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On article iPhone X vs. Samsung Note 8 (372 comments in total)
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Alphaville: Imagine if camera manufatcurers didn't specify sensor size. I hate apple's attitude of not providing this info.

Sensor size doesn't matter?
Why did I get a full frame camera instead of a 2/3" superzoom then?

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 00:16 UTC
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melgross: Sigh! This is a really oversimplified explanation of why we want, and need higher bit depth.

But the number 14 is bigger than the number 12! Therefore any photographs taken with the camera with the higher number are 2 better!

"...But these go to eleven." - Nigel Tufnel

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 20:58 UTC
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sharpbokeh: i can appreciate what's being said, but isn't shadow detail a major component of image quality? much of our 'real life' visual perception is dependant on shadows and it would carry that importance to 2d images

I do want a camera that is capable of good rendering of shadows, but artistically I think people rating photos over their shadow detail is wrong.

Most of the iconic film pictures I love and try to bring into my own photography are great because the shadows are pure black with no detail. Deep bottomless black canyons in landscapes. Dark hidden corners in street photographs.

As a photographer embrace the loss of shadow detail and make it a part of your composition.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 20:54 UTC
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K E Hoffman: As someone who was there just miles from where this was taken. This video does not even capture the experience. Heck the exposure was not even corrected well enough to capture what as a spectacular corona this time. I like seeing the prominences but I can see those in still shots.
This for me is a case of too much gear not enough art. It isolated a spectacular and very emotional event for many into data collection.

The End of the video says it was all automated. He could have been just sitting there enjoying the experience, or like most photographers having a blast running multiple cameras at once, doing what he loves.

The key takeaway is he created something impressive and in response all you could create was a complaint.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 20:03 UTC
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Yxa: 1015g
No plastic build like the D7000 then

Ergonomics doesn't make my backpack lighter when taking this on a 5 mile hike to a photo location.

It seriously feels like they want us to use pack mules for our photo equipment like the old glass plate days when people were still exploring the west.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 09:05 UTC

Electronic shutter is 6 FPS but how fast is it? Same as the mechanical 1/8000sec or is literally only 1/6sec?

Electronic shutters on other cameras with the ability are usually faster than mechanical, pushing 1/32000sec. If those still show occasional jello effect, 1/6sec electronic shutter will be nearly unusable.

I'm guessing it was just a bad spec release. Hyping something that only fanboys rage about (FPS), when ignoring the specs that makes up a corner of the exposure triangle itself.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 09:01 UTC as 163rd comment | 2 replies
On article Leica chairman contemplates Leica smartphone (115 comments in total)
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Aaron801: The idea of a very expensive smartphone that's almost certainly going to be obsolete tech and/or broken after just a few years seems pretty dubious at best. Better to get a cheap smartphone and then by a really compact dedicated camera that will probably have better IQ and better controls than any smartphone camera... and still spend a fraction of the cost of what this thing is going to cost.

I tend to think that Leica is for folks who have money they need to see gone, but I can at least see some wisdom of things like lenses being a decent (relatively so) investment. Smartphones seem more like a disposable object so it seems like much less of a good idea to spend that kind of money on 'em.

This is exactly what I do and it works out excellent. You can't cram a decent sensor and lens assembly into a device 1/4" thick. Get a decent, easily pocketable camera with fast and easy wifi transfer to a phone and you'll blow away any smartphone camera assembly out of the water.

The biggest drawback is the camera apps on the phone for transferring images and controlling the camera. Linking the two devices is time consuming at best, then choosing what picture to transfer is a slow process.

I would love a camera and phone app with a setting to auto dump all photos to my phone in the background as I take pics. Even at a relatively slow "buffer" rate of 1 pic per 3-5 seconds it's fine for the casual user Leica is talking about targeting here.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 19:14 UTC
On article Leica chairman contemplates Leica smartphone (115 comments in total)

Because nobody has ever thought to make a phone with a camera emphasis yet...


We've been down this road before, they don't sell well, and they disappear. The best you can do is develop a high quality competitor to the normal phone camera. As soon as you make a phone thicker and bulkier people will shy away.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 19:04 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (405 comments in total)
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Gesture: Beautiful photos. PROPS PROPS PROPS to Panasonic for getting an excellent size sensor in a number of outstanding compact form factors with EVFs DONE RIGHT.

Holy cow. So the the apeture ring doesn't work on Olympus. Most MFT lenses don't even have an apeture ring to begin with.

Every comment you've made in this thread is you raging that the ring doesn't work (you can still use it like every other lens in the MFT world).

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 01:00 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (405 comments in total)
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Zaphodz: This a great little lens with very nice rendering, my favourite of the m43 lenses I have (nine in all). I just stick it on my GX80 as a great carry-around/street combo, and great in low light, being one of the fastest native lenses in the m43 system with a T-stop of 2.0 (the Nocticron is T1.7 and the Olympus 25mm f1.2 is T1.8). If could only have one lens it would be this.

The DJI is just the Leica re-branded. Their MFT mount is only capable of handling a few of the MFT lenses because of weight considerations. Since this was designed to be a super light weight prime to go with the GM5 its ideal. But I have heard of people using other small light MFT primes on that mount but this lens is one of the stock options.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 00:58 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (405 comments in total)
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james s. kennedy: What's the point? My Fuji X30 can handle 28-112mm, with f/2.0 at 30mm.

Seattle and the Pacific NW are indeed beautiful and I have lived there for the past 40 years. World's nicest summers. I was an Air Force weather officer. But I dislike 1 Nov - 1 March, because it is dark, dark, dark. Temps are mild, Seattle doesn't get much snow, drizzly rain is a fact of life but I can't stand having it pitch black at 4 PM. At age 81, I avoid driving after dark because of the blinding laser-like oncoming headlights. Plus Seattle traffic is horrible and getting worse.

But all in all, there is nowhere I would rather live. It must be good, because King County has umpteen billionaires living here by choice. Bill Gates could probably buy Idaho if he wanted.

This is basically the "Why would I get a prime when I a have a zoom that works in the same range?" argument.

Buy a bunch of primes and find out. I love the convenience of zooms but it's amazing how crisp the pictures are with a prime. Less glass, less elements, less complexity does make a different in final Image Quality.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 00:53 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (405 comments in total)
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Ulfric M Douglas: This is currently my most-used lens, despite mounting it on my e-pL7 which means the aperture ring is irrelevant.
I find that a non-issue, as the aperture stops are too weak for comfort when on a Panasonic body anyway.

I agree about the aperture ring. I bump that thing way too easy, it needs to hold it's setting a bit better.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 00:50 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (405 comments in total)
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boni bonev: A full Wedding with 15/1.7 and 42.5/1.2 on the GX8 and GH4 ( there is only several shots with 35-100 and 4-5 shots with LX100)

A wedding that isn't shot with a D750 and a f/1.2 lens!?!

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 00:46 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (405 comments in total)
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Alec: So is it Panasonic or is it Leica? I need to know in order to take a stand that this is
(a) images richly imbued with plasticity, luminosity, character, air, mystique that is proof undeniable of Leica's untouchable superiority, or
(b) meh pix from an inconsequential lens that'll be forgotten about in 2-3 years.

LOL! Is it much different from paying a 500% markup for any item that has a red Leica dot on it?

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 00:41 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (405 comments in total)
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soundknight21: I have this lens with my gx8 and I really like it but I don't think it warrants a re review.
Panasonic needs to update this lens with version in at f1.2 and a sharper image at f5.6. Having at f1.2 would open up better image quality to party and night street shooters.
They also need to improve the 25mm f1.4 - it's sharp but autofocus sucks sometimes.

And this was released in conjunction with the GM5. Size was a major consideration.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 00:37 UTC
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (417 comments in total)

But it wan't my house on fire. Why do I have to be grounded when I want to get rockin' fire footage for my 10 youtube subscribers? America is so Fascist!

(because somebody get upset)

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 00:34 UTC as 76th comment
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Rensol: If they appear (curved sensor) on mass market they will be very limited in use/application. To some degree just like Sigma Foveon sensors.
To Sigma fan club.
I am not diminishing Foveon tech. I had Sigma SD Quattro for couple months. With 50mm lens it was something special (at base ISO). Wider lenses were.... meah....

If the technology proves it can work it's just matter of time before the technology percolates into the mainstream. This isn't the same thing wanting to put harder screens on phones when other cheaper options exist.

This is changing the way cameras work to more naturally fit the physics of light through a lens. For the last 200 years cameras have been fighting distortion from using curved lenses to project an image onto a flat surface. Imagine if we could simplify all lenses to get better images with less glass. Suddenly all lenses have the quality of prime lenses because you don't need 32 elements in 20 groups to correct all the distortion.

The drawback is that it probably will require it's own lens line to work with the new cameras but that's already happened with the DX lenses, especially if you can have an adapter that can get old lenses to work. It's always better to go native but in the 4-5 year transition period people can still make do with old lenses.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 21:19 UTC
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fedway: Nikon needs to release this whether or not the specific model is a big commercial success because their reputation and their perceived future need a semi-spectacular boost.

I think the only people who think Nikon cameras are subpar and they need a grand slam to keep from failing are Canon and Sony fanboys.

Even if they're not the biggest camera company their cameras are still recognized as fantastic cameras and the rule that other cameras are measured.
Look at all of the bad press about the Canon 6Dmk2. People are still comparing it to the Nikon D750 even though it released in 2014.
The D810 is still used as the peak of the measuring stick for imaging capabilities and it's nearly 3 years old now.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 21:07 UTC
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Dennis Linden: All good ideas, but will this be a game changing technology that makes us all dump and buy new gear? That's what Nikon needs to be spending R&D blood and sweat on, not "Jupiter" shots.

What would "Good R&D" be then?
I think the organic sensor tech is a huge new possibility but Nikon lets Sony make their sensors so they're focusing more on lenses.

This is a patent that for tech that will greatly simplify, lower costs, and improve performance of their lenses. Sounds like like it lines up perfectly with their business focus.

After you get past improved lenses and sensors everything else is just fancy side features and camera design. People may say something like "Focus on hybrid EV/OVFs!" but that's not actually improving the image itself, just a convenience to photographers.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 21:00 UTC
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ZeBebito: Getting a patent means nothing. You can have as many patents as you like and never produce them. This a classic smoke and mirrors move "everybody is trashing us for not being innovative, let's patent something and leak it to the media."

No, we're trashing Canon for not being innovative.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 20:53 UTC
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