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ironcam: How can Leica make a dslr with such a minimalist design, while Japanese dslr's have more buttons than an 80's stereo tower?

And if a manufacturer removes a couple of those buttons and/or functions, the "photographers" come out of the woodwork complaining that they would never buy it because it does not have IS or 25,600 ISO, or party mode jpeg, or wifi, or any number of other glaring omissions.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 14:48 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Fujifilm stand report article (20 comments in total)

The upcoming 16mm will likely be a spectacular lens. But I wish Fuji would make primes in several ranges of maximum aperture, similar to how Leica often has f/2.8, f/2, and f/1.4 lenses in the same focal length. I would be willing to use a much smaller and lighter 16mm f/2.8 for travel use. The Samyang 16mm is also a big bruiser.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 19:59 UTC as 2nd comment

The new M 60 is really cool, but I do not understand how it works. With no screen, how do you check the capacity of the memory card, or check battery capacity, or format the card? And will there be a way to change parameters like metering points? I agree with the previous writer that it is refreshing to have a camera without the rubbish that often looks like some programmer added just because he could. As for the critics that this is a status symbol: maybe it is in Europe of Hong Kong. But in Middle America, it means nothing because almost no ordinary suburban photographers have any connection with Leica whatsoever. They just do not know what it is.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 15:13 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On Cold War camera: 1950s Berlin in color (part 1) article (120 comments in total)
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Gesture: Cue the Harry Lime music.

Oops, wrong city. "The Third Man" was set in Vienna.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2014 at 19:13 UTC
On Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (218 comments in total)

"Longest lens in the world?" Maybe the longest physical lens for 35mm format, but Nikon made a 2000mm lens years ago for manual focus Nikon F mount. The Leica R (or M) 800mm f/6.3 APO-Telyt-S may have been almost as long physically because the Leica was not a telephoto lens, it was a long focal length lens.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 16:11 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
On Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits article (108 comments in total)
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Dan Tong: An excellent review far more detailed and professional than the usual DPreview job.

I had purchased a heavy duty aluminum Gitzo tripod and the concentric leg locks took more time and effort to set than the lever locks that I kept seeing.

I envied the Manfrotto lever leg locks, until the plastic leg locks on a cheaper Manfrotto tripod broke and the tripod became totally useless and pretty much un-repairable. It got very little use and I'm guessing age was the primary cause. I had another cheap no name tripod fail the same way, although it lasted a much much longer than the Manfrotto. Now I understand why the concentric locking mechanism (almost always metal) is far superior even though, without fast screwing feature, it takes longer to tighten and loosen.

I would personally always stay away from any lever locking tripods and I now fully appreciate the Gitzo concentric metal leg locking mechanism.

The Cullmann Titan lever locks were durable, but the Titans were robust, high-end tripods. And they were heavy, not travel units.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 23:49 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)

This announcement sure generated a lot of excitement. What about the RX1? It seems to have dropped off - I rarely see any comments about it now. Is it from the Sigma DP merrills achieving similar quality results for a lot lower price?

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 17:26 UTC as 258th comment | 2 replies
On Leica M Monochrom now available in grayscale (sort of) article (137 comments in total)
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RStyga: Much nicer in my opinion. Now, what's left is to reduce the price to reflect its real value.

Sorry, Mustafa, I think there IS a market for a dedicated monochrome-sensor camera. The Leica Monochrom is just too expensive for most of us, but a body that natively mounted our Fuji lenses (and fit hundreds of others with adapters) and cost less than, say, $1000, would sell really well.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 23:20 UTC
On Leica M Monochrom now available in grayscale (sort of) article (137 comments in total)
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MPA1: All they need to do now is move to the 21st century and design a version with AF; then I will buy it.

That is a bit like taking a classic car and saying it should have automatic transmission and then it would be fine.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 23:16 UTC
On Leica M Monochrom now available in grayscale (sort of) article (137 comments in total)
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JapanAntoine: I'll never understand why anyone would buy that...

If you don't get it, you just don't. And that is fine - the Monochrom is a tool for certain photographers, but not everyone.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 23:15 UTC
On Leica M Monochrom now available in grayscale (sort of) article (137 comments in total)
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stevez: B&W is traditional and so are chrome cameras. It should have been made this way at the onset.

As I recall, most early 20th century cameras were black paint. Chrome became the option in the 1930s or so.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 23:13 UTC

These are nice photographs of broken fishing boats on a beach, one picture of a nondescript warehouse or shed, and a photograph of a street. I do not make a connection with immigrants or refugees. This particular portfolio does not document the cost of migration.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 19:56 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon launches S2 1-System mirrorless camera article (73 comments in total)
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justmeMN: Listed as currently available on the Nikon USA web site: J1, J2, J3, J4, S1, S2, V1, V2, V3, AW1.

So as Nikon releases the J4, it apparently still has a warehouse full of J1s, among other old models.

Nikon could use some better inventory/model management.

If there is that much stock, where is the cheapest place to buy a basic 1-system body and lens?

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 18:55 UTC
On Updated: Creating the Leica T article (196 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: Nice design, attention to detail and use of quality materials in the manufacturing process of the camera body are all great attention grabbers, however the truth is that they don't always create a better tool to do the job, especially when electronics are involved.
What we see with Leica is that they are desperately trying to market pride of craftsmanship and mysticism of the brand name at exuberant prices.
The whole manufacturing process in today's broadly available technology (explained in pictures of the article) is nothing that cannot be achieved in China, Vietnam or Romania. Most likely with less manual labor involved if deburring process is carried out by the same machine tool which does the "carving" of solid block of aluminum, not by hand of highly paid worker.
Obviously, limited production runs cost more per unit but justifying the final price by extraordinary skills and experience needed to do the job is just a plain hyperbole in my mind.

Sadly, I agree with you. Also, manufacturing the magnificent rock of the ages body to house electronic components whose practical life is only likely to be 4 or 6 years just does not make much sense. It is overkill. Now if they had some sort of sensor upgrade path.....

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 00:25 UTC
On A travel-sized large-format 4x5 camera? article (219 comments in total)
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Wim1964: Attractive idea, but (and that's what keeping me from buying/using a filmcamera); very impractical. With larger sensor compact camera's around (and a few nifty post-processing filters) you can get roughly the same effects. Not the same quality perhaps...there are some nice snaps on that flickr-page! :)

no, I think you did not get it. The purpose of this is for someone to use film, not to simulate film with a bunch of digital effects.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2014 at 21:47 UTC
On Review: Ona Lima camera strap article (146 comments in total)
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Alex Velasco: 70 bucks for a strap is high. I would like to offer a suggestion for strap reviews. I appreciate the checked shirt as a backdrop, but why is the camera hanging from the guy's back? Where are the shirt buttons? Maybe your review should show the strap under different conditions. As not all of us live in New England, perhaps you could offer a choice of different patters? Hawaiian, African, plain white, synthetic, t-shirt, or at least a summer style. Also, how about a shot of the camera hanging under one arm? Cummon guys! ;-)

How about an armpit hair gripping support system? With quick release buckles?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 03:06 UTC
On Review: Ona Lima camera strap article (146 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: Hear me out on straps: leather, I know, it impresses people at the coffee shop and all, so knock yourself out on that if you have to, but metal buckles? Just say no. Multiple sets of brass tackle hanging off your camera? Not only does it not look good (uh, the 70's called, they want your strap back...) you might as well sign a disclaimer:"I'm going to unnecessarily scratch my camera now."

The brass rivets reminds me of the beautiful traditional canvas and leather travel duffels or satchels you get from some vendors. They are supposed to evoke travel with Ernest Hemingway, but weigh 6 lb empty and have clunky brass buckles and straps all over.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 03:05 UTC
On Review: Ona Lima camera strap article (146 comments in total)

Nice materials, but to fiddly with the double buckles and the riveted connections between strap and neck pad. Really, you want basic and simple so that the strap wraps around the camera when you put it in a bag and does not have any protruding metal to scratch the camera. Find one of the single-length leather straps (many ebay vendors)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 02:58 UTC as 21st comment
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Red G8R: Based on the photos, the build quality looks great. But I'm not keen on anything that requires manual focus.

Yes, that is terrible when you have to focus manually.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 02:18 UTC
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historianx: LOL love the we need autofocus comments, they crack me up. If you need A/F for a 12mm wide angle, then you should probably not be in photography LOL

Careful - next someone will claim it is hopelessly crippled without stabilization.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 02:16 UTC
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