JimW-203

JimW-203

Lives in United States Tarpon Springs, FL, United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Jun 4, 2011
About me:

I have been doing photography since the early 50s while in school and later traveling the world in a variety of positions in the government and private industry. Moved from Boston to Florida in 1988; first, St. Petersburg then Orlando, and now, Tarpon Springs.

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On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (559 comments in total)
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Don Sata: Lens is huge for a fixed focal lenghth compact, it beats the purpose.

I take it that you value carrying convenience over performance and flexibility - correct? If so, what characteristics would you suggest sacrificing in order to shrink the lens size and why?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 16:58 UTC
On Mammals B&W (Non human) challenge (9 comments in total)

What are the chances you would expand the limit to something like 80 or so to allow those who were DQed an opportunity to correct their error and get back in?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 16:32 UTC as 2nd comment | 3 replies
On Street photography - Black and White challenge (16 comments in total)

What are the chances of expanding the limit to 25?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 16:29 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (559 comments in total)
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Don Sata: Lens is huge for a fixed focal lenghth compact, it beats the purpose.

What is the physically smallest full-frame 28mm 1.7, 1.8, or even f2.0 prime you can you can find that has a similar range of controls and complexity of design?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 16:13 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (559 comments in total)
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Don Sata: Lens is huge for a fixed focal lenghth compact, it beats the purpose.

It is only compact in the physical size of the box, not the sensor area the lens must cover. The lens is sized very compactly for its task, specifications and the complexity of its design.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 06:17 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 ! :)

mais51
True enough, that is if it had stayed fixed on its original usage intention: as a very portable and resource-sparing means of making test exposures for motion pictures, much the way Polaroid backs were (perhaps still are in a few cases) used in film studio photography. Rather, it was moving from its intended use that created the overwhelming acceptance of the format for still photography - such that this miniaturized format has come to be called "full frame."

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 06:07 UTC
On Dan-LeicaQ-10-ISO200 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

I think this shows the true milieu for this camera: unobtrusive documentary street-shooter. It captures the full context of the environment and the poignancy of the moment with full clarity and rich, faithful colors.
My title: "Failed Flowers."

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 05:52 UTC as 2nd comment
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (559 comments in total)
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Just Ed: Wow, no one mentioned that the Leica red dot name tag is slightly crooked.
How could people miss such an important "feature?" 😀

It is a pre-production camera, after all. I suspect in production copies that niggling detail will not get past QC.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 22:48 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 ! :)

Had Leica not come into existence as a 35mm format camera, what would Nikon, Canon, et al have been today? Would they even exist? Those who have come before with outstanding innovations are due some respect and credit.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 22:42 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (559 comments in total)
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chrispicasso: Just buy the sony a7R II.??

Captura:

Certain functions have touch screen function - focusing and taking (don't kinow about others, though)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 22:37 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (559 comments in total)
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tasad: Another gadget for Justin Bieber...

Who do you target your snide comment for most: Leica or Justin Bieber?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 19:11 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (559 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: I think my Lumix GM1 takes better images.

I find the comment confusing and somewhat disingenuous: according to his gear list, he doesn't have a GM1 (this may not be up to date, though) yet the Leica Q (type 116) is on his wish list. Why wish for something he says is not as good as what he already has?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 19:00 UTC
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Rumplestiltskin: I think that the Alu lens cap holder on one side of the bag is really ugly. Why go to such great length to come up with this design when it seems that the lens cap can come off with a moderate knock? A simple side pocket (or any pocket) for the lens cap shall suffice.

Save that side space for a water bottle holder (yes I do carry one in the city), or a flash holder, accessories etc. They try to be different, but it is not too functional, wasting valuable space on one side of the bag. Just my 2 cents.

Not only is this "feature" ugly, but it seems larger caps would be susceptible to being brushed off and being lost. Also, give the manufacturing process it must add a cost that greatly exceeds its value - a simple pocket would be much more useful, though, admittedly not quite as hip.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 17:48 UTC
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justmeMN: Seriously, rich people like things that are overpriced.

In a business marketing case, one luxury Champaign maker lowered the price of their product. The end result was lower sales, because rich people wanted the "prestige" of buying something that was extremely expensive.

Is it possible the maker got dinged in the market because they couldn't spell "Champagne" correctly? Less tongue-in-cheek, though: there also exists a common belief that rich persons stay rich because they understand true value and don't buy for cost, but rather, value.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 06:17 UTC
On Rainy day - Black and White challenge (24 comments in total)
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riveredger: Film? Isn't this DPR?

Would you make the same statement if the camera used was limited to those introduced to the market in the past year and only digital? Would you view that as "self-righteous" too? Why, in your mind is the word 'digital' more important than 'photography?' All challenges, by the very fact that they have themes and rules place limitations on the entries. Why should it not be equally valid to limit the entries to film as it is to limit them to Nikon, Canon, or any other limiting factor? Since I cannot dive any more should I be upset if the challenge calls for underwater photography? My limitations are mine only and in no way should they diminish the access to the challenge for others. Should the fact that someone who never took photos using film cameras limit those who have from participating? Unless, of course, it is your contention that any technology that is not current is invalid.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 22:07 UTC
On Rainy day - Black and White challenge (24 comments in total)
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riveredger: Film? Isn't this DPR?

Yes, this is DPR - scanning makes it digital

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 09:14 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (236 comments in total)
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KonstantinosK: Why does it have a Motorola badge?

As it states, the picture is a comparison of the Lumix to the Motorola device that bears the M logo.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 20:07 UTC
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They call me Hans: So nothing for M4/3? Leica?

With a lens adapter, the point of focus (film plane) remains the same. All you are doing is moving the physical distance of the lens to a point where the focus point is the same as the native mount. That is why there is no adapter to mount a Nikon mount lens on a Canon camera - the flange distance for the Nikon is deeper than the Canon and adding an adapter could not allow the resulting flange thickness to become thinner. re: Minolta adapter - are you certain your not thinking about a tele adapter (is there any glass in the adapter?)

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 21:39 UTC
On Rainy day - Black and White challenge (24 comments in total)

I may be totally missing the mark here, but I cannot understand why only one entry for this challenge? Also, most of the comments thus far have only heaped ridicule on the concept of those who have ever used film and might believe that non-digital images are, by their very nature, worthless or trivial at best. It seems many forget that without film photography there would probably never be digital photography. The entire photographic esthetic and language of photographic criticism has evolved from those who used film (at least a solid, finite sensitized medium such as metal or glass plates or film.)
For those who can't get their head around how to post - they make scanners, don't they?

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 21:30 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (494 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I am not seeing a lot to dislike about this camera. They would sell a lot more of these if they advertised them more and also sold them in stores like Best Buy right from day one. As it stands right now Canon will sell many times as many T6s/T6i cameras as Panasonic will sell G7 cameras.

That is also despite the fact that the Canon cameras had a significant defect in a large portion of their initial shipments(Which they addresses quickly), the T6s only does 5 FPS vs. the 7 FPS for the G7, The G7 is cheaper, and the G7 does 4K @ 30 FPS video vs just 1080p @ 30 FPS for the Canon cameras.

Panasonic’s issue is not that they don’t make great cameras. There issue is that not enough people even know they make cameras.

Much of Best Buy's buying decisions are purely money decisions. Many camera manufacturers do not do spiffs, don't contribute the scale of ad dollars that Sony does. Nor do they contribute the level of placement support (buying shelf space). Many of the buyers for big box retailers are not particularly knowledgeable about the category they buy. If they were, the product mix in stores would be much more balanced. I.E. Best Buy carries a few models of Lumix cameras: in M43, they carry the G5 (but not the GH4 or the G6), they carry the GF 5 & 7 but no others. They only Panasonic lenses they carry ate two G X Varios ($1200 and $900, but none of the more popular lower cost lenses such as the 20mm f1.7 or the 14-140 zoom nor none of the highly regarded Leica co-branded lenses.) In P&S they carry the FZ1000 and LX100 but rarely carry the batteries. In DSLRs they carry Canon, Nikon, Sony (ne Minolta), but not Pentax. Their major push is in Sony throughout the store.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 20:41 UTC
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