wilsonlaidlaw

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

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On article Re-make/Re-model: Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 Samples (176 comments in total)

I wonder why Leica chose the Summaron, rather than the less flare prone but equally tiny Hektor 28mm/f6.3? This lens was made from 1935 to 1955. Uncoated pre-war and coated from around 1948-ish. The later f5.6 Summaron (1955-63) always seemed like a retrograde step to me, although I am sure it was technically, somewhat better. However, even the modern copies seem a bit flare prone, hence I assume the mega hoods Leica made in period, which rather defeat the object of a tiny lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 18:51 UTC as 8th comment

Big payday for baggage handler thieves in the offing. Yes I really want to put two or more Leica bodies and maybe £20,000 worth of lenses into my checked luggage. For a start they are only insured as hand luggage and additionally as hand luggage, I can ensure that the sensors are placed vertically to reduce the risk of getting a dead pixel en route from high energy particles. For Leica, the camera has to go back to the makers to have the sensor remapped if that happens. I have in the past used Emirates or Qatar for all my long distance flights. I do wonder if this is all protectionism driven, from the US and European flag carrier airlines, targeting the middle east carriers, rather than being security based.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 16:47 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
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StevenN: Many years ago I was going through security at a U.S. airport, and a young woman TSA agent opened my camera bag after it had gone through the scanner. She took out my SLR and tried to twist off the lens. As she struggled with it, she sheepishly smiled at my girlfriend and said, "I don't know anything about these." Needless to say, I was fuming! I finally said to her, "If you break that, you're buying me a new one!!!"

Finally, she let me take off the lens, and then took the body back from me and stared into the mirrorbox chamber, looking for I don't know what. She then handed the camera back to me and said we could go on our way. What a total idiot.

She must have had a relative in Mumbai airport, who insisted on my 1967 Leica M4 being "switched on". It has no internal electrics at all. Luckily the dim security man accepted my pushing the battery check button on the semi coupled Leicameter MR4, which moves the meter needle to the centre position. Duh!

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 16:40 UTC

Bad decision from day one to use a 1" sensor. The movement today is for cameras to aim for the enthusiast market, who don't want to take photos with their phones. The P&S or small camera market is dying. For the current market, I feel a 1" sensor would be regarded as too small. Maybe today, even the micro 4/3rd's sensor is perceived as being at the bottom end of acceptable sensor size. The enthusiast market wants APS-C sensors or larger for interchangeable lens cameras.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 19:26 UTC as 191st comment | 3 replies
On article Leica Summilux-SL 50mm F1.4 sample gallery (368 comments in total)
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EduardoKleinFichtner: The best lens ever made. Period.

I can only presume you have never owned or used for any extended period, the latest f0.95 Noctilux. Unlike the previous Noctiluxes, which were "one trick ponies", with extreme aperture shift (I have owned both the f1.2 and f1 versions) the 0.95 Nocti works extremely well when stopped down. Its performance and characteristics are very similar to the 50mm/f1.4 ASPH Summilux-M, which many regard as one of the finest 50mm lenses ever made. Having owned both, I actually prefer the Nocti stopped down, as it does not suffer from purple edge fringing to the same extent on digital cameras as the Summilux tends to on high contrast edges. I sold my 50 Summilux and kept the Nocti. Apart from the weight, it is an excellent all rounder and actually balances better on the SL than it does on an M.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 08:54 UTC
On article Leica Summilux-SL 50mm F1.4 sample gallery (368 comments in total)
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princecody: Curious how many Nikon D810 users would trade their camera gear for the M10 & this lens 🤔

This lens will not work on the M10. It is an SL lens only, with a shorter flange focal distance and a different mount anyway (T/L against M). I don't think I will be buying the 50 SL Summilux for my SL in any case, as my current 50mm Noctilux-M is over a full stop faster and is very easy to focus on the SL. It is actually easier to focus in low light, where it shines, than on a rangefinder M camera. Where I want AF, I have the excellent 24-90, which now the firmware has been sorted, has superb AF and image quality.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 20:30 UTC
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wilsonlaidlaw: Still no de-haze tool, years after the other major RAW processor software packages have had this very useful ability. I know you can do it in C1 but it is a multi step process and even at its best is not the equal of this tool in CCR or LR. It is not as if users have not been asking for it either. I just now import my C1 converted JPEGs or TIFFs into PS CS and use RAW filters instead but it is not ideal. I left off converting the majority of the photos I took on my first visit to Myanmar earlier this year, where I was mainly in the delta or flood plain of the Irrawaddy river, where dust/fog/pollution haze is very common, in the vague hope that V10 would have a de-haze tool, only to be disappointed. Luckily on my second visit to Myanmar last month, I was mainly up in the mountainous north east, where haze is far less of a problem.

Regrettably the halo suppression tool on the sharpening panel does not really come into play for de-hazing in C1. The main tools used if you feel you have to de-haze within C1, are the contrast, clarity and structure tools together with the gradient mask tool. Still nothing like as effective as the de-haze in ACR or LR. I really don't understand why Phase One are so reluctant to add this. I can only assume it is the "not invented here" philosophy but they are not doing their customers any favours by this attitude. People may say "well I don't need it, so there". If you don't need a tool you are not forced to use it but it would be there for other folk who do want to use it.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2017 at 09:06 UTC

is it just me that finds the current obsession with selfies (visit the far east to see it at its most absurd level), to be incredibly narcissistic and arrogant. These people with their phones on the end of sticks, in between hitting other folks on the head with them, seem to want to insert themselves in front of any scene they are taking.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2017 at 08:31 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies

Fantastic news if it happens. Memories of Box 14, Hemel Hempstead, Herts and those yellow envelopes.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 09:38 UTC as 58th comment | 1 reply

Pretentious? Moi?

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 09:36 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply

Still no de-haze tool, years after the other major RAW processor software packages have had this very useful ability. I know you can do it in C1 but it is a multi step process and even at its best is not the equal of this tool in CCR or LR. It is not as if users have not been asking for it either. I just now import my C1 converted JPEGs or TIFFs into PS CS and use RAW filters instead but it is not ideal. I left off converting the majority of the photos I took on my first visit to Myanmar earlier this year, where I was mainly in the delta or flood plain of the Irrawaddy river, where dust/fog/pollution haze is very common, in the vague hope that V10 would have a de-haze tool, only to be disappointed. Luckily on my second visit to Myanmar last month, I was mainly up in the mountainous north east, where haze is far less of a problem.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 08:55 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (151 comments in total)

......but wouldn't it much nicer if all these ports were all on your nice new MacBook Pro, rather than a dongle hanging off the side.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 18:51 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply

Pro cameras are gradually switching from CF to SD. Now that UIII SDXC cards are available to sizes of 1TB and very high read/write speeds, the requirements for the larger CF cards is disappearing. Leaving out the SD card reader from the new MBP is a mistake but Apple is unlikely either to recognise this or admit it. Just like putting only 4 USB-C ports is also an error, meaning we have to go back 10 years and carry a selection of dongles. I cannot think of any new Mac which has caused more anger amongst people who generally are fans of all new Apple devices.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 18:20 UTC as 410th comment | 3 replies

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 (146 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 15th 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 (124 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
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