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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On Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 LM WR real-world samples article (137 comments in total)
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maxnimo: These Fujinon lenses never fail to amaze me. The images they produce put Nikon and Canon to shame. I was thinking of migrating to Samsung or Sony, but I may just stay with Fuji forever.

@Lassoni:

It is actually quite the opposite. Lenses designed for smaller sensors have to be sharper over the same area. FF lenses wouldn't resolve the demanding sensors of smartphones. Neither would APS-C lenses.

Crop lenses have to be sharper all over, not only to fulfil the requirements of packed sensors, but in order to accommodate the demands of smaller image circles. Every well-engineered system has to meet the demands of its hardware spec.

Finally, lenses designed for smaller sensors are, by comparison, wide-angle lenses. Wide-angle lenses of equivalent or close to equivalent speed, are always more expensive.

APS-C's main advantage is that because it uses wider angle lenses to achieve equivalent framing to FF, and wide angle non-macro lenses focus closer than longer focal length (but FOV equivalents) lenses, they can get in closer. And, as you know, if you put a lens designed for a larger sensor on a smaller sensor, it is suddenly a tele lens. Voila!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 12:57 UTC
On Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 LM WR real-world samples article (137 comments in total)
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maxnimo: These Fujinon lenses never fail to amaze me. The images they produce put Nikon and Canon to shame. I was thinking of migrating to Samsung or Sony, but I may just stay with Fuji forever.

@forpetessake: part of that is that Neither Nikon nor Canon produce a 90/2 DX lens. And both 135mm (ff) lenses from both companies at least two decades old.

Then there's the problem that the scales are different for testing FF or DX lenses. But if equalised, and if Nikon or Canon made modern 135mm lenses, they would perform the same as Fujifilm's.

It's a particular strength that Fujifilm have a modern 90mm for DX while the competition don't.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 07:59 UTC
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ThatCamFan: 6.3 ? Leica should not put they're name to this.

Plus, that was f/6,8 FF, not less-than-half-frame. If you want to talk just equivalents, this new 6,3 lens would equate roughly to something post-f/11 in terms of DOF and unlike the 6,8 lens, it will be diffraction limited prior to its maximum opening at the long end. No comparison. This is the dumbing down of modern tech to consumers that are obsessed not up-front spec not the application of it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 08:26 UTC
On Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison article (223 comments in total)

I wonder if we're seeing alignment errors as much, if not more, than lens aberrations.

If we are to believe that the Otus is that corner-blurry open on the D810, it should be that corner-blurry wide open through the 5DS.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 12:58 UTC as 93rd comment | 2 replies
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Just a Photographer: All they need to do is break the price barrier by making a affordable MF system.

Come up with a 3000 to 3500 dollar MF body, that has the looks of the 500c and a few affordable lenses and sales will soar through the roof.

I think Hasselblad lost all connection with the photography world.
The money in this market is not to be made with the rich, but with the people that have a true heart for photography.

When APS-C bodies cost upwards of 2000$ and FF bodies cost 3000-8000$, what makes you think a MF maker can make a body, even at mass market, for 3000-3500$?

Absolutely impossible.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 13:35 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1085 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Beautiful shots, Rishi. I didn't realize how bad the shutter bounce was in the earlier model. Sony should do the impossible and offer their early adopters a trade-in, now that they've addressed this problem.

Also agree on your last point. I primarily use large strobes so the worst of shutter bounce, even during long exposures, is obviated, but it does post problems even on tripods, when I'm not using strobes, or need to expose for glowing screen plus the background in long-exposure strobed photos.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 00:12 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1085 comments in total)
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Keeper78: Every five years I own a Sony camera system just because is looking so good on paper. Always I end up selling it after six months. Color quality and ISO performance is way behind Nikon, Fuji or others. If you printing on aluminum is ok.

I bought the A7r the first week it was available. I wrote at length (and certainly not in the most concise, or good, prose) about it here: http://ohm-image.net/opinion/photophile/review-sony-a7r-ilce-7r

I love its output and dislike most everything else. As long as Sony iterate the horrible menus and eliminate redundant and bewildering basic user interface (note I didn't say graphic user interface) inconsistencies, the A7 series will be great.

Already, it is the most consistent (but plagued by bewildering redundancies) interface among all FF cameras, and compared to Fujifilm, for instance, largely untouched. You can pick up an A7 and immediately know how to use the A7r or the A7ii or the A7s. That is unique among non-Leica cameras FF cameras.

So, Sony: continue iterating and make the changes necessary to pull this system through to market stability. Thank you.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 00:08 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1085 comments in total)
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Morpho Hunter: Did Sony just do the impossible?

Nope, true the camera is small .. but the lenses (compared to the mft system) are huge (albeit Zeiss fantastic). However I just wonder how this camera will fair (sales wise) when the rumoured Olympus E-M1 replacement, with it's HAND-HELD 40mp sensor shift system is released. More importantly, just how many people out there can afford (or are willing) to pay for those Zeiss lenses .. I mean .. just how often does one blow up a print to the size of a barn door?!!

It would take two seconds for a lens designer to make lenses as small for FF cameras as M43 cameras. Just design F4 or F5,6 maximum aperture lenses. They will return the same exact DOF as M43 counterparts, and be tiny. Another boon: they'd be 2 or 3 times less expensive than the M43 equivalents.

M43 lenses are small because of the tiny sensor, but they return images of cost-effective lenses precisely because in order to return the same draw of FF large or even mediocre lenses, they would be at least the same size, many times the price, and all F0,60 or faster. Impossible.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 00:02 UTC
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ttran88: At least Leica is offering its users a FF camera with an EVF. At the same time Leica has just confirm the future is EVF. Nice camera!

@MMS: How have Leica ever trailed anyone? They release cameras at their own pace. They do not race to be the fastest, cheapest, or most popular. They introduce features they know their target market want/need.

As for 'caught up', I think perhaps you know little about the S, about their APS-C sensor cameras as well as co-brands with Panasonic. They are as up-to-date as anyone's in the same bracket and for their target markets.

The M is as it always has been and always will be. There is only one company that make digital cameras like it in the world: Leica. No one else dare to do it.

The M is an analogue camera with a digital sensor and modern metering system. That's it. It's not trying to be anything else. And it is as hi-tech as its target market will accept.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 06:48 UTC
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baggy1: People previously lusting after a Fuji x100t must think it now looks cheap because this Leica looks very desirable.Beautifully made with all the specs I would want in a camera.Think they have nailed it this time.

@calte: they use a different sensor. And the Sony isn't a unique camera, either. That sort of camera has been around for decades, just this time with a digital sensor.

There is nothing revolutionary about either camera. It is just that Leica have introduced that sort of camera in their own way. And it looks great.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 06:44 UTC
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CanonKen: I guess I'd rather have a 35mm lens vs. 28mm, but this is the most interesting thing I've seen from Leica in some time. Ultimately, looking forward to a full review!

I'm very keen on it, too. It may be a great wide angle dedicated camera for event work. That and an M with a 90 or a 50 would cover essentially everything I need.

I hope that Leica TTL-capable flashes gain more traction. Not that TTL is necessary, but it would be helpful.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 06:42 UTC
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dcolak: Khm, A7RII...

Ahem, what?

How 'bout this:

Ahem, Mamiya 7...
Ahem, Toyo 4x5...
Ahem, iPhone 6.

How's that for unrelated content?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 06:41 UTC
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alexpaynter: It has a lot going for it. Finally a digital Leica with up to date specifications.

But they have sacrificed practicality to maintain the iconic Leica shape. I would have preferred a proper grip with a larger battery enclosed.

Everything else I like. Although the D750 appears to have better images on the comparison charts at higher ISP.

I should add that Leica have never been behind in digital spec. The M is the camera everyone think of and it is an iconic camera, that now has a digital engine. It isn't meant to be an AF/wifi/all-in digital camera. It is meant to be an M.

But all Leica's other digital cameras are either super forward-thinking with forward tech (T and S) or cost-effective powerhouses (X) or co-branded cameras with the same tech as their Japanese counterparts.

This idea that Leica are behind or lag, is wrong. The M is an icon that will stay the way it is. The others are completely different.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 06:38 UTC
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Marcin 3M: My DSLR has LV. Does any EVF camera offers optical vievfinder?
Seriously, as technology makes progress, the difference between are less important.
But eventually, all owners of CC2020 will be able to make any raw image of any subject with LRCC, and then develop it and modify it with the PSCC. All this using only the touch screen of any 15" smartphone (with 16K curved and packable display).

Cameras are becoming obsolete. Photographers too.

I hope I'm just kidding.

And the Leica M.

But none of the cameras mentioned in the above replies (nor the one listed in my reply) have TTL viewfinders apart from the EVF/LCD.

The only way to have TTL viewfinder systems is by employing SLR mechanics. There are huge advantages in SLR mechanics, but there are disadvantages. Thom Hogan is right: the SLR will remain for those that need it, but the majority of us are fine with the EVF or LCD mirrorless camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 14:36 UTC
On Video Overview: Leica Q article (161 comments in total)
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JackM: Great video and sample images, thanks. Now to sell a kidney.

Don't do that. You'll get sick in short order. Save, don't spend money on silly things, and you'll be able to afford it, kidneys intact.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 03:03 UTC
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Tharaphita: does this apply to standalone too?

My standalone CS6 has no updates.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 05:30 UTC
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Paul Petersen: I really love the production quality of these promotional videos. Much better promotes and explains the camera than what the manufactures put out.
I really love the concept of small high quality compact. However I think Canon left really missed out not putting a viewfinder, they are just too useful in bright light and otherwise for folks with poor close up vision who's arms are not long enough to focus without glasses.
The bar shots really show how good the 1" sensor is at high ISO but in reality is not much better than early DSLRs in low light.

Agreed. Such a great video and great focus on the camera, its abilities, and on the approach of a great photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2015 at 09:03 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1268 comments in total)
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saralecaire: 290 CIPA rated battery life doesn't sound too good. Still running hard on power as the A7R. They need to take some notes on how Panasonic managed their battery life on the GH4.

Re: DF: SLRs don't have to constantly power their sensor for all functions. Mirrorless cameras do and because of that, have horrible battery life.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 01:54 UTC
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alexpaynter: It has a lot going for it. Finally a digital Leica with up to date specifications.

But they have sacrificed practicality to maintain the iconic Leica shape. I would have preferred a proper grip with a larger battery enclosed.

Everything else I like. Although the D750 appears to have better images on the comparison charts at higher ISP.

Honestly, what ergonomic problems are there? Have you ever used a small-body camera before? If you put in a large grip, you have no choice but to hold the camera ONE way. Without a moulded grip, you can wrap your hands around it, pinch it, thumb-pinky prod it, anything.

Moulded grips are considered necessary because of large/heavy bodies with large/heavy lenses that are heavy around the neck, so you keep the camera in hand.

Small cameras like this are perfectly ergonomic even with fairly large lenses. Grips are only necessary when all other hand-hold friendly ergonomic considerations are broken.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 00:12 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1268 comments in total)
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saralecaire: 290 CIPA rated battery life doesn't sound too good. Still running hard on power as the A7R. They need to take some notes on how Panasonic managed their battery life on the GH4.

@saralecaire: the same way: the Sony sensor is 4x the size. It should dissipate at least double the heat, and have to sustain higher voltages. All of that uses more power.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 04:47 UTC
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