Vetteran

Vetteran

Lives in United States VA, United States
Works as a Physicist
Joined on Nov 3, 2004
About me:

Leica X1, Leica X Vario, 2 Leica R8, 28, 60, 35-70, 75-200, Digilux 2, DLux-4, Minilux, Leica Mini, Panasonic LF-1

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On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (386 comments in total)

Some observations about DPR. It's a valuable site to gain insight into camera specific capabilities and features, but there's always lots of text juxtaposing and comparing camera A vs. camera B. Never understood that.

Unfortunately, the images posted that are taken with the tested cameras never seem to emphasize what the camera and photographer are capable of producing as far as aesthetically pleasing, well composed killer photographs with the camera. Just repetitive images of things many if not most photographers would ever consider in their decision to spend any serious money. I guess the so-called test or post images attempt to remove the photographer from the analysis and just focus on the technical.

In my mind, I would like to see results that challenge the photographer and camera to produce those great photos and not just technical photos examining esoteric features of the camera and the image. After all, the camera is just a tool.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2014 at 00:51 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (386 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: One thing must be handed to Leica.
When they turned digital, they gave an all new meaning to the phrase:
"There's a sucker born every minute".

Not sure why you seem to have it in for Leica users. You know most Leica users also use DSLRS, but just for different stuff than their Leicas. It's ironic that I can't ever recall reading a Leica post where the Leica user is denigrating a DSLR or its user especially from the big brands. Unfortunately, the opposite is not true.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2014 at 00:27 UTC
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (386 comments in total)
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Vetteran: In the many years of reading reviews of Leica products on this website, I have never seen a positive review of any Leica products even though many, many serious photographers use their products and these users are not "bling" photographers. One might be led to think that there's a bias here.

Not sure what motivates your assessment that "serious" photographer are on dpreview and then the bit about Leica photographers? Odd statement.

Frankly, many of the posts I read on the forum are very gear oriented and not results oriented. Not to say there isn't some good photography here, but there are a lot of gear-centric exchanges.

I wouldn't buy a MM, but have seen some amazing B+W results. Check out Peter Turnley's work.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2014 at 00:21 UTC
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (386 comments in total)

BTW, the first two images are the worst images I've seen taken with the X113 since its release. These are really bad images and I'm surprised that this working pro can't get a properly exposed image when most others could and did. Really shocking.

The second photographer's images are in keeping with dpreview's penchant for testing cameras by taking photos of ridiculous inanimate objects that an iPhone could render well. What's up with that?

If you want to test a Leica like this, shoot people and/or do some street photography. That's a stress test worth talking about. It will also be a good test to see if these photographers are up to the task. That's hard photography which challenges the camera and the photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 19:44 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (386 comments in total)

In the many years of reading reviews of Leica products on this website, I have never seen a positive review of any Leica products even though many, many serious photographers use their products and these users are not "bling" photographers. One might be led to think that there's a bias here.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 19:09 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies

dpreview has always been extremely harsh on Leica. What's the motivation for dpreview to write this article? Why didn't dpreview just contact Leica and then write the article once the battery was received? No, instead preview decided to write this article to make Leica look like a bunch of fools. This article is the ultimate troll.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2014 at 18:42 UTC as 27th comment | 7 replies
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK article (159 comments in total)

What a frivolous product; and the price $24 CAD.

What's really saddening is that DP Review actually posts this product on its website.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 21:46 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply

Really outstanding photos. Some of the best I've seen on this website.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 13:03 UTC as 246th comment

I read the article..so what? What's the big deal?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 21:33 UTC as 48th comment | 4 replies
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Vetteran: Many, many photographers never intervene when any "normal" person would think that they should. Photographers who do not intervene or act think they have a higher calling to "bear witness" and spread the truth; which is B.S. I've seen it for myself at car accidents, a drowning, and at other situations where any person would feel morally and ethically compelled to do something. Instead the "photographer" just takes pictures instead of helping.

Owning a camera does not obviate the responsibility to do the right thing at the right time. Photographers are not exempt or special, although, in many cases, they think they are. A disgrace; really.

She could have put here camera down and helped without losing any of the impact of her total body of work.

Put the camera down and do something.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2013 at 14:21 UTC

Many, many photographers never intervene when any "normal" person would think that they should. Photographers who do not intervene or act think they have a higher calling to "bear witness" and spread the truth; which is B.S. I've seen it for myself at car accidents, a drowning, and at other situations where any person would feel morally and ethically compelled to do something. Instead the "photographer" just takes pictures instead of helping.

Owning a camera does not obviate the responsibility to do the right thing at the right time. Photographers are not exempt or special, although, in many cases, they think they are. A disgrace; really.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2013 at 22:32 UTC as 41st comment | 4 replies

The F4s (remember that camera) had a mirror box that literally would self-destruct over time. Very small particles of metallic "dust" would accumulate inside the mirror box. Wasn't noticeable on film because film always was replaced after 36 or so shots. So, point is, Nikon has had similar issues in the past. not surprised.

Too bad because I was seriously interested in buying the D600, but I suspect Nikon will not "admit and address the issue" until after the Holiday buying season, if at all.

BTW, I have two D300 since they first came out and have no dust at all.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2012 at 19:46 UTC as 99th comment
On Accessory Review: Manfrotto Solo VI DSLR Holster Bag article (96 comments in total)

Who cares? Really. What a frivolous post and insignificant product. Pathetic.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2012 at 00:53 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
On Shooting with the Leica M9-P article (648 comments in total)
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shaocaholica: There's a solution many M9 owners have for the lackluster rear LCD. Just lose it altogether. When you shot film, you don't know what the photo looked like till it was developed and that 'charm' is missing when shooting digital so if you're going in for a penny on retro handling you might as well go in for a pound.

No surprises here. DPReview continues its long history of Leica bashing along with posters who have never owned a Leica.

I don't feel obligated (it's a waste of time) to extol the quality of Leica images. FWIW, I know of few if any Leica owners who were disappointed with Leica image quality other than the exception of a few who bought a Panny knock-off and wished they had saved some money bought the Panny version.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2012 at 13:08 UTC
On "The Afghan Girl" in the Flattery: Imitation challenge (33 comments in total)

Really; some people take intellectual property seriously; like Steve McCurry and Magnum.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2010 at 16:42 UTC as 21st comment
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