Irakly Shanidze

Irakly Shanidze

Lives in United States Grosse Pointe, United States
Works as a creative
Has a website at
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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On article Leica Noctilux: Overkill or Necessity (25 comments in total)
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magneto shot: there is a hyperprime now, so noctilux is for those who must have "leica" name in it or perhaps resale value. If low light is the main reason, reviews so far indicates the hyperprime is a better buy. There is also the nokton 50 1.1 for great value but debatable bokeh.

Thanks for writing this article, one can sense your iron clad defense of the lens even if some of the reasons when weight against the price looks dubious to some. For leica owners, the noct is a "must try" itch simply because the price will no doubt makes the mind wonders.

Is it really worth the asking price? The author in this article clearly thinks it is and it moves him to get great pictures in his work. Inspiration is always priceless.

It is not only softness. In fact, transmission factor of Nokton wide open is lower than of 50mm Summilux at f/1.4. At least my M9 built-in light meter thinks so.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 16:43 UTC
On article Leica Noctilux: Overkill or Necessity (25 comments in total)
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RodluvanII: "When working on assignment, being able to shoot at f/1 (or f/0.95 with the last version) frequently means getting the shot versus not getting it. In professional photography it easily translates into thousands of dollars."

I hear this all the time, but I can not image one occasion where a professional photographer would spoil an assignment or 'not get a shot' for not having shallow enough dof or enough available light. Assignments are planed ahead and so is the gear and lighting, not considered on a whim. Apologetics like that I would only expect coming from dentists with too much money, to whom this lens is for. Hardly a professional (the few Leica using professionals there are left).

of course, anyone can plan a fashion shoot on location, and what if your assignment is ten street candids featuring a certain color combination? ever heard of something of this sort?

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 16:38 UTC

I really want to meet a person who bought one of those masterpieces :)

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 05:01 UTC as 15th comment
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darngooddesign: The glee shown over people losing their jobs is pretty sad.

I cannot believe that people who were actually doing the designs did not understand how deeply flawed the whole idea was. What it tells me, they did not have enough professional integrity to acknowledge that and act accordingly. I do not feel bad for those who do not respect what they do and still do it.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 04:58 UTC
On photo Mysterious in Irina Sh's photo gallery (2 comments in total)


Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2014 at 06:06 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

Maybe I am in no position to make these type of statements, but to me it looks like a major marketing flop on Hasselblad's part. This is indeed pitiful.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2012 at 17:30 UTC as 20th comment
On article Shooting with the Leica M9-P (630 comments in total)

Frankly, I am a bit puzzled by this article. I mean, handling and operation of M9P is identical to M9, which has been extensively covered. What's the point?
The real advantage of M9/M9P is in its low-light performance. By performance here I mean camera's ability to consistently deliver professional-grade pictures that could be used in publications and commercial applications. Your conclusion is exactly opposite, which I can attribute only to lack of specific knowledge and skill in rangefinder low-light photography.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2012 at 08:07 UTC as 92nd comment
On article Leica Noctilux: Overkill or Necessity (25 comments in total)
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David Strachan: The girl with the my opinion the bokeh is really ghastly.

isn't it supposed to be that way considering the subject matter?

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2012 at 15:43 UTC
On article Leica S2 against megapixel arms race (18 comments in total)
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topstuff: How very, very interesting.

Considering the Leica S2 is of a similar size to a Nikon D3X or Canon 1DS series, the sheer usability of the camera is fascinating and compelling.

I wonder how the Pentax 645 ( possessed of a similar sensor to the Leica I suspect) would perform? It too, offers larger sensor than 35mm in a format designed for hand holding. And it can take a wide range of lenses. Very good value too for the aspiring photographer.

Thank you for the hard work and the very interesting conclusions you reach.

Thank you. Most likely, I will be able to do the comparison in a couple of weeks. It will be very interesting to include the results in the sequel of this review, which I am already working on. I am comparing Leica S2 to Hasselblad HD4, and it is always good to have an independent standard. In this review I used Sinar M. For the next one Pentax 645D seems like an ideal choice because of its claimed similarities with Leica S2.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2012 at 20:46 UTC

This is certainly a great achievement... I, however, would appreciate an adaptor that would let me use my Contax 645AF lenses on Leica S2 much, much more. Like, in monetary terms, 150% more.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2012 at 02:56 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm produces limited edition of 10,000 black X100s (101 comments in total)

LOL, I hope that the black paint job will make the lens more contrasty :)))

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2012 at 19:03 UTC as 27th comment

Since lightroom comes bundled with Leica M9, I am wondering if this is the time to light my candles on Adobe writing profiles to at least wide angle lenses and 50mm f/1...

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 18:26 UTC as 18th comment
On article Introduction to Food Photography (58 comments in total)

Matt, this is great. Wonderful job!

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 14:13 UTC as 14th comment
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Andy Crowe: Interesting they're quoting the T stops rather than f stops (guess that comes with the video focus of the lens). If it's capable of T0.95 then the actual f stop must be even less than 0.95

LOL use manual mode :))))

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2012 at 21:46 UTC
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micksh6: Forget $10K Leica. The real question is will it be better than Voigtlander Nokton 50mm F1.1 that costs $1000 and has been available for a while instead of 9 months later.

And why to announce 9 months ahead? They just conceived a baby? They haven't started delivering 12mm F1.6 lens that was promised in November. So, I doubt they know that the conception was successful.

4/3 Rumors mentioned it might cost $2K (5 times cheaper than Leica) so $1K Voigtlander Nokton (not to be confused with NoktoR) should be the competitor. BTW, the Nokton weights 425 gram instead of 975.

you are right, it is voightlander that has to be concerned, not leica.
as to the weight, do not forget that this lens is almost a 1/2 stop faster. maybe it does not sound like much to you, but believe me, makes all the difference.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2012 at 09:02 UTC
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Andy Crowe: Interesting they're quoting the T stops rather than f stops (guess that comes with the video focus of the lens). If it's capable of T0.95 then the actual f stop must be even less than 0.95

interesting lens...
bokeh is a bit strange... i wonder what's those concentric circles inside OOF highlights?

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2012 at 00:54 UTC
On article Introduction to Documentary-style People Photography (66 comments in total)
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angelhappy: You people are uptight. If we had to ask for permission on every shot we take then you better off taking another line of work.

In fact, it is better to apologize after the fact than to ask for permission before. This effective strategy I cherish since my early childhood.

To Burbclaver: I have even more another line of work than you. It is called advertising photography. Things in the industry have changed a lot lately, and I find myself more and more often doing street candid photography for one of my clients. The brief says clearly: "candid means that subjects are unaware of their participation in a photographed scene". Do you think it is possible to pay someone first and then make him unaware of your activity? Seriously...

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2011 at 00:07 UTC
On article Leica Noctilux: Overkill or Necessity (25 comments in total)
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Dan Nikon: Nice lens but, these photos have Canon 85 1.2L for thousands cheaper written all over them. At least you have a feel for the lens. I think it is dubbed the 95 for reasons other than the aperture though, 95% of the photos one sees from this hidden gem are cr@p with a slightly unique twist.

I certainly respect your decision to use this discussion for showcasing your fine sense of humor. However, assuming that you are not blind, your first statement indicates clearly that you most likely have not shot ether of the two lenses.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2011 at 19:03 UTC
On article Buyer's Guide: 10 Home Studio Lighting Kits (96 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: I totally enjoy the first photo: placing two identical small softboxes almost symmetrically and then lighting the scene with a large octabox -- this is what I call "professional contraception" :)

These kind of things undermine credibility of everything else said. The logic is "Either the chap does not know what he is talking about, or he tells nonsense on purpose. Either way, he is not to be trusted" :)

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2011 at 04:27 UTC
On article Leica Noctilux: Overkill or Necessity (25 comments in total)

Jeff, I have yet to see a camera that can match M9 colors at ISO1250. If you know something that I do not, please tell me :)

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2011 at 04:21 UTC as 8th comment
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