aftab

aftab

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Thames, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
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On article Portrait mode shootout: iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 (127 comments in total)

Pixel's subject isolation is much better, iPhone often looks fake.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2017 at 11:33 UTC as 2nd comment
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aftab: Leica makes excellent lenses and there are people who would buy this lens even if it was priced higher. Some talk about 'Leica look', I am not sure what they mean though. But thousands of people seem to enjoy using them and a lot of them take them as status symbol. Kudos to Leica for making excellent gears and making some people believe that there is nothing like Leica.
But in the back of my mind I can't help but wonder how many elephants that much money could have saved from poaching or how many hungry mouth it could have fed. On the other hand, I use many expensive Canon lenses, so I am not a good world citizen either.
In any case, there appears to be some CA wide open.

http://blog.leica-camera.com/2017/11/29/here-comes-the-night/#jp-carousel-59388

Maybe, Leica should have done better for that price.

Dear giorgionerd, I don't know what prompted you to such a personal attack. Fortunately for me I have been to more places in the world than your brain would be able to count. Don't be jealous. Try harder.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 11:24 UTC
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aftab: Leica makes excellent lenses and there are people who would buy this lens even if it was priced higher. Some talk about 'Leica look', I am not sure what they mean though. But thousands of people seem to enjoy using them and a lot of them take them as status symbol. Kudos to Leica for making excellent gears and making some people believe that there is nothing like Leica.
But in the back of my mind I can't help but wonder how many elephants that much money could have saved from poaching or how many hungry mouth it could have fed. On the other hand, I use many expensive Canon lenses, so I am not a good world citizen either.
In any case, there appears to be some CA wide open.

http://blog.leica-camera.com/2017/11/29/here-comes-the-night/#jp-carousel-59388

Maybe, Leica should have done better for that price.

As I said, I buy lots of lenses. Do I need them all? I don't .
We are complex beings. So, I don't judge people who buy Leica lenses as being bad. On the other hand they are as bad as I am. When I am not blinded by truth and able to see the real truth I know what I have done wrong. Maybe one day some Leica buyers will.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 11:10 UTC
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (479 comments in total)

Best cameras don't exist in vacuum. Most cameras are so good these days that 'best camera' is relative term.
If you like 'Leica look' then other cameras don't matter.
If your hands are small, larger cameras don't matter.
If you don't like mirror then cameras with mirror don't matter (and vice versa)
If you prefer a system with most flexibility of lenses nothing matters other than Canon and Nikon.
If you want peace of mind about service then there are just two brands, others don't matter.
If you prefer certain color................
The list is long. And often we need to balance between our preferences, price and what is available in a system.
And finally, cellphone is eating everyone. Any potential buyer who still wants to buy a new camera must think about the system which is likely to survive cellphone onslaught in 5 or 10 years.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 07:36 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply

It seems that Leica's partnership with Huawei has been a win win situation. Huawei is now world's third largest phone maker and it's market share is expanding. Zeiss's partnership with Sony on the other hand hasn't been that great as Sony phones never had great impact on the market (they are even not among top 10).
Good for Leica.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 21:20 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies

Leica makes excellent lenses and there are people who would buy this lens even if it was priced higher. Some talk about 'Leica look', I am not sure what they mean though. But thousands of people seem to enjoy using them and a lot of them take them as status symbol. Kudos to Leica for making excellent gears and making some people believe that there is nothing like Leica.
But in the back of my mind I can't help but wonder how many elephants that much money could have saved from poaching or how many hungry mouth it could have fed. On the other hand, I use many expensive Canon lenses, so I am not a good world citizen either.
In any case, there appears to be some CA wide open.

http://blog.leica-camera.com/2017/11/29/here-comes-the-night/#jp-carousel-59388

Maybe, Leica should have done better for that price.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 07:26 UTC as 39th comment | 6 replies
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Franz Weber: Am I getting this right?

This is the fourth iteration of a series of digital optimized lenses that started in 1966, and there will be more exeptional lenses of this family coming soon in 2078, at Photokina 2153 and right before Christmas 2241?

You are so optimistic.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 07:00 UTC
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aftab: It maybe the best FF mirrorless, or even the best FF camera. But DXO doesn't test 'camera' as opposed to cellphone. Headline like this is common when referring to DXO score. But DPR should do better.

@Thematic, DXO doesn't test cameras, they test sensors. It is not difficult to say 'best sensor' as opposed to 'best camera'. Not only that, it is appropriate to say best sensor.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 08:01 UTC

It maybe the best FF mirrorless, or even the best FF camera. But DXO doesn't test 'camera' as opposed to cellphone. Headline like this is common when referring to DXO score. But DPR should do better.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2017 at 20:30 UTC as 42nd comment | 4 replies
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dash2k8: I don't see how anyone could hate the D850, regardless of what brand he is loyal to. A great camera is great regardless of the logo in front.

@Eric Hensel, totally agree with you.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 07:55 UTC
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dash2k8: I don't see how anyone could hate the D850, regardless of what brand he is loyal to. A great camera is great regardless of the logo in front.

@Magnar, Not the posters above, not even most mirrorless users, but some mirrorless folks do hate anything that comes with a mirror. At least that's the impression I get reading many posts here.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2017 at 20:32 UTC
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aftab: Barney, your first picture is very noisy. I am surprised that you didn't even remove color noise. All these pictures need a bit of NR. Unless of course your intention was to show the noise in shadow lifted areas.

My mistake.
But someone took it and Barney used this picture to show one of the qualities he liked about this camera. In practical terms DR is about processing potential. So, why not use the potential? You won't expect someone to post a soft picture to show how sharp a lens is.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2017 at 20:29 UTC
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dash2k8: I don't see how anyone could hate the D850, regardless of what brand he is loyal to. A great camera is great regardless of the logo in front.

Some mirrorless folks hate it.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2017 at 09:45 UTC

Barney, your first picture is very noisy. I am surprised that you didn't even remove color noise. All these pictures need a bit of NR. Unless of course your intention was to show the noise in shadow lifted areas.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2017 at 09:34 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies
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Greg VdB: I don't envy DL Cade - I mean, it's his actual job to scour the web and post (non-)content like this. Anything to keep the clicks up at DPR these days...

Let me help you a bit on a Saturday, DL, here's the next thing you could post:
https://thepanoawards.com/2017-winners-gallery/

No, I don't blame DL or DPR for the reasons you mentioned. And I don't blame those who question their genuine purpose.
Anyways, pictures in your link are breathtaking. Thanks for sharing.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2017 at 07:59 UTC
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thenoilif: Seeing a lot of posts knocking TIME and DPR's choice to post the article.

It may surprise some but Time is still one of the most widely published magazines in the US.
It also may surprise some that mirrorless cameras are now the most popular type of camera (outside of smartphones) when it comes to mass consumerism and at the moment it can easily be argued that the A7riii is the best mirrorless available.
So I guess it is surprising that a mass media site like DPR would link an article about the very thing they promote being highlighted in one of the biggest mass media outlets in the US.
Personally, I am surprised that so many are surprised.

TIME is not totally irrelevant, but it is not as relevant as it used to be 10 or 20 years ago. Internet ( and news channels such as CNN before that) has changed the landscape. It is now as relevant as a P&S camera. Anyways, your statement about mirrorless cameras being the most popular is wrong. This may suprise you, according to CIPA figures last year market share of cameras: Mirrorless 13%, DSLR 34% and fixed lens cameras 52%. And there is another issue. Last year TIME gave the same distinction to Fujifilm X-T2. DPR didn't notice. Many mention biases of some DPR staffs. Biases are natural. DPR just needs to admit it. And finally, did you ever think of looking at TIME magazine to know anything about a camera? No one does. Yet, DPR made it a story.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2017 at 07:53 UTC
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aftab: "........ demand for the camera is so high Sony Japan had to issue an apology about pre-order delays"

In last 3 years Sony market share in mirrorless category in Japan dropped dramatically. Maybe, now they can recover some of the lost market.

https://photorumors.com/2017/01/16/2016-bcn-awards-in-japan-canon-wins-in-almost-all-categories/

Maybe Sony's expectation of demand was low or maybe they are shipping most a7RIII to Europe and America. Who knows.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 22:06 UTC
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aftab: "........ demand for the camera is so high Sony Japan had to issue an apology about pre-order delays"

In last 3 years Sony market share in mirrorless category in Japan dropped dramatically. Maybe, now they can recover some of the lost market.

https://photorumors.com/2017/01/16/2016-bcn-awards-in-japan-canon-wins-in-almost-all-categories/

Japan has 14% share in global camera market.
https://lensvid.com/gear/lensvid-exclusive-happened-photography-industry-2016/

It's smaller than America and Europe (24% and 32%), but not that small. In any case, my point was that Sony used to be #1 in Japan, but their camera sales progressively dropped compared to some other brands. Maybe, it is because of Sony strategy to concentrate on high-end cameras and lenses.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 21:44 UTC

"........ demand for the camera is so high Sony Japan had to issue an apology about pre-order delays"

In last 3 years Sony market share in mirrorless category in Japan dropped dramatically. Maybe, now they can recover some of the lost market.

https://photorumors.com/2017/01/16/2016-bcn-awards-in-japan-canon-wins-in-almost-all-categories/

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 20:56 UTC as 124th comment | 5 replies

Jeff, you made me nostalgic. Those good and simple days.
Thanks for the write up.
And Thanks DPR to let him do this.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 10:05 UTC as 36th comment
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