Summi Luchs

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In fact, it is hard to understand how many supporters followed this kickstarter campaign. In a time when serious camera makers see a decline of the market the chances for such a marginal product are low. With this information and its tech specs it was foreseeable that it would not succeed (as if was for the Meyer Optics). Technically the camera does not offer anything above an average smartphone. The film simulation would have been programmable for a phone app with much less effort.

The only possible plus was its look and its fancy brand name, probably attracting hipsters. But when I read of its quality issues (in other posts here) and its poor mechanical quality (a cheap plastic toy) a real hipster even won't touch it. These issues, however, were not so clear when the campaign started.

What we can learn: Never support a campaign for ridiculous projects.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2018 at 08:26 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
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Photoman: Some problems reported:

Camera turns off when the shutter is pressed
Camera doesn’t even turn on
Camera is plastic and cheaply made
Camera parts are breaking/falling off
Fake buttons molded into the plastic just for looks
Camera is hard to hold while pressing the shutter
Yet to receive their cameras and haven’t had any updates on the status
Awful image quality comparable to cheap toy cameras for kids
Incorrect labeling on the fake film roll
B&W photos coming out blue
Unreliable shutter button that doesn’t always trigger a photo
Shutter takes photos on the way up instead of when its fully pressed down
Shutter button so stiff that it’s unusable
Winding lever gets jammed. Needs to be manually pushed back
Stickers on the camera have bubbles and are defective
Photos can’t be found after they’re captured
Difficulty inserting digiFilm rolls
Removing the lens cover caused the lens to separate
Included cable that isn’t compatible with the camera
Photos are out of focus/distorted

"Awful image quality comparable to cheap toy cameras for kids".

It is a toy camera for adults. Unfortunately it seems to be made by quality standards below cheap Chinese toymakers.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2018 at 07:55 UTC

Might become a nice addition to my lightweight travel kit. I hope, the new optical formula including asphericals will be much better than the older (M-Mount) Skopars.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2018 at 16:23 UTC as 36th comment
On article Which is better: Nikon Z7 vs Sony a7R III (1519 comments in total)

Nice comparsion at least at the current state w/o testing the final product (Z7).

I would, however, mention one Point that is essential for me any maybe other users. While Nikon's user interface maybe better and the larger lens mount might facilitate the development of top quality lenses, the Sony allows to build up a significantly smaller and lighter FF system. I do not have the big GM zooms in mind, but if you are a prime shooter, you can easily build up a lightweight high quality system (e.g. 28mm f2, 55mm f1.8, 85mm f1.8). The first Nikon primes seem to suggest that size and weight ist not their highest priority. The f2.8 pro zoom shooter, however will most probably not go through such considerations.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2018 at 13:22 UTC as 368th comment | 1 reply
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camerosity: Seeing as how the used manual focus NOCT sells for $2500+ on the auction site, this new lens should easily eclipse it in performance and price. It's a win for Nikon and will sell well.

I doubt that it will sell too well. Photographers relying on F1.2 lenses had this choice with Canon since many years. Even the mirrorless crowd could use the Canon lenses on Sony FF - with a good adapter these combos are working very well. So mainly a group of loyal Nikon shooters or Sony/Canon haters will be left. If the lens would be faster than F1.2 I expect that its price will become a limiting factor.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2018 at 19:37 UTC

Two years ago it was so easy to explain that I took my smartphone as a second camera. Now its become difficult to count...

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2018 at 23:16 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
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armanius: In all fairness, the idea to have these photos is to have a memory of not only the location, but yourself in the location. So what if thousands have done the same pose on the same spot? The other thousands wasn't you.

I agree, it's absolutely ok to take photos, done by thousands in a similar way, as a personal memory. But what's the point of publishing these photos on a (nearly) world wide platform ? Millions of photos meaningless for billions of people...

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2018 at 00:01 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (352 comments in total)
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Mirrormania: Gigantic body, tiny sensor, something is not right.

Larger sensor fast focussing, high frame rate cameras, like Nikon D5 or Canon 1D are huge compared to their sensor sizes too (look at Sony how small a full frame camera can get). The absolute size and weight of the E-M1-II is still significantly lower. It all comes down to the question if MFT is the right format for your needs.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 20:20 UTC
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alexzn: Dpreview should be weary of publishing posts based on press releases. As correctly mentioned here there is no energy density data in the article. It's a nice with but not as revolutionary as it sounds.

Indeed charging a 1300mAh Battery (like Nikon EL-N-15) in 10 seconds would require a charging current of 468 Amperes (from a constant current source). Such currents are used in electrowelding and can turn all computer and household cables into vapor. It's vaporware, literally.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 20:58 UTC
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Mfritter: The exciting news, at least to me, is a reasonably priced ultra-wide. The Loxia 18 or the Batis 21 are three times the price, and wides don't adapt especially well to the Sonys (Sonies?). I tried the Zeiss 21 f4.5 ZM and the corners were unacceptable, and I'll accept a lot.

I used the Samyang 85mm on Nikon and was very happy with it.

The Zeiss ZM Ultrawides are made for film rangefinders and suffer from the the same problems as most Leica wides. Too many oblique light rays can hit the sensor. Do not compare these lenses with Zeiss designs that are made for Sony FE. The Loxia 21mm is an outstanding performer. Nevertheless, the Samyang 14mm sounds very interesting.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 20:19 UTC

Interesting concept, but maybe, at the time it might hit the market, we will see the next generation of EVFs. I doubt that the future will lie in complex opto-mechanical solutions.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 23:06 UTC as 69th comment | 7 replies
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farandhigh: Canon make so ugly cameras.

Seems like all cameras are ugly. In nearly every camera presentation, regardles of manufacturer, at least one poster finds it ugly.I find it much worse to take ugly pictures...

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 08:28 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (597 comments in total)
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LewToo: Lenses ... the outstanding feature about Pentax.

My collection of lenses dating back to a circa 1955 500mm f4.5 m42 screw mount will still work on their newest cameras. NO other manufacturer can make that claim. In fact for most manufacturers you need a roadmap and a reference book to see what lense will fit what body.

My Pentax lenses also work on my Sony A6000.

Sure, you can use these old lenses on the K-1. But they are no replacement for state-of-the art lenses matching the 36MP sensor in resolution. With fast and precise autofocus, of course. The old lenses are nice additional options if you want to use their imperfections ("character") for artful expression. Let's see Pentax' new lens roadmap, this will finally determine the success of the FF line.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 18:22 UTC
On article Delayed: Nikon Japan pushes D500 to end of April (138 comments in total)
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Captain Hook: WTF?!? How can we take any of those comments overhere serious? ;-)
I see (at this moment) 42 people claiming "I own it" and 48 people "I had it". This sounds like nonsense to me?

How can one own and/or get rid of a camera that is not even on the market yet?

They had a D5000. Between these cameras is only a "zero" difference.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 17:46 UTC
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Zerixos: For concurent 1DX photographers it such a minor upgrade, its almost they want them to shoot video as well. Hopefully they did push the overall quality of the still images, otherwise the "stil"l users might not upgrade there old 1D.

Many 1DX shooters will have to replace their 1DX regularly, no matter if the new model is a major or minor upgrade. After a few years of heavy use even the toughest camera will be rotten. So Canon will find its customers anyway.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 10:57 UTC
On article Pride and joy: shooting the Olympus PEN-F in Austin (261 comments in total)
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Theofix: For street photography nothing can match an optical viewfinder with a bright frame and a view outside the frame. Only three cameras are in my opinion ideal for this purpose : Fujifilm X100T, Fujifilm XPro2 and Leica M.

@Theofix: The advantage of a viewfinder view outside the frame only counts if you are shooting quickly moving subjects. And while this view is significant with 50mm or longer lenses, it becomes narrow with 35mm and nearly non-existent with 28mm lenses. As I never had a Fuji I can speak here for Leica only. IMHO this advantage of a rangefinder-like VF is mostly over-estimated.
@digifan: Once I thought the most discreet shooting can be done by a tilted LCD at waist level. I took me, however, much more time to compose the picture compared to an eye-level VF. It might be my personal experience only, but I am much quicker in bringing the camera to the eye and shoot than using the LCD. No matter if at eye or waist level. Shooting fast is essential for being non obvious in many situations.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 14:13 UTC
On article Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic launches for pre-order (19 comments in total)
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Aaron801: I like to experiment with different looks, techniques, etc in my photography but all the same, I'm just not all that compelled by what these lenses can do. If I want that kind of radical blur (and there are very few cases where I would) I feel that I can get what I want with software. I'd rather capture the initial image sharp...

A radical blur in software is ok as long as you want to blur the whole image. Images with selective sharpness zones and blurred foreground or background are extremely difficult to make in software (as long as you intend esthetically satisfying results). Especially the transition zones look much more convincing when produced by a real lens.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 09:08 UTC
On article SLR Magic announces CINE 50mm F1.1 (66 comments in total)

Nice price, but...
A 6 lens in 5 groups construction is very simplistic for a f/1.1 lens. The old Canon FD 1.2 non-L (with mediocre performance) was already more complex. No word about the use of asphericals (the old Leica Noctilux had 6 lenses, but 2 asphericals). I doubt they will be able to produce the needed large diameter asphericals for that price. So don't expect wonders. A cheap conservative design will deliver much spherical abberation - maybe esthetically appealing for those searching for a 'dreamy' look.
A guess, of course. Maybe they use cheap molded plastic asphericals and simpliy didn't mention that in their announcement.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 12:31 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On article Olympus shows gains in first half financials (139 comments in total)
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Mike99999: I sold all my Olympus gear this year. The image quality is just not there, no matter what the hype says.

I completely agree that high end full frame cameras provide better image quality. But this comes at the cost of size, weight and much money. Not everyone needs gear to produce wall-filling prints. For most purposes the image quality of OM-D is good enough.
Olympus is a creative company who was first in many features that are mainstream in ILCs today. I would be sad if Olympus would give up its camera business. So this is good news here.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 10:40 UTC
On article Sony Europe introduces a68 SLT with 79-point AF module (304 comments in total)
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keepreal: For a while I was considering a Sony but the ultra wide angle lenses I would have wanted are awful. What is the point of a superb camera such as the A7 II with such a mediocre and limited choice of lenses, also less ambitious models? I know you can use an adapter for quality lenses such as from Leica, but then you lose the automation.

Did you give the Sony Zeiss 16-35mm a try ? It is better than Nikon's 16-35 ( I had that lens before switching to Sony) and plays in the same league as Canon's equivalent. For me it is a very good UWA at a reasonable size and weight, even if a bit overpriced. If you need faster full frame UWA or less then 16mm zooms, the lenses get so big that it makes no sense to put it on a small camera anyway. With the Nikon 14-24 or the Sigma 12-24 I would stay with Nikon too.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 12:10 UTC
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