Weekly Nikon news flash #221

The new Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS lens for Nikon DSLR cameras is now shipping in the US and is currently in stock (the same lens is also available under the Rokinon brand).

Nikon G - Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster Nikon G - Sony E Speed Booster
Metabones introduced new Nikon G Speed Booster lens adapter for Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX cameras that has an aperture ring. The US price is $99-$109.

This Nikon F camera saved photographer Don McCullin's life.

Topas Labs plugin bundle sale
Last chance: the entire Topas Labs plugin bundle is now $100 off (use coupon code july4). The suite includes Adjust, DeNoise, B&W Effects, ReMask, Lens Effects, Detail, Simplify, Clean, InFocus and DeJPEG products. This offer will expire tomorrow (July 7th).


An interesting article by Trey Ratcliff on why he switched from Nikon D800 to Sony NEX.

New from Sea&Sea: underwater housing MDX-D7100 for Nikon D7100 ($2,999.95).

For a better grip, you can add a silicon wrist bands to your lens (thanks Denny).

Nikon USA has a new support website.

Nikon Celebrates 21 Years Of Supporting Open Championship
Nikon celebrates 21 years of supporting the Open Golf Championship.

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  • banzaii

    The more reason to collect Nikon F’s. I have nine myself. The only thing it can’t stop is the wife’s nagging—

    • neversink

      Get a new wife!!!!!!

      • babola

        True that – the resell value is much higher…

        • Summicron


        • MacCruiskeen

          Keep in mind that the market value of used husbands is not.

    • MacCruiskeen

      I’ve got an F and an F2 and sometimes I like to joke that they can be used as defensive weapons in hand-to-hand combat. I’d previously heard the story about McCullin’s camera dismissed as an urban legend–even a vintage Nikon isn’t guaranteed to be literally bulletproof–but there is the thing itself. Something clearly hit that camera pretty hard. They really don’t build them like that any more.

  • Neil

    I’m not surprised that Trey Ratcliff is going to lighter gear. That trend has been around for quite some time except where the specific job calls for something a mirrorlesss can’t handle. I’ve thought about going away from my D800 several times but won’t yet. I’m an amateur and I can afford to not worry about it. In fact I got a F100 so I can play with film again.

    But I gotta say, Nikon/Canon should really do some innovative thinking and work on improving the photography experience while reducing weight, simplifying unnecessary complexity, and making their tools easier to connect to a larger ecosystem.

    • Neil, this is exactly why I posted this link – mirrorless sales may not be very high in the US and Europe, but many people are going mirrorless and it seems that Nikon 1 is nowhere close to the most wanted cameras today (compared to Fuji, Sony and Olympus). Maybe we are not seeing the entire picture, but I think Nikon has to come up with another mirrorless product line to compete with those companies. Once mirrorless camera manufacturers go full frame and come up with better (faster) tele lenses, it will be too late.

      • Spy Black

        I don’t see the point in creating cameras the size of D800, D4, etc. I remember when the F2 was considered large and heavy (and essentially they are), but heir handling is nimble compared to these cameras. I bought a D600 partly because when I tried it out, it was the closest in weight and general dimensions to my F2.

        The Olympus OM-1 opened everyone’s eyes to the reality of this, why are Nikon and Canon still making stupidly over-sized bodies?

        • Remedy

          Please attach a big lens to Your beloved F2, use it all day long and then comeback to me and say how nimble it was. Sorry but struggling with edgy metal brick very unbalanced with big heavy lens is not what I call nimble. D3, D4, F4/5/6 are perfectly made for Your hand, denying this is as stupid as claiming the Earth is flat. NONE of the old cameras stands no chance in terms of comfort and ergonomics with todays gear. FACTS.

          • neversink

            I think you are way off base. See my reply above. When I was shooting the F2, I also worked with Leicas and other cameras, but found the F2, with its motor drive the most versatile camera body on the market. Yes, the ergonomics may be more thought out and better designed on today’s bodies, but the F2 is still an incredible camera, simple and ran without batteries (except for the finicky light meter.) I love my D4 and D800, but frankly, I miss those days of film.

            • Allen_Wentz

              I miss film every so often. Then I remember: worrying about whether the shot was _really_ in the can, did I get the exposure right, is something broken, yada yada. Then the wait for the darkroom results.

              Some laugh at chimping but I think it rocks to _know_ the pix are in the can (or not) while usually you can still rearrange the shoot.

              I did a remote underwater research project for NGeo in Central America and fortunately (and atypically) there was a local woman with hokey processing capability so I had her process my first rolls. All random exposures, yikes!

              It turned out a through-the-housing connection was malfunctioning that I easily fixed. If not for the unusual opportunity to do a test process of the film locally, the next 2 weeks of u/w photography would have been wasted.

              Today with digital the pic is verified while the photog is still underwater with access to the subject. I _love_ DSLR.

          • Spy Black

            Um I did attach big lenses to my beloved F2, and used them all day, and had no problems using it. So thanks, and keep your unnecessarily over-sized cameras.

            • Remedy

              Well if You’d plug the same lens to a F6 or D4 You would not only see the difference (in plus) but for the very first time You’d understand what comfort means. Seriously mate You have no clue what You are talking about, but that’s OK. Most people on the internet don’t have a clue. 🙂

            • Spy Black

              That would include people who don’t know how to effectively use equipment. It’s what separates professionals from amateurs…

        • neversink

          Nikon F2 – one of the best cameras ever created. I have a bunch of beat up ones that still function that I used during my days as a photojournalist making bupkus for a living and then for commercial and annual report shoots.

          (On that list I will add as my favorite cameras the Nikon F, Leica iiif, iiig and M3 and M6, Hassy 500cm and the Mamiya 7ii (which may be my all time fave) as well as Linhoff, Sinar and Horseman view cameras. (And I give special mention to the SLR Exacta vxiia with Zeixx lenses that was produced in the early 1950s that my father taught me on.)

          But hell, all my clients want are digital digital digital…. I mourn for the days of film when clients could wait a day or two for their proofs. Today everyone wants a finished product the minute you press the shutter.

        • Richard Hart

          Agree! If Nikon had an f mount ff mirror less with full manual settings like the Fuji, I would buy!

        • MacCruiskeen

          I’ve got an OM 1n that sits next to my Nikons. It is indeed smaller and lighter. It’s a great camera, but it is clearly not as rugged as the Nikons. There’s no way it would survive the kinds of abuse that a F like the one in the photo was subject to. I’d be really surprised if any camera made today could.

    • AaronShep

      Trey goes for a lighter camera, but to make up for it, he carries a tripod. Does that make sense?

      • Surfer

        No it does not, but the amount Sony is paying him exceeds most likely the amount Nikon was willing to pay…

        • preston

          This would be funny if it had any truth to it. At the very beginning of the video he stated that he has never accepted any money, products, etc from neither Nikon nor Sony.

      • preston

        You know what doesn’t make sense? Your comment that he is “making up for” the weight loss by carrying a tripod. He specializes in HDR, so he needs a tripod no matter what body he chooses. Nobody claimed that his NEX could magically stabilize itself and render a tripod useless. His NEX + tripod system is a hell of a lot lighter than his D800 + tripod system.

    • Remedy

      If You say retarded ergonomics of mirrorless cameras and completely unusable AF in low light is improving the photography experience then You need professional help my friend. Like really professional.

      • fed2

        Buddy, why not cool yourself down? All your posts are full of bullish negativity bordering on hate. You’re a little pouting boy. Obviously you’re the one that needs professional help.

  • Erick

    Wouldn’t the constant presure on the silicon band affect negatively on the ring over a long time?

    • scott800

      i dont think so, lots of pro video guys use much tighter gear-rings compressed around lenses, i havnt heard of or seen any problems with mine either.

    • FDF

      Nah, it would only make your lens look ridiculous and doesn’t make the grip any better. That 18-70 DX looks pretty beat up though so maybe the rubber is worn.

  • Brian

    I shoot wildlife, at this time mirrorless is out of the question.

    • Calibrator

      This is one specialized area that will have to wait a bit longer –
      like sport photo journalism or areas where bigger equipment makes the client trust the photographer more (weddings for example).

      In the long run most DSLRs as we know them will go the way of the dodo, though, and Nikon will replace every DSLR with a mirrorless body that is lens compatible.

      There’s no way around that for several reasons (consumer bodies: cost, pro bodies: speed). Yes, there are still technical limitations (the biggest seems to be focussing).
      In the future even big cameras will get simple again with the light hitting the sensor directly (like with plate cameras ;-)) and everything in between will get removed (metering sensor, auto focus sensor and the fixed mirror of the overpriced Sony bodies).

      • patto01

        Am I missing something here? I thought when the mirror flips up, the light does hit the sensor directly!?

        • Calibrator

          I wasn’t really verbose, so I try to better explain what I mean:
          Right now you *need* a mirror not just for the viewfinder but for the metering (auto-focus & exposure), too.
          If the image sensor itself would incorporate these two DSLR metering sensors (I’m not talking mirrorless auto-focus methods here!) then you can have full DSLR performance without a mirror (provided the EVF or liveview-LCD is fast enough for your needs).

          • patto01

            I see. I don’t really get into the mechanics of cameras so I’m often lost when people discuss these kinds of issues.
            Thanks for the explanation!

  • Ronald Patterson

    Trey’s been like that for the last 2 years. I like him and his articles/videos, but contrary to what he believes, it isn’t so. Sony NEX is still way behind a capable semi-pro DSLR like D800 or 5D MKIII. He’s just lost quite a bit of credibility by doing so.

    • Pablo Ricasso returned

      Yup, he’s been trying to make the switch to a mirrorless and smaller camera bodies for some time now, only realizing how far fetched that ‘dream’ of his was once he shot first few frames on a D800. Than he stated along the lines “sorry guys, I had a brain fart, D800 just made me realize how far from the capable DSLRs the mirorless still are”.

      Tray, come back dude…you’re drifting away, far to soon…

    • Mark

      A lot of men just don’t have the muscle tone to be able to handle pro gear. So they justify it by using words like “good enough”, “almost as good”, or “just fine”. I don’t know anyone who shoots seriously who want to settle for “just fine”.

      Everyone knows that light is the critical component. And the larger the lenses, the more light they let in, so no matter what sensor is on the receiving end, it will record better images with more light than with less light. That’s why the better gear is physically larger and heavier. He should be comparing the same lens with the different bodies attached … and at that point the only size and weight comparison is the body alone.

      However, regardless of his views, having a different opinion than he does – does not mean our minds are closed. If you make a point, then make it. Don’t tell people they have closed minds if they disagree with you.

      And if you are going to be in the communications business, learn to speak without breaking the 3rd commandment. Very unprofessional.

  • JakeB

    – DSLRs have their place and are still a preferred tool of the professionals and photo enthusiasts

    – MFT cameras have their place and are popular with younger folk, females, hipsters, amateurs etc.

    – Mirorless APS-C cameras have their place and are sometimes popular as a second camera body with the wildlife and sports photogs in particular, as well as those who don’t mind skimping on a bit of a quality in the name of smaller and lighter package.

    So yeah, all of those have been around and co-existed quite nicely all this time, but none replaced the other. And the trend isn’t about to change anytime soon.

    • babola

      Amen, brother. Well said.

    • Prevedovich

      Wow! It really sounds like you are pro!
      DSLRs are used for low light and portraits.
      MFT cameras are used for wildlife photography and macro.
      Mirorless APS-C for those who think that it has a good low light performance, but do not shoot higher than ISO1600 anyway.

  • Remedy

    If You are switching from say D800 to Sony NEX then You obviously have no fking clue what You want in first place. That’s like saying “I’m gonna try ice hockey, um no wait… I wanted field (grass) hockey.
    Seriously mate make up Your mind because all that circle of confusion makes You sound like a clown a bit. No offense tho.

    • patto01

      While I have no intention of ever switching to mirrorless, I think you’re off base here. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with dedicating a large part of your life to something and then, when new information comes along, deciding to switch to something else. If anything, I’m more likely to give credence to someone who’s thoughtfully changed their mind than someone who stubbornly clings to something just because they’ve ‘always done it that way’.
      Having said that, I’ve never liked his methods or style of photography (although the examples in the article are pretty nice), and couldn’t possibly care less what kind of camera he uses.

      • Remedy

        I don’t buy this. D800 is a new camera. Mirrorless cams existed years before D800. He decided to buy D800 and then switched to mirrorless only proving my point – he has no clue what he wants.

        • Calibrator

          From what I read he already had the NEX-7, then bought a D800 although he claimed earlier that he won’t buy a DSLR again. The D800 made him change his mind and now he again changed his mind, after using the NEX more (which he should’ve done earlier).

          His behaviour indeed seems a bit erratic here but my thesis is that he would get along with DX tech quite as well.

          Why? He is comparing apples with oranges here:

          The NEX-7 has a 24MP APS-C sensor – a D5200 would’ve been a better counterpart on the Nikon side (cheaper, only 150g heavier and slightly bulkier than a NEX-7).

          Instead of comparing the slow NEX kit lens with the 24-70/F2.8 Nikkor he should have compared it with the bog standard 18-55/F3.5-5.6VR kit lens. Yup, the little stinky nobody really likes.

          And instead of getting a $700 Zeiss 32mm/F1.8 he could have tried the $200 Nikon 35mm/F1.8!
          More chromatic aberrations, sure, but mostly correctable (which he apparently doesn’t care too much about anyway) and a very lightweight lens.

          Here’s a guy that does similar stuff – and everything with a D7000 and low-cost lenses.
          And I’ve never seen him compain about the weight of his gear:

        • patto01

          Only he (and his hairdresser☺) knows for sure; I don’t really care what he’s thinking. Everyone does what they want and the reasons are only relevant to them. His switching to mirrorless means nothing to me.
          If I were going to speculate though, I think he’s just into the newest technology. Just as some photographers value speed over quality, or vice-versa, he seems to value technology over either. That’s just the impression I’ve gotten in my limited exposure to him.

          • Calibrator

            I think you have a point here as he wears Google Glass all the time… 😉

  • bjrichus

    I do not agree with Trey going to use the system he is going to use for his work. He is about two generations of camera technology too early IMHO, even if he can get over sharp HDR distorted color-scapes with ease at low (Facebook) resolution AND get nut case marketing departments to pay for them…

    I do agree with his comment on Nikon and use of Social Media… Ahem… Sorry, that’s really Nikon and ANY media. Marketing have been brain dead for years now…

    I think today is “Bash Marketing Sunday” 😉

    • Calibrator

      Only one person can judge what is best for Trey’s work: He himself.
      Of course: What is right for him may be entirely wrong for you or me (which he readily admits in his review).

      That being said I was surprised about the amount of sensor dust, chromatic aberrations etc. in his images when I pixelpeeped them today (the gallery on his website offers many images in original size).
      I also expected a bit more sharpness, especially with several of his recent landscape shots – so his switch to NEX may have already had negative consequences.

      • bjrichus

        Calibrator, Trey is now all HDR and nothing else. He was the man who got it accepted by those who like to have eyeballs bleeding and not much else. Good for him.

        Leaving all the other comments and other feelings about Trey that one could have to one side, as you rightly say, the actual images themselves don’t always stand up well at a technical level if you pixel peep.

        This is all beside the point of my comment however.

        I feel he is making the jump to NEX one or two generations too early. We cannot talk for his own value set and judgments, only our own, but for sure I would not want to cap the upper quality and size limits of what I can do in the way he seems to have done.

        • Calibrator

          What exactly makes you think he should’ve waited? Technical reasons?

          As far as I see it the guy uses his NEX for a year privately and then decides to use it professionally and buys another NEX as a backup.
          This doesn’t exactly sound as if it was a rushed decision.

          • bjrichus

            “What exactly makes you think he should’ve waited? Technical reasons?”

            Indeed. At present rate of change, after the next generation (or two) m4/3 will offer IQ that is going to challenge FX in quality. It is currently at about D3100 or D5100 levels (at best). He is about one or two generations of camera technology too early IMHO.

  • Peter Talke

    Trey knows he will be back to a Nikon DSLR in a year. He is a business and it looks like a business decision. This past year he stated he would never buy another DSLR, then he gets a D800. Tough to pass up on power and beauty! D900..bring it Nikon!

  • bjrichus

    In case this gets lost in people wanting to argue with me about how wrong I am in my view about Trey, etc, blah, remember, I also wrote that:

    “I do however agree with his comment on Nikon and use of Social Media… Ahem… Sorry, that’s really Nikon and ANY media. Nikon Marketing have been brain dead for years in this matter…”

    Now *THAT* is something that we should all be talking about, Yes?

  • Richard Hart

    Trey wants to be sponsored by Sony!

    Wish the speed booster would work for fx lenses on dx bodies!

  • jk

    I have both D800 , NEX7 and NEX6.
    I can not imagine selling my D800E for the NEX kit.
    but I see both co-existing in my camera bag all the time.
    they are both great in different areas and they compliment each other very well.
    that said , I am considering replacing all my mirrorless body with the RX1-R since I seldom use my mirrorless cameras for anything more than street snaps or flower shots.

    • Drazen B

      Similar thing here. I own both the D800 and Lumix LX7, they co-exist together quite nicely. My only problem is now my wife ‘stealing’ my LX7 more and more often 😉

      I thought about adding a mirrorless ILC number of times in the past, but I still haven’t found that magical setup or a formula I’d be content with for a little longer period. The problem I have with mirrorless cameras is that they’re dime a dozen and get refreshed on annual basis with something ‘newer, faster, flashier’ and all of the sudden you feel like you are left with a yesterday’s technology that somehow doesn’t stack up anymore…I know this is wrong thinking but that’s how I personally feel about it. The lenses on MFTs and other ILCs still don’t quite feel ‘right’ to me and leave me longing for more.

      On the other hand, once you get a camera like D800 or D5 MKIII you tend to stick with it as those models seem to ‘last’ and go a little longer distances and don’t get refreshed every year.

      That’s just me…cheers.

  • Rich Martinez

    Im so tired of artists blogs, etc. I miss the days where artist were known for the images rather then their social networking skills. Ive heard of Trey basically through Google+ and only recently checked out his work. He is talented and seems like a nice guy, but I doubt in a 100 years anyone will know any of his images. So who cares what he wants to shoot. I believe this is just another gimmick to drive more attention to his blogs. And Im one of the idiots it worked on. Well done, Trey, well done.

    • Prevedovich

      And I am tired of morons that think that camera really matters for photographer. Can anyone look at the picture and say what camera was used for the shot? No! So, why everybody is so preconceived with sensor/camera size? An image is made by a photographer, not a camera.

      He made a good point that with a smaller camera you can make the same image as with 36 mp monster and it is awesome! May be people will start to concentrate on shooting, but not buying a new camera.

  • One More Thought

    It’s a shame to read the number of mean spirited attacks on Trey just because he dared to switch to a different camera. It’s only a camera, people.

    Trey has every right to decide what is the best camera for him. You may come to a different conclusion for yourself, but don’t attack him personally.

    If you read the article or watch the video, you will see that Trey is not getting any compensation from Sony; he even refused their offer to lend him some equipment to try out.

    What is sad is that the majority of those attacking Trey probably would do very well to be able to produce images of his quality, and would be very lucky to be able to make the kind of living that Trey does from his photography. I think that’s one reason why he is attacked personally by some: out of sheer jealousy.

    Let Trey do his thing and be glad that he is challenging Nikon to do even better.

    • I agree, I posted this link not to discuss Trey but the fact that he found that the Sony NEX is sufficient for his photography and Nikon could not offer him anything better.

    • Mate Bilich

      You should check what “mean spirited” means before you start writing next time.

      Cool off dude, no one is mean spirited here. Most of us are commenting (and most of us agreeing) on silliness of Trey’s own ping-pong between a Sony NEX and Nikon full-frame body. That’s all really.

    • Felix

      Trey has had issues with Nikon in the past. He made a big stink on how his grey market camera would not be repaired by the local Nikon service center.

      His comment on the Nikon Facebook page was totally unprofessional. At times he seems to act like a spoiled child.

    • neversink

      I don’t even know who Trey is? I’ll have to check him out, but I am too busy shooting.
      When I think of great photographers, I think of:

      Eugene Smith
      Henri Cartier-Bresson
      Diane Arbus
      Imogen Cunningham
      Manuel Alvarez Bravo
      Margaret Bourke White
      The Capa brothers
      Mary Ellen Mark
      Andre Kertesz
      Edward Weston
      Lisette Model

      and the list goes on and on. I don’t think of someone named Trey!

      • MacCruiskeen

        How could any of them have been great? They didn’t have Photoshop or HDR! Or Nikons!

  • mrjiery

    Well, going to take a blasting for this, but…

    Technology is progressing. I can see a future when we are all shooting ridiculous gazilapix photos at ISO 56,000 with no noise on our smart wrist watches.

    While many of these cameras are now in their infancy, they will all progress. Not saying that there will not be room for all of them, but if we keep on thinking of things so simplistically, we would still be shooting on glass with with no meter, no auto focus, no zoom….

    If people had no limits, why would we not all be shooting Hasselblad’s. Simple. for the same reason we are not delivering bricks in a Ferrari.

    You need to choose the correct tool for the job. I have a whole host of cameras and not one of them fills all needs, so you use what is proper for the job….

    But. there is this thing called Money. Yep, hate to say that we all need to live within our restrictions of it. So, for most real word people, they need to purchase the best and most versatile tool that they can afford. It does not good to say the D800 is better then the 5D mk3 if you can’t afford either of them.

    All that aside, if you have talent, you can make whatever tool you are using the best tool for the job. Having a better tool, just makes it easier to get what you are aiming to achieve.

  • JakeB

    Did anyone else noticed how he’s not talking about NEX vs D800 in that video but his old D3X and the NEX?

    D3 is today an easy pick, in terms of size, weight and to a degree a performance when comparing to newer NEXes and MFTs with all bells and whistles.

    • babola

      I agree, it would have been a lot harder to ‘defend’ his perpetual obsession with the mirrorless and NEXes over a camera like D800/800E or 5D MkIII.

  • iownboth

    A few months back I owned a D800 and a D5000. I made the decision to sell off the D5000 and convert to something smaller. I ended up going with the Sony NEX6 and have not had a single regret. The photos it is capable of taking easily match and/or exceed what the D5000 was spitting out. No regrets whatsoever. With that being said, I could never consider selling off my D800 and using the NEX exclusively – no way no how!

  • Culitripi

    I get what Trey is doing. I did it myselft. Traded my D600 and FX glass (some). As Trey for what I SHOOT (not what you guys shoot) but for what I SHOOT, the D600 was an overkill. No i’m not a pro, I’m just another guy with a hobby. I thought better gear would open creative doors and improve final product (no, I didn’t think it make me a better photog). But my kids quickly made me realize that all that FX goodness was holding me back. Size, weight and cost – even insured, I was afraid to take my camera out to playgrounds.
    So I discovered Fuji X-E1 and the X100s. Excellent pair. The X100s is with me everywhere I go. The X-E1 gives me top notch SLR quality images in a very small package. I can now travel with 2 bodies and 4 high quality lenses in a package the size of a lunch box. I can do studio and off camera flash shooting as well with my SB-700s.
    So I get Trey. He thought that better cameras would empower him to have better images and stretch his abilities. He realized that now small cameras can give you quality in a much smaller package which is a really BIG BIG DEAL for what he does. Size and weigth do matter. I was in denial for a long time. No more. My camera did no good and stayed at home because I didn’t want to pack up 2 babies and a camera bag that weighed more than both of them.
    This is what works for US. Maybe not you. I did keep my 70-200mm and 85 f/1.8 glass. I don’t beleive my Fuji will shoot kids or fast action sports as well (although it can with hit/miss). I’ll soon get a used D300s for them but so far, after a month with the Fuji’s, I have not missed the D600. I still like Nikon, love it and would buy it again if the photographic need came but for now, Fuji is the right fit for me as Trey has found the NEX series works well for him.
    And about sony, they are good but I decided to bet on Fuji X systm, their glass is top notch.
    Now stop hating and go shoot.

    • Suff

      I think the lesson to be learned here really is that to do research before buying into any system, wether it be NEX/FUJI X/Nikon/Canon etc and go try out the hardware from rental or something.. test it out, or start out with smaller DSLR’s or maybe even just an inexpensive P/S with decent manual controls and stick with it, get used to taking photos with it and work your way up as necessary should you find that you can’t get the results that based on your vision because the hardware simply wont let you take photos at night when theres only one lightbult to light your subject.

      I’ve seen cameras 5x more expensive and heavy than the bodies I own personally and they take typical family portraits that could look just as great on even a smartphone camera..

      A lot of people will look at a photo and not understand that there is more to just a camera that makes the photo.

      Curious, I dont understand the benefit of wearing google glass while infront of a computer, whatsoever.. was the video a demo of the device or??

    • Yes, this is the point – if Nikon offered a better APS-C mirrorless camera with excellent glass, you would have considered it first before going to other brands.

      • Culitripi

        Yes, I would of looked at nikon if it had a decent offering.

        Trey has money, he can buy the latest shinny things and test it out for us. No hating on my part. Great for him to share his experience and if he gets paid for it, why not.

        And when I bought the D600 Fuji still hadn’t proved itself. I think I would of gone from my D300s to Fuji instead of D600 if it was an option back then.

        I hope Nikon gets it soon, I’d gladly come back. I have fond memories of Nikon, can’t say the same for Canon =P

    • Drazen B

      Full frame body is never a good choice for young fathers of even one baby let alone two and when primarily shooting kids. Just as you I also made a mistake of being carried away by the quality, fit, presence and seriousness of an film-FX kit but in my case I started with it few years before the kids came. Then I sold most of it in favor of the good-old Panasonic rangefinder-style camera DMC-LC1…boy did I love that digicam. For a young father with two little boys it had everything I was after – compactness, compact size, yet preserving a look and feel of a serious photographic tool.

      However, that time is now long gone, the kids are almost in their teens now and I have much more time and energy to ‘get back’ into a more serious photography, the one I used to enjoy back in the day shooting with both color and B&W film.

      So I’m back shooting with full frame, D800 for just about everything and my trusty F100 when I feel like shooting some of those good old-school B&W film shots.

      Fujifilm cameras could be a perfect fit for you now, but if you ever really ‘felt’ that awesomess of shooting FX (which many sadly never do) you will be back into it in a few years I can guarantee you that. Seeing now that you’re already talking about getting a large DX pro-body as a ‘backup’ only fortifies that. One small advantage you might have in the future over the rest of us that currently own and primarily shoot DSLR is that by the time you get back the mirrorless DSLRs should abound and the flippin’ mirrors should be thing of the past. Stay tuned brother…and report back here one day in the future 😉

      As far as Trey and his boomerang-NEX obsession, he is different from both you and me and the most of us here as he shoots for living. Sony NEX is definitely not something a photog like him should use as a primary tool, but that’s just me, others might disagree.

      Stay well and keep shooting!

      • JakeB

        Great post Drazen B, kind of mirrors my situation as well, and I’m sure many other here would be able to identify and find themselves in your write-up.

        Also, agree

        • JakeB

          Was going to say that I also agree about your commentary on Trey, NEX are great cameras and I own the NEX-6, but using them as a primary pro-tool in the outdoor shooting locations and locations he usually shoots at – won’t be something I’d suggest.

          However, Trey is Trey, a great guy with borderline-unhealthy techno gadgets obsession, and we all know he loves the latest and the shiniest 😉

      • Jon Ingram

        I both agree and disagree. Like you, I have been a photographer for many years. I became a father a little over a year ago, but I still find my Dslr to be my camera of choice when on outings with the family. I will say, however, that I bring along my dx body and just one lens in order to save on weight while running around. If a toddler doesn’t wear you out, nothing will! Last week I went to an aquarium that had a lot of indoor situations where the low-light capabilities of my dslr along with my low-light lens allowed me to get shots that I never would have gotten otherwise. Sometimes it’s a pain to lug an dslr around, but so far for me it has always been worth it. I may be converted some day for my casual work, but I don’t suspect I will ever be converted for my professional work. More power to Trey though. I wish him all the best. For fast paced situations, the ergonomics and larger size of my dslr really help me get the shots quickly and on the fly.

        • Drazen B

          the camera I had was F5 (a monster in every sense), not a DX 🙂 Had I owned a digital DX at the time of birth of my sons I would have probably stuck with it just like you did.

          Actually my Panasonic LC1 with a single lens (which was pretty much a digital Leica in disguise) I used when the kids were little was about the size of a DX, anyway.


        • Culitripi

          My x-e1 will or x100s will do all this. The image quality and low light capabilities are outstanding. I think this is what folks aren’t getting, its not that we are trading quality for size. These cameras are delivering outstanding quality at half or less the size. Its not generations away, it’s finally here, quality in a small package.

          The difference between a DX dslr and an aps-c mirrorless is minimal. Maybe lens choice or some other body features separate them but image quality and control wise, X series delivers.
          Try one out.

  • MarkB

    I’m a DLSR shooter and think they are great. But to be devil’s advocate, I must point out that the highest image quality ever produced in B&W would still have to be the old 8×10 view cameras. They went the way of the dodo bird not because smaller cameras had better IQ but because smaller cameras were….smaller.

  • Mark

    Trey, learn to speak as a professional. Leave the profanities and swearing in your home. We don’t appreciate it in ours. You’re not in a bar … you’re being recorded.

  • RubbishDumper

    Ya … I respect Trey as one of the master in internet marketing who used social media to drive traffic … but as a photographer (or landscape photography) … he is certainly not “Ansel Adams” class!

    The idea of moving into mirror-less bodies is not new … just like Leica started the R-series in the film days … but for Professionals to move over, I think, it will take a few more years until mainstream manufacturers move their mirror-less technology into Full-Frame with a whole lot of inter-changeable lens!

  • Robert Isha

    i don’t get these guys..all they do is complain about how heavy and bulky the d800 is or any dslr for that matter..he drives a car all the time and the camera is on the tripod 100% of the time..and he don’t hike that much..the d800 is a beast the controls layout is simply amazing ..everything is right there..i have a d800 and 105 vr macro and 16-35 and i don’t even drive i walk around with no problem..i feel like these so called pros nag and complain too much..but i will tell you this..if you put them in somewhere..not so exotic..he or they wont come up with a good pictures like us ..i just think they are at the right place and the right time..where no picture can go wrong..i mean he basically travels around the world..no offence to him..he is a great photographer

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