shigzeo

shigzeo

Lives in Japan Chiba, Japan
Works as a Writer, Audio Critic
Has a website at http://ohm-image.net
Joined on Sep 14, 2010
About me:

utterly impressionable

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Currently I use a CFV-50c on a Linhof M679cs, but am thinking about adding an AF medium format camera to my stable. This is an intriguing camera and an intriguing deal. Changing backs and adapters for the M679cs is easy, so I am keenly looking at this system.

In particular, the new CMOS looks to do live view a lot better, which is my life blood of my work.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2016 at 02:16 UTC as 12th comment
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photomedium: Hasselblah

Ah.... catharsis! Feel better now?

Link | Posted on May 21, 2016 at 02:12 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: I was expecting this announcement right after the Profoto one. Now it might be too little, too late, and without TTL or HSS.

Making great quality products isn't enough to ensure you're at the top.

@DrakeJ

Point taken. My comments were directly related to the photographs. As you have pointed out, the Broncolor is larger and heavier. But it is a more svelte design to my preferences.

It will be hard to decide between the two.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 01:33 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: I was expecting this announcement right after the Profoto one. Now it might be too little, too late, and without TTL or HSS.

Making great quality products isn't enough to ensure you're at the top.

Perhaps I should have said 'svelte'. Bulk usually denotes size, not weight. And the perceived size of the Broncolor is less than that of the Profoto. Both are in my sights.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 00:02 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: I was expecting this announcement right after the Profoto one. Now it might be too little, too late, and without TTL or HSS.

Making great quality products isn't enough to ensure you're at the top.

I never used TTL on external flashes, but maybe others do. This looks like an interesting, and less bulky option to the Profoto.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 15:33 UTC
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caravan: Leica owners are essentially getting a new camera at no additional cost.That is great customer care,well done.

@vadims:

The first paragraph was poorly worded. I'm not sure I even know what I meant to say. Apologies.

I don't think I said Fuji promise or promised anything. Here in Japan they are a bit quieter about their work, probably because Fujifilm are such a massive company here in many industries. That said, their adverts, flyers, marketing campaigns abroad are full of 'kaizen' fanfare - mostly about firmware, which has been driven by resellers and Fujifilm's foreign presence.

It has driven expectation that every popular camera of theirs will receive helpful/necessary firmware updates. Early X cameras such as the X-Pro 1 benefitted greatly - but mainly due to the fact that at its debut, it was poorly supported by its software.

As to 'meaningful' Leica have already delivered three firmware updates to the SL that has been out for barely a half year. I don't think you'll find that record matched by Fujifilm, or anyone. Both the Q and T as well as the S have received firmware updates.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2016 at 06:01 UTC
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caravan: Leica owners are essentially getting a new camera at no additional cost.That is great customer care,well done.

@marc petzold

Fuji have made some great improvements to their cameras. That said, they have also neglected a bunch of them. Leica never made massive fanfare about redeeming originally poor performing hardware with firmware.

Fuji almost made a cult of firmware. The difference is: when the cult doesn't deliver, it hurts. When the company that don't promise much deliver, it IS meaningful.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2016 at 13:33 UTC
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caravan: Leica owners are essentially getting a new camera at no additional cost.That is great customer care,well done.

That's a little far-fetched. Great update, no doubt. New camera? No.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2016 at 01:43 UTC
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aris14: Serious update for serious pros...

I'm currently selling all my small format stuff to fund this.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 15:47 UTC
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Robert Kempen: Leica reports record revenues for the past financial year with 'double digit' profits - unlisted company, of course, so does not need to provide exact profit numbers, but the revenue number is a new record for Leica's photographic division

Bottom line: M, Q & SL are selling like hot cakes and so is the new S

B&H must be smiling...

I've met more people interested in Leica than ever before. Most eventually turn up their noses at the price, but equally my friends are asking questions, mostly about the Q, and two about the SL.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 08:35 UTC
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Thoughts: Looks like a Sony A7 on steroids...

I don't see the Sony A7 connection. If by rounded side, you mean 'like a Sony A7', then sure. But then so is the A7 like the Leica M.

The front Leica plate is an evolution of the original SL (the original film camera), the top plate is like a smaller S. The grip... I have no idea. I dislike it. The back is unlike anything but the S.

If the SL is like the A7, then every camera looks exactly like every other camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 07:31 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Phil Garcia (71 comments in total)

In a million years I would never have thought to capture like Phil, nor could I have. Wonderful. Such an eye.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2016 at 06:30 UTC as 24th comment
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endofoto: The biggest advantage of these MF cameras is the high speed sync for flash, you can shoot portraits at noon, on the beach. The SLR compartment couldnot solve this sync speed problem after 50 years of research. They improved the sensor, previous ones were inferior to crop sensor Nikons.

Um... no. that is ONE advantage.

And most advantages will play differently to different photographers. Bright view screens, good wifi and capture systems, removable backs, adapters out the wazoo to use the backs on view cameras, other MF cameras, architectural and landscape cameras. The list goes on and on and on.

Using a back from the H series on a Linhof Master Technika for hiking and landscape? Kiss! Plus the back can go back on an AF body.

The freedom provided by such modularity is unsurpassed.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 08:33 UTC

I'm worried about the soft handle, which could make a heavy bag feel heavier. I hope there's an exoskeleton integrated handle there somewhere.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 05:29 UTC as 5th comment
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shigzeo: Actually, I am most interested in knowing if it can auto stack as can the latest Phase One. That would save time when doing macro.

Thank you Damien. But from what I understand, that feature was released in firmware by Phase One only recently, so one can hope.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 03:23 UTC

Actually, I am most interested in knowing if it can auto stack as can the latest Phase One. That would save time when doing macro.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 17:44 UTC as 75th comment | 3 replies

Affordable to boot. I may add H adapters to my view cameras as an AF body seems like a good thing. If the live view speed is vastly improved over the CFV-50c I'm game.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 17:31 UTC as 76th comment
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(unknown member): The cherry blossom looks really beautiful.

I second to what Roland Karlsson noted a bit lower - it is astonishing that on the video no one seems to stop and take some time to behold the perfect blossom of these cherries.

@Yanko Kitanov:

I understand the sentiment, but it's not a reality. Even here in 'Last Samurai' Japan, the percentage of people NOT getting hammered with ties around their heads is tiny. The experience of enjoying a blossom is different to everyone.

I happen to like taking photos of them, or walking under them, but you can do that only so many times before you have to keep going. That so many people were out and enjoying the weather and trees shows that that enjoying is exactly what they are up to.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 03:08 UTC
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(unknown member): The cherry blossom looks really beautiful.

I second to what Roland Karlsson noted a bit lower - it is astonishing that on the video no one seems to stop and take some time to behold the perfect blossom of these cherries.

Isn't everyone basically doing just that?

Some stand under. Some sit. Some walk under, or around. Others congregate at the fringes. Everyone has their own way of enjoying the beauty or smell, or congregation of spring.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 01:45 UTC
On article iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)
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shigzeo: Will sell my iPhone 6 to pick this up. Finally a return to what the commenter below me describes: ' a sensible sized phone'.

@kcamacho11:

Just so you know, you can have this thread. I don't to argue with someone that wants to tell someone else that they know more about that person's opinions than the person that has them. Have fun.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2016 at 13:28 UTC
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