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meland: The lack of any comments so far is rather strange. Where are you lens experts?

I suspect most of the photographic "experts" who expound (blather) their non-expertise on DPREVIEW really do not want to be told about engineering, design, statistics, and marketing.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 15:32 UTC

What has happened to the Leica T"? I see an occasional (quite rare) photograph attributed to the T on the Leica forums, but otherwise it seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. I do not recall ever seeing one in popular tourist places (San Diego, Chicago, Athens, etc.). It's a pity.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 00:36 UTC as 7th comment | 8 replies
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Mike FL: By using old Nikon D7100 as a base line, X-Pro2 almost inflates the ISO by ONE STOP in base ISO.

What a surprise even lot of people indicated FUJI is well known for inflates the ISO, but still..

.. WOW.

Oh noooo.... Brand X inflates its ISO!! Quelle horreur. Life must end, photography will end, tech dweebs will be unable to use their cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 14:51 UTC
On article A classic reinvented? Domke Chronicle Review (90 comments in total)
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Osvaldo Cristo: If you are interested in that bag I strongly recommend you also consider Domke F-2... it is USD 90 in the USA and without the bad taste "color detail"...

Good advice. The canvas Safrotto bags from China (Model CF300?) are reputed to use even better quality canvas and inserts than the Domke f2 and are much cheaper.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 15:10 UTC
On article A classic reinvented? Domke Chronicle Review (90 comments in total)

4.2 lb empty? Are they serious? It is nice to have the rugged look with heavy metal clips, but extra weight means a sore shoulder and/or less actual photographic equipment. Good engineering design is defined by minimal material use with maximum function (in this case, carrying capacity). The old Domke f2 fit this criteria much better. Don't get me started on $349 - wow.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 03:12 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 (72 comments in total)

Nice camera, really nice! But it is a big handful (at least it looks like that in the photos above). I think I will keep using my X-E1 because it is so compact and easy to take in a travel kit. Hopefully Fuji will introduce an X-E3 with the 24 mpixel sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 04:56 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1500 comments in total)
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DaveOl: I guess that this is the true " Texas Leica ".

No, the "Texas Leica" is the GW670 or GW690 Fuji rangefinder cameras that used 120 or 220 film. These had spectacularly good lenses. They are available at reasonable price for folks who want to try real photography (manual focus, hand-help light meter, etc).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2016 at 04:31 UTC
On article Merry Christmas II you: RX1R II sample gallery updated (138 comments in total)
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forpetessake: What's wrong with the red color? Those blooming reds are in such a contrast to generally subdued if not to say flat other colors. It produces an impression of selective (red) color filter. And I must say it's quite unpleasant.

I agree with those who say that there is no other camera so small with such good specs, but when it comes to image quality, in particular colors and tonality, this camera is rather underwhelming.

@String, you are right. A large number of the poseurs who buy BMW (for Porsche, etc) do not know how to drive them, let alone feed and maintain them ("Hey, this takes more maintenance then my old Toyota."). Oh, oh, sounds like the consumerists who buy monstrous DSLRs with big hulking lenses because now they will be like "pro" photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2015 at 02:46 UTC

Does this new camera only have the sRGB colorspace? If so, that seems rather limiting to not have the option for Adobe RGB.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 05:12 UTC as 45th comment | 4 replies
On article Fujifilm X-T10 Review (508 comments in total)
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texinwien: Are Fuji still cheating with ISO on this camera as they've been found to do systematically on other models in the X line over the past few years?

Oh no, Fuji and Olympus "cheat" on their ISOs. Let the tooth gnashing and self-flagellation begin. Photography is no longer possible; what is the world coming to?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 14:18 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T10 Review (508 comments in total)
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Deardorff: No Optical finder, no thanks.

Most of the optical finders I have looked through on lower-end DSLRs are really grim, especially on mass-market Rebel-grade cameras. Many of these do not even use a prism design. Compare with a Nikon F3, F4, or Leicaflex to see a bright finder. So why is there a continuing obsession with optical finders?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 14:05 UTC
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photoaddict: And I remember how people said that there's no way a digital camera can outperform film in just a decade. If it was shot with a digital SLR camera, it would be sharp, clear, and more saturated. Low light? No problem, just boost the EV in RAW processor (especially the Nikon/Sony types).

I am sure glad film is over.

Good for you. But film is not over. Some people still like the craft of photography and the "feel" of film. It is similar to how some people enjoy the control of driving and prefer manual transmission.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 15:12 UTC
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zakk9: Why is dpreview showing mediocre images of this war criminal and mass murderer?

These pictures are history in the making, so they are a legitimate photographic subject. On the surface, they show bureaucrats looking very banal - but we know how frightening these people were.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2015 at 21:25 UTC
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (706 comments in total)
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PieterB: I don't see the point of a B/W camera.

@ Roland, don't bother, he will not understand.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 14:35 UTC
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (706 comments in total)
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JakeB: Buy a black Fujifilm X100t.

Set the jpegs to black and white.

Done. NO ONE will be able to tell the difference.

Decide what you'll do with the other $9,000 you've just saved.

As expected, Dpreview's standard gang of black and white haters are out in force voting up this comment.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 14:33 UTC
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MikeF4Black: OVF or EVF; that's really all there is to it. I hope someone continues making top leverl full frame sub 1 kg dslr's for as long as my eyesight lasts.

There are also no viewfinder cameras, meaning 4x5 or 8x10" sheet film bellows cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 18:06 UTC
On article Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? (1085 comments in total)
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watson076: Hey let's not forget about Canon as they really have done the impossible by managing to sell the same sensor for over a decade. Now if only someone would come up with a camera that only shoots black and white and sell it for several grand ;)

Watch it! The B&W haters here in Dpreview will castgate you mercilessly and say all sorts of profound things like, "I don't see the point of a monochrome sensor."

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 01:43 UTC
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jkokich: Mirrors will go the way of film.

Where has film gone? Oh, you mean it is gone from Walmart?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 01:30 UTC
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Marty CL: I think real convergence won't take place until electronic viewfinders reach full operational and capability parity with optical view finders. Owning both multiple DSLRs and multiple mirrorless cameras--each has it's pros and cons--but its clear (no pun intended) that electronic viewfinders---at present-- cannot operate effectively in low light situations.

I don't think any camera, in this day and age, is really an all purpose camera.

Wrong. Go into a dark room in an abandoned building, and with an optical finder or even a Leica M viewfinder, you can barely see anything. Even framing is a challenge. But the electronic finder amplifies the view. It is fabulous.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 01:19 UTC
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Gasman66: Personally, I don't really care whether there's a mirror or not. But I have no intention of re-learning photography to accommodate the micro 4/3 format. If Canon make a 5D mirrorless that has a full frame sensor and accepts full frame lenses, I'd certainly consider it.

I don't understand. Do you mean 24×36mm is the only format you will use? Did you ever use 4×5 film?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 00:49 UTC
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