SundridgePete

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zakaria: Ricoh GRiii makes headache for fujifilm

@Borlean: I’m an enthusiast that’s fortunate enough to own a couple of film Leicas and a digital Leica. When I’m shooting digital, I have no qualms about using my M lenses on my Fuji XE3 with a Novoflex adapter. I don’t notice “smearing in the corners” and thoroughly enjoy using the Fuji’s manual focus aids. Carrying both a crop body and a full frame body allows a considerable amount of flexibility with regard to focal length without much weight. Enjoying photography doesn’t have to be a competition about brand loyalty - all modern cameras are extraordinarily capable, so just use whichever equipment you enjoy.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2020 at 21:51 UTC
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AshleyMC: Thanks for taking time to review the XC 35mm.

I have been shooting digital cameras long enough to NOT care about FAST, HUGE, HEAVY and EXPENSIVE "professional" prime lenses. I am not interested in "near-perfect optical engineering marvels" that cost me USD 3K+ a piece. My ego is old and wise enough to NOT need fancy gear to justify its fragile existence.

Heck, with every camera buyer and their brother/sister/grandma chanting "IBIS", let's reduce complexity and costs by eliminating "OIS" from lenses.

There is practical sensibility in low-price (around USD 300) f/2 or f/2.8 prime lenses like the XC 35mm.

@AshleyMC - is wanting a “professional” quality lens merely a matter of ego or perhaps a result of wanting to shoot in the rain? Similarly, is wanting an aperture ring simply down to ego, or could it be that some people prefer that as a means of direct control? Should every modest person think as you do with regard to every subject, or is it just confined to camera lenses?

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2020 at 13:41 UTC
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FrancoPhoto: I don't like his boot. I don't think is the proper boot. It's obvious they didn't research about WWI the right way. That's just sad. The movie would be kinda ok if it had the right kind of boot. Sigh........

Replace the word “boot” with “storyline”, “acting”, or “characterisation” and you’re pretty much spot on

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2020 at 18:07 UTC
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Autoxave: Any of you who have experience with M to L-mount adapters? I guess this lens will work with such an adapter on Pana Lumix S series cameras.

Sorry I can’t help for your specific query - I was considering going M to L but ended up going M to X. What I can say is that the focusing aids on the Fuji X series cameras work beautifully - my favourite being a B&W preview with red focus peaking - and it’s nice to have the option of a crop body to get different equivalent focal lengths. There is a nice and reasonably priced M to X adapter by 7 Artisans. It wouldn’t surprise me if all of the above were true for Panasonic and M to L also.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2020 at 19:27 UTC
On article Why Leica's M10 Monochrom is more than just a gimmick (667 comments in total)
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krassphoto: Where's the Red Dot??? That's the 80% of the price!

@krassphoto - I own an M10 and an XE3. By and large, I can’t tell the difference between photos taken with each of them, but I much prefer using the M10. What of it?

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2020 at 19:51 UTC
On article DPReview TV: The great ultra-wide sunstar shootout (125 comments in total)
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SignumX: What a waste of effort. Sunstars are such a gimmick...

A gimmick? Not sure I understand. Do you shoot landscapes wider open, so that you don’t get sun stars, or do you always avoid having the sun in your pictures?

If neither of the above, surely it’s a valid question to understand which lens best achieves the look you might like?

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2020 at 11:19 UTC
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Robert1950: Leica knows their market. With 350 sets, they will sell them all. All sarcastic and condescending comments here will mean nothing to them.

And Steve, you’re right; no one commenting on this thread will buy this camera. It is indeed, a camera for collectors rather than users. Collectors will either comment on a Leica-specific forum or not comment at all. Much of the opprobrium on here, however, is directed an ANY Leica user.
We are a photographic community, partaking in a pastime that is dying. It is blindingly obvious that pros will shoot DSLRs or hi-spec mirrorless. It is also blindingly obvious that enthusiasts that like to travel or shoot street, might prefer the ergonomics and small size of a rangefinder - even though phones probably do just as good a job. Rather than endlessly go over the same insults, why don’t we try to support and learn from each other?

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2019 at 10:38 UTC
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Robert1950: Leica knows their market. With 350 sets, they will sell them all. All sarcastic and condescending comments here will mean nothing to them.

@Steve: yes, my earlier post is also unacceptable and I wish I hadn’t made it. DPReview, should, in my opinion, do two things: (1) Moderate effectively so that vitriol - including my own - is removed. (2) Allow posters to remove / edit posts that they have made and subsequently regret. I reject your assertion that these comment boards are not a suitable forum for sensible, reasoned discussion. My suggestions would help to facilitate it.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2019 at 10:15 UTC
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Robert1950: Leica knows their market. With 350 sets, they will sell them all. All sarcastic and condescending comments here will mean nothing to them.

@SteveAnderson: There are some perfectly reasonable questions that he could answer; what Leica camera / cameras did he use? When? For what purpose? What did he not like about the experience? What could Leica have done differently? Why does he consider Leica - in his own words - to have previously made good cameras, yet now think they have “crap ergos” - when the M is basically the same camera? Engaging in conversation like this might actually allow both sides of the debate to understand one another. Making sarcastic comments about “rainbows”, calling people “stupid” and “fools” merely for exercising a different preference in camera equipment does the opposite.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2019 at 07:51 UTC
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Robert1950: Leica knows their market. With 350 sets, they will sell them all. All sarcastic and condescending comments here will mean nothing to them.

@Johans: my guess is that the institution that he resides in doesn’t allow him anything heavy

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2019 at 07:39 UTC
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Aegon Targaryen: 7 grand? I saw Zenit and was thinking like $400 for the body, and about the same for whatever lens. Oh well...

Leica is a pox on photography. The disgraceful constant mockery of photography Leica is responsible for needs to end. And DPR should be ashamed, thoroughly ashamed, of themselves for publicizing and perpetuating this carcinogenic glamorization of such photographic blasphemy.

@Aegon: you didn’t answer my question - have you ever used a Leica M?

If you have, I’d like to know what made the experience so objectionable.

If you haven’t, clearly your opinions on the subject are worth f*@k all.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2019 at 07:32 UTC
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Aegon Targaryen: 7 grand? I saw Zenit and was thinking like $400 for the body, and about the same for whatever lens. Oh well...

Leica is a pox on photography. The disgraceful constant mockery of photography Leica is responsible for needs to end. And DPR should be ashamed, thoroughly ashamed, of themselves for publicizing and perpetuating this carcinogenic glamorization of such photographic blasphemy.

@Aegon: also intrigued to know how a camera firm with less than 1% market share is having such a far reaching effect on photography?

Maybe it’s because the media companies know that any mention of Leica leaves certain people foaming at the mouth and so it acts as the perfect clickbait?

Ever considered that, if there is indeed any far reaching effect, your intemperate rants are merely contributing to it?

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2019 at 14:21 UTC
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Aegon Targaryen: 7 grand? I saw Zenit and was thinking like $400 for the body, and about the same for whatever lens. Oh well...

Leica is a pox on photography. The disgraceful constant mockery of photography Leica is responsible for needs to end. And DPR should be ashamed, thoroughly ashamed, of themselves for publicizing and perpetuating this carcinogenic glamorization of such photographic blasphemy.

@Aegon: have you ever used a Leica M?
If so, just wondering what made it such an upsetting experience for you?

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2019 at 14:03 UTC
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landscaper1: Let's see if I got this right. I get a "Leicaski" for a Leica price. I'm getting the feeling I'm missing something here ...

It’s a Type 240 with an f1 lens thrown in for free.
Don’t know whether the lens is any good, but f1 lenses don’t tend to come cheap...
Not only that, but the branding doesn’t scream “more money than sense” to the general public - this is what Leica owners are usually accused of - so surely you can’t have it both ways?

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2019 at 13:48 UTC
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mxx: Must say, it looks like a wonderful all round camera. If we can be dead honest, this is probably good enough for most of us, except those with specialized needs.

@Geerlings - I bought my 300mm f4 prime a few years ago for about £600 used. Not the cheapest, but surely in reach for quite a few. Fabulous for sport, wildlife and macro (with an extension tube). Et voila.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2019 at 20:24 UTC
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mxx: Must say, it looks like a wonderful all round camera. If we can be dead honest, this is probably good enough for most of us, except those with specialized needs.

I agree that it looks a great camera, and I get where you’re coming from, but I don’t consider photographing sport, wildlife, macro or shallow depth of field portraiture to be specialised. The sad thing is that, with the increasing dominance of phone photography, they might become specialised, leaving those of us that practise these with less choice and higher costs...

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2019 at 12:03 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: If only Nikon resurrect their SP rangefinders into digital and sell it in boutiques not dealers ... but they are not listening.

@OldCameras: I bought my digital Leica because it’s the best - or rather, the only - rangefinder, the same way that I bought my Canon IVSB2 because it’s the best (in my opinion) LTM film camera. So when you say NO ONE, you might at least want to re-think your use of capital letters?

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2019 at 07:22 UTC
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SundridgePete: Don’t agree that it’s fair to say that Leica has sometimes forgotten to cater for genuine photographers. Yes, they frequently cater to fashionistas, but this is as well as, rather than instead of.

My manual focused digital camera is very similar to my film camera. My phone is very different. One requires a complete understanding of exposure, the ability to focus manually, and the ability to pre-empt subjects walking into the frame, the other calculates exposure, focuses automatically, and takes an additional shot in case I made a mistake. I guess my phone is designed for genuine photographers, whereas my camera isn’t.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2019 at 07:45 UTC
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SundridgePete: Don’t agree that it’s fair to say that Leica has sometimes forgotten to cater for genuine photographers. Yes, they frequently cater to fashionistas, but this is as well as, rather than instead of.

If Leica supposedly made camera bodies for genuine photographers in the 80s, why do you think they don’t now, when they’re basically the same?

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2019 at 22:25 UTC

Don’t agree that it’s fair to say that Leica has sometimes forgotten to cater for genuine photographers. Yes, they frequently cater to fashionistas, but this is as well as, rather than instead of.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2019 at 21:36 UTC as 87th comment | 4 replies
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