jadot

jadot

Lives in United Kingdom Surrey, United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.alexanderleaman.com
Joined on Aug 27, 2010

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On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (643 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Aside the usual suspects, updated parts for the X100T, i can say the same as months ago - when DPR posted the picture X100T besides the X100S - the newer "T" Model is cheaper for Fuji to produce, for instance the knurled dials, the easier buttons, now only in white & round than rectangular, not one green anymore...when you produce much that might in come handy, saving some costs, as is the backside something more simple made than the X100S.

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/fujifilm-X100T/Images/Compared_X100S.jpg

And lastly, if what you say were actually true (it isn't, at least for the reasons you state) and Fuji's parts were 'Cheaper", then so what?The camera still occupies the right market value, and Fuji get to make more money which means they get to produce better cameras in the future. That's how tech works. What do you think cost Apple more to produce, relatively speaking - The iPhone 6 or the first iPhone? There's more to take into consideration than the cost of a few buttons. There's volume, R&D, suppliers, and available technology, amongst other things.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 14:25 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (643 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Aside the usual suspects, updated parts for the X100T, i can say the same as months ago - when DPR posted the picture X100T besides the X100S - the newer "T" Model is cheaper for Fuji to produce, for instance the knurled dials, the easier buttons, now only in white & round than rectangular, not one green anymore...when you produce much that might in come handy, saving some costs, as is the backside something more simple made than the X100S.

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/fujifilm-X100T/Images/Compared_X100S.jpg

No, what you say doesn't make sense.
If Fuji wanted to save money on parts they surely wouldn't have re-designed buttons and so on (which is negligible at best) but instead would have kept the old chassis and updated the internals only.
Re-tooling the machines needed to accommodate the re-design would no doubt cost more than just keeping the old parts.
White round buttons are cheaper than oval green ones?! Is that a joke?!!
As with all (most) design, simplification and ergonomics are key, but not necessarily an indicator of cost cutting - usually quite the opposite.
Apart from anything, the T shows a refinement and maturity going forward. More sleek and lean. More functional and less pastiche.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 14:25 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T real-world sample gallery posted article (85 comments in total)
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justinwonnacott: Move along folks - nothing to see here except the same lens and sensor in last year's camera.

I've used both the T and the S and I will confirm that there is really no difference in image quality between the two versions, certainly not in a side by side blind comparison.

The T is arguably more likely to get the shot ergonomically speaking, but in real world use this is highly subjective and probably impossible to measure.

Simply put, the X100s is as good as or equal to the T for IQ so in some ways it's the better camera because the price for a used S is dropping rapidly.

If money is no obstacle or irrelevant when it comes to making a purchase decision, then one should buy the T. If you only care about IQ and already own an S then you should keep the S.

I prefer the X100T as anybody would, but my choice to upgrade wasn't based on IQ. The feature set, WiFi, and I feel the AF is a slightly better implementation, just about push the T into the 'upgrade/buy' category for me.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 17:18 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (461 comments in total)
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gLOWx: For those tempted (or already using) X-Trans sensors, forget about Lightroom support. They took 5 years to get an average/acceptable Olympus/Panasonic rendering.And Capture One still eat LR for breakfast in this domain.

You want the best picture from your Fuji X-Trans (and Pana/Oly too) ?
Get Photo Ninja.
And integrate Photo Ninja as export/plugin inside LR if you want to use LR management and plugins support.
Adobe are like Canon : they move only when they are forced to. And Fuji market share is not going to force them, even Pana/Oly didn't succeeded ;)

Take some hours on Photo Ninja and you will never use anything else for meticulous raw rendering. Especially on X-Trans.

Pick a workflow that works for you and then get good at it

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 15:11 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (461 comments in total)
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gLOWx: For those tempted (or already using) X-Trans sensors, forget about Lightroom support. They took 5 years to get an average/acceptable Olympus/Panasonic rendering.And Capture One still eat LR for breakfast in this domain.

You want the best picture from your Fuji X-Trans (and Pana/Oly too) ?
Get Photo Ninja.
And integrate Photo Ninja as export/plugin inside LR if you want to use LR management and plugins support.
Adobe are like Canon : they move only when they are forced to. And Fuji market share is not going to force them, even Pana/Oly didn't succeeded ;)

Take some hours on Photo Ninja and you will never use anything else for meticulous raw rendering. Especially on X-Trans.

Sure, but workflow/speed with Photo Ninja is about as close to awful as you can get.
Depending on what you intend to do with the pictures, the best software is the one that addresses the workflow/DAM/features/IQ balance the best for the individual.
Image quality differences will be negligible between any DAM/Raw converter, especially for a sensor as small as the X30's.
I use C1 Pro for the bigger X-trans sensor as I believe I can see a difference for my kind of photography. I personally don't get along with Lightroom but I know many who do and are consistently churning out excellent photography.

The idea that there is one perfect technological answer to problems such as algorithmic RAW conversion, and that that answer is given by a fringe product (in this case PhotoNinja) is too blinkered.

And all too often such comments seem to be driven by an often misplaced sensibility toward disliking a giant such as Adobe.

Remember - Lightroom is not a conspiracy!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 15:11 UTC
On UK Landscape Photographer of the Year winners announced article (159 comments in total)
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Wye Photography: No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.

Didn't really get my point there, did you?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 17:00 UTC
On UK Landscape Photographer of the Year winners announced article (159 comments in total)
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Wye Photography: No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.

While it's easy to understand that you are suggesting a kind of freedom of speech, your statement is highly subjective, the result being that what you say seems to be the antithesis of what you intend.

To be pedantic and to whit; No [person] has the right to tell another person that they don't have the right to say/or do anything.
(It's a hellish circle)

Unless that other person is Hitler.

Or Pol Pot etc.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 09:41 UTC
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Photoman: I am crying...tears of laughter Hasselblad and these tears taste so sweet ;) This will go down as one of the biggest photographic fails this decade...apart from Kodak.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KoKWf6pLs8

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 12:43 UTC
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Photoman: I am crying...tears of laughter Hasselblad and these tears taste so sweet ;) This will go down as one of the biggest photographic fails this decade...apart from Kodak.

That doesn't even make sense, or indeed answer my question.

I'm not disputing that the Cameras in question were a bad idea. I'm wondering what it is in your nature that makes it 'fun' to laugh at someone's random, harmless, (and apparently completely irrelevant to you) failure just for the sake of being mean spirited.

If this was about BP drilling or fracking, say, perhaps it would make sense, and I would laugh along with you, but you're laughing at a laudable camera company's decision to shut down production of a camera series that you didn't buy and probably would never have bought!

Armchair CEOs all over this forum.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 09:28 UTC
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Photoman: I am crying...tears of laughter Hasselblad and these tears taste so sweet ;) This will go down as one of the biggest photographic fails this decade...apart from Kodak.

Again I ask: Why is this "funny" to you?
This kind of thing happens in all walks of life and all businesses. People make mistakes. Some marketing doesn't work, they get a product completely wrong, they lose money. They scrap ideas and start again. Why does that move you to write a mocking spike jab at Hasselblad? Did you buy one of these cameras? Are you upset that Hasselblad have stopped producing them?
And why (or what) is Canon's latest laughable marketing fail??!

This is like pointing at an athlete and laughing if they fall over before the finish line. "HAHAHAHA! - Shouldn't've bothered trying, idiot" while slouching on your sofa consuming pizza, buckets of fried chicken, and a gallon of cola.

Fail.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 10:39 UTC
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Photoman: I am crying...tears of laughter Hasselblad and these tears taste so sweet ;) This will go down as one of the biggest photographic fails this decade...apart from Kodak.

It's easy to make fun of others' failures. This news makes you laugh? Your tears taste so sweet? WTF has Hasselblad done to you?
Who are you, and what made you think H/Blad even give a krap?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2014 at 15:20 UTC
On Canon announces EOS C100 Mark II article (278 comments in total)

Not particularly clever commenting on what looks tho be an amazing digital video camera.
Loads of new features here and all people can whine about it "No 4K" and EVF woes!
You have no idea. Really.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 13:52 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
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boogieboogie: So that's £400 for the camera that cost £200 to make and £800 for the purse that cost £10 to make. Go figure.

So I should charge my client for the cost of a photograph?

I mean, why should I expect people to pay more than it costs me to produce this stuff?

Think about it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 12:28 UTC
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munro harrap: "Who steals my purse steals trash,'tis something, nothing;
Twas mine, tis his,and has been slave to thousands,
But he that filches from me my good name,
Robs me of that which enriches not him,
But makes me poor indeed"

,nuf said: hole in one Canon !!

ummm. riiiight.

Come again?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 12:25 UTC

A lot of whining about Nikon's smoke and mirrors here.
If you don't like Nikon, change to a different camera.
I did.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 11:43 UTC as 23rd comment
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X100T article (91 comments in total)
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Zoron: where's the tilting screen ?

um, which is why I suggested the X-T1.

!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 17:43 UTC

Looks nice and all, but would be a downgrade from the X100.
It might even produce nice lookin pictures but the spec seems to potentially cripple the idea of it being a useful camera. It's not for photographers... 1/2000th, (you'll need to stop down on that 1.7 lens), no EVF other than the rear screen to name just a couple of glaring problems/omissions.
I was really hoping that they could deliver something beyond the red dot, but not this time.
Nice toy if you can afford it, but not a serious contender if going on specs alone.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 21:49 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X100T article (91 comments in total)
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Zoron: where's the tilting screen ?

It hasn't got one, and all the better for it.
Get an X-T1 and a 27mm lens.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 15:56 UTC
On Phase One announces Capture One Pro 8 article (67 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Capture One is My favourite software, by far. Problem is I dare not use it. Why, you ask.
Well I had a full trial of 7. I installed it and used it extensively, growing to love it and prefer it over Photoshop and Lightroom which are trash in comparison.

BUT

BUT.

At the end of the trial I uninstalled it, and when I uninstalled it it deleted 240GB of my own work.

YEP, I kid you not. And that is why I do not use it now.
Had I not all this work already backed up on another drive, Capture one would have destroyed forever as many good pictures as there are in the Tate!

Has it improved????

@Prakash - someone should stop looking for someone to blame when someone doesn't know how to use the software.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 15:31 UTC
On Phase One announces Capture One Pro 8 article (67 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Capture One is My favourite software, by far. Problem is I dare not use it. Why, you ask.
Well I had a full trial of 7. I installed it and used it extensively, growing to love it and prefer it over Photoshop and Lightroom which are trash in comparison.

BUT

BUT.

At the end of the trial I uninstalled it, and when I uninstalled it it deleted 240GB of my own work.

YEP, I kid you not. And that is why I do not use it now.
Had I not all this work already backed up on another drive, Capture one would have destroyed forever as many good pictures as there are in the Tate!

Has it improved????

Looks like you didn't know how to use the software if you lost that many pictures.
This is not a fault with Capture One.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 10:59 UTC
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