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  1. Difficult to predict. But I wouldn't write them off too early. CaNikon have very strong brands and for certain purposes the lens/camera product lines are hard to beat currently. I've sold my D4 as the D810 is more than enough for my portrait work but can't imagine for instance that Bundesliga photogs would change their habits and switch to some Chinese mirrorless plastic toy... Not so fast at least. By the way, recently there was a rather provoking article on a highly frequented news page (Spiegel) with the title 'True photographers use Nikon cameras' (not Leica), in my opinion kind of showing the strength of the Nikon (and Canon) brands. Sorry for the German link: https://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/leica-werbefilm-in-china-echte-fotografen-benutzten-nikon-kameras-a-1264584.html 😉
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    Just out of curiosity: the mike is not the Rode NTK or Microtec Gefell UM92? The Neumann U67 probably has a wider cage, so that's unlikely. And the spider is also not Neumann like....
  3. Well, regardless of what the general opinion on the internet is - I'm quite satisfied with my Z6 and the new firmware is cool too. Yes, since I've got mine already in Nov and so it's rather an early one, I need to send it in. But at least Nikon is doing something, they seem to have learnt from the D600 desaster. Regarding the current eBay value, I wouldn't care too much about it. Unless you're not interested in the camera any more. I for my part am still using my two NX1s as well, so can easily bridge the time until I get the Z6 back. In particular its viewfinder is much better than the older NX1 plus the new 14-30/4 is really great. Just my 2c.
  4. Cool, it works in video... https://youtu.be/138j8fQG6jE
  5. Yep, excellent work going on here. Thx and kudos to Andrew for this. Andrew, I only hope that your bigger presence on the "Monsters" will not result in less quality here, as I don´t have Facebook/Twitter/etc accounts. Don't need the tons of distracting nonsense over there. Looking for the gold nugget in the heaps of sh*t is nothing I´m willing to spend my time on. I think the position of EOSHD is quite comfortable. Yes, if you are VW, you sell millions of cars and belong to the biggest players out there - and somtimes you are in the bad spot-light because of politics or whatever. Nevertheless you earn billions of €€€. On the other end there is Porsche, not selling too many units but still very profitable. Now starting from that set-up it is pretty easy for Porsche to enter the mainstream market from their high-quality-level if they wish to. And they did, works pretty well so far. With their Cayenne/Macan series they discovered a huge gold mine they are digging now since a couple of years. Well, now look at VW and their Phaeteon-endeavor. Quite a disaster. EOSHD is rather in the Porsche position, providing high quality stuff and discussions. Said that, I consider myself being kind of Average-Joe regarding the content I'm producing. Nothing too sophisticated (yet) although my stills-photography is certainly in pro-territory (at least that´s what I'm told). In video I still have a long way to go and this site helps me significantly. I believe that the success of this site could grow further by improving the accessability to the great advice which is already there. What is 10bit 422, why, how to use LUTs and which for which cameras, audio is important, what to use etc. The content is already very good, and further development could carfefully go into the direction of the enthusiast videographer embracing all those who want to stand above all the cat-stuff on facebook. Porsche doesn't produce a VW Golf competitor - a Macan, however, (even though controversial for some) is a huge success. Good luck to Andrew - and to all of us who still appreciate high-quality nuggets in the huge pile of bollocks over the internet...
  6. Yep, similar situation here. Picking up groups of kids (kindergarten, class rooms) or quick question/answer situations in the field. A classical interview situation with a lav mic is easier but sometimes you can't use it and/or need good ambient sound. @Gregormannschaft, are you always using the MKE 600 directly into the cam? I also have the KA 600 but prefer a preamp/mixer in between.
  7. Would be interesting to see (or hear...) if the preamps are really capable. Saying that it´s just better than "most of DSLR preamps" is not very promising, though...
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    Anyone experience with the new Tamron 85mm/1.8 VC? Lenstip has a review about it: http://www.lenstip.com/472.1-Lens_review-Tamron_SP_85_mm_f_1.8_Di_VC_USD.html It would be nice to see some real life tests with this new baby. I find the lens interesting, one of the reasons being that it seems to resemble the Zeiss design - without the big price tag of the latter http://camyx.com/rumors/2015/05/tamron-85mm-f1-8-vc-lens-patent/ PS Here´s another one http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Tamron_SP_85mm_f1-8_Di_VC_USD/
  9. I'm with Mattias on that one: Skin and audio are key. Not that fuzzy would be wrong either but if you have two alternatives for almost the same price tag, your priority is probably on these two aspects. Plus usability of course. All that said, I have tons of Nikon glass myself and have bought an NX1 (and the two S lenses for convenience plus the 16mm and 30mm primes). And two Nikon mount adapters. And an LX100 for really quick stuff. Happy so far.
  10. Yes, thanks a lot for the review. A more general question as this seems also to be Jpr´s view: Dou you prefer 5-inch due to its better mobility? Was thinking about a 7-inch model myself but this makes me re-think again...
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    Cell phones replace DSLRs!

    Well, not all DSLRs will be replaced by a phone...
  12. That's quite a lot bs in that article indeed. By the way, many people rant quite a lot about micro contrast and some sort of "magic" etc in their reviews. Well, lenses as well as sensors have gotten really, really good nowadays and as it has become difficult to differentiate stuff on such a high level, people start finding things which are not objective or not even measurable at all. I thing Thom Hogan has put it quite nicely in one of his most recent articles: http://www.dslrbodies.com/lenses/lens-articles/what-is-micro-contrast.html
  13. For video maybe less often but at least for stills you need apertures < f4 also for smaller dof, not only for low light. But you're right the new sensor generation will be very interesting. I believe they will start updating the higher end cameras first (D850 etc.) otherwise people might want to switch their bigger toys for cheaper ones leaving Nikon with less margin at the end.
  14. I can recommend this one, especially in front of an APS-C sensor: https://photographylife.com/reviews/nikon-20mm-f1-8g-ed/4 Not too heavy, suficiently sharp, around 600 bucks.
  15. Marcel, I don´t have the Tamron but the 24-120/f4 is really versatile. Not for dark situations but for these you have the primes. I have the 50/f1.4 (actually both, the Sigma-Art and the G-Nikkor) and the 85/f1.4D. Using them for stills (Portraits) mostly. If flexibility is needed and for video in normal light I don't hesitate to use the zoom - as a plus it also has VR. It is not the sharperst knife in the drawer but sufficient for most situations. But you should also know that around easter Tamron comes up with a 85/f1.8 with image stabilization and - depending on your budget - it could also be an interesting lens. I think I´m gonna get that one.
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