Irakly Shanidze

Irakly Shanidze

Lives in United States Grosse Pointe, United States
Works as a creative
Has a website at www.shanidze.com/en
Joined on May 21, 2004
About me:

I am a founder of International Academy of Photographic Arts that provides
online classes and live workshops in fine art photography ith an emphasis on creative approach and lateral thinking in the US, Canada, Western Europe and Russia.

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princecody: I thought for $7k Leica automatically updates itself 😁

I never compared... I shot M240 last time in 2015, so I just do not remember. M10 is pretty quiet. However, it is not the shutter sound that makes it so great. Read my review if you find a moment.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 03:10 UTC
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princecody: I thought for $7k Leica automatically updates itself 😁

princecody:
I am a professional photographer, and all I have is Leica. Haven't used my Contax 645 since M9 came out simply because image quality is comparable, and it is much easier to shoot. M10 made it even better. Although now I also have SL for video and S006 for special projects, M10 is the primary work horse now. Don't even try to tell me that this is luxury. There is no such thing as "expensive" when it comes to professional use. It either pays for itself, or it does not. I learned how to make it pay for itself. Hence it is not expensive for me.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 02:58 UTC
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princecody: I thought for $7k Leica automatically updates itself 😁

pricecody:

Luxury tool is an oxymoron. Leica is the best tool around, but it is still a tool, a means to an end. If you feel it is a status symbol, nobody can prevent you from feeling that way. Instead, we will just keep shooting it.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 23:45 UTC
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aramgrg: I don't believe most Leica owners know what firmware is, let alone update.

yes, yes, most leica owners are just rich idiots. i just wonder how did they get this rich while being idiots? :D

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 22:36 UTC
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Mateus1: M10 is the finest designed digital M.
M10 is the worst M regarding colours rendering. Just nasty.

have you tried it?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 22:35 UTC

Unfortunately, without seeing the results from Leica SL it is very easy to fall for the logic of this review. Yes, it is expensive, but there is nothing excessive about it when you factor in the image quality, both stills and video. I've been shooting the SL professionally for about a year now, and let me tell you, it has already paid for itself and the lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 21:46 UTC as 28th comment
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1473 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: I had used a99 professionally before switching to Leica SL. Then, I handled a99-II on Photokina, and it made me really happy that I did not get rid of A-mount lenses. So... My question is, why a99-II was categorized as a semi-professional camera by the reviewer? I mean, seriously :)

LOL, I read it. Leica SL is also semi-pro :))))))

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 21:17 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1473 comments in total)

I had used a99 professionally before switching to Leica SL. Then, I handled a99-II on Photokina, and it made me really happy that I did not get rid of A-mount lenses. So... My question is, why a99-II was categorized as a semi-professional camera by the reviewer? I mean, seriously :)

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 20:56 UTC as 94th comment | 3 replies
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: While being scientifically sound, this blog article does not address factors contributing to the image rendering other than sharpness. Take the same picture with 2/50 Zeiss Planar and Leica Summicron lenses at f/5.6, and images will look different, albeit equally sharp.

I agree that for an engineering tuned mind this sort of activity may be entertaining. However, when it comes to actual usefulness for applied photographic purposes, the use is rather limited, unfortunately.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:23 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: While being scientifically sound, this blog article does not address factors contributing to the image rendering other than sharpness. Take the same picture with 2/50 Zeiss Planar and Leica Summicron lenses at f/5.6, and images will look different, albeit equally sharp.

Not only bokeh, even though it is probably the most noticeable factor. Lens plasticity is also very important: the way it deals with very small details of different tonal and color contrast.
Another factor is flare and ability to preserve details when shooting against the light.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 05:23 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)

While being scientifically sound, this blog article does not address factors contributing to the image rendering other than sharpness. Take the same picture with 2/50 Zeiss Planar and Leica Summicron lenses at f/5.6, and images will look different, albeit equally sharp.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2017 at 19:20 UTC as 20th comment | 4 replies
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Why do you find $6600 price tag prohibitively expensive? How much is any professional body costs? Like Nikon D4, or Canon EOS1-something?... This camera is capable of delivering results just as good, if not superior, despite its lower resolution sensor. From a professional standpoint, it is not only a took capable of superlative results, but also a better investment, as both the body and the lenses hold their value better and do not break as often. I've been shooting digital M professionally since 2007, and got rid of other 35mm systems in 2009, when the M9 came out.
This new camera is a serious improvement over M9 both in image quality and in ergonomics. It is more convenient to work with, which translates into better and more consistent results.

Social skills are in a job description for any photographer. Photography is for people and about people, even when there are no people are in the picture.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 20:19 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Why do you find $6600 price tag prohibitively expensive? How much is any professional body costs? Like Nikon D4, or Canon EOS1-something?... This camera is capable of delivering results just as good, if not superior, despite its lower resolution sensor. From a professional standpoint, it is not only a took capable of superlative results, but also a better investment, as both the body and the lenses hold their value better and do not break as often. I've been shooting digital M professionally since 2007, and got rid of other 35mm systems in 2009, when the M9 came out.
This new camera is a serious improvement over M9 both in image quality and in ergonomics. It is more convenient to work with, which translates into better and more consistent results.

This is not the first time that you are trying to accuse me of being a salesman. No, I am not a salesman, I am a creative director. Also I happen to know how to take pictures and use it for work. Hope this will help you channel your energy into taking better pictures instead of engaging in an act of looking for a non-existant black cat in a dark room.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 06:11 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Why do you find $6600 price tag prohibitively expensive? How much is any professional body costs? Like Nikon D4, or Canon EOS1-something?... This camera is capable of delivering results just as good, if not superior, despite its lower resolution sensor. From a professional standpoint, it is not only a took capable of superlative results, but also a better investment, as both the body and the lenses hold their value better and do not break as often. I've been shooting digital M professionally since 2007, and got rid of other 35mm systems in 2009, when the M9 came out.
This new camera is a serious improvement over M9 both in image quality and in ergonomics. It is more convenient to work with, which translates into better and more consistent results.

Well, then, it seems that you just bought a wrong tool. Sorry about that. There is no magic button on the M9 body. It is you who is supposed to make that magic, not the camera.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 05:19 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Why do you find $6600 price tag prohibitively expensive? How much is any professional body costs? Like Nikon D4, or Canon EOS1-something?... This camera is capable of delivering results just as good, if not superior, despite its lower resolution sensor. From a professional standpoint, it is not only a took capable of superlative results, but also a better investment, as both the body and the lenses hold their value better and do not break as often. I've been shooting digital M professionally since 2007, and got rid of other 35mm systems in 2009, when the M9 came out.
This new camera is a serious improvement over M9 both in image quality and in ergonomics. It is more convenient to work with, which translates into better and more consistent results.

Leica M is like a racing boat in a sense. If you know how to work it, it will make you fly. If you don't, you feel lost and cheated out of your money.

There is nothing unspoken:
1. Image quality, of course. Pictures look different, and any art director sees it. If you shoot advertising, that's the ticket.
2. if you need to shoot without permission and keep low profile, yet get professional results, put 35mm summicron on your M and pretend that it all was an accident.
3. if you need to navigate a crowd of celebrities, put Noctilux on your M and do not cover the red dot with a finger. These people know what it is and treat you accordingly.
4. If you need help, look around. If there is someone with Leica, you'll get help, provided you have yours on you.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 02:52 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Why do you find $6600 price tag prohibitively expensive? How much is any professional body costs? Like Nikon D4, or Canon EOS1-something?... This camera is capable of delivering results just as good, if not superior, despite its lower resolution sensor. From a professional standpoint, it is not only a took capable of superlative results, but also a better investment, as both the body and the lenses hold their value better and do not break as often. I've been shooting digital M professionally since 2007, and got rid of other 35mm systems in 2009, when the M9 came out.
This new camera is a serious improvement over M9 both in image quality and in ergonomics. It is more convenient to work with, which translates into better and more consistent results.

Yake, I did not "buy on the hope", I knew what I was doing. Photography is quite a bit more than setting lights and pressing buttons.
If you bought M9 as a toy, do not complain that it has lost value, all toys do. I am sure, you do not find strange that your new car loses five grand right after you leave the dealer's lot. The difference, though, is that with the M9 (or M10, or any camera for that matter) you can make money, unless of course you drive Uber in your spare time. If you do not know how to use Leica's unique features (not only in image quality department) for gaining a competitive advantage, there is no reason to assume that others do not.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 01:38 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Why do you find $6600 price tag prohibitively expensive? How much is any professional body costs? Like Nikon D4, or Canon EOS1-something?... This camera is capable of delivering results just as good, if not superior, despite its lower resolution sensor. From a professional standpoint, it is not only a took capable of superlative results, but also a better investment, as both the body and the lenses hold their value better and do not break as often. I've been shooting digital M professionally since 2007, and got rid of other 35mm systems in 2009, when the M9 came out.
This new camera is a serious improvement over M9 both in image quality and in ergonomics. It is more convenient to work with, which translates into better and more consistent results.

beatbox: I misspoke, Classic Connection, if course. Sam Shoshan. I don't buy my gear at pawn shops :)

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 01:30 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Why do you find $6600 price tag prohibitively expensive? How much is any professional body costs? Like Nikon D4, or Canon EOS1-something?... This camera is capable of delivering results just as good, if not superior, despite its lower resolution sensor. From a professional standpoint, it is not only a took capable of superlative results, but also a better investment, as both the body and the lenses hold their value better and do not break as often. I've been shooting digital M professionally since 2007, and got rid of other 35mm systems in 2009, when the M9 came out.
This new camera is a serious improvement over M9 both in image quality and in ergonomics. It is more convenient to work with, which translates into better and more consistent results.

well, apparently then.
http://www.classicconnection.com/leica/

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 20:09 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Why do you find $6600 price tag prohibitively expensive? How much is any professional body costs? Like Nikon D4, or Canon EOS1-something?... This camera is capable of delivering results just as good, if not superior, despite its lower resolution sensor. From a professional standpoint, it is not only a took capable of superlative results, but also a better investment, as both the body and the lenses hold their value better and do not break as often. I've been shooting digital M professionally since 2007, and got rid of other 35mm systems in 2009, when the M9 came out.
This new camera is a serious improvement over M9 both in image quality and in ergonomics. It is more convenient to work with, which translates into better and more consistent results.

I paid $5500 at Classic Camera. Do your homework before you shop.
The size of the loss depends on how much money you made with this thing. Mine paid off in a month and mainly due to access that I gained by not carrying a "professional camera" with me.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 18:41 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Why do you find $6600 price tag prohibitively expensive? How much is any professional body costs? Like Nikon D4, or Canon EOS1-something?... This camera is capable of delivering results just as good, if not superior, despite its lower resolution sensor. From a professional standpoint, it is not only a took capable of superlative results, but also a better investment, as both the body and the lenses hold their value better and do not break as often. I've been shooting digital M professionally since 2007, and got rid of other 35mm systems in 2009, when the M9 came out.
This new camera is a serious improvement over M9 both in image quality and in ergonomics. It is more convenient to work with, which translates into better and more consistent results.

M9 was $5500 at B&H when it came out, and nobody buys cameras as an investment. You buy it, you work it, you sell it, just like a car.
Whoever calls M9 a terrible camera most likely has never shot with it. I took it with me to at least fifteen countries shooting everything from commercial ads to ballet and hockey, most of it with three focal lengths: 35, 50 and 90. Never had a need for 24-70.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 13:39 UTC
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