SheikYerbouti

SheikYerbouti

Lives in France Paris, France
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On Photographer turns camera on teenage 'freighthoppers' article (189 comments in total)

An excellent idea for a themed series of photographs. And brilliantly done, too! One doesn't always need a $3000 brick and a sack full of $2000 beer cans to take impressive images.

Today it's probably less romantic to ride freight trains across the continent than it was in Jack London's days, when hobos used to carve their monikers into the water tanks along the railway line to communicate and to stay in touch ... today there's the Internet :-) Still, I envy these youngsters the experience.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 14:20 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
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rrr_hhh: "The negatives in the so-called 'Mexican suitcase' were from Capa's coverage of the Spanish Civil War. He travelled to Spain in 1936 and shot hundreds of rolls of film during the conflict, which these days is relatively little-known outside Spain."
What !? Relatively little-known ? This can only be true for the Americans who were brainwashed by years of anti-communist propaganda and whose government cared for good relationships with fascist Franco government.

This tragedy is well known in the EU, where official government kept quiet while the progressists and democrates were massacrated. The controversy is still raging in Spain, where the history of those crimes need to be revisited.

I see the dumb-brigade is out again in full force. Really, Maaku, you have obviously no idea what you're talking about otherwise you wouldn't repeat such outrageous and long disproved lies. You have probably never bothered to inform and educate yourself about history about Marxism, about Anarchism ... couldn't be arsed to read? Instead you have developed strong opinions on subjects you know nothing about. What has happened to you? Been robert-conquested? Been propagandized to the hilt?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2013 at 15:32 UTC
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starwolfy: Am I the only one not to like touch-screen ? I think I am doomed regarding mobile devices and camera. I should try to get use to it... ;)

No, you're not the only one. I've been feeling "doomed" since years because of all sorts of developments I'm not happy about ... from wide-screen displays (no choice!) to the dumbing-down of the general public and the resulting conformism, fanboyism and infantilism of large numbers of people ... too much to get into here.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 06:14 UTC
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Peiasdf: A $21 billion revenue company. Go Fuji.

Fanboy? Sucker for anything "corporate"? Capitalist stooge? Any personal integrity left?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 06:02 UTC
On Just posted: Fujifilm X-E1 Review article (527 comments in total)
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Robert Garcia NYC: Pentax K-5IIs, would love to see that review one day...

... yeah, me too. But I'm not sure this will happen.

Regarding Fuji: I love the classic look of the X100(S) ... a real beauty! The X-pro 1 and the X-E1 are a much more versatile cameras but in my opinion they lack a little in the "looks department". Why did Fuji opt for such a cheesy looking hand grip? It seems like an afterthought ...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2013 at 06:20 UTC

I've written it before and I'll keep repeating it for as long as Sigma keep launching ever more fixed-lens versions of the same camera ...

I'm sure this will be another great little camera from Sigma. But, ahhh ... the price! $999 (£799.99 in the UK) is a lot to ask for these days, especially with compact APS-C cameras like Fuji's X series, Sony's Nex series and a whole zoo of MFT cameras around.

Provided the new Foveon sensor lives up to its promise of delivering excellent IQ, wouldn't it have been nice if Sigma had equipped the Merrill with a proprietary mount (no compatibility necessary) and supplied it together with a set of four high quality f/2.8 pancake lenses (24mm, 35mm, 55mm/macro, 85mm), all nicely arranged in a velvet lined gift box for, let's say, £1199.99? Am I asking too much?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2013 at 14:03 UTC as 11th comment | 4 replies
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ci-lee: Despite the minute 'upgrade', the K5-family is still a great DSLR, stacking up well against any APS-C and smaller system. Previous posts have questioned the lack of appeal when stacked up to the new wave of mirrorless models, let alone competitive APS-C DSLR's but I own an X-Pro 1 and can name a few key points:

- the weather/shock proof design & durable pro-grade shutter. Only the OMD (and K30) is sealed and while being a M43, isn't so compact comparatively when lens, grip, etc are attached. And compared to other DSLR's it's def smallish.

- the button layout is incredibly well done. The AF switch stands out in particular. I got my X-Pro 1 bc being able to make adjustments tactilely and with the camera at eye-level make the camera a more useable tool. The Pentax trumps that and just about any other camera close to its price tag and def below...a plus for sports, street and candid photography.

- AF Speed. Many MILC's claim super fast focusing but I don't know of any that dont struggle in AF-C and low light. The K5 is ver good at focusing.

- Price. For those looking to build a new system, the original K5 can be had with the weather resistant kit lens for $900 in the US! It'll only be a matter of months before a similar drop will be seen in te successors. Good deal for anyone looking for a great camera.

Amen to that. I have always found the combination of K-5's size, its excellent handling and its utilitarian good looks are without par in this class of camera and I'm glad the design gets another lease of life with the Mark II. I do hope Pentax have the good sense to stick with these design principles when they will eventually replace the K-5 line with a new model. But I am not optimistic about this as the recent introduction of cheesy looking cameras sporting odd shapes and baroque decorations (K-30) hint in another direction.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2012 at 12:12 UTC
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SheikYerbouti: The camera should be high quality, comparatively small, weather-sealed, robust, durable, ergonomic and with good classic looks. It's sensor should be the best APS-C sensor that's currently available, which is Fuji's 16MP X-Trans CMOS sensor ... which means, the camera should be a Fuji. It should have a fixed 24mm-120mm zoom lens with a constant maximum aperture of f/2.0, good macro capabilities and smoothly operating mechanical zoom and aperture rings. There should be some sort of snap-on lens available that shifts the zoom range to 240mm or 300mm (at the expense of one or two stops). All important controls should be accessible through dedicated buttons or dials. If such a camera should pass the usual reviews without major hick-ups I'd be happy pay 1200$-1800$ for it (including the snap-on) ...

I forgot to mention that against the current trend I'd prefer this camera to be an SLR with a bright and informative 100% viewfinder.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 01:39 UTC

The camera should be high quality, comparatively small, weather-sealed, robust, durable, ergonomic and with good classic looks. It's sensor should be the best APS-C sensor that's currently available, which is Fuji's 16MP X-Trans CMOS sensor ... which means, the camera should be a Fuji. It should have a fixed 24mm-120mm zoom lens with a constant maximum aperture of f/2.0, good macro capabilities and smoothly operating mechanical zoom and aperture rings. There should be some sort of snap-on lens available that shifts the zoom range to 240mm or 300mm (at the expense of one or two stops). All important controls should be accessible through dedicated buttons or dials. If such a camera should pass the usual reviews without major hick-ups I'd be happy pay 1200$-1800$ for it (including the snap-on) ...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 01:26 UTC as 415th comment | 2 replies

Seeing the gorgeous images that Sigma's latest APS-C sized Foveon sensor is capable of ...

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/sigma_dp1_merrill.shtml
http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/sigma_dp2_merrill_review/sample_images/

... I'm wondering how much better a FF camera can possibly be? If only someone with the right know-how could help them to build a camera that's actually usable ...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 16:00 UTC as 10th comment
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Francis Carver: Looks like Fujifilm has a state of the art, albeit vintage early 1950s technology here half a century later. What a huge hit this will be!

The "zooming" is great, provided you have a 20/20 vision or better. Using a smallish binocular or monocular front of the hybrid viewfinder might also be rather helpful to see what you are actually framing on when you zoom in.

And who would not just love the fact that when trying to frame the shot, what you will see on the right-bottom portion of your frame is your very own zoom lens hard at work. Good anti-theft feature built right in as well -- you would immediately notice if the lens was NOT on the camera.

> Good anti-theft feature built right in as well ...

... hilarious! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 17:45 UTC

A zoom lens on a rangefinder type of camera seems to be going against everything that rangefinders were originally designed for. But, as Fuji have demonstrated with their X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras, it can be done quite elegantly. Still, I'm wondering how useful and how intuitive a zoom will be on these cameras? To me a zoom makes much more sense on an SLR because its through-the-lens view is more suitable for framing and composing an image with a zoom. I think rangefinder photographers are better off with 2, 3 or 4 excellent prime lenses in the bag ...

... which gives me an idea: Wouldn't it be nice if at some point in the future Fuji introduced a high quality, compact, K-5-style SLR that made use of their amazing X-Trans sensor? Maybe Photokina 2014 would be the right time to announce such a camera?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 17:26 UTC as 30th comment | 7 replies
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SheikYerbouti: Excellent! Ah, how I wish the X-Pro1 had the size and the looks of the X100 or, better still, a future X100 Mark II had the IQ, the functionality, the responsiveness and the handling of the X-Pro1. I know, I know ... usually I am not among those who always want more. But in this specific case I make an exception. :-)

Thanks for your reply, Tony. Since its introduction a few days ago I have been reading everything I could find about the X-E1 and I'm very impressed with its specs. Although it is lacking the highly desirable hybrid viewfinder and doesn't have quite the good looks of the X100, it seems to tick all the right boxes regarding IQ, handling, durability etc. and unlike the X-Pro1 it is in a price range that I can still afford. If the X-E1 passes the reviews without any major hick-ups I am seriously considering to buy it towards the end of the year ... maybe as a Christmas present to myself.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 23:10 UTC

Excellent! Ah, how I wish the X-Pro1 had the size and the looks of the X100 or, better still, a future X100 Mark II had the IQ, the functionality, the responsiveness and the handling of the X-Pro1. I know, I know ... usually I am not among those who always want more. But in this specific case I make an exception. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 13:56 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
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SheikYerbouti: There was a time, after Italy had risen from the evils of fascism, when Italian design was world class. It was a time when Fiat, Olivetti, Piaggio, Alfa Romeo etc. hit the headlines with their brilliant designs, when Italian engineering (trains) and Italian architecture (Termini) were admired everywhere and when classy ladies like Gina, Sophia, Claudia, Lea, Monica and others helped to promote Italian chique and fashion. Sadly, these times are long over. Today only the most desperate resort to "Italian design" to promote their mediocre products.

I know Opera only from the Internet. Until 2 or 3 years ago their speakers were made from solid wood and followed classic design principles. Today they're all curved and look hideous. But this seems to be a trend across the industry. Regarding Unison ... I have a friend who's got a Unison valve amp that sounds very sweet over his diy open baffle wide band speakers. But as with so many hi-end audio products these days, it looks contrived and pretentious. Why can't people stick with designs that support the function instead of trying to hide it?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 16:29 UTC

There was a time, after Italy had risen from the evils of fascism, when Italian design was world class. It was a time when Fiat, Olivetti, Piaggio, Alfa Romeo etc. hit the headlines with their brilliant designs, when Italian engineering (trains) and Italian architecture (Termini) were admired everywhere and when classy ladies like Gina, Sophia, Claudia, Lea, Monica and others helped to promote Italian chique and fashion. Sadly, these times are long over. Today only the most desperate resort to "Italian design" to promote their mediocre products.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 15:37 UTC as 377th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm XF1 Preview preview (129 comments in total)
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SheikYerbouti: Seems I have posted my first comment in the wrong thread. So, here it goes again ...

What a pretty little camera! I love the looks and the back-to-basics approach of its mechanical zoom. In my opinion there's nothing more intuitive and more instant than a properly designed, smoothly operating mechanical zoom ring.

As far as I can see from this short preview and as others have pointed out before, the only slight letdown seems to be the display of the XF1. Even Ricoh have been using high quality 920k and now 1.2m displays in their much cheaper CX series since years. Using a camera that doesn't have a view finder, a photographer crucially depends on the rear display for framing, composing, focusing, editing etc. The display of such a camera should therefore be state of the art with respect to resolution, refresh rate, brightness, anti-reflective coating etc. Fuji could have done better than using a 460k display for this little gem of a camera.

To be continued ...

Thanks for your reply, Mark. You're right, the X10 is a good example for the additional depth/bulk that comes with a more powerful lens. Shame, really, as a constant f/2.0 lens could do wonders even for a comparatively small 2/3" sensor. I find the steep decline in maximum aperture over the zoom range of the XF1 ... well, shocking :-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 14:42 UTC
On Fujifilm XF1 Preview preview (129 comments in total)
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SheikYerbouti: Seems I have posted my first comment in the wrong thread. So, here it goes again ...

What a pretty little camera! I love the looks and the back-to-basics approach of its mechanical zoom. In my opinion there's nothing more intuitive and more instant than a properly designed, smoothly operating mechanical zoom ring.

As far as I can see from this short preview and as others have pointed out before, the only slight letdown seems to be the display of the XF1. Even Ricoh have been using high quality 920k and now 1.2m displays in their much cheaper CX series since years. Using a camera that doesn't have a view finder, a photographer crucially depends on the rear display for framing, composing, focusing, editing etc. The display of such a camera should therefore be state of the art with respect to resolution, refresh rate, brightness, anti-reflective coating etc. Fuji could have done better than using a 460k display for this little gem of a camera.

To be continued ...

... contd.

One last thing: I wonder how much larger this camera/lens combination would have to be, if the lens had a constant maximum aperture of f/2 and a really useful zoom range of 24-120mm. Does anyone know?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 16:41 UTC
On Fujifilm XF1 Preview preview (129 comments in total)

Seems I have posted my first comment in the wrong thread. So, here it goes again ...

What a pretty little camera! I love the looks and the back-to-basics approach of its mechanical zoom. In my opinion there's nothing more intuitive and more instant than a properly designed, smoothly operating mechanical zoom ring.

As far as I can see from this short preview and as others have pointed out before, the only slight letdown seems to be the display of the XF1. Even Ricoh have been using high quality 920k and now 1.2m displays in their much cheaper CX series since years. Using a camera that doesn't have a view finder, a photographer crucially depends on the rear display for framing, composing, focusing, editing etc. The display of such a camera should therefore be state of the art with respect to resolution, refresh rate, brightness, anti-reflective coating etc. Fuji could have done better than using a 460k display for this little gem of a camera.

To be continued ...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 16:40 UTC as 49th comment | 4 replies
On Just Posted: Hands-on Fujifilm XF1 preview article (20 comments in total)
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SheikYerbouti: What a pretty little camera! I love the looks and the back-to-basics approach of its mechanical zoom. In my opinion there's nothing more intuitive and more instant than a properly designed, smoothly operating mechanical zoom ring.

As far as I can see from this short preview and as others have pointed out before, the only serious letdown seems to be the display of the XF1. Even Ricoh have been using high quality 920k and now 1.2m displays in their much cheaper CX series since years. Using a camera that doesn't have a view finder, a photographer crucially depends on the rear display for framing, composing, focusing, editing etc. The display of such a camera should therefore be state of the art with respect to resolution, refresh rate, brightness, anti-reflective coating etc. Fuji could have done better than using a 460k display for this little gem of a camera.

To be continued ...

... contd.

One last thing ... I wonder how much larger this camera/lens combination would have to be, if the lens had a constant maximum aperture of f/2 and a really useful range of 24-120mm. Does anyone know?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 13:54 UTC
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