arpodthegreat

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Tasty lenses. I love the Fuji 23 f2 but it's not exactly the sweetest 35 I've ever used. The VM should help get a classic 35mm rangefinder look especially for B&W.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2022 at 05:19 UTC as 4th comment
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cosinaphile: 99 percent plus people cannot take 10,000 out of their lives to own this eliteist crap

leica can be excused for this gluttony ... they are guided by corporate stratigists
who have zero interest in providing the vast bulk of humankind ..these toys

it really not that attractive ... its milquetoast safe design for people who dont know how to remove a lens cap.....i really like some vintage leica stuff
and own a bit

but stuff like this is more elitist excess in a time of worldwide tragedy and deceit

also the gimmicky push crown is an embarrassment to any true watch collector

While I don't disagree with you about the general frivolity of spending 10k on a Leica branded watch, I don't think it's fair to say that all brands should target the vast bulk of humankind. If you want to make watches for the masses then you are Seico, Timex, Swatch and you have to have really large scale production. Not everyone wants to get into the large scale production game. The 1% still represent a big piece of the market and there is nothing wrong with catering to that specific market. Ideally focusing on quality, craftsmanship, and small production would allow a company to adopt more sustainable business practices, and to pay fair wages but of course this is not usually the case.

Like it or not, for some people, the $9,750 difference between spending $250 vs $10k on a watch really is a drop in the bucket. And if you argue they could have spent the 9.75K philanthropically, you are not wrong but they could donate much more and perhaps already do.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2022 at 22:37 UTC

I'll wait for them to go up on ebay

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2022 at 22:21 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon announces NX MobileAir and NX Tether apps (47 comments in total)

Why do camera companies still think that anybody wants to use proprietary software?? Especially for a pro body like the z9 where 99% of users are already invested in either Capture1, LR+PS, or both. If Nikon took all the money they spent developing these apps and used it to give their customers Capture 1 subscriptions everyone would be much happier. I mean it doesn't take a lot of research to figure out that all anybody every wanted was to replace their tether cables with wifi while maintaining their existing C1 or LR workflow. The WT-7 wireless transmitter is a jokeā€”it costs nearly a grand and looks like an accessory for a Nikon F2. seriously, who at Nikon thinks this is okay?? And having tiered payment for FTP transfer?? again, if anybody is using FTP transfer I guarantee you they are some kind of pro and will undoubtedly need to upgrade. Just give it away for free and charge a little more for the camera. I really wish Nikon would get more input from real world users.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2022 at 09:19 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Hands-on with the Nikon Z 40mm F2 (119 comments in total)
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zakaria: Plastic mount not my cup of tea.

Never ever have I had a plastic lens mount break on me. On a relatively compact and lightweight lens this is simply a non-issue unless you really like admiring the rear end of your lenses.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2021 at 18:54 UTC
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arpodthegreat: Doesn't offer any advantages over using LR or C1 with RNI presets or Fuji presets (if you shoot fuji). Using the grain sliders in LR and C1 is not exactly complicated. Just slide to taste. If you just want a classic film look, trying to emulate tri-x or delta3200 or whatever then I would skip this.
Where I do see this coming in handy is if you like the stronger effects presets like Antique Plate or Yellowed and the borders that make it look like an old photo or something. That stuff is cheesy to me but I understand it has a place and a use so if that's what you're into I guess this would a a quick way to achieve those looks without ever having to touch photoshop.

The channel mixer?? Just throw up a curve!

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2021 at 02:13 UTC

If "perfect travel camera" means portable camera you always want to have with you then I would not consider anything FF unless number one priority is image quality. The lenses are just too big. A m43 system whether it's a couple of compact primes or a couple zooms will be so much lighter and easier to manage on a trip. I've traveled with a lot of different systems and nothing has struck the right balance as well as a Panasonic gx85. Oh yeah and they cost 500 not 2000.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2021 at 01:00 UTC as 88th comment | 8 replies

Doesn't offer any advantages over using LR or C1 with RNI presets or Fuji presets (if you shoot fuji). Using the grain sliders in LR and C1 is not exactly complicated. Just slide to taste. If you just want a classic film look, trying to emulate tri-x or delta3200 or whatever then I would skip this.
Where I do see this coming in handy is if you like the stronger effects presets like Antique Plate or Yellowed and the borders that make it look like an old photo or something. That stuff is cheesy to me but I understand it has a place and a use so if that's what you're into I guess this would a a quick way to achieve those looks without ever having to touch photoshop.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2021 at 04:34 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
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Leicalika: imagine what pros back the film era would have paid to rid their prints of the "film look"

Also, I knew a guy who lived in Berlin in the 80s. He would go to gallery opening and various events, right afterwards, he would develop the film in his van and have prints ready in a matter of hours. Nice that now you just need a laptop and not a mobile darkroom.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2021 at 04:27 UTC
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Leicalika: imagine what pros back the film era would have paid to rid their prints of the "film look"

disagree, I think some photographers were embracing the imperfections of film even then. Grainy black and white adds grit to a gritty subject. If you don't believe me, Robert Frank is a great example of a photographer who went against the grain by embracing grain as part of the look of his images.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2021 at 04:02 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN 'Art' (169 comments in total)
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arpodthegreat: The last decade has seen amazing progress made in mirrorless cameras and highly corrected lens design with tangible gains in image quality (objectively speaking, not subjectively) and yet... The balance of this current crop of cameras is off. Camera bodies are getting lighter and thinner and lenses are getting longer and fatter. With the exception of a few compact primes from fuji and sony, most FF primes have gotten really big. What happened to lenses like the Nikon 35mm af-d? Compact, light, cheap, fast, and pleasing performance. I'd much rather have a chunky body with small lenses. we need more f/2, f/2.5 primes that maybe don't have IS, aren't super well corrected but have nice rendering and are compact and affordable.

yup that's why I still love m43. For me it's the closest thing in spirit to a small 35mm rangefinder

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 20:29 UTC
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arpodthegreat: 1826? photography was invented the same year as baseball, 1838

ok so photo was in beta mode starting in 1826 but wasn't really in use until 1838. Also I prefer the narrative that baseball and photography were invented the same year.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 20:26 UTC
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arpodthegreat: This is kind of like saying road trips in old cars is more fun because you never know what's going to happen! In all my time shooting film, I can't remember having any happy accidents. I do remember when the sun burned a hole through the cloth shutter of my Leica, giving me a not so cool light leak in the exact same spot on the last 15 rolls of a big wedding job. I also remember taking a beautiful trip up the California coast with my girlfriend and having a very strange crescent shaped light leak from my Contax T2 all over my images of coastlines and redwoods shot on now discontinued Fuji Asita. When I shot with my Mamiya 7, Nikon F2 or 4x5, I was not hoping for any accidents and luckily those cameras never failed. I assisted photographers who would shoot around 50-100 rolls per shoot, guess how many happy accidents there were? None. Even on the rolls of film from their "personal" camera, usually a Contax T3, no accidents. If you want to "embrace chance" by all means get a holga..

film is totally reliable if you know what you're doing and your eq is in good shape. Sure I've had a mishap or two but I wouldn't hesitate to shoot a commercial job on film if that's what the client wanted.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 20:24 UTC
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arpodthegreat: Who actually uses the "trash" or delete button frequently enough for it to be a dedicated button? Especially on a pro-grade camera where people are using a professional workflow for file management. Unless I've forgotten to bring an extra card I never delete in camera. Anyone else?

it's not a problem I'm just wondering who uses the trash button enough to justify a dedicated spot on the body instead of a fn button.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 20:23 UTC
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goactive: Not to bad for the price at last it is something small.

At 40mm and F2 the background blur is no big deal we get better with our zooms at f4.

Would love to see a 15mm in this size at 2.8 I would be more in to that.

I think i will pick up the new 28mm 2.8 - as 40mm is just not that wide for a small walk around lens on FF.

24mm for a walk around lens is just lazy. You only really need to go that wide when you're trying to squeeze a lot into the frame and you don't have enough room to back up. Otherwise shooting that wide means you can't decide what you want the focus of the image to be.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 20:22 UTC
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arpodthegreat: Price aside, I think it's pretty cool. It does really seem like they listened to photographers and there are some pretty unique features that make a lot of sense like the LUT based profiles. Also, 16 bit single plane B&W mode! are you kidding?? that's amazing! Nobody else does that. I could totally see myself enjoying a camera like this especially as an everyday cary or travel camera.

The price is high, if it were priced to compete with Fuji X100 or Sony RX100 so around $1200-$1800 it would make a lot more sense especially since you'd probably want to get the maximum storage (they should just make that standard) I can totally see how it costs over 3k though given that it's a small company and tbh the camera looks pretty nice. 3.5k is no doubt a lot of money but honestly for people with means who might drop 10k on a bicycle and 30k on a travel expenses, the difference between 1500 and 3500 is not really a big deal. Inflation!

I dunno, I think for street and reportage, sensor size is not that big a deal. I love my fuji GF but I don't think the image quality makes my street photography or walk around pics better. If anything I like the slightly more casual rendering of a smaller format. the only thing with an M mount aps-c camera is that it's annoying having to use a 28mm to get 35mm FOV or 24 for 28, 35 for 50, etc..

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 20:18 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Ricoh GR IIIx review (212 comments in total)
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arpodthegreat: I love everything about this camera even though I've never even held one. If you want one on a budget I've been using a Panasonic GX85 and 20mm f/1.7 for years and probably years to come. Great image stabilization and great touch screen (you can use it to choose focus point even when looking through the EVF). The 20mm is a great lens and really affordable.

The Panny is physically a little bit bigger than the Ricoh and the sensor is a little smaller but it takes great images and is always with me especially when traveling. I always use a neck strap so as long as it's pretty small I don't care if it fits in a pocket or not, just that it's light and easy to pack.

I wonder if they made a version of this camera with a 1" sensor instead, if the snap focus would be useable with a lens with that angle of view.

@arjunmehta I agree the shooting experience is totally different. The Ricoh is all about one handed use and snap focus. The GX85 is all about using the touchscreen to focus. That's how I use it anyways. Manual focus but then tap on the subject and it focuses for you. zoom in to fine tune focus if needed.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 20:14 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Ricoh GR IIIx review (212 comments in total)
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arpodthegreat: I love everything about this camera even though I've never even held one. If you want one on a budget I've been using a Panasonic GX85 and 20mm f/1.7 for years and probably years to come. Great image stabilization and great touch screen (you can use it to choose focus point even when looking through the EVF). The 20mm is a great lens and really affordable.

The Panny is physically a little bit bigger than the Ricoh and the sensor is a little smaller but it takes great images and is always with me especially when traveling. I always use a neck strap so as long as it's pretty small I don't care if it fits in a pocket or not, just that it's light and easy to pack.

I wonder if they made a version of this camera with a 1" sensor instead, if the snap focus would be useable with a lens with that angle of view.

I did some comparisons between my GX-85 and Fuji x100 (forget which gen but it was one of the newer ones) and once I got the white balance and contrast matched there wasn't a big difference in image quality under iso1600. Image stabilization and being able to open up the lens a little more pretty much made up for whatever difference there was.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 20:13 UTC

Who actually uses the "trash" or delete button frequently enough for it to be a dedicated button? Especially on a pro-grade camera where people are using a professional workflow for file management. Unless I've forgotten to bring an extra card I never delete in camera. Anyone else?

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 20:10 UTC as 57th comment | 21 replies
On article DPReview TV: Ricoh GR IIIx review (212 comments in total)

I love everything about this camera even though I've never even held one. If you want one on a budget I've been using a Panasonic GX85 and 20mm f/1.7 for years and probably years to come. Great image stabilization and great touch screen (you can use it to choose focus point even when looking through the EVF). The 20mm is a great lens and really affordable.

The Panny is physically a little bit bigger than the Ricoh and the sensor is a little smaller but it takes great images and is always with me especially when traveling. I always use a neck strap so as long as it's pretty small I don't care if it fits in a pocket or not, just that it's light and easy to pack.

I wonder if they made a version of this camera with a 1" sensor instead, if the snap focus would be useable with a lens with that angle of view.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2021 at 14:00 UTC as 24th comment | 4 replies
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