wilsonlaidlaw

Lives in United Kingdom Lewes, United Kingdom
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On article Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM review (768 comments in total)

Leica's 75mm/f1.25 Noctilux-M makes this Canon lens look like a bargain at around a quarter of the price.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2020 at 16:32 UTC as 145th comment | 1 reply

If the point of sharpest focus is in front of the desired focus point, that is back focus not front focus. Back and front refer to the position of the sharpest image inside the camera, relative to the imaging medium, not relative to the object being photographed. No wonder Canon got the lens wrong if they did not know something as basic as this. If anyone wants to see this explained with good illustrations, they should get the book by Norm Goldberg (DAG's father) "The Dark side of the Lens" .

Now to await the trolling storm!

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2020 at 17:32 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
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wilsonlaidlaw: Still no de-haze (unless they have hidden it very carefully), which I have been asking Phase One for since it first appeared in ACR some considerable number of years ago. Very disappointing!

You can de-haze in C20 but it is around a 6 step operation. You can then save this as a style but that then applies the same amount of de-haze to each image. This is often inappropriate. When pretty much every other RAW developer now has a de-haze tool, I cannot understand Phase One's reluctance on this.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2019 at 08:43 UTC

Still no de-haze (unless they have hidden it very carefully), which I have been asking Phase One for since it first appeared in ACR some considerable number of years ago. Very disappointing!

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2019 at 19:26 UTC as 31st comment | 24 replies

Wonderful, I pay £6000 for a camera and £7000 for a lens and then they want me to pay more for the software to use them. The sheer naked greed and staggering gall of this act beggars belief. The Leica community is seething over this. Leica have really shot themselves in the foot over this. I know one good customer who is so disgusted, that he has cancelled his order for an SL2 and put in an order for the Hasselblad X1D Mk.2 instead.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2019 at 21:24 UTC as 4th comment

Pity they did not update their older software for the not very old Spyder 4 pucks. I am now left with a paper weight, having upgraded to Catalina.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2019 at 18:38 UTC as 1st comment | 3 replies

The video would have been improved by showing the optical path through a sectioned telescope.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2019 at 12:23 UTC as 91st comment | 1 reply

Mac version appears to be vapourware.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2019 at 18:24 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply

I pre-ordered the 75/1.25 about three weeks ago. If it is anything like as good as their 28/1.4, I will be delighted and can sell off my Leica 75/2.5 Summarit, which has never enthused me. I have actually ended up using a 1952 Leica 85/f1.5 Summarex in preference to the Summarit, because it has character. The Summarex is however, huge and very heavy.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2019 at 14:13 UTC as 4th comment
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wilsonlaidlaw: Leitz were making these 80 years ago. I have a grotty one sitting in a drawer somewhere. I actually use Leica's improved version called a BEOON, which has a focusing tower to hold a camera (I use a Leica SL FF digital mirrorless) and can mount extension tubes below in various combinations to suit the negative size and the copying lens. Most folk using these use either a Schneider-Kreuznach or Rodenstock enlarging lens, due to their very flat field and high resolution. I can scan a 36 exposure film in 2 to 3 minutes to 24MP RAW images at 1:1 size.

It is indeed an ELDIA (E Leitz DIApositiv). I tried giving mine away but no takers! I bought it donkey's years ago because I wanted the NATRA optically corrected slide viewer that was with it and the seller would not separate.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2019 at 16:20 UTC

Leitz were making these 80 years ago. I have a grotty one sitting in a drawer somewhere. I actually use Leica's improved version called a BEOON, which has a focusing tower to hold a camera (I use a Leica SL FF digital mirrorless) and can mount extension tubes below in various combinations to suit the negative size and the copying lens. Most folk using these use either a Schneider-Kreuznach or Rodenstock enlarging lens, due to their very flat field and high resolution. I can scan a 36 exposure film in 2 to 3 minutes to 24MP RAW images at 1:1 size.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2019 at 16:36 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies

I wonder if anyone would be able to distinguish images taken with the DMF X1D II and its zoom from those taken with a Full Frame 47MP Panasonic S1R and Leica 24-90L zoom, which is noticeably faster than the Hassy zoom?

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2019 at 15:32 UTC as 48th comment | 5 replies

Just how many times does the wheel need re-inventing? There seem to be a plethora of fast 50 lenses from the far east.

I have been using Leica 50 Noctilux lenses for many years in their ever improving versions and once you get used to them focusing them is easy. You do need a reasonable amount of light to focus with a rangefinder but with the later Leica M's plus the SL and CL, live-view, high resolution EVF's and digital focusing zoom, you can focus very accurately indeed in low light at f0.95.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2019 at 17:21 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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wilsonlaidlaw: Does an anamorphic lens give any different picture to using a wide angle lens (say 30/35mm on MF) and then cropping top and bottom of the image?

The anamorphic lens was forced on the cinematic industry by the constrained small imaging size of film at the time of their development. 4:3, sized 24mm wide x 18mm high 35mm movie film is in effect, half a 35mm still image frame but running vertically. Now that sensors could be made in different dimensions, could not the video industry use 16:9 or 21:9 ratio sensors and get the wide screen effect without the use of anamorphic lenses. I don't see flare and oval bokeh as particularly desirable features.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2019 at 10:35 UTC

Protest by not buying North Face products. It is about the only thing we can do to express our displeasure at this unprincipled advertising stunt. What next - flash videos on coffins?

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2019 at 16:53 UTC as 52nd comment | 3 replies

Does an anamorphic lens give any different picture to using a wide angle lens (say 30/35mm on MF) and then cropping top and bottom of the image?

Link | Posted on May 14, 2019 at 10:12 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies

I just tried it as a plug-in and it was hopeless/useless. Back to using the magnetic lasso.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2019 at 10:55 UTC as 17th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix S Pro 70-200mm F4 OIS sample gallery (132 comments in total)
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wilsonlaidlaw: I will almost certainly buy this lens to use on my SL and CL. I had the 90-280/2.8 SL lens but found it far too heavy and unwieldy in my arthritic hands, so sold it. I am currently using my far smaller but old 80-200/4 Vario-Elmar-R manual focus lens but MF is not rapid with the inevitable shallow DOF and it would be really nice to have OIS. I suspect focus speed and accuracy on the Panasonic lens will be improved with various FW updates, just like it has on the Leica L mount lenses.

I suspect that if any change in colour rendition is noticeable, which I slightly doubt, it is something I could easily iron out with the colour wheel on Capture One and then save it as a profile. Having been using a Leica MF 500mm Telyt f8 lens with a 2x APO extender this week, 6 stops of OIS would have come in really handy. Tripod shake was quite noticeable, even using a 12 second delay to allow the vibration to decay.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2019 at 15:59 UTC

Tried and found guilty in the courts of public opinion, with no defence allowed. This sort of thing does no favours to the #MeToo movement.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2019 at 15:06 UTC as 24th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix S Pro 70-200mm F4 OIS sample gallery (132 comments in total)

I will almost certainly buy this lens to use on my SL and CL. I had the 90-280/2.8 SL lens but found it far too heavy and unwieldy in my arthritic hands, so sold it. I am currently using my far smaller but old 80-200/4 Vario-Elmar-R manual focus lens but MF is not rapid with the inevitable shallow DOF and it would be really nice to have OIS. I suspect focus speed and accuracy on the Panasonic lens will be improved with various FW updates, just like it has on the Leica L mount lenses.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2019 at 14:52 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies
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