Godfrey

Lives in United States San Jose, CA, United States
Works as a Photographer and Technical Writer
Joined on Jan 28, 2002
About me:

What gear I own is of no consequence.

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PLShutterbug: Someone help me out here.

The article complains, and so do commenters, about the fastest flash shutter speed being 1/30sec and this is because of the all-electronic shutter. The camera cannot do 1/60sec because the flash will have dimmed by the time some pixels are read.

However, focal-plane or leaf-shutter cameras can do flash at 1/200 or faster. That is because the entire sensor is exposed to light at the same time because the first curtain has opened fully but the second has not started to travel. But isn’t that effectively an electronic shutter too? Why can these cameras work at this speed but the Sigma cannot?

To achieve those X sync speeds, the first shutter curtain is engineered to open and and travel across the gate very very rapidly, faster than the readout speed of an imager chip without global shutter, so as to fit within the short rise time of an electronic flash.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2019 at 20:04 UTC
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Godfrey: What a happy bunch of comments to read!

I have the Light L16. It is a remarkable camera and has helped me make some excellent photographs. It is not a replacement for my Leica cameras, it is a different kind of camera and can address different kinds of picture making problems.

I'm very happy to see Leica getting involved with this technology. Leica represents a huge amount of optical and photographic expertise. Computational photography is the next wave, and it is good to imagine that Leica will be there on the innovation edge as it develops.

I'm not prone to prognostications like that.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2018 at 08:55 UTC
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Godfrey: What a happy bunch of comments to read!

I have the Light L16. It is a remarkable camera and has helped me make some excellent photographs. It is not a replacement for my Leica cameras, it is a different kind of camera and can address different kinds of picture making problems.

I'm very happy to see Leica getting involved with this technology. Leica represents a huge amount of optical and photographic expertise. Computational photography is the next wave, and it is good to imagine that Leica will be there on the innovation edge as it develops.

I have 3000+ photos made with a wide variety of cameras posted on flickr.com:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gdgphoto/sets/

I believe there's a smallish album of Light L16 photos (I've only had it since after the turn of the year); a search in my flickr.com albums will turn up a much larger number of photos with various Leicas. :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2018 at 22:28 UTC

What a happy bunch of comments to read!

I have the Light L16. It is a remarkable camera and has helped me make some excellent photographs. It is not a replacement for my Leica cameras, it is a different kind of camera and can address different kinds of picture making problems.

I'm very happy to see Leica getting involved with this technology. Leica represents a huge amount of optical and photographic expertise. Computational photography is the next wave, and it is good to imagine that Leica will be there on the innovation edge as it develops.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2018 at 19:13 UTC as 11th comment | 5 replies

Very excited by the Hasselblad X1D and looking forward to the lens system developments. The 45 and 90 are a good start, but for me the perfect lens would be a 22mm to make the X1D into the digital equivalent of the Hasselblad SWC.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 19:05 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply

Looks to be a nice addition to the SL system. If it meets the same standards of build and optical excellence that its sibling 24-90mm achieves, and there's no reason to think that it doesn't, it's worth the money.

BTW, the SL 24-90 maximum aperture moves fairly linearly from f/2.8 to f/4 through the zoom range. There's no reason to believe that the 90-280 will behave any differently.

If you can't afford it, well, go buy something else.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2016 at 16:40 UTC as 11th comment
On article A second glance: two takes on the Leica X (401 comments in total)
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Godfrey: What a great review. Give a subtle, sophiscated camera to two people totally unfamiliar with it for a day—or a week—and then print two negative reviews.

Such balderdash.

The X is not a perfect camera, but it is a fine camera nonetheless. I wouldn't try to shoot with it like I shoot with a Leica M9, or an Olympus E-M1, or a Nikon D4s: I would be disappointed. In my hands, it is a far far nicer camera to use than any Fuji I've tried (basically all of them). And no one has questioned for one moment the quality of the 11x17 and larger prints I've shown made with it.

It takes time to learn and use a camera. You don't just transfer skills from a completely different camera in an instant. I'd say it took me a couple of weeks and a couple thousand careful shots to grok the X. And I couldn't be happier for doing so. It was worth every penny of what I paid for it, much more so than several other popular cameras I've tried.

G

>> how long did you keep "basically all" of the Fuji
>> cameras before you determined they weren't
>> good enough for you?

Long enough (both time and number of shots) to know they would not do it for me. I found little compelling about them.

I found their reviews to be full of expectations that were not appropriate to the cameras, as if they figured with the price tag they were buying a top end DSLR.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 03:33 UTC
On article A second glance: two takes on the Leica X (401 comments in total)

What a great review. Give a subtle, sophiscated camera to two people totally unfamiliar with it for a day—or a week—and then print two negative reviews.

Such balderdash.

The X is not a perfect camera, but it is a fine camera nonetheless. I wouldn't try to shoot with it like I shoot with a Leica M9, or an Olympus E-M1, or a Nikon D4s: I would be disappointed. In my hands, it is a far far nicer camera to use than any Fuji I've tried (basically all of them). And no one has questioned for one moment the quality of the 11x17 and larger prints I've shown made with it.

It takes time to learn and use a camera. You don't just transfer skills from a completely different camera in an instant. I'd say it took me a couple of weeks and a couple thousand careful shots to grok the X. And I couldn't be happier for doing so. It was worth every penny of what I paid for it, much more so than several other popular cameras I've tried.

G

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2015 at 12:18 UTC as 7th comment | 6 replies
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(unknown member): For the price of a new BMW you may own own a Leica.

Show me where I can buy a new BMW for $4000, please!

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 14:50 UTC

Lessee: 25/1.4 ASPH ... excellent. 45/2.8 macro ... excellent. Any reason to expect the 42.5/1.2 to be less than excellent? Not that I can think of.

Yeah, it's expensive. So what? If you buy all three, you still haven't achieved the cost of a Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH.

So much nonsense, so little sense.

Personally, I'm waiting for the upcoming Summilux-DG 15mm f/1.8 ASPH to be released first ...

G

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 21:28 UTC as 64th comment

Just amazing how much vitriol is exhibited by people who haven't got a clue.

This looks like a fine lens, a nice wide complement to the Summilux 25 and other Panasonic Leica lens offerings. The Summilux 25 is what I'm currently using most of the time fitted to my OM-D E-M1.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 02:21 UTC as 22nd comment

Excellent interview.

I worked with Nikon SLRs and Leica RFs side by side for 32 years ('68 to '01). Since 2002, I've wandered through a bunch of systems trying to find a digital camera that did what I really wanted ... let me use a relatively compact rangefinder for most of my work, but allowed me to use a macro lens or a nice, long tele for the rare occasions that I do something which requires them. All during my Nikon-Leica film days, I kept a double system—two sets of lenses and accessories—when I really only wanted a single system, but couldn't use my favorite Nikkors on my M, nor my favorite M-lenses on my Nikons.

Now, finally, the fusion happens. One set of my favorite lenses (M-bayonet and Nikon F mount), one body, RF AND TTL viewing and focusing. AND—omg!—1080p video too; I've always wanted to work wth motion capture too.

What's not to like? Given the confusion reduction this camera represents, it's easily worth the price.

My pre-order is in. :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 17:02 UTC as 12th comment

Looks like a great camera with lots of potential.

Closest thing to it in my opinion is the Leica X2, which I've found to be a simply amazing little camera. If the RX1 matches the X2 on ergonomics, performance and image quality, it is an undoubtedly a very fine piece of equipment.

Sure, sure: the price is high. I don't care about that. Price is the last thing I worry about. Not that I'm made of money, but I'm willing to wait and save for what I think does the job right.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 14:27 UTC as 108th comment
On article Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera (863 comments in total)

This camera combined with a 43 and 21 mm Limited lens kit would be a great all around shooter for a lot of my photography. More and more I find myself eschewing the eye level finder in many situations and it will be quieter than an SLR. The lack of an eye level finder reduces its usability with longer lenses hand held, but it's fine for tripod use.

And I like the bumblebee coloring. :-) Although they should offer a simple all-black too.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 15:39 UTC as 270th comment
On article Ricoh GXR Mount A12 Hands-on Preview (69 comments in total)

Thanks for the excellent feature review. I'm just waiting for mine to be arrive now. :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2011 at 14:52 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply

Make it APS-C format or similar, give it a line of lenses without a servo motor between my fingers and the focusing helicoid, put a great viewfinder in it, and make it as responsive to the shutter as a Leica M. Don't burden it with idiot modes and unnecessary frippery.

In other words, make it a solid, high performance camera usable in a wide range of circumstances with Leica grade lenses and image quality. I'll buy it without question.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2011 at 00:56 UTC as 81st comment | 4 replies
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