iAPX

iAPX

Lives in Canada Montreal, Canada
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at http://hairshooter.com
Joined on Jan 29, 2012
About me:

Apparently I don't know how to use search engines :)
I am a web developper since 1994, having worked on the Top 3 sites on France and Canada, including a startup (iBazar) that began with just 3 of us and ended up with 250+ people, bought by eBay. Specialized on high-traffic websites.

On my other geeky side, I am a specialists of parallelization with CUDA and OpenCL.

Photography is a side-line, fashion photography as a job (won awards), portraiture and street photography as an "amateur" hobby. Strangely I "create" pictures, but on the long term, I discovered other things in my pictures, I am not constructed them or choosing them, when I look at the past 20 years, they have things in common, the creation is probably more than the creator, even an hidden part of him...

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yonsarh: wise people choose Panasonic more.

Would have loved that body, with a high-dynamic, noiseless 12MP or 16MP sensor.

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JDThomas: Oh, the Leica haters are out again. Leica cameras are ALWAYS going to be expensive. Why are you surprised? Get over it.

This is the same thing they did with the M9. They put out an M9-P and it cost $1000 more. Even used they are going for about $1000 more than a regular M9. This M-P isn't a shocking release. I was actually wondering what took them so long to release it.

If you want a cheap (but fake) rangefinder go buy a Fuji. If you want a real rangefinder save up and buy a Leica.

I think the Leica M9-P will be a great entry-level to real rangefinder tools when used, with one or two lenses.

I think about Leica M as an everyday camera to follow me everywhere everytime, and maybe it would be my next camera with an used 50mm. Keep it simple stupid!

I just want to be sure the noise is stochastic, as in film-era. Noise is not an issue for me, especially in B&W, since our eyes and brain could process it (our night vision is B&W and grainy).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 21:47 UTC
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Jay A: It's really very easy to make fun of Leica pricing and I do agree that the expense is rather a bit much for a camera and lenses, but two things come to mind...
1 - I think pretty much ALL cameras are way over expensive to the point of being ridiculous. I mean come on now, thousands of dollars for camera bodies?
2 - Even with the expense I have to admit that my M240 and the two lenses that I own to use on it (35 and 50 summilux) produce some of the finest looking files that I have gotten out of ANY of the digital cameras I have used in the past 20 years, and that's been quite a few. Yes, I worked hard to be able to afford what I have, but the Leica files actually have color, contrast, micro contrast, sharpness and a general look to them that make the expense worthwile as far as I am concerned.

Try a Nikon D3300 (I use Nikon but I could have choosen a Canon or Pentax elsewhere) with a great unexpensive 50mm f/1.8, or a 35mm f/2. You will see that not all cameras are expensive.

And if I have something to offer to someone jumping into photography, take an entry-level slr, with a fixed lens, get accustomed to it, use it, love it, make it a part of your body and soul, for $500 you might have incredibly awesome photos!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 21:41 UTC
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iAPX: So, to fix Typ 240, Leica created a new 240-typ camera, with enough RAM and maybe a firmware that don't bug when you shoot fast?

I wonder why it's not available as a free fix for actual owner of typ-240 that have a buggy camera?
I also ask myself why it costs $1000 to remove a Leica logo and add a little RAM?

Is it a joke?

You are denying it. You are denying me the ability to talk about it, because I didn't buy a Leica M (was one of the reason I didn't it). You are denying Leica the right to fix it. In fact you are denying everything that wasn't happening in your trial of the Leica M, even if Leica itself is fixing it!

Be logical with your arguments: as you didn't use a Leica M daily, it might deny you the ability to talk about it.

For myself I won't answer anymore on this thread, feel free to continue!

Regards, philippe.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 21:20 UTC
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doctorbza: The only reason to shoot a rangefinder is because the rangefinder, as a tool, makes sense for your approach to photography.

Once you've established that a rangefinder is the right tool for you, you do not have to spend $10,000. You can head over to KEH and get a used M3 with a Zeiss 50 f/2 for about $1,600. HP5 is available for $6/roll, and a scanner will run you a couple hundred bucks. Chemistry is less than $100 for everything you need. (And for what it's worth, film M's are still nicer than digital ones.)

Should you want a digital body you'll have to pay more. Used M9's are around $3,000 used right now. M8's are about half that.

Even pixel peepers should be satisfied with the ZM lens lineup by Zeiss, and Voigtlander makes well made, reasonably priced rangefinder lenses. You do not have to spend $4,000 on a 50mm lens to use a rangefinder camera.

Rangefinders are expensive, but they can be an excellent tool if they fit your shooting style. Try one and see if it's worth it.

I totally agree with you, and I am dreaming of a 12Mp or 16MP Leica M (typ 239 maybe) that would be totally in-line with the manual focus limitation, and able to give the best with used Leica lenses.

Not a fashion camera, but a true Leica for photographers (maybe without video), less expensive and still a true photographic tool.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 21:11 UTC
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iAPX: So, to fix Typ 240, Leica created a new 240-typ camera, with enough RAM and maybe a firmware that don't bug when you shoot fast?

I wonder why it's not available as a free fix for actual owner of typ-240 that have a buggy camera?
I also ask myself why it costs $1000 to remove a Leica logo and add a little RAM?

Is it a joke?

Many owners are complaining about it. Leica decided to eventually fix it. That is facts, you may want to argue about facts but they are still there, you know reality check!

Trying a camera in a camera shop is not using it daily, almost any flawed camera works great while tried for a few minutes in a shop.

Real owners are complaining, using it daily, it's worthwhile.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 21:05 UTC
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iAPX: So, to fix Typ 240, Leica created a new 240-typ camera, with enough RAM and maybe a firmware that don't bug when you shoot fast?

I wonder why it's not available as a free fix for actual owner of typ-240 that have a buggy camera?
I also ask myself why it costs $1000 to remove a Leica logo and add a little RAM?

Is it a joke?

"leica m image corruption" 2 650 000 pages (EDIT: I didn't check each of them one by one! lol)

So your point is to attack me personally for not having put $7000 on a Leica M before talking about it's problems?
Even if your have no experience with this camera, and by experience I mean a daily use?

Personal attack is not really correct from my point of view. And this is not a way to express an opinion. This is just a way to avoid a real conversation, and a real exchange of point of view.

EDIT 2: anyway LEICA recognizes the problem by putting more RAM into int's new camera. If LEICA fix it, maybe it's real problem, and not juste MY paranoid view of the world?!?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 20:55 UTC
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iAPX: So, to fix Typ 240, Leica created a new 240-typ camera, with enough RAM and maybe a firmware that don't bug when you shoot fast?

I wonder why it's not available as a free fix for actual owner of typ-240 that have a buggy camera?
I also ask myself why it costs $1000 to remove a Leica logo and add a little RAM?

Is it a joke?

So problems exists, that are non-existent on any under $1000 camera (or even $100!), but if I want to comment about it I should first throw away 7 grands?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 20:35 UTC
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iAPX: So, to fix Typ 240, Leica created a new 240-typ camera, with enough RAM and maybe a firmware that don't bug when you shoot fast?

I wonder why it's not available as a free fix for actual owner of typ-240 that have a buggy camera?
I also ask myself why it costs $1000 to remove a Leica logo and add a little RAM?

Is it a joke?

I hope nobody will throw in a slow SD card, even if Typ-240 is known to write slowly in ANY SD cards (oups another detail at this tag price point!).

RAM buffers was clearly insufficient, and worse in some case pictures were corrupted (so lost). And not only insufficient but lower than $1000 dslr camera.

The buggy firmware added insult to that by corrupting silently pictures. That is NOT what I expect at this tag price point, nor what owners expected too.

I could live, like many people, with limits that are clearly stated, and limits that are exposed in the UI of a product, not by a $7000 body camera that destroy the picture you take.

You may argue about it, but that's a clear point. I have some others, as sharpness at full aperture, including inability to focus manually perfectly for a 24MP sensor (that's why a 12MP or 16MP will do it for me).

EDIT: You don't shoot with Typ-240 each and every day, that was your fist point (that I am not, and thus could not be treaten seriously).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 19:25 UTC
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bigdaddave: Anyone feel like posting a link to a shot that is so amazing it had to be taken on one of these Leicas?

Surely there must be something more special about them than just the old design and absurd price?

No, thought not.

Some think I am a troll, but I own a Leica C and owned other Leica-branded camera! lol!

The lenses are absurdly expensive, but there are many available used in great status, with a tag price that seems correct for me.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 18:59 UTC
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iAPX: So, to fix Typ 240, Leica created a new 240-typ camera, with enough RAM and maybe a firmware that don't bug when you shoot fast?

I wonder why it's not available as a free fix for actual owner of typ-240 that have a buggy camera?
I also ask myself why it costs $1000 to remove a Leica logo and add a little RAM?

Is it a joke?

So, for you and your usage it's perfect, and I could agree with that easily. But that does means that it's perfect for everyone buying one?

And what about some complaining on many formus about corrupted pictures?

EDIT: why Leica added RAM to avoid picture corruption if it is ALREADY perfect?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 18:56 UTC
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iAPX: Maybe 50MP is too much for the old lenses, and too pricey.

I think the sweet point is maybe 20MP or 30MP, with a competitive price, and a per-pixel sharpness that will be incredible, while still retaining the quality of the old lenses, with a better dynamic and also the ability to work with available light.

Anyway it's interesting, if the price point was lower, I might think about a 501CM, for portrait photography...

As stated by others, maybe I should take a look at the Pentax 645z with 150mm for portrait photography, maybe it's a killer!

For me a portraiture is a statement, something that I share with my model, a moment. technically perfect is interesting, but I am more looking as a emotional insight into the person I shoot.

Not the pixel-perfect, but instead a picture that will say his/her mother, father, family and firends to say "it's it", this is how we know him/her.

Something that might be kept for decades or more, that offer much more than just skin-depth, even if sometimes it might be sad, it should go into the soul.

That's why taking a great portrait take me one to two hours, talking, having a wine glass, laughing, thinking about our life, opening-up to each other. A portrait is not a photography for me, it's a statement, it's to drilling to the soul, and it's engaging for me too.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 18:53 UTC
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bigdaddave: Anyone feel like posting a link to a shot that is so amazing it had to be taken on one of these Leicas?

Surely there must be something more special about them than just the old design and absurd price?

No, thought not.

Great lenses, sensor that is not so great but comparable to the best APS-C sensors, so pictures are great or awesome (a low-cost Nikon D3300 with a 85mm f/1.8G could drop some jaws here!).

Problem is the focus, that was great and totally relevant for film-era, but not for a 24MP sensor where any out-of-focus would be visible. Leica should have choosen a 16MP or 12MP sensor instead 24MP sensor.

On the last Leica test on DPReviez, I look at the picture on full size, the way they meant to be exposed and watched, not on a website, and eyes where blur on the portraits, focus point was not where expected on them.

Leica, please give us a Leica M with 16MP or 12MP high-dynamic, low-ISO sensor, and I will buy it for sure!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 18:40 UTC
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iAPX: So, to fix Typ 240, Leica created a new 240-typ camera, with enough RAM and maybe a firmware that don't bug when you shoot fast?

I wonder why it's not available as a free fix for actual owner of typ-240 that have a buggy camera?
I also ask myself why it costs $1000 to remove a Leica logo and add a little RAM?

Is it a joke?

Just to add a little insight, my creators clothes as well as my beloved Scott Bombers (the original naturally) are from last week as well as 10 or 20 years old: they still fit well, look well, perfect design, perfect creation, perfect built.

At this price point, you expect the best. There's no place for compromise.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 18:35 UTC
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iAPX: So, to fix Typ 240, Leica created a new 240-typ camera, with enough RAM and maybe a firmware that don't bug when you shoot fast?

I wonder why it's not available as a free fix for actual owner of typ-240 that have a buggy camera?
I also ask myself why it costs $1000 to remove a Leica logo and add a little RAM?

Is it a joke?

I don't pretend that, I just say that Leica M Typ-240 is buggy with a RAM buffer that is insufficient for many users, and that's easily checkable by looking for users frustrated to have their JPEG images corrupted while shooting fast to try to have the right shoot.

That's what Leica fanboy will call "amateurs that can wait to take just the right picture at the right time". At that price point I won't buy it.

I will be happy with a Leica M (typ-239), that will have a 16MP sensor with a great dynamic range (actually lagging far behind my D610) and able to shoot cleanly at ISO 3200 or over (as my D610) for my street photography, not the worst Full Frame sensor on the actual market (could provide DxO links for that!).

Leica M might be for me, and I thought many time about it, when they will be technically great. At this price point I, I expect perfection.

FYI: I wear Armani, Jean-Paul Gautier, etc daily. I work on the fashion world, where design comes with perfect execution.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 18:32 UTC
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iAPX: So, to fix Typ 240, Leica created a new 240-typ camera, with enough RAM and maybe a firmware that don't bug when you shoot fast?

I wonder why it's not available as a free fix for actual owner of typ-240 that have a buggy camera?
I also ask myself why it costs $1000 to remove a Leica logo and add a little RAM?

Is it a joke?

There's no trouble with the typ-240, it's a Leica so it's perfect.

That's why Leica finally added RAM to enable to shoot faster without having corrupted pictures (probably with a debugged firmware).

Do I have to buy a Typ-240 to comment about it? To be US Preseident to comment about it's politic? To shoot JPEG-only to present it's limitations? To get poisoned with everything that is wrong, taht I avoid, to talk about it?

My camera list is available through my profile, I took time to choose each one, and probably really happy with the most of them. And wouldn't buy a Typ-240 or Leica T for some reasons, pv me if you want to know (same for Sony A7 or others)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 18:10 UTC
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RichRMA: The sapphire glass LCD cover used to be an expensive option, plus the built-in ram is a good idea. $8000 is a lot, but by the time you give it three top lenses, it's $20000. Still, nice if you can afford it and a truly dedicated picture-taking machine for enthusiasts.

sapphire glass shoudl effectively add $50 to $100 to the manufacturing price (there are smartphone there with larger screen that are proof of that point), RAM adds $20 to $80 depending how much they really added.

$800 is the net margin they added to the product!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 18:02 UTC

So, to fix Typ 240, Leica created a new 240-typ camera, with enough RAM and maybe a firmware that don't bug when you shoot fast?

I wonder why it's not available as a free fix for actual owner of typ-240 that have a buggy camera?
I also ask myself why it costs $1000 to remove a Leica logo and add a little RAM?

Is it a joke?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 17:59 UTC as 54th comment | 23 replies
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (356 comments in total)

At least Nikon learned from the D600 fiasco, and it's a great move to address this problem before it start spreading on the web and on photographer magazines! Great move!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 20:41 UTC as 49th comment
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (350 comments in total)

Where is the point for a 1/1.7" sensor, when there is offer with 1"™ sensors (that are largely under 1 inch), and APS-C sensors.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 00:26 UTC as 69th comment | 8 replies
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