Bryan Costin

Lives in United States MD, United States
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Joined on Dec 26, 2000

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CanonKen: Serious question - with the 'blur', is this lens actually built to a high optical standard? I have no doubt Leica puts the same quality into the lens, but you cannot really adjust it the way you would a regular lens, and there would be a lot more margin for error, right?

The idea is that every copy of the lens always delivers the same consistent results. It's not "blur" caused by sloppy tolerances; the optics are designed and built specifically to look that exact way.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 20:10 UTC

It's a meticulously made soft-focus portrait lens engineered to deliver a specific signature of glow and bokeh for consistent, pleasing results. Not a broken Vivitar zoom found at a yard sale that rattles when you shake it.

This lens provides a unique look that photographers and their clients like, and those people are willing to pay for it.

If you're not one of those people then you can express your disinterest by not purchasing it. There are many other lenses to choose from, some of which are made available by the sale of expensive, niche lenses other people enjoy.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 20:04 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply

It's really amazing to me that they don't support *keywords* between the two products. That's just really stupid. Keywords are an essential part of every workflow I've ever used.

"Due to a revamp of the keyword architecture, keywords do not sync between Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC via Creative Cloud."

That's an excuse? They designed the architecture themselves. Seriously, how hard can it be to support hierarchies and migrate textual content between database schema completely created, owned, and maintained by the same vendor? This all by itself is a huge red flag. Either their developers are stunningly inept or they just don't care.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 16:24 UTC as 8th comment
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rbach44: Man, what a grumpy bunch here. I think a lot of you guys are missing the point.

I’ll buy this and throw it in my backpack and be happy if it makes good image or two. It might be fun to have something where I have to think to change the look. What if I leave the cartridge at home and I’m forced to shoot B&W for a day? Sounds funs and challenging.

For all those who yak about how cameras don’t matter, here’s your camera. I’m personally looking forward to having a great time with this toy. Toys are for grownups too. It’ll probably get as much use as half the M’s out there and costs 2% of the price.

Bravo, Yashica (or whoever you are)

"by selling an overpriced plastic toy pretending it was something new and lifestyle-ish"

Nobody's "pretending" anything. It's intended to be a fun little camera that does what it does. If it fails to be a fun little camera then it'll stop selling, like unpopular products do. It's not stealing anyone's money or preventing you from using your phone if that's what you prefer. If everyone had the exact same idea of what's fun and useful then this site wouldn't need to exist.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 12:57 UTC
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rbach44: What?! Something kinda new and, dare I say, FUN in the photo world?!

Just cheesy enough to be pique some interest, cheap enough to worth the fun factor. Maybe being locked into one ISO/color setting could be a good creative exercise.

With my choice focal length and an optical viewfinder too? Am I the only one whose actually excited about this camera?

I agree, it does look like fun. But apparently Serious Photographers are only allowed to have fun within certain preapproved technical specifications.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 16:11 UTC

I actually...kinda like the idea. It's not intended to be "versatile" - just the opposite, really. There are already lots of super-versatile cameras. This one is a deliberately minimalist digital point-and-shoot designed for people who believe in sparking creativity through self-imposed limitations.

It's obvious that lots of photographers enjoy the challenge of shooting specific subjects, or at a fixed focal-length, or with a particular look in mind. Many film shooters are content with using a single film emulsion for years. This is no different, really. If it handles well, gives passable results, and is fun to shoot with then I expect it to find a niche.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 16:08 UTC as 242nd comment

The output is an odd mix of over-smoothed and over-sharpened. Reminds me a little of my old Sony WX9 compact. Details exist if you look for them, but there's a general lack of fine texture that makes the whole thing look weirdly synthetic.

I'm surprised by the stitching errors. The multiple cameras are fixed relative to one another and all have known optical characteristics, which seems like it should make the alignment and corrections simpler and more consistent than a sweep panorama, or stitching in Photoshop.

Lots of potential in this approach, though. Hopefully future firmware updates will help.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 19:12 UTC as 9th comment
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Not an old man: another expensive vintage nonsense. a 50mm 1.8 lens takes the same quality images if not better. If you want a better lens buy a Zeiss...why this ?? I am sure hipsters will be coming after me after seeing this comment. Bring it on....

"Better" is entirely subjective. If you want the particular look that a specific lens gives then that lens is the best choice.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 19:05 UTC
On article Hot mess: Remembering the Leica M8 (157 comments in total)
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Dave Oddie: These throwback articles are interesting but for me underline one fundamental truth, that old digital camera of this "vintage" are basically crap compared to what we have today.

This is ironic in a way because an even older Leica film rangefinders will never be obsolete so long as film is still made and able to be processed. You can use modern film and lenses with your older film camera but you are stuck with that outdated 10mp sensor with an M8. The same applies to other makes as well of course not just Leica but the virtually guaranteed obsolescence of a digital camera means I'd be far happier to have shelled out the amount of cash we are talking here for an M7 than for an M8

Not crap, just slightly less awesome. I was recently exercising an original Canon 5D which now is a little more than 10 years old. The results are just as good as they were 10 years ago. Compared to my Sony A7RII there's no live view, less latitude for in-post adjustment in exposure, and a lot less resolution. But in practical terms it's still a fantastic and very capable camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 18:03 UTC
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (392 comments in total)

I use SilverEfex and AnalogEfex, and occasionally some of the other apps. I'll probably continue to use them as long as they continue to run, which should be quite a while. They work fine in Windows 10 and don't use any proprietary formats.

I had purchased SilverEfex before Google acquired Nik. I was concerned it would disappear without a trace, but Google not only updated and supported the packages for years, they also made the entire suite available for free. I can't really see any reason to be upset with them.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 15:49 UTC as 208th comment

One of my favorite compacts. I took mine with me everywhere for years and was seldom disappointed with the results. I almost always used RAW/JPG with Dynamic B&W. The controls, size, and responsiveness made for a near perfect combination. I upgraded to an LX-5 but I never really cared for it, for some reason. After that I switched to the Sony RX-100 series.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 19:17 UTC as 7th comment
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ewelch: Here's an idea. The encryption doesn't scramble photos, it just turns them into cute cat pictures! That way when the Gestapo, er Homeland Security, border security, [insert oppressive government jerks] security ask to see what's on your camera, they say, "Aw, cute!" rather than, "Come with me."

Steganography.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 20:12 UTC

It's not so different from how snapshots were taken pre-digital. Finish a roll of film, send it off to the lab to get it developed and printed, maybe with a note for the darkroom tech describing any special requests. And when you got back the prints it could be a bit of a thrill seeing how your photos came out.

This seems prohibitively expensive, particularly since they've apparently automated the retouching process. I guess they'll find out if there are enough people with spare money who find this appealing.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 19:14 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm F10 (122 comments in total)

I still have my F11, bought used from KEH years ago. I'd borrowed an F30 and was very impressed with it, but it was a bit more than I wanted to spend at the time. The F11 turned out to be a great little camera with very nearly the same image quality and enough flexibility to serve as my daily carry for a few years.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 16:10 UTC as 4th comment
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (581 comments in total)
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tbcass: $3300 for a fixed lens camera is something I could never justify. I'd rather have an RX100IV which is smaller. 1/4 the price, far more versatile and has IQ that is 90% as good. This is a camera for people with lots of money burning a hole in their pocket.

As far back as glass plates or sheet film, there's always been a market for high-end, fixed-lens compact cameras. And because the engineering challenges are steep and the market is relatively small, they've always commanded a price premium over mass-market point-and-shoot and SLR cameras.

If you really need or want such a camera you'll be willing to pay more, and manufacturers will make them for you. If you don't, you won't, and they won't. Everybody gets what the want. That's the magic of a free market.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 20:04 UTC

So it no longer a phone with a camera welded on, it's a camera with data capability that runs Android.

That actually makes sense. Most people already have a phone they like, and they have no interest in buying or carrying a second phone. But a connected camera? That's a lot more interesting.

But they'd have been better off relaunching as a new product to avoid the obvious snarky comparisons to the previous model.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 20:01 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (201 comments in total)
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Mfritter: 1. How well do various cameras support adapted lenses in terms is EXIF data. At a minimum, the camera should allow one to enter the focal length. This should tie into to reasonable auto ISO functionality - e.g., minimum desired shutter speed. One should be able to code the lens in some way so it can be quickly identified when mounted. It would be super if the identification could correspond to lens profiles in one's software of choice.

3. The issue of smearing with wide lenses on Sony Alphas. Lots of discussion regarding M-mount wides, but more discussion of other options would be welcome. I assume this is not an issue on crop-sensor cameras. So a discussion of 21-mm-effective focal lengths on mirrorless cameras would be very interesting, as well as techniques for meliorating the problem on the Alphas.

The smearing talk seems to be focused on the A7R. Do the A7S and A7 exhibit different performance? Might not less pixel density be more forgiving?

FWIW, wide-angle SLR lenses don't exhibit the same sensor-related issues, as they're mounted farther from the film-plane/sensor. There are tools available, like Adobe Lightroom's Flat-Field plugin, that do a pretty good job of compensating for vignetting and color shifts when properly configured. Sony's own in-camera Lens Compensation app is also an option.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 16:12 UTC
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (201 comments in total)
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olyduck1: Leica M glass on Sony A 7R II - I have some M mount Leica lenses circa early 1960's. Setting aside issues of connectivity and functionality, I was wondering about any opinions of how well these old lenses do OPTICALLY when used via adapters on the newer digital cameras.

I'm trying to decide whether to just use my Leica M-3 and scan the film as needed vs. investing in a digital camera that could really take advantage of the Leica M glass.

Thanks, David

There are many, many samples available for inspection out there. I've used a few Leica and other Leica-mount lenses on my A7 and A7RII and have been pleased with all of them. The results look like they did on my M3 and FED rangefinders, except better.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 16:00 UTC
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(unknown member): The government really ought to take this beyond national parks. Look at Hungary and their recent photography law. Making images (static photographs and video) of people without their knowledge or consent should be a federal offense. Right now one could mostly take pictures or video images of pedestrians without their knowledge or consent - and in my opinion, this is not only wrong, but should be made illegal.

That's an incredibly stupid law.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 18:41 UTC
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