fredmason

Joined on Feb 5, 2017

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Don Sata: It's ironic that Leica continues to cash on the prestige of historic photojournalists who couldn't afford a Leica if they lived now.

You even see old Magnum figures shooting Fuji or Sony now.

I bought a lot of new Leitz/Leica gear in the '80s and '90s. Back then, prices really weren't *that* much more than pro gear from Nikon and Canon. I preferred rangefinders for much of my work and it wasn't hard to justify the cost. Resale value was great too. You knew you could get your money back, sometimes even turning a profit, if you decided to get rid of something.

Today, Leica is in a different price class from Japanese pro gear. I don't see how most working pros could justify the expense. Also, advancing digital technology means that much gear depreciates significantly over time.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2021 at 18:43 UTC

Leica products are arguably Veblen goods at this point. This upcoming price hike ought to help increase demand.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2021 at 18:09 UTC as 106th comment
On article The gear that got away: reader responses (237 comments in total)
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io rep: Re d700

I would not buy back my camera after others have used it. It is now not mine. Its tainted. Wear marks and use not made by me. I also never let anyone touch my cameras so selling it will disconnect me from it and I dont want it as the bond is tainted.

In other words... no sloppy seconds!

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2020 at 02:13 UTC

I still miss the old Adobe logo, usually seen in teal, from the '80s through about '93 that spelled out the word "Adobe.". I worked for Adobe at the time and I know many of us were upset when we were first introduced to the new logo. So generic and corporate! Fun fact: that original logo was designed by then-CEO John Warnock's wife.

Don't know why this logo change warrants a story on DPReview, however. :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2020 at 20:36 UTC as 15th comment

I honestly have no regrets about getting rid of any camera gear.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2020 at 17:05 UTC as 49th comment
On article Sony UK teases new compact camera system on its website (229 comments in total)

Enough with these overly dramatic camera rollouts.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2020 at 16:00 UTC as 36th comment

Spit and the t-shirt you're wearing. :-)

Link | Posted on May 14, 2020 at 16:08 UTC as 29th comment
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Herkybird: Multi-zone metering was well established when digital cameras started to go mainstream. The 1983 introduction of Nikon’s Matrix metering in the FA was the first model.

Minolta was certainly not first with matrix metering. The Nikon FA is famous for being first. I remember the reviews in Modern Photography and Popular Photography when it came out. The magazines had to go through a lot of explanation of the feature because there had been nothing like it before.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2020 at 00:34 UTC

There won't be another Photokina.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2020 at 17:07 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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fredmason: Would be better without the over-the-top amount of dust and scratches. It crosses the line from authentic to appearing intentional, as if little care was taken when handling the film and filthy cameras and lenses were used.

I have more than a few reels since that's what I filmed with in the 70's. You could have avoided that through greater care. A pity your few reels have suffered like that.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2020 at 23:32 UTC

You know, they made steady tripods 50 years ago. Nobody would professionally film a race like that but use such a rickety tripod as was done here. Very faux retro. A pity because the camera work is quite passable.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2020 at 21:42 UTC as 41st comment

Would be better without the over-the-top amount of dust and scratches. It crosses the line from authentic to appearing intentional, as if little care was taken when handling the film and filthy cameras and lenses were used.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2020 at 21:23 UTC as 43rd comment | 2 replies

She's great! She has lots of good stuff on YouTube.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2020 at 01:40 UTC as 24th comment

Been needing something a little nicer for my cat photos that I post on Instagram. This looks like the ticket.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2020 at 16:19 UTC as 155th comment | 1 reply
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FrithjofA: Obviously, Leica is very successful with this strategy.

Subtracting the usual complains in the comments about the brand (price, price, price) leaves nothing really substantial about the products. Could it be, that people who reflex-like complain have never used on of their products in their live?

Leica is not a mass marked product. Since the price is very constant over 50-60 year - 2 month average salary for a camera, 1-2 months salary for a lens - it became a luxury item over the years.

Nobody needs a Tesla S, or a Porsche car to to from A to B. But there a people buying those. Nobody needs a house with 5-10 bathrooms. Still, there is a market for such houses. Nobody needs a van Gogh or a Picasso, still people are buying such paintings for ridiculous prices.

Why people are not coming to terms that Leica is actually a very cheap luxury item. Nobody has to buy them. But people who buy them have a lot of fun :-)

Anyone interested in old pricing can find complete back issues of Popular Photography including the copious advertising on Google Books. Search there for "Popular Photography".

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2020 at 20:29 UTC
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FrithjofA: Obviously, Leica is very successful with this strategy.

Subtracting the usual complains in the comments about the brand (price, price, price) leaves nothing really substantial about the products. Could it be, that people who reflex-like complain have never used on of their products in their live?

Leica is not a mass marked product. Since the price is very constant over 50-60 year - 2 month average salary for a camera, 1-2 months salary for a lens - it became a luxury item over the years.

Nobody needs a Tesla S, or a Porsche car to to from A to B. But there a people buying those. Nobody needs a house with 5-10 bathrooms. Still, there is a market for such houses. Nobody needs a van Gogh or a Picasso, still people are buying such paintings for ridiculous prices.

Why people are not coming to terms that Leica is actually a very cheap luxury item. Nobody has to buy them. But people who buy them have a lot of fun :-)

I paid about $1,100 for a new Leica M6 body in 1987. My recollection was that they were around $1,400 locally but I bought mine mail order. Not anything like two months salary then at least around here in the SF Bay Area.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2020 at 16:04 UTC

Come on, Leica...

Prince Harry & Meghan "Royal Family Farewell" Limited Edition

They seem to be sniffing around these days looking for sources of income. They might say yes to this. :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2020 at 01:27 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply

Might as well have the obituary story on file for when this service is shut down.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2020 at 20:56 UTC as 11th comment

Does it have two card slots?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2020 at 20:49 UTC as 86th comment | 1 reply

"The jacket is designed to be water-resistant, capable of withstanding 'harsh winds' and suitable for cold climates."

Capable of withstanding harsh winds? Wow! All my photojournalist jackets get torn to shreds when I step out into harsh wind! Nice to see that there's a product that can take it!

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2020 at 20:47 UTC as 87th comment
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