Mark Alan Thomas

Mark Alan Thomas

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On article 2016 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (107 comments in total)
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scott_mcleod: The spec line for the Q says it's APS-C but the text says FF...

In the “Which camera should I buy” section it reads, “The Q’s 28mm equivalent F1.7 image-stabilized lens is incredibly sharp and its 24MP APS-C-size CMOS sensor produces good image quality.”

Oops.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 15:34 UTC
On article 2016 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (107 comments in total)
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scott_mcleod: The spec line for the Q says it's APS-C but the text says FF...

It's full frame.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 14:47 UTC
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bogdescu: This is a step in the right direction.
But the only way I would EVER consider buying this camera:
- include a chip that locks ISO, grain and color/BW settings for 36 exposures in a row;
- include a time-delay after 36 shots, making the camera unworkable for 60 seconds (or however long it takes for an average pro to change films);
- make a cover that's possible to open yet unnecessary and link it to the "format card" function.

Your attempt at humor lacks the truthiness needed to be genuinely funny because you don't understand (or refuse to acknowledge) the reasons for which this camera exists. Leica didn't make this thing because they have contempt for their customers, or because they're stuck in the past. They have plenty of cameras with screens, even flip screens for gadget whores. Leica's M customers asked for an M with no screen on the back, realizing that its limited appeal and smaller volume would mean a higher price. These are people who are confident enough to not need to chimp after every shot, and for whom the screen is a distraction.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 13:38 UTC
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Digital Suicide: What next, no shutter button?

@phips234 The Epson R-D1 actually had that! It was the first digital rangefinder camera, but it used a film advance lever to re-cock the shutter between pictures. The people who used it, loved it.

<https://www.flickr.com/photos/jhapeman/5086759264>

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 14:33 UTC
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Digital Suicide: What next, no shutter button?

I think you need the shutter button. The screen on the back, not so much.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 14:27 UTC
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mxx: Love the idea of simplicity, but leaving out the LCD was a mistake, I think. Wish one of the more "common" camera manufacturers would make an affordable digital camera in the mould of the Pentax ME, but with a LCD. I promise not to chimp too often.

Um. They have a bunch of other models which still have the screen. This is the model for people who don't want the screen. You have a choice.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 11:18 UTC
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OldYeller: They could have made a swivel LCD screen. If the screen interferes with your creativity just close it.

The price does seem to have numbed a lot of minds around here, but to the target group it's acceptable. Canon makes plenty of plastic cameras for people who need autofocus and spend half their time chimping. Leica makes the M for a tiny subset of photographers who don't need or want those things. The cameras are expensive because they're hand assembled to high tolerances and intended for a small market.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 11:14 UTC
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OldYeller: They could have made a swivel LCD screen. If the screen interferes with your creativity just close it.

To you it's crippled. To others it's a joy. The lack of functionality — only what you need, and nothing more — is the whole point.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 17:40 UTC
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OldYeller: They could have made a swivel LCD screen. If the screen interferes with your creativity just close it.

So what? As we speak, in some forum or other owners of $400 Canon Rebels are ridiculing the Fuji X100T for costing 3x what a Rebel costs. "What manner of rich idiot would buy such a thing? You can't even change the lens!" they're screaming with outrage.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 15:32 UTC
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OldYeller: They could have made a swivel LCD screen. If the screen interferes with your creativity just close it.

All cameras are unnecessary extravagance.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 13:36 UTC
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OldYeller: They could have made a swivel LCD screen. If the screen interferes with your creativity just close it.

You don't have to be rich. You just have to be willing to trade one unnecessary extravagance for another. I, for example, don't own a car or a cell phone. That right there frees up a lot of money for other things. And anyway, most people with Leicas have other kinds of cameras too. They're all good.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 13:19 UTC
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Frank_BR: Let's be fair with Leica. The absurdity is not to sell a camera without LCD. The absurdity is to buy a camera without LCD.

This is only true if you are retarded.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 13:01 UTC
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OldYeller: They could have made a swivel LCD screen. If the screen interferes with your creativity just close it.

Yes, film cameras are also for non-cowards because they too don't let you chimp. Mine don't don't even auto-focus. But because I'm not lame, I'm able to work them anyway.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 12:58 UTC
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lapomattiabarambaniviendalmare: Ken "unuseful" Rockwell writes: "Taking my advice, LEICA again announced a digital camera with no distracting LCD"...
And there's more: "LEICAs always take perfect images, and LEICA shooters are used to seeing their images on billboards and on museum and gallery walls, never electronic screens. Thus no LCD is good enough to display LEICA images".

This man is a GENIOUS!
Whenever I need a good laugh there's always the old KR available...
Thanks Ken!

You too appear to be a “GENIOUS”.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 11:45 UTC
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OldYeller: They could have made a swivel LCD screen. If the screen interferes with your creativity just close it.

Film Leicas are similarly priced, and while you don't have to be rich in order to buy one, you do have to have balls. And it helps to know how a camera works.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 09:05 UTC
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Stop eating sugar.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 08:48 UTC
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OldYeller: They could have made a swivel LCD screen. If the screen interferes with your creativity just close it.

Not the same. If you can chimp, you will chimp. But when you simply cannot chimp, it forces you to raise your game. This is a camera for non-cowards.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 08:47 UTC
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FantasticMrFox: Take the screen out, charge more for it. How many more different models of the same camera do they want to make? But you gotta give it to Leica, they know how to make money.

The article contains a typo, by the way - it should say "Das Wesentliche", not "Das Wescentliche".

The M-D is about $400 cheaper than the 240 which has a screen, and it's more expensive than the 262 because the 262 is aluminum instead of brass.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 20:27 UTC
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rwol1970: I like the philosophy behind this camera. It happens too often that you miss shots because you're analyzing the previous shots. Just shoot and wait until you're home to view what you did. This way of working was good enough for HCB or RC..... So it can't be bad.

And how many shots do they miss while they're chimping?

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 20:22 UTC
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fatdeeman: No thanks, I'll stick to my chimping. Don't see the point in having a digital camera if you take away one of the most revolutionary features.

I didn't chimp with film cameras because I COULDN'T, not because I didn't want to. Is the focus right? Do I need exposure compensation? Did I manage to avoid shake if I'm working at the edge of handholdability? Unlike a professional, I couldn't afford to go through ten rolls of film so being able to inspect shots would have been a blessing.

Pros used to blast through multiple rolls of film and then choose out the best ones on a light panel which is really just a retroactive version of chimping.

As Stephen Johnson once wrote about chimping: "The implied pejorative is shocking to me. If there's any one thing that is revolutionary in the advance of photography represented by this digital age, it is the ability to inspect your work. Ignore such ridicule, and use the tools to their fullest

Like you were going to buy one anyway.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 19:42 UTC
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