ThomasSwitzerland

ThomasSwitzerland

Lives in Switzerland Bern, Switzerland
Works as a Technical Projects
Joined on Mar 28, 2012
About me:

Like to take pictures as a hobby. Use both film and a variety of digital cameras accumulated over the years. Prefer the natural direct way with a minimum of post processing.

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On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2222 comments in total)

The beauty of this Leica is that it is so useless in functionality. But the bright body got timeless style. It is not designed to make interesting pictures but to show off. Hence, it got its market.

If we had a stand-up comedian show, this camera could provide plenty of stories on how one might take pictures alternatively.

Leica delivers a big attention item. It differentiates the buyer from the rest of those “cheap” black plastic camera users. And you need the matching small dog or hand bag for this. So it stays in high ticket environments.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 20:39 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (613 comments in total)

If you want to get a much overpriced camera with style, take a Leica with Panasonic interior. At least you keep something acknowledged by fashion.

This latest Nikon 1” matches their downhill stock performance. Competition from Fuji to Sony et.al. manifests the wake-up call. Written by a loyal Nikon user looking further.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 19:39 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (613 comments in total)
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ThomasSwitzerland: With the review and response one can see the unclear direction. This comes from the unclear positioning of the Nikon 1” camera itself.

I have to buy a horrible looking viewfinder to attach loosing a flashpoint. I have to buy a grip to get a decent handling. And completely new lenses for an inferior sensor. What a weird business concept.

I fully agree with you, gianstam. The 1" sensor will have a strong future between compacts and APCs. I feel the big one or two have slept awhile and try to roll over their laziness. Such a camera does not fill shareholders' expectations and consumers' requirements. And it is a bad engineering example.

Hence, I find their marketing inappropriate and not trustworthy.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 12:59 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (613 comments in total)

With the review and response one can see the unclear direction. This comes from the unclear positioning of the Nikon 1” camera itself.

I have to buy a horrible looking viewfinder to attach loosing a flashpoint. I have to buy a grip to get a decent handling. And completely new lenses for an inferior sensor. What a weird business concept.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 12:07 UTC as 81st comment | 3 replies
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)

The 1” sensors open a strong new market as SW and HW progress. So it’s a good sign that Nikon joins the upcoming trend.

As new markets are, the first showings are an unbalanced mixture between funny and strange. So this Nikon is such a timid approach. Much wanted and nothing done with vision and perfection.

But I like the concept. Nevertheless around one thousand dollars will be spent better in any other camera today. And I would not like to look at this horrible design of the back of this Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 21:17 UTC as 110th comment
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (163 comments in total)

As a 10+ years user I only got one comment. I will get rid of this Adobe corporate scheme.

There are many more solutions in the marketplace. As a consistent worker I now feel misused to pay for <CC> as envisioned. It is a rip-off in TCO to my opinion - outdated corporate behavior.

I do no more believe in Adobe’s cloud future. Game over.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 21:46 UTC as 39th comment

From my experience with Sigma DPs: Never leave home with a Sigma only.

Sometimes one gets great pictures. With best light from the back and on clear days. Otherwise it’s color cast and strange noise. Any recent common APS-C camera takes better pictures. I would like to buy this new camera. But I am not convinced. Although I find the new design a piece of art. But I want to take pictures.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 12:21 UTC as 7th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2222 comments in total)

At least we got more than 350 comments now, and still counting. Leica is like a stand-up comedian show.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 20:26 UTC as 528th comment

Photojournalism was a phase before the internet. Today one might get streamed away if not being able to diversify.

Do you really want to take “surrealistic family portraits”? We need realism. And then we get down to earth to photojournalism again. Still needed as before but sells in different channels.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 22:54 UTC as 6th comment
On Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup article (195 comments in total)

For me as European Kodak still is a brand name as Coca Cola, almost representing that nation. It might be a matter of lacking self-confidence or short term profit greed to outsource to China and no more believing in their own creativity and strengths.

Kodak did break through innovation in sensor and resolution technology. I find it a pity that someone in Asia/China must revive this. But, at least somebody there does it instead of the matter getting lost. On the other hand we got Tesla cars which is an optimistic outlook. And even better if we could get an American product of ground breaking imaging made there.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 16:34 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup article (195 comments in total)

They will get positive awareness with the Kodak brand. They have experience from Olympus, and seem to make their own glass. They are not linked to huge corporate cultures. This gives them flexibility and speed in our fast paced tech time.

But, how are they mastering the enormous challenge to be better than Olympus and make better glass than say Sigma? Where are the sensors/sw from? This requires big funds and detailed research; perfect processes in manufacturing, excellence in marketing & service.

I was offended by the gold ring imitations on lenses and the strong white. More to shine? Bling, bling with third party common ware behind? We got Leica and Hasselblad already for those niches.

I wish this “New Kodak” well. We need more competition, not less. Any serious participant will be welcome! The Kodak name was a good one and might have the potential to be reborn. Somewhat confusing still remains: Why has no US investor/entrepreneur touched this former industry landmark again?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 11:03 UTC as 48th comment
On 900MP portraits show human face in extreme detail article (289 comments in total)

Getting into too much detail will not get a picture clearer.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 23:15 UTC as 54th comment
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (562 comments in total)

Samsung deploys a sensor 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) vs the Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm). We have seen the gap between APS-C and Four Thirds to narrow in dynamic range and IQ. Four Thirds is in the between of 1” and APS-C, stuck around end-of-lifecycle 16 MP sensors.

The 1” sensor size today has got enormous potential by recent advances in manufacturing and software.

I personally believe that miniaturized APS-C mirrorless cameras will grow, Four Thirds get squeezed. On the opposite, the Canon and Nikon mirrorless feel like a half-hearted add-on to their mainstream hardware expressing <we must do something against the mirrorless danger>. I got the feeling, the Big Two have decoupled from market reality, cultivating their “good old times” of classic Corporate behavior. Retracing to FF and pro high speed APS-C may be.

Therefore, congratulations to Samsung for their courage and risk taking. We are in need of those initiatives with new insights and the drive for realization with the hearts behind.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 16:31 UTC as 69th comment | 1 reply
On Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores article (195 comments in total)

The digital revolution made photography a common good. Industry wants us to buy a camera every one to two years. With lots of short-lived gimmicks thrown in. No more built to last. And our funds are limited.

I feel sad when those companies as Calumet go out of business. On the other hand, why should they sustain in markets with decreasing margins; just handling the floods of cameras without new ideas. People get the information from the internet. They buy more and more from those channels at the best price they can pull from the browser instantly. Corporate success in this difficult environment demands vision and deep pockets.

Calumet was a reseller with attached online activities. Consumers voted to buy elsewhere. Hence, Calumet provided not the matching answer and probably missed a new business concept. As sad as it seems and as demanding it is, we must acknowledge and follow the flow of “modern times”.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 01:54 UTC as 69th comment
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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ThomasSwitzerland: I am still a loyal customer of Nikon. But this uninspiring D4s confirms my move. Step by step I get rid of those old world huge cameras. They seem to me like dinosaurs from the past.

I do not want to bash because I believe in Nikon’s excellent sensors’ computer code and ergonomics. I also had the Canon FF cameras with L-lenses. I sold them at very good prices some time ago. I questioned more and more to hike in the mountains with those “tons” of black cases with a huge backpack limiting moves and fun.

Now I still got the D5200 – pros will smile – and mirrorless; and wait for the next generation of cellphone/integrated cameras to migrate to. It’s like with the stock markets. Buy early and sell into the last waves.

In a couple of years, no one can imagine that we took photos with those huge, heavy, and strange looking cameras.

Sometimes it is decision point to liberate. Less load is more joy. More joy and dedication produce better pictures.

Tech products are demanded smaller, portable and connected; and less expensive. Naturally, there always might be a demand for fully loaded large cars. China now is getting strangled by pollution and this backward orientation. I doubt that they can sustain it this way.

I would not like to be an investor in DSRLs goods. Later on they will be viewed like steam locomotives as a dead end row. Did you imagine several years ago that we get cell phones that small and versatile? Years ago you had a Motorola as large as a brick. Nobody today would think of using it anymore, regardless of possibly updated specs.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 17:48 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)

I am still a loyal customer of Nikon. But this uninspiring D4s confirms my move. Step by step I get rid of those old world huge cameras. They seem to me like dinosaurs from the past.

I do not want to bash because I believe in Nikon’s excellent sensors’ computer code and ergonomics. I also had the Canon FF cameras with L-lenses. I sold them at very good prices some time ago. I questioned more and more to hike in the mountains with those “tons” of black cases with a huge backpack limiting moves and fun.

Now I still got the D5200 – pros will smile – and mirrorless; and wait for the next generation of cellphone/integrated cameras to migrate to. It’s like with the stock markets. Buy early and sell into the last waves.

In a couple of years, no one can imagine that we took photos with those huge, heavy, and strange looking cameras.

Sometimes it is decision point to liberate. Less load is more joy. More joy and dedication produce better pictures.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 16:01 UTC as 163rd comment | 13 replies

The present exponential camera output craze will sort out sooner or later.

Maybe advanced cell phones will dominate the race in the markets. Cell phones with superior RAW and on screen tweaking present a strong danger to the common manufacturers of cameras. On my walks I suffer from the present loads with cameras, lenses, bags … The old world experience with roots to the era of film.

Cell phones will enable us to produce quite serious picture output in the near future. Talking less and imaging more. Pictures speak louder than words.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 22:59 UTC as 70th comment | 1 reply

I would not like to present a creative proposal in their boardroom.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 23:46 UTC as 95th comment

Although I use Sigma lenses and cameras I must admit, I got no specific idea on the Company. I was amazed that this is a family business. With a lot of fascination I followed their video and the interview.

I have certain reservations against big conglomerates. I don’t like greed, huge CEO compensations and the milking of consumers with low value/high profit camera gadgets. Therefore, Sigma for me does excel.

They proof excellent price/quality relations and true innovations. I will strongly support them as consumer buying their products.

We need more “Sigma”s in our world to stay sustainable and to assume responsibility for the customer as they do.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 17:34 UTC as 14th comment
On A look inside Sigma's lens factory article (89 comments in total)
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ThomasSwitzerland: The Sigma factory tour reminds me of our German and Swiss machinery industry. Very similar people and dedication. But a high level of still basic handwork at Sigma and outdated installations.

I admire Sigma and use their cameras and great lenses.

Nevertheless, this video reminds me when working in German machinery engineering about 25 years ago.

The only one manufacturer of lenses in Germany now is Leica. But Leica has not got innovation, runs unclear “Mythos” niches, and their capital basis is weak. Presently, they invest into factory automation. Sigma has got better foundations and outlook by serving the markets of the future. They got vision and produce innovation.

If Sigma make smart investments into top factory automation and process flows, they get the chance to conquer the markets as dominant quality and innovation leaders. I will support them as consumer, buying unique Foveon cameras and their outstanding art lenses.

Continue smart and courageous, Sigma, you will win.

I agree. You just could throw away many of their lenses. But their Art line is marvelous. You should not forget the competition from Zeiss, Leica, Nikon, Canon. I thought of the “monk-warrior” analogy by <Retzius> from above. They really stand behind this. Their prices are very good. Then they launched the Foveons. From my feelings: This is great. The dp quattro seems to look horrible, but is big step ahead.

I cannot make a business plan. But my emotions say that Sigma is on the right track. Tradition, experience, new territories. They avoid the uninspired “retro” look of the Fifties which our Big Optical Three cultivate.

The controversial discussion on Sigma shows interest and desire. Their video confirms substance and roots. I see their glass half full.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 18:56 UTC
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