shigzeo

shigzeo

Lives in Japan Chiba, Japan
Works as a Writer, Audio Critic
Has a website at http://ohm-image.net
Joined on Sep 14, 2010
About me:

utterly impressionable

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Jan Chelminski: I liked Sony's Minidisc players quite a bit, but Sharp's were better, IMO.
Oh yeah, Canon and Olympus know how to make great cameras AND lenses, that produce great files.

@Jan:

I'm a total junkie: Sharp, Sony, Panasonic, Sony, Sony, Sony, Sharp (Auvi), Sharp (Auvi), Sony, Sharp (Home unit). I moved onto MP3 much later, after being a total dick about the superiority of MD- in part it was true, but even early iPods outclassed the best sound of Auvi and Sony of the time. This was all measurable, too. My guess is that I was part of early internet fanboi culture that just had to defend their brands/genres.

MiniDisc Community and then later Hydrogenaudio is where I hung out. Then Headfi, and now I write about and shoot (for a living) audio gear. DCC was interesting, if trying too hard to be compatible, and still so far sub-par to DAT, yet both outclassed by the simple mechanical longevity of lasers and disks.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 00:24 UTC
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Jan Chelminski: I liked Sony's Minidisc players quite a bit, but Sharp's were better, IMO.
Oh yeah, Canon and Olympus know how to make great cameras AND lenses, that produce great files.

Sharp minidisc were prone to hardware failure and had poor current to voltage ratios, but when all things were in their favour, sounded good.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 08:56 UTC
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ozturert: So Canon sells only 4-5 bodies (mostly low-end, casual models), 5-6 lenses, and entered mirrorless market many years after Sony. By the way, Sony also sells entry level models such as A5000, A6000, even Nex-5r. And if you look at lens variety in Sony, it is like 5-6 times more than Canon's mirrorless line.
And you can lift shadows by 5 stops in Sony whereas Canon is only good for like 3? And Sony 6500 has incredibly fast AF, fast FPS, can take 4K video whereas Canons only take 1080p@60? And Sony has the only full frame mirrorless models in the market?
And still Canon beats Sony?
So guess what is wrong with Sony's strategy and marketing message?

Two days ago I met a colleague near Yodobashi in Akihabara where, prior to eating some nice fried stuff, I checked out all the latest mirrorless cameras. Every one but Panasonic and maybe Olympus had poor grips that were either too small, or too close to the lens mount such that gloves of any sort with medium sized hands cannot be used. I was surprised at the A9 and A7 series, which have barely improved in almost five years. Fuji was somewhat better, but only because the grip is non-existent and unable to pinch the fingers between it and the mount. Sony's joystick was far better than Fuji's. Actually, everyone's is. And there are too many buttons on most of these tiny body cameras to be useful in all but warm weather.

Size matters when layout is nailed to such a degree that medium size hands (the size most of us have) can travel anywhere with or without gloves without accidentally hitting things we don't want to hit or pinch our fingers. The SL is [gold] but too expensive.

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Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 08:54 UTC
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Tatouzou: Where are Panasonic M43 in the ILC mirrorless still cameras?

I see Fuji here [Japan] sometimes, but not nearly as often as I see Olympus and Sony.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 08:50 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S First Impressions Review (327 comments in total)

One of the handsomest cameras out there.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 11:58 UTC as 11th comment
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Lee Jay: I wonder if what I do would satisfy their criteria.

I generally remove sharpening from the skin and sometimes apply negative local contrast.
I sometimes whiten the whites of the eyes and teeth with a little additional local exposure to those areas.
I remove temporary blemishes such as bug bites, scratches or pimples.

I find the result of these modifications is an image that looks more like the person looks to my eye than the image before these changes.

It's funny, I'm with sop51 in calling out minababe's lame conflation of child porn and retouching, but don't see a point in forcing an agenda that advertising must look like real life. The point in fashion and beauty is the better to which the individual may aspire if they want. The idea that society gets better or stronger, or better able to cope with its own weaknesses by catering to them in eliminating fantasy is silly.

It is also putting the cart before the horse. The problem isn't the image the problem is that people glom onto base materialistic desires and aren't given the psychological fortitude to withstand anything.

The answer of: ban ban ban, or censor and mimi real life is not even a band aid; it's nothing but rose tinted glasses.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 04:00 UTC
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Hugo808: They seem a bit close together it terms of focal length, Leica users must be very exacting - 15mm is virtually a whole step backwards!

I'm a 90mm guy, but a few 75's I've tried have blown my mind.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 03:26 UTC
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jackspra: Would be real good to see a sample gallery.

DPReview staff said they are on that.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 03:25 UTC
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ZeBebito: I am waiting for @Howaboutraw to claim these are the best lens ever created. No need for a sample gallery.

How is a character, that's for sure. I'm an SL owner that isn't keen on aspherical lenses. I wish Leica designed non-ASPH lenses for all its systems.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 03:25 UTC
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Old Cameras: I'm wondering if these two lens have many or most components in common. Could it be that only 2 or 3 lens elements are different between them? And the 90 is slightly lighter but just by a fraction. Curious. SL users have to wait a loooong time for a lens release.

I'm an SL owner, and find the lens release schedule long. Leica are a small company compared to the competition which certainly affects delays and scheduling, but I wonder if they bit off more than they can chew.

The SL itself is wonderful. I have a few complaints, but the same is true with every system I've used. Its lens release schedule is one.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 03:24 UTC
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Brian P Smith: That price isn't so bad considering the glass is hand ground by ancient leprechauns using unicorn horns..

Many unicorns died to give us these lenses.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 03:20 UTC
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IamJF: Why 75mm?

75 has been in Leica's staple for a long time, and before that, pretty much a staple thanks to Biotar designs.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 03:18 UTC
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Edmond Leung: As usual, Leica lenses are best in class.

These may be but without testing we won't know. The 24-90 is amazing, except at 90.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 03:17 UTC

A little lazy in the body department, though. Would be nice to tell which lens was which without looking at the label on the barrel.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 03:16 UTC as 17th comment
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Lee Jay: I wonder if what I do would satisfy their criteria.

I generally remove sharpening from the skin and sometimes apply negative local contrast.
I sometimes whiten the whites of the eyes and teeth with a little additional local exposure to those areas.
I remove temporary blemishes such as bug bites, scratches or pimples.

I find the result of these modifications is an image that looks more like the person looks to my eye than the image before these changes.

@minababe:

In what way is child porn like photo manipulation?

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 00:05 UTC

Slightly better than average looking models are suddenly out of a job. And makeup gets much more liberally applied.

Or: advert purporting to make you look better shows a person that looks exactly like you. Makeup and other beauty companies go out of business. Next is CVS.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 00:03 UTC as 56th comment | 2 replies
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Dante Birchen: What's wrong with 85mm Leica? And what's up with the F2 aperture?

@Dante: Summicron is basically a brand. It means F/2. If you want faster you go Summilux. If you want slower you go Elmar or Elmarit.

There are many other portrait lengths offered by Leica over the years. That you think this is about snobbery rather than your misunderstand of the brand and its history is precious.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 14:35 UTC
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Arca45Swiss: They're taking lessons from Trump

So, if the OP had led with comments about Labour or SVD or the Liberal Party of Canada or Putin, and I had objected about bringing politics into a tech discussion of cameras, I would have then been an SVD or Labour or Putin or Liberal Party voter? It makes no sense.

I object to dragging into unrelated discussions politics of any kind.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 00:18 UTC
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Arca45Swiss: They're taking lessons from Trump

I don’t for a moment believe that anyone on these forums is stupid enough to conflate an indictment of colouring hardware news political with the support or anti support of a specific politician. That assumption of your, my friend, is beyond stupid.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 23:12 UTC
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piratejabez: Also, it's amazing how much power (presumably low-level, inexperienced) social media employees yield. In cases like this, they are the most accessible connection between the brand and its hundreds of thousands of followers (millions if you count Canon globally), yet they can be the most misinformed and, sometimes, the least tactful representatives of their brand. We can be thankful at least the (initial) response was courteous, if wrong and unhelpful.

So many of these PR nightmares could be so easily avoided. We know we all make mistakes. It's fine. Learn from it. DPR practically laid out a blueprint for Canon to follow, but no, gotta dig your heel a little deeper first. Pride is an amazing thing.

Social media sections are holdouts to the ad hoc early days and often run by doofus’s with nothing but communications degrees and big chips on their shoulders. This should be considered normal.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 17:36 UTC
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