Viramati

Viramati

Lives in United Kingdom london, United Kingdom
Works as a photographer retired
Joined on Feb 21, 2008

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On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (750 comments in total)

Shame about the banding which seems to be about the same as I get with my Leica Q

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2015 at 20:30 UTC as 110th comment | 1 reply

Will be sticking with my Leica Q

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2015 at 18:54 UTC as 118th comment | 1 reply
On article ZEISS goes wide with Loxia 21mm F2.8 for Sony E-mount (224 comments in total)

Now we're talking. Great news

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2015 at 21:19 UTC as 29th comment
On article And the winners are: DPReview Awards 2015 (392 comments in total)
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Viramati: The Leica q richly deserves it's winning position

Yes I used to have the leica summicron 28/2 asph a fantastic lens on the M240 (one of the best leica lenses IMO) but unfortunately a disaster on the A7rII with really bad smearing towards the edges. New it costs more than the leica Q and i traded it in when I bought the Q. I also have the FE 28 which I bought before the Q was released and while an excellent lens for it's price it is nowhere near the 28 summilux on the Q. For street and documentary work the Q excels and as good as the A7rII is technically I really prefer the analogue controls on the Q and the fact the the lens has a good DOF scale and focuses beautifully manually

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2015 at 17:21 UTC
On article And the winners are: DPReview Awards 2015 (392 comments in total)
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Viramati: The Leica q richly deserves it's winning position

I also have the A7rII and along with the FE55 it complements the Q with it's 28mm very well. Of course the A7rII will be a bigger seller but that doesn't take anything away from the Q's strong points

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2015 at 16:08 UTC
On article And the winners are: DPReview Awards 2015 (392 comments in total)
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Viramati: The Leica q richly deserves it's winning position

Well I can tell you that Leica can't keep up with the demand for this camera. You might think it is expensive and it is but it is cheaper than the RX1R and add on viewfinder where when originally released. The IQ from the leica sensor and lens just wow me everytime. One of the best £2900 I have ever spent on a camera

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2015 at 14:00 UTC
On article And the winners are: DPReview Awards 2015 (392 comments in total)

The Leica q richly deserves it's winning position

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 08:48 UTC as 67th comment | 8 replies
On article A lot to like: Real-world Leica Q gallery posted (349 comments in total)
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DStudio: Since some here are raving about the Sony A7R II in comparison, I went back and reviewed the gallery again. I remember I especially liked the photos of the girl looking out the window.

Too bad, they would have been even better with this camera.

The Sony is good, but it's not even in the same class as this camera. Not a single one of those photos compares to the better photos here. These simply have better dimensionality. The photos look and feel more like the actual items, rather than just photos of the objects. These are the nicest quality photos I've seen in a DPR gallery in a while.

There's really no trick to seeing the difference. Just take your analytical, rational glasses off for a moment. Instead observe and feel the photos as you go through them. Don't try *too* hard; just notice that most photos don't have quite the qualities these do. Perhaps some purists will prefer other Leica models, but this Leica glass is still capturing something special that most others miss!

I have both the A7rII and the Q and the files straight out of camera are so much better than the Sony. Yes the Sony files can be worked on but the combination of the Q sensor and the leica lens is sublime.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2015 at 12:59 UTC
On article A lot to like: Real-world Leica Q gallery posted (349 comments in total)
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oris: a lot of stripes in the dark areas.
nice photos/
Ori

the sometime banding in the shadow areas is about the only issue I have with the camera but I find it easily removed in Nik's Dfine2 noise management software. Otherwise probabaly the best camera I have ever owned

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2015 at 12:56 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1594 comments in total)

Great camera but I will stick with my mkIII

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 19:16 UTC as 204th comment

Looks interesting but not for me. Will stick to my Billingham Hadley pro

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 10:14 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article Video Overview: Leica Q (149 comments in total)

Come dpreview let's interview people who know what they are saying. In the UK the 28 summilux is £3979 and the Q is £2900 so the lens costs a third more

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 09:41 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On article Sony Alpha a7 II Review (847 comments in total)

As the owner of mkII I would certainly like to have the benefit of 14bit uncompressed raw files but on the whole I find them to be very malleable 99% of the time though you do need to know how to get the best out of them in Lr5 which has some very advanced noise and detail control algorithms.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 13:44 UTC as 90th comment
On article Sony Alpha 7S Review (494 comments in total)
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WanderingEYE: Pretty much useless as a stills camera with only 12 MP.
Must be some kind of inverted snobbishness at work here, an "exclusive" camera for artists perhaps?
Not even real 4k.
The NX1 is a much better movie making tool, it has a touch screen too which is particularly useful for documentary shooting in unpredictable situations.

I only use this camera for stills photography and I t would take me to long to list all the reasons why. a superlative picture making tool

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 20:16 UTC
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Calvin Chann: Of the three, the only one that doesn't interest me is the 28. I've never really gelled with 28mm, much preferring 24mm. Look forward to seeing how they perform.

This is the only lens that really does interest me. Different strokes for different folks

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 14:08 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7S Review (494 comments in total)
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cbenge: I am a Unit photographer in the film industry and this camera is a game changer for me. It is totally silent, which enables me to discard my blimps. Usually around hour 8-9 I have a burning between my shoulder blades from my 21 pound Nikon in a blimp, and by hour 12 forward it is agonizing. With my 2 Sony7s I can get out of bed the next morning without any pain..

It is also less intimidating to my actors than the huge Nikon DSLR in a blimp.

by using the tip out screen I can get shots without climbing a ladder, I can shoot around a corner if I need to be more discrete.
I find that the low light capabilities are much more than my D4S Nikon offers.
I love this camera and I never shoot video, so I can not comment on that aspect.

I have large hands and found I needed the power grip for balance as well as the extra battery power.

I hear you. I used to be a set photographer in Italy in the 80's and early 90's and used to build my own Blimps. The A7s would have been heaven on earth for this work

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 08:42 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7S Review (494 comments in total)

another thing about the A7s is is the way it's files convert to B&W. it is something special

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 18:04 UTC as 112th comment
On article Sony Alpha 7S Review (494 comments in total)
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Horshack: Great review. The extensive pages on dynamic range are very well done.

The only important note I'd add about the A7s is how much harder it is to manually focus vs the A7/A7r due to its lower-clarity Live View magnification and surprisingly, its much worse low-light Live View noise performance. It appears Sony is line-skipping for the A7s's LV feed ala the D800/D800E. I compared all three A7 bodies for MF here: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54123743 and http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54128288

strange I find the low light live-view to way ahead of the it on my A7II and the A7 when i had that

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 18:03 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7S Review (494 comments in total)

I have this camera and the A7II and while it doesn't have phase detect Af on the whole I find it to be actually faster than the A7II to lock focus especially when the light gets low. By the way I only use it as a stills camera

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 17:53 UTC as 115th comment
On article CP+ 2015: Sony shows off new technology (216 comments in total)
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Viramati: Great if the IBIS was reliable!! My A7II IBIS mechanism broke down after 3 weeks use and the camera has been with Sony now for over 3 weeks and they still don't have the part to fix it. Not fantastic

My Supplier has actually been very good and have given me a loan A7 and did offer to replace with a new A7II but Sony initially told me that their had been a production issue and my dealer only had another camera from the first batch they received and I preferred the idea of the repair

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 16:48 UTC
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