Marty CL

Joined on Sep 23, 2011


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snapa: They only made 10 because that is probably (hopefully) the most people foolish or rich enough to think about buying that kind of camera. It comes with a fixed 28mm *F5.6 lens*, how crazy is that! I wonder how the 4K video and IBIS works on it, just kidding 😉
What a worthless POS overpriced camera, OMG! Made for people with more $ than sense.

It's not so much demonizing the potential collectors. It's calling out would be buyers for what they would be: suckers.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 10:29 UTC
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Graham Austin: Buy one, leave it in the box, wait a couple of decades and boom it doubles in price.

The problem with digital cameras is that they do not age well. Few old digital cameras become collectable--they just become obsolete.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 10:25 UTC

Oh, gee. Another "special edition" from Leica. And only $14,800. Talk about cutting edge innovation.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 10:23 UTC as 29th comment
On article Nikon D3400 Review (403 comments in total)
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fuxicek: Here is a tip for Nikon engineers for next gen Nikon D3500: remove flash ( who wants a thing that makes pictures flat and sucks up battery;) and add some awesome creative modes like "Fine art mode" (it could use ISO 102 400 and some heavy noise reduction to imitate the paint brush look) or "Chinese food mode", essential for everyone, who eats noodles and rice :D

Why advocate eliminating the flash? Simply don't use it.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 14:00 UTC
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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 186th 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 280th 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 (1397 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 242nd 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 (807 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
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