probert500

probert500

Lives in United States boston, MA, United States
Works as a photographer
Has a website at www.peterharrisphoto.com
Joined on Feb 13, 2009

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On Leica M firmware 2.0.1.5 released article (38 comments in total)
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probert500: Does it offer a menu option that shows what you could have purchased with the $4000.00 you wasted?

HowaboutRAW

SO we'll agree it's on the podium.

I'm curious s to why color critical images would be shot at ISOs in the thousands. I'd think a tripod and long exposures would be the ticket at that point.

Of course if a noise free image in the thousands is the goal - it can be done but the output is a jpeg - and I'd still use a tripod.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 00:00 UTC
On Leica M firmware 2.0.1.5 released article (38 comments in total)
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probert500: Does it offer a menu option that shows what you could have purchased with the $4000.00 you wasted?

@HowaboutRAW

The A7R is not "OK" - it's superb. I only mention saturation because it's the only flaw I can find.

We'll have to agree to disagree. But many would agree that the sensor in the sony is the finest ever made for a FF. And that includes subtlety etc..

My experience bears this out. Objective testing bears this out.

Horses for courses - or something like that.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 14:15 UTC
On Leica M firmware 2.0.1.5 released article (38 comments in total)
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probert500: Does it offer a menu option that shows what you could have purchased with the $4000.00 you wasted?

@HowaboutRAW

When you refer to color I think you're referring to corner issues with symmetrical range finder ultra wide lenses. Pretty specific.

I use a variety of lenses including a samyang 14 and a zuiko OM 24 and there are no issues - almost needs no sharpening at all. The Tokina 17mm RMC needs a bit more sharp but the corners are fine (f8 - f11).

The color I'm referring to is regarding the sensor and camera processing. I shoot copy work and have critical color matching needs. Apart from a slight saturation of yellow the a7r is flawless. 7 -10% yellow saturation reduction in ACR and perfect.

Also in terms of dynamic and tonal range it is pretty incredible.

I will cop to a loud shutter. After a while you forget about it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 22:22 UTC
On Leica M firmware 2.0.1.5 released article (38 comments in total)
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probert500: Does it offer a menu option that shows what you could have purchased with the $4000.00 you wasted?

@richrma

Plastics - well there are plastics and then there are plastics. As your blueray player whirrs at 10k rpm think of plastic.

But - you don't like plastic and you'll be happy to know the a7r has no plastic - it's metal - lovely malleable metal.

And having used it in a variety of professional situations , I'm happy to report no light leaks.

And since I hear the calvary coming: I've used it on and off tripods and never experienced shutter shake.

What I have experienced is incredibly detailed files that I can print 4' wide without effort. Color separation that is immaculate (maybe 10% too much yellow saturation). An almost transparent evf - it's that good - and the ability to fully customize it to my needs and the ability to use almost any lens I want (I guess not symmetrical UFA RFs - call the whaaaa-mbulance.)

As Abe Lincoln said - "The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones". Or was that Winston Churchill - or maybe it was Ghandi...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 17:45 UTC
On Leica M firmware 2.0.1.5 released article (38 comments in total)
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probert500: Does it offer a menu option that shows what you could have purchased with the $4000.00 you wasted?

"range finder" - how quaint.

If you want to play for real you can pick up an M3 for about $700 but you'll need to buy film.

If we stop pretending and accept that we're in the digital world ,there's a $2200 sony a7r body. And trust me this thing doesn't touch it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 03:56 UTC
On Leica M firmware 2.0.1.5 released article (38 comments in total)

Does it offer a menu option that shows what you could have purchased with the $4000.00 you wasted?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 02:26 UTC as 5th comment | 21 replies
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (490 comments in total)
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newuser68: I am new to this. I am trying old manual OM Zuiko lenses with an adapter on a a7. Getting an exposure check is an issue since the camera doesn't know what the f stop setting is and I have not found a way to manually set the f stop I am using. The camera registers "f---". Am I doing something wrong or is there something I am missing? BTW the Rainbow imaging OM-NEX adapter seems fine.

The exposure is read from the sensor - so there shouldn't be any problem. What you see on the lcd - especially if you have the histogram visible - is what you get.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 16:36 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (490 comments in total)
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alzurzin: The Lens Comp App may or may not adequately build a profile to overcome the faults. The simple conclusion is this: only 2 lens designs are good for legacy lenses on the A7R - Planar and Distagon.

...and any slr lens ever made.

The problem lenses are UWA symmetrical RF lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 16:33 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (555 comments in total)
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NancyP: Well, for the landscape photographer, the Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM is a good lightweight choice - weight wise, 6 Canon 40mm equal one Sigma 50 Art, pricewise, 4 and one-half Canon 40mm equal one Sigma 50 Art. I would like one of each, the 50 Art for my bokeh cravings on short-distance trips, and the Canon 40 for those camping trips where I am hiking 10 miles a day with a 35# load. The Zeiss 21mm goes along regardless of weight - I love it to bits, the 800 gram gorilla. I am afraid that I might feel the same about the Sigma Art.

DigiMatt - I have been both high and drunk many times but not while typing here. Last time I was high I had a great idea - but I can't remember it now...

Regarding the 40mm pancake - I did something weird and bought one and took pictures with it. It just wasn't that good - particularly in the corners.

There's a world of better lenses out there. But, to canon's credit - they sell it cheap.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 16:29 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: p:

That's too bad, if correct. That shutter noise is a sales killer for the A7/r.

You can read about lossy compression etc. but the images from the A7R are just incredibly stunning. Don't let the interwebs talk you out of a supremely capable camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 16:23 UTC
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (563 comments in total)
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lagalagnewyork: this is the camera that the sony Nex should be! i have spent a lot of money on the Nex hoping it will be the standard mini of sony. but for some reason sony went to the sony A7R instead. this is a very good camera but it is bulky unlike the Nex. i want something small with a big sensor. the samsung NX mini will now be the camera of my choice. small camera with a big sensor. i also have the small sony RX100. the best mini in town but the lens is permanent hence the limitations. kudos to samsung for this.

Apart from the 35mm - which is small and light - I use zuiko OM lenses. Even with the adaptors they're compact and very sharp.

No interested in big zooms so I can't comment on that.

But - I tend to agree that the lens line-up could be better - and internal OSS would be better - but those sensors are just so good...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 16:19 UTC

You can by adaptors for 4 x 5 s with graphlock rear standards. One drawback is that, unless you use telephoto lenses, your minimum focal length lens - at infinity - is about 130mm. But still good for product, stitching and macro work.

I have a Norma and a 150 macro grandagon that I've used to good effect.

The other thing to be aware of is that since larger format lenses don't have to be as critically sharp - due to the massive film area - your results may be a little disappointing.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 16:13 UTC as 10th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (750 comments in total)
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Merel: It looks as I'm the only one very worried about the very last word of the Specification at page 2 ?
I'm not impressed. For that price I was expecting a YES.
Why do we buy a pocket format camera in the first place ? To take it to everywhere we travel, but afterwards not being able to remember where each of our most precious pictures were ever taken ?

If you can't remember I'd suggest putting down the camera and looking around.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 15:07 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (750 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I'm really impressed at how good the image quality is coming from "the smallest of the large sensors."

I am also baffled at why Sony hasn't made market share gains against Canon and Nikon in light of all the innovation coming from Sony, and the absence of much innovation from the two market leaders.

@Donnie G

Nikon is a relatively small company and simply doesn't have the R&D and finances to take risks. Their big advances are actually Sony advances -ie really good sensors.

Canon is pretty huge and really deeply concerned with cost/benefit. They move very slowly and have some of the least modern sensors. Kudos though for the original 5D .

Sony is hungry and while they can't code software to save their lives - the sensors and form factors are so good I sold all my canon and have never looked back.

If they could design a decent zoom (just copy circa 80s - 90s zuikos for god's sake) they would really start to take over.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 22:38 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (750 comments in total)
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Batuche: “The lens is the big selling point of the RX100 III. With a maximum aperture of F1.8-2.8 and a focal range of 24-70mm equiv, you won't find anything as impressive on a compact camera.”

Just curious. Why would the lens of the nearly two year old LX7 compact camera with a maximum aperture of F1.4-2.3 and a focal range of 24-90mm equiv, not be more impressive?

sony designs and makes the sensors for Nikon and Pentax - OK?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 22:23 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (750 comments in total)
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steve_hoge: Camera COMPLETELY SHUTS DOWN when you depress the EVF? OK, that's just broken.

Although I have occasionally wished for a way to put my Panasonic cameras directly into their Sleep mode to save battery power without the delay of a complete power cycle.

It can break.

Can be annoying if trying to shoot with lcd and sensor turns it off because it thinks your looking through the evf.

Save battery.

just off the top of my head.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 22:20 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (490 comments in total)

I've been using the a7r with legacy lenses. The olympus zuikos are very small, mechanically beautiful, and very sharp if chosen properly.

I'm a tripod shooter so I use the 50mm 3.5 macro (razor sharp corner to corner) and the 24mm f2.8. I also use the tokina 17mm rmc at one setting - f11 at infinity - and it works very well.

The mir site has a lot of zuiko info - if you want fast you have to pay - if you're happy with slow - the lenses are inexpensive and second to none.

One thing I'm going to do is flock the inside of all my adapters - a lot of shiny - if black - metal there.

Sony is weird and strangely stingy on the software side - but once you get the image to the screen - and the print - all is forgiven.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 13:23 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (563 comments in total)
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lagalagnewyork: this is the camera that the sony Nex should be! i have spent a lot of money on the Nex hoping it will be the standard mini of sony. but for some reason sony went to the sony A7R instead. this is a very good camera but it is bulky unlike the Nex. i want something small with a big sensor. the samsung NX mini will now be the camera of my choice. small camera with a big sensor. i also have the small sony RX100. the best mini in town but the lens is permanent hence the limitations. kudos to samsung for this.

The nex has a sensor 4x bigger than this samsung. And sony continues to develop the nex line - they just changed the name.

The A7R with the 35mm is quite small - basically just a bit larger than the aps nex - and has a sensor 2.5 times as large as the APS nex. (which means 10x as large as the 1" sensors - but my math might be suspect.) It is a tiny monster.

So, if small with large sensor is your goal - your logic doesn't quite hold up.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 18:17 UTC
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (206 comments in total)

Thanks for the info - much appreciated. Downloaded the x-rite software and will play with it on the next shoot.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 21:40 UTC as 14th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 comments in total)

Sony sensor?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 14:49 UTC as 637th comment | 1 reply
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