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Sigma are killing it yet again. Can't wait to see test images and footage taken with these babies.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 11:28 UTC as 56th comment
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Daft Punk: Why do people get so angry and opinionated over Leica?

Do they have some mental disease?

It is a camera. A unique camera. No other camera is like it. If you like it, you pay the price. If you dont like it, you dont buy it.

Do the same people who attack Leica only buy clothes from Walmart? Do the same people also like branded goods or nice watches? Hypocrites?

If someone wants to spend $20,000 on a Leica and some lenses, then i say Good For Them and enjoy the camera !

There are some real morons around. Sorry to be blunt, but jeez the anti Leica sentiment is ridiculous.

@kiste - just mirin the m, bro. No homo.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 03:31 UTC
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princecody: I have to ask! Will there be any limited edition M10's in the near future?

I have to ask! Why do you have to ask? #YOURTHOUGHTS

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 03:28 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Nikon D80 (241 comments in total)

Although I had some high end digital compacts like the Canon S45, S70 and Fuji F30, the Canon 30D was my first 'serious' camera. For the previous three or four months I had been using the Canon 400D at work, and figured that a DSLR of my own was the best move.

It turned out to be one of the best photographic decisions I have made. It opened up a world of low light shooting and rapid response that I hadn't experienced before. The 5D Mark II followed a few years later, but not before I had taken dozens of superb landscapes, candids and portraits with the 30D.

The 30D is still in a cabinet with the others. When I look back at the images, I'm often surprised at their lovely delicacy and smoothness. I shoot with very different cameras now, but the 30D was my first serious camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 03:26 UTC as 31st comment
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lattesweden: In which scenarios is the quality difference between a modern smartphone camera compared to a real camera the biggest?

1) In low light
2) Portraits with shallow DOF
3) High DR scenes like sunsets
4) Telephoto
5) Sports & wildlife with fast AF

For case 1, how many normal folks (meaning people that don't hang here) wants to carry an extra camera at all in those situations which most often happens during a night out?
For case 2, many people use the fake DOF apps and think the rendering is nice and for case 3, the HDR mode is used and gives really nice results (not my words, don't shot the messenger).
How many people do 4+5 at all?

I have a hard time motivating my friends why they also should carry a real camera.

I don't know how more recent phones perform, but I use a Samsung Note 4 and one of my friends uses a S6. Both of them take a relatively long time to fire up for taking a photo, even if you use the double-click function on the S6.

With a compact like the Ricoh GR or Panasonic LX7, I can take the camera out of my pocket, turn it on with one finger, take a picture and have it back in my pocket in one continuous move. I have yet to see a mobile phone that will enable me to act so smoothly. And the ergonomics for taking photos with phones is generally awful.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 01:40 UTC
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lattesweden: In which scenarios is the quality difference between a modern smartphone camera compared to a real camera the biggest?

1) In low light
2) Portraits with shallow DOF
3) High DR scenes like sunsets
4) Telephoto
5) Sports & wildlife with fast AF

For case 1, how many normal folks (meaning people that don't hang here) wants to carry an extra camera at all in those situations which most often happens during a night out?
For case 2, many people use the fake DOF apps and think the rendering is nice and for case 3, the HDR mode is used and gives really nice results (not my words, don't shot the messenger).
How many people do 4+5 at all?

I have a hard time motivating my friends why they also should carry a real camera.

As much as you want to educate the uneducated, why would you bother wanting to encourage friends to use cameras instead of phones?

Many years ago, a friend bought a Fuji superzoom instead of a pocket sized Canon Ixus that I recommended. My argument was that he could take a lot more pictures with a camera he could put in his pocket. And guess what, he barely used that camera at all because it was too big.

I gave up trying to 'convert' him and just went about what I was doing. Now, he uses his smartphone for everything and I don't feel any urge to get him to upgrade. If he's happy with phone-quality images, that's up to him.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 00:24 UTC
On article Leica Summilux-SL 50mm F1.4 sample gallery (363 comments in total)
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princecody: Curious how many Nikon D810 users would trade their camera gear for the M10 & this lens 🤔

That's a trick question. Anyone trading a Nikon D810 for a M10 and Summilux TL would be in for a surprise. While the SL and TL can shoot with an adapter and M-mount lenses, you can't adapt a SL lens to a Leica M.

Would I give up my Canon 5D Mark II plus all lenses for the Leica SL and the Summilux SL? Oh hell yeah.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 10:51 UTC
On article Leica Summilux-SL 50mm F1.4 sample gallery (363 comments in total)
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EduardoKleinFichtner: The best lens ever made. Period.

@princecody - Noctilux, dude. Noctilux.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 10:46 UTC
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OlegKon: Since we are on that subject, any idea when Nikon DL 24-500 will finally be released?
I am still waiting... ;-)

I'm waiting for the 18-50. That baby's going to be my next pocket camera. Assuming it ever materializes.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 09:04 UTC
On article Adobe Creative Suite 6 has been officially retired (351 comments in total)
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LDunn1: Like many others here, I dislike the monthly subscription model & refuse to participate. I have CS5.5 Production suite which I can continue using for a while longer, but let's look on the positive side, Adobe's move has forced me to look elsewhere for my software, & I've started stumbling over some other really great products out there.

After Effects for example - I've now started using Fusion 8 which is free for non-commercial private use, & it's great! I would probably never have discovered this had Adobe not moved to 'cc'.

There are a lot of companies out there that will now benefit from a larger user base as people start seeking alternatives. Adobe had dominated the market, I see that market now opening up, there are opportunities & alternatives out there to the Adobe products.

When the cameras I use go beyond the native ingestion capabilities of CS6, I will likely move to Davinci Resolve.

I'm still on Lightroom 4 for stills, and any incompatible files are run through Adobe DNG Converter. I might still get a copy of Lightroom 6 while it is still a standalone program, though.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 08:49 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F pre-production sample gallery (233 comments in total)
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Contra Mundum: Why are the colors and tonality in Fuji images always dark and depressing? There is no brilliance and cheerfulness and life in them even in good light.

Yep. I've skipped the X100S and T in favour of the X100 because I prefer the original CMOS colour rendition to X-Trans.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 02:42 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F steps up to 24.3MP, adds AF joystick (34 comments in total)
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Archiver: Here's hoping that it has the much improved video quality of the X-Pro2 at least, if not the X-T2. X100S/T video quality is simply dreadful.

Other functions which bode well for video are manual focus during shooting, an external mic jack, and framerates selectable from 60p, 50p. 25p and 24p. Seems quite promising.

Unfortunately, it uses a new battery, different from the NP-95 of the X100/S/T, Fuji F30, and Ricoh GXR. I have lots of those!

I'm saying that I hope it DOES have the video quality of the X-Pro 2. X100 is barely passable, and X100S video quality is atrocious.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 00:32 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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Mac McCreery: The expected snivelling posts.

And the expected snarky posts. Par for the course.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 04:39 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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hioe04: I know Leica is all about the feel and experience of shooting but I would still like to see a blinded study showing Leica photographs versus "X" camera photographs of the same image and seeing which a sample ppl would prefer on an aesthetic basis.

A few years ago, a blind test was conducted with cinema cameras, ranging from the $65,000 Arri Alexa to the then-$700 Panasonic GH2. Scenes were lit and shot by different directors and cinematographers. Francis Ford Coppola preferred the image from the GH2. This doesn't mean that the GH2 delivered a technically better image. It meant that the director and cinematographer did a better job of lighting and shooting.

This applies to any camera. The M10 is at a level of technical performance where a proficient shooter can wring excellent images from it. Same with the Canon 1Dx II or Nikon whatever. How does the shooter feel with any given camera? For some, the M10 will be a turn off. For others, rangefinder shooting is a revelation, and will inspire better work.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 04:37 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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Atomez: The competitors to Leicas are not Canon, Nikon, Sony, whatever. Its competitors are other luxury products, like a round the world vacation, a Rolex, a Dior dress or something like that. Nothing to do with photography though.

If Leica cameras and lenses were nothing to do with photography, then they wouldn't make so much effort to improve upon previous iterations. Nor would Leica lenses be considered some of the best in the world, ahead of Canon, Nikon or Sony. Credit where credit is due. Your credit was evidently denied.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 04:25 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm X100 (171 comments in total)

Nice to see a Throwback Thursday of an original model coincide with the announcement of the latest in the series.

My X100 is the limited black edition, and I bought it after all the major firmware updates. It's still a great camera, and it slots into rotation when situation and desires demand. Even now, I'm discovering new tweaks in Lightroom that help me get more satisfying colours and looks.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 11:51 UTC as 78th comment
On article Fujifilm X100F steps up to 24.3MP, adds AF joystick (34 comments in total)

Here's hoping that it has the much improved video quality of the X-Pro2 at least, if not the X-T2. X100S/T video quality is simply dreadful.

Other functions which bode well for video are manual focus during shooting, an external mic jack, and framerates selectable from 60p, 50p. 25p and 24p. Seems quite promising.

Unfortunately, it uses a new battery, different from the NP-95 of the X100/S/T, Fuji F30, and Ricoh GXR. I have lots of those!

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 11:47 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On article Leica announces M10 with new sensor, slimmer design (113 comments in total)
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MartinsB: Back in 2012: The company says all future M models will also simply be called the 'M'.
And now - they announced the M10 :)

It's called progress, haha.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 11:40 UTC
On article Leica announces M10 with new sensor, slimmer design (113 comments in total)
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princecody: I could buy the new GH5, EM1 M2, 25mm Pro, & 12-100mm Pro for that price 🤔

You could. But the question is, would you?

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 01:01 UTC
On article Video: Leica M10 First Look (17 comments in total)

Can I be first? Ooh, looks like I can!

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 00:59 UTC as 6th comment
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