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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hexxthalion: I like the S, not much bigger than your CaNikon pro body yet it's so much nicer in the hand and doesn't have billion buttons

It is an awesome design. If I didn't rely on bellows and extension with wide angle lenses, I'd love to grab one. It's just that it's nice to exchange backs, and that can't be done with the S. But wonderful, easy-to-use, design that looks and performs well.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 22:55 UTC

You can tell a collector's camera by how fugly it is. I'd love for the M60 to become a reality for regular M owners and Leica fans, but at normal Leica prices, and in a normal M package. That thing looks like a cylon.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 22:51 UTC as 17th comment
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ThatCamFan: I will NEVER understand why people buy a film camera for 3800$ nor why they will buy a full frame camera for 8000$ when they can get far better camera's for far less a price, let us not kid our self's, you are paying ONLY for the name, not the image quality that comes third, second place being build quality.
(guess Leica doesn't care so much about image quality huh?)

"There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man's lawful prey."

John Ruskin

The idea that 'better' means 'more features' is subjective. Leica is the only digital camera company that has a brand to sell. Every other company has pandered to the worst of the quote above so that you buy knowing full well that what you have in your hand could be another camera, from another brand. If only the price is right.

What happens when your corporate modus operandi is best-price-for-features is that you shed things that matter in the long run. Canon customers are not in it for the long run. Ditto Nikon. Ditto Sony. Ditto everyone else.

Only Leica have lifelong customers (of course not everyone fits this mould), and have a brand, and image, and expectation.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 22:50 UTC
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Akos Kozari: I'm thinking on what Oskar Barnack would say about creating a machine that not aiming to make the photography as easy as possible. I think it does not fit to the original philosophy... It is my 2 cents. On the other hand: i can confirm: Leica has a feeling and i would be happy to own one. Now if i would have money i would rather choose Fuji X-T1 instead. That follows the philosophy i meant...

To which camera are you referring? The M-A is pretty much as it ever was in mechanical cameras, the M60 is the same as an electronic film camera, but with a digital sensor. All controls in the right spot, and no frills. What's not 'as easy as possible' about that?

Even today's simplest digital cameras (okay, not today's simplest as they are all Leica cameras, so let's say today's somewhat simple cameras like the X100) require you to know function buttons, to know how to change focus points, require you to know how to switch between EVF and OVF and how to trust an AF system.

The X-T1 is a far more complicated camera to operate than even the most complicated Leica is. I agree with the poster below me: a smartphone would probably be close to Barnack's vision.

And barring that, any Leica, which, though heavy, are far simpler to use than ANY digital camera today.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 22:44 UTC
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webber15: Actually,,I'm partly right coz I was referring to the MA which is purely mechanical...I will take that beach front property for part ex on my Fuji x10 :-)

@BJN: every Leica camera I've seen, including fully mechanical cameras, have had shoes. They are not for flashes, but for accessory viewfinders, etc., and later built to take signal to transfer to a flash.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 22:39 UTC
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spontaneousservices: "raw [...] so you don't need to worry about white balance" (picture 5)

What?

Don't know how other people do this but in my experience noise can make it very difficult to lift shadow parts when WB was recorded badly at the moment of capture.

Anyway. The M60 must have started as a practical joke.

I'm sure that a number of us would love to own a screen-less M (if not a lighter M), but probably most of us _here_ that would like that camera are not in the market for the M60. Why? It's a collector's item. It is styled and built like one. It is priced like one.

Denigrating it on photographic merits is like denigrating a trophy of a golfer on its merits on the green. When a real screen-less M comes out for regular M users/fans, feel free to chime in, as that camera will be made for photographers.

But the idea is very much like colour film. You can go through procedures to match colour profiles to the film, or you can trust the sensing electronics.

That's it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 22:36 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (435 comments in total)
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burnin: Fujifilm is on it, making a great camera even better - and not screwing it up in the process.

If only they kept the same hardware interface. Now switching between an X100/s and an X100t will be difficult due to numerous interface incompatibilities.

Reliability isn't a Fujifilm maxim.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 06:03 UTC
On Fujifilm offers silver X-T1 and firmware update article (140 comments in total)
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cjyphoto: I think I'm done with Fuji. Will continue to add to my Canon system.

The temptation is huge. Constantly changing interfaces, few, if any guidelines for user interaction... it gets very tiring. I understand the fanboi reasons for sticking with it, but this system is fracturing at a rapid pace.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 05:59 UTC
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JackM: Shamless copy of a Leica III

@Holger: this isn't a good spot for this debate. But I agree, innovators stand on the backs of other innovators.

Unfortunately, innovation and wholesale stealing are different. Japan inherited free patents, designs, and plans not to mention were dumped a whole bunch of German technology after WWII.

Prior to that they still copied down to the screws the Zeiss and Leicas not to mention certain war boats. Until very very recently, Japan has been a copycat culture where it comes to foreign technology.

I live here by the way.

I also lived in South Korea. I had no idea what Samsung were.

Samsung started as a sugar importer, then a grocery chain. Eventually they started copying TVs from other manufacturers and then making their own and then parts. But Samsung did not wholly copy the inner tech quite like Canon and Nikon did. They got to be the world's largest conglomerate through other means. Then they copied the iPhone. Canon, Nikon go to where they are BEAUSE they copied.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2014 at 01:12 UTC
On Samsung introduces Galaxy Note 4 phablet with OIS post (73 comments in total)
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Jogger: I see a lot of women with Notes.. mostly because they are easy to tote around in purses/handbags. For men, its far too large unless you are using a man-purse or have extra large pockets.

I wonder at some people's 'slim jeans'. I can barely fit my iPhone 5 in my jeans. How in the hell can you fit a NOTE in your 'slim jeans'?

Either they are not slim, or for some people, 'slim' is a loose term.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2014 at 06:31 UTC
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JackM: Shamless copy of a Leica III

@Holger Drallmeyer

I think every one of us can appreciate a company that transforms a market into a consumer, not a luxury market. But that maker doesn't have to copy. That isn't necessary.

Yet, every one of today's successful Japanese camera companies got where they are today by copying, not by building something original and establishing markets that they invented.

Leica may never have understood the consumer market. But they understood invention and creating something their own. Canon and Nikon egregiously copied and stole markets that they never had to lift a finger to create.

Neither should be praised for reaching their current positions.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 04:20 UTC
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JackM: Shamless copy of a Leica III

@Andreas: certain Japanese companies have contributed to one area far more than companies of other nations: making reliable electronic platforms. No one comes close. Quality has gotten worse over the years, but the basic tenet is the same.

But Japanese companies were able to reduce costs through many means:

1. getting free patents
2. copying
3. reducing complexity

The third one is laudable, but it came only after completing step 1 and 2. And they got away with it. Today, much of the population below 30 has no idea to what extent Japanese companies went to copy their competitors. Even today, you can come to Japan and see Toyota cars that look like they rolled straight out of Jaguar factories, or BMW factors, and especially Benz factories.

But those cars are sold only in Japan. And Japanese companies, again, get away with it.

I owned several old Canon cameras, two of which looked just like the Leica IIIs. I bought them because they were cheap by way of comparison.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 09:47 UTC
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JackM: Shamless copy of a Leica III

Vignes: stating the truth: that Japanese companies copied (for decades, and even today, slavishly) isn't racist. If you've forgotten those facts, that is a problem.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 09:26 UTC
On Zeiss launches Loxia full frame lenses for Sony E-mount article (268 comments in total)
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Sangster: Why not just dust off the old manual focus Contax/Zeiss lineup with a Sony mount?

Zeiss won't reinvent the wheel. But they are building lenses for short-flange systems. The way that these lenses spread light over large planar surfaces at small distances will be different to the way the C/Y lenses did the same thing.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 06:58 UTC
On Zeiss launches Loxia full frame lenses for Sony E-mount article (268 comments in total)
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Angrymagpie: Trying to understand why one should choose these pricer MF lenses over the existing FE35mm f/2.8 and FE55mm f/1.8. Perhaps they would be slightly sharper (though that's a bit hard to imagine especially in the case of FE55 f/1.8)

@Mescalamba:

One thing that makes MF hard for me is that today's EVFs aren't contrasty/dynamic/high resolution enough to MF perfectly or close to perfectly without MF aids.

I hope that resolution and speed can jump WAY up in the next few years so that focus peaking/magnification won't be necessary for the vast majority of photos.

That, or a targeted focus peaking that illuminates only within the select focus area. The same lenses that pop into focus on the D800's OVF (not a great OVF, either) do not through the X-T1 or the A7r's EVFs. Too many factors roll against current EVF technology.

But advances in the ergonomics of modern mirrorless lenses, as we see with Loxia, are welcome indeed.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 01:13 UTC
On Zeiss launches Loxia full frame lenses for Sony E-mount article (268 comments in total)
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Sangster: Why not just dust off the old manual focus Contax/Zeiss lineup with a Sony mount?

The big difference is the electronically controlled aperture. Current mirrorless lenses have no way to read aperture values, nor any way to keep FPS up when light goes down, or when a lens is closed. An electronically controlled aperture can stay wide open, meter automatically, and then close down only prior to exposure. That is excellent.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 00:55 UTC
On Zeiss launches Loxia full frame lenses for Sony E-mount article (268 comments in total)
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Angrymagpie: Trying to understand why one should choose these pricer MF lenses over the existing FE35mm f/2.8 and FE55mm f/1.8. Perhaps they would be slightly sharper (though that's a bit hard to imagine especially in the case of FE55 f/1.8)

They are mechanical. They can be mounted for macro, used free-lens, refocused mid-exposure, and used like every single manual lens ever. Today's fly-by-wire lenses will, I hope, see the end of production as they are too limiting.

AF and electronic relay/control of aperture are good things, but not when the obviate basic utility of the lens/camera. If AF could be put into lenses like this and mirrorless went mechanical, too, then I think as a genre of cameras, it will be mature, and ready for prime-time takeover of the dSLR market.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 00:54 UTC
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DouglasGottlieb: Dear Canon:

Please honor Goro Yoshida, and as he did 80 years ago, take apart a Leica and make a camera just like it at an affordable price.

You can start with the new digital Leica M-P.

A full frame, Canon rangefinder with dual card slots, large buffer and a small, high quality, weather sealed metal body, would be most welcome.

Giant plastic DSLRs are no longer the way, in spite of how well they perform.

We want portable but without compromise.

The ergonomic, UI and focus speed nightmare that is the EOSM will be forgiven if you build this. :) Some want a small mirrorless so much that they even own the EOSM and defend it passionately. So build something small and amazing and without the mirror that we can carry everywhere.

Happy anniversary Mr. Yoshida!

I don't think such slavish copying should be considered necessary today. It happens still in Japan, but it should not. Let's hope that Japanese companies get beyond that.

Making a pro-level mirrorless would be great, but not by printing out Leica copies.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 00:48 UTC
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JackM: Shamless copy of a Leica III

Every Japanese camera manufacturer, and most car manufacturers, got their start by copying the Germans. It's the way the game is played here. Copy. Copy. Copy.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 00:45 UTC
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jaykumarr: bottom line:
will retail at $7995.

Pretty good price for the format and brand, all things considered.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 01:48 UTC
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