Tonio Loewald

Tonio Loewald

Lives in United States Arlington, VA, United States
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Joined on Jul 25, 2005

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On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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Tonio Loewald: If nothing else, Leica has schooled all the other camera companies on how to do a modern camera with good controls (aside from setting AF points, but then Apple and numerous camera app makes have nailed that). So at least we might see some others imitate them.

The camera is clearly overpriced, slow, etc., but it's nicely designed. The problems you all mention — price, lag, AF behavior — are all problems of execution. If this camera were reasonably priced and did what it does quickly and well it would be fantastic. Heck if it were just one or the other it would be fantastic.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 12:49 UTC

Great that he's using a Leica T for these "cheap" tricks.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 16:29 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
On Olympus takes Pen E-PL6 beyond Asia article (76 comments in total)
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lecoupdejarnac: Great, olympus made a small pancake zoom...
Now if only they'd make a Panasonic GM1 competitor. It would be nice to have another option for a truly small M43 camera.

Especially if it offers IBIS.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 18:55 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)

If nothing else, Leica has schooled all the other camera companies on how to do a modern camera with good controls (aside from setting AF points, but then Apple and numerous camera app makes have nailed that). So at least we might see some others imitate them.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 02:59 UTC as 89th comment | 5 replies
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (1821 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Haven't heard that much measurebation craptalk in a long while. ISO by definition is a standard, it's not an energy transfer function; f/stops are independent of emulsion/capture size. Trying to compare the two is as senseless as trying to compare weight and physical dimensions between a shoe and a tractor.

An f/1.4 lens collects twice the light as an f/2 lens. REGARDLESS of which CCD it has. Yes, it might come with a DOF penalty, a noise penalty, but most likely two different systems will be far too dissimilar to compare anyway.

I suggest you stick to photography (that is, the one beyond MTF/Studio charts) and leave the definitions/equivalencies to the lab.

You are not even wrong.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 22:45 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

Presumably the curvy lines (for lens aperture) are based on empirical measures. Why not measure the lenses that claim fixed aperture, since they're almost certainly somewhat variable as well?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 12:57 UTC as 97th comment | 1 reply
On Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lab Test Review preview (197 comments in total)

A bit of exploring DxO's results shows it outperforming (slightly) Canon's old 100-400mm L, and being outperformed (slightly) by Nikon's new (and horribly expensive) 80-400mm. Seems like a very good deal to me.

I am a bit puzzled that the sharpness seems to decline so much between 400mm and 600mm on DX but hardly at all on FX. I guess it has to do with the pixel density of the DX camera used (presumably something with a 24MP Sony sensor in it).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 16:45 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
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Drofnad: > It annoyed me when Nikon used to produce H and S versions of its pro-end bodies, offering either resolution or speed. I knew that what we all wanted, and would eventually get, was both.

The letters were/are "H" & "X"; "s" (lowercase) is for an upgrade (the "H" was dropped for default, and only "X" used now for high-resolution. But where is the "get both" (in one camera)?! --in Canon's 1DX, perhaps? D3 saw D3X, and frankly D4 & D4s are complementing D800/e bodies (as the 1DX might be seen to stand vis-a-vis the 5DmkIII, though those resolutions are quite close). (One can read of people wanting a "D4X" (with not merely 36mpx but 54!).)

-d.

Nikon has not been this consistent. You forget the D40x.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 04:47 UTC
On Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Lab Test Review preview (76 comments in total)
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beavertown: How super embarrassing for Nikon!

Sigma 35mm scored an astonishing 43, while this Nikon 35mm scored sadly 36.

No wonder Nikon has been switching off some Sigma lenses since the D5200 released, as they know the Art lenses perform better than their overpriced lenses optically and properly better in many ways.

The once laughing stock has become the king of lenses.

Watch out Canon, they may surpass you someday as they have already surpassed Nikon.

@LarryK — yes Nikon merely offers you the higher-performing 24-120mm f4 (yes, it's pricier). The Sigma appears to be significantly sharper than the Nikon or Canon lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 21:58 UTC
On Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Lab Test Review preview (76 comments in total)
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munro harrap: There should come a point at which there is no vignetting. A lens designed to cover the sensor properly would have no vignetting even wide open. As they charge now so much money, perhaps we could get them to design for full-frame. I do not care if it is bigger and heavier, but I do care if it always vignettes. DX review shows it still vignettes a third of a stop at f11. I have zooms that are better than this.

If you use primes quality is now the sole criterion> I want primes that ALWAYS cover the sensor> I want zooms that do as well- remember the 70-200f2.8G VRI?

Can you name a single prime lens that has no vignetting when wide open?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 21:50 UTC
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Wolfgang Fieger: I still miss the obvious water level that is existing in the iPhone and not used to level photos correctly.
Apple could even go further and offer automatic perspective correction by measuring the exact angle of view with the gauge.

Or you could just use one of the bazillion third party camera apps that do this.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 22:36 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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sgoldswo: Only DPR knows what was said to it regarding correction. As to the performance of the zoom, well, the Fuji 18-55 suffers heavily from distortion if you look at the uncorrected raws, as does the panasonic 12-35mm

Um, hello, it's a Leica.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 18:32 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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Nick932: This is a beta version and I am surprised with all reviews that I have read about T that no review has uncovered or shown any flaws.

It's amusing to see people clutching at straws in an argument over, what, Apple? In a Leica camera thread.

For the record: Turing didn't invent the computer, but so what? Every major invention is, in any event, based on previous inventions.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 18:31 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (599 comments in total)
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new boyz: I have no complaint about using pre flash as focus assist. When focus lamp is needed, you're doing flash photography anyway. Serves as red eye reduction mechanism as well.

Speaking as someone who virtually never uses flash and sometimes needs a focus-assist light, I have to disagree.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 00:08 UTC
On Updated: Creating the Leica T article (197 comments in total)
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pinnacle: If you need a "prestigious" name to brandish like a fine piece of jewelry, this is another piece of jewelry from Leica.

A brand new mount?
No viewfinder option?

For those who feel inclined to use Leica lenses, why not use adapters on existing cameras with better offerings in ergonomics and more features?

When I see the rare Leica in public I am not impressed in the way the owner may hope to impress me. I am wondering for a few seconds if the user has a skill set to produce quality images with their camera. I am sure that some Leica owners are fine photographers as well as wealthy enough (or vain enough) to have purchased the brand in the first place. I do believe that the vast majority of Leica owners are a lot more driven by a potential badge of social status than the desire to produce compelling photographs.
Dan

There is a viewfinder option.

It looks like a brand new mount they plan to stick to, and the first four lenses they've announced are good choices.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2014 at 12:26 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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topstuff: Really, really, puzzling how people interested in a supposedly creative subject like photography, place no value at all on aesthetics or the satisfaction of the interaction with the tools they use.

This Leica is by all accounts a very pleasing and satisfying thing to use -from the feel of the body to the better-than-ever-before use of a touch screen. This alone is justification enough for its existence.

If some people fail to see that there is satisfaction to be gained in the user experience of something like this, compared to interacting with a lump of black plastic, then that is their problem.

The reason that Macbooks are cheaper (and not all of them are) has to do more with economies of scale and lack of moving parts than cheap labor (I doubt Leica is going out of its way to pay more for assembly or parts than it has to).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 15:00 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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plasnu: It's pathetic that they have to emphasize how the body is made... This is probably the only distinctive feature of this gadget.

Not like Nikon, Canon etc. showing off the magnesium alloy hulls of their cameras, or producing cutaway diagrams, or showing their weather sealing, or making hagiographic videos of their lens assembly processes. No, those guys never discuss how their cameras are made, they just stick to the business.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 14:55 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)

Obviously overpriced, but nice to see Leica showing the me-too and retro guys how it's done. Good physical controls combined with judicious use of new technology (wifi, touchscreen) and manufacturing techniques (unibody construction) Oh, and a sensible selection of lenses to start with.

Note for Nikon — good controls and minimalist design doesn't mean leaving out key features like wifi and video.

Note for Olympus — good controls doesn't mean retro.

Note for Sony — your $1000 lenses might perform well, but if you price that high you might need to fight with Daddy.

Note for Fujifilm — keep up the good work.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 21:02 UTC as 424th comment | 1 reply
On IMG_0130.acr photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (6 comments in total)

Hey Jeff, isn't this the Stanford hall of doom you were forbidden from photographing way back when?

Useful shot as always. Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 17:46 UTC as 1st comment
On AJA enters cinema camera market with 4K Cion article (27 comments in total)
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dr8: OPINION - This is not good news : - "The camera .... records to a single proprietary SSD drive." I love that word, "proprietary", you know it means it's the best, that it will ALWAYS be the best, MOST productive, AND versatile. - Then I read that it's designed to operate with-in the closed-loop "Apple" world... sigh... Oh well, I will never be able to afford to use it anyway.

How on earth do you manage to bring up Apple for a story on someone else using proprietary technology? Sony is literally the God-Emperor of proprietary storage (memorystick, minidisc), bizarre custom connectors, and the like — if you're going to blame someone random for being proprietary, how about Sony?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 12:50 UTC
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