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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Paul B Jones: This looks interesting. Flickr was in a bit of a funk but seems to be getting its groove back.

Nah. Where is the VR content going to come from? Flickr, once again, is solving a problem that no one actually wanted solved.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2015 at 00:07 UTC
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RichRMA: Good thing you'll be wearing one of those ridiculous headsets in the privacy of your own home, so no one will laugh at you. The idea of using iPhones and the like, ganged-together as the displays for these things is just pathetic.

You don't gang the iPhones together. One phone, and something like a Google Cardboard, Zeiss VR One, or Samsung Gear VR.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2015 at 00:05 UTC
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AlanG: Gee. This sounds like something Paul Buff did more than 20 years ago with their first remote control system. And the Buff Cyber Commander has been around for quite a while too. It meters, lets you control each light individually or in groups, and triggers the units.

Elinchrom has basically lagged the whole rest of the industry for years as far as remote capability and features. My take is that, by proposing their highly limited system as an "industry standard", they will be able to scream "you're not standards compliant" at everyone who has a better system.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2015 at 23:18 UTC
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alouette: Although I'm Swiss, I didn't know that company.

There's a very cool movie on
http://www.elinchrom.com/announcements/ELB400.html

Scroll down to the Chapter "Behind The Scene" or open it directly here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrRi1fi0c0A&feature=player_embedded

They haven't really been "Swiss" for several years.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2015 at 23:16 UTC
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JJ Rodin: Actually always wondered why several of those Sony Zeiss lens were only just so-so, but yet expensive enough to be better optically.

I even asked if Zeiss designed the lens and Sony manufactured them or exactly what, now we know more.

Zeiss makes some great lens and you PAY for them !!

Do we "know more"?

Does Zeiss say they "designed" anything, even once, in that article?

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 20:49 UTC
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Ben O Connor: Back in the day; Nokia sealed a deal with Zeiss and it feels like "forever"! Even now Microsoft's windows phones comes with "Zeiss optics".

I think Sony is very jealous even angry about it!

Microsoft/Nokia is approximately 5x more popular than Sony.

http://www.statista.com/statistics/271574/global-market-share-held-by-mobile-phone-manufacturers-since-2009/

Microsoft/Nokia, believe it or not, is about even with Apple in headsets shipped.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 20:48 UTC
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Khizer: So in reality the Zeiss name has been bastardized and consumers are being duped into paying a premium for that little blue badge?

> If you don't know how to read, then your statement is true.

Could you please read the article and see if you can find where Zeiss says that they actually "design" anything? Or read some of the many dpReview posts about the weasel-word "develops" that appears in the article.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 20:34 UTC
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yonsarh: Here is little story about Samsung camera. Samsung CEO Lee,Kun-Hee had a serious hobby for photography. In fact, he even bought I believe about 20-40% Schneider glass and later embed as SAMSUNG lens for their final production to help grow his own nation's economy and produce wealth. I believe NX1 was a Samsung's one of top notch latest technology available market when it first came out.

Then there was the time Samsung bought the German camera company Rollei. ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 20:31 UTC
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brntoki: The Zeiss branded Cosina made lenses for the Contax G2 were exceptional. I believe this is much more than only paying for a name. Whether it is worth the extra layout for the bump in quality is debatable, though in some cases the prices are not so outrageous. I believe that not only the lens design and quality control for production, but also, specifically, the coating technology makes a bigger difference than most people think.

> The Zeiss branded Cosina made lenses for the Contax G2 were exceptional. I believe this is much more than only paying for a name.

The Voigtlander branded Cosina lenses are often stuffed with "exceptional", too. The 125mm macro has an especially strong cult following...

Cosina is a versatile company. Pay them to develop serious, world-class lenses, and they will. Pay them to develop crud like the Kodak branded SLR lenses, and they'll do that, too.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 20:28 UTC
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Skipper494: AS they say, marketing guff. Reminds me of Japan creating a town named USA, so they could claim that items were manufactured in USA, but not U.S.A.

Urban myth.

But look at what the Snopes article says about Sony. ;)

http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/usa.asp

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 20:16 UTC
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Rick_Hunter: Bottom line: Zeiss lenses: made by Cosina, fully made of metal, individually checked one by one before leaving the factory.
Sony-Zeiss lenses: made god knows where, quality check one in a god only knows how many, etc...
Mmhhhh...

The Cosina/Zeiss lenses have protoculture!

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 20:14 UTC
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dansclic: sony should ask Leica how to build small lenses coupled with good sensors....
why is it not possible to have M mount sized lenses on sony cameras ? is it a question of sensor design ? why such huge and heavy lenses ?

> Let's see how big an M mount lens gets to be once AF is added to it.

Spend an afternoon with a Pentax DSLR or a Fuji mirrorless. ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 20:10 UTC
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noflashplease: Dear Zeiss,

It's okay with me if Tamron designed the Batis lenses, which indeed has been rumored. I object to the corny OLED distance scale and Fisher-Price style industrial design, not to mention that ludicrous pricing of the 85mm F/1.8.

I also don't object to licensing deals and slapping the Zeiss name on anything and everything. Zeiss screen wipes at Walmart? Yup.

I think we all accept that Zeiss/Contax/Kyocera didn't successfully make the transition to digital camera bodies. That's okay. You failed.

However, I'm glad to see that Cosina and Tamron are still in the lens business. If Tamron can make lenses and make a profit under another company's brand, that's okay, I guess. Good for Tamron.

For the record, I am waiting to see if Tamron produces lenses with the same optical formula as the Batis line, albeit for non-Sony lens mounts. I'd rather have a Tamron lens branded as a Tamron lens and sold on the basis of its own merits.

> have the decency (at least this once in your life!) to read the article before belching out such nonsense.

You might want to take your own advice. Read it through once or twice. Search it for the word "design", then for "develop". Then search dpReview for more than a decade of posts about what "develops" actually means.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 20:08 UTC

Awesome. Sony and Zeiss have once again hid behind the weasel-word "develops" and managed to evade saying who actually designs or manufacturers these lenses.

That picture sums things up perfectly: Zeiss appears to be the sticker provider.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 20:05 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies

> we think he did a pretty good job. Maybe next time send him out with some colored pens though?

Leica charges some $2,000 extra for those B&W pens.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 22:08 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply
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Gordon W: Any bets on how long before Adobe buys this product and kills it like they've done with others before?

"FontMonger, PageMaker, GoLive just to name three off the top of my head"

The discussion was about "Adobe buys this product and kills it like they've done with others before". Now, you won't find many people as eager to rip Adobe apart as I am, but in this case, your comments are unjustified.

PageMaker was already dead when Adobe bought Aldus. Instead of keeping PageMaker competitive against rivals like Microsoft, Quark, or Xara, Aldus diverted critical resources into acquiring giant piles of crap like SuperCard.

Adobe bought them, thinking that they would be a useful starting point for their own DTP offering, but found that it really wasn't useful.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 20:58 UTC
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Gordon W: Any bets on how long before Adobe buys this product and kills it like they've done with others before?

"FreeHand was more intuitive and far easier to use than Illustrator."

I won't get into the merits of Freehand. But your history is a bit off. Freehand was the program that nobody wanted. It's creators, Altsys, couldn't figure out how to successfully market it, and shopped it around to a bunch of other software companies. Aldus picked it up in the days when everybody who had one good product tried to pump it up into a "suite" through acquisitions (a process that invariably creates bloated crap). When Adobe acquired Aldus, the government stepped in and said "you can't look like you're competing with yourself on drawing packages" so Adobe dumped it on Macromedia.

10 years later, Adobe acquired Macromedia, tried to divest themselves of the Freehand that the government said they couldn't sell, found no buyers, and cut further development. What would you have done, that Adobe didn't do?

Would you like a list of some of the programs that Macromedia bought and dropped over the years?

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 20:30 UTC
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maljo@inreach.com: I bought Photoshop 1.0 and have upgraded to every version until the subscription became mandatory. I'm not doing subscription.

I wonder what Adobe is thinking now.
They have very expensive software and an unpopular subscription service.
They have provided a fertile soil for competitors to flourish.

I bought Affinity Photo last night; so far I like it a lot.

> But where is IBM now?..Thanks Greg

#24 in the Fortune 500.

Well, you asked.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 23:22 UTC
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Gordon W: Any bets on how long before Adobe buys this product and kills it like they've done with others before?

Such as?

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 23:19 UTC
On article Field Test: Sigma 19mm, 30mm and 60mm F2.8 DN lenses (169 comments in total)

Sorry Damien, but no.

"The Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN | A is a wideangle prime lens which offers a focal length equivalent to 45mm on Sony E-mount and 60mm on Micro Four Thirds."

That's a "normal", not a "wideangle". The definition of "normal" is a focal length approximately equal to the image circle. A 30mm is a "normal" on the 28mm diagonal sensor of the Sony E system.

Just like 40, 45, and 50mm are all "normal" on the 43.2mm image circle of full frame.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2015 at 22:58 UTC as 30th comment
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