thiefofpresence

thiefofpresence

Lives in United States New York, United States
Joined on Feb 1, 2016
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“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know” — Diane Arbus

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On article Leica M10-R sample gallery (163 comments in total)
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thiefofpresence: The emperor wears no clothes: give me $1500 budget (half that for APS-C) and I can pair a modern mirrorless camera with a Sigma summilux-class lens, and produce the same and better images. But then I wouldnt be in the red-dot club. Oh well, I'll cry about that continuously on the vacation(s) I take my camera on with the saved money.

(Page 3)
https://www.overgaard.dk/pdf/Summilux-M_35_mm_ASPH_Technical_Data_en.pdf

(Sigma 35/1.4 Art)
https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/MTF.aspx?Lens=829

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 12:49 UTC
On article Leica M10-R sample gallery (163 comments in total)
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thiefofpresence: The emperor wears no clothes: give me $1500 budget (half that for APS-C) and I can pair a modern mirrorless camera with a Sigma summilux-class lens, and produce the same and better images. But then I wouldnt be in the red-dot club. Oh well, I'll cry about that continuously on the vacation(s) I take my camera on with the saved money.

By “summilux class” I meant f/1.4. But less hysterical is the objective measure (MTF charts) by which various Sigma lenses outperform Leitz lenses that are 10 times the cost. You have to grant a lot of “it” factor for compactness, build and sex appeal to at the end of the day make a softer 40mp picture with rangefinder coupled visual focus.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 12:28 UTC
On article Leica M10-R sample gallery (163 comments in total)
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brownie314: I used to hear that Leica had some magic in them. I really am not seeing much magic in these images. Colors are not that great. I like latest Sony and any gen Canon color much better.

The emperor wears no clothes: give me $1500 budget (half that for APS-C) and I can pair a modern mirrorless camera with a Sigma summilux-class lens, and produce the same and better images. But then I wouldnt be in the red-dot club. Oh well, I'll cry about that continuously on the vacation(s) I take my camera on with the saved money.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2020 at 16:58 UTC
On article Leica M10-R sample gallery (163 comments in total)
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thiefofpresence: The emperor wears no clothes: give me $1500 budget (half that for APS-C) and I can pair a modern mirrorless camera with a Sigma summilux-class lens, and produce the same and better images. But then I wouldnt be in the red-dot club. Oh well, I'll cry about that continuously on the vacation(s) I take my camera on with the saved money.

All while relying on my aging eyes and an OVF for nailing 40mp sharpness on a co-focused lens... god help me I would jump from a bridge after spending $15K on this body and a summilux lens and getting soft images.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2020 at 15:45 UTC
On article Leica M10-R sample gallery (163 comments in total)

The emperor wears no clothes: give me $1500 budget (half that for APS-C) and I can pair a modern mirrorless camera with a Sigma summilux-class lens, and produce the same and better images. But then I wouldnt be in the red-dot club. Oh well, I'll cry about that continuously on the vacation(s) I take my camera on with the saved money.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2020 at 15:39 UTC as 11th comment | 13 replies
On a photo in the Leica M10-R Sample Gallery sample gallery (6 comments in total)
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Riccardo Polini: What an horrible bokeh!

At least the future owner can know that they spent upwards of $13K to produce this image that I think a $1000 kit with a sigma 1.4 aperture lens could have blown away... (but Red dot?)

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2020 at 15:28 UTC
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thiefofpresence: Alright, as soon as they offer 24-200 effective focal length at f/2.8 (don't bother me with pesky crop factor considerations...) I think I will decommission my B camera. Oh and I want this on a Sony Xperia phone with eye auto focus and realtime tracking...

No you were being slow, because the sarcasm of MY OWN statement (that I didn't want to be bothered with pesky crop factor considerations) was sarcasm that went flying over your head. But proceed and mansplain it to me.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2020 at 12:50 UTC
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Camera Conspiracies: Full frame smartphone or go home. I'd settle on APS-C.

Are you the real camera conspiracies? (Yes I am naive and new to the internet)

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2020 at 18:30 UTC

Alright, as soon as they offer 24-200 effective focal length at f/2.8 (don't bother me with pesky crop factor considerations...) I think I will decommission my B camera. Oh and I want this on a Sony Xperia phone with eye auto focus and realtime tracking...

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2020 at 18:28 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
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Mortal Lion: So what focal length is still safe to use for a head shot?

85mm is the new 35mm

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2020 at 18:57 UTC

I have a dream, that one day Leica (Panasonic) will wake up and smell the market opportunity, and just sell a Q-ish camera with impeccable design (and Panasonic fit and finish) for around $2K, and sell 10 times as many cameras as they sell Q cameras. Per this articles thesis, they think they create value by pricing it up for the lawyer/doctor crowd, but I believe they are wrong about that, as they will come to admit in due time. And yes, that means that I can think of massively better uses of $5K than a Q2.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2020 at 22:26 UTC as 59th comment | 2 replies
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Newbie4Life: Another hipster camera good for nothing but walking around and taking pictures of stationary objects.

If you can afford a special use case like that awesome for you. If you live in the real world there are 10000 other cameras better suited for everyday life.

Yeah, I almost bought one just for the vanity of Snap Focus and that wonderful ugly toy camera look that is stealthy. But then I just popped a manual focus 28mm lens on my A7iii and realized that with zone focus I get shots so fast, by the time the subjects are horrified by the emergence of a "real" camera, I already have my shot. Money saved.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2019 at 12:44 UTC
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brycesteiner: In America we are no longer allowed to face our accusers.

Whistle blowers are gonna blow. If you dodge paying taxes on the rebates manufacturers provide you, and your best defense is - that's what everyone does - then get ready to be sued.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2019 at 03:04 UTC
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Jay A: As I said in an earlier post, a lot of people are making statments based on what they think or based on their own logic. It really pays to read what the NY State Dept of Taxation and Finance has to say. Please pay particular attention to the paragraph titled "Manufacturers Rebates"

https://www.tax.ny.gov/pubs_and_bulls/tg_bulletins/st/taxable_receipt.htm

Exactly. If a rebate amounts to splitting the purchase between the customer and the manufacturer, then tax should still be collected on the whole sale price. The question is who should pay the tax on the rebate. Not one of the three parties - customer, manufacturer or B&H - want to be the one that pays it. But if it isn't payed, then yes - that's fraud.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2019 at 02:37 UTC

I suppose that eking out this purchase, the next logical thing would be to pair with an affordable collection of voigtlander glass, sticking with the "(E)ntry level" theme. That way you can "pass" as an aficionado on the streets (red dot and all). I genuinely wonder - if you are going to get an M-E and not even use Summilux glass, will the results actually surpass the possibilities of X-Pro2 or modern Sony FF body with adapted glass?

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2019 at 19:01 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies

Leica bodies are for fit and finish fanatics. If you want performance for your spend, get a late model Sony A7/9. If you like shooting Leica's sublime manual focus glass, adapt it and rely on zoom-in and peaking for WYSIWYG EVF composition.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2019 at 20:44 UTC as 115th comment | 7 replies
On article Choosing a camera Part 2: is a bigger sensor better? (416 comments in total)
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Horshack: There's an even more significant benefit to larger sensors that's not mentioned in the article - higher effective resolution for most lenses. The larger the sensor, the lower the optical resolving demand placed on the lens, ie resolution per mm area. In simpler terms, lower optical magnification required. This is not to say there aren't fantastic smaller-format lenses that can resolve equally to their FF equivalents, but that they represent the exception rather than the rule.

Just to say what no one wants to hear: a 50/1.4 FF lens and a 12/1.4 m4/3 lens may on the same number of pixels capture the same amount of light, the optical qualities of each are not the same. You can try them both, and you could very definitely prefer one to the other, and that preference varies based on use cases not limited to more shallow depth of field, but also including wanting a smaller and lighter system, and not caring about shallow depth of field. Or, lens systems that can offer more wide angle wealth, while other sensor families offer longer reach in smaller and lighter glass.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2019 at 01:19 UTC
On article This is the first ever photograph of a black hole (634 comments in total)

"It's out of focus!" - FroKnowsPhoto guy ... There's one in every village.

On another note, I wonder what the virtual focal length and aperture come out to for this "lens".

I wonder if some day, you know how they control drones in swarms, maybe they can control spacecraft drones in swarms, to spread out and form a virtual disk say the size of the orbit of the earth (they take a long time to get into position, I know) but then could we get a higher resolution image of a black hole.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2019 at 17:53 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article Is the Canon EOS RP right for you? (719 comments in total)

For an eagle statue in flight - sure, otherwise 3rd-Gen (firmware upgraded to 4th-Gen) Sony mirrorless AF might be a wise consideration.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2019 at 17:42 UTC as 34th comment
On article Is the Leica Q2 right for you? (403 comments in total)

A Panasonic-built Leica-designed Q-like full frame rangefinder fixed lens camera for under $2500 would be such a home run that Leica could go from being the exorbitantly expensive tool of the affluent of means to a next life of being a peoples-camera, firming up its place in a shrinking market. It could be priced that way, they simply don't want a larger market. There is no rocket science in this camera that you can't get from Sony, Zeiss, and Sigma. Full frame is no longer a differentiator meriting this cost. Anyone with $4K budget will gladly assemble a MILC system with 10 times the versatility of this point and shoot. Wake up and smell the coffee - Leica.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2019 at 14:42 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
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