gavinlg

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On article Zeiss ZX1 initial review (393 comments in total)

Zeiss coulda done a digital ikon RF or a digital contax G, but instead chose to make a 6k smartphonephone with a nice lens and sensor. Pity.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2020 at 07:17 UTC as 75th comment
On article Leica Q2 Monochrom sample gallery (96 comments in total)
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Clickalot: I've looked hard and so far I've seen nothing in any Leica monochrome gallery that's unobtainable with conventional sensors but plenty that's bland and sub par.

really? I can see obviously higher micro-contrast.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2020 at 06:08 UTC
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Alan2dpreview: Has anyone tried the new version? How does it work with Ektar 100 scans? I'm using Epson v850 and Lightroom 6 licensed.

Incredibly well. Ektar converts really nicely. Works best with Vuescan, but fine with epsonscan

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2020 at 08:16 UTC

Best money I've ever spent on photography software. By far and away the best film scan conversions for c41 color film.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2020 at 06:20 UTC as 5th comment
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tkbslc: The biggest competition for this is Fuji's own 56mm f1.2. Given the extra length of the 56mm, it closes half the f1.0 vs f1.2 gap in terms of bg blur. This 50mm 1.0 would have blur like a 56mm f1.1. So all that weight, expense, size and a less portrait friendly focal length just to go from 1.2 to 1.1 isolation.

The optical design is totally different - photos taken at equivalent apertures will be noticeably different.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2020 at 10:12 UTC
On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN sample gallery (DPReview TV) (204 comments in total)
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NikonD800Es: All you individuals that were till now unable to take a great or at least very good photo with any other 85mm lenses introduced in the last 7-8 years are utterly delusional by believing that this new 85mm lens will make you a better photographer.
This new lens will NOT significantly improve your mediocre photography skills, it will NOT help you to finally create a meaningful, exceptionally looking pictures.
Sorry, it hurts but ... that's a simple, harsh true.

Perfection is highly overrated.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2020 at 03:15 UTC
On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN sample gallery (DPReview TV) (204 comments in total)
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misspiggy01: Sharp, high contrast, lifeless. No thanks.

Agreed. High technical performance but completely flat rendering.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2020 at 03:15 UTC
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PC-dot-Com: So unimpressive. Sorry, no disrespect intended.

Typical trump derangement syndrome ^

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2020 at 06:27 UTC
On article Leica M10-R sample gallery (158 comments in total)
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brownie314: I used to hear that Leica had some magic in them. I really am not seeing much magic in these images. Colors are not that great. I like latest Sony and any gen Canon color much better.

To simply look at some mundane test shots and say 'this camera doesn't show anything special in its technical performance and therefore isn't worth the expense' is the same as comparing a Toyota Camry and a Porsche Carrera GT and proclaiming because they both go, stop, turn, and sit at 60mph in the same fashion that the Porsche is not worth the expense.

You completely miss the point. Even if measurable IQ is similar, the way in the which the Leica M is used and can be used isn't measurable in a technical, linear way. Process deeply affects results. If you don't believe me go and shoot with a 4x5 view camera - you will take better photos more often (and not because the technical IQ is better, even though it is, but because the process is dictating the way in which you take photographs thereby altering the results).

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2020 at 02:30 UTC
On article Leica M10-R sample gallery (158 comments in total)
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brownie314: I used to hear that Leica had some magic in them. I really am not seeing much magic in these images. Colors are not that great. I like latest Sony and any gen Canon color much better.

The expense is rooted in the experience, or the doing, not a singular and linearly measurable technical aspect (the image quality). As an experience, the Leica M philosophy is unmatched by any other camera, at any price. Experience and process are inseparable from result (ie a rangefinder in use isn't equivalent to an SLR in use - they aren't just blunt tools in the same way a violin being played will never be the same as a guitar being played by musicians of equal skill).

The image quality is AT LEAST equivalent or near enough to the top tier current available. The optics available are AT LEAST as good as the top tier from other manufacturers, but the Leica M concept is mechanical fidelity, size/performance ratio, connectedness with process and subject in a way that no other camera system can match.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2020 at 02:29 UTC
On article What you need to know about the new Leica M10-R (499 comments in total)
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mais51: The world and engineers have moved on from 1920 focusing system - just reminds me of my cheap 1960s Canonet QL rangefinder camera - it was OK then.

Unlikely - these comments are full of people that barely get past the spec sheet of their Sony's, Panasonics and LG's.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2020 at 11:17 UTC
On article What you need to know about the new Leica M10-R (499 comments in total)
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dmanthree: In the past, Leicas were a chosen tool of photojournalists. I wonder how many pros of any type will choose Leicas today?

Matt Granger was wrong when he said they were f4 - that's why I said he's not a good source for your opinions ;)
Do you really think you get that kind of bokeh in the corners of those 'f4' shots at f4? Does any 50mm lens get that kind of bokeh at f4? It's clearly visible only at wide open aperture with the Noctilux - like here for instance: https://live.staticflickr.com/4816/45033165555_655710ff1f_c.jpg

So yeah, I do know better. And I don't have to make a poll to ask a majority of people who haven't used a leica M, I actually use them.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 12:34 UTC
On article What you need to know about the new Leica M10-R (499 comments in total)
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dmanthree: In the past, Leicas were a chosen tool of photojournalists. I wonder how many pros of any type will choose Leicas today?

I got some bad news for you swordman. The ones taken at f4 are actually f0.95. That's why they look a little soft. Either LR isn't interpreting metadata from the m10r properly or his lens coding isn't working. You can tell from the sagittal coma in the bokeh - in the top corners you can see the round bokeh balls are a triangular shape in the supposedly f4 photos. Thats why the ones at f1.4 and f1.7 are sharper (and don't have the same sagittal coma) in the bokeh.

So I reiterate: Matt Granger isn't the best source for stuff like this, and you might wanna get some experience with Leica M stuff before you slag it.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 12:18 UTC
On article What you need to know about the new Leica M10-R (499 comments in total)
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dmanthree: In the past, Leicas were a chosen tool of photojournalists. I wonder how many pros of any type will choose Leicas today?

Says the one stating the Noctilux shot taken at minimum focussing distance at f0.95 is proof that leica M cameras can't focus accurately, and that Sony's focus in .02 seconds lol.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 11:56 UTC
On article What you need to know about the new Leica M10-R (499 comments in total)
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dmanthree: In the past, Leicas were a chosen tool of photojournalists. I wonder how many pros of any type will choose Leicas today?

He didn't miss focus. The DOF is so shallow 99% of the photo looks soft at f0.95 and minimum focussing distance. You don't get bitingly sharp bits at f0.95 - that's what it looks like in focus. Perhaps you're the one that needs some experience before making ridiculous statements.
Zone focus takes 0 seconds. Once it's set, it's set, and any adjustments are pre-emptive, not when you take a photo.
There's no technical measurements available for how fast an RF can be focussed because there's no real technical limit to how fast it can be focussed - it's up the the user. Manufacturer claims for autofocus speed are absolute best case scenario and real world performance is almost never anywhere near that.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 11:40 UTC
On article What you need to know about the new Leica M10-R (499 comments in total)
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dmanthree: In the past, Leicas were a chosen tool of photojournalists. I wonder how many pros of any type will choose Leicas today?

I actually just watched Matt Grangers review - the photos you’re referring to were shot at minimum focussing distance with a noctilux. If you didn’t know, the nocitlux is a 50mm f0.95 lens. The depth of field with that lens wide open at minimum focussing distance is less than an eyelash. That’s your ‘out of focus’.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 11:23 UTC
On article What you need to know about the new Leica M10-R (499 comments in total)
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dmanthree: In the past, Leicas were a chosen tool of photojournalists. I wonder how many pros of any type will choose Leicas today?

Loxia lenses are manual focus, and manual focus sucks on mirrorless, so your point is actually the moot one. Frankly, if you haven’t got some decent experience with a Leica M, you have no idea what you’re talking about. Matt Granger isn’t someone I would look to for my gear opinions sorry - if his photos were out of focus it likely wasn’t the cameras fault. If you have an aligned rangefinder it’s the easiest camera to get accurate focus with.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 11:07 UTC
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gavinlg: Honestly Pentax make a digital LX or k1000, and I'll buy two.
Electronic viewfinders are a simulacrum of optical viewfinders. They can never be as good in a pure sense, because they aren't real.

Haha! Touché!

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 10:59 UTC

Honestly Pentax make a digital LX or k1000, and I'll buy two.
Electronic viewfinders are a simulacrum of optical viewfinders. They can never be as good in a pure sense, because they aren't real.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 07:34 UTC as 95th comment | 4 replies
On article What you need to know about the new Leica M10-R (499 comments in total)
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dmanthree: In the past, Leicas were a chosen tool of photojournalists. I wonder how many pros of any type will choose Leicas today?

RF focussing is more consistent, and generally faster. Try zone focussing with your Sony - most of the lenses don't have hard stops. A zone focussed leica focuses faster than .02seconds - its instant. 0 Seconds. Sony has lag switching between LCD and EVF. Leica viewfinder is ALWAYS ready. If you're photographing a subject zig-zagging with high FPS, the leica isn't the right camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 07:25 UTC
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