Jim Evidon

Jim Evidon

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To all of you silly Leica hating twerps: Leica has stood behind every product it makes and if there is an issue, they are on top of it faster than I ever experienced with Canon or Nikon. The only other company that even comes close, IMO, is Fuji. Both companies pay very close attention to internet camera forums and ignoring brand hating trolls, they both are very responsive. So suck it up, my friends, while I wait for my TL2 to come to my local vendors so I can trade my reliable and much loved T for a new one.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2017 at 19:16 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
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Jim Evidon: Given that Nikon recalled the D600, D750 and their notorious battery recall a few years ago after denying for months that they had a problem, I'd say the Leica's immediately getting on the problem and offering to take back TL2's that were sold shows responsibility to customers that Nikon could learn from. As far as design goes (see @Torsten Hoff), I have a Leica T and I think the design is brilliant. I expect the TL2 to be even better once they correct the problem. And Nikon is not alone. I recall Canon has produced a few lemons in the past as well. Kudos to Leica for getting on top of the problem as quickly as they have. It may well turn out to be a particular lot of some small component or as they have speculated, a minor software issue that is correctable.

D750 BATTERY recall, not camera recall. You'll find it in the archives.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 20:59 UTC
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Majauskasson: Nice ad for Sony but resolution C+. You'll see this clip on their ads soon. Any half decent camera will do the same. Sony outbid Nikon and others for the rights and NASA can use the cash. Let's remember the NASA LRO circling the moon at 25 miles up photoshopped the non-existent fake Apollo landers in to keep the gullible Apollo nuts happy. If you believe the blobs are landers remember that amateurs with backyard telescopes got excellent resolution too. DP has shown these. NASA has been and still is scamming the world. It cancelled the manned Mars mission because it "can't protect astronauts from space radiation". Well, what about Apollo? How did they manage it? Using 1960s technology then it was no problem - 6 men to the moon in 3 years. Now with powerful computers NASA is stymied. Space is tough. NASA lied and created a fantasy Apollo story many believe to this day.

Majauskasson:
You said: "...Nice ad for Sony but resolution C+...."
Check the video settings ( gear icon) at the bottom of the video screen and then reset to 1440 dpi and then watch it again.. I am not a big Sony booster, but this is spectacular footage. Either that or I suggest you have your vision checked, and soon.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 07:58 UTC
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CheersUK: I don't wish ill on any camera manufacturer during these hard times, but I have to say, its this kind of thing that make Leica look over priced for the digital age. They spend too much time designing a stupid strap lug system, before ensuring the EVF is compatible. Lets not even mention sensor cleaning.
I'm not saying Leica makes bad cameras, but with digital technology, their products are as susceptible to failure as any other manufacturers...and not lets even start with the average product life span of digital camaras. Quality that will last you decades (as in the film era), just isnt a selling point any longer.

@shigzeo,
Re.: spotting the problem earlier...
The initial run of pre-production cameras worked fine as several reviewers tried them out. Some reviewers like Huff and Overgaard were very pleased with the camera. Obviously something went wrong when the camera hit the production line. Possibly a last minute 'minor' change that turned out to be not so minor. What it was we may never know. Let's just hope that Leica has a handle on it or will very soon.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 07:58 UTC

Given that Nikon recalled the D600, D750 and their notorious battery recall a few years ago after denying for months that they had a problem, I'd say the Leica's immediately getting on the problem and offering to take back TL2's that were sold shows responsibility to customers that Nikon could learn from. As far as design goes (see @Torsten Hoff), I have a Leica T and I think the design is brilliant. I expect the TL2 to be even better once they correct the problem. And Nikon is not alone. I recall Canon has produced a few lemons in the past as well. Kudos to Leica for getting on top of the problem as quickly as they have. It may well turn out to be a particular lot of some small component or as they have speculated, a minor software issue that is correctable.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 04:06 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies

From the sample shots, it looks like a nice portrait lens. It has a velvety look which should be excellent for skin textures. It should be used on a plain backdrop since the bokeh is a little disturbing. I wouldn't put it up against a modern lens for landscapes, interiors, architecture or sports, but for its advertised purpose it will do. But for the proposed retail price, there are a lot of modern portrait lenses that may do as well and possibly better for a lot less money.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 20:23 UTC as 9th comment
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (381 comments in total)
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Trundling: I will not join the Leica owners mocking campaign but I have to say this. I have a 5-year-old Canon IXUS 300HS, which cost so little that I don't even remember how much. And I get EXACTLY the same results - soft images that look like the plastic lens is too small for my finger to get in and remove the years of dust and grime off it. It only gets good results when shooting at the widest angle with the sun scorching down on a narrowly squinting subject. Maybe I should slap red-dot sticker on it and sell it for 10 grand as "vintage Leica"? Should grow a beard first, though, or they'll smell my fear. Damnit! Couldn't help.

@Trundling,
I can't speak for the images reproduced by the DPReview staff for this article. Someone did that once and was kicked off the forum. I suggest, if you are dissatisfied with the images here, you check out the review done by Steve Huff. Whether you care for him or not is irrelevant. But do check out his images and the accompanying review. Or check out Thorston Overgaard and his images and review. Frankly, I don't care whether you like the camera or not, but since you denigrated the image capability, you should at least see what the camera is capable of, notwithstanding your sophomoric attempts at humor.

The links, FYI, are as follows:

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2017/07/10/hands-on-the-new-leica-tl2-camera-in-hand-first-look/

http://www.overgaard.dk/thorsten-overgaard-photography-lounge.html

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 06:57 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (381 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: Note to you Leica haters who don't own one or never even used one:
Go to

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2017/07/10/hands-on-the-new-leica-tl2-camera-in-hand-first-look/

and read his initial impressions of the TL2 and then tell the world in your snarkiest best about iPhones, Galaxies and cheaper cameras measuring up to the Leica standards. This new TL2 makes gorgeous images and has little noise at ISO 10,000. And the colors are amazing. So go ahead and have your snark fest, I'm waiting to buy one.

MrALLCAPS:
I found an interview on-line of Leica management sometime back and unfortunately I cannot find the link anymore. My comments are based on that; from the horses mouth, so to speak. I did not mean to imply that the actual parts are all made in Wetzlar. For instance, the body is outsourced to a company in Portugal. The interview did not list all components. In order to come in at the target price, Leica outsourced the actual manufacturing of many components.
That does not degrade the quality since the parts are inspected in Wetzlar before assembly. I was quite surprised to find out when reading the build plate on my MBZ that the car was built in So. Africa. But after nine years it has held up the reputation of MBZ. Who cares where the Leica parts are made as long as it is put together and inspected by by the Leica factory. The warranty sheet bears the 'signature' of the builder who will pay the piper if it is done improperly. I am happy with my T and will buy the TL2.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 04:11 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (381 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: Note to you Leica haters who don't own one or never even used one:
Go to

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2017/07/10/hands-on-the-new-leica-tl2-camera-in-hand-first-look/

and read his initial impressions of the TL2 and then tell the world in your snarkiest best about iPhones, Galaxies and cheaper cameras measuring up to the Leica standards. This new TL2 makes gorgeous images and has little noise at ISO 10,000. And the colors are amazing. So go ahead and have your snark fest, I'm waiting to buy one.

MrALLCAPS:
THE TL2 IS A WETZLAR MANUFACTURED CAMERA, ALBIET MANY 'GUTS' ARE OUTSOURCED. IT IS NOT MANUFACTURED BY PANASONIC, ALTHOUGH THE SENSOR MAY BE MADE BY THE SAME SOURCE USED BY PANASONIC OR A J.V. WITH PANASONIC..

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 21:56 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (381 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: Note to you Leica haters who don't own one or never even used one:
Go to

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2017/07/10/hands-on-the-new-leica-tl2-camera-in-hand-first-look/

and read his initial impressions of the TL2 and then tell the world in your snarkiest best about iPhones, Galaxies and cheaper cameras measuring up to the Leica standards. This new TL2 makes gorgeous images and has little noise at ISO 10,000. And the colors are amazing. So go ahead and have your snark fest, I'm waiting to buy one.

From the CMOSIS website:
Their area scan sensors ( AKA camera sensors among other uses) range from 250x250 pixels ( too small to be usable in a modern camera) to 10,000x 7096 pixels and from .0625 MP to 70 MP. So don't make claims when you don't have the facts. They may, very well make the CMOS sensors for the TL2. Additionally,
TowerJazz, a large Israeli semiconductor firm is a supplier to Panasonic for their sensors and there is no reason to assume that they couldn't supply Leica as well. What seems to be clear is that Leica uses at least three or more sources for their sensors. The TL2 24MP sensor could be made by CMOSIS, TowerJazz ( in their j.v. with Panasonic) or possible even Sony. Leica won't say, nor should they. What difference does it make if it is Belgian, Swiss, Israeli or Japanese? By the time the signals go through the proprietary processors of the various cameras, the same subject taken by two different camera brands with identical sensors look very different.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 00:25 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (381 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: Note to you Leica haters who don't own one or never even used one:
Go to

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2017/07/10/hands-on-the-new-leica-tl2-camera-in-hand-first-look/

and read his initial impressions of the TL2 and then tell the world in your snarkiest best about iPhones, Galaxies and cheaper cameras measuring up to the Leica standards. This new TL2 makes gorgeous images and has little noise at ISO 10,000. And the colors are amazing. So go ahead and have your snark fest, I'm waiting to buy one.

PROBERT500 and others:
It is not a Sony sensor. That appears to be a common misconception. Even I thought so. Leica uses sensors made to their own specifications designed by CMOSIS, a Belgian company and manufactured by STMicroelectrics in Grenoble on the M cameras. It is possible that the Leica Q sensor is made either by that company or by an Israeli company, Tower Semiconductors, but Leica has confirmed that the sensors are not made by Sony (see Wikipedia).

So, whether the TL2 sensors are made in Switzerland or Israel, they do not appear to be made by Sony. If Leica ever used Sony sensors in their German made cameras, they no longer do so.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 21:59 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (381 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: Note to you Leica haters who don't own one or never even used one:
Go to

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2017/07/10/hands-on-the-new-leica-tl2-camera-in-hand-first-look/

and read his initial impressions of the TL2 and then tell the world in your snarkiest best about iPhones, Galaxies and cheaper cameras measuring up to the Leica standards. This new TL2 makes gorgeous images and has little noise at ISO 10,000. And the colors are amazing. So go ahead and have your snark fest, I'm waiting to buy one.

UPMTIOUS: Who is Steve Huff? Who is Richard Butler? Both are stupid questions. The TL2 is a Leica Wetzlar product. Panasonic sensor? No. Possibly Sony, but who knows except Leica. I have an A6000 and I can tell you that my Leica T (1st generation) images are at least as good as the Sony's below ISO1600 where most images are shot. Anything above ISO1600 is useful for shooting black bears during a lunar eclipse. Most comments that are anti-Leica sound like Trolls and not photographers. Price is too high? Don't buy it. There are a lot of competent cameras for a lot less. But that fact does not, per se, give a license to pan another product simply because it is expensive. Hand assembly, inspection and testing is expensive whether it is a Hassleblad, a Leica, a Linhof or a Rolex.

Just accept the fact that they are very good cameras and whether you like it or not, the company remains profitable while other companies are struggling, and they do that despite your mis-directed dirt balls.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 18:55 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (381 comments in total)

Note to you Leica haters who don't own one or never even used one:
Go to

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2017/07/10/hands-on-the-new-leica-tl2-camera-in-hand-first-look/

and read his initial impressions of the TL2 and then tell the world in your snarkiest best about iPhones, Galaxies and cheaper cameras measuring up to the Leica standards. This new TL2 makes gorgeous images and has little noise at ISO 10,000. And the colors are amazing. So go ahead and have your snark fest, I'm waiting to buy one.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 07:48 UTC as 29th comment | 21 replies
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Edgar_in_Indy: It will be interesting to see how the 7.5mm f/2.8 compares to the Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5, which I have found to be a decent lens. Sometimes it even handles scenes better than my Olympus 8mm Pro.

I had an 8mm Samyang on my Fuji X APSC and it was incredibly sharp and didn't seem to care where you set the distance because the depth of field was so wide. On the other hand there was not a chance in Hell of getting any OOF bokeh.
All in all it was a nice lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 01:25 UTC

Despite all the publicity, i have yet to see a review. Although there was a user review on the 50mm f1.1 that commented about flare and softness, but those comment were really too short to be meaningful.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 01:21 UTC as 32nd comment
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (381 comments in total)
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Trundling: I will not join the Leica owners mocking campaign but I have to say this. I have a 5-year-old Canon IXUS 300HS, which cost so little that I don't even remember how much. And I get EXACTLY the same results - soft images that look like the plastic lens is too small for my finger to get in and remove the years of dust and grime off it. It only gets good results when shooting at the widest angle with the sun scorching down on a narrowly squinting subject. Maybe I should slap red-dot sticker on it and sell it for 10 grand as "vintage Leica"? Should grow a beard first, though, or they'll smell my fear. Damnit! Couldn't help.

I have the original Leica T and the images are razor sharp, so I really don't understand the soft image comment. Maybe it is a bad pre-production model? I enjoy my T so much I am looking forward to actually having the TL2 in my hands for a test drive. The iPhone touch menu does take some getting use to, but not much time is involved in the learning process. If cameras came with touch screen menus first and buttons were the new thing, they'd probably complain about buttons.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 01:17 UTC
On article Peak Design Everyday Backpack Review (129 comments in total)

IMO, the CLiK Elite is the most thought out backpack I've ever used. I bought one a few years ago and it is now the only carry on bag I travel with. This Peak Design bag may well be as good or even better, but the Clik Elite does it for me. It also happens to be very comfortable for me even with my very bad back. It also has a compartment for a water bag with a tube in the event I get thirsty and that compartment can be used for my MacBook Air as well, although that affects the formed back contour and reduces the comfort somewhat.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 21:30 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies

Read:
https://www.dpreview.com/news/2611026820/caltech-research-team-develops-lensless-camera .......on this website.

Chip and lens size on cell phones may become irrelevant as chip technology advances.
Moore's Law may have underestimated the pace of technology advances.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 00:46 UTC as 4th comment
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2756 comments in total)
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beavertown: DXO:

The Sony a9 comes out on top against the Canon 1Dx II and Nikon D5 with an overall score of 92 points, compared to 88 points for its main action camera rivals. While the Nikon D5 just has the edge for color depth, and the Canon 1Dx II just ahead for dynamic range, the Sony a9 is the more consistent performer of the three at base ISO, offering very good results in all three categories, including the best low-light ISO performance (3517 ISO).

Sounds like a major effort in pixel peeping.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 00:39 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2756 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: Just for fun, I compared the Sony to the Leica SL and the SL is sharper with less apparent noise than the Sony. Since jpeg images are dependent on camera software, I checked RAW as well. The rankings remain the same IMO. Do not take this as an absolute statement but only a comparison of DP Reviews own images. I chose the Leica because the sensor statistics are similar. Even the Nikon D5 appears to be a slightly better performer. That being said, all three look excellent..

Probably the Sony, but I don't really know for certain. Do you for a fact?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 23:22 UTC
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