numerous, often vociferous debates here in the past. It's likely the tighter bandwidth of the CFA on the older sensors.
I don't know how much the in-camera processing differs, as far as generating raw files is concerned, but even using the same PP workflow I prefer "the look" from Canon images from the Digic 3 or older generations.  I sold off most of my newest Canon gear when switching to PentNikon but I retained my favorite Canon croppers; 40D, 450Ds and even 1000Ds.  I still prefer the older 350D in some ways, it also has "that look" that's very similar to the 5DC.  You can also find this difference, to a less extent, even in PnS cameras like the G-series.  G3 is one of my favorite old compacts for IQ.  Combined with the different low-iso noise character, those old cameras produced very pleasing results with minimal tweaks in post.  HI iso is no comparison, modern wins.

too bad Ankorwatt/Mikael isn't here to have his, "I told you so" moment. ;)


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