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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Marcus Beard: Very interesting read - particularly for those of us with a Japanese wife and living with the perpetual conflict of whether to continue working in the UK in a salaryman type job or give it all up and go to Japan for something different. (Harder when you don't speak Japanese like me....)

Some very beautiful images here - and what I find most interesting is the way the photographer sees Japan from a non-Japanese perspective. I love the contra light shots in particular. Resonates with me - I wish I had this level of talent!

Thanks

@AlfieJapanorama

I agree completely with your second paragraph. The third is true of most privileged moves. Any time you move a country you have a chance to interact with society in a completely different way you do in your home country. Part of that is because you are a foreigner, part of that is because you have a completely different outlook and see opportunities different to what you see at home.

I also live here.

I worked in an office in Canada, but now am an commercial still life photographer (that sometimes covers UK embassy events). I would never have thought of that in Canada.

I was working in salaried position here and it was such a horrible experience that I had to do something. But that goes for anywhere. That Cameron idea seems like quite a bugger.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 01:28 UTC
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Marcus Beard: Very interesting read - particularly for those of us with a Japanese wife and living with the perpetual conflict of whether to continue working in the UK in a salaryman type job or give it all up and go to Japan for something different. (Harder when you don't speak Japanese like me....)

Some very beautiful images here - and what I find most interesting is the way the photographer sees Japan from a non-Japanese perspective. I love the contra light shots in particular. Resonates with me - I wish I had this level of talent!

Thanks

Or for those of us that want to move back to our home countries from Japan no matter which sort of wife we have.

If you want to come and can't stand staying in the UK, come. If you've had enough and have the means to get back to your country, do it. There's no magic to moving to any country and there certainly isn't a magic work environment here in Japan any more than there is in any other country.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 23:37 UTC
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Potemkin_Photo: they need 50 1.2 FF lenses.

@mosc:

Stanley Kubrick could have used that advice when filming Barry Lyndon. Too late now.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2016 at 05:15 UTC
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mick232: The statement "we want to make lenses that can be used forever" sounds a bit funny coming from Sony, who is just in the process of abandoning the A-mount and therefore preventing a huge number of existing lenses to be used on future cameras.

@vscd: And what has any of that to do with Sony cameras or lenses?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 12:58 UTC
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mick232: The statement "we want to make lenses that can be used forever" sounds a bit funny coming from Sony, who is just in the process of abandoning the A-mount and therefore preventing a huge number of existing lenses to be used on future cameras.

Get off it. I'm sure you'd not say the same thing about Minolta (who sold itself to Sony), or to Fujifilm (who abandoned the F mount, the GX mount, the XT mount), or Leica, who abandoned the R mount, etc.

Sony haven't abandoned a single mount. They may drop the A mount, who knows. But every single camera maker out there (with the exception of a few large format companies) have abandoned mounts.

Foolish comment.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 00:23 UTC
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zamorac: TLDR after the first sentence. "Forever lenses" from a company that changed three lens mounts in the fast five years? Oh wow!

@zamorac: you've been called out for your statement. What three lens mounts are Sony supporting? It would be oh so helpful if Sony detractors would drop hints.

Do you mean E mount, E mount and A mount? Or do you mean A mount, A mount and E mount? If you'd like to mix up the letters a bit more, you can pop out a few more.

You know who has a lot of mounts? Leica. S, SL(T) and M. See how easy that was? You just pull up your pants and mention the mounts.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 00:19 UTC
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Retzius: forever in technology terms = 5-10 years

@Roland: I think you need to re-read the lines between Retzius's post. I could be wrong, but I reckon he's talking about electronic technology. Prior to the 1980s, lenses were almost exclusively mechanical. And yes, barring fungus, etc., they last forever. I'm sure we all have lenses from the 1950s in our stables. The same isn't grossly the case with electronic focus lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 00:16 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Christopher Michel (69 comments in total)

I can't be the only one guilty of wanting not only Christopher Michel's life, but his talent.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 16:41 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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shigzeo: This looks nothing like a 1960's rangefinder. It looks like a re-thought Pen F, which was an SLR.

@marike6

I am not being pedantic. The PEN-F looks nearly exactly like an SLR. There is no rangefinder camera that looks anything like it unless you go back to the early 1900s when rangefinders didn't have in-body focus mechanisms. But by that definition, any camera without a viewfinder and which has a top-mounted accessory shoe would be 'rangefinder-style'.

The PEN-F looks no more like a rangefinder camera than the X-T1. If I'm being pedantic in your eyes, it is because I don't see rangefinder wherever my eyes fall.

If people shoehorn 'rangefinder' into any unrelated design, it's not my fault. If the PEN-F looks like a rangefinder, it looks just as much like an SLR, or a TLR or an accordion camera.

It's not pedantry, it's questioning, incredulity, and a disrespect for impaired and quick categorisation.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 13:40 UTC
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iudex: If should have been weather sealed for that price. Apart from that (and the high pricetag) very tempting, currently the most interesting M4/3 camera.

@judex:

No, I mean this: there are and always have been cameras that are cheap that are weather sealed and cameras that are expensive that are not.

Yes, it costs more to develop one, but it is fallacy to suggest that because a camera is expensive it must have weather sealing. If that were the case, every MF camera would be weather sealed, every 4x5 camera would be weather sealed, every Leica would be weather sealed, and of course, the first-gen Sigma Merril would be weather sealed.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 09:07 UTC
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shigzeo: This looks nothing like a 1960's rangefinder. It looks like a re-thought Pen F, which was an SLR.

@Revenant:

Except, that in this case, the PEN-F looks almost exactly like the Pen F from the 1960s which was an SLR camera. Calling it rangefinder-style isn't only silly, it misses the entire point of this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 15:28 UTC
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Blumfeld: Looks very much marketing-driven to me. But to each his own.

@TheClueless:

Again, I submit that anything you purchase is marketing driven. The rationality of a product can't be explained by personal biases either for or against a product.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 13:21 UTC
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shigzeo: This looks nothing like a 1960's rangefinder. It looks like a re-thought Pen F, which was an SLR.

Marike6: The new Pen-F is a direct and very close descendent of the 1960s Pen F. Barring modernisation it looks exactly like a digital version of that camera. And that camera has an off-centre viewfinder, a flat face, rectangular form, etc.. But it is an SLR.

This obsession with calling everything rangefinder that in this case, looks like an SLR with the same name, especially when every single mirrorless ILC camera beside the X-Pro 1 shoots, frames, and meters TTL unlike any 1970s rangefinder, should be re-thought.

There are dozens of SLRs that lack prism humps, that are either square or rectangle, or boxy. The functionality of the camera, not the position of its viewfinder should determine its style. Let's be clear: [no] non X-Pro 1 ILC mirrorless camera looks anything like a typical rangefinder unless the position of the viewfinder is the end of story.

Edit: fixed the last sentence after []

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 13:13 UTC

I must be blind: what controls does this camera have that are rangefinder derived, and in what way other than being silver, does it resemble the X100?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 12:25 UTC as 154th comment | 1 reply
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shigzeo: This looks nothing like a 1960's rangefinder. It looks like a re-thought Pen F, which was an SLR.

I'm intrigued: what about the new Pen-F looks like the 500G. Please provide specifics rather than vague: it's got that vibe thing or some such nonsense. I'm truly interested.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 12:06 UTC
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Scruntys NutPea Funch: Oh, I remember the days when people used to say the Fuji XPro-2 was expensive and just played to the 'retro' crowd.

How I yearn for those long-forgotten times of 12 hours ago.

I think this Oly is a nice looking camera, BTW. It will look great in my Jaguar E-Type. Now, all I need to complete the look is a Jaguar E-Type.

I like this guy.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 11:58 UTC
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shigzeo: This looks nothing like a 1960's rangefinder. It looks like a re-thought Pen F, which was an SLR.

@heypek:

I have two Pen F cameras. The eyecup isn't in the corner. It is slightly offset to the left of the lens. Brilliant SLR.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 11:57 UTC
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shigzeo: This looks nothing like a 1960's rangefinder. It looks like a re-thought Pen F, which was an SLR.

@Paul: it looks no more like the Ricoh you used in the 1970s than it looks like a Canonette or a Phase One. If by 'looks like' you mean: it's got a lens on it, then I be your pardon.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 11:56 UTC
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rialcnis: Sure looks nice. Classic, like the OM is classic. Too bad no 4k Video.

No, it looks classic like the Pen F, which was a 1960's SLR. In fact, it's where the resurrected Pen series got its name.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympus_Pen_F

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 08:35 UTC
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iudex: If should have been weather sealed for that price. Apart from that (and the high pricetag) very tempting, currently the most interesting M4/3 camera.

Price has nothing to do with weather sealing.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 08:33 UTC
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