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Nikon Df Review

Review / 07/24/2014 / 0 Comments
Nikon Df Review
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

One of the theories of the cosmic balance is based on the idea that everything takes place in cycles, cycles in which familiar sequences of events repeat, thus making the world constantly exposed to the effect of the already seen… Déjà vu? The fact that history repeats itself is supported by a mass of evidence, and the same can be said about the trends in the world of fashion. Until only recently, technology was more or less immune to this phenomenon, as long as the market race was entered by financially driven contestants, who had not joined the digital era on time or had done it with a lack of energy. A few years ago when Olympus presented its digital version of the Pen camera series, formerly popular worldwide, it appeared that the photography-loving public became simply hypnotized by the idea of modern cameras packed in a retro design. Indeed, in the years to come, the market was flooded with a whole bunch of various cameras of all classes for which the common denominator was the fact that they combined compactness, a large sensor, and very often - retro design.


Nikon D5300 Review

Review / 07/24/2014 / 0 Comments
Nikon D5300 Review
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

Time definitely “flies”! Despite the fact that almost a year has passed since the announcement of the D5200 model, premiere of the Nikon D5300 seems slightly premature… as it hasn’t been long since we saw the predecessor for the first time. It is obvious that the rapid tempo that has been present for quite some time in all domains of photo industry (and not only it), has made time pass by seemingly faster, so the change of generations appears to happen more often than it really does. Exposure of consumers to products that feature not-so-big improvements has created a conditioned reflex that causes very negative reactions to the frequent "splurge" of new models. Unlucky circumstances have automatically placed the Nikon D5300 into the group of uninventive “imitators” of previous generation, together with Canon’s the EOS 700D and Nikon’s the D610. Although all three cameras have some dominant common traits with the models they have replaced, the fact is that unlike the other two cameras, the Nikon D5300 definitely offers enough to be accepted slightly different and with due examination, without any prejudice.


Nikon D7100 Review

Review / 07/24/2014 / 0 Comments
Nikon D7100 Review
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

Looking at the development of different technologies from various industries, we often wonder – what will happen when the market becomes oversaturated? Or reaches the limits of current technology in the moment when the new one is still unknown? It is an interesting phenomenon that in almost all industrial branches that aim towards dizzying progress, says that these generation breakdowns happen very rarely, or never. Whenever it seems to us that the current technology solves everything, it turns out that there is quite enough room for innovation, and more than enough, before the last cards hit the desk and companies are forced to radically change their approach.


Nikon D800/D800E Review

Review / 07/24/2014 / 0 Comments
Nikon D800/D800E Review
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

“The King is dead! Long live the King!“ The well-known saying from the Middle Ages might not have too much to do with the situation in photo industry, but we might say that it is an ideal representation of the change on the resolution throne we are witnessing these weeks. Is this the herald of some new occasions, is yet to be seen. For the time being, spotlights are directed to the new sovereign of small format DSLRs, and the first impressions tell us that it might bring about a complete change in the understanding of the growth of resolution as the aggravating factor in relation to the quality of the photos provided by Bayer’s sensors. And no... it is not a Canon!


Nikon D600 Review

Review / 07/24/2014 / 0 Comments
Nikon D600 Review
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

Not so long ago, at times it seemed that the 35mm cameras outside the high-end class would gradually yield before the invasion of the "fancy" APS-C DSLRs of all relevant manufacturers, and that impression was additionally intensified after the market had been aggressively attacked by the so called MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) systems, which additionally messed up the calculation.. And, of course, the actual situation indicated such a trend – why would anyone want a big, heavy system, when one could get an easier, more portable and inconspicuous system of an equal potential? But is that quite so?


Canon EOS 70D Review

Review / 07/24/2014 / 0 Comments
Canon EOS 70D Review
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

Exactly 13 years after the first model in the "two-digit" class Canon DSLRs have traveled a long distance. From a simple camera with a small sensor and limited only to EF lenses, such were models D30, D60 and somewhat later the EOS 10D, they evolved into serious magnesium bodies, whose smaller sensor, starting basically with the EOS 20D, was for the first time seen as an advantage, instead of being a cheap variant of FF cameras. Introduction of dedicated APS-C lenses labeled EF-S extended the range of usability for Canon's advanced APS-C bodies, and provided photography enthusiasts with enjoyment for much less money than it was the case until then. Eventually this class would have several revamps, in terms of construction, as well as functions, but it would always be an important item in the specter of Canon’s DSLRs.


Canon EOS 6D Review

Review / 07/24/2014 / 0 Comments
Canon EOS 6D Review
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

Psychologists say that children in the first period of their lives follow and imitate every move made by the adults, and that they continue doing it during growing up. Generally, this pattern is characteristic for all intelligent beings, more or less prominent. What is the connection here with our topic? Well, it’s quite simple. Big companies also often act quite childish, in a way. The level of interest for certain segments of production varies in relation to the current demand on the market, but it also depends on the moves made by the market leaders. Call it imitation, stealing ideas, whatever, the essence is what matters here. Earlier, manufacturers were trying to cater to buyers, while the situation is reversed today, and manufacturers are the ones to produce the demand, applying a marketing pressure to buyers and forming their needs, through both innovations and various manipulative actions. Those who create such a climate are usually the leaders, and the others are most often – imitators.


Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review

Review / 10/02/2014 / 0 Comments
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet

When a torrent of disappointment gives way to rationality, the EOS 5D Mark III really has something to offer. We will try to dissect it into elements and determine whether, and to what degree, the last gymnastic stunt made by Canon is justified, in terms of redefining the classes of cameras and their positions on the market.