IvanM

IvanM

Lives in South Africa Centurion, South Africa
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Sep 15, 2004
About me:

Professional photographer with a love of documentary and landscape photography

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On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 comments in total)

It doesn't really matter how bad the shooting experience is...the people that buy Leica cameras buy it for the name and the status that comes with owing a Leica 'luxury' product, because that is what Leica is, 'luxury goods'....the guys that want this T don't care how it compares or performs, they want a Leica product and wont settle for anything less...we who cant afford such luxuries of course don't understand it, but ask any Leica owner and he/she will explain it all very eloquently...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 15:14 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (657 comments in total)

If I look at he Raw comparisons the Canon files look sharper overall than the Sony...but the extra pixels may negate the sharper look of the Canon files when compared at the same size. At higher iso's the Canon files clearly have less noise and look quite good in comparison. Still, the Sony sensor is really good when one takes into account that its a high megapixel sensor and only 1inch in size...But the Canon sensor just looks better all round even with less pixels...bigger is still better methinks...Makes one wonder how much better this Canon is than what this review makes it out to be...DP Review was quite disappointed by the 6D and yet in practice its a really good camera at a very good price....

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 13:37 UTC as 15th comment

After a quick look at the RAW comparisons of the A7s and the 5D3, I must say it l0oks like we are splitting hairs here. They all look pretty similar to me with the 5D3 perhaps retaining more highlight detail. The thing is that on many shoots I have been more than happy with my 6D's performance at 25000iso. I am actually just blown over by the quality of the images...I have even made A2 prints of theatre images and the quality is just superb ,but I am sure this quality can also be had from Nikon, Sony etc...I even bought DXO because of the many times I find myself using 25000 iso and after my initial test DXO looks like the king of noise reduction, imo only of course...We are living in good times!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 16:06 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
On Review: Ona Lima camera strap article (144 comments in total)

mmmm i dont like all the studs and metal buckles...it will scratch and damage the camera and whatever else it comes into contact with in the camera bag.Nice looking but a bit impractical

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 05:15 UTC as 12th comment
On Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II real-world gallery article (132 comments in total)

Jeff, had a look at two samples, large scenes, and the images looks soft with some double edges here and there...is it the 'default' jpeg processing? Because if it is its not really helpful...perhaps fewer images, shot and processed properly will have more value...as it is now the quality looks pretty soft viewed at 100% and its difficult to determine if its the camera or the operator...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 06:54 UTC as 23rd comment
On IMG_0051 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)

something looks wrong, the whole image looks soft and some edges have a double edge. Probably 'default' jpeg processing instead of 'proper' raw files and processing...doesn't really help in determining image quality...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 06:48 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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white shadow: SONY is going through its metamorphosis again. How many times do you think they have to do it before they turn into a swan while the world waits?

Any photographers out there want to take a chance with them?

?Yes I would in a falsh if it can be established that the matabones adaper Ef to sony would work...two systems but only one lens set. I would buy this camera anyway with just the one lens...it would be perfect for my personal photography and because of the size I can carry it with me everyday. Use my canons generally and when I want super quality then out comes the sony...this could really work for me and no more waiting for canon to bring out their megapixel camera

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 07:06 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)

Now image if I can put my 24TS on a 36mp body via a metabones adapter? No more waiting for the Canon megapixel camera that is coming, when?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 07:01 UTC as 383rd comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)

Fortunately the looks of a camera never had any bearing on the quality of the photographs! Personally I can quite happily live with the looks!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 09:17 UTC as 672nd comment
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)

Don't agree, I can happily spend the rest of my (private) photographic life with one lens only. Sony seems to have the perfect one too in the 35mm f2.8...so glad they didn't make it an f2...f2.8 is just perfect for me ito size & sharpness from the word go. As a longtime Canon fan and user I am mightily impressed with Sony's new offerings and That 36mp body with the 35mm is definitely on my wishlist!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 09:16 UTC as 675th comment
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1333 comments in total)

After just skimming through the article it would seem that once the AF micro adjustment was sorted the 'normal' af was ok and as good as live view dual pixel focussing...so was this test not flawed in that the AF was off to begin with?

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 at 08:51 UTC as 111th comment | 5 replies
On Welcome to our studio test scene article (275 comments in total)

If you ever wondered how the D800 stacks up against medium format...wonder no more....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 08:09 UTC as 45th comment | 2 replies

I asked the question a while ago on the Leica forum. This was the only answer that made sense!

'Journal of Consumer Psychology Volume 22, Issue 2, April 2012.

We argue that consumers with high self-brand connections (SBC) respond to negative brand information as they do to personal failure — they experience a threat to their positive self-view. After viewing negative brand information, high (vs. low) SBC consumers reported lower state self-esteem. Consumers with high SBC also maintained favorable brand evaluations despite negative brand information. However, when they completed an unrelated self-affirmation task, they lowered their brand evaluations the same as low SBC consumers. This finding suggests that high SBC consumers' reluctance to lower brand evaluation might be driven by a motivation to protect the self rather than the brand.'

Here is the link to my question and the response...http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-forum/customer-forum/267551-why.html

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 09:12 UTC as 31st comment
On Fujifilm X-M1 Preview preview (226 comments in total)

Very nice little Fuji to complement a superb system...something for everyone. But couldn't help noticing how small the Eos M was next to the Fuji. Sure its got a different operating philosophy but Eos M is actually a superb little camera...if the firmware update will improve AF as promised I think it will become a formidable little camera and one that can compete easily with the new small X M1...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2013 at 13:30 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply

I find it interesting how the fashion industry has chosen a certain 'look' for their norm. I never see curvy or short models...whats wrong with 'normal' weight..do the dresses hang better only because they are made for ultra thin tall models? If so why would I want to buy a dress that will look terrible on a normal, shorter frame? Surely a fashion designer should be able to design for all shapes and sizes?

I find it very strange that the fashion industry thinks that I will look at a dress on an impossibly thin and underage model and somehow transpose that look onto a older normal looking body and think mmm that will look good on my middle age wife??

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2013 at 14:49 UTC as 23rd comment
On Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 Hands-on Preview preview (355 comments in total)

Please mr canon how about some more decent 'pancake' primes?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2013 at 15:26 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 Hands-on Preview preview (355 comments in total)

Is this a new sensor?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2013 at 07:56 UTC as 44th comment | 3 replies
On Fujifilm X100S preview (218 comments in total)

agreed Sad Joe, this new fuji is on my wishlist...the thing is that nikon/canon manufacture dependable work horse system camera. They do the job accurately again and again. When I shoot for money I use them and when I shoot for myself well this new fuji will fit the bill most admirably!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 08:24 UTC as 42nd comment
On Just Posted: Canon EOS 6D In-depth Review article (530 comments in total)

So has anyone seen a review /test on high iso performance between the 6D, 5D3 and 1Dx? I am finding that I am shooting more n more between 800 and 3200 iso with my 5d2...and if i had to get something new high iso performance would be high on my list...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 08:57 UTC as 70th comment | 1 reply
On Roger Cicala compares three 24-70mm F2.8 lenses article (142 comments in total)

Of all the reviewers and testers out there I trust his opinions and findings the most..why? because he can and does test whole batches of lenses and can see trends that none of the others can... It also shows the importance that a good quality lens has on overall image quality...my local canon technical service provider has often suggested that I bring in lenses for regular optical bench checks and calibration if necessary...personally I would go for the best lenses now because its just a matter of time before Canon's D800 competitor arrives...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 08:14 UTC as 16th comment
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