mcshan

mcshan

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On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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iAPX: I know some crew of dpreview thought that I am a troll while criticizing some cameras (ie a mirorless full-frame camera that just works well with a BIG tripod and big lens for landscape photography, and seems to be a fail for any other usage, reading the full review! lol).

I think the Leica T is not a camera. Being a camera is a side-effect. It's a luxury statement, the one I will take with me, with a Summicron or Noctilux (and M adapter ring), if I where wealthy, really wealthy.

The same way that wealthy people wear interesting watches, they might give time, but it's a side-effect.

PS: I owned 2 Leica compact camera, a D-Lux3 and now a Leica C (type 122), that are Panasonic cameras, conceived (lens+sensor) by Leica, the second one being Audi-designed. And I like them.

Hi iAPX, I didn't clearly or unclearly state that. By "if it IS (new emphasis by me) a good performer" I'm leaving it open ended. The camera is new and the jury is still out. I personally don't know if the camera is or isn't any good. Leica can still surprise. The X Vario has exceeded my expectations. If the T's IQ matches or exceeds the X Vario that would make it appealing but I really don't need another system camera as the Fuji XE1/various lenses is my most recent combo setup. The RX1R is simply amazing when a fixed lens will do.

I simply can't agree or even relate to your "to be seen with" thing. I wasn't trendy 60 years ago so why start now if that is what you mean.

Take care. Thanks for the reply.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 22:55 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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iAPX: I know some crew of dpreview thought that I am a troll while criticizing some cameras (ie a mirorless full-frame camera that just works well with a BIG tripod and big lens for landscape photography, and seems to be a fail for any other usage, reading the full review! lol).

I think the Leica T is not a camera. Being a camera is a side-effect. It's a luxury statement, the one I will take with me, with a Summicron or Noctilux (and M adapter ring), if I where wealthy, really wealthy.

The same way that wealthy people wear interesting watches, they might give time, but it's a side-effect.

PS: I owned 2 Leica compact camera, a D-Lux3 and now a Leica C (type 122), that are Panasonic cameras, conceived (lens+sensor) by Leica, the second one being Audi-designed. And I like them.

I am not "..wealthy, really wealthy" and have owned several Leica camera and lenses over the years. It is all about choices. I don't care about expensive watches.

I know there is a worldwide slow economy but I really do believe it is about choices. A friend of mine asked me why I buy so many cameras. This same friend smokes a carton of butts a day (what does that cost?) and he drops about $40 a night drinking beer most nights with a group of guys. He has season tickets to the New Eng Patriots (American football). I don't smoke, drink or take in many sporting events. I DO like shooting with various cameras. Had I not purchased a Leica X Vario and a Sony RX1R I might have considered the T if it is a good performer. I love the images I get from the most recent Sony and the X Vario.

Anyway I believe it is about choices rather than being wealthy.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 20:56 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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Calvin Chann: I find the comments on here hilarious. People who have not held or used the camera are pontificating on it and stating that their current choice is better. If it wasn't so sad, it'd be funny.

Hi Calvin, Good post!

I have to laugh at all the "wealthy" and "rich" comments. While it isn't cheap one does not have to either rich or wealthy to buy one. Many posters here will not agree with the judgement of some that this is a worthy purchase but can we please stop with the "wealthy" comments?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 20:41 UTC
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mcshan: My local library is huge and very old. It looks like a castle. Years ago due to cut backs they did away with "book runners" and gave the public access to the shelves. It is very intricate with winding metal stairs etc. They also have an elevator and do their best to make it handicap accessible. Library staff will still help anyone who asks.

"Runners" are a neat concept. Whenever they couldn't find what I wanted I always thought "I bet I could find it". Human nature I guess. Yes, as noted above many stores has runners. In some ways the good old days.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 00:48 UTC
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mcshan: My local library is huge and very old. It looks like a castle. Years ago due to cut backs they did away with "book runners" and gave the public access to the shelves. It is very intricate with winding metal stairs etc. They also have an elevator and do their best to make it handicap accessible. Library staff will still help anyone who asks.

Hi JABB66, I don't have any photos on hand BUT please Google Pollard Memorial Library (Lowell, Mass) and select " images". It is an amazing building. The homepage says it opened in 1844.

Hope this is helpful and thank you for the reply. New construction has it's place but I love the old majestic buildings.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 00:44 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (619 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Except for image quality, sounds like a great camera.

Black and Abrasive, Enjoyed both your comments and in different ways you each nailed the value of IQ. Even the strongest Nikon defenders would have to admit it appears IQ could have been much better. The bad IQ and foolish choice of micro SD would keep me away from this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 11:31 UTC
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alexzn: this is one of the iconic images of the WWII. It may not be so popular in the West but it is rather well known in Russia. Depite all the poor taste sniping on DPR this is a real piece of history. Khaldei, Baltermantz and other Soviet war photographers left behind a treasure trove of powerful images documenting a titanic event of the 20th century. Have some respect (maybe a hopeless cause at DPR forums these days).

Why is it some just can't post without lecturing others?

You posted one fine post...added a second that started just as well done but ruined it with the respect and sniping part. The holier than thou act is tough to take.

Take care.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 21:56 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (619 comments in total)
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mwstebbins: I believe that's it's unfair to criticize this camera for "Uses micoSD cards (easy to lose)" I welcome the smaller size if it means a smaller/lighter camera.

What I want in these new cameras is USB 3. m2cw

The weight difference between a micro and stardard SD card is so minimal. Going with the micro card was a major blunder. Size savings? Please. Other smaller cameras take regular SD cards. If the Canon S series and Panasonic GM1 can take normal SD cards there is no reason this new V3 should not accept them. Amazingly bad judgement.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 22:51 UTC
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)
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Chris2J: To me: a stupid exercise.

Then you would be wrong (or merely trolling). Clint's initial post was trolling. Reread these posts starting with Chris and Clint's response. If you are going to be the self appointed "trolling sheriff" at least get it right. You have accused two people of trolling just after Chris' post. Below is the trolling post by Clint that started it and you missed it:

"Ya know Chris....this 'pointless exercise' produced more interesting photos than what you've got on your website...Boom! Ya...I went there."

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 19:13 UTC

My local library is huge and very old. It looks like a castle. Years ago due to cut backs they did away with "book runners" and gave the public access to the shelves. It is very intricate with winding metal stairs etc. They also have an elevator and do their best to make it handicap accessible. Library staff will still help anyone who asks.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 12:56 UTC as 12th comment | 5 replies

Leica gear: $6000 dollars
Aerosol can: $2.89 dollars
Match: .12 cents
Face and hands blown off: priceless

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2014 at 23:25 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)
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Chris2J: To me: a stupid exercise.

Clint, It is a two way street. Chris' Lubumbashi set is far more interesting than the stuff on your own site.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 21:23 UTC
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)
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backayonder: mirror mirror on the wall who is the sexiest astronaut of them all

George Clooney?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 01:08 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)

For the select few that believe there really is a shortage and Nikon just can't meet the demand there is great news: you can go to a car dealership and buy a new car for just one dollar over invoice! Again this "deal" applies to a select few true believers.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 16:01 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On Leica T Typ 701 real-world samples gallery updated article (104 comments in total)
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Nick932: There is a waiting queue to buy this camera!!!

The X Vario is a fine camera and great fun to shoot with. The price has fallen and I view that as a great bargain for those who purchase it after having waited.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 15:48 UTC
On Leica T Typ 701 real-world samples gallery updated article (104 comments in total)
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RichRMA: Why do people, who either can't afford it, or have no intention of buying it, get so upset about a camera? Or did I answer my own question?

They are merely weighing in with an opinion. This is a camera/photography forum where such discussion takes place.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 15:35 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology article (288 comments in total)

Shortage. LOL.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 02:06 UTC as 93rd comment
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)
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skiphunt13: Dressing up someone in a DIY or real astronaut get up and placing them in banal settings... is stating to become a bit cliche isn't it? All the galleries are filled with the same schtick. How is this one unique?

I could not agree more. In so many cases it has become "schtick". Bizarre has become art. Some have found the portraits in the inventors news thread "boring". Had the photographer dipped the subjects in mayonnaise and rolled them in breadcrumbs the fine tuned DPR artsy crowd would be raving about the "original concept".

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 15:27 UTC
On Blast from the past: Photographing steam locomotives article (72 comments in total)

Great to see the DPR news section back on track.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 19:21 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
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The Name is Bond: Do the X-pro1 and XE-1 firmwares introduce the XE2 and XT1 plastic skin at high ISO 'feature'?

Conversely, do the Xe2 and xt-1 firmwares fix the plastic skin issue?

Also, I was wondering if the XP1 lockup bug was ever fixed; where you have to switch off and then on again every now and then.

Funny stuff. I look in the menu and select "plastic skin" often.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 11:27 UTC
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