Zvonimir Tosic

Zvonimir Tosic

Lives in Italy Dogana, Italy
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Joined on Oct 14, 2010

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On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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melon: No offense to Leica users, but I can only thank Fuji that they had released their X system before Leica did this.

By all means try T Type, and then try Fuji's X camera. And then you will see and understand. I personally use Pentax cameras and Limited lenses and cannot really enjoy Fuji cameras because they feel inferior in every respect of craftsmanship. In 10 years maybe they'll make something nice.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 11:30 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (501 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: After pulling out EXIF data from some DPR test shots, it was concluded DPR indeed did a sloppy job in evaluating the K-3.
In the AF-C test, they have left the Shake Reduction on, which means camera wanted to stabilise each image in consecutive firing like it would do in a single shot mode.
The Conclusion? DPR made a wrong conclusion about the camera's AF, of course. Their verdict is invalid and wrong and inconsistent with results experienced users are getting out of K-3. Truth is the K-3 is a very sophisticated machine, allowing for many settings. It is not a P&S toy.
Get to know your gear, especially with a less known and more unique brand of cameras, and have a thorough attitude before testing or making public verdicts.

Or in terms of a sport's vocabulary, what you showed us is a punch below the waist, Richard. Those images should be pulled down asap, as they show wrong use, and are shots against the recommended settings.
If you want to make us believe K-3 delivers same results with or without SR turned off, then we shall at least say to readers of this review that is not true.
However, if that is really the case, then please substitute same poor images with SR on with poor images with SR off, to give readers more precise evaluation to conclude whether it's the camera's fault, or your lack of skill. Thank you.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 07:09 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (501 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: After pulling out EXIF data from some DPR test shots, it was concluded DPR indeed did a sloppy job in evaluating the K-3.
In the AF-C test, they have left the Shake Reduction on, which means camera wanted to stabilise each image in consecutive firing like it would do in a single shot mode.
The Conclusion? DPR made a wrong conclusion about the camera's AF, of course. Their verdict is invalid and wrong and inconsistent with results experienced users are getting out of K-3. Truth is the K-3 is a very sophisticated machine, allowing for many settings. It is not a P&S toy.
Get to know your gear, especially with a less known and more unique brand of cameras, and have a thorough attitude before testing or making public verdicts.

Camera is by no mean a mind reader which knows what next move a user will do, and how quickly the panning / camera motion speed will increase. Thus it is generally recommended to leave the SR off in AF-C. (Despite some users' claim they always and on all Pentax cameras successfully used AF-C with SR on, but which is wrong use despite the fact it may work in some specific instances).
We'd love to see all the motion tracking images you have taken with the SR off, to analyse exif data and see other variables and how can you improve K-3 handling and technique.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 01:09 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (501 comments in total)

After pulling out EXIF data from some DPR test shots, it was concluded DPR indeed did a sloppy job in evaluating the K-3.
In the AF-C test, they have left the Shake Reduction on, which means camera wanted to stabilise each image in consecutive firing like it would do in a single shot mode.
The Conclusion? DPR made a wrong conclusion about the camera's AF, of course. Their verdict is invalid and wrong and inconsistent with results experienced users are getting out of K-3. Truth is the K-3 is a very sophisticated machine, allowing for many settings. It is not a P&S toy.
Get to know your gear, especially with a less known and more unique brand of cameras, and have a thorough attitude before testing or making public verdicts.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 22:25 UTC as 23rd comment | 9 replies
On Updated: Creating the Leica T article (197 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: To understand the present, you must first understand the past. Why are Japanese cameras cheaper?

After the WWII, Germany was stripped of all its intellectual property, its industrial and technology patents made void. It was devastating to German companies who have totally lost momentum, and it created a huge bonanza for manufacturers elsewhere (particularly in the US and Japan).

Many of (then) smaller Japanese companies had actually been repair shops before the war, and were familiar with the construction of the cameras, and most had experience fabricating hard to get parts.

The economic boom following shortly after made Japanese into de-facto holders of 95% of world's photography related patents. Which Leica must pay for through the nose, of course, being such a small manufacturer from Germany. When buying any component, because of its small purchasing power, Leica pays many times *more* for same parts than some Japanese camera company.

Of course not, Leica has its own patents. But patent games are generally cruel. In some countries they are not respected and that is why China, for example, is notorious for being a source of manufacturing knock-offs or rip-offs, made cheap by violating patents all over the place. If they were forced to play by the book, they'd have no chance.
Also component manufacturers have different price lists for different players with different buying power. For example, Leica was forced to use Kodak, then Aptina as the source of their FF sensors because they cannot get a deal with Sony — too much cost to pay for a premium product and not enough buying power.
Leica cannot make enough of FF sales and therefore they have invested into the crop sensor mirrorless T Type concept, that will enable them gain more crop sensors buying power, used across a few lines of products. That lowers the cost for new products, and enables faster turnaround to pace itself favourably with sensor tech development.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 12:25 UTC
On 1939: England in Color (part 1) article (220 comments in total)

Wow, so it is true world was in colour in 1930s and before ..

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 08:27 UTC as 157th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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fakuryu: So what is special about this Leica compared to the rest of the mirrorless market?

IMHO Leica is a special camera as they are able to fit a 135 sensor in something as compact as a rangefinder and in tandem with their excellent FF lenses.

So how does this compare and differentiate itself to Sony, Fuji, Samsung (you can also throw a Pentax K01 in the mix) when it comes to IQ? None really, the competition is so tight it will be hard to differentiate what is what.

So how about the lenses now? Nothing also really since other manufacturers also produce top quality optics on par with any other company. Mostly it is ignorance and badge snobbery.

You are talking about economy of scale and deliberate loss some companies are willing to take.

To Olympus camera business is in loss for years, Fuji sells cameras at the cost price or less and making no profit so it can make some through lens sales, but which is nullified through distribution and marketing cost. Sony's cameras are same trouble for them, but they have profits from the sensor manufacturing business.

So when you compare the prices and condemn one company that actually sells by the marketing book rules, tell me, (1) what values are you comparing actually?, (2) what business model do you condemn, and (3) which one is actually sustainable and can ensure healthy future development?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 03:00 UTC
On Updated: Creating the Leica T article (197 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: To understand the present, you must first understand the past. Why are Japanese cameras cheaper?

After the WWII, Germany was stripped of all its intellectual property, its industrial and technology patents made void. It was devastating to German companies who have totally lost momentum, and it created a huge bonanza for manufacturers elsewhere (particularly in the US and Japan).

Many of (then) smaller Japanese companies had actually been repair shops before the war, and were familiar with the construction of the cameras, and most had experience fabricating hard to get parts.

The economic boom following shortly after made Japanese into de-facto holders of 95% of world's photography related patents. Which Leica must pay for through the nose, of course, being such a small manufacturer from Germany. When buying any component, because of its small purchasing power, Leica pays many times *more* for same parts than some Japanese camera company.

Once your legacy has been given to others for free and to use as they please, it is hard to start anew.
Economy of scale that was the result of economic boom enabled Japanese to reduce prices for components and produce hundreds of millions of system cameras. Sensor wise, they now control the world market. So in that sense Leica can give nothing extra.
But they are willing to offer choices and quality in parts they can influence and do not pay royalties for. Those are the new lenses, proprietary imaging and UI software, processing, better warranty, better resale value, also attention to details and materials in construction of the camera.
Paying a bit more also has a positive psychological effect; it is more likely a person will use and enjoy the equipment in a more considerate and conscious way, take extra care and think of it as a long-term investment.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 01:13 UTC
On Updated: Creating the Leica T article (197 comments in total)

To understand the present, you must first understand the past. Why are Japanese cameras cheaper?

After the WWII, Germany was stripped of all its intellectual property, its industrial and technology patents made void. It was devastating to German companies who have totally lost momentum, and it created a huge bonanza for manufacturers elsewhere (particularly in the US and Japan).

Many of (then) smaller Japanese companies had actually been repair shops before the war, and were familiar with the construction of the cameras, and most had experience fabricating hard to get parts.

The economic boom following shortly after made Japanese into de-facto holders of 95% of world's photography related patents. Which Leica must pay for through the nose, of course, being such a small manufacturer from Germany. When buying any component, because of its small purchasing power, Leica pays many times *more* for same parts than some Japanese camera company.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 23:22 UTC as 42nd comment | 5 replies
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)

To understand the present, you must first understand the past. Why are Japanese cameras cheaper?

After the WWII, Germany was stripped of all its intellectual property, its industrial and technology patents made void. It was devastating to German companies who have totally lost momentum, and it created a huge bonanza for manufacturers elsewhere (particularly in the US and Japan).

Many of (then) smaller Japanese companies had actually been repair shops before the war, and were familiar with the construction of the cameras, and most had experience fabricating hard to get parts.
The economic boom following shortly after made Japanese into de-facto holders of 95% of world's photography related patents. Which Leica must pay for through the nose, of course, being such a small manufacturer from Germany. When buying any component, because of its small purchasing power, Leica pays many times *more* for same parts than some Japanese camera company.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 23:19 UTC as 519th comment | 3 replies
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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Hugo808: No image stabilisation. That's me out.

It would be a thicker body then, higher drain on battery life. T is very slim.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 15:10 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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jonny1976: watching the samples here it's clear these lenses are nothing up the leica film standard, probably not even far from micro third, who already use leica design....it's clear leica know there will be forever a niche of rich people who don't know where to throw money who will buy everything leica put out.
treally. 7000 dollar for this camera with 2 lenses and a viewfinder...when a pentax 645z with kit is 8400.
i find it pretty offensive if i were a leica user.

Leica does not have buying power of Ricoh. Leica buys sensors and other components at a *higher cost* than other manufacturers, and often lack sufficient quantity to get deals on sensors to even start with. So don't blame them right away; they struggle too.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 15:08 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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Juraj Lacko: That brushed aluminium will pick scratches like crazy.

If the aluminium MacBooks are some indicators, no, it won't. They are fairly resistant to scratches. But it may slippery though, especially when fiddling with the back touch screen. There is a reason Leica M had a rugged vulcanite finish, instead of high polish ...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 15:05 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: Last time I saw something of this level of attention to detail and quality for a modern consumer market product was the Pentax HD DA 20-40 lens issued last December.

Let's not dismiss thisnew attempt. They could have continued to make M system lenses and cameras for the rest of this century, but they still wanted to create something new more people could appreciate. (Not all love manual focusing rangefinder experience) Yet that some camera manufacturer today is willing to invest in and deliver such a level of thought, detail and craftsmanship to a camera system and its parts, should be welcome by all enthusiasts. Just for the fact it is there.

Sony, Fuji or Olympus do not go this far in attention to detail, refinement and quality. They never will. That is why their products are cheaper. That is not bad in itself, but it will bad for all of us if we have never had a chance to see a feat like this, if it were economically unviable to be made by anybody left in this sorry business.

There is always room for improvement and software glitches are fixable. But many forget how much investment (custom made software, hardware, UI) and original ideas went into this T. That was a *big* investment for a very small manufacturer, despite the fact Leica knows they will never have such a large following to amortise costs quickly and lower the price. I wish lenses were a bit cheaper, though. Just a bit ....

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 14:56 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)

Last time I saw something of this level of attention to detail and quality for a modern consumer market product was the Pentax HD DA 20-40 lens issued last December.

Let's not dismiss thisnew attempt. They could have continued to make M system lenses and cameras for the rest of this century, but they still wanted to create something new more people could appreciate. (Not all love manual focusing rangefinder experience) Yet that some camera manufacturer today is willing to invest in and deliver such a level of thought, detail and craftsmanship to a camera system and its parts, should be welcome by all enthusiasts. Just for the fact it is there.

Sony, Fuji or Olympus do not go this far in attention to detail, refinement and quality. They never will. That is why their products are cheaper. That is not bad in itself, but it will bad for all of us if we have never had a chance to see a feat like this, if it were economically unviable to be made by anybody left in this sorry business.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 14:30 UTC as 639th comment | 4 replies
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (650 comments in total)
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Picasso Noir: About Ricoh Pentax corporation VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: On your 645Z, even though I praise this new technology with video capability I have to mention something to Pentax Corporation in Japan you may run into a problem that's extremely important.To avoid this kind of bad reviews (People would be saying "why din't Pentax put a headphone jack next to the microphone jack") Do it right the first time Pentax!! i,m counting on you to get it right and avoid having to make the same mistake others have done in the pass... A simple mistake like that can cost you dearly. Don't cut corners to save a dollars..remember the BIG competitors are waiting to look for faults and step on you even though they didn't think to come up with that idea putting a MEDIUM FORMAT VIDEO. You on the right track just drill a hole for the headphone jack please. I'm sure those brilliant engineer can figure this out right? Videographer are looking to embrace new technology. You seem to have got it. Right????

Mr Picasso Noir, what exactly are you writing about? What seems to be the problem re 645Z, or lack of it, to you?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 10:35 UTC
On Lytro announces Illum light field camera article (346 comments in total)

"Concepts which have proved useful for ordering things, easily assume so great an authority over us, that we forget their terrestrial origin and accept them as unalterable facts.
They then become labeled as 'conceptual necessities,' etc.
The road of scientific progress is frequently blocked for long periods by such errors."
— Einstein

This means that even after 100 years, Leica will tomorrow reveal a brand "new" camera that is basically same as theirs of 100 years ago. And many will clap them. Yet Lytro, who delivers a whole new level of experience to image making, will be ridiculed.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 02:36 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (650 comments in total)
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CaseyComo: I'm gonna buy this and wear it around my neck. I'll use it to take pictures of ramen bowls and bearded dudes at SOMA food trucks. it The other hipsters with the puny iPhones will be forced to worship me as a god.

Amen to that :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2014 at 23:08 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (501 comments in total)
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spodeworld: How much is the AF tracking likely to be able to be improved via a firmware improvement?

Not a single source has established a thorough evaluation of the new AF from Pentax. DPR, IR, many others have reflected on it through "a subjective feeling", which is nonsense. Thus the final conclusion on it is yet to be said, but so far, it is as good as any of its best peers, with room for (1) uncovered perks and extra speed due to many people's unfamiliarity of the new Pentax tech, and (2) ability to improve it even further with firmware updates.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2014 at 13:52 UTC
On Ryan Brenizer on how to shoot engagement sessions article (72 comments in total)

My grandparents were engaged quickly during the bombing at the beginning of the WWII. Nothing like a staged fairy tale a modern photographer would like to create to feel the young couple "less under pressure and able to establish a relationship with them learn how to make them feel comfortable in front of the camera before the big day".
But it was a memorable moment for several generations, nonetheless.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2014 at 10:23 UTC as 33rd comment
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