Tom Schum

Tom Schum

Lives in United States Washington DC area, AK, United States
Works as a Electronics
Joined on Aug 30, 2010
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Photo hobbyist

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Tom Schum: Looks like a Ricoh GR with (1) interchangeable lenses and (2) an EVF.
Great idea! Too bad it costs so much money!

But the GR still doesn't have (1) interchangeable lenses and (2) EVF. This Leica also allows use of legacy M-mount lenses with an adapter. Great stuff, too bad the price is so high!

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 14:41 UTC

Looks like a Ricoh GR with (1) interchangeable lenses and (2) an EVF.
Great idea! Too bad it costs so much money!

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 14:24 UTC as 83rd comment | 5 replies
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Tom Schum: I've used Leica M lenses on my Fujifilm X-E1 using a Fuji M-mount adapter. Superb manual operation! I think I might prefer it over the M10 since live-view is in the EVF of the X-E1 (no need to look at the rear LCD).
A more modern choice might be the X-Pro2 with the M-mount adapter.
Will we see something like this from Leica anytime soon?

I'm not highly knowledgeable about Leica bodies. However, after looking at a few in the DPR camera section, it seems there is not one that has a built in EVF and a M-type lens mount.
Most require an add-on EVF regardless of lens mount, not something I would want. The ones I saw with EVFs have fixed lenses.
So, it looks like Leica has no competition for the Fuji X-Pro2 with an added Fuji M-mount adapter. You get OVF, EVF, and M-mount. Legacy M-mount lenses are wonderful even on my early generation X-E1, so small and easy!
Does the CL or XY upcoming Leica have an EVF and an M-mount?

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 17:57 UTC

I've used Leica M lenses on my Fujifilm X-E1 using a Fuji M-mount adapter. Superb manual operation! I think I might prefer it over the M10 since live-view is in the EVF of the X-E1 (no need to look at the rear LCD).
A more modern choice might be the X-Pro2 with the M-mount adapter.
Will we see something like this from Leica anytime soon?

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 15:01 UTC as 161st comment | 2 replies
On article Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 sample gallery (214 comments in total)
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BBnose: Why the bokeh looked so poor? All are ring shape not perfect disc with soft edge.

Donut bokeh is also a feature of Catadioptric lenses such as the Samyang 300mm F6.3 reflex lens. If the focal length were less it could make an excellent portrait lens.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 14:07 UTC
On article Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 sample gallery (214 comments in total)

Very nice samples. This lens might be good competition to the Lomo 85 Petzval.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 14:11 UTC as 109th comment
On article Fujifilm X-E3 Review (752 comments in total)
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Tom Schum: Samples gallery posts continuous Sony ad, instead of shooting parameters. I can't get rid of it. I'm using a Chrome browser running on a Chromebook. This is the first time I've had this kind of problem with any DPR samples gallery.
About the camera, I've been using X-E1 bodies since they came out, am seriously considering either X-E3 or X-Pro2. I saw no comments about using the viewfinder with glasses, although the photo showed it in use this way. If I am not mistaken, the eye point is reduced (shorter distance from EVF eyepiece) from previous XE-series designs.

Samples gallery fixed now. Thanks!

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 21:28 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E3 Review (752 comments in total)
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Everythingis1: Man for all the crap that people constantly give Sony cameras for not being ergonomic, I'm baffled that people can even hold these Fuji cameras.

I have seen the X-Pro2 and it is big, like the old days. Plenty to hold onto. This is one reason I like it, and might buy it instead of the X-E3.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 15:05 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E3 Review (752 comments in total)
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Bueche: Something with x-trans is very wrong. Take a closer look at the leaves on the distant trees.....
https://3.img-dpreview.com/files/p/TS6000x4000~sample_galleries/5798831135/3269268294.jpg

Bad resolution and 'worms' all over the place. It actually looks like the photo was taken with a 2 MP camera.

I downloaded and installed the free Fuji/Silkypix raw developer (278mb, ver 4.2.8.0, from http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/myfinepix_studio/rfc_2/win/
Then I downloaded and opened the raw version of the image linked above. Comparing the foliage on the tree behind the "NW 52nd St" sign, it appears that the Fuji raw developer renders it slightly better, with less evidence of the crawly wormy appearance seen in the DPR image.
This is an old controversy well discussed on the Fuji forum in DPR. Nobody likes the Fuji developer and nobody uses it and lots of people complain about the rendering in third party developers. Try the Fuji software. In my opinion it does a little bit better job.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 14:57 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E3 Review (752 comments in total)
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pharles: I've been a big fan of the X system ever since it first appeared and I've been a long time X-E1 user. That said, the X-E3 looks like Fujifilm took their eye off the ball.

I eagerly awaited the X-E3 as I wanted a camera with a better sensor, better EVF and better AF than the X-E1, plus a tilt screen and weather sealing. When the the X-E3 was announced, I bought another brand of camera instead.

OK, I get that every camera is a compromise and that no camera can be all things to all people, but really? Turning the latest X-E camera into an iPhone?

I've been a smartphone user going way back when a BlackBerry was the only game in town. I was the project manger for one of our company's BlackBerry rollouts. I don't have a problem with technology, touch screens or smartphones, but if I want to do the swipey thingy and bludgeon semi-unresponsive icons to get things done, I'll use my iPhone to take pictures.

Pandering to the smartphone crowd won't build market share. They're already gone.

pharles wrote: "The X-E series was about providing a serious system camera, a serious photographic tool at a reasonable price, but with the X-E3 it's become about the gadgetry."
I agree. Leica is starting to look better and better to me, with it's limited set of features that do not try to do it all, just simple stills done very well. My only problem with Leica is that "affordability" factor...

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 13:53 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E3 Review (752 comments in total)
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kadardr: X-E3 got a very clear differentiation of UX and target audience compared to X-T2 and X-T20. The user interface of new cameras should converge more towards smartphone photo apps UI than the other way around. The world now has much much more smartphone users than camera users. The sheer boasting about image quality is absolutely not enough any more. The use of an eye level viewfinder with a touch screen is not totally figured out yet. Using at least 4" touch screens should be the trend.

Ideally, the touchscreen would be exported to the smartphone via Bluetooth, and there would be no need at all for an LCD on the camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 13:49 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E3 Review (752 comments in total)

Samples gallery posts continuous Sony ad, instead of shooting parameters. I can't get rid of it. I'm using a Chrome browser running on a Chromebook. This is the first time I've had this kind of problem with any DPR samples gallery.
About the camera, I've been using X-E1 bodies since they came out, am seriously considering either X-E3 or X-Pro2. I saw no comments about using the viewfinder with glasses, although the photo showed it in use this way. If I am not mistaken, the eye point is reduced (shorter distance from EVF eyepiece) from previous XE-series designs.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 13:46 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
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Tom Schum: Things I wish they would think about, from the viewpoint of a Fuji mirrorless user:
Weather resistant build. Fuji has some of these now, bodies and lenses.
Detachable rear LCD (usually I don't need it because the EVF is that good). Too soon to expect this kind of innovation though.
Short flange distance goes without saying.
Big battery. Fuji and most others have smaller batteries that don't run for long.
Functional adapters for legacy lenses (Fuji makes only one so far as I know, an excellent M-mount adapter). Nikon would have to do at least two, so all legacy Nikon lenses would be supported (full manual in the worst case, but supported without leaving the Nikon garden).
I hope they will decide to leave video out of the equation, or produce a strictly video alternative.
Small lenses please! Fuji has only recently started with some of these and the idea is a very good one. Nikon needs only one lens to get the mirrorless product going, then users will use adapters.

While this was my original thought, the idea that the LCD display could be remote on a nearby smartphone did not occur to me. This seems like a great idea to me. I could do without the LCD display, or I could use a smartphone as a display. In fact, why even bother with a rear LCD when a remote link to a smartphone will deliver a better display! The EVFs are now getting so good that the rear LCD is merely a convenience.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 01:24 UTC

Things I wish they would think about, from the viewpoint of a Fuji mirrorless user:
Weather resistant build. Fuji has some of these now, bodies and lenses.
Detachable rear LCD (usually I don't need it because the EVF is that good). Too soon to expect this kind of innovation though.
Short flange distance goes without saying.
Big battery. Fuji and most others have smaller batteries that don't run for long.
Functional adapters for legacy lenses (Fuji makes only one so far as I know, an excellent M-mount adapter). Nikon would have to do at least two, so all legacy Nikon lenses would be supported (full manual in the worst case, but supported without leaving the Nikon garden).
I hope they will decide to leave video out of the equation, or produce a strictly video alternative.
Small lenses please! Fuji has only recently started with some of these and the idea is a very good one. Nikon needs only one lens to get the mirrorless product going, then users will use adapters.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 00:00 UTC as 126th comment | 5 replies
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (339 comments in total)

I almost fell for the RX10 III but the image quality just was not there.
Compare with Fuji X-A3 and two-lens kit for $699 (16-50mm and 50-230mm): no EVF and two lenses to swap, and less video support, and pretty good image quality from the APS-C 24mp sensor.
But I'm not a superzoom bridge cam fan. In this sector the RX10 IV is definitely the leader.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 12:53 UTC as 36th comment
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Mirrorlessy19: Nothing against Nikon, but I would never buy a camera with OVF, super loud flipping mirror and awful CDAF in live view & video

Maybe they will put the D850 guts inside a short flange distance mirrorless body and focus with CDAF. It could be a game changer and/or a Sony killer. Could this be the next big thing from Nikon?

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 01:29 UTC
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Tom Schum: Interesting that the labor department tried first to get an informal agreement with B&H to fix the problems, and failed at this. So they had to bring the lawsuit to get the problem fixed.
Many thanks to DPR for linking to an in-depth story in the article above. My wife worked in this area as a lawyer, and found all this very interesting.
I can see that having a homogenous ethnic workforce in the warehouses could lead to a more efficient and conflict-free operation, but we don't do this anymore!

Many cases here, thanks for posting the link. My wife is retired for over 10 years now, not paying close attention to the field.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 12:53 UTC

Interesting that the labor department tried first to get an informal agreement with B&H to fix the problems, and failed at this. So they had to bring the lawsuit to get the problem fixed.
Many thanks to DPR for linking to an in-depth story in the article above. My wife worked in this area as a lawyer, and found all this very interesting.
I can see that having a homogenous ethnic workforce in the warehouses could lead to a more efficient and conflict-free operation, but we don't do this anymore!

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 12:25 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony's Mavica FD71 liked floppy disks, hated magnets (80 comments in total)
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Jim Salvas: This was the camera that enabled eBay. It was perfect for the job of taking closeup photos of little knickknacks and collectibles, plus the floppy drive was something every user understood intuitively. Take the pic. Put floppy in computer. Post eBay auction.

It did the job so well that frequent eBay sellers and website owners were still clinging to these early models a decade later and refusing to consider anything beyond the floppy.

A co-worker had one, specifically for ebay. I really wanted one. A few months later I bought a Minolta 2MP Dimage 10. Way smaller, but the sd card made everything harder.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 13:54 UTC
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (643 comments in total)
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Androole: This is also a system that is crying out for IBIS.

It would be interesting if Sigma was interested in licensing out the rights to the Foveon sensor.

An Olympus OM-D (or Panasonic G) with a Foveon sensor would be an amazing 2nd camera for an M4/3 system, giving outstanding image quality, IBIS to eliminate the need for tripods while still allowing base ISO shooting, and with a huge lens system and a rock solid feature set and ergonomics...

One can dream...

Early on, Foveon was a separate company. They offered the sensor tech on the general market, but only Polaroid bought into it, and for just one point-and-shoot. Basically, nobody wants Foveon. Except Sigma, thankfully.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 00:22 UTC
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