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Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R

Review / 03/24/2016 / 0 Comments
Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

After many years of longing on the part of loyal owners of Nikon cameras, the company quite unexpectedly introduced the D800, a model that, at the time, not just outstripped the then resolution leaders among 35mm DSLRs, but it set the standard so high that the majority considered such an act completely useless. In months to come, owners of Canon cameras have been impatiently waiting for their favorite company to reply in an adequate fashion and once again take over the leading position – the position that it kept for so long and that was jeopardized when Nikon introduced the D3X. Some have done this as pure fans, while others because of practical needs.


Canon EOS 750D and 760D

Review / 12/17/2015 / 0 Comments
Canon EOS 750D and 760D
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

Throughout history lots of companies have been associated with visionary myths. It would be really insolent to negate that there were such actions in the past, yet the missionary zeal somehow often vanishes overnight and gives way to apathy and unpreparedness to make and accept changes. Aside from the cases where such a metamorphosis is a reflection of inability on part of conglomerates to spot instantly an adequate moment to take action, a more frequent form of ending in a stalemate results from the feeling of being untouchable. Just like an athlete who dominates his/her discipline and with time gets a feeling of invincibility, so companies must go through a sobering experience in order to accept that they are not alone on the scene.


Nikon D7200 Review

Review / 10/01/2015 / 0 Comments
Nikon D7200 Review
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

“Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.” – Arnold Newman When he made the quoted observation, the well-known American photographer probably did not have in mind that the entire photography industry would start to foster illusionism as an instrument of business affairs. Nonetheless, nowadays we consider photography more of a mirror of life and reality that surrounds us than we can be sure what some new piece of photo equipment brings us.


Nikon D5500 Review

Review / 07/28/2015 / 0 Comments
Nikon D5500 Review
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

For quite some time, Nikon has been in the stage of economizing on resources. After they have invested all their energy in developing and promoting several very successful models in the last couple of years, survived a few affairs with undocumented flaws and support that was not adequate at certain points, they moved on to a state that can be called strategic silence. The models that Nikon has launched lately can hardly be called revolutionary. Perhaps not even by the evolution of the existing ones, but more revisions. It is absolutely clear that Nikon has adopted the tactics of the chief rival (Canon) and decided to apply it in its own market battle. In contrast to Canon, which has opted for unpopular tactics of designing new labels for old products due to being unable to technologically confront his rival in the last couple of years as far as the sensor is concerned, Nikon has offered some improvements, in bits and pieces though. The D610 is an extreme example, which caused a certain level of resignation among members of the public, almost equal to the one that occurred because of the problem with oil on the sensor of the D600, as it is literally identical to its predecessor in technical terms, whereas the D5300 did better, not ideally though, since the differences in relation to the D5200 are just symbolic for the majority.


Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review

Review / 05/22/2015 / 0 Comments
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

If you wish to draw attention of the public, to make it talk about something, you must offer it something unexpected. This recipe works in most situations. Yet, what would it be like if after a number of years with something ‘unexpected’ we finally got something expected, undoubtedly better that the previous? This question was posed to the management of the largest company in the photo world, and as a result of working on the ‘expected’, we have got a new champion of action photography featuring the APS-C format, and perhaps the first APS-C of the new age in the pro category – Canon EOS Mark II!


Nikon D750 Review

Review / 03/03/2015 / 0 Comments
Nikon D750 Review
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

Being lonesome in the category which it belongs to causes even a not particularly good product to become inviting. If it happens that it is also designed superbly, packed exceptionally and free of low quality, a myth of invincibility gets created around it, which shows no signs of fading with time, and finally – it passes into legend. The Nikon D700, a legend that lives on, has become a reference according to many parameters. Some of its characteristics have raised it above the mundane average, some made it unique, yet its strongest point has been reliability, despite the fact it rose to fame thanks to the sensor inherited from the champion D3. This is a camera that is capable of meeting each and every demand of its owner at any moment, no matter if it has to do with a hobby or a serious job – it easily becomes a favorite tool. The D700 brought us an appropriate 35mm digital SLR body, the first one of Nikon’s aroma that a puny mortal could buy, without having to make a financial construction equal to investing in the stock market, and definitely the first body that could be measured against high-end DSLR ‘sportsmen’ in the budget class. Of course, it was not only the sensor that contributed to the D700’s success – there were also subsystems that promoted this model as the most universal DSLR body, so the subsequent success did not surprise many.


Nikon D810 Review

Review / 12/19/2014 / 0 Comments
Nikon D810 Review
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

“The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow,” George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings When you develop an exceptional product (on purpose or by mistake, it is not that important), its next iteration, without exception, is under the shadow of the noted predecessor. Unless you manage to outdo yourself. If plenty of items are withheld from the older model so that there would be room for future improvements, then the list of problems for the manufacturer is getting shorter. However, what happens when the existing product is already polished enough, remarkable in many segments, and obviously flawless? There are two solutions. One is highly unpopular among users, and that is prolonging the introduction of the next generation as long as the current generation demonstrates even the minutest signs of vitality concerning sale. The second solution is shaping the new generation of the product to be even more dazzling and convincing than the former. Or, at least, an illusion about that. Anyway, the epilogue can balance between users’ discontent, indifference or sheer delirium.


Canon EOS 1200D Review

Review / 10/06/2014 / 0 Comments
Canon EOS 1200D Review
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

The doubt that we expressed when presenting the smallest DSLR ever, the Canon EOS 100D, regarding the fact that the class 100D may cease to exist turned out to be incorrect. In fact, what turned out incorrect is the idea that that class would be dismantled; as for the question whether we have a genuinely new camera or not – well, not really. As a number of times so far, it has turned out that analyses which are a reflection of public opinion are almost entirely inconsequential to large corporations. The reasons for that are simpler than it may seem at first glance – ‘public opinion’ is primarily composed of competent individuals, professional thinkers and interested amateurs who, no matter how much importance they place on themselves, do not comprise the majority within a group of potential buyers and followers of events on the photographic scene. The undeniable truth, which we are all well aware of, receives its nth confirmation in a row precisely by introducing one such camera, a model whose purpose is very close to a reprint of worn-out billboards, after rain and the heat of the sun have washed away their glow.


Nikon D3300 Review

Review / 09/03/2014 / 0 Comments
Nikon D3300 Review
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

“The summer collection is ready”… Like advertisements in the fashion industry, marketing campaigns in the photo industry more and more tend to remind one of items of clothing instead of a gadget produced with the purpose of running a particular business or having a hobby. Even the most ambitious companies are caught in a daring game of repeating the same products with only cosmetic differences between generations, and since the profit in no way points to the mistakes during the entire process, it is evident that these manufacturers will change little in such business tactics in the near future.


Canon EOS 100D Review

Review / 09/03/2014 / 0 Comments
Canon EOS 100D Review
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

“If you can’t beat them, join them”… But what should you do if you do not want to join them, because if you do, you accept their rules? In that case, you do something similar, but, at the same time, different enough! If we disregard the ancient past and the emergence of photography as a concept, the recent history of this genre has reached several major milestones. All of them, of course, were related to the digital version of our favorite discipline, profession or hobby (depends on a person), and they are characterized by a noticeable segregation of the market, both from the user’s and the manufacturer’s point of view. The first important milestone occurred at the very moment of presenting the digital counterpart to the analog film. This time we will leave out the story about the comic predictions of the leading people of the industry about the idea that “the digital is transient; just a fad that will soon be forgotten” and the like since we all know how this story ended;