IvanM

Lives in South Africa Centurion, South Africa
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Sep 15, 2004
About me:

Professional photographer with a love for documentary and landscape photography

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PLAMBERT: My Leica M240 was bought used and after a few months the rangefinder cam was out of adjustment (90mm would not focus infinity). Leica said the camera was under 2 years old and so fixed it for nothing including a general check and the latest firmware.
Would Sony do the same, or Nikon?
Philip

In South Africa all Canon cameras and lenses have a two year warranty...

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 11:53 UTC

Now here is the problem: Sony pulled completely out of my country a few years ago as they just couldn't compete....one shop in Capetown imports a few bodies but I have yet to see a Sony lens anywhere. Market is dominated by Canon & Nikon and it would seems Fuji is making some inroads...so here the choice is either Canon or Nikon for most....Saw an old college buddy of mine and he is still happily shooting with a 5Dmk2 and another pro friend of mine shoots commercial stuff everyday with a Nikon D3...I think there is a huge gap between how pros use cameras and what DP Review thinks we should be using...

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 16:01 UTC as 38th comment | 4 replies
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IvanM: MMM this might be like trying to convince someone that wants a Ferrari that he will be better off buying a Subaru WRX or something...as the Leica guys are fond of saying, maybe he just doesn't get it....

I'm not talking about brand recognition at all...I'm talking about the small core of photographers that like the look of medium format, and here I'm not talking of the look of the camera but of the images...

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 15:02 UTC
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IvanM: MMM this might be like trying to convince someone that wants a Ferrari that he will be better off buying a Subaru WRX or something...as the Leica guys are fond of saying, maybe he just doesn't get it....

Exactly! Thats why cameras like this get made, not to win technical arguments but to fulfill a need....same reason some people still use film or view cameras...and btw RS keeps on showing us his blonde girl but we would rather see the raw file!

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 14:00 UTC

MMM this might be like trying to convince someone that wants a Ferrari that he will be better off buying a Subaru WRX or something...as the Leica guys are fond of saying, maybe he just doesn't get it....

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 09:16 UTC as 227th comment | 4 replies
On article This camera is made of 32,000 drinking straws (177 comments in total)

COOL!

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 07:45 UTC as 24th comment

A few observations from downloading some of the raws. The lux lens is very sharp in the center wide open but has the usual much softer edges see hotdog stand image.
Dog image on pond: dog is slightly oof and the right hand background does look a bit softer than the left maybe some centering issues but this image could have been sharper imo had a different aperture been used. the summicron lens doesnt really standout ito sharpness judging from these images
some of the obviously wide open evening and night shots don't really look as sharp as I would have expected either...perhaps camera movement or mis focus?
The dynamic range is very impressive and the shadows can really be pushed without any noise at 100iso.
But taking into account that this camera has no anti alias filter-if i'm correct- the quality of the lenses and sensor doesn't jump out at me and shout LEICA! ...rather relieved actually because it shows just how much the other brands have caught up with Leica..

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 09:15 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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Lastdarkroom: Never seen so much rubbish written about Leica "M"

M range is not for every genre of photography, but what it is good at, it is the best at. There is no other camera "system" that comes close.

Do not try and use it for what it is not designed for, you well be disappointed.

You need to shoot your M, it will not take the photo for you.

M = automatic next to nothing.

M is the celebration of freedom and complete creative control.

As for Lenses, the M only really works with 3 prime lenses, 28, 35, & 50mm you could argue only really 35 & 50, the best M 50 + 35mm lenses can not be matched by any other 35mm optics, especially when used as they should be .. wide open

'freedom & complete creative control' Isn't it just a matter of personal opinion rather than an absolute truth, whether turning a lens by hand to achieve focus or letting a small motor do it, is more free and creative? Or letting a sensor determine exposure rather than ones eye, or cocking a shutter with a finger movement rather than a motor? Or having a small tool rather than a big one or using a tripod or not? And what is the 'best' or 'unmatched' of anything, surely that again is determined by the eye (or ear, nose, skin or tongue etc) of the beholder, is there really such a thing as the best guitar player, best photographer, best car, best lens best camera ?

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 13:46 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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Cameracist: No one complains about luxury sport cars (they are uncomfortable, expensive and difficult to operate and you cannot transport your family with them); the exact opposite is true. Even people who cannot afford them put their pictures on their desktop background.

But when a camera maker does something similar, people on the internet whine all the time.

Actually i have found people react to the retro look of Leica's whereas the common and garden variety modern dslr look hardly gets a glance...but i'm sure we all have our own experiences....for me though the two things that make any camera disappear is not having it up at my eye pointing it at people and a quiet shutter...thus for me a tilting screen makes the camera more discreet as I can hold it at waist level, looking down at the screen and not making 'eye' contact...many cameras have silent shutters today, although the loud M9 shutter when it was originally released was a major turnoff for me...I believe its all better now....but this M10 sure sounds like THE Leica. My budget doesn't extend that far but fortunately there is lots to choose from at much lower price points without sacrificing image quality, handling etc etc etc....

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 13:27 UTC

LOTS OF EFFORT, TOOLS, PROPS AND EXTRAS BUT THE MESSAGE IS VERY FUZZY...

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 09:18 UTC as 32nd comment
On article Fujifilm X100F pre-production sample gallery (235 comments in total)
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villagranvicent: It is a shame Fuji didn't bother to do some improvements on this mediocre lens. As someone else already mention all the shots look soft even at closer apertures. I bet the X-T20 with the 23mm f2 will deliver better results, same sensor, better lens.

I have no experience of this lens but judging by the jpegs many look sharp to me..the closeup of the redhead is particularly sharp imo- look at the eyebrows..but I would imagine the raws will tell if its soft jpeg conversion or a 'mediocre' lens...I suspect the latter imight be the culprit here. Unless you mean 'mediocre' in some other aspect? The colours are a bit over the top for me too but I suspect once again its the jpegs....

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 15:27 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)

mmmm downloaded and processed raw image 20 in LR and I must say there is nothing more I see here that i cant get from my regular common and garden variety camera...But of course I dont know what aperture was used or if there was a bit of camera shake etc etc...i did notice that the shadows pushed to +100 in LR was noisy but it could be cleaned up and nice HL recovery...the problem with images like these is that not knowing the capability of the photographer etc etc its really difficult to come to a conclusion....but the overall quality of this specific image is nothing special...

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 13:07 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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Cameracist: No one complains about luxury sport cars (they are uncomfortable, expensive and difficult to operate and you cannot transport your family with them); the exact opposite is true. Even people who cannot afford them put their pictures on their desktop background.

But when a camera maker does something similar, people on the internet whine all the time.

Re street photography conspicuousness...I have found camera size to be much less of a problem than we would like to think....my small ff dslr doesnt attract anymore attention than my mirror-less apsc. what I found works very well is a tilt lcd where one can avoid eye contact with subjects..also loudness of shutter is important... the louder the shutter the more subjects become aware of the photographer/camera. The one advantage of the M might be the easier setting of the hyperfocal distance, but a fast AF might be equal or better and at least better control over depth of field ...other than that i think most quiet cameras will be equal in the street...here is some of my street images made in Amalfi :http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.co.za/2016/01/amalfi-b-street-photography.html

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 12:39 UTC
On article Leica Boss: Hands-on with new Leica M10 (169 comments in total)
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IvanM: Howabout Raw...your statement: 'There are basically no Canikon lenses that compete optically with the best Leica M lenses' Although the 35mm f2 asph is probably not the 'best' Leica lens, at the Photozone http://www.photozone.de/leicam/837-summicron35asph
lens testing site it would appear that at least two almost 'equivalent' Canon lenses at are the equal optically if not better than the aforementioned Leica lens....of course each of us may have a different concept of what a 'best' lens' is....just also to say I am not here to bash Leica or any other brand...my take is that what we have on offer today gives us all the opportunity to create very high quality images, at all price points....its great that a brand like Leica still exists and is doing well but equally so its great that Canikon et all can also give us the same high quality images at more affordable prices...... we live in good times...

I bow before your superior knowledge.....

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 12:27 UTC
On article Leica Boss: Hands-on with new Leica M10 (169 comments in total)

Howabout Raw...your statement: 'There are basically no Canikon lenses that compete optically with the best Leica M lenses' Although the 35mm f2 asph is probably not the 'best' Leica lens, at the Photozone http://www.photozone.de/leicam/837-summicron35asph
lens testing site it would appear that at least two almost 'equivalent' Canon lenses at are the equal optically if not better than the aforementioned Leica lens....of course each of us may have a different concept of what a 'best' lens' is....just also to say I am not here to bash Leica or any other brand...my take is that what we have on offer today gives us all the opportunity to create very high quality images, at all price points....its great that a brand like Leica still exists and is doing well but equally so its great that Canikon et all can also give us the same high quality images at more affordable prices...... we live in good times...

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 10:35 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies

To me its actually quite a beautiful camera in general, although some of the lens hoods, like this one doesn't do it for me - I like the round ones with slits...and this red version does look pretty cool...

The thing is that most if not all of this red batch will end up in the hands of collectors and will never actually be used. I am not sure how tough this red ping pong covering actually is but after a few years of heavy usage i think its going to look pretty tatty with many broken knobs etc ...thus this camera is made to spend its life in the vault never to be used and sold for many times its original purchase price a few decades from now...while the pure plastic Jap stuff will have zero value

As for the extra grip that's just pure marketing speak...if you want a camera that grips well, well just get a Canon or Nikon or....its not for nothing that Leica sells a 'grip' for this camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 12:04 UTC as 73rd comment
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RayVagh: iPhone = Canon, Samsung = Nikon. Enough said.

And yet people like me still keep on buying them.....

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 15:07 UTC
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IvanM: So the Eos M5 comes in at nr 4...no wonder Canon sells the most cameras...there is a huge divide between the critics and the consumer who actually buys these things...go figure!

That's exactly my point Tapper, it's an also ran or whatever you want to call it, but it's still nr 4 on the list....it's not about me wanting it higher on the list, or even lower, it's just an observation, and who cares where any product is on this
List? To me it just shows that Canon knows their target market far better than you or me. Just think about it ....Canon has dominated the camera market for years with also rans....they obviously know something we don't and is also an indication of the power of a brand and how to manage it, which Canon & Nikon do better than any one else if success is measured in profits...

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 03:47 UTC

So the Eos M5 comes in at nr 4...no wonder Canon sells the most cameras...there is a huge divide between the critics and the consumer who actually buys these things...go figure!

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 13:23 UTC as 44th comment | 4 replies
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rrccad: Dual pixel came out with the 70D.

Canon has been continuing to market the M lineup to younger people and females, primarily focusing on the Asian market. They have been doing this quietly, and steadily and now have a #3 to #2 global mirrorless market share.

With such a limited investment, it's hard to even seriously suggest what they did was wrong. It just wasn't what a USA centric enthusiast wanted.

USA has been really an afterthought, and really for the mirrorless market, it still is.

It's kind of odd that you in the beginning talk about dual pixel af, and then later suggest that canon hasn't done anything innovative.

Has canon let down the mirrorless enthusiast? Certainly, but that isn't there bread and butter, and is such a small and densely packed sub-market that Nikon doesn't even want to enter at all.

I easily get more than 400 shots out of my m3 and then there is still power left in the battery...

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 13:35 UTC
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