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 Canon to move camera production back to Japan article (108 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This really isn't good news for Japan, because it just means they will gain a few jobs only as long as the Yen value is depressed. The instant the Yen gets stronger, then the jobs get shipped back to Cambodia, Thailand or anyplace else where labor is cheaper.

Most customers won't care one way or the other. The "Japan built is better" myth has long since faded away. Anything can be well built, or poorly built anywhere in the world today.

@eddaweaver: it wouldn't take much to fix the anti-Japanese fervour.

Follow the example set by the Germans: let your population, and the world, know the worst of what you've done. Take the worst input to heart. Put it in textbooks. Make sure your population are fed documentary, to public forum, TV, that explores foreign opinion on what you have done.

Japan still enshrines the deeds of class-a war criminals. They claim it a national right/rite. It incites anti-Japanese fervour by constantly demeaning China and Korea, by erasing history, by closing exhibitions that shed light on the truth.

If you make no effort to mend the past, you will never leave it behind, nor will you learn from it. Chinese antagonism is overwrought, but it is firmly, and truthfully placed. Quite literally, Japan has gotten away with murder, and will reap all the problems inherent in having done so.

There is no place for them to complain now.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 04:11 UTC
On Canon to move camera production back to Japan article (108 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: I support this move due to the fact that China still hangs its hat on the communist rack.

Yeah, yeah, I know. They are about as communist as Pee Wee Herman is a prize fighter. Nevertheless, I'd rather (if given the choice), purchase products from a democracy.

@jackalopemaui: human rights are defined so loosely in the world. If judging by norther European standards, Japan egregiously breaches human rights in all classes, in all work places. If judged by Canadian standards, Japan is behind, but only by a few decades.

If judged next to China, sure, it looks decent in a lot of areas. But for a super-rich and powerful country in 2015 which has had a 'democracy' since the end of WWII, it is woefully behind.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 03:21 UTC
On Canon to move camera production back to Japan article (108 comments in total)
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feilong: A big reason is the dropping value of the Yen. This will be good for the country and their companies. More jobs and higher quality manufacturing

I translate for a few made-in-Japan companies. Very few have not been hit very hard by the falling yen. No product can be 100% sourced in a single country. With the falling yen, sourcing parts that cannot be made in Japan is very difficult.

But higher quality manufacturing is a good question. Is Japan capable of high-quality? Yes, but the culture at large here demands cheapest possible and that impacts ALL standards.

MADE IN JAPAN is still pretty good, but will fall as Japanese become even more affluent and demand cheaper commodity products. I'll tell you this: a MADE IN JAPAN house is the worst investment you can have... but that's the only choice here. Cars and electronic products do fine, but general life things fall apart and are worth nothing at all after just a few years.

Educating the consumer mass is the most important thing in raising manufacturing standards.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 01:45 UTC
On Canon to move camera production back to Japan article (108 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This really isn't good news for Japan, because it just means they will gain a few jobs only as long as the Yen value is depressed. The instant the Yen gets stronger, then the jobs get shipped back to Cambodia, Thailand or anyplace else where labor is cheaper.

Most customers won't care one way or the other. The "Japan built is better" myth has long since faded away. Anything can be well built, or poorly built anywhere in the world today.

@Menneisyys: The X-T1 is a fine camera, but isn't made to top standards. The doors fling open of their own accord, bow out, the dials rattle on their posts. Japan-made only means more stringent control on plastic products.

But forty years ago, Japan-made wasn't a byline. It was a joke. Made in China will catch up sooner than you think, and even if Japan hasn't sold its soul by then, it will have a hard time competing.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 01:40 UTC
On Canon to move camera production back to Japan article (108 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: I support this move due to the fact that China still hangs its hat on the communist rack.

Yeah, yeah, I know. They are about as communist as Pee Wee Herman is a prize fighter. Nevertheless, I'd rather (if given the choice), purchase products from a democracy.

Japan may have elections, but it isn't a true democracy. Democracy is only possible today with the influx of foreign ideals. Japan is 99,5% Japanese, speaks one language, allows very few imports, exchanges practically nothing but food with the outside world.

It's a voting system whose two parties are basically carbon copies of each other, with one difference: more libertine and less libertine doctrine.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 01:37 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T real-world sample gallery posted article (85 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: Yep, same old crappy sensor. That's why I got rid of my x100s. Will stick with Sony from now on. Retro looks are for superficial, materialistic consumers.

What other sort of _consumer_ is there?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 11:31 UTC
On Fujifilm announces XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens article (295 comments in total)
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Mike FL: T1+ this Lens VS NX1:

For almost the same (street) price, you can get a Faster + OIS 16-50mm f/2.0-2.8 "S" Lens from Samsung, and plus a it is said to be better NX1 body which is WR as well.

@MikeFL: Samsung didn't grow up to 15% because they listened to customers. They started out importing sugar to Korea. Then they did groceries. They got government pardon to do whatever necessary to drag Korea out of a sticky economic mess. Same with the other Chaebols. Nothing at all to do with customers; rather with entitlements.

They don't make 15 or 25 percent of the GDP because people choose them. In South Korea, you have very little choice. If not Samsung, who do you turn to?

That said, they are a company that can't fail because their government won't allow them to. Whichever company makes a more reliable long-term mount is still up in the air.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 14:07 UTC
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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 (69 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 (69 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 (69 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 (2126 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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