Marty4650

Marty4650

Lives in United States NC, United States
Works as a Retired Industrial Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2005

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On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2249 comments in total)
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photosen: Nice article. I'm sure this camera will find it's market, and good luck to them; beyond Leica's lenses I don't find their wares appealing.

@ plasnu....

If Leica actually did sell $500 memory cards encased in a shell milled from block aluminum... then the Leica faithful would snap them up, and swear that the memory cards are responsible for more artistic photos.

Somehow... the memory card would help create "the Leica look" especially on black and white photos of wrinkled old men smoking pipes.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 20:14 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2249 comments in total)
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Marty4650: It really is nice to have a high build quality, made using premium materials.

But is it really necessary to build a camera body to last 100 years, when the sensor is probably good for around 5 years, the shutter probably for 10, and the electronics themselves probably for less than 20?

Lenses might last forever, but digital camera bodies have a very short life, in terms of technology.

Since so many people treat their cameras as disposable, upgrading them constantly, then perhaps the bodies should be made of plastic and cardboard?

But then again... Leicas aren't cameras as much as they are jewelry, status symbols, and luxury items. Most real photographers aren't fabulously wealthy, and would not buy a $2,000 camera when a $500 camera would perform just as well.

Compare the Leica T to the Fuji X-A1 ($450) and you will see my point. Two very similar cameras, with very similar capabilities, but one costs four times as much as the other does.

Alan, you are right about that. I suppose modern lenses can only last as long as their electronic components do. Which means "20 years" rather than forever.

But you probably could still use the lens in manual mode (if it actually has an aperture ring) and even if the lens mount is discontinued you can usually find adapters.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 18:52 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2249 comments in total)

It really is nice to have a high build quality, made using premium materials.

But is it really necessary to build a camera body to last 100 years, when the sensor is probably good for around 5 years, the shutter probably for 10, and the electronics themselves probably for less than 20?

Lenses might last forever, but digital camera bodies have a very short life, in terms of technology.

Since so many people treat their cameras as disposable, upgrading them constantly, then perhaps the bodies should be made of plastic and cardboard?

But then again... Leicas aren't cameras as much as they are jewelry, status symbols, and luxury items. Most real photographers aren't fabulously wealthy, and would not buy a $2,000 camera when a $500 camera would perform just as well.

Compare the Leica T to the Fuji X-A1 ($450) and you will see my point. Two very similar cameras, with very similar capabilities, but one costs four times as much as the other does.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 16:40 UTC as 444th comment | 6 replies
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2249 comments in total)
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Seeky: Funny to see, this camera uses a Sony sensor, it has similar dual control wheels like the NEX-7 and the kit lens hood is about identical to the lens hood of the Sony FE 55 f1.8. Last but not least, there seems to be a new MIS hot shoe on top of it... Is Sony the new Leica then?

Anything is possible.

After all Leica has rebranded cameras made by Minolta, Fujifilm and Panasonic, so they certainly don't have a policy against doing this.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 21:32 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2249 comments in total)
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Raist3d: I have to applaud Leica for including 16GB ram built in. This means you never forget to take that menaced with you.

I always wondered if anyone would do this and I have to say 16Gb is pretty usable generous even for raw+jpeg shooting.

This may sound stupid until that day you have the camera with you and you realize you have no memory and you have some killer shot in front of you.

Very few things are more frustrating to a photographer than seeing a shot s/he can't take in front of him or her.

It really makes you wonder why everyone doesn't include some built in memory. Especially now that memory is so cheap, you would think a $1,000 camera could include at least 32 GB of internal storage. That 16 GB probably cost Leica less than $10 to include.

After all, they can put 64 GB on a tiny micro SD card, and then sell it for under $40. So why not make this a feature to set you camera above your competitors?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 21:29 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2249 comments in total)

The styling really looks like a dressed up version of a Sony Nex C3, or a Samsung Galaxy camera. Except the Samsung actually looks better. The omission of a built in EVF is deplorable at this price.And while "sleek" might be stylish, it just isn't a good design for a small camera that is easy to drop.

Leica would have been better off by rebranding the Panasonic GM1, slapping a red dot on it, and selling it for $1300, lens included. That method worked for them so many times before. Instead they ended up with another camera that might sell 300 copies in the next 12 months.

A $699 Olympus EM10 will beat the pants off it, as will any Fuji X camera made.

This camera will only appeal to Leicaphiles and people with too much disposable income.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 19:18 UTC as 556th comment | 2 replies
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (894 comments in total)
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Marty4650: The A6000 seems like a really nice camera.

I plan to get one when Hassleblad releases a $7,000 version, made with exotic wood and decorated with real gems.

I can hardly wait!

The Hassleblad Pluto.....

(The Planet that Got Cut From the Solar System).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 22:28 UTC
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (894 comments in total)

The A6000 seems like a really nice camera.

I plan to get one when Hassleblad releases a $7,000 version, made with exotic wood and decorated with real gems.

I can hardly wait!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 19:27 UTC as 112th comment | 3 replies
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (894 comments in total)
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Timbukto: Confused how every single review outlet has declined to make substantial impressions on its AF...its like every one of them signed a NDA in regards to what they can say about its AF. This includes Tony Northrup and TheCameraStore, etc...*every* official reviewer seems to have not given detailed impressions on its AF...either every reviewer has exactly the same thought process, or there seems to be some NDA in place...that makes it so true test of AF comes after pre-orders perhaps?

The silence speaks louder than words perhaps....

Richard... in the Pacific Northwest, sunshine is so rare they invented a special term for it.... "sun break."

Whenever there is a sun break, everyone seems to take ill and call in sick for work!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 19:22 UTC
On Canon recalls about 14,000 PowerShot SX50 cameras article (53 comments in total)

This is really interesting.

Canon says "Customer support for this phenomenon is described below."

According to Canon, this is a phenomenon, and not a product defect. This confused me, so I looked up the definition of phenomenon in the Oxford Dictionary..

Syllabification: phe·nom·e·non
Pronunciation: /fəˈnäməˌnän, -nən/
noun (plural phenomena /-nə/)

A fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question.

Examples of natural phenomena are:

* glaciers are unique and interesting natural phenomena
* The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights
* Double rainbows

The term can also be used to express a superlative, as in "The film has been a phenomenal success," although I doubt this is the context that Canon used it in their press release.

Normally, the term is used for rare or unusual "acts of God," and not for product defects. In this case, the cause is not unknown. A bad batch was used.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2014 at 17:59 UTC as 3rd comment
On Canon recalls about 14,000 PowerShot SX50 cameras article (53 comments in total)
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bobbarber: I'm concerned about the camera owners, but more concerned about the people who have to work manufacturing this stuff. Wouldn't they have come into contact with the compound in question in a liquid state, and not once, but over a prolonged period of time?

Odds are they were all wearing latex gloves... so they wouldn't leave any fingerprints on the camera. So the workers never actually touched the rubber eyepiece with their bare hands.

We all know that if there is a fingerprint on the camera, someone will start a thread at Dpreview accusing B&H of selling used cameras as new ones. Then Henry Posner is forced to waste his time trying to calm all the outraged souls.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 23:55 UTC
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BarnET: Why 16mp on a sensor this small with a lens so dim.
It will look as crappy or worse as a good cellphone.

Olympus has the best sensor and lens combo in house. The stylus 1 would make an excellent travelzoom. Just knock the viewfinder off lower the price and everyone is happy.

Why?

Because this is a $400 camera and not a $700 camera like the Styus One. "Knocking off the EVF" wouldn't reduce the price by $300, especially if you want a faster lens too.

Just wait around six months, and you can probably have a Stylus One for a little over $500.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 18:29 UTC
On Ricoh to offer limited edition Pentax Q7 Premium Kit article (88 comments in total)

This looks vaguely familiar...

Wait....

http://www.submin.com/110/collection/pentax110/cameras/images/aluminum_attache.jpg

The Pentax Auto 110 SLR kit, 1978.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 10:21 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
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tanniewu: Waiting to have this update to my E-P5 and E-M5! Although, I didn't see it as much an issue to me... luckily perhaps :P

If they fixed every old camera you might never buy a new one.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 16:35 UTC

The new Olympus marketing strategy is now clear.

They are moving to the high end of each market segment. OM-Ds rather than Pens.... Stylus cameras rather than cheap P&S models. They are doing exactly what they need to do to survive in a mass market that is being eaten alive by smart phones.

I think they are making good chioices.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 16:33 UTC as 13th comment | 5 replies
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(unknown member): A photographer using the medium of photography to try to convey a message - a bit of a refreshing change from all the gear talk...

...IMO...

So what is your alternative plan?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 03:29 UTC
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CraigArnold: The richest country in the world with 5% of the world's population but 24% of the prisoners.

A fascinating series - I hope to see the prints soon - I expect most of the "not impressed" would be impressed with the real prints. With a bit of luck there will be a show in London soon.

Perhaps we need more prisons because we don't execute petty thieves and homosexuals like they do in Iran and China?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 23:06 UTC
On Nikon to offer D600 replacements if 'spots' continue article (175 comments in total)

Perhaps Nikon should offer to replace your defective D600 cameras with a Canon 6D or a Sony A99?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 09:07 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
On Zeiss announces Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9 lens article (62 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Way too expensive!

Do you suppose that Lucas Films, or Paramount can't afford it?

This lens wasn't made for you to take videos of your daughter's dance recital. It was designed for professional film makers. And for them, the price is pretty reasonable, compared to all the other lenses they buy.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 23:02 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (959 comments in total)
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stevelatinner: Why are all these reviews incomplete? They've remained useless first impression reviews for months with no update. Not like the Dpreview I knew for years.

Can you imagine how much they will dread the announcement of the Pentax K-1?

I will be the Pentax K-3 saga again.... only worse.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 01:17 UTC
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