ThomasSwitzerland

ThomasSwitzerland

Lives in Switzerland Bern, Switzerland
Works as a Technical Projects
Joined on Mar 28, 2012
About me:

Like to take pictures as a hobby. Use both film and a variety of digital cameras accumulated over the years. Prefer the natural direct way with a minimum of post processing.

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DABlodger: I have a 7d and will buy the 7d Mark II because of the upgrades in ISO and AF and the balance between cost and it meeting my shooting style. And since it is easy for me to get caught up in all the spec comparisons, I sometimes have to remind myself of a quote from a guy who was considered a fairly decent photographer and who used only one camera and one 50mm lens over most of his career.

“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson

Hi DABlodger
Good to remind us of Cartier-Bresson. He is a genius like Ansel Adams. And if you are unable to get through with one lens, say 50mm, a full day; then you might have an artistic problem. On the other side, most of us don’t have those creative capabilities. Doing snapshots as in the 1950s. But the pictures today are much better by the aid of technology. And the wonders of PP allow pictures with the full variable taste of personal expression.
Cartier-Bresson communicated more with less. Our clouds today are filled with billions of pictures. No one gets noticed individually anymore.

The Canon here is the right camera for the “more with less” style and a wise choice in this sense. Nevertheless I had expected more from Canon being a powerful conglomerate in such a rapidly moving marketplace. I have the feeling they might turn to a market laggard. And this would become a real danger for them not too far away.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 16:30 UTC

If you need a fast action camera, durable, this is a perfect tool and worth the money, priced right for those specific purposes in dynamic environments.

Else, I feel the latest EVFs are more than ok. I like smaller and lighter bodies, and fun with some connectivity gadgets. Like a great lens with an Android back (intelligent embedded system, 7” hi-res screen to zoom in). Allowing for scripted post processing out-of-the box on the spot. For the fans of bricks and heavy lenses, can also be larger and better balancing as an option. I think something like that this might be the future. This Canon reminds me on my last huge analog Canon with the “super racing” shutter 15 years ago. I don’t know - Canon seems to neglect our fast modern times. But, if they make good money, why not. We got choices.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 15:26 UTC as 32nd comment
On article Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 (350 comments in total)

Evolution

Nikon shows a fantastic product to jump into FF. Nevertheless, with advanced post processing, the difference between FF and DX narrows. We speak on very small advances now and here. But it is great for progress in taking better pictures.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 16:53 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On article Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition (166 comments in total)
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ThomasSwitzerland: Pentax is pure no-nonsense camera. When Ricoh/Pentax goes full-frame, I will jump on.

Look into your own gallery to find the answer for your comment.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 12:33 UTC
On article Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition (166 comments in total)

Pentax is pure no-nonsense camera. When Ricoh/Pentax goes full-frame, I will jump on.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 11:34 UTC as 21st comment | 8 replies
On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2257 comments in total)

The beauty of this Leica is that it is so useless in functionality. But the bright body got timeless style. It is not designed to make interesting pictures but to show off. Hence, it got its market.

If we had a stand-up comedian show, this camera could provide plenty of stories on how one might take pictures alternatively.

Leica delivers a big attention item. It differentiates the buyer from the rest of those “cheap” black plastic camera users. And you need the matching small dog or hand bag for this. So it stays in high ticket environments.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 20:39 UTC as 94th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (653 comments in total)

If you want to get a much overpriced camera with style, take a Leica with Panasonic interior. At least you keep something acknowledged by fashion.

This latest Nikon 1” matches their downhill stock performance. Competition from Fuji to Sony et.al. manifests the wake-up call. Written by a loyal Nikon user looking further.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 19:39 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (653 comments in total)
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ThomasSwitzerland: With the review and response one can see the unclear direction. This comes from the unclear positioning of the Nikon 1” camera itself.

I have to buy a horrible looking viewfinder to attach loosing a flashpoint. I have to buy a grip to get a decent handling. And completely new lenses for an inferior sensor. What a weird business concept.

I fully agree with you, gianstam. The 1" sensor will have a strong future between compacts and APCs. I feel the big one or two have slept awhile and try to roll over their laziness. Such a camera does not fill shareholders' expectations and consumers' requirements. And it is a bad engineering example.

Hence, I find their marketing inappropriate and not trustworthy.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 12:59 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (653 comments in total)

With the review and response one can see the unclear direction. This comes from the unclear positioning of the Nikon 1” camera itself.

I have to buy a horrible looking viewfinder to attach loosing a flashpoint. I have to buy a grip to get a decent handling. And completely new lenses for an inferior sensor. What a weird business concept.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 12:07 UTC as 102nd comment | 3 replies
On article Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know (181 comments in total)

As a 10+ years user I only got one comment. I will get rid of this Adobe corporate scheme.

There are many more solutions in the marketplace. As a consistent worker I now feel misused to pay for <CC> as envisioned. It is a rip-off in TCO to my opinion - outdated corporate behavior.

I do no more believe in Adobe’s cloud future. Game over.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 21:46 UTC as 42nd comment

From my experience with Sigma DPs: Never leave home with a Sigma only.

Sometimes one gets great pictures. With best light from the back and on clear days. Otherwise it’s color cast and strange noise. Any recent common APS-C camera takes better pictures. I would like to buy this new camera. But I am not convinced. Although I find the new design a piece of art. But I want to take pictures.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 12:21 UTC as 7th comment
On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2257 comments in total)

At least we got more than 350 comments now, and still counting. Leica is like a stand-up comedian show.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 20:26 UTC as 546th comment

Photojournalism was a phase before the internet. Today one might get streamed away if not being able to diversify.

Do you really want to take “surrealistic family portraits”? We need realism. And then we get down to earth to photojournalism again. Still needed as before but sells in different channels.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 22:54 UTC as 6th comment
On article Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup (195 comments in total)

For me as European Kodak still is a brand name as Coca Cola, almost representing that nation. It might be a matter of lacking self-confidence or short term profit greed to outsource to China and no more believing in their own creativity and strengths.

Kodak did break through innovation in sensor and resolution technology. I find it a pity that someone in Asia/China must revive this. But, at least somebody there does it instead of the matter getting lost. On the other hand we got Tesla cars which is an optimistic outlook. And even better if we could get an American product of ground breaking imaging made there.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 16:34 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
On article Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup (195 comments in total)

They will get positive awareness with the Kodak brand. They have experience from Olympus, and seem to make their own glass. They are not linked to huge corporate cultures. This gives them flexibility and speed in our fast paced tech time.

But, how are they mastering the enormous challenge to be better than Olympus and make better glass than say Sigma? Where are the sensors/sw from? This requires big funds and detailed research; perfect processes in manufacturing, excellence in marketing & service.

I was offended by the gold ring imitations on lenses and the strong white. More to shine? Bling, bling with third party common ware behind? We got Leica and Hasselblad already for those niches.

I wish this “New Kodak” well. We need more competition, not less. Any serious participant will be welcome! The Kodak name was a good one and might have the potential to be reborn. Somewhat confusing still remains: Why has no US investor/entrepreneur touched this former industry landmark again?

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 11:03 UTC as 51st comment
On article 900MP portraits show human face in extreme detail (284 comments in total)

Getting into too much detail will not get a picture clearer.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 23:15 UTC as 57th comment
On article Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores (195 comments in total)

The digital revolution made photography a common good. Industry wants us to buy a camera every one to two years. With lots of short-lived gimmicks thrown in. No more built to last. And our funds are limited.

I feel sad when those companies as Calumet go out of business. On the other hand, why should they sustain in markets with decreasing margins; just handling the floods of cameras without new ideas. People get the information from the internet. They buy more and more from those channels at the best price they can pull from the browser instantly. Corporate success in this difficult environment demands vision and deep pockets.

Calumet was a reseller with attached online activities. Consumers voted to buy elsewhere. Hence, Calumet provided not the matching answer and probably missed a new business concept. As sad as it seems and as demanding it is, we must acknowledge and follow the flow of “modern times”.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 01:54 UTC as 71st comment
On article Nikon D4s First Impressions Review (1027 comments in total)
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ThomasSwitzerland: I am still a loyal customer of Nikon. But this uninspiring D4s confirms my move. Step by step I get rid of those old world huge cameras. They seem to me like dinosaurs from the past.

I do not want to bash because I believe in Nikon’s excellent sensors’ computer code and ergonomics. I also had the Canon FF cameras with L-lenses. I sold them at very good prices some time ago. I questioned more and more to hike in the mountains with those “tons” of black cases with a huge backpack limiting moves and fun.

Now I still got the D5200 – pros will smile – and mirrorless; and wait for the next generation of cellphone/integrated cameras to migrate to. It’s like with the stock markets. Buy early and sell into the last waves.

In a couple of years, no one can imagine that we took photos with those huge, heavy, and strange looking cameras.

Sometimes it is decision point to liberate. Less load is more joy. More joy and dedication produce better pictures.

Tech products are demanded smaller, portable and connected; and less expensive. Naturally, there always might be a demand for fully loaded large cars. China now is getting strangled by pollution and this backward orientation. I doubt that they can sustain it this way.

I would not like to be an investor in DSRLs goods. Later on they will be viewed like steam locomotives as a dead end row. Did you imagine several years ago that we get cell phones that small and versatile? Years ago you had a Motorola as large as a brick. Nobody today would think of using it anymore, regardless of possibly updated specs.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 17:48 UTC
On article Nikon D4s First Impressions Review (1027 comments in total)

I am still a loyal customer of Nikon. But this uninspiring D4s confirms my move. Step by step I get rid of those old world huge cameras. They seem to me like dinosaurs from the past.

I do not want to bash because I believe in Nikon’s excellent sensors’ computer code and ergonomics. I also had the Canon FF cameras with L-lenses. I sold them at very good prices some time ago. I questioned more and more to hike in the mountains with those “tons” of black cases with a huge backpack limiting moves and fun.

Now I still got the D5200 – pros will smile – and mirrorless; and wait for the next generation of cellphone/integrated cameras to migrate to. It’s like with the stock markets. Buy early and sell into the last waves.

In a couple of years, no one can imagine that we took photos with those huge, heavy, and strange looking cameras.

Sometimes it is decision point to liberate. Less load is more joy. More joy and dedication produce better pictures.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 16:01 UTC as 175th comment | 13 replies

The present exponential camera output craze will sort out sooner or later.

Maybe advanced cell phones will dominate the race in the markets. Cell phones with superior RAW and on screen tweaking present a strong danger to the common manufacturers of cameras. On my walks I suffer from the present loads with cameras, lenses, bags … The old world experience with roots to the era of film.

Cell phones will enable us to produce quite serious picture output in the near future. Talking less and imaging more. Pictures speak louder than words.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 22:59 UTC as 76th comment | 1 reply
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