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PicOne: How would say, the image quality of this paired with a Leica top-o-the-line prime lens, compare to that out of say a Sigma DP merrill (or Quattro) of similar FL?

I wouldn't say that it's a guaranteed win for Leica on the glass - the DP has generally had decent glass, and I compared M9-P with Merrill at the relevant point. However, the Sigma is F2.8 and APS-C, so depth of field control etc... Have both. It's not like the quattro is that expensive for the quality it delivers.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 21:19 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (368 comments in total)
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Mike FL: It is interesting to see/know Leica has so many old stock CCD sensors for replacing ALL of Leica M9 / M9-P / M Monochrom / M-E sensors for life which means that one camera could need many sensors.

Oh well.

"Plus the great care of its owners."

I treated my M9-P will less care than I do my D4. The whole purpose of buying one was the fact that it was a small brass brick that would capture images, with no AF, mirror, etc.

Flipside was that when I had an injury and couldn't work as well, I was able to sell it for only a small loss compared to the same investment in a mainstream body. I wish I still had it almost as much as I wish I could still run :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 21:05 UTC
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Richard Franiec: If you look at the beautiful piece of wood (the grip) alone, meticulously carved and finished, don't blame Italian craftsmen for the fail of the whole concept. Taking quite ordinary camera, re-badge it, put the work of art on the front plate and expect that it would sell for 10 x the price of the RX100 is unthinkably naive concept.
Hope that the people who lost their job in process will not suffer for too long and steer away from Luna(r)tical and idiotic ideas as this whole concept is.
Their talents could and should be rewarded in so many different ways of expressing themselves - think Leicatime.
I'm curious if the guy responsible for this monumental blunder is still milking Hassy, or he is gone (in disgrace).

A couple of years back I was asked what I thought Hasselblad should make. I had no hesitation.

A pro body SLR with an available mount, with excellent viewfinder, manual controls and exquisite materials. It should be capable of meeting pro photographer expectations - so, 1/8000th shutter, decent frame rate, 14-bit or 16-bit ADC - but could forgo ridiculous AF point counts for maybe one central or three, and a nice split-screen/PRISM finder.

Bonus points for making the rear screen flip inwards or articulate for waist-level shooting.

I suppose Nikon came close to making what I wanted with the Df, but it's not the same. What I thought was more like a 35mm Leica S, ready to take M42 or K, or maybe even Sony (with a partnership in mind) lenses. As Sony dropped their DSLR line, Hasselblad could have stepped in with a higher-end but compatible system.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2014 at 15:39 UTC
On Apple expands OS X Mavericks Raw compatibility article (86 comments in total)
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Scottelly: Too bad Apple can't figure out how to provide raw camera support for the amazing new Sigma Quattro cameras OR the old Sigma Merrill cameras. Quality imaging USED TO BE what Apple was all about.

Foveon appear happy to work with third parties. No reverse engineering required. What use would the ability to decode the file be without the IP, the tech, the fab, to build the sensor?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 20:33 UTC
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WizardOfOss: Apart from the app, how is this device different from the Polaroid Pogo?

Bluetooth was only an issue for the iPhone, just like Pivi's IrDA based interface was incompatible with a surprising number of devices (my hit rate, 2/8 so far).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 22:13 UTC

The difference is, as with Fuji's variation between Pivi and Instax Share, the application and infrastructure behind it.

They're cagey about the technology, but I'm betting some dollars ($170 of them) that it's Zink without the limitations of the GL10 or Pogo, and maybe, MAYBE with some effort made to improve the print quality. Where it differs is in integration with social networking.

Fuji could do this. Fuji could make it so Instax Share's app could broadcast a presence or watch an online service for other paired Instax Share apps, and print to a nearby printer a file 'sent' by a friend or family. You wouldn't necessarily want it automated, though there's some fun in the idea of trusted partners being able to surprise you with a print.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 22:11 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On Samsung explains the Galaxy S5's ISOCELL sensor post (49 comments in total)
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ybizzle: Not bad but still ways to go. Funny the Nokia 808 was released in 2012. Two years later and no one has still managed to catch up...

But the worst smartphone to ever carry a camera!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2014 at 20:20 UTC
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Poss: Can’t wait for the new enthusiast level Aston Martin...


Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 11:16 UTC

No mention of the EPiX Pro... amazing :)

But the Fotoman is HUGELY important.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 18:12 UTC as 45th comment
On Sigma USB Dock quick review article (139 comments in total)
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maksa: Since the software needs Internet connection to deal with lenses, it may be a good idea to include an anti-theft feature in future versions of the Optimization Pro.

My very first thought when I worked on my own review material - it reads the serial number and connects to a server, Sigma could, and should, offer an additional service to registered lens owners where they can track their products online (Nikon does this), be informed of firmware updates, and potentially, mark a lens as stolen.

A number of things could then take place, from a "this lens is stolen" warning, to messing with firmware, using IP address to locate rough area the lens is in geographically...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 09:58 UTC
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Maciek_Leopolis: Zenit "famed for their skill in developing high quality optical equipment" - ???
What a JOKE!
Their lenses had "high quality" of the bottom of an empty vodka bottle...

WHAT-a-reference! LOL!

Well, there are good and bad. But the good were very good.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 21:57 UTC

Got in there at the $300 level and I am really, really looking forward to this. Looks fantastic on the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 21:56 UTC as 51st comment


Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2013 at 13:41 UTC as 3rd comment
On Samsung Galaxy Camera Hands-on Preview preview (193 comments in total)

This is truly a game changer. Journalists are discovering the use of things like Snapseed for rapid, appealing images outside of our "photographic" bubble - I introduced Snapseed's tilt effect and processing to a motoring journalist by demonstrating how to give an iPhone shot of a car engine a bit of apparent depth of field and bite, and he instantly started using it - and his social media images look damn good for it, just the right balance of drama.

The Galaxy Camera is good. In context, it's something quite remarkable if you need that sharing ability. This is something else, this is something that can be taken seriously by the majority of users not obsessing over things like optical finders (of which I tend to be one, this isn't blind enthusiasm - I'd much prefer a true SLR).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 10:07 UTC as 60th comment
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peevee1: "photojournalists who use the Leica M"

Are they delusional?

A huge number of proper, well known photojournalists use the M. As they have used previous 35mm film models as well. They are fantastic cameras to take into challenging situations and environments and record what is going on around you discreetly.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 14:15 UTC
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putomax: RAW in this machine (so it seems) is going to be incredible. Slightly better than the K5, which is already fantastic. The only camera with better SN ratio is the X-pro1, and I've seen quite some smearing of details at the former's high isos.
Just an absolutely unscientific speculation, but that you know already ;)


The K-5 and D7000 use the same basic sensor. The D800's sensor is a full frame with otherwise identical pixel specification - compare the raw from the D800 and D7000. May as well be looking at the same camera. There have been some interesting claims for the dynamic range of the 16.2 APS-C sensor, but the noise performance shows how close to the limits of current fabrication and tech that sensor is.

As for the camera, the K-5 - now supplemented with an AA-filterless version - is a fantastic body that is woefully neglected by professionals. Compact, solid, versatile (sensor can be shifted for recomposition in macro, great connectivity and programmability), if the K-5 carried a Canon or Nikon brand you wouldn't be able to move for them.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 08:15 UTC
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Superka: Vey good. Sligtly better then 5Dm3 even. Nice job, Sony.

It's better than the D800, worse than the D3S, about comparable with the original D3. Which is pretty impressive given the reception the original D3 had.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 08:11 UTC
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simon65: What the market really needs is a high end, compact, well built, lightweight, DSLR with a large optical viewfinder!

Currently, no one, absolutely no one, offers such a machine.

And its not even as if its technologically impossible because it was all done years ago. Take this baby, a full frame camera with a large, ok very large optical viewfinder, an alloy body and weighing in at just 520 g and with the diminutive dimensions of just 136 x 83 x 50 mm...


Yep the year was 1979 and the camera was the OM2N.Why is it that 33 years later the industry considers putting a FF sensor in such a camera is impossible. Clearly it is not.

Well, depending on how you measure "high end" both Canon and Nikon have announced products that I'd consider to fill that role. The D600 is small and has a great viewfinder. The 6D is very well equipped.

None are pushing quite the dimensions of the film bodies, but film bodies didn't need all the electronics. I'd make the same argument (and have made it) about Four-Thirds - why isn't there a Four-Thirds camera as small as the Pentax 110 with lenses as tiny (with diaphragm in body naturally). I'd carry one everywhere if it existed, and happily ditch the LCD, EVF, composing with the mirror and split-image finder then seeing what I got when I got home - if that made those dimensions possible.

Given the battery life of things like Sigma's DP Merrill, which is designed around size and as such has a small battery, the limits would be too great. There just isn't the space in these compact film era bodies to carry enough power to run a digital camera.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 20:13 UTC

DSLR or SLT? I can kinda get behind this if Sony becomes the SLT continuation of the Alpha (Minolta) mount, and Hasselblad gets proper optical finders and mirrors.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 20:08 UTC as 50th comment | 2 replies
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Yiotis: I stopped wasting my time trying to understand their so called new technology(This go for every manufacturer). Do you even realize with what kind of info you are bombarding us?

I want pictures not blah blah.

Failed Foveon? What Foveon is this? The one behind the 46Mp/15Mp sensor in the SD1, DP Merrill range etc?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2012 at 08:15 UTC
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