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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I dig the modern design.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 07:24 UTC as 9th comment
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ttran88: No X trans 24mp, Why didn't they put this sensor in the new XT2?

@The Davinator: So, Fuji says so, so it must be so? That and personal anecdotes? Got it. X-Trans FTW!

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 07:24 UTC
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photofan1986: Cool! Nice lens from Fuji. But am I the only one to find the design...kind of ugly?

It's got the classic tapered design of 35mm FF rangefinder lenses from Leica and Canon. If classic designs don't appeal to you, or if you are going to use this lens on a body that looks like and SLR (X-T series), I agree. On a rangefinder-style camera like the X-Pro, it should look amazing.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 07:20 UTC
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (460 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: Marketing Lesson for Hasselblad:

Entice and tease the the public when you are well respected and well regarded.

When you have lost all credibility in announcing new products, you will only invite hecklers and scoffers...

Like what is happening now, in this forum.

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@cosinaphile: you know, don't you, that Hasselblad also make medium format cameras with lens systems, backs, tilt mounts, etc., that have nothing at all to do with corinthian leather and wood. You know this, right?

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 08:21 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: when studio lenses retire (203 comments in total)
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Kaso: Bill Cunningham used 24/2.8D on D5000 -- manually focusing.

http://bit.ly/2aYxKrL

The small focus screen of the D5000 requires keen eyes, but it is contrasty. Bill evidently had great eyesight (not to mention vision).

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 12:23 UTC
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jacketpotato: English towns have local newspapers. Every edition has news of muggins, stealings, sometimes rape, horrible treatment of elderly in care hones, abuse of children in nursery, cruelty towards animals.

Same for every town newspaper in USA.
Over a thousand 1000 towns in England.

Painting a pretty picture is a smokescreen PR for films, TV, media, "outsiders" for waving a finger at "3rd World countries"

@jacketpotato

You literally deflected focus on Brasil in order to signal that you're a man of the world, able to forgive more egregious crime because a country happens to be 'third world' or 'developing'.

Your job, as a virtue signaller, is to condemn the developed world and pass the blame for everyone else's problems onto it.

The problem with this system is manifold. That it fails the Japan, the Korea, the Russia, the Italy, and many other litmus tests for crime stats, and that it does so in support of cultural Marxism... pitiful.

It goes without saying that Japan is safer for mugging than many countries with similar GDP, per capita GDP, and suffers a lot less homicide. It's not about money. It's about rule of law and about societal order.

Some countries don't give a damn about either. And those countries suffer violent crime at a grand scale. Funny enough, most also suffer way more building fraud, 'crime' against the elderly, etc., that you would virtue signal about in England

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 23:33 UTC
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Richard Franiec: Singapore have no such problems.
100 lashes with bamboo stick for stealing P@S, 200-500 lashes for DSLR and prime lenses. I don't think that they cut hands for stealing Hassy's and Leica gear anymore. Looks like their "education" works.

Starship Troopers for the win.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 08:24 UTC
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jacketpotato: DPR thieves steal in England USA ALL the time.

Why is this news?

Why are you splashing this on your front page ?

You are accusing DPR members of stealing in England? How's about some proof of that.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 08:24 UTC
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jacketpotato: English towns have local newspapers. Every edition has news of muggins, stealings, sometimes rape, horrible treatment of elderly in care hones, abuse of children in nursery, cruelty towards animals.

Same for every town newspaper in USA.
Over a thousand 1000 towns in England.

Painting a pretty picture is a smokescreen PR for films, TV, media, "outsiders" for waving a finger at "3rd World countries"

Um... you don't read newspapers when sussing crime stats. You read stats. And statistically, Brasil has a lot of crime. It's a shame that, but it's true. Every place has its crime. My country has a LOT of fraud. But god damn, I can be almost 100% secure assuming I will never be shot, and more secure than I ever have been in another country, that I won't be mugged.

The stats bear this out.

Your feelings about what should be bear no account on what is.

Your virtue signalling can go back into the can where it belongs.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 08:23 UTC
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Richard Franiec: I vote for the next ten olympic games to be held in Japan. Enough said.

@Richard Franiec:

Chance of that happening? I'd say 20 20.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 00:09 UTC
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Thomas Traub: shame on Brazil ........

@Slouch Hooligan:

Look, there is a hope in humanity that defies history and reality. And there is statistics. Brasil is a great country full of great people. It's also home to many of the world's most violent and otherwise crime-filled cities.

It is NOT a relatively few people that commit crimes.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 00:07 UTC
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eyeport: Rio olympics is a joke. Feel sorry for those athletes who have to attend it. Theft and robberies are everywhere NOT just the above mentioned a few instances. There should be huge signs and billboards warning visitors about the safety of people, more so than promoting their city as an olympics host.

@Giklab: Virtue! Virtue! Virtue!

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 00:05 UTC
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Nikonandmore: I have the feeling, just about all lenses now are "Leica" and MF price range. Sony, Zeiss, Canon, Nikon.. amazing! I don't understand how these manufactures survive to sell enough of these or how people manage to have money to feed this price frenzy. It will only take cell phone sensors, lenses and technology to get a bit better FOR ONE to buy DSLRs anymore. This market is dead and at these prices, sinking faster and faster. Costs 10 grand (or more) these days to buy a pro/enthusiast grade body and 2 or 3 lenses. Sorry, but this and it's pricing momentum is all becoming absurd. And mind you, these new lenses are all mass produced in 3rd world countries and with more and more dubious quality control. Long gone are the "Made in Japan" days with solid products made with extremely qualified manual labor, excellent quality control AND real long-term post sales support! Indeed Leicas start looking really affordable..

In equivalent prices, it has always cost roughly 10.000$ to get enthusiast 35mm cameras and (two or) three enthusiast lenses.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 12:45 UTC
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Charles2: A suggestion about terms: no photography enthusiast nor professional buys an X-Pro for snapshots. The connotation of "snapshot" is so casual that it is not really a photograph. Reportage, street shooting, yes; snapshot no (and few people use a term like "snap-shooting").
--From a happy enthusiast owner of the X-Pro cameras.

@SmilerGrogan: I have a few questions:

1. Why is it the _West_ has to apologise for the use of ridiculous _English_, a language native to only one European country in the world? (In other words, is the responsibility for the learning of a language not the learner's?)

2. How in the blazes should a website be held responsible for the poor use of a common language? Let me guess, it isn't important for Japanese camera makers, whose primary customer base is the world, to use proper English (if English is a specific market's language)?

3. This has nothing to do with the rest of the world. Your 'evil am I' masochism berates the party representative of the target market on the one hand, while giving a pass to the lazy marketing and translation skills of a global company.

But, if progressives know one thing, it is this: West is bad in all things. Things not Western are automatically good, and deserve unfettered forgiveness for things for which the West deserves endless blame and ridicule.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 04:56 UTC
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Charles2: A suggestion about terms: no photography enthusiast nor professional buys an X-Pro for snapshots. The connotation of "snapshot" is so casual that it is not really a photograph. Reportage, street shooting, yes; snapshot no (and few people use a term like "snap-shooting").
--From a happy enthusiast owner of the X-Pro cameras.

@SmilerGrogan: but it's not a nuance of another language. It is literally snapshot from English phoneticised for Japanese. The word is スナップショット, or 'snapshot'. It was taken from English, used in a different connotation, and is now the subject of this misunderstanding.

Japanese has a long and effective history of removing words it likes from other languages, and using them exactly as it sees fit, which often make no sense to speakers of the original languages.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 06:46 UTC
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bluevellet: Our goal is to make money.

In the long-game, focusing on customers's needs _is_ a focus on the bottom line. But you have to know _who_ your customer is and should focus narrowly on their needs rathe than on pleasing everyone.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 23:46 UTC
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BeaverTerror: Not interested in any move toward larger sensor sizes by Fuji. APS-C is the right balance between image quality, size, weight, and cost. I entered the Fuji system with the XT-1 when it was first released. At the time it was either the Fuji or a Sony A7.

I'm mostly a prime shooter. Let's look at the three most important prime focal lengths from both manufacturers.

35mm:
Fuji has the 23mm F1.4 (around F1.87 equivalent) at $900
Sony has the 35mm F1.4 at $1600, or the 35mm F2.8 at $800.
Comment: The fast Sony lens is difficult to justify and the slow Sony lens is absurdly overpriced. Fuji wins.

50mm:
Fuji has the 35mm F1.4 (around F1.87 equivalent) at $600
Sony has the 50mm F1.4 at $1500; the 50mm F1.8 at $250; and the 55mm F1.8 at $1000
Comment: Sony has this focal length well covered and wins.

85mm:
Fuji has the 56mm F1.2 (F1.6 equivalent) at $1000
Sony has the 85mm F1.4 at $1800
Comment: Almost double the price to go from F1.6 to F1.4? I don't think so.
Fuji wins

And, when in doubt, double down.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 23:42 UTC
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stevenbrantley: Fuji execs differentiate the two camera bodies by saying the $1,699 "Pro" branded X-Pro2 is for "snapshooting" and mainly for use with prime lens, which is the majority of the Fujinon X series lens options. So how is the new X-T2, priced at $100 less, and with far fewer zoom lens options to accompany (according the the Fuji execs comments), a general wal;k around snapshooter camera, whereas the X-T2 for "professional" photographers? Just judging by the lens line-up comprised mainly of primes, Fuji is doing some doublespeak. With the X-Pro2's upcoing firmware upgrade in October 2016, the X-T2's superior focusing will transfer over the the X-Pro2 (except for the Custom setting feature). snapshooter verses a professional body. Fuji describing the X-Pro2 as a snapshooting camera sounds like a smart phone camera, but at $1,699 (with no phone).

Snap shooting is pose shooting. It's a Japanese mangling of English which doesn't make sense out side of Japan.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 23:03 UTC
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Charles2: A suggestion about terms: no photography enthusiast nor professional buys an X-Pro for snapshots. The connotation of "snapshot" is so casual that it is not really a photograph. Reportage, street shooting, yes; snapshot no (and few people use a term like "snap-shooting").
--From a happy enthusiast owner of the X-Pro cameras.

'Snap' shooting in Japan is defined as the official poses you do at events with flashes. I used to work at a studio here, and at first, was confused by the importance placed on 'snap' sessions for school, event, and wedding photography.

It's a semantic thing that's more than lost in translation.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 22:48 UTC

Wow.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 00:54 UTC as 5th comment
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