wilsonlaidlaw

Lives in United Kingdom Lewes, United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Jan 1, 2009

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I bought a Canon Pixma Pro photo printer after that was given an EISA award and what a total piece of c**p that was. So I now pay no attention whatsoever to their awards.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 21:20 UTC as 7th comment

How sad that Leica is selling this. I have seen it at various stages and locations, first in 1964 in Wetzlar and last in 2009 in Solms.

If the price estimate is correct, then someone is going to get a real bargain. There is an ur-Leica, at least two prototypes and two reporters on the family tree. All of these were fetching well in excess of $100,000 when last sold.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 15:53 UTC as 6th comment
On article Minox announces tiny, retro-styled DCC 14.0 camera (147 comments in total)

There is a good review on Youtube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlhDKALU5PQ Confirms what most of us think, this is a piece of s**t and it is disgraceful that a German camera company with the past reputation of Minox continues to sell it. Their 8 x 11 cameras, like the B, C and LX's are works of art. Why they don't just buy a phone camera module from Samsung puzzles me. It would be far better than what they use at present. I bought one because I am a Leica user for over 50 years and a collector. I sent it back as being of un-merchantable quality.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 16:26 UTC as 13th comment

I hope their security is good for all that lot.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 09:21 UTC as 17th comment

Inspired by the BFI short, I have just ordered a Blu-Ray of Barry Lyndon. Sadly it is not one that has been remastered as yet in UHD/4K (and I guess will never be due to lack of demand), as I would think this is one of the few old films that would really benefit from this. I don't have many 4K discs to date and I would estimate that less than half the ones I have, derive much, if any benefit from the additional resolution (Samsung UHD K8500 + Philips 49" 4K TV). Wilson

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2016 at 10:37 UTC as 11th comment
On article Meyer-Optik Goerlitz launches 3-element 95mm F2.6 (123 comments in total)

I will just get the 105mm f2.8 Meyer Trioplan out of my Wirgin 6 x 9 cm plate camera. I am sure from my drawerfuls of old photo rubbish I can cobble up an L39 mount and I have plenty of L39 to M adapters :-).

I think all these re-issued old lenses, like the Dallmeyer, Petzval, Daguerreotype and even the more modern ones like the Lomo Jupiter 3/Sonnar are one trick ponies. If you bought one and I did think of the Lomo Jupiter three briefly, before I remembered I already had a 1954 Opton Sonnar 50/1.5 and a Leica M adapter, I suspect it would get used a few times but then get left in a drawer. I would doubt this new Meyer lens is anything like as good as my Leica 90/2.8 Elmarit-M, which is already very flare resistant. You can easily buy these in mint condition, for around half the price of the Trimagon, which if you are not using a M mount camera, leaves plenty over to buy a top class Novoflex adapter.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 17:27 UTC as 6th comment

Tried it - not impressed in the slightest. The smart area selection tool makes Photoshop's indifferent magic lasso look brilliant. The alterations are crude. Deleted the trial version after playing with it for an hour. Why also give people a crippled trial version? This does not exactly encourage them to buy. Software makers, who are confident in their product, offer their top version as the free download to encourage you to buy that.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 14:02 UTC as 9th comment

You can install it yourself but it has to be on a blank SD card (reformat in SD formatter). It will not install if copied to the root directory of an SD card previously used for image acquisition in the SL. The focus magnification for MF lenses on the joystick is a huge improvement. I was using the SL last night to take pictures in a theatre with a 50/.95 Noctilux and I would have really struggled using the lower left button to magnify as previously set up. The magnification only works when you have the Leica M to T/L adapter mounted or for the future, when the R to T/L adapter comes out.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 10:22 UTC as 5th comment
On article Sony finalizes buyout of Toshiba's sensor business (91 comments in total)

There is always the option to source sensors from Europe. AMS/CMOSIS design then fabbed by STC. Alternatively one can go to the USA and use Teledyne/Dalsa. In Taiwan there is ON Semiconductors/Truesense and I am sure others as well. The problem would be the lead time to move production and/or design from Toshiba.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 16:21 UTC as 8th comment

Hardly surprising that someone has improved on JPEG, given that it dates back to 1986, although the standards have been updated a bit since (last significant update June 1998). Having looked at the posted images, I can see precious little difference between them. However I do often print to A2 size on my Epson 3880 and I suspect I might see a difference then. I usually try to print from a TIFF anyway. I would not contemplate using this for my standard storage, as Godspeaks says: "Storage is cheap" but it might well be useful if you are trying to send a client 50 images for him to look at and you are in the middle of nowhere with only dial up connection. I am not a Lightroom user (I use Capture One), so for me it would have to be a two stage process but for only occasional use, that is acceptable.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2015 at 11:25 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply

Unless they have cured the extreme ink-thirst of the Pixma Pro-1 and its endless print head cleaning plus poor paper feeding, this will be no good either. The Pro-1 needs a cart replacing virtually every time you start it up. My Epson Stylus Pro 3880 is a far better machine than my Pixma Pro-1. In consequence I rarely have the Pro-1 switched on.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 15:00 UTC as 28th comment
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2161 comments in total)

I agree with BarnET. With digital cameras it always seems better to expose for highlights and then recover from shadows. There always seems to more data to be recovered from over dark shadows than blown highlights. I have read in a very lengthy technical article in LFI magazine, explaining why this is so but this seems to have joined the blown highlights in the data not being recoverable.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2015 at 10:32 UTC as 311th comment | 1 reply

I would agree with Tom, Epson service for consumer level printers is very poor. However their service for the professional printers is much better and at least they work, which is more than the Canon ones do. I have both an Epson Stylus Pro 3880 in France and a Canon Pixma Pro-1 in the UK. There is no comparison between them. The Epson is a country mile better. It feeds all types of paper I have tried perfectly and does not exhaust its ink by continuous cleaning like the Canon. The Canon seems to need a new one of its ten cartridges every time I use it and will not feed smaller sizes (4" x 6") paper at all. It is very reluctant to feed matt, lustre or satin paper of any size and really only likes "sticky" gloss paper. I would love to bin it but it is the only A3+ printer I have at my British base.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2015 at 21:40 UTC as 4th comment

I would guess the relationship with Cosina is similar to the previous relationship with Kyocera. There Zeiss designed the lenses and employed the final inspectors in the Kyoto factory. One of the final nails in the coffin of that relationship, was the rejection rate on the N and 645 series auto focus lenses for the last generation of Contax cameras. If you look at the designs of similar specification Cosina built Voigtlander lenses and the Zeiss equivalent, they are obviously totally different designs, so the Zeiss lenses in this case, are not just rebranded CV lenses. The ZM lenses are excellent and in a couple of cases I have replaced Leica M lenses with ZM (50 11819 Summicron to 50 Planar & 24 Elmarit to 25 Biogon). I am 100% that the swap was an improvement in those examples.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2015 at 06:59 UTC as 14th comment
On article Canon warns about dangers of counterfeit camera gear (154 comments in total)
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wilsonlaidlaw: Some makers e.g. Leica, now encrypt Unique Image Identification number so that you cannot determine the number of shutter actuations on their newer cameras (M240 etc) from it.

They won't say.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 20:53 UTC

I too have a 105mm f2.8 Meyer Trioplan, on a Wirgin 6 x 9 cm camera. If I was desperate to use it, I could move it with its Prontor shutter onto a board and use it on my Graflex Century Crown Graphic with a 6 x 9cm 120 roll film back. It would be interesting to compare it with the 80mm/2.8 Tessar on that camera at the moment. The only problem is that I would have to change the cam on the Kalart coupled rangefinder as well to the 105mm one for the Graflar lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 01:49 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Canon warns about dangers of counterfeit camera gear (154 comments in total)

Some makers e.g. Leica, now encrypt Unique Image Identification number so that you cannot determine the number of shutter actuations on their newer cameras (M240 etc) from it.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 01:41 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies

Well I suppose once you have fitted the rotating gold plated hub caps on your Rolls Royce Phantom, the Hasselblad Lusso would be just the thing to take your selfies with, standing in front of it.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 18:11 UTC as 78th comment
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wilsonlaidlaw: A stunning bit of arrogance on Apple's behalf (not something they have ever been short of) not to continue to allow us to edit in a different application. I have used Photoshop since 1999 and intend to continue to do so, for editing of photos. I think I am going dump Photos and use the library function of either Bridge or Capture One. Now to find a utility that will export all the photos as events to folders for Bridge.

Wilson

I can always go back to my original DNG/RAW, if I make a total mess of my edits. If it is an important job, I will edit a 16bit TIFF in Photoshop, as the edits are non-destructive and you can step backwards perfectly in history.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 18:58 UTC

As a Leica user for well over 50 years, I think they have made an aesthetic error on this camera. To my eyes, the very prominent screw in the middle of the top cover is hideous. It covers the port, behind which lies the vertical alignment adjustment for the rangefinder. In most Leicas for the last 30+ years it has been hidden behind a Leica badge, usually red. I can understand why they did not use a red badge but surely a black and gunmetal grey badge would have been better than the screwhead.

I know the theory behind the better grey levels and definition you get with this camera but looking at some of my photographs with the M240, printed to A2 size in black and white using Hahnemuhle Baryta Silk paper on an Epson Stylus Pro 3888, I struggle to see how they would be significantly better with the M246. I think you would have to be pixel peeping with a magnifying glass to see it.

Wilson

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 15:10 UTC as 46th comment | 3 replies
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