Richard Franiec

Richard Franiec

Joined on Feb 14, 2007

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On LensRentals looks into the Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS article (61 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Isn't Roger "Len's Rentals" so why is he saying management tell him this and that?

Always enjoy reading his lens test and disassembly.

Roger is the man.
He is saying the way he sees it.
Quite unusual for the guy who makes his living by renting product of others. What he said is that he like the lens. There are other choices of this FL he can provide. You just have to make up your mind in what you want.
I trust his word more than many of the review sites.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 22:10 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 comments in total)

Barney,

Since you have the cam for testing, could you drop it on concrete pavement to see if the premium price for " body carved from solid block" of T6061 Al alloy machined in Portugal is worth the expense?

R.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 23:17 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
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mr.izo: oh, sigma and theirs news biennial.. just test the damn thing, dpr, specially high iso, video and battery performance (the wickest points of foveon).
why design grip in reverse way, ther's fixed lense in front any way? when ff sigma?

The grip is designed for left handed selfies LOL.
Seriously though, the concept could prove very effective when approached with open mind. This camera requires use of two hands when taking pictures. There is a good space between the lens and grip making the shooting position very comfortable.
Now, if Quattro just have EVF...and lensmount...and set of nice primes...and...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 13:35 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images article (175 comments in total)

One of the nicest gallery for sample images.
The color and contrast are very good. To my eyes, however, the images lack the definition. Possibly, the kit lens is a weak link.
I will be hard pressed to consider the basic kit for $1200.00 if I'm not vested in better Nikon optics already. There is a lot of competition in that price range including entry level DSLR's and M4/3 systems. Even outdated, lowly Eos M (APS-C) with set of 3 excellent native lenses would be more appealing IQ-vise based on the gallery images vs. my own experience.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 15:06 UTC as 37th comment
On Site Update: notifications article (127 comments in total)

Thanks for this new utility. I think, it is very useful.
The colour choice is great - just like the stop lights.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 23:01 UTC as 39th comment
On Walmart sues photographer's widow over family pictures article (200 comments in total)

Reading some, I think that most of the comments should belong to "Off Topic" forum.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 04:15 UTC as 26th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)
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onlooker: I read the blurb about the control ring in the preview above, but I still don't know - is it possible to do manual focus with it?

I think that DPR complaining about lack of click-able dial is valid and reasonable for every situation except focusing and zooming.
Since they complained about this issue from the very beginning (RX100) - and they were not alone - Sony should possibly make the ring able to slide to two distinctly different positions in order to engage "clicks" in one of them. That would make the "Gold Award" a sure thing for RX100MKIII full review.
I hope that Sony will remember whose idea it was LOL.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2014 at 21:39 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The pop-up EVF is an interesting idea, but I wonder about its long-term reliability, in terms of continuing to go up and down.

This is a legitimate question indeed.
EVF not only have to resist the wear resulting from up and down motion but also from the side pressure exerted by contact with the face.
Since pop up flashes works fine, the indication could be that beefed up guides for EVF motions would work as well. Only time will tell.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 14:05 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)
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Valentinian: could this camera replace the need for a 12mm-35mm lens (for a m4/3)?

It could, however M4/3 offerings are much more versatile for the choice of focal lengths available. The larger sensor of M4/3 would be also an advantage. Pany GM1 with kit lens would be the closest competitor as far as pocketability is concerned.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 13:38 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)

Another big hit for Sony, no doubt.
Open mind and willingness to innovate pays well deserved dividends.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 05:34 UTC as 735th comment | 2 replies
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (367 comments in total)
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tongki: I like the idea of incoming 1D mark IV replacement,
another APS-H for this new EF 16-35mm f/4L
with more reliable wifi, something like WFT built in because wifi on 6D and 70D is a crap and totally useless (you know if you use WFT earlier)
touchscreen, dual SD card and very fast live view and video AF

@tongki,
Replacement for 1DMKIV could be more elusive than you think.
I agree that this new lens should be great on APS-H format.
In the mean time, I'm letting go my mint MKIV if you interested. Check the "For sale" forum.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 20:53 UTC
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (367 comments in total)
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tongki: I keep 17-40mm for extra 5mm reach
and don't need stupid IS

if you can not handheld your camera in wide angle,
then hire a photographer that can do it

@tongki
"I would prefer using other way than IS to solve problems,
because IS is something that you can not control of"

You sure can control IS: just switch it off if it bothers you.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 10:40 UTC
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (367 comments in total)

16-35F4 looks like (finally) a decent Canon UWA FF zoom if the MTF charts are to be believed. Pricing seems fair. Most likely Sigma can beat it at both counts if they decide to offer art series equivalent. In fact Sigma should have done that instead of 24-105 F4 lens (in my opinion).

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 13:49 UTC as 50th comment
On Just Breathe: Portraits of adults with Cystic Fibrosis article (13 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: I'm appalled by the fact that spelling is taking precedence over the content.
Most people should consider themselves lucky not having anyone in the family affected by CF.
Either open your mind (and wallet) or shut up if you have nothing to offer as far as understanding and help is concerned.

No.
I see and react to the situation the way I feel about it. In what way multitasking should change that?

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2014 at 20:14 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (657 comments in total)

Thank you for the review.

I was going to give away my Powershot S95 but looking at the gallery pictures I've decided to wait some more. I also have EOS-M, the camera which many reviewers hated, which I would prefer over G1 X/II as complementary piece of gear for my DSLR.

Nice cam to look at it but I wish that all the resources spent on the development of G1 x was put at work for developing of ugly duckling - EOS M system.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 20:15 UTC as 173rd comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 comments in total)
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Gesture: A+++++++++ to DPReview for posting this information.

+1
DPReview were also the first and only one to prove issue of decentered lenses in Canon Powershot S100, I believe. This triggered a sort of recall or advisory, I think. Bravo!

Anyway, since T body is machined in Portugal, sensor (and most likely majority of electronics) made in Far East, lens in Japan, the question remains: where the red dot is made to make this "truly 100% German product" like some reviews implied?

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 05:16 UTC
On Updated: Creating the Leica T article (197 comments in total)

Nice design, attention to detail and use of quality materials in the manufacturing process of the camera body are all great attention grabbers, however the truth is that they don't always create a better tool to do the job, especially when electronics are involved.
What we see with Leica is that they are desperately trying to market pride of craftsmanship and mysticism of the brand name at exuberant prices.
The whole manufacturing process in today's broadly available technology (explained in pictures of the article) is nothing that cannot be achieved in China, Vietnam or Romania. Most likely with less manual labor involved if deburring process is carried out by the same machine tool which does the "carving" of solid block of aluminum, not by hand of highly paid worker.
Obviously, limited production runs cost more per unit but justifying the final price by extraordinary skills and experience needed to do the job is just a plain hyperbole in my mind.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 23:24 UTC as 41st comment | 6 replies
On Updated: Creating the Leica T article (197 comments in total)
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Retzius: Leica is focusing most of their marketing effort on the fabrication of the hand polished aluminum unibody and almost none on image quality. They know their faithful will spend a small fortune to capture the "essence of photography", although a hand polished aluminum body will do nothing to improve their images.

The emperor has no clothes.

You got that right.
That is why expensive watches are called time pieces and accurate but inexpensive ones - just...watches.
Same with cameras. The Leicas (made in Germany by hand LOL) are timeless beauties contrary to ordinary cameras with much higher level of sophistication and performance, which are called what?...cameras?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 22:50 UTC
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK article (165 comments in total)

Kickstarter is so liberating for so many absurd projects.
No one want to risk their own resources to allow the imagination run wild.
Of course, some start-ups are interesting and potentially beneficial but this one is doubtfully one of them.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 11:54 UTC as 31st comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (570 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: Nothing can tame boundless love for Fuji cameras and prevent 84 point (balanced) score to happen, even this:

"One point we do have to make is that the X-T1 is nowhere near as good a movie camera as it is for shooting stills. Manual control is limited, and video image quality is unusually poor. It's OK for casual use, but if high quality video is high on your list of priorities, you'll probably want to look elsewhere."

No disregard for obvious strengths but "object of desire" as the review is titled says it all LOL.
BTW, I don't use my still cameras for videos. But since it become integral part of the package, the overall performance rating should reflect that clearly. Other-words, if XT-1 video would be great instead of lousy should it deserve score of 95?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 18:33 UTC
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