PIX 2015
Sad Joe

Sad Joe

Joined on Oct 8, 2011

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Well done again to Fuji for supporting ALL of their users - however I would NEVER use a new OS until its at least 6 months old and all of the massive bugs have been sorted….you have been warned !

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 15:33 UTC as 9th comment | 5 replies
On Week in Review: Two by two article (21 comments in total)

Well, I love my TWO EOS-M's and look forward to buying an EOS-M3 when I can afford one ! 35 f1.4 BR - responding to the Sigma and Zeiss otus ? Now that will be an interesting review which I look forward to. Just one minor note - in the UK BR used to stand for British Rail which wasn't very good and its sandwiches were renowned for being expensive and terrible. Perhaps Canon should reconsider their BR tag ? LOL.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 15:31 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (454 comments in total)
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JaimeA: My professional friends and I have always thought of Sony as a progressive innovator. Every new camera has something advanced and out of the ordinary, not just a twist and a new model number. A couple of days ago we were looking at travel advertising shots we did years ago with the NEX-7, a camera we used where the larger DSLR would mean refusals or permissions. As rendered by the little gem they are superb even by today’s standards. Sony’s engineers and mind pools are truly great.
Today the a7II gives us unbeatable dynamic range, great detail and beautiful colors in a small, light form.
We always welcome any release from Sony and treat it as an event. And wish them well in any endeavor because we will all gain.

Fair points well made, I used Nikon from 1977 until about 2005 the primary reason being better AF and L glass, I continued to shoot Nikon at weddings until about 2012 ( I am not a Nikon hater or hater of anything else camera wise) and your right - this could be a last spin of the dice or the start of a whole new chapter for Sony. The whole industy is in trouble due to smart phones but FF still gives an edge (for now) Canon are playing it smart, ensuring customers buy one camera after another dip feeding new features and getting the most money from each 'improvement' and thus making money - the only brand that is…I am sure that Nikon would have several full AF in video mode cameras out by now - Canon still only have the 70D - smart.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 16:18 UTC
On Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (454 comments in total)
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JaimeA: My professional friends and I have always thought of Sony as a progressive innovator. Every new camera has something advanced and out of the ordinary, not just a twist and a new model number. A couple of days ago we were looking at travel advertising shots we did years ago with the NEX-7, a camera we used where the larger DSLR would mean refusals or permissions. As rendered by the little gem they are superb even by today’s standards. Sony’s engineers and mind pools are truly great.
Today the a7II gives us unbeatable dynamic range, great detail and beautiful colors in a small, light form.
We always welcome any release from Sony and treat it as an event. And wish them well in any endeavor because we will all gain.

I really like what Sony are doing and would love access to new Zeiss glass with AF, my only concern is that Sony never seem to settle and a vital element in buiding up a pro system is TIME. It took Canon at least 12 years to overcome Nikon and Nikon has never managed to catch up yet despite lots of great products.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 16:33 UTC
On Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (454 comments in total)
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Al Valentino: Several years ago i had a conversation with a guy at BH Photo while I was playing with one of the Sony FF DSLR bodies. The guy who worked at BH Photo had several contacts with Sony and told me that Sony had money and a plan. That plan was to throw money at all the different camera formats and see what sticks, then to focus, pun intended, on what in working and then dominate that part of the market. This was 3 or perhaps 4 years ago. Look like the Sony philosophy he shared was bang on.

I worked within the trade closely to Sony and your right - they have several teams that fight it out until one wins - example: They had MINIDISC & DAT and whilst they were of course different products they often went head to head dependant on the end user. I still use both - but then again I still love my Laserdisc collection and FILM.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 16:30 UTC
On Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (454 comments in total)

A smart move by Sony who can see that Canon only has the 6D with limited appeal at entry level and Nikon have several cheaper FF 's but ALL have problems. Of course once Sony make a firm move so will Canon - and currently Canon are just about the ONLY camera brand making a profit…interesting days ahead.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 16:25 UTC as 26th comment
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (341 comments in total)
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Bob from Plymouth: Another quality control issue with a Nikon SLR. This must be hugely damaging. the D600 problem was bad enough, not so much the oil spots themselves but the way it depressed the value of my camera which was so quickly superseded by the D610. Although my own camera was ok their sloppy quality control has cost me a lot of money.

I do wish they'd get it right, I'm very reluctant to upgrade for a new Nikon now. I'll keep what I've got and keep my money. In fact I wish I'd just kept my D700, made in Japan and rock solid.

OK - cards on table - my main cameras are Canon - but I also use a wide range of other cameras including my lovely Nikkormat FT2 - so I am NOT just a Canon fan boy. Its shameful how todays Nikon company has let standards slip - the D700 is a lovely camera which I greatly enjoyed a while back. Stick with it but prepare to go mirrorless is my advice - a nice new FF Sony with Zeiss AF glass ? Yes please….

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 17:06 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (341 comments in total)

Late to the party - sorry - this is the second (known/ admitted to) fault / issue with the D750 - I know this is old news but Nikon has a rep now for duff cameras which given their history is shameful. The best bits are their sensors (when fitted correctly) and their made by SONY….

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 17:01 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies

Not the first camera with this problem - the Canon 20D was well known for its S/N becoming lost - it never caused me any real problems apart from Calumet (who were cleaning the sensor for me) were worried that it might be stolen - until they checked on the net and discovered I was telling them the true !

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 20:25 UTC as 53rd comment
On Canon introduces 430EX III-RT Speedlite article (93 comments in total)

My Canon 430EX flash has always done a good job and the idea of RADIO is great - but at what cost? Days when manufactures could charge more or less what they wanted appear to be over with so many new brands coming on the market.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 20:22 UTC as 9th comment
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (688 comments in total)

Lecia Lust - got me bad ! Come on Fuji bring out a X100 BLACK and blow this away….

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 20:51 UTC as 38th comment | 14 replies
On Nikon D7200 Review preview (574 comments in total)

Nikon D7200 = PRO: most DX Nikons are dust, muck and generally fault free (unlike their FF cameras) NEG: Little more than a dust over on an already good camera. VERDICT: Nothing new to see - move on….

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 20:49 UTC as 124th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM real-world samples gallery article (140 comments in total)
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bigdaddave: Far too cheap and it doesn't come with a $400 case, plus it shoots in color

What it copes with COLOUR as well ? Whatever next ?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 20:45 UTC
On Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM real-world samples gallery article (140 comments in total)
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bigdaddave: Far too cheap and it doesn't come with a $400 case, plus it shoots in color

Ok ! Fair enough - I would expect a Zeiss or Lecia lens to be better. Just missed out on a Zeiss 50 1.7 Planar Contax/ Yashica lens today - great condition - went for £30 (around $48 if your in 'Yankie Land') complete with a Contax 137 MA camera and case …ah well - next time.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 20:42 UTC
On Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM real-world samples gallery article (140 comments in total)
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bigdaddave: Far too cheap and it doesn't come with a $400 case, plus it shoots in color

Let's see some tests between this and some Lecia & Zeiss glass and then in the REAL World - see a different ? I'll bet you can't !

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 18:03 UTC

Sony does not (yet) have the legs of Canon & Nikon (who they supply sensors to) and is also fighting off several other important rivals including Fuji & Panasonic as well as Olympus (who I believe it supplies the sensors to). Having worked closely with Sony in the past I do not believe that they have the long term strength nor vision required - I'd put my money on Samsung. This is despite several excellent products and the combination of top flight sensor tech and Zeiss lenses…It took Canon well over 10 years to displace Nikon from the Number 1 top pro brand aided to a great degree by Nikon early refusal to take AF seriously…time wil tell.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 20:00 UTC as 3rd comment
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m3: Wow, what an original idea!
About as 'original' as the Nikon camera bag I had thirty years ago with included bayonet mounts affixed to the inner base.
Ah well, if you're cheeky enough to ask for 12,000 CAD to revive an idea which in its latest form is a simple DIY setup and people are dumb enough to fall for it, I suppose that's the way it is ...

I remenber that bag well - the FB 8 if I recall correctly - designed to house an F2 above with three lenses in to a METAL base across the bottom - recall selling them - expensive - wonder if anyone still uses one ?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 19:46 UTC

Anyone EVER seen a really good review that compares any of these works of 'works of art' to real cameras or is it ALL smoke and mirrors….oh, it is….sorry must have missed the point.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 19:42 UTC as 83rd comment | 1 reply
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jonby: Nearly eight grand and no pop-up flash? Are they joking?

Well the lack of a flash did it for me - will have to wait now for the next B & W only Lecia…..perhaps a GOLD edition (with flash) and a set of matching GOLD lenses - now that is well worth saving for - not.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 19:40 UTC
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RomanP: Is this a joke? $7.5k for a high end B&W point and shoot? How does this company remain in business?

By selling to collectors and fools with far too much money ! Witness the massive growth of ultra fast sport cars - useless on 99 % of roads, 99 % of the time (unless you wanta look flash) …Lecia are in the same market segment.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 19:36 UTC
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