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 Starstruck: Adam Woodworth's nighttime photography article (8 comments in total)

really good, more than just ok!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 15:41 UTC as 3rd comment
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (374 comments in total)

no matter how one looks at the problem or how well or not Leica responds...it is rather a bit embarrassing from a PR point of view. Fortunately it has happened now when Leica's coffers are overflowing with cash...reminds me of the ad LV had to pull when they claimed all the bags were hand stitched and it turned out not to be true...the 'best' quality camera in the world turns out not to be....I wonder how it will affect used M9/ME sales or prices ...but I am sure they will survive this with hardly a blimp on their new camera sales ...which says a lot about the strength of this brand...and the loyalty of the people that can afford to buy Leica...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 09:20 UTC as 20th comment
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (374 comments in total)
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Jeff R: Film now seems so much simpler to deal with! Long live 35mm and 120 film!

only of course if you own or aspire to own a Leica..for the rest of us 'poor' dudes digital is actually pretty cool!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 15:28 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (374 comments in total)

Well there goes any dreams of picking up a 'cheap' old used M9....Damn!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 15:25 UTC as 48th comment
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (374 comments in total)
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cgarrard: Sounds like Leica stands behind its consumers, sometimes, paying more for something pays off :). Then again, I haven't heard of this issue with any other manufacturer who's products cost a lot less.

I digress?

Being a relatively small manufacturer I think Leica has its limitations ito R&D...I just don't think they can test their products as rigorously as bigger brands...My X1 suffered a broken pop up flash which was quite common for the model and also lots of sensor dust....which means a trip back to factory to clean. Not something I have experienced with any 'lessor' brand before. Not that that don't make very interesting products...I just don't see them as the 'best' out there...very stylish photographer centered products but nothing that you cant get with a much cheaper Nikon/Canon etc...a bit like comparing a LV bag to a Billingham...both do exactly the same, same intrinsic quality but only one has the 'name' and for some that name means a lot...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 15:22 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Dali's Dream article (101 comments in total)
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IvanM: Erez, congratulations on a well thought out shot and technique to match!

I am just wondering how you find the wide angle Canon lenses on the A7R? Particularly the corner sharpness of the lenses as compared to the center...

Thanks for the reply!...do you think its the lens, which granted is not the sharpest in the corners, or the A7R sensor which because of the design and or thickness of the front glass filter,results in softer corners with wider angle lenses? But more importantly does it worry you or are you happy with the overall image quality as is?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 14:23 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Dali's Dream article (101 comments in total)

Erez, congratulations on a well thought out shot and technique to match!

I am just wondering how you find the wide angle Canon lenses on the A7R? Particularly the corner sharpness of the lenses as compared to the center...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 13:18 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)
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Marcus Antonius: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr18=daylight&attr13_0=canon_eos7dii&attr13_1=canon_eos1dx&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr16_0=400&attr16_1=400&normalization=full&widget=170&x=-0.5100056814595039&y=1.0204721282008986

ouch! (and that's just iso 400)

so Marcus, you are one of those that obsess about image quality and one brand alone cant do it for you...nothing wrong in that and you have to do what you have to do...but I wasn't really talking about the likes of you....and of course I pixel peep, who of us doesn't but I also realize that it serves no purpose for most of us in most 'typical' situations...

to illustrate, I shot a pic at 50 000 iso(my first time ever!) to test my Selphy910 printer,. RAW conversion was done in camera with some in camera NR and that was all. The max print size on the Selphy is 100x148mm and the print just looked beautiful. No 100% pixel peeping agonizing over DR etc etc, just a straight print straight from camera...

So yes I still think most of us (you excluded) needlessly obsess over image quality...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 13:06 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)
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Marcus Antonius: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr18=daylight&attr13_0=canon_eos7dii&attr13_1=canon_eos1dx&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr16_0=400&attr16_1=400&normalization=full&widget=170&x=-0.5100056814595039&y=1.0204721282008986

ouch! (and that's just iso 400)

Why this quest for zero grain? Just look at Salgado's images if you think grain has to be eliminated! I regularly add a touch of grain to images that has to be enlarged very big. Grain also helps in making images 'look' sharper. i think this obsession with grain less images is from the new 'digital' generation...the old timers from the days of film knows how beautiful grain can be...

how many guys here obsessing about the 7D2(or any other camera for that matter) have ever printed one of their images at the full 100%, or even half that size? I have a 44inch printer so I can print BIG but most of my images gets printed maybe to A2..the A0 prints are mostly on canvas and that is very forgiving....come on guys get a bit more realistic, you and I might live in the 100% pixel peeping realm but no one ever looks or even can see images at 100%...choose a camera because you like the way it feels, looks and sounds and on price...obsessing about sensor performance is futile in the real world...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 05:25 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)
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Serious Sam: RAW at ISO 6400, Fuji looks cleaner while the NX1 seems to retain that little bit more detail.

Serious Sam, of course the Frames per second is important, why else buy the 7D2? But I will buy it also for its AF capabilities, , weather proofing, compatibility with the rest of my Canon stuff, backup, toughness of the body, live view AF, proven technologies that just work well day in and day out and best of all for its price!
Regarding DXO, mmmm I just ignore their findings, somehow these terrible sensors with low DR etc from Canon miraculously does the job and has for a number of years.
My own analysis of the DP Review pics, I took the night shots and pushed them 2stops, looked fine, maybe not the best, but more than fine for someone that has to make a living from photography...But the Samsung sure does look good and may show the future and whats possible, but I am too heavily invested in Canon to even consider it. My 6D is just fantastic for what I need, a 7D2 will be the perfect compliment to the 6D....but I am going to wait a month or so to see what comes next from Canon...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 10:56 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)
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Marcus Antonius: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr18=daylight&attr13_0=canon_eos7dii&attr13_1=canon_eos1dx&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr16_0=400&attr16_1=400&normalization=full&widget=170&x=-0.5100056814595039&y=1.0204721282008986

ouch! (and that's just iso 400)

...in English?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 15:04 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)
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Serious Sam: RAW at ISO 6400, Fuji looks cleaner while the NX1 seems to retain that little bit more detail.

Agreed...the Nikon and Samsung sensors certainly look pretty good! I suppose Canon made a decision that in their view the image quality is 'good enough' for the target market and went for general improvements like dual sensor technology to speed up live view AF at the cost of 'ultimate' image quality.....Interesting though is that they managed to keep the noise down considerably if you take into account that the sensor is effectively 40mp..but somehow they couldn't increase the resolution....As a Canon owner I am not practically speaking in the market for 'another' camera system, so I really have to decide is this new 7D2 good enough? Personally I think is.... especially if looked at from a 'total system' pov..... and the extra AF capabilities and frames per seconds, waterproofing and price certainly sounds good! After all the 1Dx and d4s is 'only' 18mp!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 11:19 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)
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Robert Garcia NYC: very good Canon you caught up to the Olympus Em1 micro four thirds.

??

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 10:52 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)
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fakuryu: Camera Store TV already did a review. Excellent AF but when it came to IQ, it has horrible DR and they found the video too soft. Compared to even the entry level Nikon D3300, they found that the entry level camera has better IQ overall.

Excellent camera overall but if DR is important to your work, better look for something else.

mmmm 'horrible' DR!..... the comment reminds me of my children who see the word in B&W only, they either love it or it sucks! There is just no room for anything in between....quite amusing some of the replies here...I wonder how many have actually used the camera??

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 18:04 UTC
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IvanM: Have a look at the corner resolution and its clear that the Leica lens is not the best here. Sure its not at infinity but at this relatively close distance the Leica corners are not even close to the Sony. To my eyes looking at the RAW fileS the Sony is clearly the best here followed by the Panasonic. Leica looks hardly better than the Canon which makes the Canon superb value given its price and features compared to the Leica... I would say the Leica is for those that like the way the camera feels and operates and is prepared to put that above actual image quality. And of course can afford something like this....

mmm, the only compelling reason for me to buy an X/x2 would be the ability to do 'zone focusing' but I am not sure if this one has that function. For street shooting the 'zone focus' ability is almost perfect, but then again one has to shoot at F8/11 which then makes the f1.7 lens a bit pointless... so far though I am still leaning towards a Fuji X100 for a compact solution...even if just for the price!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 07:35 UTC
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IvanM: Have a look at the corner resolution and its clear that the Leica lens is not the best here. Sure its not at infinity but at this relatively close distance the Leica corners are not even close to the Sony. To my eyes looking at the RAW fileS the Sony is clearly the best here followed by the Panasonic. Leica looks hardly better than the Canon which makes the Canon superb value given its price and features compared to the Leica... I would say the Leica is for those that like the way the camera feels and operates and is prepared to put that above actual image quality. And of course can afford something like this....

...or maybe the lens is just not that good at very close focus distances as I presume the image of the test chart is. On FF DPR uses 85mm lenses...the lens is already not up to scratch at max aperture closeup so I suppose it is possible...? How do you find it at close distances compared to something else? Or maybe the lens is ok but the AF is not? who knows?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 07:23 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)
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thericyip: Picked up a Canon 7D mark 2 today. As a fight photographer using a Canon 1Dx, I am very happy with the camera and the results.
I used the camera with a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II at a Muay Thai demo tonight.
Menu system, ergonomics, using the camera, and the results were very familiar. Felt like I was shooting with the 1Dx.
Since Adobe doesn't have an update for the Canon 7Dm2 yet, I shot Raw to CF and Jpeg to SD, which slowed down the buffer a bit.
Not sure if this is the same problem as the 5Dm3 where the SD card slot shortens the buffer (if I remember correctly). I'm used to the 1Dx 32 RAW buffer so the difference was new to me.

Here's a Jpeg sample straight out of camera (added watermark). IMO, it's quite good a jpeg.
The Canon 7Dm2 is definitely a good backup to my 1Dx. I can still comfortably shoot weddings and events with this no problem. I can see why Scott Kelby likes this camera so much.

http://g3.img-dpreview.com/3253E6680D444D0C85BD5D6406122B0E.jpg

Anastigmat, why is his choice of tools ridiculous? Why do you even bother to comment on what he uses? If it works for him its fine and its obviously the best solution for HIM...why do you think you are qualified to make a judgement on his choice of cameras?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 17:44 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)
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armandino: For the 7DMKII price haters:
http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2014/11/cracking-open-the-7d-ii
Looks like one of the best weather sealed cameras ever.
Excellent AF, fast frame rate, best weather sealing. I think Canon got their priorities right so far for a rugged sports/wildlife camera.

Of course the 1Dx is the one! But the 7d2 gives the rest of us financially challenged a chance to experience some of the 1Dx's magic. I love that it is apsc- it just makes my tele lenses even longer for the wildlife and sports that this camera is made for..want better image quality and sure get a 6D/5d3, want a sports wildlife affordable camera?, get the 7d2. From what I have seen I am sure I will get perfectly useable images even up to 3200so with a bit of PP...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 17:39 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)
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Anastigmat: The 7DMKII is a souped up Digital Rebel. That is the god awful truth.

Ok so that's bad how? My old 450 D gave me wonderful pics, so if the 7d2 is a souped up 450D, it sounds just great!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 17:34 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)
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prossi: This is a dead branch of the evolutionary DP tree. I don't see anything here that would want to make me buy an APSC sensor in the body and weight of a FF camera. You get all the downsides and none of the ups.

mmmm I have a FF 6D but I would really like to have a 7d2 as well for the extra reach and kickass AF & frames per second and image quality that looks to me to be only a stop behind that of the 6D. Looks like the perfect backup camera to me...for us financially challenged it makes perfect sense, a mini 1Dx at a 1/4 of the price!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 17:29 UTC
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