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 Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com (272 comments in total)
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David Rosser: I really think that the only satisfactory way of testing lenses is independent of camera using equipment such as this
http://lenses.zeiss.com/camera-lenses/carl-zeiss-camera-lenses/industrial_lenses/products/lens-measuring-technologies.html#inpagetabs_41a6-0
I am sure that with the backing of Amazon DPReview could afford to purchase such equipment. The Zeiss lens testing equipment also has one important attribute that your methodology does not - it test the lens at infinity focus, your tests cover near focus only.

You do realize that you're advocating equipment that hasn't been updated in 15 years, can't measure past 6 microns (a 24mp APS camera is 4 microns) and, if memory serves, can't accommodate the short backfocus of EVIL lenses.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 13:27 UTC
On article Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com (272 comments in total)

I've missed Len. He was my favorite of all the reviewers at dpReview, although Simon and Andy are pretty cool, too.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 17:50 UTC as 98th comment | 1 reply
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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CFynn: It seems Hasselblad must have got rid of their engineers and camera makers and just replaced them with some jewellers to make fancy skins for Sony cameras.

Indeed. They got rid of most of them in 1996, three takeovers ago. The new owners, UBS and CINVEN didn't take long to notice that there wasn't a single person among their existing staff who could design anything even remotely relevant to the day.

The thing was, those owners at least had (or brought in) some product planners capable of coming up with a tolerable survival plan, the rebranding of desirable Fuji products like TX and GX as xpan and the H system.

There's nothing wrong with that, Blad's roots are as a distribution company, actually making things isn't really their strength, and they never did as well at it as they did selling other people's stuff (truth often sounds like blasphemy, LOL)

Next owner, Shriro, also appeared to have some concept of helping Blad thrive, with the Imacon "merger".

It's just this latest owner, Ventiz, who started talking loud about leveraging the brand. We all knew something stupid was coming, we just didn't know it would be this epic.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2012 at 15:00 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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Joseph S Wisniewski: I knew the name Luca Alessandrini sounded familiar.

Isn't he the guy who "brand managed" Gitzo into their current straits? Remember the "basalt" (or "dirty fibeglass") tripod?

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1000&message=10795245

I think that was one of his. How about the "Titanium Traveler", a $2500 limited edition?

If memory serves, he was also the mastermind behind Gitzo's plan to curtail all European manufacturing and outsource the entire product line to China (the move that accidentally created their competitor, Benro, AKA Induro).

Best numbers I have, about 2000.

The Luca should skyrocket that to at least 2003, maybe even 2005.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2012 at 18:29 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: Hasselblad, truly, had a lot of respect, then.

Sony too.

This endeavor at Photokina 2012 saw them wipe it all out, by their own making.

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They missed a compact system camera in the Luca's price range, LOL. The Leica M has a sensor with over twice the area of the "Blad" APS sensor.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2012 at 18:27 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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Carl Sanders: Just realised why it is called the Lunar, one would have to be a Lunatic to buy one! What an unfortunate mistake!

I think Luca named it after himself. Heck with Blad's history in the space program, an egomaniac got an opportunity to stamp his name on something, and he jumped at it.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2012 at 18:21 UTC
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Lee Jay: The other thing you need - desperately in my view - is a bandwidth reduced version. Call it a mobile version if you like. The goal there should be to keep page loads under 100KB, and preferably smaller than that. Current page loads are in the 700KB range, and that's just a pain on a mobile device.

Yeah, with a posting limit of 6k in that 700k. That's less than 1% content, more than 99% wrapper.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 15:24 UTC

That's paint. What are you doing to address the structure itself?

I don't recall a single post saying "space things out more", but there have been thousands (not exaggerating) about moderation.

The only paint topic that comes up repeatedly is the black background.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 11:16 UTC as 205th comment | 2 replies
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Najinsky: I browse more and more on the iPad, and visit sites that are not iPad friendly less and less. At the moment, using DPR on the iPad is a half experience. I can't load photos to my galleries, and more importantly I can't use various widgets, like the test scene comparison.

The iPad is not like a mobile phone, the new one has a higher quality and higher resolution screen than most laptops and a fair number of desktops. It's a great device for enjoying photography and I'd really like if you supported it better.

That's the first thing that struck me about the new layout, how unfriendly it is for tablets, with more empty space and a ton of scrolling needed.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 11:10 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: I imagine the prospect of hospitals and labs filled with Sony microscopes is pretty appealing.

LOL yourself, Vibrio. You have no idea what the percentage shares are in the microscope industry, do you? Zeiss is the number 4 scope maker, behind Nikon, Oly, and Jeol. Leica is way down around number 8.

Getting their hands on the number 2 maker, and gunning after number 1, that's a Sony kind of thing.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 13:34 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)

I knew the name Luca Alessandrini sounded familiar.

Isn't he the guy who "brand managed" Gitzo into their current straits? Remember the "basalt" (or "dirty fibeglass") tripod?

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1000&message=10795245

I think that was one of his. How about the "Titanium Traveler", a $2500 limited edition?

If memory serves, he was also the mastermind behind Gitzo's plan to curtail all European manufacturing and outsource the entire product line to China (the move that accidentally created their competitor, Benro, AKA Induro).

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2012 at 18:09 UTC as 52nd comment | 2 replies
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: Any graphic designer, industrial engineer, concept artist, creative director, etc would know that these designs were conjured up in frantic haste, perhaps just a few hours before the opening of Photokina 2012.

They are NOT well planned and thought out designs. They are empty hurriedly assembled sugar coatings to put a table cloth over an already existing NEX design.

It is so obvious,even to the layman,that these are not really R&D material. The ergonomics are utterly wrong.

THIS is why there are so many angry comments.

It is a shocking insult to one's intelligence.

Come back again in Photokina 2015...

...after you have done your homework.

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Agree with everything you said, except one minor detail.

There is no photokina 2015. It's biannual. 2014 then 2016. I don't give Blad to 2014. Liquidation, and their assets bought by P1 within 18 months...

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 23:07 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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garyknrd: Personally I like the idea. A great name that is recognized world wide.
For me personally before I would buy it. I will wait for the accessories to get up to speed. Earrings, necklace's, nose rings, then a serious contender. Maybe Sack's Fifth avenue, will pick up the line.
+1 here, congratulations on the new spring line.

And I will be the guy who politely asks you to explain exactly what extra technology Hasselblad actually contributed, because it looks like a stock Sony "masterpiece" with Blad "panels" and knobs.

Blad took the Mona Lisa, drew on bushy eyebrows and a mustach in black Sharpie, and asked 3x the price.

Oh, and the kind of designer who can do something like Lunar believes themselves to be totally beyond the criticisms of the ungifted, so there is no danger of suicide.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 23:02 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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Yves P.: I hate to say this but this looks like a defensive response ... If you believe in what you create, you shouldn't have to explain it period ...

Of course. LU cas named the LU nar after himself. Anyone capable of that sort of hubris is going to get defensive on a scale you simply can't imagine.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 22:56 UTC
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)
In reply to:

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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