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 article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (263 comments in total)
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kadardr: Modern design. Very sharp, very flat images, no micro contrast at all.

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@RubberDials - Nobody is saying that micro contrast doesn't exist per se. Only that referring to it as being the most important factor (or not) in the context of real world subject matter can only give an impression of whether or not it has improved (or not) the image.

As it happens, on some of the images in the samples gallery it could be said that the micro contrast is very good. Would a Nikon or Canon (or other) equivalent lens appear to show the same micro contrast resolution under the same conditions? We don't know, simply because they weren't tested like for like next to the Sony! Exposure, camera movement (or not), and of course the actual resolution and even atmospheric noise and colour characteristics on a different sensor can and do make a huge difference (or not!) to how micro contrast is recorded at the moment of capture.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 10:37 UTC
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (263 comments in total)
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kadardr: Modern design. Very sharp, very flat images, no micro contrast at all.

My point was that more often than not on these forums people appear proclaiming that this has, or this other hasn't got a good level of 'Micro Contrast' as if it's some kind of 'in the know' measure of quality.

So many elements of an image will determine such 'easily visible' aspects of itself, not least the subject matter itself.

When talking about micro contrast as opposed to (just) contrast and a particular lens' ability to resolve that the assumptions of the quality of the lens one way or the other are just that: assumptions.

The terminology is a bit ridiculous. It's just jargon. Saying that a lens is flat and has no micro contrast doesn't actually say anything about the qualities of the lens. You may as well say "I don't like it".

It means about the same, which is nothing.

badi was right. "micro-contrast is that magic magical stuff..."

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 12:45 UTC
On photo Beauty and Her Beasty Beau! in the Beauty and the Beast challenge (6 comments in total)

What's actually in focus here? Certainly not the girl's eyes. I would have thought a D4 could be better utilised to get this kind of shot.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 11:16 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (263 comments in total)
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kadardr: Modern design. Very sharp, very flat images, no micro contrast at all.

What does anybody really mean when they say "Micro contrast"?

What's the difference between Micro-Contrast and just simply 'Contrast'?

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 11:14 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (895 comments in total)
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biza43: I bought my first camera in 1991, it was a Canon EOS 1000 (Rebel) with the kit zoom. Imagine that... at the time it cost me around the equivalent of EUR 500. It still works today, so in a way it almost outlasted film!

These cameras are amazing value for money, so all those dissing Canon for "not being innovative", "being boring" etc and all, just go out and take pics and get a life:)

Correct. I suspect that this will sell very well in the intended market, and the people that go out and buy it will take better pictures than they would have by not owning a better specified camera that's 3 times the price (or more).

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 15:06 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (895 comments in total)
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Marty4650: It might be irrational to expect cutting edge, ground breaking technology in the cheapest entry level cameras.

Once again, Canon has tweaked and improved a very successful product, and kept it at exactly the same price point. And that's all that really matters here. This may not be the camera for you or me, but it is the ideal camera to have available at Costco, Target or Walmart.

Any customer who was considering buying a 2015 Digital Rebel, will think that the 2016 Digital Rebel is a much better deal at the same price. And it probably will be, for that customer.

There are good reasons that Canon offers NINE different DSLRS types (yes, that's right nine models) at NINE different price points. They actually know what they are doing, and their market share proves it.

Thanks for letting us know.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 14:41 UTC

The i40 was and still is an excellent flash and really rescued Fuji users IMO.

Great (enough) power, simple interface, and not too sluggish on the recycle times. TTL was good enough, although I mainly use it in manual mode anyway.

looking forward to this i60 for the same reasons, but hoping that the recycle times might have been improved. Nice to see the extra power at the long end - will improve bouncing in some venues.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 12:29 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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jadot: I'm not usually one to react to this kind of item (They come and go daily it seems), but this one seems to grate perhaps more than others.

Why is this?

Well, for a start, it feels like Kim is one of the prime examples of a recent breed of 'famous' internet gurus (to some) who is riding that fame to capitalise on his audience/followers. All very well, and I'm actually all for it - in some sense, photographers simply have to find new financial streams to keep their business cracking on.

But it really grinds my gears when every goddam photographer has to refer to HCB to authenticate either their own lazy photography or in this case a hipster neck strap. It's called 'Henri' FFS. You know; Henri Cartier-Bresson would use this and your photographs could be that much closer to this master.

It smacks of greedy exploitation of both HCB and Leica, and is potentially insulting to Eric Kim's followers' intellect and wallet in the process.

As someone said earlier - this s h i t has to stop.

Just for reference, most of my discussion above was in retaliation to some comments made by a member called "Stealthy Ninja" who seemed to me to be on a crusade against Eric Kim on a personal level. His posts have since been removed, either by himself, or by DPREVIEW.
I'm glad about this in one way, but in another way removing the comments has rendered the leftover comments out of context and a little bit abstract.
It's good to see that the offensive comments have been disappeared though.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2016 at 21:13 UTC
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jadot: I'm not usually one to react to this kind of item (They come and go daily it seems), but this one seems to grate perhaps more than others.

Why is this?

Well, for a start, it feels like Kim is one of the prime examples of a recent breed of 'famous' internet gurus (to some) who is riding that fame to capitalise on his audience/followers. All very well, and I'm actually all for it - in some sense, photographers simply have to find new financial streams to keep their business cracking on.

But it really grinds my gears when every goddam photographer has to refer to HCB to authenticate either their own lazy photography or in this case a hipster neck strap. It's called 'Henri' FFS. You know; Henri Cartier-Bresson would use this and your photographs could be that much closer to this master.

It smacks of greedy exploitation of both HCB and Leica, and is potentially insulting to Eric Kim's followers' intellect and wallet in the process.

As someone said earlier - this s h i t has to stop.

and so is white.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 17:46 UTC
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jadot: I'm not usually one to react to this kind of item (They come and go daily it seems), but this one seems to grate perhaps more than others.

Why is this?

Well, for a start, it feels like Kim is one of the prime examples of a recent breed of 'famous' internet gurus (to some) who is riding that fame to capitalise on his audience/followers. All very well, and I'm actually all for it - in some sense, photographers simply have to find new financial streams to keep their business cracking on.

But it really grinds my gears when every goddam photographer has to refer to HCB to authenticate either their own lazy photography or in this case a hipster neck strap. It's called 'Henri' FFS. You know; Henri Cartier-Bresson would use this and your photographs could be that much closer to this master.

It smacks of greedy exploitation of both HCB and Leica, and is potentially insulting to Eric Kim's followers' intellect and wallet in the process.

As someone said earlier - this s h i t has to stop.

It's widely reported in international journalistic opinion pieces that there is no clear cut case for the use of capitalisation to describe a person as black, or indeed white, at least grammatically speaking.

Getting hung up on this in a camera equipment internet forum where people quickly type in an opinion on the story is so far removed from the point that it's bizarre.

Referring to someone as a jerk (and using that word in a derogatorily way) simply because, it's assumed, he's from China, is conceptually wrong no matter how you choose to capitalise the name calling.

Your issue is with international journalistic opinion on correct grammar. Opinions differ, and there is no hard and fast rule about what is legitimately correct in this scenario.

Because there is no 'correct' per se, there is also opinion that neither can one or the other approach be incorrect.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 15:37 UTC
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jadot: I'm not usually one to react to this kind of item (They come and go daily it seems), but this one seems to grate perhaps more than others.

Why is this?

Well, for a start, it feels like Kim is one of the prime examples of a recent breed of 'famous' internet gurus (to some) who is riding that fame to capitalise on his audience/followers. All very well, and I'm actually all for it - in some sense, photographers simply have to find new financial streams to keep their business cracking on.

But it really grinds my gears when every goddam photographer has to refer to HCB to authenticate either their own lazy photography or in this case a hipster neck strap. It's called 'Henri' FFS. You know; Henri Cartier-Bresson would use this and your photographs could be that much closer to this master.

It smacks of greedy exploitation of both HCB and Leica, and is potentially insulting to Eric Kim's followers' intellect and wallet in the process.

As someone said earlier - this s h i t has to stop.

so it's not alright to refer to a man as black with a lower case 'b' on an internet forum but it is ok to label all people from 'mainland china' as "jerks", and then describe that "he's probably from Korea anyway", because you know, they all look the same to me.

Tell me how this racism thing works again?

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 14:11 UTC
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jadot: I'm not usually one to react to this kind of item (They come and go daily it seems), but this one seems to grate perhaps more than others.

Why is this?

Well, for a start, it feels like Kim is one of the prime examples of a recent breed of 'famous' internet gurus (to some) who is riding that fame to capitalise on his audience/followers. All very well, and I'm actually all for it - in some sense, photographers simply have to find new financial streams to keep their business cracking on.

But it really grinds my gears when every goddam photographer has to refer to HCB to authenticate either their own lazy photography or in this case a hipster neck strap. It's called 'Henri' FFS. You know; Henri Cartier-Bresson would use this and your photographs could be that much closer to this master.

It smacks of greedy exploitation of both HCB and Leica, and is potentially insulting to Eric Kim's followers' intellect and wallet in the process.

As someone said earlier - this s h i t has to stop.

...or ignorance.

I was once mugged by a black man. I thought that was pretty rude, but it didn't make me wish to go and mug any black man that I could find, just so I could return the favour.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 13:58 UTC
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jadot: I'm not usually one to react to this kind of item (They come and go daily it seems), but this one seems to grate perhaps more than others.

Why is this?

Well, for a start, it feels like Kim is one of the prime examples of a recent breed of 'famous' internet gurus (to some) who is riding that fame to capitalise on his audience/followers. All very well, and I'm actually all for it - in some sense, photographers simply have to find new financial streams to keep their business cracking on.

But it really grinds my gears when every goddam photographer has to refer to HCB to authenticate either their own lazy photography or in this case a hipster neck strap. It's called 'Henri' FFS. You know; Henri Cartier-Bresson would use this and your photographs could be that much closer to this master.

It smacks of greedy exploitation of both HCB and Leica, and is potentially insulting to Eric Kim's followers' intellect and wallet in the process.

As someone said earlier - this s h i t has to stop.

Read also:
I'm not racist - I have loads of black friends
or
I'm not homophobic, I have loads of gay friends (usually 1 acquaintance, but you get where I'm coming from)
or
I'm not racist, I just understand how the world works and that's how we talk on the street. Nobody else gets what racism is anyway. Not like me.

etc.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 13:51 UTC
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jadot: I'm not usually one to react to this kind of item (They come and go daily it seems), but this one seems to grate perhaps more than others.

Why is this?

Well, for a start, it feels like Kim is one of the prime examples of a recent breed of 'famous' internet gurus (to some) who is riding that fame to capitalise on his audience/followers. All very well, and I'm actually all for it - in some sense, photographers simply have to find new financial streams to keep their business cracking on.

But it really grinds my gears when every goddam photographer has to refer to HCB to authenticate either their own lazy photography or in this case a hipster neck strap. It's called 'Henri' FFS. You know; Henri Cartier-Bresson would use this and your photographs could be that much closer to this master.

It smacks of greedy exploitation of both HCB and Leica, and is potentially insulting to Eric Kim's followers' intellect and wallet in the process.

As someone said earlier - this s h i t has to stop.

Most racists have also lived in the same place as they've always lived, often for longer than 16 years, but you go on ahead and justify...

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 13:49 UTC
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jadot: I'm not usually one to react to this kind of item (They come and go daily it seems), but this one seems to grate perhaps more than others.

Why is this?

Well, for a start, it feels like Kim is one of the prime examples of a recent breed of 'famous' internet gurus (to some) who is riding that fame to capitalise on his audience/followers. All very well, and I'm actually all for it - in some sense, photographers simply have to find new financial streams to keep their business cracking on.

But it really grinds my gears when every goddam photographer has to refer to HCB to authenticate either their own lazy photography or in this case a hipster neck strap. It's called 'Henri' FFS. You know; Henri Cartier-Bresson would use this and your photographs could be that much closer to this master.

It smacks of greedy exploitation of both HCB and Leica, and is potentially insulting to Eric Kim's followers' intellect and wallet in the process.

As someone said earlier - this s h i t has to stop.

I have, thanks. Why? Have you? Does it matter?

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 13:02 UTC
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jadot: I'm not usually one to react to this kind of item (They come and go daily it seems), but this one seems to grate perhaps more than others.

Why is this?

Well, for a start, it feels like Kim is one of the prime examples of a recent breed of 'famous' internet gurus (to some) who is riding that fame to capitalise on his audience/followers. All very well, and I'm actually all for it - in some sense, photographers simply have to find new financial streams to keep their business cracking on.

But it really grinds my gears when every goddam photographer has to refer to HCB to authenticate either their own lazy photography or in this case a hipster neck strap. It's called 'Henri' FFS. You know; Henri Cartier-Bresson would use this and your photographs could be that much closer to this master.

It smacks of greedy exploitation of both HCB and Leica, and is potentially insulting to Eric Kim's followers' intellect and wallet in the process.

As someone said earlier - this s h i t has to stop.

Stealthy Ninja - a cornucopia of internet forum ironies right there, what with your casual racism, sweeping generalisations, your hidden internet identity and horrible toxicity, and your failing to see just how much of your post is apparently a mirror.

I particularly like the "Be a jerk and then pretend you don't mean it later" part. In equal parts condescending, deluded, bullish, and an almost perfect mission statement for your own internet persona - all at the same time.

This works on so many different levels - sadly it would seem that you only operate from a narrow and singular perspective.

Shame.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 10:58 UTC
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jadot: I'm not usually one to react to this kind of item (They come and go daily it seems), but this one seems to grate perhaps more than others.

Why is this?

Well, for a start, it feels like Kim is one of the prime examples of a recent breed of 'famous' internet gurus (to some) who is riding that fame to capitalise on his audience/followers. All very well, and I'm actually all for it - in some sense, photographers simply have to find new financial streams to keep their business cracking on.

But it really grinds my gears when every goddam photographer has to refer to HCB to authenticate either their own lazy photography or in this case a hipster neck strap. It's called 'Henri' FFS. You know; Henri Cartier-Bresson would use this and your photographs could be that much closer to this master.

It smacks of greedy exploitation of both HCB and Leica, and is potentially insulting to Eric Kim's followers' intellect and wallet in the process.

As someone said earlier - this s h i t has to stop.

Stealthy Ninja - I think that's a little unfair - his success may be simply because he tapped in to an enthusiastic market earlier than most, and power to him for monetising and forging ahead.

The 'Henri' neck strap is a bit of a cynical and exploitative move in my opinion, and it annoys the hell out of me, but I'm guessing he's done a bit of research and discovered that there are idiots out there who will buy this.

He's just a mediocre photographer who has realised or thinks that he can make more money hawking this crap to people who think that quoting HCB or what your strap looks like makes you feel better about being a (not very good?) photographer.

I do think that Kim has miss-judged his target buyers here by a long way and it's probably going to blow up in his face, regrets all round.

But it doesn't necessarily make him 'jerk'. Perhaps he's simply a mediocre businessman too.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 10:22 UTC
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jadot: I'm not usually one to react to this kind of item (They come and go daily it seems), but this one seems to grate perhaps more than others.

Why is this?

Well, for a start, it feels like Kim is one of the prime examples of a recent breed of 'famous' internet gurus (to some) who is riding that fame to capitalise on his audience/followers. All very well, and I'm actually all for it - in some sense, photographers simply have to find new financial streams to keep their business cracking on.

But it really grinds my gears when every goddam photographer has to refer to HCB to authenticate either their own lazy photography or in this case a hipster neck strap. It's called 'Henri' FFS. You know; Henri Cartier-Bresson would use this and your photographs could be that much closer to this master.

It smacks of greedy exploitation of both HCB and Leica, and is potentially insulting to Eric Kim's followers' intellect and wallet in the process.

As someone said earlier - this s h i t has to stop.

@veritalens - yes - am aware.

Leica aren't necessarily shining beacons of integrity either IMO, but that fact still doesn't make this story any less infuriating, right?

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 16:16 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 release moved to early March (71 comments in total)
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LFPCPH: Will Fuji make it fullframe ???

No. You are missing a 'd'.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 14:51 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 release moved to early March (71 comments in total)
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LFPCPH: Will Fuji make it fullframe ???

It's a new expression to describe an old attitude. [ ;) ]

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 14:47 UTC
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