mais51

mais51

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Retired Engineer
Joined on Sep 22, 2005

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On Canon warns about dangers of counterfeit camera gear article (115 comments in total)
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villagranvicent: Why am I not surprised? Classic example of Chinese "business strategy"... steal - - produce some shitty copy - make profit.

Chinese or Taiwanese are basically the same people - just because they have a different political systems doesn't make them different people.
The current Chinese government always consider Taiwan as part of China mainland There are no doubt ethnic Taiwanese but they are only minority.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 12:01 UTC
On Expressing 'Sexy' challenge (18 comments in total)

I resubmit my entry with a supporting statement as requested - It is not winning but be part of the community that I keep trying.

Cheers

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 11:47 UTC as 2nd comment
On sexy feet in the Expressing 'Sexy' challenge (1 comment in total)

My original submission was disqualified I think because it was too big - sorry I did not read the rules thoroughly - no problem just re-export the same image from Lightroom - Hope it is acceptable this time and I hope It was not disqualified by other reasons

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 10:44 UTC as 1st comment
On Expressing 'Sexy' challenge (18 comments in total)

Yeah - good clean family fun - if you want glamorous sexy things - there are other places for them

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 14:43 UTC as 6th comment
On All is in the head in the Expressing 'Sexy' challenge (2 comments in total)

would it be better without the hand ?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 12:54 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Bad weather landscape challenge (4 comments in total)

Could you consider increase the entry to 85 or better still 100
60 is a bit low - I was searching through my archive for a suitable image then I am confronted with the full house sign - must be quicker next time

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 12:52 UTC as 1st comment
On Game of Thrones in the Life and death challenge (4 comments in total)

Why isn't the 2nd place getter awarded first place, after all if the winner was disqualified then it was not in the competition.

About these competitions: They are purely for fun and for learning. I enter these not because I think I can win - nice if I could - but because of the community spirit - be part of the fun and learn something along the way. I just could not understand the win at all cost attitude - even revert to cheating - not worth it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 12:35 UTC as 1st comment
On Red motorised bicycle in the What were they thinking? challenge (1 comment in total)

Just an ex-postie bike !

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 22:19 UTC as 1st comment
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (559 comments in total)
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topstuff: For some inexplicable reason, people like to attack Leica because of its prices, seemingly immune to the fact that the same people probably willingly pay "premium" prices for other items like cars and clothes, even though often it is the brand they are paying for. It is a strange irony.

This Leica looks like it stands up on its own merits. It really does seem to be a beautifully designed, high quality item that performs very well.

Leica haters have nothing to hate here. They aren't going to like that ! :)

Yes most of my early photos were B&W and colour slides _ I have thousands of those slides - B&W I printed myself in a makeshift darkroom - it was really good fun and time consuming. A wedding would normally limited to 10 to 15 rolls of 36 exp. Cameras like Nikon F3 or Canon F1 could shoot 6 fps on a 250 magazine bulk films but only the Press could afford them. Now everyone complains about a camera can't shoot more than 100 burst. Imagine some one has to pay for that developing cost - not counting the cost of printing ! In the old days we sometimes made contact prints before select on the final print out.

But then this is Leica - no one cares about money here why am I rambling ?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 10:20 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (559 comments in total)
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topstuff: For some inexplicable reason, people like to attack Leica because of its prices, seemingly immune to the fact that the same people probably willingly pay "premium" prices for other items like cars and clothes, even though often it is the brand they are paying for. It is a strange irony.

This Leica looks like it stands up on its own merits. It really does seem to be a beautifully designed, high quality item that performs very well.

Leica haters have nothing to hate here. They aren't going to like that ! :)

Yes I remember using a Canonnet half -frame camera, it was popular because you can get 72 exposures out of one 36 exp cartridge. Film was expensive, especially color one. In early 70s as a student on budget I could not afford color print film, it cost upward to 50c per print whereas a color positive or slide only cost 15 cents including processing by Kodak. To put thing in perspective as a student I was paid only $1.50 per hour working as an unskilled laborer in one of the many factories during vacation.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 15:43 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (559 comments in total)
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topstuff: For some inexplicable reason, people like to attack Leica because of its prices, seemingly immune to the fact that the same people probably willingly pay "premium" prices for other items like cars and clothes, even though often it is the brand they are paying for. It is a strange irony.

This Leica looks like it stands up on its own merits. It really does seem to be a beautifully designed, high quality item that performs very well.

Leica haters have nothing to hate here. They aren't going to like that ! :)

Well medium format film camera was very expensive for the mass so is the medium format digital camera so the lowly 35mm comes to the rescue.. This "full frame" terminology is used to differentiate with the crop sensor, it is not Full Format or Medium Format as used in the film era.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 13:33 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (559 comments in total)
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topstuff: For some inexplicable reason, people like to attack Leica because of its prices, seemingly immune to the fact that the same people probably willingly pay "premium" prices for other items like cars and clothes, even though often it is the brand they are paying for. It is a strange irony.

This Leica looks like it stands up on its own merits. It really does seem to be a beautifully designed, high quality item that performs very well.

Leica haters have nothing to hate here. They aren't going to like that ! :)

@JrmW-203 The 35 format was born through 35mm movie film - Leica or no Leica someone would have invented either way. If it has not been for the Canon Nikon et al the 35 mm format would have probably been dead by now. Let's face it - how many people could afford a Leica at their asking price ?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 01:43 UTC
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maxnimo: A true test would be to take 15 photos of the same bear from the same distance with 15 different telephoto lenses/cameras and see which comes out the best overall.

Not a fan of Leica but I feel sorry for them when you made you purchase decision partly based on Ken Rockwell tests !

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 00:30 UTC
On Untitled-1-2 photo in mais51's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Taken with Nikon F3 Film camera with standard lens 50mm f1.8 AIS
indirect flash ASA 100 Kodakcolor - Scanned with Epson Scanner

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 17:32 UTC as 1st comment
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maxnimo: A true test would be to take 15 photos of the same bear from the same distance with 15 different telephoto lenses/cameras and see which comes out the best overall.

I think the 15 thingies is just a tongue in cheek comment - no one expects that kind test - I think we'd be happy with a simple side by side comparison tests say a Tamron with a Canon body and an equivalent Nikon and Sony body - the available lens mounts. Because we always want to know how a particular third party lens performs on each brand of camera body. To make it fair and reasonable lenses and bodies must be calibrated to eliminate sample variation.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 15:12 UTC
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maxnimo: A true test would be to take 15 photos of the same bear from the same distance with 15 different telephoto lenses/cameras and see which comes out the best overall.

I was on a Wilderness Tour organized by the National Park Services in the Denali National Park - as we were driven along the road in a converted school bus the bears came pretty close to us and couldn't careless whether we were there or not. One thing for sure: they are very fast, very very fast and powerful I was watching one particular bear at a distant as he was running up and down the side of the hill at great speed, and if he was chasing me I am surely gone.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2015 at 21:54 UTC
On Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM real-world samples gallery article (140 comments in total)
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BarnET: My opinion

+ very cheap
+ STM motor
+ Small and light
+ F1.8

- Doesn't seem tack sharp in the corners even when stopped down to F2.8

All in all well worth it's price and a good improvement over it's very noisy predecessor.

It is an inexpensive lens - not many will buy, most of the people buying low end DSLR pick up a short kit zoom 18-60 something and never come back to the shop, and if they ever come back is for a medium telephoto zoom. Only serious photographers interest in primes and then only exotic lenses. The 50 lens is just too long for crop sensor as a standard lens, it is basically a 80mm lens on Canon crop sensor DSLRs

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 01:05 UTC
On Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM real-world samples gallery article (140 comments in total)
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BarnET: My opinion

+ very cheap
+ STM motor
+ Small and light
+ F1.8

- Doesn't seem tack sharp in the corners even when stopped down to F2.8

All in all well worth it's price and a good improvement over it's very noisy predecessor.

When we look at a wall we only see the middle of it the edges surely out of focused and a bit blurry - but do we care - of course not - that is how we physically seeing thing - then why we demand lens to have acute sharpness corner to corner. Surely a bit softness at the edges is perfectly acceptable and that softness would direct our eyes toward the middle where the centre of attention should be.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 22:34 UTC
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (617 comments in total)
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mais51: What is the reason for showing a screw head in the very front of the camera, is that screw adjustable or removable ?

You may right - me think every 10 persons who have enough money to buy a Leica 8 of them do so because they can

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 12:25 UTC
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (617 comments in total)
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mais51: What is the reason for showing a screw head in the very front of the camera, is that screw adjustable or removable ?

Thank you -
Shutterdial photo the adjustment is not really user serviceable !

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 09:58 UTC
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