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 Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (674 comments in total)

Imo, its a pity the camera is so ugly....the Mamiya ZD & AFD and Leica S/S2 are much nicer looking bodies...of course looks have nothing to to with image quality and handling, .... but I'm just saying...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 14:05 UTC as 5th comment
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3327 comments in total)
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Vacilando Productions: This makes me want the Pentax

I would also love the Pentax, but even better would be the Phase One....but until I can afford both those cameras AND lenses, I think the 5ds/R would do very nicely!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 14:52 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3327 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: The 7D mk2 is an action camera. With 10 fps and class leading auto focus, the camera is forgiven for low DR and not that good high ISO performance.

In contrast, a camera like the D800E or D810 is a slow, high megapixel camera with great image quality made especially for applications where a great image with lots of detail is required.

What canon has done is it has made a D810 style camera with the upscaled 7Dmk2 sensor.

And this just doesn't make any sense.

Yes, the 6d is a real pleasure to use! I now shoot jobs up to 1600iso without even thinking about it...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 14:29 UTC
On Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison article (204 comments in total)

And doesn't these 'old' lenses perform well? so much for all the 'garbage' that the lenses cant keep up with the sensors....

Look at the white, gray and black copy, also stitched figures (the beatles?) ...

The one thing I can take away from this is that if you cant get decent images with any of these camera & lens combo's you should maybe try a different hobby...nice to know for my type of shooting the 85f1.8 and 5DsR will be more than sufficient at f5.6....maybe its time we all stop worrying/fighting about image quality and all that it entails and just enjoy the kickass quality available from ALL of today's modern digital cameras...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 14:22 UTC as 65th comment
On Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison article (204 comments in total)

Cool post guys!

This is quite interesting!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 14:07 UTC as 71st comment
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3327 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: The 7D mk2 is an action camera. With 10 fps and class leading auto focus, the camera is forgiven for low DR and not that good high ISO performance.

In contrast, a camera like the D800E or D810 is a slow, high megapixel camera with great image quality made especially for applications where a great image with lots of detail is required.

What canon has done is it has made a D810 style camera with the upscaled 7Dmk2 sensor.

And this just doesn't make any sense.

Well the thing is, for many years all we had was a split screen little 'dot' in the centre (MF film days) or a matte screen, just think the 'best and most expensive camera in the world' Leica M, also just has a little centre block to focus with...AF cross points arranged all over the viewfinder is just so cool and works wonders and makes life just so easy...but really its not as if one cannot make do with just one little centre AF spot, now is it? I have used my 6D professionally for the last 18months or so, and sure I really wish the AF points were better, but I have had very very few oof images as a result of it. As BMWZimmer said the centre AF point is very good...and the fastest focus of them all is MF of course...have anyone here ever tried 'zone' focusing?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2015 at 05:11 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3327 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: The 7D mk2 is an action camera. With 10 fps and class leading auto focus, the camera is forgiven for low DR and not that good high ISO performance.

In contrast, a camera like the D800E or D810 is a slow, high megapixel camera with great image quality made especially for applications where a great image with lots of detail is required.

What canon has done is it has made a D810 style camera with the upscaled 7Dmk2 sensor.

And this just doesn't make any sense.

Yes of course the 6d lacks some af advantage, except the very low light af capability....but very few would call the 6d a 'sports' camera....haven't used the 5d3 so I cant comment....but you know for decades sport and action were done with 4x5 Graflex cameras with one shot capability........Weegee would not have existed because really, only a dude with a D750 would have been capable( or allowed according to many here) to take sports/action photos....I think in the Barcelona Olympics there was a well know photographer that shot with his Graflex/and or his Mamiya6/7 ....so yes all being equal the D750 is THE sports camera, but thankfully all is not equal....

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2015 at 14:44 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3327 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: The 7D mk2 is an action camera. With 10 fps and class leading auto focus, the camera is forgiven for low DR and not that good high ISO performance.

In contrast, a camera like the D800E or D810 is a slow, high megapixel camera with great image quality made especially for applications where a great image with lots of detail is required.

What canon has done is it has made a D810 style camera with the upscaled 7Dmk2 sensor.

And this just doesn't make any sense.

KE Hoffman, i've shot a couple of weddings with my 'old' 5d2 and detail in white wedding dresses has never been an issue...just shot a uber kitchen yesterday with my 6D and I managed to capture the shadow and highlight detail of the outside and inside with a few minor PP plugins...would probably have been easier with a sony, but I have found, unless you are into the HDR look, which I am not, the DR range of the 6D is more than enough for most professional applications...maybe the non pros have more stringend demands than the pros but there is an awful lot of pros where I come from that use Canon...not that the Sony is not better at the DR thing but as many have said before, DR is not everything...if it was I would jump ship in a flash....the other reality check is that Sony has withdrawn from my country, poor management or poor sales, who knows?...so even if I wanted to I couldn't, on the other hand Fuji is doing well and CaNiKon dominates everything else .....

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2015 at 07:02 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3327 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: The 7D mk2 is an action camera. With 10 fps and class leading auto focus, the camera is forgiven for low DR and not that good high ISO performance.

In contrast, a camera like the D800E or D810 is a slow, high megapixel camera with great image quality made especially for applications where a great image with lots of detail is required.

What canon has done is it has made a D810 style camera with the upscaled 7Dmk2 sensor.

And this just doesn't make any sense.

Broody , how is the corner sharpness of wide angle Canon EF lenses via adapter on sony A cameras? From all I have read its pretty poor ...unless your experience is different? Better DR is of course welcome , but i am not so sure if its worth it if it comes at the expense of poor corner sharpness...to use the sony A via adapter with EF lenses is of course very good and tempting..especially MF lenses like the shifts from Canon, when the AF speed doesnt matter...just wondering if there is a IQ loss because of the adapter and thick sensor glass? Generally it would seem most mirrorles systems have poorer corner quality than DSLR's ...but maybe someone with experience can tell us if it is so?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2015 at 06:51 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3327 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: The 7D mk2 is an action camera. With 10 fps and class leading auto focus, the camera is forgiven for low DR and not that good high ISO performance.

In contrast, a camera like the D800E or D810 is a slow, high megapixel camera with great image quality made especially for applications where a great image with lots of detail is required.

What canon has done is it has made a D810 style camera with the upscaled 7Dmk2 sensor.

And this just doesn't make any sense.

Well of course Canon's sensors as far as the DR is concerned is not as good as the Sony's...if one doesn't know that by now well then obviously you haven't visited DPP for a long long while...but for the rest of us who has to get by by the inferior DR of Canon and old old recycled sensors etc etc, well this camera is very good news, at least we can compete resolution wise with sony sensor cameras even though all our images are going to be terrible as far as the DR is concerned...sheesh life in the DPP forums is tough !

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 14:19 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review preview (287 comments in total)
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IvanM: I would argue high DR is almost essential for amateurs or beginners...people that dont want/have the skill to expose properly. But having said that those types of photographers are probably not going to have access to post production tools like LR etc, so does it really matter, like you rightly asked? The flipside is that all Canons come with the 'free' DPP software, and if one has the patience to try it out there are some very good options in there to 'fix' poorly exposed images....but then one would have to shoot RAW, and how many beginners actually do that, or need to do that....thats maybe why Canon entry level cameras sell so well. My cousin just bought a 760D, his first 'serious' camera and his purchase was made because he perceived the Canon 760 to be 'easy to use', he trusted and knew the brand and he thought the Nikon would be too complicated...no mention of DR or noisy sensors....

So, photoaddict, whats not true?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 13:21 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review preview (287 comments in total)

I would argue high DR is almost essential for amateurs or beginners...people that dont want/have the skill to expose properly. But having said that those types of photographers are probably not going to have access to post production tools like LR etc, so does it really matter, like you rightly asked? The flipside is that all Canons come with the 'free' DPP software, and if one has the patience to try it out there are some very good options in there to 'fix' poorly exposed images....but then one would have to shoot RAW, and how many beginners actually do that, or need to do that....thats maybe why Canon entry level cameras sell so well. My cousin just bought a 760D, his first 'serious' camera and his purchase was made because he perceived the Canon 760 to be 'easy to use', he trusted and knew the brand and he thought the Nikon would be too complicated...no mention of DR or noisy sensors....

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 16:03 UTC as 83rd comment | 12 replies

well, mirrorless is just another technology that broadens our consumer choice. to say that DSLR are dead because mirrorless is 'superior' or whatever or vice versa is really missing the point..many Leica M users swear that optical rangefinder works best for them, just like the majority of camera owners (for now at least) prefer a optical prism (dslr)...its really great that we have so much choice now. It will be a pity if mirrorless with its evf one day becomes the only option, because that will just mean we have less choice...I don't see why we cant have them all.... just like film is still an option today, what a sad day if it died out completely..and how about the Monochrome Leica, sure it is out of reach for all but the 1% but isn't it just great that something like that is still actually made today? choice is what matters not which is best...because 'best' is like 'beauty', its only in the eye of the beholder...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 16:02 UTC as 168th comment
On Canon PowerShot G3 X gets official introduction article (223 comments in total)
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IvanM: Does it have the new Sony 'stacked' sensor?

Pity that is does not have the newer Sony sensor....perhaps Canon is scared it will show up against the M3 ( which I have btw) and the other entry/mid level stuff...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 14:33 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G3 X gets official introduction article (223 comments in total)

Does it have the new Sony 'stacked' sensor?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 16:39 UTC as 26th comment | 6 replies
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (614 comments in total)
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Frank C.: there is Photoshop for a reason, maybe someone should tell Leica?

No. here is the link: http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2015/06/01/a-black-white-state-of-mind-the-leica-monochrom-typ-246-and-zeiss-35-1-4/

the are also two 100% crops to view

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 11:31 UTC
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (614 comments in total)
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Al Downie: I'd have one in an instant, if I could afford it.

To the naysayers... not only do you get greater clarity and reduced noise from a sensor that doesn't have to merge 3x primary colours 'channels', but the Leica M is the ONLY digital camera available which provides a truly traditional workflow (meter, set, focus, compose, shoot) with real manual/mechanical controls, and all superfluous 'stuff' omitted. There is still a generation of photographers who grew up with manual, mechanical film cameras, and very many of them would LOVE to have a chance to enjoy that simple, straightforward, slow process again, but with a digital sensor. I've been waiting for such a camera for many years - for a while it sounded like the Nikon Df was going to be it, but what a monstrosity that turned out to be. Fuji did a better job with the X-Pro1, but it still feels like a hollow 'electronic replica' experience.

Agreed there is something to be said for the slower and manual process, it's what we used to do in the days of 4x5 view cameras, it was just even slower! But just because it's slower it doesn't mean the images will be better or that they are more valid, just because the tool is beautifully crafted and made with special materials and a wonder to hold and behold, doesn't make the images better or more valid.....who looks at an image hanging in a gallery and judges it on the tool that was used to make it or how complicated or not the process was to make it? We use what we use because we choose to work in a certain way with certain tools. Thats whats great about the process, we all use different tools and techniques to arrive at the end product, but what makes it different from the next is our vision, our ability to see and create....

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 06:43 UTC
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (614 comments in total)
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cosmonaut: I don't know how many has tried the Sony RX1 in B&W mode but it's pretty impressive and much cheaper.

But it's also a lot less expensive and for some slow AF is better than no AF.....and it can be MF, can't it? Sure the MM is the best 35mm camera money can buy, but if you can't afford it then 2nd &3rd best and even Canon will be good enough for most, even for many of us that makes a living with our cameras, no? Just because I can't afford a Ferrari doesn't mean to say that a Fiat 500 isn't perfectly useable and valid, no? And driving through a twisty inner city cobblestone road maybe the 500 is a more practical choice than the 'best', no?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 06:27 UTC
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (614 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: princecody,

There's no LCD on the back of the M246? Odd, the M240 has one, as does image 7 above.

AF is over-rated, except for sports.

Well I have two MF lenses for my Canon, one is a stop down mamiya lens plus adapter.....MF was the only way to go before AF.....tried a M2 years ago with two lenses for 18 months and I just couldn't get used to the focusing method and the small
Little rectangle.....I often wish my MF lenses were AF...and I almost always use the MF lenses on a tripod...I just find AF so convenient and easy and wonderfully accurate... For me it's a deal breaker, but having said that , my ultimate camera will be a arca, silvestri, cambo or anyone of those techical cameras with a 35mm equivalent lens, always on a tripod. And a 80mp back.....and if I can afford that well then I suppose I could also afford to give something like the Monochrom a try, again! We live in a wonderful time and our equipment choices are just great!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 06:17 UTC
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (614 comments in total)
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Robert Wise: I like the simplicity of the Leica M Monochrom (Type 246) which is simple to operate and reduces your choices and these days we have far too many choices. So many choices about everything in life that my poor brain is frazzled. No wonder that “some 19,000,000 Americans suffer from chronic depression. That's 1 out of every 15 people in America”.
I am getting the Monochrom and 3 lenses (21mm, 35mm and 50mm) and enjoy my simple photography and then return home and relax listening to my vinyls!

Robert, I wonder if many aren't depressed because they feel inadequate because of the constant comparison in society and that only the 'best' is good enough? and if you don't look, have, own, drive, live etc etc the 'best' you are inadequate? Our worshipping of brands and material possessions have made us miserable unhappy and dissatisfied with life...photography is supposed to be a grand adventure, a great hobby at the very least, instead it often degenerates into insulting and aggressive 'statements...' about equipment....cameras and watches and cellphones are the new male jewelry! Things we use to proclaim our status and wealth in life...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 05:52 UTC
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