Joseph S Wisniewski

Lives in United States Detroit, MI, United States
Works as a Speech and sensor scientist
Has a website at http://www.swissarmyfork.com
Joined on Jul 12, 2002
About me:

I've been in love with photography for over 40 years.

My favorite form of photography is macro, and much of my gear is of my own design.

I've done professional photography on and off for over 20 years.
Taught 8 years at Midwest Photography Workshops.
Designed 3 scientific digital cameras and 6 lenses.

Author of mImage and (coming soon to the App Store and Google Play) ColorForEveryone.

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Lee Jay: The other thing you need - desperately in my view - is a bandwidth reduced version. Call it a mobile version if you like. The goal there should be to keep page loads under 100KB, and preferably smaller than that. Current page loads are in the 700KB range, and that's just a pain on a mobile device.

Yeah, with a posting limit of 6k in that 700k. That's less than 1% content, more than 99% wrapper.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 15:24 UTC

That's paint. What are you doing to address the structure itself?

I don't recall a single post saying "space things out more", but there have been thousands (not exaggerating) about moderation.

The only paint topic that comes up repeatedly is the black background.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 11:16 UTC as 205th comment | 2 replies
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Najinsky: I browse more and more on the iPad, and visit sites that are not iPad friendly less and less. At the moment, using DPR on the iPad is a half experience. I can't load photos to my galleries, and more importantly I can't use various widgets, like the test scene comparison.

The iPad is not like a mobile phone, the new one has a higher quality and higher resolution screen than most laptops and a fair number of desktops. It's a great device for enjoying photography and I'd really like if you supported it better.

That's the first thing that struck me about the new layout, how unfriendly it is for tablets, with more empty space and a ton of scrolling needed.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 11:10 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: I imagine the prospect of hospitals and labs filled with Sony microscopes is pretty appealing.

LOL yourself, Vibrio. You have no idea what the percentage shares are in the microscope industry, do you? Zeiss is the number 4 scope maker, behind Nikon, Oly, and Jeol. Leica is way down around number 8.

Getting their hands on the number 2 maker, and gunning after number 1, that's a Sony kind of thing.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 13:34 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)

I knew the name Luca Alessandrini sounded familiar.

Isn't he the guy who "brand managed" Gitzo into their current straits? Remember the "basalt" (or "dirty fibeglass") tripod?

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1000&message=10795245

I think that was one of his. How about the "Titanium Traveler", a $2500 limited edition?

If memory serves, he was also the mastermind behind Gitzo's plan to curtail all European manufacturing and outsource the entire product line to China (the move that accidentally created their competitor, Benro, AKA Induro).

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2012 at 18:09 UTC as 52nd comment | 2 replies
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: Any graphic designer, industrial engineer, concept artist, creative director, etc would know that these designs were conjured up in frantic haste, perhaps just a few hours before the opening of Photokina 2012.

They are NOT well planned and thought out designs. They are empty hurriedly assembled sugar coatings to put a table cloth over an already existing NEX design.

It is so obvious,even to the layman,that these are not really R&D material. The ergonomics are utterly wrong.

THIS is why there are so many angry comments.

It is a shocking insult to one's intelligence.

Come back again in Photokina 2015...

...after you have done your homework.

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Agree with everything you said, except one minor detail.

There is no photokina 2015. It's biannual. 2014 then 2016. I don't give Blad to 2014. Liquidation, and their assets bought by P1 within 18 months...

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 23:07 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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garyknrd: Personally I like the idea. A great name that is recognized world wide.
For me personally before I would buy it. I will wait for the accessories to get up to speed. Earrings, necklace's, nose rings, then a serious contender. Maybe Sack's Fifth avenue, will pick up the line.
+1 here, congratulations on the new spring line.

And I will be the guy who politely asks you to explain exactly what extra technology Hasselblad actually contributed, because it looks like a stock Sony "masterpiece" with Blad "panels" and knobs.

Blad took the Mona Lisa, drew on bushy eyebrows and a mustach in black Sharpie, and asked 3x the price.

Oh, and the kind of designer who can do something like Lunar believes themselves to be totally beyond the criticisms of the ungifted, so there is no danger of suicide.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 23:02 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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Yves P.: I hate to say this but this looks like a defensive response ... If you believe in what you create, you shouldn't have to explain it period ...

Of course. LU cas named the LU nar after himself. Anyone capable of that sort of hubris is going to get defensive on a scale you simply can't imagine.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 22:56 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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MrPetkus: No - it's really a Hasselblad - that's why it still has a non-ISO compatible hotshoe...

Yes, Sony has to go back to the ISO hotshot, as the alpha hotshoe is now exclusive to Blad. With their sophisticated styling, incredible value for the money, and the power of that shoe, Hasselblad shall become a world power in photography again.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 22:52 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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Five Piece: To all the shrill voices on this thread: You are missing the point. This camera is emphatically NOT built for you! Their target customer is Missy an Trevor, the purchase of which will setback maybe a small part of an hours interest on their trust fund. They will buy it not based on technical prowess, but because it matches so nicely with the teak deck of their sloop "Serendipity"!

I wish the Hasselblad corporation the best of luck with their new lineup, if for nothing more than the history that they did build the cameras used on the moon, for goodness sakes!

@WilliamJ, you missed why the new owners bought Blad in the first place, to leverage the brand name, or, in plain English, to milk it to death (which, I'm sure, they have a carefully designed schedule for).

A new brand would have simply been an unknown brand with an overpriced, ugly camera. It needed to be a Blad or a Gucci or something, to sell.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 22:47 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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Five Piece: To all the shrill voices on this thread: You are missing the point. This camera is emphatically NOT built for you! Their target customer is Missy an Trevor, the purchase of which will setback maybe a small part of an hours interest on their trust fund. They will buy it not based on technical prowess, but because it matches so nicely with the teak deck of their sloop "Serendipity"!

I wish the Hasselblad corporation the best of luck with their new lineup, if for nothing more than the history that they did build the cameras used on the moon, for goodness sakes!

@Five Piece, you are missing the point that no one is denying that Blad is aiming the Lunar squarely at the conspicuous consumption crowd. We're just saying that this will hurt Blad, just like it hurt Leica. They lost over 70% of their business in 3 years of Hermes ownership. The new owners turned them around by making a camera that, while still a luxury item and status symbol, also appealed to people who might actually want to take a picture with the thing.

Leica, at least, makes their lizard skinned or jeweled special editions starting with their own camera. And when they do branding exercises, like the Panasonic stuff, they jack the price 20% and add some attractive "Leica styling". This is a 200% jack, for nothing.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 22:39 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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gasdive: If this is what 'blad thinks is the best way to stay in business... It would have been more honourable to pay off their staff and close the doors.

They did that a couple of times. They laid off essentially the entire engineering staff with one ownership change, and farmed out all design and production of new cameras to Fuji. Attrition continued until they had to close the doors of their award winning headquarters building. All that's really left is a sales and brand management team. Perfect for Ventiz, that's what they do. They do a 645 whenever Fuji updates the G, and the rest of the time, they order the G in Ferrari red or have it built in a stainless steel limited edition. Believe it to not, Lunar is a direct consequence of their current business model, branding without sense or taste.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 22:34 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)

Well, that exec's name makes it all make sense.

So, we have a "Lu" ca who named the "Lu" nar after _himself_, gaudied it up way past the limits of good taste, and now is twisting around trying to defend his monument to his own hubris...

Wow. Just wow.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 17:13 UTC as 120th comment
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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JohnSingkit: I wonder what the tenor of comments would have been IF Hasselblad had come with the Lunar before the NEX 7?

Then people would have simply commented on the epic hideousness of the design, and the lack of value compared to an Oly or Pany.

It would have still been a PR disaster.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 14:08 UTC
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JoeDaBassPlayer: It's a Full Frame K 01. Nice!

Yeah, if a K-01 had a short register, even shorter back focus, and a lens line that took advantage of those things...

And a cool clip-on EVF...

And it looked good...

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 19:20 UTC
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jtan163: At 680g, with the grip, the EVF and the S lens the M is starting to not look all that different from a DSLR in terms of size and weight.

Throw in LiveView, video and you gotta wonder about the minimalist philosophy that so many Leica fans talk about.

Interesting all the same.

Old Oskar must be rolling in his grave.

I don't care what the "fans talk about", this camera is Oskar speaking to us from the grave. He loved making the M the center of a huge system of accessories and add-ons. He was the brains behind PLOOT, and SLR mirror-box that you put between the M and a line of telephoto and macro lenses. PLOOT became Visoflex, and remained in continuous production for half a century...

http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-wiki.en/index.php/Visoflex

Check this out. SFTOO, a shoe mounted telescopic viewfinder and rangefinder for use with the 200mm Telyt lens.

http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-wiki.en/index.php/SFTOO

Another gadget traceable to Oskar, NOOKY, a closeup lens with prisms to compensate the rangefinder and viewfinder for parallax.

http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-wiki.en/index.php/NOOKY

The little EVF, which Leica called Visoflex out of a sense of history and coolness, is like PLOOT, NOOKY, and SFTOO in one pocket. I would have called it OSKAR, 5 letters, all caps, Leica style

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 19:17 UTC
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landlover: TELL ME IT'S APRIL THE FIRST ...PLEASE!!!!!!

OK. It's April first. No foolin'

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 18:40 UTC
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JadedGamer: Amazing, you would think this was the first time some people here have been exposed to luxury goods. This is in "if you have to ask the price you cannot afford it" territory, it's not for you and me. Accept it and move on. Do you yell at Rolls Royce for making expensive cars? No, you just buy something else.

If Rolls Royce stuck big steer horns and leather fringe mudflaps on a Ford Fiesta, gave it a Rolls Royce logo, and charged $100,000 for it, yes, we'd yell at them.

To toss your own comment back at you, do you have any experience with successful luxury goods?

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 18:39 UTC
On article Photokina 2012: Leica Stand Report (15 comments in total)
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nathantw: It's probably just me, but using the electronic viewfinder on the M makes me think that perhaps the person should have purchased a DSLR instead. The whole idea of a rangefinder was so you can have a rangefinder viewfinder. Just look at the picture of the person shooting with the electronic viewfinder. It looks like a DSLR.

It's just you.

Really. Leica made the PLOOT way back in 1935. That was their first SLR "add on" for the M, for macro and telephoto use. PLOOT became Visoflex, which went through five models over the next few decades, and still remains popular among M shooters, even digital M8 and M9. Read the Leica forums here: there are at least four Visoflex users who post frequently.

One little clip on EVF (which they called "Visoflex" because they rock) smaller than a lot of the auxiliary viewfinders Leica sells for use with wide angle and telephoto lenses, and you get it all: a viewfinder that works with any M lens, from 12mm to 135mm, any R lens, including macros, and how hard can an adapter be for other brands?

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 18:15 UTC

OK, let me get this straight. Leica redesigns the M, adding useful capabilities, improving performance, and manages to lower the price $50 in the process (which is big news for Leica) while actually making an already beautiful camera even a little better looking.

Meanwhile, Hasselblad figures out how to take a good looking, functional NEX-7, drown it half to death in a big pool of ugly, and skyrockets the price to the same level as a Nikon rangefinder...

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 17:00 UTC as 331st comment | 1 reply
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