Joseph S Wisniewski

Lives in United States Detroit, MI, United States
Works as a Speech and sensor scientist
Has a website at http://www.swissarmyfork.com
Joined on Jul 12, 2002
About me:

I've been in love with photography for over 40 years.

My favorite form of photography is macro, and much of my gear is of my own design.

I've done professional photography on and off for over 20 years.
Taught 8 years at Midwest Photography Workshops.
Designed 3 scientific digital cameras and 6 lenses.

Author of mImage and (coming soon to the App Store and Google Play) ColorForEveryone.

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On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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MrPetkus: No - it's really a Hasselblad - that's why it still has a non-ISO compatible hotshoe...

Yes, Sony has to go back to the ISO hotshot, as the alpha hotshoe is now exclusive to Blad. With their sophisticated styling, incredible value for the money, and the power of that shoe, Hasselblad shall become a world power in photography again.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 22:52 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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Five Piece: To all the shrill voices on this thread: You are missing the point. This camera is emphatically NOT built for you! Their target customer is Missy an Trevor, the purchase of which will setback maybe a small part of an hours interest on their trust fund. They will buy it not based on technical prowess, but because it matches so nicely with the teak deck of their sloop "Serendipity"!

I wish the Hasselblad corporation the best of luck with their new lineup, if for nothing more than the history that they did build the cameras used on the moon, for goodness sakes!

@WilliamJ, you missed why the new owners bought Blad in the first place, to leverage the brand name, or, in plain English, to milk it to death (which, I'm sure, they have a carefully designed schedule for).

A new brand would have simply been an unknown brand with an overpriced, ugly camera. It needed to be a Blad or a Gucci or something, to sell.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 22:47 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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Five Piece: To all the shrill voices on this thread: You are missing the point. This camera is emphatically NOT built for you! Their target customer is Missy an Trevor, the purchase of which will setback maybe a small part of an hours interest on their trust fund. They will buy it not based on technical prowess, but because it matches so nicely with the teak deck of their sloop "Serendipity"!

I wish the Hasselblad corporation the best of luck with their new lineup, if for nothing more than the history that they did build the cameras used on the moon, for goodness sakes!

@Five Piece, you are missing the point that no one is denying that Blad is aiming the Lunar squarely at the conspicuous consumption crowd. We're just saying that this will hurt Blad, just like it hurt Leica. They lost over 70% of their business in 3 years of Hermes ownership. The new owners turned them around by making a camera that, while still a luxury item and status symbol, also appealed to people who might actually want to take a picture with the thing.

Leica, at least, makes their lizard skinned or jeweled special editions starting with their own camera. And when they do branding exercises, like the Panasonic stuff, they jack the price 20% and add some attractive "Leica styling". This is a 200% jack, for nothing.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 22:39 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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gasdive: If this is what 'blad thinks is the best way to stay in business... It would have been more honourable to pay off their staff and close the doors.

They did that a couple of times. They laid off essentially the entire engineering staff with one ownership change, and farmed out all design and production of new cameras to Fuji. Attrition continued until they had to close the doors of their award winning headquarters building. All that's really left is a sales and brand management team. Perfect for Ventiz, that's what they do. They do a 645 whenever Fuji updates the G, and the rest of the time, they order the G in Ferrari red or have it built in a stainless steel limited edition. Believe it to not, Lunar is a direct consequence of their current business model, branding without sense or taste.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 22:34 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)

Well, that exec's name makes it all make sense.

So, we have a "Lu" ca who named the "Lu" nar after _himself_, gaudied it up way past the limits of good taste, and now is twisting around trying to defend his monument to his own hubris...

Wow. Just wow.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 17:13 UTC as 120th comment
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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JohnSingkit: I wonder what the tenor of comments would have been IF Hasselblad had come with the Lunar before the NEX 7?

Then people would have simply commented on the epic hideousness of the design, and the lack of value compared to an Oly or Pany.

It would have still been a PR disaster.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 14:08 UTC
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JoeDaBassPlayer: It's a Full Frame K 01. Nice!

Yeah, if a K-01 had a short register, even shorter back focus, and a lens line that took advantage of those things...

And a cool clip-on EVF...

And it looked good...

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 19:20 UTC
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jtan163: At 680g, with the grip, the EVF and the S lens the M is starting to not look all that different from a DSLR in terms of size and weight.

Throw in LiveView, video and you gotta wonder about the minimalist philosophy that so many Leica fans talk about.

Interesting all the same.

Old Oskar must be rolling in his grave.

I don't care what the "fans talk about", this camera is Oskar speaking to us from the grave. He loved making the M the center of a huge system of accessories and add-ons. He was the brains behind PLOOT, and SLR mirror-box that you put between the M and a line of telephoto and macro lenses. PLOOT became Visoflex, and remained in continuous production for half a century...

http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-wiki.en/index.php/Visoflex

Check this out. SFTOO, a shoe mounted telescopic viewfinder and rangefinder for use with the 200mm Telyt lens.

http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-wiki.en/index.php/SFTOO

Another gadget traceable to Oskar, NOOKY, a closeup lens with prisms to compensate the rangefinder and viewfinder for parallax.

http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-wiki.en/index.php/NOOKY

The little EVF, which Leica called Visoflex out of a sense of history and coolness, is like PLOOT, NOOKY, and SFTOO in one pocket. I would have called it OSKAR, 5 letters, all caps, Leica style

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 19:17 UTC
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landlover: TELL ME IT'S APRIL THE FIRST ...PLEASE!!!!!!

OK. It's April first. No foolin'

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 18:40 UTC
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JadedGamer: Amazing, you would think this was the first time some people here have been exposed to luxury goods. This is in "if you have to ask the price you cannot afford it" territory, it's not for you and me. Accept it and move on. Do you yell at Rolls Royce for making expensive cars? No, you just buy something else.

If Rolls Royce stuck big steer horns and leather fringe mudflaps on a Ford Fiesta, gave it a Rolls Royce logo, and charged $100,000 for it, yes, we'd yell at them.

To toss your own comment back at you, do you have any experience with successful luxury goods?

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 18:39 UTC
On article Photokina 2012: Leica Stand Report (15 comments in total)
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nathantw: It's probably just me, but using the electronic viewfinder on the M makes me think that perhaps the person should have purchased a DSLR instead. The whole idea of a rangefinder was so you can have a rangefinder viewfinder. Just look at the picture of the person shooting with the electronic viewfinder. It looks like a DSLR.

It's just you.

Really. Leica made the PLOOT way back in 1935. That was their first SLR "add on" for the M, for macro and telephoto use. PLOOT became Visoflex, which went through five models over the next few decades, and still remains popular among M shooters, even digital M8 and M9. Read the Leica forums here: there are at least four Visoflex users who post frequently.

One little clip on EVF (which they called "Visoflex" because they rock) smaller than a lot of the auxiliary viewfinders Leica sells for use with wide angle and telephoto lenses, and you get it all: a viewfinder that works with any M lens, from 12mm to 135mm, any R lens, including macros, and how hard can an adapter be for other brands?

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 18:15 UTC

OK, let me get this straight. Leica redesigns the M, adding useful capabilities, improving performance, and manages to lower the price $50 in the process (which is big news for Leica) while actually making an already beautiful camera even a little better looking.

Meanwhile, Hasselblad figures out how to take a good looking, functional NEX-7, drown it half to death in a big pool of ugly, and skyrockets the price to the same level as a Nikon rangefinder...

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 17:00 UTC as 332nd comment | 1 reply
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shahid11235: This is the ugliest camera I've ever seen.

Google koni-omega

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 16:50 UTC
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igorschutz: Will it have an anti-aliasing filter? Hope not.

@GabrielZ why would you "suspect that it does"?

Why would Leica do something that costs more and would alter the "Leica look" that they've had on DMR, M8, M9, and S2?

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 23:12 UTC
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igorschutz: Will it have an anti-aliasing filter? Hope not.

@Clint Dunn, you are totally wrong about that. The AA blur needed for video is about 18 microns, while 24mp cameras with AA filters use < 6 microns (4 is typical). A still camera AA does absolutely nothing, which is why companies like Mosaic Engineering make an 18 micron filter that you can slide into the mirror box of a DSLR after locking the mirror up.

http://www.mosaicengineering.com/

Video shot with just the normal AA filter on the D800 is indistinguishable from video shot on the AA filterless D800e.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 23:11 UTC
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Peiasdf: In 5 years, even Hasselblad will have SONY sensors.

Fuji's own sensor operation died with the S5. It's a pity, some of their sensors were amazing.

"In 5 years, even Hasselblad will have SONY sensors."

My prediction is that, in 18 months, Hasselblad will be liquidated, and their assets bought up by Phase One, just like Leaf and Mamiya were.

If they survive, expect to see CMOSIS sensors, because Blad would be much more comfortable with an European source.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 23:03 UTC
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alexpaynter: Does it really cost anything to leave movie mode in?

They removed it just to make the leap to the M9 justified.

Is that a second viewfinder mounted on top. Perhaps if Leica feels the centre is the best position for a viewfinder, they should put it there in the first place.

There never was a movie mode to "leave in" before. Leica used Kodak CCD sensors for DMR, M8 and M9, and those sensors don't do movies. This is their first movie mode sensor, from a new player called CMOSIS.

There is no "leap to the M9", because the M9 is discontinued. The M-E uses up the old M9 sensors.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 22:58 UTC
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wattoinni: live view , CMOS, not leica anymore...

Liveview for macro and tele came to the M in 1935 with the PLOOT, which then became the Visoflex, and continued through five models.

This most certainly IS Leica, and continues a near 100 year tradition. The new Visoflex EVF is the best Visoflex ever.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 20:15 UTC
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Retzius: LOL at the picture with the R-mount lens, the extra electronic finder, and grip. Its possibly BIGGER than a DSLR!

One way of looking at it, it's both smaller than an R with a Visoflex unit, and a lot more functional.

It may be bigger than say a Nikon D600 or Canon 6D, but it's smaller and lighter than D800, let alone D3. And, although you can pop gadgets onto the M to make it into a tele/macro/zooming thing, you can't pull parts off a D800 or 1DX to make an M rangefinder.

And there's nothing philosophically wrong with this. Don't forget, Leica has been turning M rangefinders into awkward SLRs with five different versions of the Visoflex for 60 years now. (nearly a century, if we count the PLOOT). I'm glad to see that name carry over onto the new EVF attachment. It's the ultimate evolution of Visioflex.

They've never stopped coming up with creative ways to turn the M into Frankenstein's camera. Ever seen their geared binocular polarizers, closeup kits with viewfinder prisms, or auxiliary rangefinders and viewfinders?

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 20:03 UTC
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kayone: So does the inclusion of HD video intrigue or infuriate Leica fans and purists?

I don't even shoot w Leica and I think this is wholly pointless, but there will be some rich a**holes out there who will plunk down the cash for this, simply because they can.

They came full circle. A company founded on the idea of affordable cameras using movie film totally lost sight of "affordable" but regained the "movie" in total.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 19:56 UTC
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