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Jarpen: Why people, not monkeys, use mirrors? To know how they look. Taking self portraits takes it one step forward- it creates a copy of the present look and the moment. In 10-20 years you can look back and see how you have changed. Why not ask someone to take a photo of you? Because more and more people are socially withdrawn (in real life) and they prefer to take selfie rather than ask anybody for help. See the perspective here.

Marcio, if that is how Facebook has changed your actual life then it is very sad. The value of technology, as with most things in life, depends on how one uses it. It is meant to improve life not replace it. If one allows technology to take over, she has nobody to blame but herself. I have a lot of fb friends who are also real friends that I see and spend time with regularly. I do not let fb take over my social life but I don't stay away from it either. I use it to my advantage. You can too.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 15:22 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (483 comments in total)
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Majauskasson: Good article. I believe the mystique of rangefinders and Leica in particular, will eventually fade away. The fact that you struggled getting some decent well-focused pictures speaks to Leica's dilemma - to modernize or not.

Wouldn't a new Leica-designed modern world-class auto-focusing system make Leica more desirable than peddling the 1940s rangefinder focus for $6,000 that nobody needs, wants or has to skills to bother with? If range-finders were the be-all you'd see professionals clamouring for it on their Nikons and Canons. Which they're not.

Your experience with the M10 exemplifies why auto-focus took over. For the most part, auto-focus works just fine. If Leica would focus itself on developing ground-breaking technology instead of re-hashing antiquated ones, the $6,000 it charges might start feeling worthwhile. The fact you found it necessary to hide the red dot also shows that the brand isn't what it used to mean, instead of the distraction it now presented to your subjects.

Wow. That's ignorance at its worst. Pls. Pick up a rangefinder, humbly spend two weeks learning how it works, then come back and post another comment on how you feel. They have been used for decades by some of the best photographers under some of the most challenging conditions and have produced some of the best documentary pictures for a reason.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 15:15 UTC
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Jarpen: Why people, not monkeys, use mirrors? To know how they look. Taking self portraits takes it one step forward- it creates a copy of the present look and the moment. In 10-20 years you can look back and see how you have changed. Why not ask someone to take a photo of you? Because more and more people are socially withdrawn (in real life) and they prefer to take selfie rather than ask anybody for help. See the perspective here.

why must things be mutually exclusive? email is invented so it means people no longer talk to each other? mobile phones are invented so people no longer meet each other? selfie drones are invented so people no longer ask other people to take pictures of them? if anything, today people meet, talk and communicate with each other more than they ever had before all these technological advances. look at the bigger picture and what we have gained instead of keeping a tunnel vision of what we may have lost.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 09:36 UTC
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DominicVII: Worthy winner. The moral indignation vented by some here is truly ludicrous. This is history is being documented by brave men and women.

so someone trying to help the weak in such situation is not brave but foolhardy and charitable and someone choosing to take this picture when hr is within striking distance of the assassin is brave but not foolhardy? I beg your clarification.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 01:16 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1506 comments in total)
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avacadoinacan: As the owner of multiple older model Sony alpha cameras including the A99, I'm convinced these reviewers don't bother to read the manuals before they knock the menu system. I've got no problem navigating the menus on the A99, the front dial wheel moves you up and down in a tab, and the rear dial moves you from one tab to another. Once you hit the menu button with your left hand, you can use just your right hand to get to literally any item in any tab with one hand in seconds. I wish they'd at least find reviewers with some basic experience on the platform.

A well designed interface is one that does not require a user to "learn" the system beforewould becoming proficient in using it. That was DOS. Today we expect systems to be intuitive and ideally requires no manual. How easy it is to access a camera's features is as important as, if not more important than, what features the camera offers.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 01:13 UTC
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DominicVII: Worthy winner. The moral indignation vented by some here is truly ludicrous. This is history is being documented by brave men and women.

taking a picture of an assassin is not bravery, it is adrenaline rush. trying to protect the weak and assist those who require assistance or wrestling the assassin to the floor is. get your head straight.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 01:05 UTC
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stevo23: Surreal photo. Shouldn't be glorified though.

I agree. And to those who proclaim that publishing and glorifying these photos is OK because it is just a record of history, regardless of its impact on the family of the victim and the reactions caused in those who have viewed it.

If this picture were more graphic in nature, ie, it shows gore and blood, would you still deem it appropriate to publish? If a photographer took a perfect shot of the beheading of a victim by terrorists, would you consider it appropriate to post it? If not, where do we draw the line on what is appropriate and what is not?

IMHO, there are better ways to reward the photographer for his bravery (or rather, just for the fact that this photo was taken, as personally I believe the adrenaline rush and his physical location played a much bigger role than bravery) or whatever attributes one sees fit to reward the photographer for.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 01:02 UTC

this was indeed a great milestone camers and a modern classic.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 14:04 UTC as 83rd comment | 1 reply
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (343 comments in total)
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Michiel953: Nice images. I suppose the doubles are intended to show what can be done with the files. Brightening an image shot in near darkness (subway shot f.i.) doesn't really make it better though.

So.... in what way are these better than what a 750 with same fl lens would have produced?

if end results are all that matters then stay away from the M. that is like saying getting from A to B is all that matters. if that logic is applied to other things, we will be living in a very dark and cool world. I take it from your opinion that you have not used a rangefinder before. some things must be experienced before a informed opinion can be formed.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 13:38 UTC
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Josh Leavitt: Sure... Pay $6.5k to take pictures "Leica boss" (see what I did there?), or pay 1/4 the price and get a Fuji X system like the rest of us mere mortals who also happen to love the legacy of photography.

I just dont get why people must always compare the M to other non rangefinder cameras. what is the point? an apple is redder than an orange - it is a fact but what if someone likes the color orange and not the color red? the best red will not be a match for the worst orange. rangefinder shooting is a completely different experience and the m10 is arguably the best digital rangefinder currently available on the market. and that is all there is to it.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 13:33 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (343 comments in total)
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Michiel953: Nice images. I suppose the doubles are intended to show what can be done with the files. Brightening an image shot in near darkness (subway shot f.i.) doesn't really make it better though.

So.... in what way are these better than what a 750 with same fl lens would have produced?

its not what but how. the m10 is not meant to be compared to a SLR or mirrorless camera with all the usual bells and whistles. it is meant to be the best digital rangefinder currently available on the market today. it is not better or worse than a ff non rangefinder costing five times less because they are totally different cameras providing very different shooting experiences.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 13:23 UTC
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Pets of New York: Technology-wise, MF still can't keep up even when it is only slightly larger (44x33, not 60x45 like actual 645 MF) than FF.

With the X1D versus the Sony a99 II, there is no comparison. The a99 II has 12 FPS (vs. 2 FPS), 1/8000 shutter (vs. 1/2000), 1.229K resolution LCD (vs. 0.92K), 102.4K Max ISO (vs. 25.6K), 5-axis Image Stabilization (vs. 0), an Articulating Screen (vs. none), and 4K Video (vs. regular). Not to mention that there are 128 A-Mount lenses available (vs. 2) at this time.

Despite all this, the A99 II costs $3K versus $8K for this 'blad. I just can't imagine a serious photographer choosing this camera over a modern Full Frame unless all they did was studio portraits... and even then specifically ones in which a shallow DOF is never desired or needed.

Very narrow market they are shooting for.

specs are nice to read on paper. a camera's soul lies in its usability. all the bells and whistles are useless if they get in the way of a photographer taking pictures or are buried under layers of menus. it is easy to pack all the latest technology in a camera, but difficult to only include the most relevant ones in a camera to help photographers take better pictures.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 11:44 UTC
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VfxByArt: Ha ha, lots of back and forth here.

Luv the "my $600 whatever shoots better pictures at 3 million iso" comments! 😜

There are smartphones that take like 40mp images. Its just a wierd metric.

I shoot with canons, and I marvel at the features and diversity of the nikons, sonys, fujis, etc. you almost can't find a bad camera these days. In that world, Leicas do seem almost irrelavent. Add to that the snobbery associated with them. On youtube you can find one fellow that attended the M10 event. He genuinely seemed excitedby not just the new camera, but the celebration of photography, the reverence to history (they showed the orig Leica in the glass and metal), and the evolution of Leica. However he pointed out how turned off he felt by many of the guests, who swaggered around with leicas hanging off their necks like jewelry and their irreverence to the presentation. You are going to get that inevitably with a luxury item.

...but I love Leica and what they do...

The world is filled with oligarchs and 1% who harvest the wealth from the masses's needs for their greed. At least if they buy Leicas, even $25,000 limited editions that sell out of 500 units in 2 hrs. At least they are buying luxury products hand finished by german workers that are paid well it seems, while keeping a craft alive. Look at Nike, Apple, etc... all overpriced products sold at high margins at the expense of a labor force that includes prison and child labor. I look at the price if a leica, and At least its the least likely product touched by an exploited work force.

The other thing to consider is the size. Leicas are tiny. Yes APS-c fujis, sonys and canon mirrorless are tiny as well. But leicas are tiny full frame cameras, and thats really tough to do full frame. Ask sony who had to make huge lenses, or canon who had to stick to aps-c for mirrorless.

That being said, buying a digital leica body is tough because you are buying "the film" too, not a body that can be used 60 years later with better "film". Its just a gorgeously crafted depreciating hunk of brass. And yes, someone mentioned the film advanced mechanism.. who has not picked up and old camera body and not operated the film advance if not out of habit? A digital body doesn't seem to have that mechanical tactile quality.

I opted for another approach: I got the WORSED reviewed aps-c mirrorless body (no 4k video, The world ended!), the canon ef-m5, and bolted on a leica 50mm summilux! I first had a voigtlander f1.5 Nokton. But wide open the Leica beat it. Also buildwise, the leica is a tank. My 5d3 is an amazing performer, but the tiny leica 50mm and the tiny canon m5 is quite the combination. Manually focusng allows for a flow of taking pictures different from a modern af camera. On my 5D3 is a bit like target aquisition, telling the computer what to lock on, but when it does its fast, precise, predictable. But you are interfacing with a computer to take photos.

With a manual leica lens, its just you, your subject, and your wits! And the focusing tab, small size makes for a finely honed ergonomics. No wrangling focus points, selecting servo or single point, toggling face detects... these are all great tools for the pro photographer on assignment, and you will nail your subject over 95% of the time. But going manual with a specially ergonomically designd lens, it is an experience! And with newer 4mp EVFs, smart software like focus peaking to focus will make manual focus that much faster.

You should try it sometime. Slow down, and hurry up and take that photo!

Ive had my m9 for nearly a decade now and after 60k shutterocunts it remains my faovurite. investment well justified imho.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 11:24 UTC
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Francis Carver: More fantasy hour press releases out of Hong Kong.

Look at he first picture's inscription. The lens is identified as having a "T0.95 @ T2.0" Oh, really? Come again, please?

I guess if you live long enough, you'll see all types of b.s. Anyhow, SLR MAGIC is great at making splashy press announcements. Less so at actually delivering actual products.

i think if you live long enough you will actually learn to get facts before making irresponsible comments. i have seen and tried the lens myself and guess what, it does deliver what it has promised and i'm looking forward to receiving the lens.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2012 at 14:50 UTC
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Reg Natarajan: If Sigma wants to play in the high-end P&S segment, their cameras need to not look like bland generic boxes like the one above. They clearly haven't learned from the success of Fujifilm's X10 and X100.

fully agree. sigma's aesthetics are fine or even great. the problem lies with their interface, usability, and hardware reliability/functionality other than the sensor and lens. such a pity because apparently they excel in two very important areas - sensor/lens but the usability is terrible.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2012 at 15:15 UTC
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bradleyg5: I don't understand how Ricoh is even still in business. Who is buying into this system. How are they even making back their investment?! All of there cameras are ungodly expensive, have brutal image quality, and the worst headline features.

It's like they make cameras for people who don't want a good camera, they just want a camera nobody else will have. They make cameras for people who keep them on a shelf.

It's like they come out with this retarded system and they don't even push the boundaries, it's like none of the lens/sensor combinations do anything unique. So you go, oh it's flexibility you can just buy one system and it can do all these different things. BUT the cost is so high you could just buy a whole bunch of other dedicated systems that each would be better suited.

Like how could they possibly sell over a hundred of these? of the almost 7 billion human beings on this planet, I cannot imagine more than 100 would actually pay for such a thing as this.

brutal image quality? apparently you are one of those who speak their minds loudly without having the substance to back up their claims. if you have even used a ricoh or really looked at the pictures they produce, you would not have made such senseless claims. ricoh is most well known for two things: user interface/usability and image quality....gee.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 17:22 UTC
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Andy_Elliott: 2012 starts well..!

0.7M close focusing as well...wow

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2012 at 08:01 UTC
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