John Brewton

Lives in United States South Carolina, United States
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Joined on Feb 2, 2003
About me:

First camera - 1960
Semi-pro on and off since 1984


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I welcome this camera body to the Leica stable. A totally obvious progression of the digital M series.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2020 at 00:21 UTC as 4th comment
On article The gear that got away: reader responses (240 comments in total)
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Wahl: The only camera I regret having sold is a black Leica M6 TTL with the tiny 35mm f/2.8 Zeiss lens. Never sell a Leica... The camera I regret never having bought is the Nikon Df: with all the critics about the D600-style AF and other things I missed the important points: the sensor, and the concept. Even heavily used ones these days still sell for nearly what they cost new at the times... should have bought one when it was still in production.

Had a Df. It was fine but it would have been great had they put a decent grip on it.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2020 at 21:35 UTC
On article The gear that got away: reader responses (240 comments in total)

I’ve had many cameras since I began in 1962, but here are the ones I REALLY miss:
M4, just a super camera body and mine had the M6 framelines.
Pentax 77 Limited Lens. Didn’t miss the Pentax body so much but that lens was special.
D700. Because it made me realize what a piece of crap the D800 was.
Leica S006 & lenses.
D810 & 55 Otus, which I sold in order to fund the Z7, which is a disappointment, IMO.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2020 at 21:28 UTC as 48th comment | 1 reply
On article Why Leica's M10 Monochrom is more than just a gimmick (656 comments in total)
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FrithjofA: Definitely an interesting camera which provides a lot of advantages for a nicht market.
As BW landscape camera excellent. However as low DOF street photography camera, Leica fell in the marketing trap of bigger is better. I guess their market share wants that too.
IMO, it would have been more useful to use a significantly improved sensor with 24MP to boost the low light performance even more. Therefore 40MP are counter productive, unless you are interested in a niche market of the niche market: BW landscape.

I am looking forward to renting one (as soon as available) for some landscape shooting and then printing large. I hope I’m astounded enough to buy one!

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2020 at 17:06 UTC
On article Why Leica's M10 Monochrom is more than just a gimmick (656 comments in total)
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Michael S.: According:
"...All Leica has said is that the chip in the M10 Monochrom has been 'designed from the ground up with Mono in mind,' which we're a little skeptical about..."

I guess it is the upcoming sensor we might see in the next incarnation of the M model, the M11, in 2021, that of course than with the usual Bayer pattern for colour.


Agreed. At this point we are likely to see improved camera bodies based on the M10’s with an S or II designation.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2020 at 17:04 UTC


Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2020 at 21:54 UTC as 158th comment
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caver3d: Notice in that photo above he's holding a 19K camera by hand! No neck strap. That is a disaster waiting to happen. Then again, I guess anyone who can afford this cam can certainly buy another one. <smile>

I always held my S that way. The grip is rather substantial.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2020 at 13:31 UTC
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Photoman: Have they fixed those dodgy AF motors in the S lenses...

Fixed a long time ago - old news.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2020 at 13:00 UTC

Well, better than the rumored $24 to $30 grand!
While not mentioned by the beta testers, I assume the S lenses are up to the task of the extra mp.
Having had the S-006, I can attest to the attributes of the S system and if I was ten years younger would be interested in the S3. However the main reason I don’t own the system anymore is the weight. Since Leica is so hipped on keeping the size and form factor they should be looking at ways to reduce the weight.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2020 at 12:59 UTC as 65th comment | 1 reply

This is a bit of shooting one’s self in the foot. Having only two facilities to service Nikon across the USA means longer wait times and who knows how it will go when they have the inevitable recall. Not a good situation.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2019 at 12:44 UTC as 40th comment
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Tom_A: Would be cool to see what Ralph Gibson would do with it.

See his book “Mono”, shot with the Monochrom. The increased resolution would make no difference.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2019 at 12:53 UTC
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dan_darkroom: Alternative: Get a later Sigma with Foveon sensor, like the SD Quattro.

Interesting (very technical) blog from somebody that tested the Leica M9 Mono but could not afford it and was very happy with the Sigma:


Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2019 at 12:51 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 100 review (899 comments in total)

Spotted one in Quebec two weeks ago. Quite surprised by the size - seemed smaller than I thought it would be.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2019 at 21:21 UTC as 39th comment

Terrific. I had a good friend who went in his VW bus. Sadly he passed away several years ago, but his family still has the bus.
Not many remember, but a similar festival followed with most of the same artists - Dallas International Pop Festival.

And as someone earlier mentioned, the Dallas festival was held in Lewisville.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2019 at 15:05 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On article DPReview TV: Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 S review (235 comments in total)
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gphome: I wonder why it’s slightly slower to autofocus than the SLR version? With modern AF motors and mirrorless AF systems it should be quicker

In some ways my old D810 focused better than my Z7. Not sure why, after all, the new Z lenses are supposed to be auto-corrected, but it seems to me that they still need to be focus-corrected, as I am missing focus at the odd moment with the 24-70 f4.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2019 at 12:02 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Travel tripod shootout! (273 comments in total)
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Roman Korcek: Pity 3 Legged Thing's Brian did not make it into the comparison:

- Folded Length 410 mm / 16.14 "
- Max Height 1.87 m / 74 "
- Tripod Weight 1.45kg / 3.0 lbs
- Load Capacity - 14 kg / 30 lbs
- Convertible to monopod
- Spikes included
- Hook included

Maybe because there is no Arca compatibility?

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2019 at 12:28 UTC
On article Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S sample gallery updated (137 comments in total)
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fPrime: Nice gallery but the lens itself seems to be utilitarian without much rendering character and little image magic. Oh, Nikon... please learn something from what Canon did with their RF lenses as you move forward.

Not seeing anything here which would make me choose this lens over the f4 version.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2019 at 19:16 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Hasselblad CFV II 50C and 907X (288 comments in total)
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IdM photography: Cool for someone who wants a system kind of equivalent to the X1D-50C but also has a 503 CW film body (like me) to play with...

It would have been fun to attach the 907X body to a film back, but there are technical problems here, you would need a viewfinder, but where would that viewfinder get the image from?

When i used a film back on my tech cam I had to use the old model back with the peep hole for film advance, maybe called a C12? This was interchangeable with my CFV-50c.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2019 at 11:58 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Hasselblad CFV II 50C and 907X (288 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: I lack of hot shoe is an issue for flash users as the sync ports in a flip down door don't scream convenience.

There may be a hot shoe on the optional grip. Haven’t seen any close-up images so far.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2019 at 11:54 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Hasselblad X1D II 50C (136 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Looks like Hasselblad is coming back to its senses. Hopefully, the next step will be returning to German optics.

Their bottom line can’t afford them.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2019 at 17:15 UTC
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