Godfrey

Godfrey

Lives in United States San Jose, AK, United States
Works as a Photographer and Technical Writer
Joined on Jan 28, 2002
About me:

What gear I own is of no consequence.

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1673 comments in total)
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Godfrey: Nice camera in most ways, but I feel it's too complicated for what I want in this category with too many controls and blocking modes. I don't mind such complexity on my higher end cameras, like the Olympus E-M1 or Panasonic GH4, but in this kind of camera I'd rather have simplicity.

Oh: Mike L ...

I have one of those auto-open caps on a Leica X2. I have had it on the camera since I bought it in 2012. It makes the camera very convenient to use since the lens retracts and the OEM cap has to come off before it can extend.

I had the same misgivings about letting dust onto the lens, but it hasn't proven to be much of an issue. The little dust that does get in now and then blows off with one of those rubber bulb blowers. No fingerprints or marks on the lens, no spatters from leaving the lens cap off when walking about.

The cap works well even if the dust protection isn't perfect.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 18:47 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1673 comments in total)
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Godfrey: Nice camera in most ways, but I feel it's too complicated for what I want in this category with too many controls and blocking modes. I don't mind such complexity on my higher end cameras, like the Olympus E-M1 or Panasonic GH4, but in this kind of camera I'd rather have simplicity.

I see my position is not the popular one.

Simple to me does not mean "feature free" or hiding a bunch of controls behind a pile of menu selections. Simple means a reasonable set of features and controls that make them easy to learn, remember, and use. Look at the Leica X Vario and X: great features for a photographer without overload, utterly simple to learn, and controls right where you need them—easy to use. That's my idea of simple.

There's no reason Panasonic, Olympus, or Sony couldn't do something very similar. Why is it so hard to do?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 18:21 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1673 comments in total)

Nice camera in most ways, but I feel it's too complicated for what I want in this category with too many controls and blocking modes. I don't mind such complexity on my higher end cameras, like the Olympus E-M1 or Panasonic GH4, but in this kind of camera I'd rather have simplicity.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 02:15 UTC as 28th comment | 14 replies
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Chris Yates: For the price of a new BMW you may own own a Leica.

Show me where I can buy a new BMW for $4000, please!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 14:50 UTC

Lessee: 25/1.4 ASPH ... excellent. 45/2.8 macro ... excellent. Any reason to expect the 42.5/1.2 to be less than excellent? Not that I can think of.

Yeah, it's expensive. So what? If you buy all three, you still haven't achieved the cost of a Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH.

So much nonsense, so little sense.

Personally, I'm waiting for the upcoming Summilux-DG 15mm f/1.8 ASPH to be released first ...

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Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 21:28 UTC as 63rd comment

Just amazing how much vitriol is exhibited by people who haven't got a clue.

This looks like a fine lens, a nice wide complement to the Summilux 25 and other Panasonic Leica lens offerings. The Summilux 25 is what I'm currently using most of the time fitted to my OM-D E-M1.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 02:21 UTC as 22nd comment
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)

Two very interesting cameras, certainly lots of both good and bad points about the specifics of each of the two bodies and the system of lenses, etc etc. As usual with Sony, they innovate but what direction they are going to go with a particular innovation is hard to say.

I hope it does well and that Sony develops the concept into something great by delivering on the lens offerings to work with it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:09 UTC as 606th comment

Excellent interview.

I worked with Nikon SLRs and Leica RFs side by side for 32 years ('68 to '01). Since 2002, I've wandered through a bunch of systems trying to find a digital camera that did what I really wanted ... let me use a relatively compact rangefinder for most of my work, but allowed me to use a macro lens or a nice, long tele for the rare occasions that I do something which requires them. All during my Nikon-Leica film days, I kept a double system—two sets of lenses and accessories—when I really only wanted a single system, but couldn't use my favorite Nikkors on my M, nor my favorite M-lenses on my Nikons.

Now, finally, the fusion happens. One set of my favorite lenses (M-bayonet and Nikon F mount), one body, RF AND TTL viewing and focusing. AND—omg!—1080p video too; I've always wanted to work wth motion capture too.

What's not to like? Given the confusion reduction this camera represents, it's easily worth the price.

My pre-order is in. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 17:02 UTC as 12th comment

Looks like a great camera with lots of potential.

Closest thing to it in my opinion is the Leica X2, which I've found to be a simply amazing little camera. If the RX1 matches the X2 on ergonomics, performance and image quality, it is an undoubtedly a very fine piece of equipment.

Sure, sure: the price is high. I don't care about that. Price is the last thing I worry about. Not that I'm made of money, but I'm willing to wait and save for what I think does the job right.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 14:27 UTC as 108th comment
On Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera article (874 comments in total)

This camera combined with a 43 and 21 mm Limited lens kit would be a great all around shooter for a lot of my photography. More and more I find myself eschewing the eye level finder in many situations and it will be quieter than an SLR. The lack of an eye level finder reduces its usability with longer lenses hand held, but it's fine for tripod use.

And I like the bumblebee coloring. :-) Although they should offer a simple all-black too.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 15:39 UTC as 268th comment
On Ricoh GXR Mount A12 preview (68 comments in total)

Thanks for the excellent feature review. I'm just waiting for mine to be arrive now. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2011 at 14:52 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply

Make it APS-C format or similar, give it a line of lenses without a servo motor between my fingers and the focusing helicoid, put a great viewfinder in it, and make it as responsive to the shutter as a Leica M. Don't burden it with idiot modes and unnecessary frippery.

In other words, make it a solid, high performance camera usable in a wide range of circumstances with Leica grade lenses and image quality. I'll buy it without question.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2011 at 00:56 UTC as 81st comment | 4 replies
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