I just saw one of the original files shot with a D90 (the japanese one with people walking down some sort of hall - they do some panning to see motion smoothnes). I'm not very impressed. The video looked very digital - almost to a degree where it looked like a Photoshop glassfilter had been imposed. What is your impression?
2008-09-05 - 09:34:07
The video feature on the D90 is quite nice and will provide a great new avenue of expression for some users. However, the lack of essential features and the awkward form factor make it an unsuitable substitute for a camcorder (as typically used) regardless of the image quality. If a person buys a D90 thinking it will be a replacement for a camcorder, he is likely to be woefully disappointed.
2008-09-05 - 09:38:50
When i first saw the news about the camera, it was late, and i was barely awake.
Upon reading it, my jaws dropped, and feel asleep with a nice smile on my face.
80% of my business is photography, and the rest videography.
I cant tell you how many times, i was shooting, and had to stop,
dig in my bag for my video camera, and begin video while dangling
my camera on my shoulder.
Most tourist i see in my city walk around with a camera, and a video camera.
This feature is priceless, and especially if you can switch between video and photo
with a press of one button.
As an artist medium, this camera will give all those creative people the possibility to creative artistic short movies (or standard length) in ways that wasn't to feasible in the past.
To have a camera that does decent video, controls depth of field, and uses interchangeable lenses thats around $1,500 or so is remarkable to say the least.
I love movies for one (epecially "indie" movies) and can see students who are on a limited bugdet create some really good stuff with this camera.
So lets explore all the features in can do, push the boundaries and have fun, instead of nit-pick what it doesn't have.
Can't wait till it debuts :)
2008-09-09 - 07:03:01
D90 & 18-105mm VR hands on test
On Saturday, after teaching my photography class I got to spend several hours shooting with the D90 and the 18-105mm VR lens. Overall I'd have to say that I really enjoyed shooting it - albeit 6hrs is not enough time to test everything about the camera. The D90 simply take great photos.
I turned off or down the noise reduction as much as I could, and left the metering on Matrix, the Auto Focus on AF-S and just used the center AF point. I tried a wide range of ISOs, 200-3200, in both bright outdoor light and lower indoor ambient light. When I used the Active D-Lighting I had it set on 'High'. ...Anyway, as I mentioned above, the camera takes great photos, colors were excellent, detail (when pixel-peeping on my computer later) was excellent too, even at ISO 1600 and 3200. Comparing the D90 to My D40 in terms of noise, I feel that it (the D90) does every bit as good between 200-400 and hold more detail and colors look better above at 800 and 1600. Noise levels at ISO 800 were too close for me to call between the two cameras, but ISO 1600 seemed cleaner.
The Active D-Lighting works really, really well. In shooting things in shade it pulled out the detail nicely and as long as I started with low ISOs to begin with, there was no perceived added noise in the image.
• Everything in terms of picture taking is fast. No shutter lag, fast AF, instant startup, 4.5fps.
• Metering is at or near perfect, every time. (I shot at -0.3EV, but that's my just my taste).
• Active D-Lighting works really well and produces low noise.
• Low ISO noise. With NR set to off or low it's as good as my D40.
• Good ergonomics overall. See issue below.
• 3" LCD is very nice, bright and viewable even in very bright light.
• Nice dynamic range, D-Lighting really helps shadow areas.
• One button Live!
• Buttons like AF and the Shooting Mode are not of the progressive selection type. Adjusting those setting feels slightly strange.
• Live View's Auto Focus is painfully slow. Much slower than most point and shoot cameras. It'll be fine for macro and studio work but ineffective on anything moving quickly.
• In playback mode, there is a delay when going from one picture to the next.
• IMO, the plastic flash catch release feels worse than the one on my D40, that broke.
• I didn't care for the movie mode, the picture was good, but sound was low, making sure you had things in focus was a pain. I'm sure I could find things where I'd use the movie mode.... It's a pretty good "first generation try", but not something I'd consider a major plus on the camera.
Overall: I like it, the 2 new picture controls are excellent, and the portrait setting does a great job on people. Image quality and exposure are excellent. As is the low noise. People, like me, looking to upgrade from cameras like the D50/70/40/60 will definitely thing this would be a good choice. D80 users...maybe not so much. Novices will find the camera takes great pictures with little effort, while amateurs or advance amateurs will find its performance, features, high ISO performance, responsiveness, and feel to be right to their liking.
The 18-105mm VR will probably be a topic of discussion for a lot of people as to whether or not to get it with the D90.... I shot it on both the D90 and my D40, here's my opinion on it:
• Could not get that thing to show any Chromatic Aberration.
• Sharp wide open at all focal lengths. Stopping down
• Very fast AF, no front/back focus issues.
• Low distortion, even at 18mm it seemed fine to me,
• No flare when the sun was not in picture; barely any even when the sun was.
• VR effective, but it had a few quirks (10-20 out of 370+ shots).
• Performance vs. cost (when paired up with the D90).
• Noticeable vignetting at 18mm wide open (f/3.5), more so than my 18-55 on my D40. It didn't look bad to me, just darker.
• VR takes a second for it to seem like it's working sometimes. I had to giggle the camera a couple of times to get it to "kick on" too.
• No M/A mode.
Overall: I like it enough to want to get it to replace my 18-55, even if I had to pay the full $400 to do it.
2008-09-16 - 09:04:47
I see these guys from time to time. He was posing for my first outing with some D90 video, so thought I'd capture him. Their story is interesting. These lizards are not indigenous to South Florida, as they hitch hiked here from some islands back in the 60's. Since that time, they've managed to migrate 75-100 miles from the Miami area (where they originally arrived) to the West Palm area. Quite a feat for such small guys, but I'm sure they hitch hiked a lot while in Florida. They do eat the regular sized lizards as they are 5-6 times the size.
This was taken with the 18-105VR, and I believe it is a 100% crop. Its all JPEG. I wish I was able to take a look at the NEF.
2008-10-09 - 07:16:45
I had intended to start a thread here to report my findings, but uploading this crop from a 12 minute ISO 200 exposure was as far as I got:
2012-09-14 - 01:53:54
If you want to make sure that you are getting the best original