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


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cosinaphile: i wanted the dmc L1 lumix so badly back in the day .... yes its still beautiful

I lusted after it too, for around a decade. Then I got lucky and a friend gave me one, mint and boxed but without the matched lens. Then I got super lucky and bought an E620 with a collection of lenses, including the Leica 14-50/2.8-3.5 - I sold off everything piecemeal and kept that lens plus two other little gems (25mm pancake and 35mm macro). The L1 still is beautiful, really just like when it was new. Plus the modern software means the images are miles better now than they were when it was new!

They sometimes come up for sale but people seem to ask too much for them. I don't see many change hands.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 09:02 UTC
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StephanBG: With all this EVF bashing, refreshing how Canikon FF owners want to protect their superiority. But you feel it, you're no longer top dog with your small sensors.

Funny. That cold day might come sooner than you think as your choices start to disappear. You do sound like a young dog who can't be taught new tricks. I moved to EVFs in my fifties and am reaping the rewards of a mind still open to change!

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 22:22 UTC

A slow, graceful end to a game-changing system. Inevitable, though.

4/3 gear served me well for a long time, particularly the four years during which an E3 was my mainstay for weddings and nature photography. It still looked like new when I sold it - great build quality. My E300 produced what remains my most commercially successful image and the "Kodak colours" really helped there. A while ago I found a mint L1 and that gives me so much pleasure still. The L1 was very expensive for a reason. It also feels quite luxurious! Modern processing has given it a new lease on life as I find the RAW files lovely to work on now.

Having said that, it's clear that 4/3 was competing in the wrong market - enthusiasts and professionals do lean towards larger sensors, whether they actually need them or not. Micro 4/3 is a much clearer niche and my EM1 is a very good, though unexciting camera. EVF all the way from here on!

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 22:15 UTC as 107th comment
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mgrum: I never understood why they went with such a thick coverglass that required larger [image space] telecentric lens designs, seems to defeat the purpose of the smaller format.

The purpose of the design was as much about overall image quality as size. Telecentric lenses on larger formats are huge anyway! Sensor design has changed a lot in 18 years but, when the standard came out, their design was very relevant.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 22:03 UTC
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StephanBG: With all this EVF bashing, refreshing how Canikon FF owners want to protect their superiority. But you feel it, you're no longer top dog with your small sensors.

I can't imagine I would ever go back to an optical viewfinder now. Some are big and bright but they are so limited in the information they provide. I have DSLRs - when I use them, I forget they won't give instant feedback on exposure and it takes a while to compensate. It's just not as nice an experience as using a good EVF.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 20:23 UTC
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Stacey_K: If iPhones were cheap, no one would want them. It's a status symbol and I see this everyday with the kids I works with. These 3rd graders rate owning a iPhone 7s right up there with a Lamborghini. lol

If they are a status symbol, then at least they are a relatively affordable one! It would be the last reason I'd buy one because I'm too socially stupid to understand the point of status symbols. Nevertheless, I am on my third iPhone, simply because they are brilliant tools for many uses and all the alternatives come short, one way or the other.

Mind you, the latest iPhones also fall short and it's not going to get better, ditto the latest laptops. The golden age seems to be over!

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 20:07 UTC
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Jefftan: I never understand if anyone is slightly interested in real photography
a dirt cheap RX100 first generation get u a 1 inch sensor and 4 times zoom
weight 240 gram

use a tiny sensor phone?
Those are the majority and don't really care photography

It is correct that camera companies are targeting real photographer
but with the sad reality of increasing price to compensate for much lower volume
after all maybe 90-99% of people are not photographer

Those said they got a new phone because of how good the camera is
I don't know if they are real stupid or just joking

What's your end use? The better camera phones are good enough for any digital display and even prints up to a4/8x12 or similar in good or mediocre light. Apart from focal length restrictions, that is perfectly acceptable for nearly anyone these days who is doing little more than recording life - i.e. the vast majority of people. I have plenty of more serious cameras but often look in amazement at how good some photos out of my iPhone are.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 08:56 UTC
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tko: No drone under the FAA weight limit needs to be registered. There is nothing special about a short range or limited flying time. Even if they don't have to be registered, they still have to met the drone laws. Meaning, you could get arrested for flying one of these things at a National Park, a National Monument, too close to a building, in New York, within 5 miles of an airport, at a parade, etc.

Personally, I'd rather have a 2 pound drone flying by at 200 feet above me, that a swarm of these things circling as flown by idiots trying to take their photos at famous locations.

Be prepared to bring a flyswatter.

People living in around 200 countries don't really care what FAA rules say...

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 21:02 UTC

Nice to see one of these "kickstarter" things paying back investors. It looks like a very cool gadget which could have uses beyond self-portraits.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 20:59 UTC as 31st comment
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Androole: I strongly considered this camera, but decided to go with the Ricoh R8 for my world-tour backpacking camera. It had "only" a 7.1x zoom instead of 10x, but it was even thinner and smaller. It was comically small, really...

I still use a Ricoh R10 (almost identical to the R8, which I also used). I set it up on a tripod, using it's time-lapse feature for a specific purpose. It is ridiculously tiny but expectations need to be very low for image quality! Reliability (including that hard-working battery!) has been amazing.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 18:28 UTC
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vadims: > 65mm moderate wide

65mm (50mm equiv) a "moderate wide"? Not "normal"??

Slipped past the proof-reader, I expect. It should have been the first lens released, really!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 23:18 UTC

That last one could be really interesting for special effects on micro four-thirds! Nice looking range of lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 17:53 UTC as 7th comment
On article CP+ 2017: Hands-on with Sigma's newest lenses (199 comments in total)

The combination in photos 2 and 3 looks really appealing, despite all the black paint. If that body is the H version, the focal length range would actually be pretty useful!

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 03:02 UTC as 12th comment
On article Leica SL Review (1089 comments in total)
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saeba77: i really can't understand why buy this camera.
the cons are all the things you had to look when buy a camera:

Heavy and unbalanced with native lenses
Grip is frustratingly unergonomic, makes camera feel heavier than it is
JPEG color is just unpleasant
Autofocus speed highly lens dependent
Autofocus subject tracking lags behind competition
Dynamic range lags behind competition
Slow card write speeds

So why? If i buy a ferrari or a mercedes i pay much but i had build quality and also best tecnology...with leica only best build quality and best viewfinder...too less for me

if i want a leica may be is better the old history model for collecting

Don't forget this "heavy and unbalanced" thing is one reviewer's take. Others find it excellent (read comments below to see that).

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 02:01 UTC
On article Leica SL Review (1089 comments in total)
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lightandaprayer: Leica should stick with what it knows best: rangefinder cameras. I've never understood why the company even bothers with SLRs.

No worries. Leica's fault for making it look like a DSLR! Which is the one thing I don't like about it...

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 01:58 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L (111 comments in total)
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Jeff Keller: By the way, if anyone has any ideas for future TBTs, please post them or send me a PM.

Actually, I agree with Oboyle about the TZ1. A truly revolutionary camera.

Also, how about the Olympus E330 (and it's Panasonic/Leica siblings)? This was the first mainstream SLR which offered practical live view, with the option of using phase-detect autofocus even. It also had the now expected tilting screen. I know the Olympus E10 preceded this but that had a translucent prism and no interchangeable lenses, in the normal sense. The E330 set the mark for most SLRs and even "mirrorless" cameras today. I never liked mine but acknowledge it was an absolute ground-breaker.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 01:56 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L (111 comments in total)
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jwd8002: As a Sony A7r2 owner I read this and weep, I really, really weep. Why, oh why why why please tell me why doesn't Sony make a decent walk-around lightweight zoom lens like this Canon. Or the even more versatile and wonderful Canon 24-105 L f4. Instead Sony makes multiple 50 and 85mm primes. Mr Sony please please please give us a decent zoom.

I wouldn't call the original 24-70L a lightweight...

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 19:41 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L (111 comments in total)
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davev8: i believe its predecessor the 28-70 F2.8 was optically better ..not inflicted with bad field curvature. at the wide end like this lens

Really? In thousands of photos, I never saw that. I'm surprised.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 19:39 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L (111 comments in total)

I had one of these in film days and absolutely loved it. Even though people find flaws with it in the digital era, it seemed perfect to me and plenty of images on my walls are testament to it. I loved how the reverse zoom worked with that long hood and how the focus was instant and accurate with the eye controlled autofocus on my EOS30. Built like a tank too! I wouldn't get one now though. That 70mm end is just too short for a general purpose zoom, for my uses.

Interestingly, there has been a "recent" take on the 28-70 option, which is still listed as available. That is the rather amazing Olympus 14-35/f2 zoom. But, yeah, 24mm does seem to be a sweet spot for a lot of people, myself included.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 19:37 UTC as 20th comment
On article Leica SL Review (1089 comments in total)
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Edmond Leung: In film era, both Leica lenses and cameras were perfect products.
In digital era, Leica is only excellence in optics.
May be Leica should learn more from ARRI AG how to change the business model.

Leica's business model seems to be working well for them at the moment.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 08:51 UTC
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