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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Undoubtedly a fine camera, and who cares if it is voted camera of the year or not, although if it did it would probably spark quite a lively and dare I say acrimonious debate here on DPR ...Please pardon my criticism, but sheesh Barney these images are singularly uninspiring and tells me very little of what one is suppose to be able to achieve with a camera like the M10...you know the stealthy street style stuff, razor thin bokeh, grainy high iso b&w images with high contrast etc etc ......I can understand it becoming your fav camera over the year.... testing testing so many cameras must be quite a intense and repetitive job so 'escaping 'to something 'simple' like the M10 must be quite appealing....hence my disappointment in the images, maybe I was expecting to see the creative inspiration that something like the M10 is supposed to unleash in a photographer....

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2017 at 10:47 UTC as 18th comment
On article Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 sample gallery (214 comments in total)

I don't get it....please explain!

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 16:25 UTC as 8th comment
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mcshan: We all know many people don't like Leica. That is a given. The products are often viewed as over-priced and somewhat lacking in recent technology. Sadly the comments on Leica news stories often go beyond this. Is it really necessary to personally insult those who buy Leica and shoot with them? There are always a few nasty DPR posters.

mcshan...mmmm interesting comment , but I think its a sign of the times...we have become intertwined with brands and brand identification to the point that a disparaging remark on a 'tool', in our case cameras, is seen as a personal insult...and of course photographers in general think their own opinion and abilities superior to everyone elses... I was a member at the Leica forum for a few years when I owned an X1 and the brand loyalty among some members there was quite astonishing and many looked down their noses at other brands and their owners...so I suppose it goes both ways....and is really more, in my opinion, a problem with how we behave on the internet...I am glad Leica exist as I do sony, nikon etc, I think they all make fine cameras and lenses and there is something for all of us....but I must admit when I look at Leica prices sometimes I can only shake my head in wonder that there are enough people with that kind of money to keep them going and going well

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2017 at 08:04 UTC
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mcshan: We all know many people don't like Leica. That is a given. The products are often viewed as over-priced and somewhat lacking in recent technology. Sadly the comments on Leica news stories often go beyond this. Is it really necessary to personally insult those who buy Leica and shoot with them? There are always a few nasty DPR posters.

mcshan...mmmm interesting comment , but I think its a sign of the times...we have become intertwined with brands and brand identification to the point that a disparaging remark on a 'tool', in our case cameras, is seen as a personal insult...and of course photographers in general think their own opinion and abilities superior to everyone elses... I was a member at the Leica forum for a few years when I owned an X1 and the brand loyalty among some members there was quite astonishing...and many looked down their noses at other brands and their owners...so I suppose it goes both ways....and is really more, in my opinion, a problem with how we behave on the internet...I am glad Leica exist as I do sony, nikon and all the others, I think they all make fine cameras and lenses and there is something for all of us....but I must admit when I look at Leica prices sometimes I can only shake my head in wonder that there are enough people with that kind of money to keep them going and going well!

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2017 at 06:10 UTC
On article Meet the Canon PowerShot G1 X III (327 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: Except for a very small handful of people who have a very specific use for this camera, I think this camera is aimed at people who know just enough about cameras to make them dangerous to their wallet. The price tells me that people who are buying this camera are planning to buy this camera as a long-term investment and get serious about photography. And they think they are essentially getting a DSLR with all the most common focal ranges covered with a decent lens. It is definitely not the case

It doesn't have the reach for sports..
72mm is a bit short for portraits but more importantly at 72mm, you can only shoot at f5.6 (on a crop sensor, that's f/8 full frame dof equivalence). You're not going wow anyone including yourself.
It's not bad for landscapes but you'll be itching to go wider.
Lastly, 80D sensor is mediocre outside of ISO 100. It gets grainy very quickly because of it's high pixel density, and you won't be shooting too many photos at ISO 100 due to its slow lens.

I suppose it all depends how good the lens is....

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 16:57 UTC
On article Meet the Canon PowerShot G1 X III (327 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: Except for a very small handful of people who have a very specific use for this camera, I think this camera is aimed at people who know just enough about cameras to make them dangerous to their wallet. The price tells me that people who are buying this camera are planning to buy this camera as a long-term investment and get serious about photography. And they think they are essentially getting a DSLR with all the most common focal ranges covered with a decent lens. It is definitely not the case

It doesn't have the reach for sports..
72mm is a bit short for portraits but more importantly at 72mm, you can only shoot at f5.6 (on a crop sensor, that's f/8 full frame dof equivalence). You're not going wow anyone including yourself.
It's not bad for landscapes but you'll be itching to go wider.
Lastly, 80D sensor is mediocre outside of ISO 100. It gets grainy very quickly because of it's high pixel density, and you won't be shooting too many photos at ISO 100 due to its slow lens.

mmmm Michael my wife just gave me a Eos M6 as a surprise present and although I'm not crazy over apsc sensors I find up to 800iso the image quality is more than good enough and 1600 iso is also good depending on subject matter and lighting - I have to do more tests though. If the G1Xmk3 is anything like the M5 or M6 then it will make a kick ass travel camera...although the price might be a bit steep initially, but I'm sure it will drop in due course...but perhaps you and I iare not the intended market ... my son just splurged more than the price of a 80D on a cellphone, for me it is unthinkable but clearly the manufacturers know their market a lot better than I (or you)...and I think perhaps we have to admit that Canon as market leader knows their market very very well...as for f8 portraits...I use that and F5.6 all the time and I have yet to have a client complain.....some of us need a bit more in focus than just the eyelashes....

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 15:34 UTC
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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 235th 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 38th comment | 2 replies
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (343 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 (343 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 (343 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
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (343 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.

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
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