PhotoKhan

PhotoKhan

Lives in Portugal Cascais, Portugal
Works as a Airline pilot
Joined on Mar 22, 2003
About me:

A good photograph shows what you saw.
A superior ones conveys what you felt.

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On Video Overview: Leica Q article (160 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Over the years you've reviewed several real photography power houses, versatile offers from several brands, machines that have taken us into imaging levels never imagined but, more than 10-15 years after the advent of generalized digital photography Leica finally manages to come up with an interesting but application-limited and still quite expensive product that, for the very first time, departs from their almost-fraudulent performance-price ratio and seems to be a very valid, well specified proposition and THAT's when you decide to open your full-accolade, puerile enthusiasm box...?

Wow!...that little red dot REALLY has traction...

Should we expected the introduction of an all-new 120% Overall Score with a matching posh-neoteric Platinum Award?

HowaboutRAW,

You have a point.

...but I don't think the silly, almost infantile excitement relates to it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 11:28 UTC
On Video Overview: Leica Q article (160 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Over the years you've reviewed several real photography power houses, versatile offers from several brands, machines that have taken us into imaging levels never imagined but, more than 10-15 years after the advent of generalized digital photography Leica finally manages to come up with an interesting but application-limited and still quite expensive product that, for the very first time, departs from their almost-fraudulent performance-price ratio and seems to be a very valid, well specified proposition and THAT's when you decide to open your full-accolade, puerile enthusiasm box...?

Wow!...that little red dot REALLY has traction...

Should we expected the introduction of an all-new 120% Overall Score with a matching posh-neoteric Platinum Award?

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I can taste the "salt in Sebastian" in EVERY single review that is made of a Leica camera. There is no other instance where reviewers send objectivity down the drain, than when they are making a "red dot appraisal". They suddenly start shooting in B&W and hitting the "Contrast" key like crazy in a ridiculous attempt to replicate something that they have seen but can't not really understand.

...the EXTREMELY funny thing is that even Salgado, himself does not use Leicas these days. He must have discovered (...or some pious soul must have told him...) how sub-standard digital photography tools Leica cameras have been up until now.

"Which is more expensive: changing a 1000-3000 USD camera every year, or every 2 years, or buy a Leica and change every 5-6 years?"

This is a trick question, right?...Because even Leica comes out with a new "M" about every 2 years.

...Even when they had nothing to advance and just "Edition" products for their very discerning customers.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 11:21 UTC
On Video Overview: Leica Q article (160 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Over the years you've reviewed several real photography power houses, versatile offers from several brands, machines that have taken us into imaging levels never imagined but, more than 10-15 years after the advent of generalized digital photography Leica finally manages to come up with an interesting but application-limited and still quite expensive product that, for the very first time, departs from their almost-fraudulent performance-price ratio and seems to be a very valid, well specified proposition and THAT's when you decide to open your full-accolade, puerile enthusiasm box...?

Wow!...that little red dot REALLY has traction...

Should we expected the introduction of an all-new 120% Overall Score with a matching posh-neoteric Platinum Award?

@biza43

"under a rock, isolated?"

Is that a geologist thing...?

C'mon, call me an "hater", you know you want it. After all, that's the "Net Hail Mary" to suppress any "dissident" opinion...

Leica would just be another brand, as far as I am concerned, if it was not for fact that they willfully and knowingly embrace, propagate and take commercial advantage of the one of the most nefarious concepts in photography: That it is the brand/type of camera that makes a good photographer.

...That's my only "lack of appreciation", see?

(continues)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 11:20 UTC
On Video Overview: Leica Q article (160 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Over the years you've reviewed several real photography power houses, versatile offers from several brands, machines that have taken us into imaging levels never imagined but, more than 10-15 years after the advent of generalized digital photography Leica finally manages to come up with an interesting but application-limited and still quite expensive product that, for the very first time, departs from their almost-fraudulent performance-price ratio and seems to be a very valid, well specified proposition and THAT's when you decide to open your full-accolade, puerile enthusiasm box...?

Wow!...that little red dot REALLY has traction...

Should we expected the introduction of an all-new 120% Overall Score with a matching posh-neoteric Platinum Award?

@HowaboutRAW

"the problem is that good Leica lenses are hard to beat so you really can't claim to know what is fraudulent."

Correct and I didn't.

This is about a camera here.

Their track of price-performance history for cameras only falls short of pure fraud because buyers are willingly participants in the scheme.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 10:59 UTC
On Video Overview: Leica Q article (160 comments in total)

Over the years you've reviewed several real photography power houses, versatile offers from several brands, machines that have taken us into imaging levels never imagined but, more than 10-15 years after the advent of generalized digital photography Leica finally manages to come up with an interesting but application-limited and still quite expensive product that, for the very first time, departs from their almost-fraudulent performance-price ratio and seems to be a very valid, well specified proposition and THAT's when you decide to open your full-accolade, puerile enthusiasm box...?

Wow!...that little red dot REALLY has traction...

Should we expected the introduction of an all-new 120% Overall Score with a matching posh-neoteric Platinum Award?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 00:51 UTC as 35th comment | 22 replies
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PhotoKhan: The dehaze tool is pretty impressive and just what I needed, having come from a trip to Iceland where weather was...let's day...less than optimal for most of the stay.

A very opportune coincidence, this release...

Agree.

It does, however, seem to always require an address of the black levels, no matter the intensity applied.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 13:53 UTC

The dehaze tool is pretty impressive and just what I needed, having come from a trip to Iceland where weather was...let's day...less than optimal for most of the stay.

A very opportune coincidence, this release...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 12:44 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
On Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review preview (432 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: This exhibits the same "non-Canon-colors" as my M3, something I was just waiting to confirm, since it shares both sensor and processor with their mirrorless offer.

For someone who has always been amazed by the willingness of Sigma users to historically accommodate "foveon funky" colors over the years, it is EXTREMELY worrying that Canon now decided to offer us these cold, bluish/greenish tones, with WB heavily struggling to balance colors under shade or low-light environments.

The way I am feeling this is that, not only is Canon moving forward in a very sluggish way but it is now also steeping back in this ever-so-important area, adding the proverbial insult to self-injury.

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Can you see the yellow/greenish veil in the flowers shot (dgb-ISO-1600-IMG_3551 )...?

The very cold and greenish tone (very foveon-like) of dgb-ISO-400-IMG_3537...?

The "unnatural" skin tone in the men's legs withe an overall green tone in dgb-ISO-100-IMG_5482 )...?

The bluish "à lá Sony/Panasonic" tone in dgb-ISO-100-IMG_5532...?

The girl with blue/green neck opposed to her rosy checks in dgb-ISO-6400-IMG_5674...?

Myself, I have never seen Canon cameras rendering these colors before this sensor+processor combination.

I am not saying it has not already been so. I just haven't seen it in my previous 300D, 350D, 30D, 1DMKIII, 1DMKIV, and the M2.

There's not much going on from Canon at the moment, in what relates to innovation. If they start touching such iconic-established important features like their historic ability to render extremely balanced colors in the digital realm (...even in OOC Jpegs...), then things get pretty serious.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 10:06 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review preview (432 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: This exhibits the same "non-Canon-colors" as my M3, something I was just waiting to confirm, since it shares both sensor and processor with their mirrorless offer.

For someone who has always been amazed by the willingness of Sigma users to historically accommodate "foveon funky" colors over the years, it is EXTREMELY worrying that Canon now decided to offer us these cold, bluish/greenish tones, with WB heavily struggling to balance colors under shade or low-light environments.

The way I am feeling this is that, not only is Canon moving forward in a very sluggish way but it is now also steeping back in this ever-so-important area, adding the proverbial insult to self-injury.

Hi Rishi,

I am talking about my own experience with the M3, something I see replicated in the shots in this review. If you go to the M forum, you'll see other users with the same problem. One, at least, returned an M3 based on this and the tendency to colorize vignetting in OOC jpegs by the M3.

Since I don't own my M2 anymore, I can't provide the best of the examples, as color rendering changed even between these 2 sequentially-evolutionary models.

I'll try to exemplify with OOC neutral Jpegs from my 1DMKIV and the M3, under shady diffracted light, the most problematic one for the M3 WB processing.

( ...Meanwhile, check this thread of mine: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/55781572 )

Although it is true that color can be pretty much what we want it to be, once we use RAW (...which I always do...) adjusting the color in dark grey full overcast skies photos or the already referenced shady conditions (especially when plants are involved) can be a gruesome task.

(continues)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 10:05 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review preview (432 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: This exhibits the same "non-Canon-colors" as my M3, something I was just waiting to confirm, since it shares both sensor and processor with their mirrorless offer.

For someone who has always been amazed by the willingness of Sigma users to historically accommodate "foveon funky" colors over the years, it is EXTREMELY worrying that Canon now decided to offer us these cold, bluish/greenish tones, with WB heavily struggling to balance colors under shade or low-light environments.

The way I am feeling this is that, not only is Canon moving forward in a very sluggish way but it is now also steeping back in this ever-so-important area, adding the proverbial insult to self-injury.

I am in the process of post-producing a series of photos taken on a recent trip to Iceland where I used the 1DMKIV and the M3.

Although the vast majority of the M3 photos come up most excellent under my usual PP (after steering them away from the green/blue auto WB tendency) there are some, taken under deep overcast skies or in the shade, that are simply a nightmare in what relates to WB.

I have to say, I never expected this from a Canon camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 19:27 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review preview (432 comments in total)

This exhibits the same "non-Canon-colors" as my M3, something I was just waiting to confirm, since it shares both sensor and processor with their mirrorless offer.

For someone who has always been amazed by the willingness of Sigma users to historically accommodate "foveon funky" colors over the years, it is EXTREMELY worrying that Canon now decided to offer us these cold, bluish/greenish tones, with WB heavily struggling to balance colors under shade or low-light environments.

The way I am feeling this is that, not only is Canon moving forward in a very sluggish way but it is now also steeping back in this ever-so-important area, adding the proverbial insult to self-injury.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 15:27 UTC as 108th comment | 7 replies
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magneto shot: It takes a thousand steps to build a reputation and one step to tear it down. Before you undergo any new project, pls repay ur Ada clients.

Mr Just.

"With participating, you become an investor and agree with the risks that come with taking on the project."

Precisly. The risks as defined in the TOS. No further ones.

...Certainly not the risks unilaterally post-determined by Mr. Haje Jan Kamps in order to keep his business afloat.

And as for "taking the loss and getting over it" I already did.

This does not mean that I don't point out the facts every single time I have the opportunity to do so, if for nothing else, as a disinfectant approach to Public Service.

No, they wont' loose sleep over it, I am sure...but it is the" B" word having the people he defrauded coming up saying how dishonest he is every single he tries to tout his "pseudo innovation" horn, isn't it...?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 10:08 UTC
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magneto shot: It takes a thousand steps to build a reputation and one step to tear it down. Before you undergo any new project, pls repay ur Ada clients.

Mr Just,

You and TriggerTrap SO would want that we "get over" it...

I can assure you, though, that it won't happen.

Every single "project" TT decides to announce now or in the future will be met with the reminder, by us, that this company is a crooked one.

You see, Mr Just, the thing is that Kickstarter's Terms of Use did not stipulate what you so lightly postulate.

It was Mr. Kamps unilateral and abusive interpretation of the very simple word refund" that made us forcibly assume a risk that we did NOT underwrote.

Believe me, Mr. Just, the world is already well served by useful, even if not intentional, shills for dishonest endeavors. No need for you to step in.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2015 at 12:38 UTC
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zsedcft: Amazing how they had time to develop this but didn't have the time or the inclination to come through with their Ada kickstarter project. They have willfully broken the Kickstarter TOS that they signed up for (VISA and Mastercard agree that they have broken the contract) and yet they continue to lie to backers that showed faith in them. Along the way they took $300,000 of backer money and spent it on pay rises and fancy business trips.

Dishonest companies don't deserve your money. I'm sure that I am going to get flamed here (no guarantees on kickstarter etc.), but I believe that we should only support the companies that look after their customers. Triggertrap evidently are not prepared to do that and I am going to continue to make people aware of that fact each time they launch another one of their useless, gimmicky products.

Hopefully I will persuade at least one person to support an honest company instead of these charlatans.

No, you're not going to get flamed because it is the absolute truth.

As far as I am concerned, they still owe me 152GBP.

It seems that, to them, it is a reasonable cost to have perennial bad press for the remainder of their "triggered trap" endeavors.

I would like for DPR to, at least, acknowledge that there's a dsipute about TT's ethical behavior and, without taking sides, stop helping this company by divulging press releases, on the basis of pure precautionary protection from future shenanigans by Mr. Haje Jan Kamps.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 11:46 UTC
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Angrymagpie: To be honest, I really wanted the Leica Q when it first appeared on DPReview yesterday. Then a few hours later, A7R mk2 happened...

Bhima78,

Ahh..."the character of the IQ"..."that Leica look"...

I SO would love to do some "blind" tests...(pun intended)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 18:36 UTC
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Angrymagpie: To be honest, I really wanted the Leica Q when it first appeared on DPReview yesterday. Then a few hours later, A7R mk2 happened...

SDPharm,
Thanks for the clarification.
I concur with your last paragraph. Being "forced" to work with a fixed FL can be a good thing.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 18:34 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Even Leica has to survive in this business - hence the Panasonic clones and the T series. They need it in order to continue producing the most desirable cameras in the world, the M series rangefinder cameras, as well as the M-mount lenses, which quality is second to none.
The fact that digital has democratised photography led to there being crowds who will never comprehend the 'M' concept; this explains the incessant Leica criticism we read here everytime Leica launches whatever product. The Leicas are not for those who buy cameras based on specifications.
It's true Leica exposes themselves to ridicule every now and then with those Safari, Hermés, Titanium and Correspondent limited editions, but that's part of the business: as long as there are people willing to buy them, why not? It's a win-win deal.
I don't have the money for a Leica; even if I had, I couldn't care less for rangefinder systems - but I respect the fact Leicas are aspirational products for discerning photographers.

The information I heard was, in fact, incorrect.

The job is done by Dupon photo lab in Paris, as documented here:

http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/interviews/salgado_genesis.do?page=3

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 18:31 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Even Leica has to survive in this business - hence the Panasonic clones and the T series. They need it in order to continue producing the most desirable cameras in the world, the M series rangefinder cameras, as well as the M-mount lenses, which quality is second to none.
The fact that digital has democratised photography led to there being crowds who will never comprehend the 'M' concept; this explains the incessant Leica criticism we read here everytime Leica launches whatever product. The Leicas are not for those who buy cameras based on specifications.
It's true Leica exposes themselves to ridicule every now and then with those Safari, Hermés, Titanium and Correspondent limited editions, but that's part of the business: as long as there are people willing to buy them, why not? It's a win-win deal.
I don't have the money for a Leica; even if I had, I couldn't care less for rangefinder systems - but I respect the fact Leicas are aspirational products for discerning photographers.

For quite some time, SS insisted on remaining with analogue film. He then felt that (1) mullti X-ray scanning during trips were affecting the film grain and (2) that he could no longer subject his assistants to the ordeal they had to go through at several airports check points and border crossings, while trying to prevent authorities from opening and handling the film canisters.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 17:50 UTC
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Angrymagpie: To be honest, I really wanted the Leica Q when it first appeared on DPReview yesterday. Then a few hours later, A7R mk2 happened...

"these are really two very different beasts"...?

If you slap a Sony FE 28mm f/2 to the A7rII, how different will they be except for the extra versatility at a lower price provided by the Sony combo...?

Do you believe that the Leica optics will be miles away from this...?

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/photos/3175372/00_dan793b_f2?inalbum=sony-fe-28mm-f-2-samples-gallery

...or is it Leica's extra half stop that qualifies for the "bestiality difference"...?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 17:29 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Even Leica has to survive in this business - hence the Panasonic clones and the T series. They need it in order to continue producing the most desirable cameras in the world, the M series rangefinder cameras, as well as the M-mount lenses, which quality is second to none.
The fact that digital has democratised photography led to there being crowds who will never comprehend the 'M' concept; this explains the incessant Leica criticism we read here everytime Leica launches whatever product. The Leicas are not for those who buy cameras based on specifications.
It's true Leica exposes themselves to ridicule every now and then with those Safari, Hermés, Titanium and Correspondent limited editions, but that's part of the business: as long as there are people willing to buy them, why not? It's a win-win deal.
I don't have the money for a Leica; even if I had, I couldn't care less for rangefinder systems - but I respect the fact Leicas are aspirational products for discerning photographers.

Mfritter,

From what I've heard, Sebastião gets that B&W look because he gets his digital files sent to Canon who transcribe them to film and then sent those back so that he can put them through traditional analogue post-processing.

If this turns out to be true, it is probably this intelligent willingness on Canon's part that made him opt for the brand.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 17:00 UTC
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