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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On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (497 comments in total)

It is just too bad that nobody explained to the author that focusing with a rangefinder is faster and more reliable than AF when done right. All you have to do is to set the lens to infinity after each shot. That way, there is only one direction the focusing ring can go.

When it comes to guessing and zone focusing, the simplest and most reliable technique is positioning a standing person between horizontal frame lines and focusing on it. After that, any person of approximately the same height will be at approximately the same distance. No need to recompose.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 15:37 UTC as 120th comment | 13 replies
On article Video: Leica M10 First Look (23 comments in total)
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munro harrap: The best things in life are free, it gets progressively worse as you up costs. Doubt me? consider your labours finance all tragedy-arms for your wars, your futile space explorations, your large hadron collider, chernobyls everywhere, and on a personal note ferraris, bugatti veyrons, Leicas, Hasselblads, hi-end hifis and computets and iPhones and Macs etc. And then there's jewellery cosmetics and high fashion-none of which are necessary and which consume vast earthly and spiritual resources, and all of which enslave mankind in general. and us gearheads in particular.
If A Leica 10 and a 50mm, 35mm 21mm and 24mm and visoflex cost me 10 per cent of my annual income I would certainly be tempted- though sensor reliability is a problem with Leitz.
But is not and right now I can listen to Angela Hewitt playing Bach French Suites on the radio and it costs NOTHING, not a year's salary AND my peers respect and favour. Why photography indeed!! Even her piano costs less than an M10!

is it? :)

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 15:06 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (891 comments in total)

Used to be a no-brainer. After Leica SL came out, it became evident that EVF can be actually better than optical. This is me saying, a rangefinder camera user of 35 years

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 14:39 UTC as 319th comment
On article Video: Leica M10 First Look (23 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: its kind of lovely ,

but I wish they didnt use the rebranded olympus evf .. i would rather they devised a way to what fuji did in the xe1\2 xpro1\2 and have optical and electronic VF switchable in camera in the corner position , beyond that , its screams solidity and quality ..... mmmmmmm leica [ homer simpson voice ]

Visoflex Type 020 is not made by Olympus. It is a third-party OEM accessory not used on any other system, except Leica T and Leica M10.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 03:08 UTC
On article Video: Leica M10 First Look (23 comments in total)
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munro harrap: The best things in life are free, it gets progressively worse as you up costs. Doubt me? consider your labours finance all tragedy-arms for your wars, your futile space explorations, your large hadron collider, chernobyls everywhere, and on a personal note ferraris, bugatti veyrons, Leicas, Hasselblads, hi-end hifis and computets and iPhones and Macs etc. And then there's jewellery cosmetics and high fashion-none of which are necessary and which consume vast earthly and spiritual resources, and all of which enslave mankind in general. and us gearheads in particular.
If A Leica 10 and a 50mm, 35mm 21mm and 24mm and visoflex cost me 10 per cent of my annual income I would certainly be tempted- though sensor reliability is a problem with Leitz.
But is not and right now I can listen to Angela Hewitt playing Bach French Suites on the radio and it costs NOTHING, not a year's salary AND my peers respect and favour. Why photography indeed!! Even her piano costs less than an M10!

Report back to you? Personally? Why should they extend such a courtesy? :)

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 03:07 UTC
On article Leica M10 in Japan: Updated samples gallery (151 comments in total)

Without commenting on photography itself, I can say that the test is fair: it shows M10 capabilities well. Skin tones, contrast, saturation, resilience (exposure latitude): everything the way I see on my camera.

Also, remember, this set of images is about the camera, not about lenses. So, I would abstain about commenting on differences of Summiluxes and Elmarits. The only thing that is really missing is extra wide shots (WATE, SEM, 21mm Summilux) to show how M10 sensor's offset microlenses work.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 03:01 UTC as 21st comment
On article PDN announces its 30 emerging photographers of 2017 (27 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Nasty Sapon, my congratulations! :)

Stupid autocorrect. It was supposed to be "Nastya", short for Anastasya". She is #6, an apprentice of my former student.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 22:58 UTC
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Irakly Shanidze: How loud is the fan?

I thought you were asking about it ability to deliver its declared color temperature, not CRI.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 22:56 UTC
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Irakly Shanidze: How loud is the fan?

the text says +/-300K

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 19:38 UTC

How loud is the fan?

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 18:45 UTC as 6th comment | 8 replies

I wonder when Adobe adds profiles for more Leica M lenses...

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 23:40 UTC as 14th comment

I am much more partial to the demise of American Photo. PopPhoto was more about gear and an explosion of ads, American Photo was more about photography, at least this is how I remember it.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 05:23 UTC as 130th comment
On article PDN announces its 30 emerging photographers of 2017 (27 comments in total)

Nasty Sapon, my congratulations! :)

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 22:57 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
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Caleido: Sigma did it again. Extreme aperture, extreme fov and still offering good to excellent corner sharpness - even full open. Complaining about distortion is childish. You can fix most distortion, but you can't fix soft corners or bad CA.

The fact most critics are complaining about the distortion, just shows how good the lens actually is.

With a 24mp file you don't lose sharpness if you fix distortion in a raw file. This lens is sharp, and you will be hard-pressed to see any loss of sharpness after correction, which is in this instance does not seem to need to be very significant.
That being said, unintentionally soft lenses are largely thing of the past with most manufacturers. Sharpness is not the only thing to look for when you judge image quality. This lens is very impressive in many ways, except it flares (images 18, 24), cannot hold highlights (image 37), generally prone to lose contrast and has an unpleasant looking bokeh.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 03:49 UTC
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rfsIII: Lars,
I'm confused why this particular computer got singled out for special attention? 16gb of RAM is barely adequate to run Photoshop let alone Premiere and there is no mention of the GPU which is as important or even more important than the CPU for imaging editing.
Did I miss something?

Indeed. If you are planning to work with 300mb files, the whole setup needs to be thought out differently. I would not even think of using a laptop for this sort of work, it is like cutting hair with a nail clipper.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 23:56 UTC
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Wu Jiaqiu: truly one of the most hideous collection of camera....no.......any kind of bag i have ever seen........i'd rather be seen wearing a photography vest than toting one of those about......

That would be good, actually. When you are lost in the wilderness, an orange vest may be the only way to attract attention of a pilot of a plane flying by :D

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 01:18 UTC
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MayaTlab0: More disappointment : I love the external colour scheme.
Not sure about the yellow inside though, and more importantly the locking mechanism.

well, yellow inside is good, actually. i learned it while using Kata bags: nothing gets lost within those compartments, and this is great, especially in the dark.

the outside, on the other hand, is the most environmentally unfriendly. it suits urban jungle, not the outback.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 23:57 UTC
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Wu Jiaqiu: truly one of the most hideous collection of camera....no.......any kind of bag i have ever seen........i'd rather be seen wearing a photography vest than toting one of those about......

hey, easy, photo vests are so lame that it is actually cool. i am amazed that hipsters have not embrace it yet :)

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 23:55 UTC

lovely colors :))))))))))
they might as well made them orange to use them to attract search-and-rescue helicopters when lost in the wilderness.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 23:52 UTC as 30th comment
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Rod McD: DPR - Is there any chance they'd let you try the set for sample photos? There are simply no tests or reviews anywhere on the net. I've been watching them for the 75mm because Fuji offers nothing near the old 105mm FL that I happen to like.... It's hard to buy new designs in a total vacuum about IQ and BQ. These are not inexpensive lenses - they're chasing Voigtlander prices. Their ads talk about classic quality, but if that means soft wide open and a truckload of film-era CAs, no thanks. Let's see some images.....

No, I have not seen that one.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 22:48 UTC
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