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Latest comments, thoughts and reaction to our recently reviewed Photographic Equipment, including the Nikon Z7 II Review.

Why is the lack of a forward articulated screen constantly regarded as a con (ePHOTOzine is not alone in this)? I note it is qualified by recognising that "some" will wish for it, but some may not. Personally, I much prefer a tilting screen, as I have no need to photograph or video myself, and I imagine I am not alone in this. I just don't want a screen that hangs off the side of my camera. The problem seems to stem from a number of YouTube vloggers, who seem clueless about photography and review all cameras as if they are vlogging machines. Maybe that's a bit harsh, but vloggers are, I suspect, very much a minority, though a vocal one, and their needs are niche (I do not include all videographers in this category). And don't get me started on the "selfie" generation, though they tend to use smartphones.

At the end of the day, it is all a matter of preference. None of my cameras have a front facing screen, and I like it that way. Some are fixed, some tilt and my favourite articulation method is on my Fuji which also allows a degree of tilt while in portrait orientation. So please, please, please stop listing this as a con!

Made by Cynog on 24 Feb 2021 2:48PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply


Quote:Expensive and perhaps not really worth it if a thief can steal your drive and just crack open the case and read the enclosed SSD.

I just bought one of these and I have to say I'm happy with it. I expected a bit more on the actual advertised speeds because I'm a speed freak myself and some "cheap" USB sticks I bought lately are much faster in terms of small file transfer or even big file transfer when there is a lot of data (order of tens of gigabytes), say Sandisk Extreme Pro ones or Corsair Flash Voyager GTX.

Nonetheless, it has encryption turned one with the swipe of a finger which no other drive/case in this price range has. To get now to your point, I don't think you'll be able to actually access the drive if you open the case, especially the Touch version with encryption on. There are some photos straight from Samsung that show the memory chips are residing straight on one board together with the USB-C port so it's not your average SATA/NVME drive inside. Also, the fingerprint reader is connected with some pins to this board and I'd expect if you take it out, the storage is unusable, unreadable, unwritable.
There's a similar thing happening to some hardware encryption external hard drives out there where if you take the drive out you can't do too much with it. Might be there are ways to completely erase it but I think it's really risky and means usually playing with the electronics to allow it to be formatted and reused. This anyway means currently stored data is unreadable as it is encrypted with a AES256 external hardware key (samsung t7 case) so you're safe.

Main reason to buy this device is security and really good transfer, but if you want extremely fast transfer at expense of security, there are other options there like using a NVME-to-USB-C case and the fastest NVME drive you can get. Might be even cheaper overall,

Made by vlsp on 16 Feb 2021 10:17PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Thanks a lot for this review. The wideness of this lens is fantastic. I should take a more specific look at it.
Recently I engaged in a similar topic and I would be happy to hear your thoughts about my reviews. Hope you share your opinion on it

Made by JoanLParks on 13 Feb 2021 8:43PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

I saw a review online written by a news photographer who uses a Q2 for his job. In four years, he shot over 500,000 (yes, half a million images - not a typo) with his Q2 with no malfunctions, no failures, no shutter assembly issues. That is impressive by any metric.

To put those 500,000+ exposures in perspective, I remember reading that Nikon and Canon's pro DSLR bodies have shutters rated for 300,000 exposures. I have never read of any DSLR made by any maker that made 500,000+ exposure with no problems.

Yes, the Q2/Q2 Monochrom are costly. Quality, craftsmanship, durability and reliability are not to be had at bargain prices.

Made by herrbarnack on 10 Feb 2021 4:10PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

There's an inconsistency here. If photographers shooting B/W "aren't going to mind some noise", why should they be bothered about the extra sharpness of a mono sensor over a colour one? And you have to stop it down to get max sharpness. And there's flare These Leicas really are the emperors new clothes.

Aart from which, what is this OCD current about sharpness? If you intend to shoot test charts and enter competitions for who can show the most lines per mm maybe it makes sense. Otherwise who notes the sharpness of an image? Does anyone go to a Don McCullin or Martin Parr exhibition and remark on the sharpness of their pictures.All you need for a picture is sharp enough. The rest is bulls***t.

If anyone remarks on the sharpness of a picture, one thing is certain. The picture has failed.

Made by lemmy on 10 Feb 2021 12:46PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

First a minor typo. In the description beneath the 14-24 it is described as a 12-24.

Second - a great summary of some outstanding optics Tongue

I only own 3 of the ones in the list - so far.

I minor comment on the 14-24 - in the early release notes Nikon mentioned a price of £2,399 - and 2-3 weeks later increased it to £2,499.

Made by LenShepherd on 6 Feb 2021 8:41AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

@MydarlingRed - isn't that all mentioned on the first page? Under what's new with the Mark III. The Mark II also had USB C.

Made by someone on 5 Feb 2021 8:10AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

I cannot believe they only gave this camera a 4,5 but then they failed to list the joystick, 400k shutter, my menu as pro’s while starry sky AF and Handheld high res became features and they got the IBIS wrong as the iii offers 1.5 stops over the ii not 1 with 7 stops on any mz lens whereas the ii offered only 5.5 and no mention of usb C, an industry standard. Ah well everyone had their own agenda.

Made by MydarlingRed on 4 Feb 2021 9:42PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

or buy a Leica MP and use black and white film solely?

Made by pablophotographer on 4 Feb 2021 5:41PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply


This photo is not sharp , blurry ?
SR not work?

Made by Oxygenum on 27 Jan 2021 11:23AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply