Jono Slack

Jono Slack

Lives in United Kingdom Diss, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Works as a Software Designer
Has a website at http://www.slack.co.uk
Joined on Nov 8, 2000
About me:

Just this guy you know

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Just Great

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 21:18 UTC as 10th comment

Interesting reading all the comments - the criticism seems to completely ignore anything beyond equivalence, shallow depth of field and sensor size.

I don’t shoot µ43 any more (sometimes I regret getting out of it). But the lens range nowadays is wonderful - from tiny and very cheap f1.8 lenses to the expensive and large pro range. The weather sealing is in a different league from most of the competition, and they’re always a joy to handle.

I owned lots of these lenses and they all seemed to have one thing in common: they produced wonderful results.

Great lenses aren’t just about equivalence and depth of field and the samples from these look pretty good to me. . . And in the larger scale of things they seem like pretty good value for money as well.

The bokeh ‘feathering’ concept seems to be something that others are trying for at the moment - often with great results (Zeiss, Leica and now Olympus). Large Size seems to be an inevitable downside.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2017 at 15:35 UTC as 10th comment
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV sample gallery updated (182 comments in total)
In reply to:

Ben of the North: When you check the Sony's spec for the RX10 IV they write "Resistant to dust and moisture" and the small characters say "Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof"

What the? It is or it is not! You can use it when it rain or not? How can they say 'weather sealed' when they can't guarantee it!

Hi Barney - point taken, but there seem to be widely varying standards - recently I’ve seen several cameras from 2 manufacturers touted to be ‘dust and weather resistant’ which don’t even have a rubber seal around the battery compartment, this isn’t really convincing.

Look at any Olympus or Pentax camera (for example) which tout ‘weather resistance’ and you can see the care taken with seals on doors etc. etc. You can wash their cameras under a tap . . .. . .

It seems to me that saying “it’s weather resistant” is enough - you don’t have to prove it, and you don’t have to put your money where your mouth is, but some manufacturers really take it seriously . . . And some others really take the mickey

. . . Worth mentioning that I don’t have a Pentax or Olympus camera, so I’m not being partisan here

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 20:44 UTC
On article Leica M10 added to the studio comparison tool (210 comments in total)
In reply to:

deep7: Looks just fine, though it strikes me that there will be close to zero people buying this based on how it performs on test charts! I appreciate the neutrality though.

You're probably right - but for the few geeks who also like rangefinders it's nice to see that the M10 does stack up reasonably well against the composition.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2017 at 12:44 UTC
On article Leica M10 added to the studio comparison tool (210 comments in total)
In reply to:

In the Raw: Just compared it at ISO 100 to the D850 at ISO 64.

LOL

I just compared them at 6400 .. . . .

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2017 at 12:30 UTC

Interesting
Sony 7
Canon 5
Nikon zero
. . .and I don't shoot any of them, but I always thought my Nikon shots were too yellow, and it seems I still do!

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 12:15 UTC as 144th comment
In reply to:

zorgon: Houston we have a problem...

https://leicarumors.com/2017/07/17/report-leica-tl2-sales-halted-due-to-visoflex-viewfinder-issue.aspx/

Actually the Visoflex isn't a rebadged Olympus one . . . that was the previous one used with the M240 . .

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 15:29 UTC

Great article, but it seems to presuppose that we all need more resolution and dynamic range and less depth of field.
I have an incredibly detailed 6 foot print from a 5 year old 18mp (ff) camera on my wall which I look at every time I'm tempted by medium format.
We buy these cameras and zoom in to 100% to ooh and ahh and then post them on flickr ...... or maybe we print them to A1? (24mp will do just fine)
I've never seen a poor image saved by high DR or resolution, and I've never seen a good one spoiled by the lack of it

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 23:44 UTC as 109th comment | 2 replies
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (487 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jono Slack: Hi Barney
Well, I enjoyed that . . but before your next trip I think you should do a bit of rangefinder focusing practice - it becomes second nature (as long as you don't stop doing it!). Zone focusing (I'd say) should be for really unusual situations.

In that context I don't think that rangefinder shooting need slow you down, indeed, if you look at Sarah Lee's photographs of Sergei Polunin's "Project Polunin" images in the Guardian this week, you can see that rangefinder practice has real rewards.

All the best
Jonathan Slack

Hi Kevin
I'm absolutely certain that she used an M10 for all of those images (as she does for all her recent images). I've discussed it with her.

Just checked her website and I couldn't find any mention of Canon- lots of mention of Leica though.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 10:50 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (487 comments in total)

Hi Barney
Well, I enjoyed that . . but before your next trip I think you should do a bit of rangefinder focusing practice - it becomes second nature (as long as you don't stop doing it!). Zone focusing (I'd say) should be for really unusual situations.

In that context I don't think that rangefinder shooting need slow you down, indeed, if you look at Sarah Lee's photographs of Sergei Polunin's "Project Polunin" images in the Guardian this week, you can see that rangefinder practice has real rewards.

All the best
Jonathan Slack

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 19:20 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
On article Leica SL Review (1094 comments in total)
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Tan68: ..until the section titled ~ "learning curve, read the manual", I hadn't noticed the lack of mode dial.

However, I had noticed there appears to be no AF-on button...
I like AF button

Is there any way to initiate AF separately from a half-press of the shutter button ?

Maybe one of the customizable buttons can be set to do this but none of those buttons look very convenient to use for this purpose.

Hi There - yes - you can use the joy stick for AF-on

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 13:52 UTC
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Jono Slack: Please Note
This is NOT just Photos - it's the CoreFoundation RAW processing in Yosemite 10.10.3 and 10.10.4 which means that it does the same with Aperture Libraries.

Also worth mentioning that it was pointed out here: http://www.slack.co.uk/2015/Elliott.html
at the end of April when the camera was launched.

Apple are on the case - and hopefully it'll be fixed soon, in the meantime if you have this problem, the only solution is to delete the Leica DNG files from the hard drive - in which case the Library will load again.

Steve (and everyone)
It's ONLY a problem in 10.10.3 and above.
10.10.2 is fine

Link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 18:47 UTC
In reply to:

falconeyes: The real message here is that a crash of the Photos app can corrupt the library.

That should never happen with a well designed app (hint: transactional safety).

I think that's a real advantage with LR: not only did I never see a corrupted library after a LR crash (I've seen quite a few after fresh major releases). But because it is an SQLite database file, it could be repaired using SQLite tools. And then, LR really cares to keep backups of that file (of course, Time Machine does the same).

To understand how serious this is: Just imagine an application crash would leave your file system emptied ...

It is hard to accept Apple released such a poorly designed piece of software. Apple seems to have changed a lot recently.

Iliah
Whether the badly formed exif tags cause the crash or not is not really the point - it should not crash.

What isn't mentioned is that the problem is in Apple CoreFoundation RAW support - so it's also the case with Aperture - as you say, libraries are not destroyed - but they will not reload until the DNG files are deleted.

I discovered this back in January (and of course reported it). It's pretty scary when your 90,000 image Aperture library simply crashes on loading - and so it's important that Leica have made the directive (but sad that they didn't include mention of Aperture).

It appears that Apple are on the case - so hopefully there will be a quick resolution. . .

Link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 23:23 UTC
In reply to:

onlooker: If anyone is disgusted with Monochrome now, I will take it off your hands. I have not been good and am willing to suffer as penance.

:)
But seriously, this is not Leica's fault - it's Apple's fault, and they've known about it since January without actually doing anything about it . . . and it's also relevant to Aperture libraries with Yosemite 10.10.3 and 10.10.4

Link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 23:17 UTC
In reply to:

Thoughts R Us: How many people who buy a Monochrom are going to use the Photos app anyway? It's oriented towards very basic consumers. I would imagine the customer base for the Monochrom would be using something like Lightroom.

It also relates to Aperture - careful!

Link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 23:00 UTC

Please Note
This is NOT just Photos - it's the CoreFoundation RAW processing in Yosemite 10.10.3 and 10.10.4 which means that it does the same with Aperture Libraries.

Also worth mentioning that it was pointed out here: http://www.slack.co.uk/2015/Elliott.html
at the end of April when the camera was launched.

Apple are on the case - and hopefully it'll be fixed soon, in the meantime if you have this problem, the only solution is to delete the Leica DNG files from the hard drive - in which case the Library will load again.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 22:59 UTC as 39th comment | 3 replies

One thing I can say is that the RAW files are NOT DNG (but RWL files - same as the LX100)

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 07:34 UTC as 4th comment
On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2257 comments in total)
In reply to:

ProfHankD: The interesting thing is the lack of comments about the griplessness of this camera. I'm sure it feels nice to touch, but doesn't it proceed to slide out of your hand when you try to pick it up?

Well, I actually used the camera for 3 months with no strap (it wasn't ready). and no, it doesn't slip out of your hands, even with a large R lens attached

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 09:03 UTC
In reply to:

NoTx: Hey, does anyone know if the R-Adapter automates the aperture setting, or is it all stop down? Hoping it can make use of the lenses as they were designed.

Hi There
You don't need stop down metering with a mirror-less camera. Set the aperture you want to use, and the EVF gains up to show you the correct depth of field / metering etc. It's much more elegant than stop down metering, and works really well using 3rd party lenses and adapters on other mirrorless systems.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 08:07 UTC
On article Apple releases Aperture v3.3 with iPhoto integration (41 comments in total)

Well - I was horrified at first - my personal jury is still out on the grey icons, but I''m beginning to like them.
On the other hand, my impression is that it's faster - I've not had any hangs (even with my 50,000 + library. the new auto enhance button is cool.
Removing the RAW brick from the default is questionable, but it's only the work of 2 minutes to put it back in the default for good.
I've recently gone back to Aperture after 5 months working with Lightroom 4 - I wondered whether it would prompt me to make the big move to Lightroom, but quite the contrary - the clone tool, the cataloguing, the brush based adjustments, the printing . . . . . and now Lightroom 4 is out the speed - Aperture wins at every level. I just wish they'd get their camera updates in a bit more quickly!

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2012 at 08:40 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
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