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JDThomas

JDThomas

Lives in United States Austin, TX, United States
Works as a photographer / author
Has a website at NikonDFG.com
Joined on Jul 2, 2012
About me:

Entertainment photographer for Corbis Images / AP Images, Nikon Digital Field Guide & Concert and Live Music Photography author, Gretsch guitar strangler.

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JDThomas: Just curious as to why DPReview is posting re-hashed content from RUMORS sites? Seriously guys, you are supposed to be the paragon of photography websites and you using content from websites that are the equivalent of The National Enquirer.

@ Edgar: Maybe I am an uptight jerk. Funny thing is that I WRITE manuals. More than 2 dozen of them. Check Amazon.

What's not weird is that I come here to see what Barney and the crew think about certain cameras. I don't come here to see what *might* be coming down the line. I would go to an unreliable rumors site if that's what I was looking for. I have sources for rumors. DPReview used to be a good place to get objective feedback. I liked to see if their reviewers had the same opinions about gear that I did. Now, it's a lot of clickbait.

When you reach a point when you're ready to look at DPReview as a peer website and not just another place to read rehashed rumors, then come talk to me. Until then STFU.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 01:41 UTC
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JDThomas: Just curious as to why DPReview is posting re-hashed content from RUMORS sites? Seriously guys, you are supposed to be the paragon of photography websites and you using content from websites that are the equivalent of The National Enquirer.

Then go to a site that had "rumors" in the URL. Personally I don't care for rumors. For some odd reason I prefer FACTS. Maybe I'm weird.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 18:47 UTC
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JDThomas: Just curious as to why DPReview is posting re-hashed content from RUMORS sites? Seriously guys, you are supposed to be the paragon of photography websites and you using content from websites that are the equivalent of The National Enquirer.

If I want to read rumors I'll go to rumors sites. I used to come here for news, but news just gets buried under stuff like this.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 16:05 UTC
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JDThomas: Just curious as to why DPReview is posting re-hashed content from RUMORS sites? Seriously guys, you are supposed to be the paragon of photography websites and you using content from websites that are the equivalent of The National Enquirer.

I think that's optimistic reasoning. It's more likely Amazon's demand for more traffic that makes them throw up click-bait posts like this.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 02:20 UTC

Just curious as to why DPReview is posting re-hashed content from RUMORS sites? Seriously guys, you are supposed to be the paragon of photography websites and you using content from websites that are the equivalent of The National Enquirer.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 02:11 UTC as 68th comment | 12 replies
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (386 comments in total)
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Daniel Lauring: I suspect Leica is using a little marketing white lie regarding the smaller apertures at closer distances. This behavior is the hallmark of a lens that extends from the camera at it's rear element to yield closer focus distances. You see this behavior in macro lenses. Leica may be doing the same thing with this lens, sacrificing aperture for distance. If so, there isn't any way to get around it and it is a bit disingenuous to say the camera is doing this to help the photographer get the sharpest image quality.

True. The Nikon 105mm f/2.8G at 1:1 has a max aperture of 4.3 or something like that.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 17:57 UTC
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (386 comments in total)
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topstuff: What is about a Leica article that brings out the usual comments focused on the price?

And why doesn't this happen with other consumer goods - such as cars?

An Audi shares much of its components with a VW, yet people proudly spend the extra money for, essentially, the same product..

How many people complaining about Leica are at the same time making the opposite judgment about the car they drive?

It is not ironic that someone with an Audi A3 may complain about the price of a Leica? Surely, wouldn't they be smarter if they just bought a Golf?

Leica - Audi - whats the difference?

@MartyCL: "In specific regard to the Leica M, you rarely, if at all see them being used by professionals"

I use my Leica M9-P professionally. I rarely ever bring out my Nikons unless I'm shooting fast sports with a telephoto. And even then the Leica comes along with me.

Just last month I had a photo of Kid Rock in Rolling Stone, Jay Z in Inc. Magazine, Bombino in Vogue, and BB King on Music Radar. All shot with a Leica M9-P, a camera which many people say is obsolete.

There are pros that use Leica cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 17:43 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)
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Zeisschen: It's obviously not a camera for those "Pro-wannabe-lookalike" DSLR users that need huge and heavy blobb of black plastic in their hands to feel important.
Those cameras are for Asian girls who chose not to look like that. One can always discuss about taste, but those cameras look much nicer than any of (especially) Nikons DSLR. Those and the golden letters on their lenses look much less attractive and way too oldschool to me. It's like running around with a Nokia 3150 when everyone else has a slim and sylish smartphone.

4 women out of 64,862,424. Do you think that knowing what cameras FOUR women shoot is indicative of what a population of almost 65 MILLION women might choose?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 22:37 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This is really no different than what Nikon did with the Df.

Nikon just used styling to appeal to a different demographic (hipsters with too much money) than Pentax did (people who want bright bold colored cameras).

@Marty4650: Do you even know what a hipster is? Or is it just anther pejorative term that you picked up form hanging out on camera forums. I've never seen a hipster with a Df. Hipsters prefer FILM cameras. A Lomo is a more realistic view of what a hipster might use.

Stop jumping on the bandwagon of blaming everything on the so-called hipster market when you really don't know what you're talking about. You're just repeating dumb crap you read on internet forums.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 22:27 UTC
On Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 article (407 comments in total)
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quailoaksphoto: Maybe Nikon will get rid of the AA filter, charge $300 more, and call it D750E. I dislike the AA in my D800. I preordered the D750 and cancelled the order when I discovered it has AA filter.

You can't even COMPREHEND the point. Move along...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 03:56 UTC
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Pritzl: So how much do we pay for the pleasure of advertising the red dot?

I'm gonna cry Pritzl...

Being ignored by someone from the interwebs that I've never met is really gonna bother me.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 03:50 UTC
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Pritzl: So how much do we pay for the pleasure of advertising the red dot?

Calm down? Were you peeping through my window as I typed in a rage? I don't get upset over dumb crap like this, but I do like to point out your hypocrisy.

You ARE mistaken actually. The image processing algorithms are different AND the Leica actually offers a 3 year warranty as opposed to a 1 year warranty. Many people pay extra for extended warranties. And just because you don't need Lightroom doesn't mean that's not rolled into the cost. So what you're paying extra for is all that you've listed

Unless you stitch together your own clothes and eat only generic food, you pay for branding on EVERYTHING you buy.

You're a complete DOLT if you think that Leica is the only company fleecing you. And an even better point is YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY IT!

You pay a premium for the privilege to own a Canon although there are many cameras such as Pentax that have similar or better specs at lower prices.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 07:38 UTC
On Nikon D750: What you need to know article (109 comments in total)
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GPW: If I step up it will be to the Canon 7Dll and screw Nikon!!!

@Timbukto: Yeah, you're right. Over 2 decades of being a professional sports, events, and concert photographer as well as the author of over 20 books hasn't given me ANY real experience. YOU must be the real authority on the subject.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 07:25 UTC
On Nikon D750: What you need to know article (109 comments in total)
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nnanda: Why Nikon kept AA filter? It is throwing that out from all its cameras (at least newer models), then why it is still there? That alone is a deal breaker for me!

@PK24X36NOW: Pixel count and pixel density are not the same because the real estate is not the same.

Let's simplify it so you can understand it better. You have two plots of land, 1 is an acre, the other a 1/2 acre. You put 24 people on each plot. The smaller plot of land is more densely populated because each person has less real estate.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 05:38 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X100T article (91 comments in total)
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steelhead3: It looks in size and shape like a medium format rangefinder from the last century.

@Zagato: There's no such thing as "full format". What he was referring to was a possible MEDUIM FORMAT (ie. larger than 35mm) camera by Sony and how large it would be.

I doubt that would ever come to fruition however, very implausible.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 05:07 UTC
On Nikon D750: What you need to know article (109 comments in total)
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GPW: If I step up it will be to the Canon 7Dll and screw Nikon!!!

@beavertown: Cross-type sensors are great for accurate focus, but they also slow focus speed down. And what the hell is a "super-cross"? Marketing BS. Another thing that slows down AF? More focus points. 65 isn't necessarily better that 51.

Have you had a 7DmkII in your hands and tested it against a D4s in a real sports shooting environment? Didn't think so. Leave your conjecture at the door.

And every entry-level Nikon DSLR will out resolve the 7DmkII, so there's that.

Don't get me wrong, the 7DmkII is a great APS-C camera, but it's not the best camera in the world.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 05:03 UTC
On Nikon D750: What you need to know article (109 comments in total)
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GPW: If I step up it will be to the Canon 7Dll and screw Nikon!!!

@Timbukto: I've got more than 2 decades of evidence and experience that magnesium bodies hold up better. And many other pros will tell you the same. With your statement I can guarantee you've never subjected your cameras to rigorous professional use.

I've dropped plastic cameras and had them shatter exposing the circuitry killing the camera. I've dropped magnesium bodies and had them dent and keep working for years.

If you seriously think that a plastic camera is better than a magnesium one you're deluded.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 04:56 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Nikon stand report article (101 comments in total)
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Robert Lucas: D9300?

I had the Nikon 24-70 before the Sigma. The low-light performance of the Df and D4 are good enough that I don't feel I need the extra stop of light. And the extra reach allows me to carry only one camera at many music festivals. For most stages the 24-105 is perfect. If a stage is really high as some main stages are all I need is a 70-200. I'll probably end up getting the 70-200 f/4 soon as well.

I don't buy Tamron lenses at all. I've had a few and although the IQ can be good, their build is shoddy. Same with Tokina. The Sigma Global lenses may be made out of some sort of polycarbonate, but it's really tough. It gives me confidence in the build. When I pick up a Tamron I just don't feel the same quality.

The 120-300 is something I rarely use, but comes in handy when I have to shoot professional sports or musicians from the soundboard. I once shot the president with it, er I mean, photographed the president...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 02:02 UTC
On Nikon D750: What you need to know article (109 comments in total)
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GPW: If I step up it will be to the Canon 7Dll and screw Nikon!!!

@ viking79: Nikon doesn't include WiFi in high-end bodies because it's difficult to get a Wi-Fi to connect through magnesium alloy. I mean it's just common sense people. The WU-1a/b costs like $40 refurbed from B&H. That's what I use. Yes, built-in Wi-Fi is nice, but I'd rather have a full magnesium body that can take a beating than built-in Wi-Fi.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 01:49 UTC
On Nikon D750: What you need to know article (109 comments in total)
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nnanda: Why Nikon kept AA filter? It is throwing that out from all its cameras (at least newer models), then why it is still there? That alone is a deal breaker for me!

If you do some research you notice that Nikon only excludes the AA filter on sensors with high pixel density. Eg. the D810 and D7100. The D750 doesn't have a high enough pixel density and moire will be more pronounced, which would likely cause people on the camera forums to throw a fit complaining about the moire.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 23:50 UTC
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