Vikas M Gore

Vikas M Gore

Lives in Singapore Usually in, Singapore
Works as a Architect
Has a website at http://www.dparchitects.com
Joined on Apr 29, 2006
About me:

I work in a large architectural firm in Singapore but divide my time between Singapore and Washington D.C.

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On article DPReview TV: Leica Q2 first impressions review (220 comments in total)
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Vikas M Gore: In contrast to some of the other opinions I don’t think this was a over-favorable review. My feeling [disclosure - I’m a long time Leica user) is that Chris doesn’t really get The Leica Q. As he didn’t get the Leica TL some time ago (I think). Naturally price points of Leica’s Are major mind-blocks for a lot of people but all that “brand loyalty” that people comment on in envy doesn’t just come from vapor. Leicas, joy, frustrations and all, are quite an unbeatable experience.

Yes, I could see that you were much more positive about the Q2, and as someone who loved using the Q, I was glad. I’ve sold the Q2 at a low [non-Leica :-) ] price to a friend, who has more modest resources, as I did for many years.

I know that at one level it makes no sense to say “set aside the price”. Not having had much disposable cash for much of my life I get that. On the other hand the red dot is not really what most serious users who can afford the price are paying for. There is an logic _and_ a pleasure in using a solid, reliable and straightforward camera that does what you expect it to with simple finesse and predictability.

Incidentally, the CL, with a bit of customizing of the dials, turns out to be a very intuitive camera with good results and a pleasure to use.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2019 at 18:09 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Leica Q2 first impressions review (220 comments in total)

In contrast to some of the other opinions I don’t think this was a over-favorable review. My feeling [disclosure - I’m a long time Leica user) is that Chris doesn’t really get The Leica Q. As he didn’t get the Leica TL some time ago (I think). Naturally price points of Leica’s Are major mind-blocks for a lot of people but all that “brand loyalty” that people comment on in envy doesn’t just come from vapor. Leicas, joy, frustrations and all, are quite an unbeatable experience.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2019 at 15:12 UTC as 54th comment | 3 replies
On article Panasonic S1 and S1R: What we know so far (894 comments in total)
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Vikas M Gore: Those are UGLY looking cameras - I hope they are lighter and cheaper than an SL!

Good looking cameras look good. If they take good pictures and also look good, why not. Ugly equipment you tolerate because it does the job.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2018 at 13:32 UTC
On article Panasonic S1 and S1R: What we know so far (894 comments in total)

Those are UGLY looking cameras - I hope they are lighter and cheaper than an SL!

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2018 at 12:48 UTC as 153rd comment | 9 replies

Can’t wait to see the set but what’s with the bandages up M10? Some kind apology for using an expensive camera? I’ve found most people don’t know what it is and those who do aren’t filled by duct tape!

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 18:58 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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Luke Kaven: The 75mm Leica Business Giftar. Nothing says "I'm desperate for your business favor" like a manly M and Noctilux set.

I need someone to need my business so desperately :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 02:41 UTC
On article Leica M10 added to the studio comparison tool (212 comments in total)
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Chris59: Not as good as a Samsung NX1 even with a zoom lens. Close in RAW but JPEG is rubbish.

>>The Samsung NX1 is well thought out and easy to use, very solidly built too.<<, well built yes, but I don't like the control layout at all. It's a very subjective statement of course but if I am to use the camera, the subjectivity would come into it. A very ugly camera as well but again very subjective :-).

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2017 at 01:32 UTC
On article Leica M10 added to the studio comparison tool (212 comments in total)
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Chris59: Not as good as a Samsung NX1 even with a zoom lens. Close in RAW but JPEG is rubbish.

>>You buy an M for the bragging rights and the brand heritage.<<
As an M10 owner I know this is true but I also know that the the Leica Ms are a pleasure to use (and way better built than anything else). If I had a Samsung or Sony, a big disadvantage would be actually having to use them.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2017 at 16:26 UTC
On article Leica M10 added to the studio comparison tool (212 comments in total)
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ZeBebito: The same money can give you a Hasselblaf X1D.
The same IQ can be achieved even with a Sony A7.
That’s what I call amazing value!!

At 6400ISO I’m seeing the M10 doing better that the A7 or the A7RII.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2017 at 16:17 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (384 comments in total)
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Marty4650: If you cut the price of the Leica TL2 by $500, add a built in EVF, add a tilt screen, add around 400 more focus points, add a built in flash, add a microphone port, almost double the battery life, make it smaller and lighter, and then weather seal it.... you end up with a Sony a6500.

This camera lays to rest the theory that the a6500 "costs too much."

Sony should use it in their ad campaigns.

But then you land up having to use the Sony.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 05:48 UTC
On article Leica SL Review (1103 comments in total)
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FlickBickDickerson: I don't get why Leica didn't make a solid 24-70 F2.8 for it?

The present 24-90 lens goes down to f4 at the long end and it's huge. I suspect 2.8 across the board would not be smaller even if shortened from 90 to 70.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 02:18 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (489 comments in total)
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Vikas M Gore: What a waste of the reviewers time and ours, though admittedly I didn't read it all after getting the main thrust of it. Like zone focusing. Usually you can guess about where it is.

But seriously Barney, if you'd practiced a bit, with a rangefinder you could focused more consistently than with most autofocus devices.

Well, you guys are quite right. I have since read the article and please accept my apologies :-). No excuses - perhaps jet lagg and off-the cuff response after a quick look. I still disagree with some of your comments Barney, but I guess one would expect that! But you write well and you got some very good pictures as well!

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 15:10 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (489 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: It is just too bad that nobody explained to the author that focusing with a rangefinder is faster and more reliable than AF when done right. All you have to do is to set the lens to infinity after each shot. That way, there is only one direction the focusing ring can go.

When it comes to guessing and zone focusing, the simplest and most reliable technique is positioning a standing person between horizontal frame lines and focusing on it. After that, any person of approximately the same height will be at approximately the same distance. No need to recompose.

"Classic DPR comment" - not sure what that means. I've been using both an M and autofocus for a long time and manual focus yields the most consistent results. Hardly ever miss the focus except even with a 90mm Summicron wide open at close range.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 16:24 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (489 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: It is just too bad that nobody explained to the author that focusing with a rangefinder is faster and more reliable than AF when done right. All you have to do is to set the lens to infinity after each shot. That way, there is only one direction the focusing ring can go.

When it comes to guessing and zone focusing, the simplest and most reliable technique is positioning a standing person between horizontal frame lines and focusing on it. After that, any person of approximately the same height will be at approximately the same distance. No need to recompose.

It's strange, he had the camera for all those days and never cared to figure it out or practice using it ...

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 16:00 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (489 comments in total)

What a waste of the reviewers time and ours, though admittedly I didn't read it all after getting the main thrust of it. Like zone focusing. Usually you can guess about where it is.

But seriously Barney, if you'd practiced a bit, with a rangefinder you could focused more consistently than with most autofocus devices.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 14:47 UTC as 126th comment | 5 replies
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shigzeo: I wonder if I am alone in wanting a digital M that is as light/thin as an M2, or better yet, a really stripped down one the size/shape of the CL.

I couldn't agree with you more!

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 05:56 UTC
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JBurnett: I've always wondered what has prevented other companies from producing a full-frame M-mount camera, maybe with a built-in EVF where the rangefinder is. Body only. No auto-focus to worry about -- maybe focus-peaking with the EVF. No IBIS to worry about. Price it like the Sony A7 body. Maybe pair with a Voigtlander 35 or 50 to create a (relatively) inexpensive kit.

Would there be a market?

Well there's the Sony A7 with an M adapter if you must have it :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 05:41 UTC
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photoshack: I enjoyed shooting several weeks with the M and some fabulous lenses (about $14k of camera). It was a joyful experience, like drinking someone's 40 year old scotch with no penalty. The images are beautiful...but not worth the $$. The durability and output is all that matters to me and my Canon package was equal and superior in many ways to the Leica gear.

So...dot or no dot...I don't go for jewelry, rolexes, gucci or any of that status stuff. I can probably afford to spend it on those things...but they are not valuable to me so I don't. If someone gave me this Leica, I'd probably sell it and buy something that I can really use or go on a vacation with the proceeds :-)

Looks like the 40 year old scotch went unappreciated. I'm a teetotaler but have been using Leica's for years. I've used good Japanese brands as well but Leica is what I always come back to. To misappropriate another analogy jeep will get me from A to B but a Land Rover is more comfortable and not as ugly.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 05:38 UTC
On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2257 comments in total)
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ukuleleguy: I use Leicas and I was quite excited when I saw the announcement for this camera. Yes there are a lot of cameras out there with more features and lower cost. Some of those cameras are quite nice but they are just a step away from the parts drawer. I used to use Canon film cameras and I loved them . When I switched to digital I bought a Canon and it died, SO I bought another and it too died, SO I bought another and it died. Each time the repairs exceeded the price of the latest model. After a while I decided to swicth and I bought a Leica. I have been happy ever since. If you like buying a new camera every couple of years than buying a cheaper camera will fit the bill, likewise if you do not have the $ to spend and still want decent performance. A Leica is not for everyone. BUT if you like quality, want to keep your camera for a long time, want to take a lot of photos and get amazing customer service then a Leica may be for you. Leica provides the tools I prefer. I want a T!

Yes. Very sharp and clear. It does not have a lot of space around the visible screen so with glasses it feels a bit of a tight fit but I can see everything.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 09:34 UTC
On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2257 comments in total)
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ukuleleguy: I use Leicas and I was quite excited when I saw the announcement for this camera. Yes there are a lot of cameras out there with more features and lower cost. Some of those cameras are quite nice but they are just a step away from the parts drawer. I used to use Canon film cameras and I loved them . When I switched to digital I bought a Canon and it died, SO I bought another and it too died, SO I bought another and it died. Each time the repairs exceeded the price of the latest model. After a while I decided to swicth and I bought a Leica. I have been happy ever since. If you like buying a new camera every couple of years than buying a cheaper camera will fit the bill, likewise if you do not have the $ to spend and still want decent performance. A Leica is not for everyone. BUT if you like quality, want to keep your camera for a long time, want to take a lot of photos and get amazing customer service then a Leica may be for you. Leica provides the tools I prefer. I want a T!

I took the plunge an bought both lenses, the M adapter and the EVF. Everything was available here in SIngapore for those who ordered early (in my case May 25th!).

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 03:56 UTC
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