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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On article Finishing the line: Nikon 28mm F1.4E ED sample gallery (114 comments in total)
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kaka12moto: Bokeh is nervous wide open. Colors, Contrast, Sharpness and Flare Control don't meet asking price. Uninspiring performance from this highly anticipated focal lens....I guess Nikon has wrongly learned to take its customers base for granted. Maybe not this time...Switching systems have never been easier and at a fraction of the price of the past. This is history repeat for I have seen giants engineering their own demise.

Carey is a good photographer but it’s a shame to see him let down by an overpriced, overhyped lacklustre performing lens from Nikon.

And what's that purple banding in shot number 69 and 70? Pretty horrendous, by any standard.

I think the photos look great. I'm no longer in the Nikon fold, but if I was, and if I had the dosh... bank - to the bank I would go. 28mm is my favourite wide angle.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 12:19 UTC
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WillWeaverRVA: You censored heck? What the heck?

Talk about jumping to conclusions. A single click, a single jump, and all would be revealed, expressly in the body of an article. Instead, DPR goes up in arms over censorship.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 10:23 UTC
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NilsBV: Come on, since when can't we just write heck? The whole idea is that it's a euphamism for hell. We're not 5 years old.

The most violent country on earth?

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 14:53 UTC
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Barbu: So it's official: DPreview gets busy posting phone news and cute dog pictures, delays posting about new DSLR lenses.
Next on menu: reviews for selfie filters, interspersed with the 7823545th „opinion” about the greatness of some screw in the corner of a Sony camera.

Have a Pepsi.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 14:51 UTC
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WillWeaverRVA: You censored heck? What the heck?

Pretty sure there's a joke in there somewhere. And that someone may have missed it.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 14:50 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2695 comments in total)
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shigzeo: This one has me seriously thinking getting back into the Sony fold. But ergonomics and button placement still remain serious concerns. Until I can get hands-on with a rental, I'm not going to spring for this thing.

I'm a Leica SL owner. It has brilliant AFS performance, but its AF-C is dismal beyond words. The best news is that the same Novoflex ASTAT support system works for both Sony and Leica with Canon tilt shift lenses.

I had the choice. I had a Nikon D800 and a Sony A7r. The new Sonys are similar. The D800's grip was a large step back from the D200, and the SL's is a marked step up in every single non-AF metric.

The SL is easier to hold, even balancing on one finger on the grip with the long lenses, has extremely simple control set up, fast access to every necessary function, and there are no buttons in the way, ever.

The Sony is brilliant, but littered by too much stuff. There is no amount of practice that can remove buttons, grow a proper acute-angle grip, or position buttons properly and seldomly along a chassis meant for one thing and one thing only: to be held.

That is my problem with the Sony: it is poorly designed for muscle memory and for use with gloves. That is also the case for Fujifilm and Olympus. It appears to be a problem in Japan in general, the country in which I live. There are always five ways to do a single checklist item, each varying in complexity, and each complicated.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 09:06 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2695 comments in total)
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shigzeo: This one has me seriously thinking getting back into the Sony fold. But ergonomics and button placement still remain serious concerns. Until I can get hands-on with a rental, I'm not going to spring for this thing.

I'm a Leica SL owner. It has brilliant AFS performance, but its AF-C is dismal beyond words. The best news is that the same Novoflex ASTAT support system works for both Sony and Leica with Canon tilt shift lenses.

I'm a little far from Lens Rentals.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 02:30 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2695 comments in total)

This one has me seriously thinking getting back into the Sony fold. But ergonomics and button placement still remain serious concerns. Until I can get hands-on with a rental, I'm not going to spring for this thing.

I'm a Leica SL owner. It has brilliant AFS performance, but its AF-C is dismal beyond words. The best news is that the same Novoflex ASTAT support system works for both Sony and Leica with Canon tilt shift lenses.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 01:03 UTC as 49th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2695 comments in total)
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jonny1976: Conclusion:
The AF worked fine - better or worse than my Nikon? Not better, but it was acceptable for a first time use - more games and photographing other kind of sports would be needed to draw the final conclusion.
Is the A9 a game changer?
No - but it is probably the beginning of a game changer. Within 5 years a pro-sportsshooter could very well be working with mirrorless cameras.
Would I change my Nikon for this camera?
No!
Three reasons to why not:
- Not enough pro-lenses
- No IPTC in the camera ( this could be solved with a firmware-update)
- Not enough accessories

If Sony come up with the pro-lenses they will be in the same league as Nikon and Canon.

https://www.ronbog.com/blog-ronbog

pretty much my feeling...i doubt many pro will buy this system now...maybe in 5 years...so far 4500 ar a lot for non pros..for me the camera in a year will los a lot of the price and it could be a good buy. so far no.

It's obvious that this is a milestone camera in the mirrorless world. Looking back in five years it may be obvious that this is the one that started a change of head among professionals. Maybe.

Personally, a camera like the Leica SL would be perfect ergonomically for sports shooting. Unfortunately, the SL's AF tracking is dismal at best, and in no place to compete with anything but a 2003 Canon dSLR.

I agree with people that wish the A9 were larger and had better formed buttons. But it certainly is pointing in the right direction.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 12:51 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2695 comments in total)
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straylightrun: Now only if they could stick the guts of Sony mirrorless camera into the ergonomic shell of a Canon body. It would literally be the perfect camera.

Not sure how someone can get on with a Nikon AND consider the X-T2 comfortable or ergonomic, or holdable. Nikons (and Canons for that matter) follow the curves of the hand and use grips that keep the muscles from cramping up. The X-T2 follows no conventions of ergonomics apart from weight, but its weight doesn't go hand in hand with a well formed body.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 12:49 UTC
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Edmond Leung: In the film era, this design is a good optical instrument. But in this electronic age, this is just a toy.

Does that apply to other digital cameras? And if so, what's wrong with toys?

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 22:45 UTC
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Edmond Leung: I think Leica should learn more from Arri. Both are German camera companies but Arri can cope with technology changes and gains confidence from their customers. In the long run, if Leica continue to do business in this way, I think they will disappear in the market soon.

In the long run soon?

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 22:44 UTC
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goblin: "Laiton".:

"Brass" in Leica language.
And in French

I am still disappointed though, they never told me what kind of rubber they used in the ping-pong rubber clad one. Come on, Leica !!!

Was it German ? Dr Neubauer ?

Or was it (gasp !) Chinese ?

Friendship/729 563 ?
Friendship/729 563 Mystery ?
Friendship/729 563 Mystery III ?
Friendship/729 563-1 ?
Friendship/729 755 ?
Friendship/729 755 Mystery ?
Friendship/729 755 Mystery III ?
Friendship/729 755-2 Mystery ?
Friendship/729 799 ?
Friendship/729 799 Mystery ?
Friendship/729 799-1 ?
Friendship/729 802 ?
Friendship/729 802 Mystery III ?
Friendship/729 802-1 ?
Friendship/729 802-1 Mystery II ?
Friendship/729 802-40 ?
Friendship/729 837 ?
Friendship/729 837 Mystery ?
Friendship/729 837 Mystery III ?
Friendship/729 Dr. Evil ?
Friendship/729 LEGEND 105 ?

PLEAAASE Leica, Come on ?!? Share ???

Lots of german table tennis bat rubbers to choose from too. Whatever the case, that was a tacky (tt pun) camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 22:42 UTC

I really wish Leica would release that version of the 50/1,4 ASPH apart from sets like this. Thr regular version is great but isn't pretty.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 22:40 UTC as 10th comment
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Sactojim: So it appears DPR is now a branch of the Huffington Post? What's with you guys and your need to throw politics into this site??

I see this as a relevant photographic story- it just happened that the subject is political. There is no support or focus on one side or the other.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 22:38 UTC
On article Leica firmware update adds more customization to SL (27 comments in total)
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Steppenw0lf: The firmware upgrade is great, it improves the speed of the camera in many ways. And it is free (a free lunch ?) - you take 3 minutes to play in the upgrade and you have a fully electronic shutter. No need to buy a new camera for this.

After using the camera for almost 18 months I have now a new camera again with the latest professional features, similar to a A9. With a simple firmware upgrade.

The SL is built in Europe. And final assembly is done in Germany.
Your Apple gear is probably all built in China and your Sony equipment also to a large degree.

For me it does not matter how many other users bought a SL. Why should it matter ? But in some segments (e.g. sports cars) having a limited edition is very desirable. Order a SL lens for example and see how fast you get it - this could be an indication how many users are around, if it matters to you.

@Steppenw0lf:

'strange' design? It's personal, but the SL is the first ground-up digital camera I've seen that at first kept me up at night. Such simple, well-honed lines. A thing of modern beauty and utility. And bad AF tracking- which, for how the camera was marketed, is a sin.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 12:02 UTC
On article Leica firmware update adds more customization to SL (27 comments in total)
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Steppenw0lf: The firmware upgrade is great, it improves the speed of the camera in many ways. And it is free (a free lunch ?) - you take 3 minutes to play in the upgrade and you have a fully electronic shutter. No need to buy a new camera for this.

After using the camera for almost 18 months I have now a new camera again with the latest professional features, similar to a A9. With a simple firmware upgrade.

The SL is built in Europe. And final assembly is done in Germany.
Your Apple gear is probably all built in China and your Sony equipment also to a large degree.

For me it does not matter how many other users bought a SL. Why should it matter ? But in some segments (e.g. sports cars) having a limited edition is very desirable. Order a SL lens for example and see how fast you get it - this could be an indication how many users are around, if it matters to you.

The SL is the best-designed ground-up digital camera I've ever used. But its AF is crap and that point alone will keep it behind. Single-point AFS is brilliant. Any tracking at all, no matter how simple, is wild and untamable.

They need PDAF and boxes indicating exactly where the AF is hitting, like on Fujifilm cameras. They are so behind in this regard, even after the update, that I'm confused how they even market the AF as a feature, no matter how fast AFS is.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 00:30 UTC
On article Leica firmware update adds more customization to SL (27 comments in total)
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Mariano Pacifico: Is this Leica manufactured and assembled in China?

@Mari:

Pretty easy to find that information without revealing laziness to the entire forum.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 13:54 UTC
On article Leica firmware update adds more customization to SL (27 comments in total)
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Steppenw0lf: The firmware upgrade is great, it improves the speed of the camera in many ways. And it is free (a free lunch ?) - you take 3 minutes to play in the upgrade and you have a fully electronic shutter. No need to buy a new camera for this.

After using the camera for almost 18 months I have now a new camera again with the latest professional features, similar to a A9. With a simple firmware upgrade.

The SL is built in Europe. And final assembly is done in Germany.
Your Apple gear is probably all built in China and your Sony equipment also to a large degree.

For me it does not matter how many other users bought a SL. Why should it matter ? But in some segments (e.g. sports cars) having a limited edition is very desirable. Order a SL lens for example and see how fast you get it - this could be an indication how many users are around, if it matters to you.

@How:

I noticed no improvement in high ISO, but the SL has always been pretty good.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 13:52 UTC
On article Leica firmware update adds more customization to SL (27 comments in total)
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RedFox88: ...for all 8 owners of this camera? 🤔

I believe the number is higher than that. I met two others, and according to Leica, at least twenty five have been sold in Asia alone. Indeed, we are talking about 78 to 80 owners, so... geez, man, why the low punches?

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 08:09 UTC
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