Marty CL

Joined on Sep 23, 2011


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Abdouh19: Sony took 7 years from NEX to A9 ... i dont see them succeed in mirrorless market for two major raisons
1) if they create a new mount that means zero lenses , and if they go with the F-mount , the camera will look like a brick ( pentax k01 for ex )
2) sony isnt selling their best sensors anymore

There's been some talk of a Df2 housing a mirrorless setup. Even with the current dimensions of the Df, it's not a "brick". In fact, it is a nice size.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 17:07 UTC
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NaBalam: Looking forward to this... Kill the F-mount and get us something new. This is your chance Nikon, don' drop the ball.

With tens of millions of F mount lens in the hands of many of us---it's easier said than done.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 17:05 UTC

Well, hopefully this means APS-C or full frame mirrorless cameras. The Nikon 1 was already a mirrorless system (sort of), but with a 1 inch sensor with mediocre results.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 17:03 UTC as 182nd comment | 6 replies

Hmmm. Maybe Leica needs to charge an additional "premium" to assure a longer lasting sensor.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 13:25 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies

These fixed lens, small sensor compacts were doomed to fail. Just too much competition from smart phones. Same with the Nikon 1 series. I've owned several Nikon DSLRs over the years (currently using a D7100) and I believe they are superb cameras.

The dilemma for Nikon is involvement in the large sensor mirrorless market. Would an APS-C sensor mirrorless cannabalize the entry level DSLRs? You can see Canon going through that issue right now.

Having tried a mirrorless ILC 4/3 camera, I liked the smaller size--but the mediocre image quality, high price, refresh rate issues in the EVF; issues with using for sports photography and low light issues---I don't feel that mirrorless ILCs have fulfilled the predictions at this point in time.

Is that segment of the camera market ready to make DSLRs obsolete? Not yet. And with the camera market contracting, companies are not going to take risks. Companies producing mirrorless ILCs do so because it's their only route against the big boys.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 16:25 UTC as 279th comment | 2 replies
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iAPX: A noisy picture on the NYC subway at ISO 500, and a grainy one at ISO 3200, with a 24MP "newly developped" full-frame sensor?!?

It's at 2 or 3 ISO-level far away from the now old D610 or D750.
In fact at 3200 ISO, with pixels having the sam exact size as my old D300, it seems to be a par, but it's 10 year's old technology!

What is this mess about?!?

Not too many people would risk a $7,000 Leica in a subway or on a street in the large metro area.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 15:22 UTC
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mgblack74: Very attractive camera. But the price is bewildering. Leica is niche, Leica is hip(ster), but there isn't $5000 worth of tech in there. The mystique of Leica affords it a $5000 premium over what a normal price might be. To each there own. If I was shopping for a camera near $10G, it would be medium format mirrorless.

It's really about the prestige of the red dot.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 15:20 UTC
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Rob Sims: If shooting photos is a hobby, and the experience and satisfaction of taking photos is half the fun, then what's so wrong about a bit of luxury while doing so? If I wasn't supporting a family I'd be straight onto the pre-order page. For now I'll continue with my poor man's Leica (Summarit m lenses on my Sony A7), but there's no reason for me to stop dreaming ;-)

I suspect for many of those who can afford such a camera--it probably spends a lot of time on display on a shelf.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 15:18 UTC
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james s. kennedy: I'll stick with LN M-3, M-6 classic, my lightly care-worn M2, and my battered, but functionally perfect M-4. But the M-10 looks great, and the sample photos were impressive. I am 80, and my wife, who doesn't know an f-stop from a doorstop, pledges that all of my 200+ film cameras will be $5 each when I go f/512.

Sign me up!

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 15:15 UTC
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Lord Lucan: I welcome this EMTEN.
Am I correct in assuming that most Leica follower(including me) are old farts-retired folks. Their loyalty is not questionable,but what I think is Leica should promote more yong men and women to encourage to take up Leica.
There are no shortage of these groups throughout the world.
Bytheway I have not started hating my M240,which to me is an unoffcial M10.
It is still a capable machine.

It could be a pretty tough sell to the young considering the price. This is not about "hating" Leica. As one who owns several vintage Leica lll, the "mystique" is understandable. But as a practical matter, Leica's are in a unique market niche. They are not really a camera used by many professionals; they are sold to wealthy amateurs as status symbols---much as one might buy a Rolex. They are certainly not the most technologically advanced cameras, but they are beautifully built.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 15:04 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1381 comments in total)

I think all of us welcome the ever continuing advances in camera technology--which for the moment is focused in the area of mirrorless cameras. But as one of those who has owned (and sold) a Nikon V2 and Olympus OM-D E-M10 I wonder at some point if that class of cameras will ever live up to the predictions. I appreciated these cameras for their compactness and weight savings, but I found the image results as mediocre.

I currently have gone back to my Nikon D7100 and D3200--both of which have produced excellent image results for me. Yes, they are both a bit bigger (and the D7100 is heavier), but aside from the compactness and weight saving of mirrorless---those features are apparently the only advantages over DSLRs.

We have heard how mirrorless will save companies on manufacturing costs---yet those savings are definitely NOT passed on to the consumer. Mirrorless ILC are definitely not cheap--- DSLRs still offer more value. Also, DSLRs still have superior focus ability.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 20:06 UTC as 235th comment | 1 reply

This sort of technology could easily be used by governments to prevent filming of anything that they did not wish to be recorded. Ripe for abuse.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 08:47 UTC as 116th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (805 comments in total)

Whereas mirrorless offerings by Sony, Olympus, Fuji and Panasonic have failed to spur market titans Canon and Nikon into a serious mirrorless effort, I suspect that Hasselblad's new X1D may now give them pause. Whether or not Hasselblad's new offering will reach the iconic status among professionals as did their 500C----it does put more pressure on Nikon and Canon to innovate.

The camera history is replete with examples of leading companies who have failed to innovate and to meet the market demand. Zeiss-Ikon, Rollei, Voigtlander, Contessa, Konica and Minolta are iconic names that have disappeared from the camera business (Minolta of course was swallowed by Sony after they lost a patent infringement suit).

Is 2016 the year that we see a different direction from Canon and Nikon?

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 11:57 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies

Hmm. $1,000 smart phones with the Red Dot.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 11:08 UTC as 7th comment
On article Gear of the Year Part 4: Dale's pick - Samsung NX1 (407 comments in total)

If the rumors are true, maybe this camera will ultimately hit the market as a Nikon.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 17:54 UTC as 77th comment | 2 replies

Sounds like Samsung's photographic division really is about to pull the plug.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2015 at 21:18 UTC as 151st comment | 10 replies
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)
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Beckler8: What would be interesting would be actual innovation - something unexpected. Like a 15M-dot EVF so no more mirror required. Or something like slo-mo 4K video. (120fps maybe?) Or dual sensor: it can internally switch between two different sensors, presumably a sensor carrier would slide side-to-side; that would revolutionize things. I've never heard that proposed but would clearly be disruputive and relatively easy to do; do they even try to think originally?

But we know nothing even remotely close to innovation will happen but rather it'll be a full 8% improvement over the D4's AF performance and that's about it. :(

As an owner of several Nikon DSLRs and an Olympus OM D E-M10---is know the strengths and weakness of both types of cameras. And while having a size and weight advantage--there are still compromises and limitations with electronic view finders as well as focus issues for sport usage and as well as general low light issues.

Unless and until all of these mirrorless compromises are resolved--why would Nikon or Canon, for that matter--risk such performance issues with their flagship camera?

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 16:14 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1495 comments in total)
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Marty CL: As an owner of several Leica film cameras and a compact digital camera, I understand and appreciate the mystique of the Red Dot. But in terms of filling a need in the market, I'm hard pressed to understand the rationale for the Leica SL.

The draw of mirrorless cameras is their compact size and lighter weight. They certainly, in general, are not purchased because of lower prices and superior performance (as compared to DSLRs).

If this camera's target market ends of being wealthy camera enthusiasts--so be it. It's their money. But if the intent is truly to compete in the professional market--then why mirrorless?

It is true that decades ago, Leica's film SLR efforts were not successful in competition to the Nikon F (both in lack of system flexibility and price competition), but this is a new era.

Has Leica addressed all of the current inherent performance limitations of mirrorless cameras? Are we about to see a great leap forward in this field?

Yes, I agree. The point is: are we there yet in terms of mirrorless performance equalling or surpassing DSLRs?

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 21:37 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1495 comments in total)
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LFPCPH: Does this camera fall under the category CSC ( Compact System Camera ) like most other mirrorless cameraes - just wondering.... You may use the like button if you think it does.

On the basis that you state, I think it will be interesting to see-if in a year's time---if professionals are actually using the camera in significant numbers.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 18:16 UTC
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