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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ogl: 645z is 8500 USD.

@ogl: The body itself can't be used like a modular back can. It can't even be easily cleaned. It is a completely different system and not worthy of comparing because the two are incompatible.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 02:00 UTC
On Leica issues T (Typ 701) firmware update article (55 comments in total)
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RStyga: I hope that the next FW update will address the price issue too..

@RStyga: absolutely it does. Fujifilm started as a 'premium' manufacturer. Their mishandling of their prices eroded that image. Today they are considered a retro manufacturer with good glass. They in no way can command such prices. And if they did, they would have to manage their selling prices NOT to humiliate their own selling price.

As for a price diving by over 50% in a single year on a HIGH END product: that is unprecedented except from failed startups. The truth is that mirrorless cameras have very poor resale value vs. dSLRs. I'm sure Leica will feel the heat, too.

But Leica also care about their image and won't allow that to happen at the same rate of entropy.

EDIT: changed the wording of the first paragraph from 'they mismanaged', to 'their mishandling of their prices'

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 03:47 UTC
On Leica issues T (Typ 701) firmware update article (55 comments in total)
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RStyga: I hope that the next FW update will address the price issue too..

I would hope not. Imagine purchasing an X-Pro 1 at an intro price of 1600-1800$, then in a year, seeing it go new for 850$. There is something to be said for price protection. Letting price fluctuate not only ruins your brand, but destroys what you can do with your own resources.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 00:25 UTC
On Leica issues T (Typ 701) firmware update article (55 comments in total)
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Retzius: "a system which the company has positioned as one of its more affordable offerings"

lolz

You know that the X-Pro 1 debuted at the same price, that the X-T1 sells for almost the same price in certain places, etc. and so on. Mirrorless is expensive. Leica have a name, a history, and a target customer. Most other companies compete solely on technology, and losing that edge, have nothing to sell because they have no target customer in mind besides: everyone on the planet and more and more sales. To be number 1!

And to do that, they have to sell cheap and bristle with 'features'. There is nothing good about that system. It has leaked too far here in Japan where you can't even buy a bathtub because you have to get an entire bathroom insert. Cheaper, yes, but wherever you go, from whichever company you purchase, you get the EXACT same thing for the simple reason: it is competition based solely on market share and price.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 00:24 UTC
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EcoPix: These are modern day 5x4 and 10x8 cameras, in film speak. That part of the photographic market was always small, specialised, expensive, and mostly commercial. Nothing different, really.

Comparing an 80 mp camera with a Rodenstock lens to a Pentax SLR is like comparing a Deardorff 8x10 to a, well, Pentax SLR. Having said that, there is a yawning gap in today's camera line-up, waiting to be filled by a small medium format CMOS-fitted mirrorless body thin enough to take a range of capable tilt/swing lens adapters.

Such a body would be bread and butter for professional studio photographers and very many landscape photographers. With such a huge market, economies of scale would bring prices well down.

If Pentax can make their system SLR for $9000 with dedicated lens, then a mass-produced universal mirrorless MF body should be able to sell for $6000. And the Chinese engineers could do the rest with adapters for Hasselblad V, large format and all the other existing lenses out there.

One thing should be pointed out: comparable mirrorless cameras so far are more expensive every single time to dSLR counterparts, so I would assume that, unless taking a bath, Sony, or Fujifilm's potential MF mirrorless would cost _at least as much_ as the Pentax.

All other points: perfect.

But as a professional, I'd not touch a Chinese-engineered adapter unless I was in it for the hobby.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 02:16 UTC
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DaveE1: Come on Sony, bring out something that makes these guys re-price their $$,$$$ cameras.

@DaveE1: what is 'cheeky' about the Phase One? Why is the Pentax dSLR not cheeky?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 01:55 UTC
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iAPX: I still don't understand how someone could spend so much into a camera and then use a non-calibrated iPhone display on it. Non-sense!

The iPhone is indispensable in modern technical photography. Since it connects wirelessly, you can take it around with you, checking lighting as your subject is completely covered up by reflectors, flags, shunts, etc.

Looking back at a calibrated monitor won't help when you have to go to a single, stable spot. Mobility is incredible.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 01:54 UTC
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ogl: 645z is 8500 USD.

And, it's a non-modular dSLR. Again, Kinder Surprise VS Lego. Both toys, both with very different ways with which to be played, and more importantly, both with completely different accessory sets/external support.

Want to make a building? Lego.

Want to buy a pre-made building? Kinder Surprise.

Want long-term compatibility with any MF/LF lens on the market? Modular. Want a limited set of lenses and sensors tied to a closed body? Pentax.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 01:52 UTC
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sneakyracer: Pentax 645z is $13500 with the Excellent 28-40mm lens.

You did notice that the Alpa/Phase One is a modular system, didn't you? It's like comparing a Lego Set with Kinder Surprise. Completely different. Both toys, both targeted at kids, but toys. How do you play with Legos? How do you play with Kinder Surprise?

The difference is the answer.

And it doesn't work as well, or as stably on bellows. Neither can the sensor be removed from the camera body, nor separated from the function of the camera body.

Yes, you can have a medium format dSLR for 13500$, but it still is a dSLR with all the limits of the format. If you are a fashion or people photographer, maybe a dSLR is good enough. If you are into technical photography, you are very stuck by the format.

Technical cameras ALWAYS cost a lot.

Every non-modular MF dSLR costs much less than its modular counterparts.

If Pentax made a modular MF dSLR, it would cost much, much more. How much more? We may never know. I think many would like a Japanese maker also to construct a modular camera.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 01:50 UTC
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2071 comments in total)
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sans culotte: One more article explaining why this "equivalence" concept is a complete rubbish:
https://photographylife.com/sensor-crop-factors-and-equivalence

Totally agree. And it's the one that sealed the deal: I've sold all my cameras and lenses since my iPhone has a fast f/2,2 lens. I'm set. What are you waiting for?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 01:57 UTC
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Richard Craze: Love that Sony now have in body stabilisation. Does that mean they can start to produce smaller and lighter lenses? The size of the Olympus system lenses is just amazing, I know that 35mm lenses are going to be bigger and heaver but we can all remember the size of 35mm lenses before auto focus came along!

Jones: yes, one and the same. I think geek is a common language.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 13:03 UTC
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Volkan Ersoy: From Sony website: "Autofocusing is 30% faster compared to A7."

If only we knew what that meant. Every new camera is the fastest in the world, or faster, but there is never any meaningful qualification.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 12:57 UTC
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utomo99: Bigger grip maybe good for American and Europe user. but for asian need to be reviewed again. I hope it is still OK

Big grip is a lazy thing. If a camera has to have a grip, it has to be big, otherwise it is pointless. If a camera has a friction shunt, as seen in the X-Pro 1, any medium to large size hand can hold it.

That is the problem with grips. If default, they should default large. if not, the camera can be held by many hands in many different ways.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 12:54 UTC
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Richard Craze: Love that Sony now have in body stabilisation. Does that mean they can start to produce smaller and lighter lenses? The size of the Olympus system lenses is just amazing, I know that 35mm lenses are going to be bigger and heaver but we can all remember the size of 35mm lenses before auto focus came along!

You don't find Olympus's lenses large? Each of them suprise me, considering that they are aiming for a 35mm traditional equivalent and delivers something whose effective system-wise-output is similar to what one finds in an f/4 or f/5,6 lens on 35mm FF.

Size is only an issue in modern lenses, system independent. Even Leica's recent lenses are huge. I'd be very happy if FE lenses shrunk in size, but it's not because they are 35mm that they are large.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 12:50 UTC
On Pentax 645Z added to studio comparison database article (139 comments in total)
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iAPX: Impressive IQ, for both the Pentax 645Z and also the Sony Alpha 7R (in his class). For street photography in available light too, as it's prformance is really great at 6400 ISO with regularly-random grain!

I'm fine being off topic. The definition of 'decimation' has me glued here. I use only the Oxford Dictionary of English, in which the definition:

decimate: to kill one in every ten of (a group of people, originally a mutinous Roman legion) as a punishment for the whole group. the man who is to determine whether it be necessary to decimate a large body of mutineers.

refers to historical, not modern, usage. And, since I've not heard or read it used the way you suggest, I reckon you are a historian. But it isn't used that way today. And probably hasn't been used that way for hundreds of years.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 12:47 UTC

It's 20 November now. 30 more days.

Edit: Fixed the month thing.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 05:27 UTC as 47th comment
On Pentax 645Z added to studio comparison database article (139 comments in total)
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iAPX: Impressive IQ, for both the Pentax 645Z and also the Sony Alpha 7R (in his class). For street photography in available light too, as it's prformance is really great at 6400 ISO with regularly-random grain!

@The Euler: I used the word 'decimate' very carefully. Absolutely there is no comparison at all. I didn't expect such difference even at 50MP.

I stare at pixels like 10 hours a day, so this sort of detail and jump really jump out at me.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 04:58 UTC
On Pentax 645Z added to studio comparison database article (139 comments in total)
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Felix E Klee: In a professional context, for example for fashion photography in a studio, what is the advantage of a medium format camera today?

Today's full frame sensors and optics provide more than enough resolution for even very large printed ads, and dynamic range there is plenty as well. Furthermore, in a studio environment, I expect lighting to be perfect and the pro photographer to frame close to the final result.

For landscape photography medium format is interesting, but that's not my question.

@Paul: no matter that 95% of some work may be doable with 15 or 6 or 22 MP isn't the matter. The matter simply is that better detail obviously can be retrieved by more megapixels as seen above.

Nothing to debate.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 18:48 UTC
On Pentax 645Z added to studio comparison database article (139 comments in total)
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iAPX: Impressive IQ, for both the Pentax 645Z and also the Sony Alpha 7R (in his class). For street photography in available light too, as it's prformance is really great at 6400 ISO with regularly-random grain!

@TheEuler: I'll grant that your know more about the origins of English than I do.

I was (most probably, improperly) referring to this usage: 1 kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of: the inhabitants of the country had been decimated.
• drastically reduce the strength or effectiveness of (something): public transport has been decimated.

You can also use an iPhone 6 and a good telephoto and get the same detail if you enlarge a single portion with the entire sensor. And maybe I wasn't clear, but it is clear that both MF cameras render far more detail than do the smaller sensor cameras. And naturally, the technology behind it all will be rather similar.

If you want, you can stitch and get more resolution. Hell, you could do a 30-image pano and come away with something like 1000mps. The point isn't that a part of an image could be as good if... the point is that the image is far more detailed via either of the MF cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 18:43 UTC
On Pentax 645Z added to studio comparison database article (139 comments in total)
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Felix E Klee: In a professional context, for example for fashion photography in a studio, what is the advantage of a medium format camera today?

Today's full frame sensors and optics provide more than enough resolution for even very large printed ads, and dynamic range there is plenty as well. Furthermore, in a studio environment, I expect lighting to be perfect and the pro photographer to frame close to the final result.

For landscape photography medium format is interesting, but that's not my question.

@Andy: indeed. Detail retrieval in these high-MP MF sensors is incredible.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 15:31 UTC
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