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Triplet Perar: You can think like this:
the cost of jumping into digital photography is about $7,000-10,000 overall at least (over the years). During the time you start with (1) bridge cameras, then (2) try each new mirrorless system and some lenses, (3) a DSLR or two and a some good lenses, (4) buy extra gear and muddle around, (5) selling and reselling, and (6) spending all that time in GAS flu, you realise that you could have saved yourself lots of time by choosing a camera and a lens that will last a long, long time.
This is handmade MF lens, built like tank. AF and motors will not rattle elements apart. Using it constantly involves you totally into your art. It will outlive you. If not this, then choose 50mm Summarit, new M262, and you end up spending even less money (check link below), but skipping over boring parts, and time lost forever but which you could have used to develop serious photography skills.

http://goo.gl/YnDoWM

@PanchoVilla - you do know that pretty Leica lenses went to conflict zones long before that 'Nikkor glass' you refer to was even made? This lens is an optically updated version of the Summicron seen since the early 1950's - and seen alongside your Nikkors in Vietnam etc. and pretty much every conflict since. I'd classify it as pretty too..... Prety tough!

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 07:48 UTC

The anti-chimping Leica!

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 09:31 UTC as 149th comment
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rsenk19: It is difficult to trust the word "forever" from companies like Sony...

...a bit like Betamax or Walkman you mean?!

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 17:21 UTC
On article Key features explained: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II (97 comments in total)

What's under the cover on top of the pentaprism? Specs say 'no built in flash' - so what under there?

{Just seen Canon's promo video.... GPS sensor is in there...}

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 11:42 UTC as 17th comment
On article Massive $33,500 2450mm f/8 NASA lens surfaces on eBay (235 comments in total)

Isn't that Chuck Norris' standard lens?

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2015 at 12:03 UTC as 39th comment | 6 replies
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venancio: "A full-frame camera would be bigger, more expensive and maybe slower too." - Fuji.
Didn't Fuji make a comment on Sony's RX1 full frame compact before? If it can be shown that such full frame can be made small, maybe Fuji can finish it off with a faster and less expensive model.

...and please add a real shutter speed dial into that mix - not that 'children's' mode dial Sony put on the top of the RX1! The aperture ring and shutter speed dials of the X100 series bodies are just how it should be done. Very Leica, very nice, very professional!

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 21:12 UTC

When I saw 'Infra red' in the title of the page I thought 'gimmick' - however I quickly changed my mind when looking at the imagery. This is very poweful stuff and the red of the foliage translates to 'blood' when you see the moving images.... Incredible work. The Congo is a dangerous place, but beyond question, the best country I have ever visited from a photographic and life-changing point of view and that mood is perfectly captured by Mosse.

Take a look if you have a moment:
http://www.paul-close.com/Snakebox_web/index.html

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 11:12 UTC as 4th comment

I think you'll find that calibration tool on the right is called a hammer......

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 10:06 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply
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F 2: Appmera or maybe Appamera

A portmanteau of application/app, and camera.

...or Capp?

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 09:48 UTC
On article Canon EOS M hands-on preview (564 comments in total)

Where is the thumb activated focus? Without that one little item it becomes a toy from my perspective. Perhaps with a firmware tweak, the movie stop/start could be assigned that function whilst in 'stills' mode. Seems like an obvious omission on Canon's side?

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2012 at 09:24 UTC as 98th comment
On article Reuters to use robotic DSLRs for Olympics coverage (105 comments in total)

Just hope the robots have got permission to take pictures - otherwise they will probably get arrested by the Olympic Stasi and thrown out!

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2012 at 13:38 UTC as 5th comment
On photo L1013736 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)

Despite all the negative comments about Leica that seem to fill the columns on DP Review (often from people who don't own a single peice of Leica kit) - just take a really careful look at this picture. Even with the best Japanese cameras and lenses and running the finest software, your pictures are never this detailed straight off the camera. This is a great example of why Leica lenses have the reputation they do!

Link | Posted on May 12, 2012 at 09:41 UTC as 4th comment
On a photo in the Leica M-Monochrom Preview Samples sample gallery (5 comments in total)

Despite all the negative comments about Leica that seem to fill the columns on DP Review (often from people who don't own a single peice of Leica kit) - just take a really careful look at this picture. Even with the best Japanese cameras and lenses and running the finest software, your pictures are never this detailed straight off the camera. This is a great example of why Leica lenses have the reputation they do!

Link | Posted on May 12, 2012 at 09:41 UTC as 4th comment
On article Extreme contrast edits in Lightroom 4 and ACR 7 (133 comments in total)

Martin is a (the?) well respected software master and shows this software off to it's best - but I still can't quite accept HDR (whether from multi images or from just one) as generating anything that looks real!
The midtones are awful - just look at the grey building and the halo effect around the edges of the sky/building boundary and it looks like it's been badly feathered and over compensated... to create a look that is plain fake!

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2012 at 10:35 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
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TheYetiCom: You see occasional complaints about depth of field, but you probably don't understand how bad a problem it is. I looked into getting one of these (reflector based telephoto lenses)years ago, and at the time the russian models were available. I don't imagine that this can be much different.

the 500mm lens had a depth of field of 1 inch at a distance of 1/4 mile at F11. focusing required a tripod. Maybe that is desirable, you would have crazy bokeh, but the bokeh is all donuts not circles.

So given the problems with the depth of field, you need lots of rotation on the focusing grip, or a usm motor, a stepper motor is not precise enough.

-Michael

I like the 'out by a few football fields' comment!

As far as I'm aware a 500mm f/11 mirror (shouldn't that be f/8 anyway?) will have the same d.o.f. as any other 500mm lens at the same aperture. A mirror lens does not have less d.o.f.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2012 at 14:20 UTC

This is a dilemma - the picture in the Washington Post is not actually 'a news event' and the manipulation is clearly mentioned - and let's be perfectly honest, the HDR aspect quite subtley applied, to the point that many people wouldn't have realised it was HDR unless it was mentioned. It could easily have been a single shot with tweaks to contrast and saturation - and is that wrong/disallowed?

I think that if it is a 'news event' then manipulation outside of contrast/exposure corrections should not be permitted.

As this particular shot is 'illustrative', then perhaps it is ok - just as long as it doesn't become a common ocurrance...

And how do you police this exactly - definitely a dilemma!

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2012 at 14:14 UTC as 48th comment

Adobe used to be amazing - they made truly groundbreaking things.

Now they just update stuff that plateaued years ago and pass it off as 'progress' - for which you must pay.... handsomely....

It is an amazing piece of software - but alienating previous owners is not a good business model.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2012 at 11:50 UTC as 8th comment
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