Zvonimir Tosic

Zvonimir Tosic

Lives in Italy Dogana, Italy
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Joined on Oct 14, 2010

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On article Leica Noctilux-M 75mm F1.25 ASPH sample gallery (286 comments in total)

The lens is a metal encased 4-inch thick slab of solid glass. An excellent light inhibitor and a door stopper for a Fortune-100-Company foyer.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2018 at 23:59 UTC as 5th comment
On article Leica Noctilux-M 75mm F1.25 ASPH sample gallery (286 comments in total)
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S Yu: This weight is incredible, for what's supposedly a rangefinder lens.

The lens is a 4-inch thick slab of solid glass. An excellent door stopper.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2018 at 23:55 UTC
On article Leica Noctilux-M 75mm F1.25 ASPH sample gallery (286 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: Not the best Leica lens. In fact, one of poorest and most over-hyped releases in the last 10 years; only new Thambar is sillier than this.

The colour output of the 75/1.25 is milky, washed-out, disastrous, as if it is a Sigma made lens constructed with cheapest glass scrapes after a bar fight, or some Chinese made lens constructed out of ashtray glass elements bathed in chlorine. Bokeh is sub-par, pronounced cat-eye bubbles, micro-contrast seriously wanting.

75/1.25 lens can't sit on the same same shelf with Leica SL 50/1.4, which outperforms this paperweight in every.single.respect. One of worst M lenses ever.

It seems SL lenses are currently Leica's best optical achievements. For the price of 75/1.25, one can get: a Leica SL camera together with stellar Leica SL 50/1.4 lens. Get yourself SL combo, leave 75/1.25 for M. Granger.

The Davinator, your empty of content, empty of comparison and unqualified one-liners are rubbish. First learn how to qualify statements with required details, then we can talk.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2018 at 23:53 UTC
On article Fujifilm GF 45mm F2.8 R WR sample gallery (196 comments in total)
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roblumba: I think I get better IQ out of my Leica 35 1.4 FLE on the Leica M10. I could be wrong. But that's my initial impression. The color, bokeh, sharpness and contrast is better on the Leica to my eyes. But the detail of the Fuji sensor is definitely better. Don't get me wrong, I would be a happy camper if the Fuji was my only camera. But I prefer the Leica glass. I wish I didn't have to compare to what I have to make a judgement on the Fuji, but I'm not a professional review, I can only comment and compare to what I have.

Leica's Lux delivers superior rendering from focus to OoF. Only other lens manufacturers bothering with that in particular, is Olympus, with their f1.2 pro lenses. So, as you noted, this Fujinon lens is kinda fine, but not outstanding.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2018 at 00:07 UTC
On article Fujifilm GF 45mm F2.8 R WR sample gallery (196 comments in total)

Is it sharp, is it sharp, is it sharp?
How much sharp? Like dragon's teeth? Lion's teeth? Cat's fangs or ferrel's fangs?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2018 at 00:02 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1539 comments in total)

Let fanboys stop blaming the DPR. This goes way over the top. Everyone may have some faults, but DPR cannot be constantly blamed for the unflattering results of the Pentax reviews. The manufacturer has a LOT to be blamed for, they are NOT doing their best.

All points to the evidence that they are skimming, trying to pass through with as little effort as possible, as little commitment as possible. As a whole package consisting of a camera, lenses and the experience of both, DPR's review is spot on – Ricoh delivered not so stellar total package.

Ltd lenses are mechanically obsolete, are not up to modern critical use; the camera is not a value in terms of upgrade; overall experience may be a disappointment compared to competition. And it is definitely not DPR's fault that Ricoh hasn't found time all these years to make a modern nifty-fifty lens with modern motors & smooth mechanics, to even out results and be ready for critical use on a 36 MP DSLR, and tests like these.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2018 at 23:15 UTC as 112th comment | 3 replies
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1539 comments in total)
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ronniemac: I've seen enough conclusive evidence in other tests and in contributions to this discussion to confirm that the fault lies with focus. Most likely a defective lens but maybe even an error in the set up.

Either way, the review unfairly damages the reputation of the camera. From what I can have seen, K-1ii noise reduction is an improvement over the K-1.

No, the blame is on the manufacturer, 100%. Let's think the other way round: is it DPR's fault for using old screwdrive lenses for the test? No. Ricoh has not provided – up to the time of this review – one single available modern 50mm prime with motors and mechanics good enough to nail the focus for this kind of camera and testing. Or, to operate smoother than the Ltd prime lenses, which are NOT the best manual focusing lenses in the world. Judged by a complete package of a camera and lenses and experience, this is more than fair review. It is SPOT ON.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2018 at 23:00 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1539 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: We have two options:
(A) Blame the reviewer for odd choices of lenses and whatnot, or,
(B) Blame the manufacturer for not improving enough in most important area (image quality), but complicating, and "cooking" the camera update and "all new features" so that the final result is not as clear as before.
Truly, it can be both, but, considering that same reviewer did formidable job last time, it is clear that the manufacturer lost the focus with the Mk2. This new camera did not get anything substantially better to justify itself. A totally unnecessary "update", and a good lesson to the manufacturer.

It is a flawed approach, because it alienates existing users, confuses new users, and sharpens up reviewers to be even more critical, because they deservedly expect *more*. Mk2, based on same overall specs as before, and unclear results in vital areas, will undoubtedly get *lesser* marks in reviews. Tell me, what kind of "product strategy" is that?!

Link | Posted on May 9, 2018 at 02:49 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1539 comments in total)
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rwl408: I am curious why Ricoh/Pentax hasn't come forward and made some kind of official statement when something like this happened its most important camera product line.

Let's be honest: they should come up with clearly, and undoubtedly better camera, that betters the old in most important aspects. Mk2 is not that. If they needed more work, they should not issue this camera to "kill some time in the meantime". That is a flawed approach that alienates users. And sharpens up reviewers to be even more critical.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2018 at 02:44 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1539 comments in total)

We have two options:
(A) Blame the reviewer for odd choices of lenses and whatnot, or,
(B) Blame the manufacturer for not improving enough in most important area (image quality), but complicating, and "cooking" the camera update and "all new features" so that the final result is not as clear as before.
Truly, it can be both, but, considering that same reviewer did formidable job last time, it is clear that the manufacturer lost the focus with the Mk2. This new camera did not get anything substantially better to justify itself. A totally unnecessary "update", and a good lesson to the manufacturer.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2018 at 02:38 UTC as 148th comment | 21 replies

Streets changed, the architecture for humans is gone, and the advertising is now doubled, hanging both on the facades and delivered in apps on the smartphones. So wherever you look, are ads, ads, ads. If he really said that, then he is right – there is much less interaction with the street. For better interaction, smaller, rural towns are now more interesting.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 23:10 UTC as 15th comment

Pentax K-1 Monochrom would blow Leica Monochrom out of water!
Ricoh offers change of motherboard and software for $550, that it makes K-1 into K-1Mk2. I suggested Ricoh could offer Monochrome conversion of the K-1 camera, for a similar fee, that has same warranty etc. as their normal K-1. In fact, as a niche player appealing to artists and creative folk, they could offer more customisations of their top gear.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 22:10 UTC as 70th comment | 1 reply

Pentax K-1 Monochrom would blow Leica Monochrom out of water!
Ricoh offers change of motherboard and software for $550, that it makes K-1 into K-1Mk2. I suggested Ricoh could offer Monochrome conversion of the K-1 camera, for a similar fee, that has same warranty etc. as their normal K-1. In fact, as a niche player appealing to artists and creative folk, they could offer more customisations.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 22:08 UTC as 6th comment
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Class A: You can see the optical design of the DFA* 50mm F1.4 here:
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/60851218

It has 15 elements in 9 groups and thus surpasses even the Zeiss Milvus (10 elements in 8 groups), the Zeiss Otus (12 elements in 10 groups) and the Sigma Art (13 elements in 8 groups) in complexity (information courtesy of Mistral75).

Rob, it doesn't work like that. Not all elements are coated equally nor they have same refraction index because they are made of different glass. There is also a LOT of internal reflection between elements because there are so many elements in these new lenses. Light loss will be significant, no less than Oly's 1.2 lens. Not only that, but something MUST be compromised in such designs, and that, I believe will be colour. Oly has huge advantage there because elements for m4/3 are thinner and tiny compared to elements required for f1/4 FF lens

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2018 at 23:04 UTC

Smart man from Canon. Let's buy him a beer.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 23:09 UTC as 43rd comment
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Zvonimir Tosic: To achieve that, the SR mechanism inside that camera must be so beefed up, so complicated, that there must some severe penance elsewhere. Such SR can never be completely shut off, even in power-saving mode it consumes a lot of power. What's the battery life like in K1-II?

Dear Alex, I won't spend any minute arguing this with you, because it is to no avail. But just this: the calibration between the AF mirror and the SR mechanism (which is behind the main mirror *and* the secondary mirror in a DSLR) is impossible. I suggest you check carefully, and in great detail, how DSLRs obtain precise focus. Answer to why the SR in a DSLR is not a good idea naturally follows.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 10:32 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: To achieve that, the SR mechanism inside that camera must be so beefed up, so complicated, that there must some severe penance elsewhere. Such SR can never be completely shut off, even in power-saving mode it consumes a lot of power. What's the battery life like in K1-II?

Towards the end of 2017, someone interviewed a fellow from Nikon, who confirmed company is working on Df2. I tend to believe (based on positive D500 and D850 experience), that Nikon will not joke any more and deliver a formidable and user-friendly FF low-profile retro-machine. Considering the centenary, this might be the year of its introduction. I am really looking forward to it.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 10:21 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: To achieve that, the SR mechanism inside that camera must be so beefed up, so complicated, that there must some severe penance elsewhere. Such SR can never be completely shut off, even in power-saving mode it consumes a lot of power. What's the battery life like in K1-II?

Ah, Alex, no; if K-01 and KS1 did not kill Pentax, neither would just one, well built, light, classic-looking camera with insane ISO performance and great battery life. Design without SR allows 8-11mm thinner body, less weight, less heat, etc. AF could also work better, etc.

Regarding the SR, it is pity Ricoh solely plays on that card, adds nothing else to lift up the brand. Fujifilm built an *entire lineup without any SR mechanism*, and it is highly respected. (They introduced SR, for the first time, last month.) So it is possible to be a very good player without playing same old trick.

So if you think Ricoh can't make an excellent, slim, powerful camera without SR, and sell it well next to X-T2, or Nikon Df, then perhaps Ricoh Imaging is in wrong business? I personally don't believe that, but it seems you do.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 08:44 UTC
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starjedi: I think Pentax/Ricoh moves in right direction and focus on photo quality instead of fancy 4K or other parts which soon will be replaced completely by cellphones.

Can you film 4K quality with a 200/2.8 lens using the cellphone?

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 04:02 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: A model of a K-1 camera with an F-mount (that is, Nikon F mount) would create quite a stir, and expand Pentax brand beyond the K-mount. Also, a myriad of new lenses would be available immediately and without wait.

Not sure about Nikon AF module – that is proprietary Nikon's stuff. I was thinking just F mount, to mount existing Nikon's lenses. Everything else is tech from existing K-1.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 03:40 UTC
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