Calvin Chann

Calvin Chann

Lives in Portugal Estoril/Cascais, Portugal
Works as a Finance
Joined on Oct 30, 2002
About me:

Way too much equipment ;)

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On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (373 comments in total)
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Calvin Chann: Guess I need to check my M9 and Monochrom.

I hope that Leica takes a responsible position on this matter. To replace the sensor with another one which is exactly the same is only deferring the problem for those replacements until a time where the time from purchase will be so long, it'll cost a lot.

The Leica brand is known for longevity of it's equipment. Could this be the death knell leading to questioning of its premium pricing. After all, if the body you buy now will cost a fortune to maintain over the years, why are we paying such a premium for it in the first place?

Is this why they've just released a new film body?

I don't think it is. My M9 is over 3 years old and based on the scheme, I'll have to pay something towards rectifying any problem that I may have. The longer the problem takes to manifest, the more I'll have to pay.

I hope their search for a permanent solution for the sensor and also for remedial action bears fruit.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 12:29 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (373 comments in total)

Guess I need to check my M9 and Monochrom.

I hope that Leica takes a responsible position on this matter. To replace the sensor with another one which is exactly the same is only deferring the problem for those replacements until a time where the time from purchase will be so long, it'll cost a lot.

The Leica brand is known for longevity of it's equipment. Could this be the death knell leading to questioning of its premium pricing. After all, if the body you buy now will cost a fortune to maintain over the years, why are we paying such a premium for it in the first place?

Is this why they've just released a new film body?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 11:41 UTC as 56th comment | 3 replies
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (240 comments in total)
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bluevellet: I've considered the Pentax 645Z. I think Pentax did a great job making the price reasonable (for medium format) and coming up with a decent amount of lenses, particularly how niche this product is,

One major hurdle is (almost) no retailer presence. Even online, it's hard to find and I have to go abroad for it. I'm not comfortable buying something this expensive without even a test drive.

I mean, just look at DPR, no link to buy it anywhere.

My dealer said that the Pentax reps in Europe are hopeless. They just sell boxes and have no interest in photography. Mine came across a national border. Very pleased with online manuals. And yes, why can people buy online in the UK and not any other country in Europe? That just sucks.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 12:31 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (240 comments in total)

Happily using my 645Z. The viewfinder may not be much larger than a DSLR's but to me, when I look through it, it's huge and very clear.

Just got back from a long weekend in Venice and look forward to seeing the shots on a big screen.

But as was said on Luminous Landscape, you can't just go out and shoot like a DSLR. It needs time and patience, which all the gizmo's included want you to go and shoot in that street style.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 12:29 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply
On Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) article (300 comments in total)

Would have expected to see a Sony A7 variant in this list over and above the Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2014 at 17:18 UTC as 18th comment
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (263 comments in total)
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Robert Garcia NYC: This will a big seller for Sony.

Well, if the body of the A7S wasn't so pricey, I may well have added one to my system alongside the A7R.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 14:58 UTC
On Sony debuts 21MP stacked CMOS sensor for smartphones article (94 comments in total)
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AshMills: Pentax 645 days are numbered obviously. ;-)

Damn, just dropped a wedge on a 645Z

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 14:55 UTC
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FrankS009: About a hundred grams (roughly 20%) heavier than the old model. The same weight as a Panasonic GH4, and more than an Olympus EM1. That frankly is heavier than I would like to lug around, not counting lenses.

F.

Sounds like you wanted to find a reason not to like this camera, and you did. I guess it's not for you.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 14:50 UTC
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kadardr: I wish I could get one at hand to check out handling. I do not like haptics of A7 at all. The size and shape is very very similar to the OM-D E-M1, but it seems to me the M1 grip is more ergonomic. And dont forget many users elongated M1 grip with a base plate (RRS, J.B.). The A7 series of jewel cameras are best with small primes. That should be the direction to go for Sony.

The placement of the shutter release has got to be an improvement. The reason that I don't use my 7R as much is because of the placement of this button. The grip improves it a little, but not much.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 14:48 UTC
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Calvin Chann: Yet another Sony body. Why am I not surprised?

What my comment meant was that it looks like bodies and lenses are being released neck and neck, but what the hell, you'll interpret it to fit your argument.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 14:46 UTC

Yet another Sony body. Why am I not surprised?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 13:25 UTC as 200th comment | 8 replies
On Sony debuts 21MP stacked CMOS sensor for smartphones article (94 comments in total)
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noirdesir: Doesn't the iPhone 6 camera sensor offer the same: on-sensor PD AF & one-shot HDR?

Well, given that the iPhone 6 has been on the market, how long now? and Sony are making this announcement now, let me guess...... they're not the same?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 12:32 UTC
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (386 comments in total)

Perhaps, not the best photographers, by profile, to give the X to.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 11:19 UTC as 72nd comment | 1 reply
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Zoron: Yummy & beautiful lenses....enuff said

Canon do quite a good job in making telephotos look good.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 11:39 UTC

Since when has 14-28 been a "classic" wide angle zoom?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 11:37 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On Sony launches support program for pro photographers article (114 comments in total)

US only

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 13:30 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1669 comments in total)

I use Canon DSLR's for when only they can do the job. (A DSLR, I mean). I am CPS Platinum. I used to buy Canon compacts, but I now buy Sony, Fuji, and Olympus. Canon haven't come up with anything meaningful/ground-breaking in the compact and mirrorless fields for too long and don't look like doing so either.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 16:19 UTC as 403rd comment
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GothtinPowers: So how do these compare to dedicated film scanners like the Nikon coolscans?

Yes, I use my V750 to scan 120 negatives and slides. Not sure many affordable film scanners cope with 120

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 18:37 UTC
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RobertSigmund: The best method at the moment is copying the negative/slide with the digital camera. Brings better results than scanners and is faster. You need a macro lens of course, and a slide copier. I have the old minolta slide copy unit 1000 for the Minolta ring flash. Very good device.

Does this work for 120 film?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 18:36 UTC
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Calvin Chann: You need to correct the price on page 6.

I live in a country where the comma is used as a decimal point and the full stop as a thousand separator. EUR 15 is a very good price!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 17:35 UTC
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