VadymA

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On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)

Any Leica camera is a luxury item first, and a very good camera afterwards. And it is priced accordingly. As long as there is demand for it, the price is well justifiable. I personally think the demand is driven more by collectors and wealthy individuals rather than by working photographers (unless some of them fall into first two categories as well). Good for Leica to cater to such a niche market. Their main business is in optics anyways, cameras are just an exotic addition, granted a rather profitable one as well, thanks to clever marketing more than anything else however.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 06:30 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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sh10453: I'm disappointed that there is nothing left for me to comment on.
I should learn to come here early!! :)

My favorite statement is the opening statement "Archaic focusing system, no video mode, no USB socket"!!!

But, at $6600, body only, it's a real bargain!!! Thank goodness that we have alternatives.
I'd love to know how many M10's will be sold.

I remember reading about M9 release a few years ago and how Leica can't keep up with demand and had to hire more production staff to reduce the backlog. So despite all criticism about the price I think they will sell everything they can produce. I am on the critics side as well by the way.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 06:07 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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cheetah43: $6000 in 2017 at 5% per annum translates to $523 in 1967. What did 'M' cost then?

I bet no more than $50 bucks for a body. That means $700 in today's dollars. Which sounds much more reasonable.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 07:03 UTC

Wow, abstract, poetic, and even erotic?! The latter is totally unexpected. Nice story too. I always thought that what separates real photographers from just the guys with expensive gear is the amount of efforts put into achieving the shot. This article validates my thoughts. And I don't mean travelling alone, it could be studio work, or working on the streets of your own city. No matter what genre is, the more time and effort is invested, the more profound the results are IMO.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 17:08 UTC as 16th comment
On article Buying a second lens: what lens should I buy next? (303 comments in total)

I like the summary of different lens characteristics, but I don't like the premis - so you bought an interchangeable lens camera with one lens and wonder why would you need more? What a stupid person that might be. I just refuse to believe that anyone would buy an ILC without any understanding why it even exists. But maybe I am too naive about mankind intelligence. Anyways, I think it would make much more sense if you said - so you are considering an ILC camera and wondering what benefits you can get from different lens types.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 16:53 UTC as 74th comment | 3 replies

Too bad, that was my favourite drone version I' ve seen... Hope those who pre-ordered get their money back. Although, it sounds like the founders treated their business more like a pyramid scheme. Again, hope I am wrong... :(((

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 01:30 UTC as 30th comment
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lemming2008: Sorry to see they didn't make it, it was a cool idea.

There's a lot of uninformed griping in these comments about this being a "ripoff". They tried and failed, that's not the same thing as being a ripoff. A new tech company like this is taking a risk they can reach a bit beyond what is currently possible and deliver. Crowdfunding such an effort is a risk where you invest in something cool and hope it delivers. It is not like ordering from Amazon -- the investment may fail.

I heard from this company while they were hiring, they seemed legit. And judging from the features in other recent drones, they got their product about right. They even say they'll refund money, which is a bonus. And means they funded themselves off other sources while keeping this in reserve.

The world the complainers seem to want, where people only invest in sure things, would be a boring one.

Pre-orders are not investments, and to say refunds are a bonus is just insulting for those who pre-ordered. Unless of course the terms of this particular pre-order stated clearly that the order is not guaranteed and the money are non refundable.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 01:24 UTC

The main message for me from the video was that photo equipment is not Nikon's main business. Now I can see how they can survive for another 100 years ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 05:00 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (417 comments in total)
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VisualFX: Kodak is a very bizarre company. Who actually owns them now? Must not be owned by anyone in America. Because this is a really odd product to waste R&D money on, in today's digital age. People don't want junk like this. They want quality products.

Last time I heard the name and the patents were bought by a Chineese investment company. So they are just trying to squeezes as much as they can out of this already very dry fruit. Since the patents are all related to past technology, all they can do is come up with new marketing gimmicks hoping to catch some sort of analog renessance wave and get at least some return on their investment.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 04:57 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (417 comments in total)

Honestly, I don't see a market for this thing. I, personally, would be embarrassed using it in public. What's the catch? Is it super cheap? Is it producing something really special? I don't even remember what super 8 is anymore. Is it supposed to be like vinyl record in music? Can someone shed the light?

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 06:49 UTC as 81st comment | 13 replies
On article CES 2017: hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II (193 comments in total)
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Jay Williams: As photographers, I can't believe you guys are using the idiotic term "selfie" rather than "self portrait." Or maybe I'm the only one who is bothered at the dumbing down of modern day English.

In my view, there is a big difference between self portraits and selfies. Self-portraits are done with proper lighting, proper dressing, camera on a tripod, etc, etc. Selfies are done with smartphones and P&S cameras usually on the go while doing something else not related to photography.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 18:48 UTC

That would be THE most expensive, THE slowest, THE most inconvenient photo service ever. Who on Earth would give money to these people to even try such idea? Probably someone who wants to win a contest for the worst business idea of the century. And who is the target audience? Obviously people smart enough to make extra money to cover hefty monthly fee yet sooooo dumb that they can only operate a camera with one button. Duh. Please someone, tell me it is a joke so that I can restore my fate in human sanity.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 07:05 UTC as 25th comment
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (376 comments in total)

These cameras are like blue cheese, an acquired taste.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 06:35 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply

Checked their website, liked the Before images better than After. On the same topic - I suppose 50 years from now there will be filters simulating digital camera look, so shouldn't we appreciate the authentic output of our cameras now, instead of hiding it behind fake and cheap camouflage until suddenly it becomes a "cool" filter on someone's app?

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 05:04 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
On article LensRentals tests the Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 FL ED (110 comments in total)

I wish Nikon also upgraded their AF-D fast lenses as a less expensive alternative to these price monsters. I am sure if they take VR out and one or two fancy glass elements they could come up with a very sharp and fast (AF) 2.8 lens for about $1,000.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 22:06 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
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VadymA: The author mentioned in the article that he was intrigued by the portrait mode of the new iPhone, so it is not surprising that we see a lot of portraits, anything form people to cats and close-ups. Those are brilliant examples of what can be achieved with this new feature straight out of the phone. Well done. The thing I liked less is the story telling component of the essay. I counted only 3-4 photos that were really contributing to the story about Morocco as a travel destination. The rest were just too narrow or out of contecst to be part of the story (what can a cat picture tell me about Morocco?). So overall, at the end of the article I felt like I didn't really learn much about Morocco's landscapes, architecture, culture, etc which was a bit disappointing. The new out-of-focus feature of the iPhone managed to blur not just the background but also the objective of the project IMHO. Hope the author will take is at a friendly remark and as a food for thought during future adventures.

Thank you for your kind reply, Michael. It is nice to have a dialog rather than a battle :) Your explanation makes perfect sense. I am currently in the place of my photography journey where being able to tell the story is the only part that really interests me, no matter what equipment I am using. This is why it caught my attention in your essay. But just like you, when I am in a group or traveling with my family and have no time for being alone with my camera, the idea of telling the story pretty much remains the idea all the way till the end of the trip. :-) So I know exactly what you mean. Cheers.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 16:51 UTC

The author mentioned in the article that he was intrigued by the portrait mode of the new iPhone, so it is not surprising that we see a lot of portraits, anything form people to cats and close-ups. Those are brilliant examples of what can be achieved with this new feature straight out of the phone. Well done. The thing I liked less is the story telling component of the essay. I counted only 3-4 photos that were really contributing to the story about Morocco as a travel destination. The rest were just too narrow or out of contecst to be part of the story (what can a cat picture tell me about Morocco?). So overall, at the end of the article I felt like I didn't really learn much about Morocco's landscapes, architecture, culture, etc which was a bit disappointing. The new out-of-focus feature of the iPhone managed to blur not just the background but also the objective of the project IMHO. Hope the author will take is at a friendly remark and as a food for thought during future adventures.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 06:26 UTC as 46th comment | 3 replies
On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (364 comments in total)
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VadymA: The images do look sharp, but they also look dim, like taken through a tinted glass. I though this is only noticeable when comparing images b/w small sensor and APSC or full frame cameras. This this Sony is APS-C if I am not mistaken. Could it be the result of a slower glass (f4)? Usually DSLR images look more color deep and brighter (vibrant). It is not the matter of simple PP. Would anybody agree?

The images do look different when I view them on my iPad. Much brighter but the colors are a bit washed out. But since they are SOOC Jpegs it is not unusual.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 05:19 UTC
On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (364 comments in total)

The images do look sharp, but they also look dim, like taken through a tinted glass. I though this is only noticeable when comparing images b/w small sensor and APSC or full frame cameras. This this Sony is APS-C if I am not mistaken. Could it be the result of a slower glass (f4)? Usually DSLR images look more color deep and brighter (vibrant). It is not the matter of simple PP. Would anybody agree?

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 23:59 UTC as 51st comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)
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Luis Bonetti: Nikon issued a statement that they have not made any decisions on cutting 1,000 jobs in Japan - a story reported by Nikkei just few hours ago

There is no smoke without fire :(

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 06:13 UTC
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