Clint Dunn

Lives in Canada Vancouver, Canada
Joined on Dec 2, 2008

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NaBalam: "Leica's niche is not "photographers who desire the best", but rather rich point-and-shooters without a brain" SO TRUE. If you take a picture with a LEICA, oh boy you have to say it out loud! "Picture of my cat, #leica #noctilux #FINEART" Otherwise what's the point of owning such amazing equipment?. Leica does not offer NOTHING, absolutely nothing that actually helps to get better photos. Good Glass? Fuji makes great glass, Speed? No way Jose, Weather resistant body? High ISO performance? Size? Leica is about one thing: THE LEICA EXPERIENCE and this so call "experience" has little to do with photography. I love how people tries to justify spending big money on stupid things. "If you've never owned a Leica you don't know what you are talking about"... mediocre.

Also...I should add that I've owned the Fuji X system...specifically the X-Pro1 with the 23mm 1.4, 35mm 1.4 and the 18-55 OIS. I prefer my Leica kit to the Fuji and yes, the image quality is superior. I will say that the Fuji lenses are excellent and VERY good quality optically. However, the whole Fuji system feels cheap and hollow when you pick up any of their cameras.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 22:02 UTC
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NaBalam: "Leica's niche is not "photographers who desire the best", but rather rich point-and-shooters without a brain" SO TRUE. If you take a picture with a LEICA, oh boy you have to say it out loud! "Picture of my cat, #leica #noctilux #FINEART" Otherwise what's the point of owning such amazing equipment?. Leica does not offer NOTHING, absolutely nothing that actually helps to get better photos. Good Glass? Fuji makes great glass, Speed? No way Jose, Weather resistant body? High ISO performance? Size? Leica is about one thing: THE LEICA EXPERIENCE and this so call "experience" has little to do with photography. I love how people tries to justify spending big money on stupid things. "If you've never owned a Leica you don't know what you are talking about"... mediocre.

Well...you've never owned a Leica so you'll never get it:) It's always curious how people hate what they don't understand. There's no doubt Leica is overpriced for sure but the quality is definitely there and many of us don't mind paying for it.

I would personally never buy most of the Leica 'collector' items that come out but hey, if someone is willing to pay for them then why not. It's called a free market.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 19:24 UTC
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Charrick1: I have been saying for years that Leica is a total rip-off, is in no way about "pure photography" (an idiotic term in itself which is usually synonymous with "We didn't put any R&D into video mode, and we're proud of that"), and is rather just betting that rich people with little sense will fall for their products. By the way, I don't even believe this lens is the sharpest 50mm. I would bet that if tested, my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art stopped down to f/2 would perform better than the Leica which has a maximum aperture of f/2. Leica's niche is not "photographers who desire the best", but rather rich point-and-shooters without a brain.

@kelstertx - Ha! I wish I was a wealthy retired Dr, I'm 44 yrs old and have an 8 month old so retirement is a LONG way off for me. You don't understand the Leica allure, I get it, it's fine. As I said I used to write comments like this on photo forums when I was a strictly Canon guy. I used to write people are insane spending $2k on a 50mm f2 lens....and that was before the 50mm APO was even around.

All I can tell you is that once I used one for the first time and saw the quality of files coming out of my M8 and the quality of the rangefinder lenses...and how small they were....I never looked back. I now have an M240 and while it's far from a perfect camera I am super happy with it.

Leica has a lot of products I would not consider either such as their 24mm Summilux at a ridiculous $7000, or this red 50 APO for $8000. However....you can build up a nice collection of gear buying used Leica lenses and supplementing with the better Zeiss and Voigtlanders which is what I've done.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 18:01 UTC
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PropaPH: two words: carbon footprint

Oh give it a rest man. Four words: Spare us the lecture....

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 23:52 UTC
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Charrick1: I have been saying for years that Leica is a total rip-off, is in no way about "pure photography" (an idiotic term in itself which is usually synonymous with "We didn't put any R&D into video mode, and we're proud of that"), and is rather just betting that rich people with little sense will fall for their products. By the way, I don't even believe this lens is the sharpest 50mm. I would bet that if tested, my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art stopped down to f/2 would perform better than the Leica which has a maximum aperture of f/2. Leica's niche is not "photographers who desire the best", but rather rich point-and-shooters without a brain.

Also....one should look at the size difference between the Sigma ART 50 and this Summicron. The Sigma is a 77mm filter size and the Leica is a 39mm size. Personally I would never spend $8k on this Summicron but my days of lugging around HUGE DSLR lenses are over.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 22:28 UTC
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Charrick1: I have been saying for years that Leica is a total rip-off, is in no way about "pure photography" (an idiotic term in itself which is usually synonymous with "We didn't put any R&D into video mode, and we're proud of that"), and is rather just betting that rich people with little sense will fall for their products. By the way, I don't even believe this lens is the sharpest 50mm. I would bet that if tested, my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art stopped down to f/2 would perform better than the Leica which has a maximum aperture of f/2. Leica's niche is not "photographers who desire the best", but rather rich point-and-shooters without a brain.

I used to write comments like yours when I was younger and broker and never had even touched a Leica. There's no point in even arguing with you because if you haven't owned/used Leica then you won't get it. Likewise, if you are purely pragmatic and place no value on intangibles (like build quality and fit/finish) then you won't get it either.

Leica is overpriced, there is no doubt. You can get better quality for less money in most cases. That said....I sold off 100% of all my Canon gear (including L glass) and I've never looked back. That said, Leica is a luxury brand and sometimes they come out with silly products (like this one) that I would never even consider buying. However, to lump all of us Leica shooters as 'rich point and shooters without a brain' just makes you look stupid.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 22:03 UTC

Stop it my eyes are bleeding.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 21:56 UTC as 88th comment
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (303 comments in total)

For me the best choice was the RX100iii. It was the first RX100 with a built in EVF, has better battery life then the iv or v, and has a faster lens then version i or ii. If you don't care about 4k then I think the RX100iii is the way to go...and at $750 it's way cheaper then the RX100V.

I've had mine for about 6 months and for a carry everywhere P&S to document our family life and take the odd video or two it is great.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 17:49 UTC as 43rd comment
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (303 comments in total)
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scotthunter: $1000 for a compact camera that doesn't have a touch screen? I would rather have a Canon G7X Mkii for $300 less which uses the same sensor and has a longer reach lens. And you don't have to rely on fiddly little buttons to access the features.

The Canon doesn't have a viewfinder....so I didn't even consider it. I would think most people would prefer a built in EVF to a touch screen (if they had to choose).

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 17:44 UTC
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PieterB: yeah no point. Apple users love adapaters since Apple seems to change their ports every few years. Bought a nice fast Thunderbolt drive? Bad luck. Buy an adapter.

Want to connect your new Iphone to your spanking new Macbook Pro. Buy an adapter.
Want to connect your nice headphones to your new Iphone 7. Use an adapter (supplied with the Iphone 7).
Use your older usb-3 hard-drive. Buy an adapter.

Of course USB-C is really good but it would be nice to connect any peripheral without using an adapter.
Want to connect an external screen, yup. Buy an adapter.

If adapters turn you on, buy an Apple device.
There is one plus side. USB-C is not Apple proprietary so they can't charge patent-fees.

Good for you Gary...explain how to transfer files from any countless number of different cameras to this Mac without a dongle.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 19:07 UTC

'...it’s a bit of a cumbersome slot. You've got this thing sticking halfway out.' Say What???? The card slot on my 2011 MBP is flush....so when the card is inserted it sticks out a tiny bit, big deal....IT'S A LOT LESS CUMBERSOME THEN A USB ADAPTER DONGLE!!!!!

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 19:01 UTC as 383rd comment
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (870 comments in total)
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Clint Dunn: I've got a 15" 2011 MBP that I recently upgraded to 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD and replaced the battery. The thing is faster today then when I bought it 5 years ago. Based on what I see with this new release I hope my MBP lasts me another 5 years.

I'm not interested in a new $2400 MBP with only a 256GB SSD and 16GB, NEITHER OF WHICH CAN BE UPGRADED AFTER YOU BUY THE COMPUTER!!!

JT26 - I realize a 2016 MBP is going to be quicker then my 2011, even with the same amount of RAM. My point is that the computer I have does everything I need for photography and that it is ludicrous to spend $2400 on a new model with only 16GB RAM and a smaller hard-drive.

I guess my bigger point which I never really stated is this: I overpaid in 2011 for my MBP but at least I had the ability to upgrade it as it got older/outdated. It is my understanding that when you buy these new MBP's you are stuck with whatever amount of RAM you purchase when you buy the computer, you can't add more later. Same goes for the hard-drive, it isn't user swappable. Am I wrong???

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 21:52 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (870 comments in total)
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dbo: I am Apple-, especially Mac/Macbook User since a long time now.

The 2TB MBP 15" is here in GER at 5.350 € including Care. Thats 2k more than I paid with the late 2013 highest end model.
The annyoing factors are in the end not the unit price at all, I can afford that, it is more the accessories and the features.
I am working at three locations on desktop level, meaning Pro Screen, Keyboard and Magsafe available. Individual problem, yes, but why can't I use my Magsafes anymore - resulting in necessity to buy new ones.
Points to be considered by not blinded interested guys:
- No Magsafe to TB/USB adapter available
- No Displayport to TB/USB adapter available (only TB3 to TB2, which is mini DP)
- New USBC power adapters without any cable
- In the Macbook package the power adaptor has no AC cable included, 25 bucks extra
- Important adaptors (e.g. TB to 1000BT
- No card slot anymore (either buy USBC reader or USBC to a adaptor)

I am using a 2011 MBP with a Thunderbolt display and Thunderbolt external drives and other accessories I paid a small fortune for. I love how Apple just walks away from magsafe charging and other features that work so well and in the process screw their customers who already bought in to their previous 'innovations'.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 16:57 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (870 comments in total)
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Ergo607: Apple, the only thing I want you to do is to exchange my MPB2011 with defective GPU. We already tried preparing, it didn't work out...! http://www.macrumors.com/2015/02/19/2011-macbook-pro-repair-program-apple/

I also have a 2011 MBP....so far...knock on wood...the GPU hasn't died yet. I recently upgraded the RAM to 16GB , replaced the battery and upgraded to a 512GB SSD. The computer is faster today then the day I bought it 5 years ago....it's awesome. That said, I feel like it's a ticking time bomb thanks to the known GPU failures.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 16:52 UTC
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cdembrey: The Mac h8trs are out in force today, yeah gotta luv it.

I'm a long time Mac user, not a hater....I'm just frustrated with the decisions Apple makes. Ditching the magsafe charger, non-swappable RAM/harddrives and other silly decisions which mean that my current 2011 MBP will probably be my last.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 16:40 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (870 comments in total)

I've got a 15" 2011 MBP that I recently upgraded to 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD and replaced the battery. The thing is faster today then when I bought it 5 years ago. Based on what I see with this new release I hope my MBP lasts me another 5 years.

I'm not interested in a new $2400 MBP with only a 256GB SSD and 16GB, NEITHER OF WHICH CAN BE UPGRADED AFTER YOU BUY THE COMPUTER!!!

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 16:37 UTC as 76th comment | 5 replies
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Will B Milner: Here is a few of my entries that didn't make the cut, the UK is an amazing place to live :)

https://m.facebook.com/WBMilner/photos/?tab=album&album_id=940679459387503&ref=bookmarks

Peter - Lighten up man, who cares if he is using this as a showcase for his own work. If people didn't use online media to 'showcase their own work' then 90% of the photography sites would disappear.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 17:36 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: Congrats to all. Inspiring collection. The layers and dimensions of #12 are otherworldly. I'm taken aback by the cohesion of so many antagonistic forms. Nothing goes together, yet they mix well, offering courteous space to neighboring conflict. The people on the right, oblivious to the stew that roils around them, unaware of their own contribution to it all. Nicely coordinated with earth and water tonalities. I look away, only to be drawn closer to another form. Now the velvet sofa raking swirls. Now the blinds. Now the globes. Now I am a part of it all, adding my current surroundings to the labyrinth before me.

Now I'll walk my dog.

Clyde....if you have to wax poetic to explain art then it sucks. Not sure if you could have sounded more pretentious if you tried.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 17:34 UTC
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Wye Photography: If I had the time, inclination and resources I would like to run a landscape comp where the entrants had to submit a straight-off-the-camera RAW file. The prize money would be 10,000 Yen.

So you like flat images?? Back in the film days you bought film based on a look you wanted...now you shoot RAW so that you can process to get a look you want. The whole point of shooting RAW is to create a starting point as a means to an end. Your proposed contest would make more sense if you said everyone had to provide straight out of the camera Jpgs.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 17:33 UTC

Goes to show how subjective photography contests are....the winning photo in my expert er...I mean humble opinion is not as good as at least half the other examples posted above. Really the whole collection is fairly weak....I see much better stuff every day on 500PX. That said, the big wave shot was fairly awesome as is the night shot of the mountain with the light trail.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 17:28 UTC as 10th comment
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