WalPhoto

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wb2trf: I have been using ACDSee for half dozen years or more, currently using Ultimate 2018. I tried upgrading to 2020, but ran into issues that caused instability and I never fully diagnosed them as the upgrade wasn't really needed. Even though my hardware met the spec, it may have been something with it. Not sure.
The reason why I gravitated to ACDSee was its compatibility with my existing photo library arrangement, that it didn't try to force on me a new file organization, which is completely unnecessary. It seems fast and pretty efficient as a non-destructive editing suite and I like the way its import function works. I'd give it pretty poor grades as a database management system for photos. It's a cludge in that respect and I run a separate DAM for challenging retrieval tasks. I'll probably upgrade to this version and,if I need to, upgrade my hardware for it. I hope it is a reliable build.

Interesting, I was trying ACDsee as well and have an issue exactly with the file-management: after editing an image, the SW writes to the original folder-structure, creating folders and files and renaming stuff - I was not able to change this annoying behavior and it forced me to search further (C1 under Win completely useless as full of bugs and corrupting catalogs, LR rude payware). ACDsee has the best DAM and the RAW editor while not as good as C1 is good-enough. But the stupid file-management drives me crazy. Were you able to workaround this? When you edit a JPG (like from mobile, I like to manage also those in my DAM) it renames it and places original into another folder; developing RAW creates folder as well. TY

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2020 at 06:01 UTC
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Bigsensorisbest: Is it just me? Utterly pathetic can’t see any humour just don’t get it

Don't worry, reading your nick big-sensor-is-best, I guess you have a good sense of humor anyway :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2020 at 07:20 UTC
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ShaiKhulud: Russian native speaker here. Zenit is aiming at international market, and has plans for more lenses (roadmap can be seen in source) and MILC body in the future. Zenit is also choose to cooperate with Leica on Zenit-branded camera body, so expect said lenses for L-mount, I guess.

A few words about their future roadmap:
https://assets.prophotos.ru/data/articles/0002/1059/171089/thumb_630.jpg

2019-2020
*Lenses with electronic aperture control
*Resurrecting legendary glass for modern mounts

New lenses developed from the ground up: 50mm 1.2 and 85mm 1.2 for Canon EF, Nikon F and EA (A-mount and E mount)

Resurrected vinatge glass:
Russar (20mm or 35mm f/5.6, but I guess the latter)
Zenitar 3 (8mm f/3.5)
Zenitar 12 (35 мм f/2)

You're welcome.

I loved my old good Zenit, missing it really much ;-(.. But who has the opportunity to develop himself film today.. Zenit should make a Leica alternative - mechanical, small, fully manual controlled, just as Leica M is. I would get one yesterday ;o)!

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2019 at 13:12 UTC
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WalPhoto: Olympus should focus back on the very basics of photography. They can produce superb glass and little cameras - so why they don't try to mimic cameras like Leica? Full manually controlled from outside, no menus, nice glass. Why do they hunt those CaNikons? When I hear "Olympus" I still imagine a nice camera, rather then 2kg plastic computer. They should build on that image: small photo device, not huge plastic PC with lens attached. Hating this movement and looking around for classical camera, like Fuji/Leica, although I switched to Oly from FF Canon long before.

As you see, some trolls even don't know what we mean ;-) - they think a "small PASM" equals shooting experience from the film days.. Brings nothing to reply to those; I still miss my RF film, which I was shooting almost 40 years ago ;-(. But have no time and room to develop myself anymore. Greetz from Swiss

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2019 at 17:54 UTC

Olympus should focus back on the very basics of photography. They can produce superb glass and little cameras - so why they don't try to mimic cameras like Leica? Full manually controlled from outside, no menus, nice glass. Why do they hunt those CaNikons? When I hear "Olympus" I still imagine a nice camera, rather then 2kg plastic computer. They should build on that image: small photo device, not huge plastic PC with lens attached. Hating this movement and looking around for classical camera, like Fuji/Leica, although I switched to Oly from FF Canon long before.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2019 at 17:48 UTC as 34th comment | 4 replies
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1X review (2411 comments in total)
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WalPhoto: I had the Oly EM5 and now the EM1II - for me, the last MFT probably, although I have a lot of nice glass for it. It's so much computerized/menu-centric, that my lust for making pictures after debugging the whole day through approaches zero. It hurts seeing Oly hunting the Canikon world - they can't succeed here, as when $ and weight are not factors anymore, who still chooses a MFT? They should have focused on the pure photography basics, like offering physical exposure controls over the bloody PASM, which requires me to look into the viewfinder. The Leica is too pricey for me, the Fuji lenses are not made with zone-focusing in mind - so Oly could have created a real MFT RF, small and sweat, a kind of poor-man-Leica. But of course they couldn't resist and created this bloody computer monster for 3k$, where C/N rules with the FF advantage. I can't imagine this was a smart marketing decision. Back to the roots Olympus; please: smaller, classier, lighter, affordable classical photography!

Folks, no Oly camera currently available is like a classical RF, believe me ;-). I've shot RF 30 years ago and developed the film/prints myself long years, so I know what I'm missing from the digital gadgets offered. And yes, I had FF Canon before my Oly MFT, so I know how to shoot digitally ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2019 at 14:30 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1X review (2411 comments in total)
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WalPhoto: I had the Oly EM5 and now the EM1II - for me, the last MFT probably, although I have a lot of nice glass for it. It's so much computerized/menu-centric, that my lust for making pictures after debugging the whole day through approaches zero. It hurts seeing Oly hunting the Canikon world - they can't succeed here, as when $ and weight are not factors anymore, who still chooses a MFT? They should have focused on the pure photography basics, like offering physical exposure controls over the bloody PASM, which requires me to look into the viewfinder. The Leica is too pricey for me, the Fuji lenses are not made with zone-focusing in mind - so Oly could have created a real MFT RF, small and sweat, a kind of poor-man-Leica. But of course they couldn't resist and created this bloody computer monster for 3k$, where C/N rules with the FF advantage. I can't imagine this was a smart marketing decision. Back to the roots Olympus; please: smaller, classier, lighter, affordable classical photography!

@NicoPPC: Zone-focusing is based on the aperture value and depth-of-field scale, which is almost on no lenses today anymore. The lens in zone-focusing in mind, must have a real MF ring (long turning instead of short, absolute focus positioning instead of relative focus-by-wire based), DoF scale and clickable aperture ring) and a mechanical feedback when focused few meters away (~1/2 way) - like that, you can fire-and-forget without studying LCD/menus.

@Athonline: PEN-F II and others will hardly get real exposure controls, but PASM once again.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2019 at 10:53 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1X review (2411 comments in total)

I had the Oly EM5 and now the EM1II - for me, the last MFT probably, although I have a lot of nice glass for it. It's so much computerized/menu-centric, that my lust for making pictures after debugging the whole day through approaches zero. It hurts seeing Oly hunting the Canikon world - they can't succeed here, as when $ and weight are not factors anymore, who still chooses a MFT? They should have focused on the pure photography basics, like offering physical exposure controls over the bloody PASM, which requires me to look into the viewfinder. The Leica is too pricey for me, the Fuji lenses are not made with zone-focusing in mind - so Oly could have created a real MFT RF, small and sweat, a kind of poor-man-Leica. But of course they couldn't resist and created this bloody computer monster for 3k$, where C/N rules with the FF advantage. I can't imagine this was a smart marketing decision. Back to the roots Olympus; please: smaller, classier, lighter, affordable classical photography!

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2019 at 09:21 UTC as 310th comment | 11 replies

Use GpsNose, as it's completely anonymous - and has geo-tagging!

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2018 at 12:01 UTC as 12th comment

The woman from the movie passed away recently :-(.. Touching video..

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2018 at 13:39 UTC as 22nd comment
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WalPhoto: Such a PITA to read all those hating posts.. When DPR brings an "another Sony version+", there are thousands happy posts. With lenses, the posts count is much lower. And with a new Epson photo paper, only a handful. This shows a lot about the majority picture-takers attitude here.
Let me ask: how many of you have been outside with a full-manual full-analog RF recently? I mean: only the aperture, shutter and a manual distance-guess ring on the fixed lens. Anybody?
I was ;-). I'm doing so every few weeks. Why? Because I love it. I've a pretty good mobile-cam (Xiaomi MI-A2) and I've spent a lot of money into digital DSLR/ML FF/MFT in the past two decades. But nothing resembles that feeling shooting the old film RF. Leica is too pricey for me ;-(.
It's like driving an oldtimer: why/who/when "needs" it? It's slower, louder, smaller, stinkier. But quite few folks enjoy it. No logical reason.
I feel the same joy about such cameras. Adorable lenses, fully manual. The only FF RF I'm aware of.

@Van Spaendonck: you don't need any battery when you are driving without the light-meter ;-). My Beirette doesn't even have one. Pure mechanical joy! Yes, from the 36 negative frames I might get 2-3 a bit off, but it doesn't matter, can be easily corrected when developing the positives. The no-battery option is quite high on my is-real-joy priority list :o).

@Arastoo Vaziri: Yes, exactly; it's hard to compare cameras with cars, but you get the point ;-). I'm still searching for a real full-manual RF FF camera, with depth-of-fields scale lens, no display etc. - but with an SD-card to spare time with the film-developing. For me, this Leica would be perfect, as the experience goes very close to the film probably.. but.. that price :---(((..

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2018 at 11:54 UTC

Such a PITA to read all those hating posts.. When DPR brings an "another Sony version+", there are thousands happy posts. With lenses, the posts count is much lower. And with a new Epson photo paper, only a handful. This shows a lot about the majority picture-takers attitude here.
Let me ask: how many of you have been outside with a full-manual full-analog RF recently? I mean: only the aperture, shutter and a manual distance-guess ring on the fixed lens. Anybody?
I was ;-). I'm doing so every few weeks. Why? Because I love it. I've a pretty good mobile-cam (Xiaomi MI-A2) and I've spent a lot of money into digital DSLR/ML FF/MFT in the past two decades. But nothing resembles that feeling shooting the old film RF. Leica is too pricey for me ;-(.
It's like driving an oldtimer: why/who/when "needs" it? It's slower, louder, smaller, stinkier. But quite few folks enjoy it. No logical reason.
I feel the same joy about such cameras. Adorable lenses, fully manual. The only FF RF I'm aware of.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2018 at 08:01 UTC as 59th comment | 15 replies

"computational photography".. "smart HDR".. I guess Leica will be pretty soon even more expensive thanks to all this "computational" "smart" crap. Scotty beam me up.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2018 at 20:56 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
On article Photokina 2018: Zenit and Leica collaborate on new 'M' (486 comments in total)
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(unknown member): If I am paying £4000 for a camera I certainly don't want either Zenit or Kransnogorsk on it.

You can't pay for it anyway, as there will be 500 copies for the largest country in the world, where 145 millions of people live. Be sure those 500 copies are pre-sold sooner than you we can share our thoughts about it here ;o).

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2018 at 10:54 UTC
On article Photokina 2018: Zenit and Leica collaborate on new 'M' (486 comments in total)

Wow, so much crap comments here: anti-Russian, anti-Zenit, anti-Leica.

We had to learn Russian language long years and I'm thankful today for that, as I can read a lot of state of the art engineering documentation described nowhere as deep and good as in the Russian sources. I speak 5 languages so I know what I'm talking about.

I'm shooting photos 40 years and I was developing them myself for 20 years. The second camera I had was Zenit and thank to it I love photography still today. I do look back with a lot of emotions to those years. It never let my down and I developed positives of most of the negative frames I've shot. Can a lot folks tell this about today's computerized/AI pictures from their smart-cams?

If I could, I would design a full-frame full-manual camera. Classical, as Nikon F2 or Canon AE-1 or Zenit was. Leica is the only such camera, but it's too expensive for me, so any attempt to create something in the direction digital-manual-classical is very welcomed for me.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2018 at 10:50 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply

Is this the Getty family the movie All the Money in the World (2017) is about? https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5294550

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2018 at 16:35 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the new Leica M10-P (514 comments in total)
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WalPhoto: Dear Leica haters: would you please recommend here a range-finder full-frame alternative? Cheaper would be fine of course, but any alternative to the "red dot" will do, i.e. any other combo of high quality glass + aperture-ring + depth of field scale for zone focusing + knobs for time/ISO control = pure photography joy. I was shooting like that 30 years ago and can't find nothing in the digital world but Leica. Thank you for your insider advice ;-).

Thank you all for the feedback ;-)! So far, we have these few tips:
- Sony RX1: PASM mode and I don't see the depth of field scale
- Fuji X-Pro: yes, I've seen it, but it's cropped sensor and their lenses mostly lack depth of field scale
- Fuji X100: yes, I've also checked that one: no scale of depth, cropped sensor, fixed lens; but I like it!

I'm considering buying a Leica M3/5/6. I would love to shoot digital, but the only bloody option is a brutally priced Leica M-XX (9/240/10/10p/D..) - which look all very lovely, but I can't spend that much money in this moment. Yes, I hate that price as well ;-). But would love to shoot with it. Just because I love to shoot totally manual everything.

I was outside with my Beirette film (15USD eBay) right now and I've shot a few frames. What a joy! Can't be compared to anything I have/had, all those plastic computerized cameras. Just the aperture, shutter, distance. I will have to switch fully to film back I guess.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2018 at 17:22 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Leica M10-P (514 comments in total)

Dear Leica haters: would you please recommend here a range-finder full-frame alternative? Cheaper would be fine of course, but any alternative to the "red dot" will do, i.e. any other combo of high quality glass + aperture-ring + depth of field scale for zone focusing + knobs for time/ISO control = pure photography joy. I was shooting like that 30 years ago and can't find nothing in the digital world but Leica. Thank you for your insider advice ;-).

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2018 at 17:23 UTC as 74th comment | 10 replies
On article Fujifilm X-T100 review (351 comments in total)
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FoxShutter: Where is it made?

@Barney: Here in Switzerland, technical products are often analyzed by the buyer for where they were produced. A lot of really nice tools production got outsourced far away, as of the costs pressure being now the most important property of any once-good once-high-quality product. The result: the tools are very often crappy. The same brand, nice good quality record/history - and now: just crap. Take the Metabo example, my last story I've gone painfully through. Planer for 1kUSD with good history - and it's just crap now. There are even brands where you can choose been produced in Canada/Japan (as Makita for example), instead of in China, as it's proven (experience, reviews, forums..) they are higher quality. The same happened to Bosh. So this could be logically applied also to the cameras I guess. The OP question makes sense for me in this context ;-).

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2018 at 19:11 UTC
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WalPhoto: If I could, I would get the M10 right away. Why? Because I've shot RF long years ago and can't find any other FF RF but Leica - and with superb glass. I had all kinds of cameras, film and digital, but still never did love anything like my rangefinder with full manual control and the depth of field scale on every lens. All those plastic computers with lens in front called "cameras", getting even more AI and IS and thousands of features I have to dig around to find in endless menus, never made me as focused on photography as my first RF. To get such RF in FF, I can only be waiting until the nice day when I can afford something like the M10 ;-).

I guess my body gets outdated earlier than Leica's electronics start hinder my photographic art.. Technically. any of the cameras I had probably offered more than I could really utilize. But the sole process of taking pictures is something really important; it's like cars: to move the furniture to a new apartment, nobody enjoys a handmade cabriolet. But not so many would enjoy a sunny afternoon trip with his wife in a 12 wheels truck ;o). I will always look back to the very first RF I had 30 years ago, but there are just no other options but the pricy Leica to get a digital FF RF.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2018 at 18:04 UTC
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