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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Very glad you were okay and are getting better. Also glad to hear your insurance will cover the loss. I hope premiums don't increase. Glad to have your photos contributing to the forum.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 12:40 UTC as 44th comment
On sundown all around in the Harmony of Colours in Nature challenge (10 comments in total)

Beautiful.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 03:08 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply

It's the angles the commercial images were taken in that has me cringing.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 12:26 UTC as 7th comment
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)
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Prairie Pal: Take away the orange jumpsuit and these are nothing. Take away the caption referring to "astronaut" and you wouldn't know what the H they are supposed to be.

And take away the camera and there's no photos? Crazy, eh?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 23:45 UTC
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ck139: "The Pentax 18-135WR has poor optical quality".Really? You have used one? My copy at least has perfectly acceptable optical quality. Is it as good as a wide aperture prime lens? No. If the Fuji version has even better optical quality than the Pentax then that will be excellent.

@Heie2: I've read all the reviews. In direct comparison to less expensive equivalent FF counterparts, they score about the same. In pure performance metrics, the differences are minimal at best vs. direct equivalent competition.

Where Fujifilm lenses tend to rock is OOF rendition vs their equivalent speed, which often is better than the big two. But in terms of overall performance metrics, scoring is, on average, equivalent.

EDIT: compare Nikon 85/1,8 AFS to the Fujifilm 56/1,2; the 35/1,4 to the Nikon 50/1,8 AFS; even the 14/2,8 struggles in some areas compared to the now-ancient Nikkor 20/2,8D.

Fujifilm lenses have certain very good qualities, but they are not measurably 'better'.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 02:00 UTC
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nathondetroit: I wonder if Fuji will make some tiny Summicron-like f/2 primes. The 18mm is usable, but a 23mm or 35mm lens with an aperture ring (unlike the 27) would accent a slower zoom like this perfect. Right now its just X100s or bust.

I also wish Fujifilm would concentrate on making compact prime lenses. They also should work on designing lenses that keep a certain operational principle. Right now, we have lenses that have focus stops, lenses without focus stops, lenses with aperture rings, lenses without aperture rings, labelled aperture rings, unlabelled aperture rings, hard stopped aperture rings, and aperture rings without stops.

It's too many overlapping interface elements that often don't agree one with another. Uniformity is key to developing a brand, not just decent glass.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 01:55 UTC
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ck139: "The Pentax 18-135WR has poor optical quality".Really? You have used one? My copy at least has perfectly acceptable optical quality. Is it as good as a wide aperture prime lens? No. If the Fuji version has even better optical quality than the Pentax then that will be excellent.

The Fujifilm lenses don't do THAT well at Photozone, either. They make great images, but so do most lenses.

Photozone tests for things that largely don't matter. XF lenses are good but not the bee's knees.

Pentax lenses have so many size advantages for APS-C.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 14:08 UTC
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ck139: And the Pentax weighs 405g, measures 73mm x 76mm and takes 62mm filters.
I am not a Pentax fanboy. Indeed the fact that the XT1 is on my short list to replace the K3 confirms that. But this new Fuji is a bigger lens than the Pentax with no larger aperture at either end of the zoom range. The Fuji weighs 490g, measures 76mm x 98mm and takes 67mm filters so it is definitely bigger.

With the exception of the 18 and the 27, XF lenses are large compared to their equivalents in the FF dSLR world. That's just that.

But they are pretty decently conceived, if sometimes they lack stops/labelled apertures, etc. I'm pretty happy with the 18-55, but only optically. I'm sure this will be even better.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 14:06 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 comments in total)
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nonuniform: This feels like a bespoke Sony. If you want a really great APS-C system to use as a photographer, buy a Fuji. If you want to impress everyone with your ability to purchase luxury goods, buy the Leica.

Fujifilm have a special mirrorless idea in the X100 and Pro 1 but apart from that, make the same mirrorless camera that everyone else is making. The difference is the dials, and if you think it helps, X-Trans.

I'm not in the market for the T. But then again I thought I wasn't for the Pro 1, which also came out at 1800$, which as prices fell to below 900$ in Japan in less than a year, was obviously too expensive.

I think Fujifilm's best, most well thought-through camera is the X100/s. It works as it should. It isn't too slow, too large, or trying too hard to be something it isn't. I hope Fujifilm can run up the X 200 to include various focal lengths.

Why the T excites me is the glass. Leica designs lenses with character. Sometimes it is good, sometimes not. But no one else does. Everyone else makes sharp for sharpness' sake and, when it comes to bokeh, just smooth. There's very little brand look out there besides a few classic-desinged lenses.

Leica are the only one that can do it

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 12:42 UTC
On loxodonta africana in the A To Z - Letter L challenge (7 comments in total)

Incredible. You had to be very close to the elephant. Amazing.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2014 at 08:54 UTC as 1st comment
On ThinkTank Streetwalker HardDrive Backpack Review article (79 comments in total)
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munro harrap: I dont agree with the way it is packed here, when the DSLR should be at the bottom facing up with the lenses either side of whatever its got on. Having the centre of gravity low surely adds to its useability. That said, if its good enough for Gagne, its a win win all around!

It is worse for your back to have weight at the bottom, and is bad for balance. Having the tripod stick out so far is probably not a great idea, either. I strap mine in the ski rack of my Deuter rock climbing bag, to keep all heavy elements close to the body and in best balance.

But camera bags are still decades behind for ergonomic, back-saving design. I wish Deuter or some other proper bag manufacturer would release inserts or design a bag or two for the serious hiker.

I wouldn't trust my back to any bag today when trekking twenty kilometres cross country or winding up mountains for hours a day.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 01:13 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 comments in total)
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shigzeo ?: Ridiculous product. For the same price I could purchase 1500 bags of Jelly Bellies.

@Martin: next beer's on you, bub.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 10:03 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 comments in total)
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shigzeo ?: Ridiculous product. For the same price I could purchase 1500 bags of Jelly Bellies.

@Pat, now we're talking. I mean, I could purchase, and build thirty three metre-diamatre elastic band balls and still have the dosh left over to do an 8-hour rockathon naked.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 10:03 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 comments in total)
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shigzeo ?: Ridiculous product. For the same price I could purchase 1500 bags of Jelly Bellies.

And still have money left over to visit the dentist.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 02:57 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 comments in total)

Ridiculous product. For the same price I could purchase 1500 bags of Jelly Bellies.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 02:55 UTC as 493rd comment | 5 replies
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 comments in total)
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Peter CS: Question -To all those people that are so sure that Leica lenses will be better than the extremely well-testing Fujis - what proof do you have? This is a whole new and untested lens line! I do have and use both Leica M 28mm and 50mm Summicron, with the superb fuji adapter on my Fujifilm X-E1, and they are not better than the 18-55mm zoom and 21mm Fujifilm when I make extreme enlargements on my Epson Pro 3880 printer at full size!
Just because the cost of these lenses is out-of-sight, does not ensure top quality. Further, Leica will have their hands full trying to beat the great and superb Fuji sensor, at/with the very same megapixels! Lastly, I bought my all metal Fujifilm X-E1 new for $400, which now works very well with the latest firmware update. Next purchase the very good Zeiss 12mm...

P.S. Viewfinder is already built in on Fujifilm X-Pro, X-E1 and X-E2 and X-t1!

Leica's T page says: "Unique pictures. Unique bokeh."

Unique is something left only to niche manufacturers. Today you can purchase any Japanese camera and any equivalent lens and shoot... and get pretty much the same images. Sharp, contrasty, backgrounds blown to hell.

You can't get a unique draw. No viney OOF highlights, no gentle swirl, no falloff in the corners. I don't know what Leica are doing with the 23 Summicron, but I hope it is something Leica, and not something Fujifilm or Nikon or Canon.

The photography industry is more incestuous than ever. Every lens produces the same image as its equivalent from another brand. It would be great if that changed, if unique would be welcomed back into the fold that now includes only sharpness, contrast, resistance to flare, etc., that makes every lens produce shining copies of the images produced by every other lens.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 02:47 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 comments in total)
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quezra: Sony should sue... tri-navi straight out of NEX-7 and grip from NEX-3... all they did was make it out of pretentious materials as if that justified doubling the price it really was worth.

Aluminium is pretentious?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 02:39 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 comments in total)
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Malikknows: The design of this camera tells me Leica does not understand why its M is so revered. If I want modern design, I'll go to Sony or Panasonic. If I want classic design, it would have been nice had Fuji been joined by Leica. Pity.

The T isn't that far from the modern M, which has few to no lines, no place to hook a thumb, is practically flat, etc., and so on. Leica get minimalist. They've done it for a hundred years. This is the first minimalist camera they have created for the fully automatic world. Like it or not, it's Leica through and through.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 02:37 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: With this model Leica are really trying to be
the Apple of camera manufactures. The super
minimalist industrial design, snap on cases,
premium pricing (well they've always done
that haven't they) Yet despite being an Apple
fanboy myself, this camera doesn't do it for me. I
desire a Fujifilm X-T1 more!

I wanted to add that the X-T1 is a great family/travel camera, or great if you are in the studio with external lights. It is NOT a sports camera, not a camera great for the full time photojournalist, not great camera for the person that demands instantly usability and complete reliability. But neither is the T.

The thing is that the X-T1 looks like it is supposed to replace the SLR. The T is hardly as deceitful.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 02:35 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: With this model Leica are really trying to be
the Apple of camera manufactures. The super
minimalist industrial design, snap on cases,
premium pricing (well they've always done
that haven't they) Yet despite being an Apple
fanboy myself, this camera doesn't do it for me. I
desire a Fujifilm X-T1 more!

Actually, I think Apple are trying to be the Leica of personal electronics. Their designs, like most Leica designs, eschew complexity for elegance.

They design and iterate. Even Apple don't do that, although they design with a lasting image in mind. Leica have had a far more profound effect on the blossoming and defining of their industry than have Apple.

The X-T1 is a great camera, but with three massive caveats, none of which the T will suffer from. Those caveats are:

1. unobserved metering and servo changes
2. SD card that opens of its own accord
3. attempting to include everything in a body that isn't designed well enough to emulate everything.

No one will purchase the T thinking they will replace an SLR with it. The will with the X-T1. For the vast majority of SLR users, almost any camera out there can replace their camera. But for the person who relies on absolute stability of function, the X-T1 is far from it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 02:32 UTC
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