wilsonlaidlaw

Lives in United Kingdom Lewes, United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Jan 1, 2009

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You can install it yourself but it has to be on a blank SD card (reformat in SD formatter). It will not install if copied to the root directory of an SD card previously used for image acquisition in the SL. The focus magnification for MF lenses on the joystick is a huge improvement. I was using the SL last night to take pictures in a theatre with a 50/.95 Noctilux and I would have really struggled using the lower left button to magnify as previously set up. The magnification only works when you have the Leica M to T/L adapter mounted or for the future, when the R to T/L adapter comes out.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 10:22 UTC as 5th comment
On article Sony finalizes buyout of Toshiba's sensor business (91 comments in total)

There is always the option to source sensors from Europe. AMS/CMOSIS design then fabbed by STC. Alternatively one can go to the USA and use Teledyne/Dalsa. In Taiwan there is ON Semiconductors/Truesense and I am sure others as well. The problem would be the lead time to move production and/or design from Toshiba.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 16:21 UTC as 8th comment

Hardly surprising that someone has improved on JPEG, given that it dates back to 1986, although the standards have been updated a bit since (last significant update June 1998). Having looked at the posted images, I can see precious little difference between them. However I do often print to A2 size on my Epson 3880 and I suspect I might see a difference then. I usually try to print from a TIFF anyway. I would not contemplate using this for my standard storage, as Godspeaks says: "Storage is cheap" but it might well be useful if you are trying to send a client 50 images for him to look at and you are in the middle of nowhere with only dial up connection. I am not a Lightroom user (I use Capture One), so for me it would have to be a two stage process but for only occasional use, that is acceptable.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2015 at 11:25 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply

Unless they have cured the extreme ink-thirst of the Pixma Pro-1 and its endless print head cleaning plus poor paper feeding, this will be no good either. The Pro-1 needs a cart replacing virtually every time you start it up. My Epson Stylus Pro 3880 is a far better machine than my Pixma Pro-1. In consequence I rarely have the Pro-1 switched on.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 15:00 UTC as 28th comment
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2157 comments in total)

I agree with BarnET. With digital cameras it always seems better to expose for highlights and then recover from shadows. There always seems to more data to be recovered from over dark shadows than blown highlights. I have read in a very lengthy technical article in LFI magazine, explaining why this is so but this seems to have joined the blown highlights in the data not being recoverable.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2015 at 10:32 UTC as 306th comment | 1 reply

I would agree with Tom, Epson service for consumer level printers is very poor. However their service for the professional printers is much better and at least they work, which is more than the Canon ones do. I have both an Epson Stylus Pro 3880 in France and a Canon Pixma Pro-1 in the UK. There is no comparison between them. The Epson is a country mile better. It feeds all types of paper I have tried perfectly and does not exhaust its ink by continuous cleaning like the Canon. The Canon seems to need a new one of its ten cartridges every time I use it and will not feed smaller sizes (4" x 6") paper at all. It is very reluctant to feed matt, lustre or satin paper of any size and really only likes "sticky" gloss paper. I would love to bin it but it is the only A3+ printer I have at my British base.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2015 at 21:40 UTC as 4th comment

I would guess the relationship with Cosina is similar to the previous relationship with Kyocera. There Zeiss designed the lenses and employed the final inspectors in the Kyoto factory. One of the final nails in the coffin of that relationship, was the rejection rate on the N and 645 series auto focus lenses for the last generation of Contax cameras. If you look at the designs of similar specification Cosina built Voigtlander lenses and the Zeiss equivalent, they are obviously totally different designs, so the Zeiss lenses in this case, are not just rebranded CV lenses. The ZM lenses are excellent and in a couple of cases I have replaced Leica M lenses with ZM (50 11819 Summicron to 50 Planar & 24 Elmarit to 25 Biogon). I am 100% that the swap was an improvement in those examples.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2015 at 06:59 UTC as 14th comment
On article Canon warns about dangers of counterfeit camera gear (154 comments in total)
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wilsonlaidlaw: Some makers e.g. Leica, now encrypt Unique Image Identification number so that you cannot determine the number of shutter actuations on their newer cameras (M240 etc) from it.

They won't say.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 20:53 UTC

I too have a 105mm f2.8 Meyer Trioplan, on a Wirgin 6 x 9 cm camera. If I was desperate to use it, I could move it with its Prontor shutter onto a board and use it on my Graflex Century Crown Graphic with a 6 x 9cm 120 roll film back. It would be interesting to compare it with the 80mm/2.8 Tessar on that camera at the moment. The only problem is that I would have to change the cam on the Kalart coupled rangefinder as well to the 105mm one for the Graflar lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 01:49 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Canon warns about dangers of counterfeit camera gear (154 comments in total)

Some makers e.g. Leica, now encrypt Unique Image Identification number so that you cannot determine the number of shutter actuations on their newer cameras (M240 etc) from it.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 01:41 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies

Well I suppose once you have fitted the rotating gold plated hub caps on your Rolls Royce Phantom, the Hasselblad Lusso would be just the thing to take your selfies with, standing in front of it.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 18:11 UTC as 78th comment
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wilsonlaidlaw: A stunning bit of arrogance on Apple's behalf (not something they have ever been short of) not to continue to allow us to edit in a different application. I have used Photoshop since 1999 and intend to continue to do so, for editing of photos. I think I am going dump Photos and use the library function of either Bridge or Capture One. Now to find a utility that will export all the photos as events to folders for Bridge.

Wilson

I can always go back to my original DNG/RAW, if I make a total mess of my edits. If it is an important job, I will edit a 16bit TIFF in Photoshop, as the edits are non-destructive and you can step backwards perfectly in history.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 18:58 UTC

As a Leica user for well over 50 years, I think they have made an aesthetic error on this camera. To my eyes, the very prominent screw in the middle of the top cover is hideous. It covers the port, behind which lies the vertical alignment adjustment for the rangefinder. In most Leicas for the last 30+ years it has been hidden behind a Leica badge, usually red. I can understand why they did not use a red badge but surely a black and gunmetal grey badge would have been better than the screwhead.

I know the theory behind the better grey levels and definition you get with this camera but looking at some of my photographs with the M240, printed to A2 size in black and white using Hahnemuhle Baryta Silk paper on an Epson Stylus Pro 3888, I struggle to see how they would be significantly better with the M246. I think you would have to be pixel peeping with a magnifying glass to see it.

Wilson

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 15:10 UTC as 46th comment | 3 replies

Why would you want to be using the useless app of Photos anyway if you are using a Monochrome. I cannot believe what a dreadful app Photos is. Talk about amateur night at the digital photographers ball! I have gone back to using iPhoto and Adobe Bridge.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 17:59 UTC as 59th comment

A stunning bit of arrogance on Apple's behalf (not something they have ever been short of) not to continue to allow us to edit in a different application. I have used Photoshop since 1999 and intend to continue to do so, for editing of photos. I think I am going dump Photos and use the library function of either Bridge or Capture One. Now to find a utility that will export all the photos as events to folders for Bridge.

Wilson

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 18:22 UTC as 179th comment | 4 replies

I was in Taiwan recently for a three week holiday. It seemed to me that the majority of camera using tourists from Taiwan and Japan were using CSC's, whereas the majority of mainland Chinese tourists (it is very easy to spot the difference from dress styles) were using P&S or entry level DSLR's. The inference I would make from this is that in the far east, CSC's are perceived as being more fashionable or modern than DSLR's.

I wonder if APS C sensor compact system cameras end up too big and Canon might have been better with a MFT or Nikon 1 sized sensor. For many far eastern women especially, DSLR's and big CSC's can be too big for comfortable use. I was surprised how many Nikon 1's I saw in use, mainly by women, so I would surmise that size was an important factor in their choice.

The styling of the M3 could not be more bland and boring. When Canon has such a great history, you would have thought they could have mined a bit more inspiration from that.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 11:55 UTC as 58th comment | 1 reply

Ouch I've just hit my thumb with a hammer. Okay so I will do it again to see what it feels like the second time. Just how dim are the managers at Hasselblad?

Wilson

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 13:09 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply

I hope the idiot who came up with the ridiculous idea of tarting up mid range cameras and selling them at premium plus prices, is now looking for fresh employment. Leica's reworking of Panasonics and selling them at a 50 % mark up is one thing but trying to sell a Sony at 400% of its original price is ludicrous and was never going to fly. This sort of madcap scheme, can endanger the original company.

Wilson

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2014 at 09:38 UTC as 74th comment | 1 reply

Might suit a “light” RAW user with access to fast broadband but not suitable for heavy RAW user with slower broadband. I much prefer storing my images on my own multiple RAID drives, stored in different locations, than on some third party cloud system. I also agree with ZAnton, a typical photo trip for me would result in around 30 to 40 GB of images from various Leica M cameras, so storage in the cloud would work out expensive.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 10:39 UTC as 5th comment
On article 1939: England in Color (part 3) (90 comments in total)

Many thanks for posting yet another lovely nostalgic set of photos.

Wilson

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 17:31 UTC as 7th comment
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