ManuelVilardeMacedo

ManuelVilardeMacedo

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rds: Leicas, sadly, have become bling, status symbols, Christmas gifts Mick Jagger gives his posse. *** You won't become Cartier-Bresson by getting a Leica, and photography is not and never has been about the tool. It's about being there and seeing. If C-B were around today he'd use an iPhone or a GoPro.

Glad you're more sensible now than you were in your first comment. There's no way of knowing what HC-B would use today, save for a seance...
Henri Cartier-Bresson wasn't exactly a pixel peeper, but he was extremely demanding about the quality of his prints. I've been to many photography exhibitions, but so far I've seen nothing that could be compared to what I saw at a HC-B exhibition I saw last summer. The prints have an almost tridimensional feel to it, the tones were superb and the pictures had a tactile feel. It needs to be seen to be believed. There's none of the plasticky look of current photographic paper, and the pictures seem to have a life of their own. (Incidentally, this exhibition induced me more respect for Leica and the Tri-X film.) I doubt digital files from an iPhone would look the same if printed onto silver paper. That's not bashing the iPhone, it's just an impression I get from what I've seen thus far.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 17:56 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Even Leica has to survive in this business - hence the Panasonic clones and the T series. They need it in order to continue producing the most desirable cameras in the world, the M series rangefinder cameras, as well as the M-mount lenses, which quality is second to none.
The fact that digital has democratised photography led to there being crowds who will never comprehend the 'M' concept; this explains the incessant Leica criticism we read here everytime Leica launches whatever product. The Leicas are not for those who buy cameras based on specifications.
It's true Leica exposes themselves to ridicule every now and then with those Safari, Hermés, Titanium and Correspondent limited editions, but that's part of the business: as long as there are people willing to buy them, why not? It's a win-win deal.
I don't have the money for a Leica; even if I had, I couldn't care less for rangefinder systems - but I respect the fact Leicas are aspirational products for discerning photographers.

Now the debate is finally getting interesting! PhotoKhan and Mfritter, I found this article on Sebastião Salgado's printing method some time ago:
http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2013/09/dxo-film-pack-and-salgados-method.html
I didn't find any evidence that it is Canon that provides him this 'workflow', but I can't exclude such possibility either. If they do, that might explain why Salgado is using Canons now.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 17:29 UTC
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rds: Leicas, sadly, have become bling, status symbols, Christmas gifts Mick Jagger gives his posse. *** You won't become Cartier-Bresson by getting a Leica, and photography is not and never has been about the tool. It's about being there and seeing. If C-B were around today he'd use an iPhone or a GoPro.

Those suppositions are absurd. At HC-B's time there were lots of compact, unobtrusive cameras: Olympus Trip, Rollei 35, Ricoh GR, etc. There was even the Leica CL. He used none of them. Why should he use a smartphone or a GoPro?
As for the smartphone's prints quality: they may be fine - as long as they're sharp, white balance is correct and there isn't too much noise -, but not quite in the same league as an enlargement on silver paper.
If you want to fool yourselves by pretending HC-B would use a smartphone if he were alive, that's OK with me. I appreciate a good laugh.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 17:20 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Even Leica has to survive in this business - hence the Panasonic clones and the T series. They need it in order to continue producing the most desirable cameras in the world, the M series rangefinder cameras, as well as the M-mount lenses, which quality is second to none.
The fact that digital has democratised photography led to there being crowds who will never comprehend the 'M' concept; this explains the incessant Leica criticism we read here everytime Leica launches whatever product. The Leicas are not for those who buy cameras based on specifications.
It's true Leica exposes themselves to ridicule every now and then with those Safari, Hermés, Titanium and Correspondent limited editions, but that's part of the business: as long as there are people willing to buy them, why not? It's a win-win deal.
I don't have the money for a Leica; even if I had, I couldn't care less for rangefinder systems - but I respect the fact Leicas are aspirational products for discerning photographers.

So what? Salgado DID use Leicas. (Or didn't he?)
And so did Garry Winogrand, Robert Doisneau, Ilse Bing, René Burri... do you really want me to go on?

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 16:42 UTC
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rds: Leicas, sadly, have become bling, status symbols, Christmas gifts Mick Jagger gives his posse. *** You won't become Cartier-Bresson by getting a Leica, and photography is not and never has been about the tool. It's about being there and seeing. If C-B were around today he'd use an iPhone or a GoPro.

You're asking for an intelligent argument to refute a silly statement, but here it goes anyway:
How about the fact that HC-B used Leicas, which were the cameras that ensured him the highest quality possible from the 135 format? Have you ever happened to look at an enlarged (or 'printed', if you're not familiar with analogue photography) photograph of HC-B? Well, I did. They have a quality that your smartphone and GoPro will never match, not even in anyone's wildest dreams.
You're not going to reply that HC-B wouldn't print pictures today, are you?

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 16:39 UTC
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rds: Leicas, sadly, have become bling, status symbols, Christmas gifts Mick Jagger gives his posse. *** You won't become Cartier-Bresson by getting a Leica, and photography is not and never has been about the tool. It's about being there and seeing. If C-B were around today he'd use an iPhone or a GoPro.

"If C-B were around today he'd use an iPhone or a GoPro."
Not meaning to offend you, but that's the silliest thing I read in years.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 16:02 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Even Leica has to survive in this business - hence the Panasonic clones and the T series. They need it in order to continue producing the most desirable cameras in the world, the M series rangefinder cameras, as well as the M-mount lenses, which quality is second to none.
The fact that digital has democratised photography led to there being crowds who will never comprehend the 'M' concept; this explains the incessant Leica criticism we read here everytime Leica launches whatever product. The Leicas are not for those who buy cameras based on specifications.
It's true Leica exposes themselves to ridicule every now and then with those Safari, Hermés, Titanium and Correspondent limited editions, but that's part of the business: as long as there are people willing to buy them, why not? It's a win-win deal.
I don't have the money for a Leica; even if I had, I couldn't care less for rangefinder systems - but I respect the fact Leicas are aspirational products for discerning photographers.

(Cont.) Add to that Leica's prestige. If you look at all great photographers, chances are all of them used Leicas. From Cartier-Bresson to Sebastião Salgado through Robert Capa and W. Eugene Smith, the Leicas used to be workhorses that delivered the highest quality possible with the 135 format. In fact, Leica invented 135, thus, being the spiritual father of so-called 'full-frame'. This adds to Leica status as aspirational cameras. Their price incorporates this reputation.
No wonder,then, that so many people will want a Leica at any given point of their lives.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 15:51 UTC

Even Leica has to survive in this business - hence the Panasonic clones and the T series. They need it in order to continue producing the most desirable cameras in the world, the M series rangefinder cameras, as well as the M-mount lenses, which quality is second to none.
The fact that digital has democratised photography led to there being crowds who will never comprehend the 'M' concept; this explains the incessant Leica criticism we read here everytime Leica launches whatever product. The Leicas are not for those who buy cameras based on specifications.
It's true Leica exposes themselves to ridicule every now and then with those Safari, Hermés, Titanium and Correspondent limited editions, but that's part of the business: as long as there are people willing to buy them, why not? It's a win-win deal.
I don't have the money for a Leica; even if I had, I couldn't care less for rangefinder systems - but I respect the fact Leicas are aspirational products for discerning photographers.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 15:44 UTC as 122nd comment | 14 replies
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joyclick: A fixed 50mm 1:1.2 monochrome anyone?

Me! Don't mind f/1.4, though...

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 17:04 UTC

I couldn't help noticing someone has already had it, even though it was launched today. Oh, those timelords...

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 17:03 UTC as 23rd comment
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villagranvicent: I am surprised of the number of negative comments... Not enough considering the huge troll population. This is a forum to discuss gear and celebrate every new camera who looks and works like a cellphone, nobody seems to care about photography. Either you like this picture or not I bet a very few here would be able to do something remotely similar. Show some respect for the photographer!

I really think you should stop now. You're beginning to sound like a fool.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 18:23 UTC
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villagranvicent: I am surprised of the number of negative comments... Not enough considering the huge troll population. This is a forum to discuss gear and celebrate every new camera who looks and works like a cellphone, nobody seems to care about photography. Either you like this picture or not I bet a very few here would be able to do something remotely similar. Show some respect for the photographer!

Well, I have to admit your dogs are totally original... not to mention how interesting they are.
Maybe it's time you stopped embarrassing yourself.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 18:09 UTC
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villagranvicent: I am surprised of the number of negative comments... Not enough considering the huge troll population. This is a forum to discuss gear and celebrate every new camera who looks and works like a cellphone, nobody seems to care about photography. Either you like this picture or not I bet a very few here would be able to do something remotely similar. Show some respect for the photographer!

Says the famous dog photographer...

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 17:45 UTC
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villagranvicent: I am surprised of the number of negative comments... Not enough considering the huge troll population. This is a forum to discuss gear and celebrate every new camera who looks and works like a cellphone, nobody seems to care about photography. Either you like this picture or not I bet a very few here would be able to do something remotely similar. Show some respect for the photographer!

It's more like the photographer could show some respect for photography, actually.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 17:32 UTC
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Kater Karlo: ... and for an exhibition, you can take a photograph from martin liebscher as audience...
http://www.martinliebscher.com/familie/royaltheatre.htm

;-)

Cheers

That'd be the perfect complement indeed.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 13:59 UTC
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Johannes Zander: And what did he play?

Now that I come to think of it, it's a shame Aram Katchaturian never discovered the kazoo. Can you imagine how much broader the "Sabre Dance" would sound? It would add a further layer of interestingness to it.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 13:55 UTC
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Johannes Zander: And what did he play?

I am aware the kazoo is regarded by many as a silly instrument, but there are wonderful compositions for it. I will never forget a concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (directed by the late, magisterial L. O. Yewlott) of A. Fuqua Soll's "Kazoo Concert no. 32", with Ms Debbie Lee Tate as soloist. It brought tears to my eyes. Especially the Adagio: it was so soulful, so introspective. One of my dearest and most enduring musical memories.
Of couse there are more prestigious instruments, like harmonica and banjo, but the kazoo is able to convey the deepest emotions. Some bigoted so-called specialists may despise it, but there's definitely a future for the kazoo in orchestral works. If Shostakovitch were alive today, I have no doubt he'd wholeheartedly endorse it.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 08:53 UTC
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Johannes Zander: And what did he play?

Kazoo.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 20:48 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: What? No wood grip jokes? C'mon, people, don't let me down.

I will never let you down, Carl.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 09:02 UTC

What? No wood grip jokes? C'mon, people, don't let me down.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 22:57 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
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