Atomez

Atomez

Joined on May 16, 2012

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Curve your enthusiasm.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 22:51 UTC as 40th comment
On article Caltech research team develops lensless camera (61 comments in total)

At last, Asimov's *anopticon*. A camera without lenses.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 23:54 UTC as 2nd comment
On article iPhone 8 front camera rumored to capture 3D images (76 comments in total)
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arhmatic: Apple --- Just put a larger sensor, a decent lens (yes, this thin device craziness has to stop!) a decent battery, and I'll buy it.

All the stuff you are coming up with, like fake bokeh, infrared and now 3D - makes no sense whatsoever. In fact, this is the number one reason I am not interested. It makes no sense to pay hundreds more for some gimmicks that I'd never use. Keep it simple and classy.

Ok. So, what phone are you using instead?

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 03:08 UTC
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Atomez: Leica camera bodies and lenses are made in Portugal. Then they are shipped to Germany where the image sensor (from Japan) is inserted and the "Made in Germany" logo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS0EdUvMimc

http://www.fdtimes.com/2016/10/01/leica-portugal/

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 01:04 UTC
On article Leica Boss: Hands-on with new Leica M10 (169 comments in total)

The competitors to Leicas are not Canon, Nikon, Sony, whatever. Its competitors are other luxury products, like a round the world vacation, a Rolex, a Dior dress or something like that. Nothing to do with photography though.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 03:24 UTC as 9th comment
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)

The competitors to Leicas are not Canon, Nikon, Sony, whatever. Its competitors are other luxury products, like a round the world vacation, a Rolex, a Dior dress or something like that. Nothing to do with photography though.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 03:22 UTC as 34th comment | 8 replies
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Atomez: Leica camera bodies and lenses are made in Portugal. Then they are shipped to Germany where the image sensor (from Japan) is inserted and the "Made in Germany" logo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS0EdUvMimc

Ok man, here's a picture of the inauguration of the new expanded Leica Portugal factory, including the portuguese flag.
http://leicarumors.com/2013/03/22/leica-camera-ag-opens-new-plant-in-portugal.aspx/
Bye now, I have some more interesting things to do.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 04:49 UTC
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Atomez: Leica camera bodies and lenses are made in Portugal. Then they are shipped to Germany where the image sensor (from Japan) is inserted and the "Made in Germany" logo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS0EdUvMimc

Here's another clip for your vieweing pleasure:
100 Years of Leica - Exhibition in Famalicão, Portugal (2014)
There´s a large Leica factory in Portugal. In June, 2014 I shot these pictures in the 100 years of Leica celebration.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJSjKMdRcq4

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 02:07 UTC
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Atomez: Leica camera bodies and lenses are made in Portugal. Then they are shipped to Germany where the image sensor (from Japan) is inserted and the "Made in Germany" logo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS0EdUvMimc

I'm not a hater. Love Leica and I'm Portuguese. So what?
Yes, Leica lenses are made here. Not only for cameras but also binoculars, spotting scopes, telescopic rifle scopes. Look at the videos, portuguese spoken but you'll get it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wma0DYTUPGQ

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 03:18 UTC

Leica camera bodies and lenses are made in Portugal. Then they are shipped to Germany where the image sensor (from Japan) is inserted and the "Made in Germany" logo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS0EdUvMimc

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 00:33 UTC as 87th comment | 70 replies
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VfxByArt: Ha ha, lots of back and forth here.

Luv the "my $600 whatever shoots better pictures at 3 million iso" comments! 😜

There are smartphones that take like 40mp images. Its just a wierd metric.

I shoot with canons, and I marvel at the features and diversity of the nikons, sonys, fujis, etc. you almost can't find a bad camera these days. In that world, Leicas do seem almost irrelavent. Add to that the snobbery associated with them. On youtube you can find one fellow that attended the M10 event. He genuinely seemed excitedby not just the new camera, but the celebration of photography, the reverence to history (they showed the orig Leica in the glass and metal), and the evolution of Leica. However he pointed out how turned off he felt by many of the guests, who swaggered around with leicas hanging off their necks like jewelry and their irreverence to the presentation. You are going to get that inevitably with a luxury item.

...but I love Leica and what they do...

The world is filled with oligarchs and 1% who harvest the wealth from the masses's needs for their greed. At least if they buy Leicas, even $25,000 limited editions that sell out of 500 units in 2 hrs. At least they are buying luxury products hand finished by german workers that are paid well it seems, while keeping a craft alive. Look at Nike, Apple, etc... all overpriced products sold at high margins at the expense of a labor force that includes prison and child labor. I look at the price if a leica, and At least its the least likely product touched by an exploited work force.

The other thing to consider is the size. Leicas are tiny. Yes APS-c fujis, sonys and canon mirrorless are tiny as well. But leicas are tiny full frame cameras, and thats really tough to do full frame. Ask sony who had to make huge lenses, or canon who had to stick to aps-c for mirrorless.

That being said, buying a digital leica body is tough because you are buying "the film" too, not a body that can be used 60 years later with better "film". Its just a gorgeously crafted depreciating hunk of brass. And yes, someone mentioned the film advanced mechanism.. who has not picked up and old camera body and not operated the film advance if not out of habit? A digital body doesn't seem to have that mechanical tactile quality.

I opted for another approach: I got the WORSED reviewed aps-c mirrorless body (no 4k video, The world ended!), the canon ef-m5, and bolted on a leica 50mm summilux! I first had a voigtlander f1.5 Nokton. But wide open the Leica beat it. Also buildwise, the leica is a tank. My 5d3 is an amazing performer, but the tiny leica 50mm and the tiny canon m5 is quite the combination. Manually focusng allows for a flow of taking pictures different from a modern af camera. On my 5D3 is a bit like target aquisition, telling the computer what to lock on, but when it does its fast, precise, predictable. But you are interfacing with a computer to take photos.

With a manual leica lens, its just you, your subject, and your wits! And the focusing tab, small size makes for a finely honed ergonomics. No wrangling focus points, selecting servo or single point, toggling face detects... these are all great tools for the pro photographer on assignment, and you will nail your subject over 95% of the time. But going manual with a specially ergonomically designd lens, it is an experience! And with newer 4mp EVFs, smart software like focus peaking to focus will make manual focus that much faster.

You should try it sometime. Slow down, and hurry up and take that photo!

Leica M9 is made in Portugal, M10 I don't know. Yet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS0EdUvMimc

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 00:30 UTC
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (193 comments in total)
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joao 43: I'm confused Dpreview.
The Wide-angle is the Standard while being a wide angle. The Standard is a Tele despite being a Standard.
I though this was a Photography site that would correct mistakes even when it's coming from the biggest marketing department....
A Shame and seriously confusing and a first since you never mention this on any other fixed lens camera, regardless the format.
The excuse that we should promote ignorance because it's to "complex" to properly explain focal lengths to consumers is just a bad excuse.
Dpreview should at least update the review and make a statement or Apple is the new Photography Authority?

Look, it's not even 28 nor 56 mm, it's 28 and 56 mm equivalent

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 03:14 UTC
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PKDanny: Camera DSLR is BEST!!

Yes it is. Now try to carry your excellent DSLR in your shirt pocket, make calls, check your email, get directions, surf the web, etc. with it.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 19:23 UTC
On article Leica and Huawei to create joint R&D center (89 comments in total)
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Mike FL: Leica, Hasselblad, Schneider... need money, so they sold their name to highest bid from Chinese. That's all.

All the phones are made in China anyway.

Most, if not all, of the current Panasonic including Panasonic's Leica Red dot version are made in China too.

BTW, My EM5 is made in China, but EM5.M2 is made in Vietnam b/c cheaper than China per Olympus.

Nikonandmore, you just don't get it. Making things has almost no economic value. As the iPhone says: "Designed in California, Assembled in China". Where do you think the better part of its value stays?

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 22:56 UTC
On article Leica and Huawei to create joint R&D center (89 comments in total)
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Nikonandmore: This company has reached a point in its glorious history where there is as much "Made in Germany" in their branded products as there is "German engineering" in mass produced Japanese rebranded photo gear, and "Wetzel Heritage Quality & Innvation" in R&D Optical & Software Systems of Chinese made garbage.

Leica (or whatever it's left of it aside from their name and red dot) should dedicate itself only into releasing more Panasonic Camera Clones, multiplying Fuji Instamatic Plastic Sofort Cameras, and compulsively selling their name to Chinese Cellphone makers & collect easy royalties. It's all a fraction of the work than actually having to produce anything of their own and eventually they can stop altogether pretending they actually make photographic equipment. Finally they can close their German offices, move to China, and change their name to CHEICA.

It's a great path for the company they once were.

Leica cameras and optics are made in Portugal and then shipped to Germany where they insert the sensor and electronics from Japan (Sony), the red dot and "Made in Germany" label... At least they could label like Apple (Designed in California) with just "Designed in Germany".
Watch this, it's spoken in portuguese but you'll get it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wma0DYTUPGQ

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 19:29 UTC
On article Leica and Huawei to create joint R&D center (89 comments in total)
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Old Cameras: I think it cheapens the brand of you slap it all over any old product. Leica is exclusive and stands for German quality and craftsmanship. These ideas are completely at odds with a disposable Chinese cell phone. (All phones are disposable)

Leica cameras and optics are made in Portugal and then shipped to Germany where they insert the sensor and electronics from Japan (Sony), the red dot and "Made in Germany" label...
Watch this, it's spoken in portuguese but you'll get it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wma0DYTUPGQ

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 22:50 UTC
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cosinaphile: time for apple to provide a real DAC for music playback .... provide a nice big battery like samsung
and put a larger sensor in their camera ..... the smallest in the field in a product touted and positioned as premium is a contradiction... and a denial of goodness for the customer who deserves more for a product at this price point

Teardown finds DAC chips in Apple's Lightning EarPods & Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter for iPhone 7

http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/09/20/teardown-finds-dac-chips-in-apples-lightning-earpods-lightning-to-35mm-adapter-for-iphone-7

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 20:51 UTC
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cosinaphile: time for apple to provide a real DAC for music playback .... provide a nice big battery like samsung
and put a larger sensor in their camera ..... the smallest in the field in a product touted and positioned as premium is a contradiction... and a denial of goodness for the customer who deserves more for a product at this price point

I mean the DAC for external speakers.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 02:24 UTC
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darrinlingle: Palm / Handspring first kicked off the smartphone revolution (even before the Treo), yet Apple gets credit for it. I guess this is like Xerox not getting credit for inventing the computer GUI.

Darrin in Colorado
Senior Software Developer

That depends on the definition of what a smartphone is... I used Palm and Treos and at that time they were the best there was to have internet on a phone. But very lousy. There was no direct access to web sites, it was through a site that converted the web site to Treo mode. Very slow and lousy. No 3rd party apps possible, just the ones that came with the phone. Separate keyboard, no touch keyboard on screen except using a stylus as pointing device. Of course that was what was possible with the technology of the day and were a step stone, but calling that a smartphone is way too far an overstatement. The day I used an iPod Touch I said "wow, now this is it".

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 02:08 UTC
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cosinaphile: time for apple to provide a real DAC for music playback .... provide a nice big battery like samsung
and put a larger sensor in their camera ..... the smallest in the field in a product touted and positioned as premium is a contradiction... and a denial of goodness for the customer who deserves more for a product at this price point

You just don't get it! iPhone 7 has no DAC. It went away with the 3.5mm audio jack. Music audio DAC is now external, either in a dongle or in the speakers. So now you can have the DAC of your choosing!

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 01:59 UTC
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