wilsonlaidlaw

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

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I am sure it is very good but with it mounted on a 4/3 MFT camera, you lose a lot of the USP of those cameras, which is their compactness. That is why I dumped the 12-50 Olympus lens for my EP-5 and went to using the tiny 14-42 Pancake III. I feel if I was going to carry around the 12-60 on an MFT body, I might as well go for a full frame digital with the appropriate lens. OK the Leica SL and 24-90 that is my normal FF is a lot heavier than an MFT with the 12-60 but it is quite a bit better as well.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 11:36 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

Do we need yet another 100 ISO B&W film? I really doubt it. Ilford, Kodak, Foma, Adox, Rollei, Kentmere, Agfa and Fuji plus I suspect other niche players. Surely these must cover every requirement from ortho to low contrast, extended red sensitivity, UV sensitivity, panchro and so on.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2017 at 17:42 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply

I really don't "get" this current fad in Germany to reintroduce mildly modenised versions of mediocre, slow, antique lenses, such as this Lydith and the Leica 28 Summaron. I could understand it if they reintoduced modern versions of the sought after lenses, like the 8 element 35mm Summicron of the early 1960's and the 85mm/f1.5 Summarex, one of the world's all time great portrait lenses. It all rather smacks of trying to separate a fool and his money and is thus a very cynical exercise.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 08:59 UTC as 15th comment | 4 replies
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (828 comments in total)

I would avoid the cheaper version of the Mamiya 645, the "J". It does not have a removable back but instead uses film inserts for 120 and the now obsolete 220 film. These inserts are not only inconvenient but also often do not sit precisely square in the camera, resulting in out of focus diagonal corners. I suspect the problem is with the cheaply made inserts rather than the camera so it is pot luck as to whether you get the problem or not. My 120 insert was poor but the 220 was fine, while you could still get 220 film. The version with the removable back does not suffer this problem.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2017 at 11:33 UTC as 197th comment | 2 replies
On article Fantastic footage of fjords with the DJI Mavic Pro (55 comments in total)

I have been to Norway various times both on holiday and on business. I have yet to see blue skies like in the video. Fog, rain, sleet yes, sun and blue skies not so far.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2017 at 06:43 UTC as 4th comment

Looks very expensive for an MF lens, compared with say the excellent Zeiss ZM 25mm/f2.8 Biogon. You can get good quality adapters from people like Leica and Novoflex for most mirrorless cameras for this lens. I actually prefer the Biogon to my previous 24mm/2.8 Elmarit-M for yacht and house interiors, as the Zeiss is noticeably more rectilinear than the example of the Elmarit that I had.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2017 at 13:01 UTC as 7th comment
On article Re-make/Re-model: Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 Samples (202 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 12th 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 22nd 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 192nd 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
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