deep7

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a writer/photographer/ecologist
Has a website at deeppics.com
Joined on May 10, 2008
About me:

God makes it, I see it and photograph it. Sometimes that works well!

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On article Olympus 17mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (410 comments in total)
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deep7: Something's broken. All the photo information is showing up across the photo, instead of in the proper place to the right. What's happened?

Thanks Wenmel. May I suggest it would be much better, if you are going to have a switch like that, that you use it to toggle comments on and off? After all, comments are far less important than the camera setting information. The previous setup was much better (personally, I preferred what we had a year or two ago, as I didn't have to wait so long for anything to show on screen!).

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 18:39 UTC
On article Olympus 17mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (410 comments in total)

Something's broken. All the photo information is showing up across the photo, instead of in the proper place to the right. What's happened?

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 16:47 UTC as 60th comment | 7 replies
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JochenIs: "As a consequence of the larger covering circle, Meyer Optik claims smaller formats will enjoy added contrast across the frame."

How? I would think any additional stray light inside the camera would reduce the contrast.

Exactly what I have seen with large aperture lenses on smaller formats!

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 11:02 UTC
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vscd: Leica M - Mirrorlens since the second world war and still counting.

How nice of you.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 22:15 UTC
On article Before and after: Shooting Raw with the iPhone X (70 comments in total)
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deep7: Forget the phone - if she was standing like that on the roof of my Land Rover, I'd be pretty grumpy!

Now I don't know if you are being sardonic or if you have no sense of humour?

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 22:14 UTC
On article Before and after: Shooting Raw with the iPhone X (70 comments in total)
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deep7: Forget the phone - if she was standing like that on the roof of my Land Rover, I'd be pretty grumpy!

That roof is very thin aluminium and, besides, she might scratch the paint with those massive boots! Tut tut, couldn't have that.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 21:00 UTC
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vscd: Leica M - Mirrorlens since the second world war and still counting.

vscd, that was an unhelpful rant. If you are not interested in a reasonable discussion, I'll leave you to it. Just for clarity though, I have used (and own) optical finders MUCH larger than mere 35mm cameras have. Anyhow, I've said my piece. You'll have to find someone else to give you what you want.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 20:58 UTC

That headline is quite a few years out of date! Not that people won't use every bit of storage you give them.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 20:52 UTC as 63rd comment
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vscd: Leica M - Mirrorlens since the second world war and still counting.

Pot calling the kettle black? At the last count, I have five SLRs and one TLR with optical finders; and three cameras that use electronic finders, plus some that use other types of viewfinder. I'm not spouting hot air, I speak from long experience. I'm neither blind nor particularly stupid and not prone to writing wildly exaggerated statements. When I read your wildly exaggerated statement, I called you out on it. That wasn't and isn't strange.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 19:19 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III sample gallery (88 comments in total)
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UllerellU: soft lens, like all compact zooms, is what there is with a barrel distortion of more than 3% ...

For the price you have should give better result. It seems to me a perfect camera for landscapes, for its size, weight and for the amplitude of the wide, but everything is frustrated if we do not have sharpness.

On the other hand I see an incorrect distortion quite remarkable, almost 0.4%, it seems a lot to me for a JPG, but even so, despite not being corrected the distortion completely, it is still noticeably soft in the corners.

A terrible performance of the lens, like all the compact zoom, are really useless at the wide, only Ricoh GRII and Fuji X70 are good for landscapes, fixed lenses, without distortion to correct, not perfect but wide enough.

Don't forget the Leica X Vario! Nothing wrong with that lens, if you can afford it.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 19:07 UTC
On article Before and after: Shooting Raw with the iPhone X (70 comments in total)

Forget the phone - if she was standing like that on the roof of my Land Rover, I'd be pretty grumpy!

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 19:03 UTC as 15th comment | 8 replies
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vscd: Leica M - Mirrorlens since the second world war and still counting.

Michiel953 - I responded to what you wrote. You state your "opinion" as if it was a fact, which it isn't.

vscd - when you say " I never ask my cam how a exposure will look like, I know my tools and with most cams you can push +-5 stops anyway, so there is even no need for that", I lose any respect for your opinion. In no way do I deny your entitlement to it, of course.

I would accuse both of you of excessive conservatism but it would be a waste of time and would just start an argument. Interestingly, I had a play with the original Canon 5D yesterday. That camera doesn't have a bad optical finder at all, but it lags behind even my now-superceded EM1 viewfinder in terms of manual focus accuracy and exposure information. Nice and clear is only half the story.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 17:18 UTC
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vscd: Leica M - Mirrorlens since the second world war and still counting.

Michiel953: It's absolutely clear you have not used a decent EVF! Your comment is ten years out of date!

vscd: Do you realise that, with most EVF cameras (at least the more serious ones), you can have as much or little information on screen as you like in your viewfinder? I have my EM1 set up with an unclutterd picture and exposure information along the bottom, the way I got used to with DSLRs. Unlike when using a DSLR, I have a very good idea of how the exposure is going to be in the final image without having to read a single number. Nevertheless, those numbers are important for other reasons, which is why I have them there.

By the way, my Bessamatic is an SLR with a leaf shutter. Conversely, many rangefinder cameras have focal plane shutters. There is no real correlation.

I'm not going to get into another EVF/optical VF debate. We're all free to decide but anyone will make a better decision by trying the options seriously first, not trying to support an agenda.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 23:46 UTC
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vscd: Leica M - Mirrorlens since the second world war and still counting.

I won't defend rangefinders, though they are just fine in some situations, but you are kidding about EVFs, surely? Only the very best optical viewfinders are a match for the best electronic ones and, even then, they throw away a lot of information. SLRs feel positively archaic these days.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 18:29 UTC
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BobT3218: If this sounds counterintuitive, it's because Leica is not in the camera business like all the rest. Leica is in the luxury brand business. The brand just happens to be of a camera. It could have been luxury sunglasses or shoes.

You don't know, you assume. You're not alone - a lot of people have a sort of "inverse snobbery" where they like to take opportunities to mock people who have more spending power or extravagant lifestyles. That mocking ensures your status is lower in more important ways than financial. It's not called for and you do yourself(ves) no credit.

By the way, I would be willing to bet my cameras spending power is way below the average here but I have a Leica anyway (a T). It's not just the positive features of the system that appeal - it's the lack of a myriad of features trying to please everyone with every model that makes the cameras quite pleasant to use.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 04:14 UTC
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BobT3218: If this sounds counterintuitive, it's because Leica is not in the camera business like all the rest. Leica is in the luxury brand business. The brand just happens to be of a camera. It could have been luxury sunglasses or shoes.

It's not really a luxury brand, more a quality brand. Luxury tends to be pampering, something Leica cameras don't do that much!

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 00:39 UTC
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vscd: Leica M - Mirrorlens since the second world war and still counting.

A bit earlier than that...

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 00:32 UTC
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Ilia Snopchenko: Oh Leica, absurdity is your second name. :) News of your products bring out an inner Deadpan Snarker even in the most demure people like myself. :)

And before some apologist starts telling us that we just don't understand... We really don't, and aren't supposed to. Some things just make no sense, and there's just nothing beyond the surface - no need to spend time digging for a gold nugget of truth that isn't there. :)

I'm not sure we are in agreement. We may consider similar things if we had the money ourselves (certainly the travel to "distant and harsh lands" but probably not the Ar3) but I'm not mocking the people who can afford what I can't for their choices!

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 18:52 UTC
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Ilia Snopchenko: Oh Leica, absurdity is your second name. :) News of your products bring out an inner Deadpan Snarker even in the most demure people like myself. :)

And before some apologist starts telling us that we just don't understand... We really don't, and aren't supposed to. Some things just make no sense, and there's just nothing beyond the surface - no need to spend time digging for a gold nugget of truth that isn't there. :)

I understand what you are saying. The odd thing is that people who buy this gear tend not to be the sort of person we usually think of as foolish (though I say anyone who dedicates his/her life to making money is a fool, but that's a whole different argument!).

It will help if you understand that there are people who can afford quality and find the qualities they like in ways that aren't cheap. It's not really foolishness. I have a cheap, old, third-hand Leica I bought to try the experience and I really see the appeal now - though, like you, the snob appeal of special edition items leaves me a little cold.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 10:00 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (356 comments in total)
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deep7: A choice well justified by the article. I think the idea of a "pro" camera being smallish is a hard concept for some people to grasp but, if you've spent nine hours on your feet shooting an event, these smaller bodies are a revelation! Personally, I prefer the advantages of smaller sensors but I see the appeal.

Not perfect though - the moiré on that viewing platform photo is very 90s...

That depends very much on what you want to do! It is one reason I prefer a smaller format (which does brilliantly in that regard) but the Sony system still does well here. For example, you can use outstanding and tiny Leica lenses on the Sony, which you can't on a camera which has a flapping mirror to clear.

On the other hand, you can directly compare even the bigger Sony/Zeiss lenses (with body) to the top line Canon and Nikon lenses (with body) and you are still better off, in terms of what you have to carry. Just imagine the luxury of being able to carry a spare body and not finding that a burden.

The real killer for Sony, in a professional sense, is still the lack of serious long lenses, though they have made a start, I guess.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 22:30 UTC
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