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Realeyes: I would take this in a heartbeat, to go with a Leica SL and a 50mm Noctilux-M. I think both lenses would balance better on this body, rather than a M body. Focusing would be easier, too, I suspect.

Who said anything about "balancing on a camerabody [sic]" being a first priority? No, it would be a consideration, like all the other compromises a photographer makes.

I've handled a SL with the 24-90mm lens and it was bloody heavy and somewhat nose heavy, which could ultimately detract from the shooting experience. YMMV.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 04:18 UTC

I would take this in a heartbeat, to go with a Leica SL and a 50mm Noctilux-M. I think both lenses would balance better on this body, rather than a M body. Focusing would be easier, too, I suspect.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 12:03 UTC as 28th comment | 4 replies
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Nikoncanonfan: Its what this points to which is exciting, a full frame M camera with EVF and perhaps even autofocus lenses, compatibility with manual lenses, in body stabilisation....

Isn't this what a Sony A7xx gives you?

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 10:06 UTC

Could the same effect not be achieved using black card technique, especially for the longer exposures?

My problem often is where there is very thick cloud overhead, but a strip of sunlight in the middle of the composition and a dark foreground. Any ideas on how to fix that?

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 14:55 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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pauliezmm: "To try and match depth of field, Manny shot the A9 photos at F2.8, and the A6500 photos were taken wide open at F1.8." Tommorrow, we'll be driving Ferrari at the same speed as the school bus to see if they can finish the track in the same time.

@Pauliezimm you deliberately miss the point. If you drive the Ferrari at 30mph, guess what? It will get there in the same amount of time as the school bus.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 16:00 UTC
On article First shots from new Nikon 28mm F1.4E ED (225 comments in total)

Some superb shots here and, as many have said, subtle post processing. What I like most is the versatility of this lens - the lack of distortion in the portraits and close-up shots is very impressive. If you can can get close enough to your subject, why would you need anything else? (N.B. tongue-in-cheek, rhetorical point being made).

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 16:00 UTC as 14th comment
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Kjeld Olesen: I can see there was a hole in it, so technically it must have had an apperture, but it was hardly usefull as a pinhole camera, as the apperture was rather to big for that. So what did this news have to do with Digital Photography Reviews??

Photographers need something to take pictures of, besides cats and brick walls, right?

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 17:03 UTC
On article Meet two nomadic photographers who travel full-time (152 comments in total)
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CE3: I had a feeling after watching this video that I would scroll down and see a bunch of bitter comments. You guys didn't let me down!

Lol! Never underestimate the power of cynicism and inverted jealousy.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 08:41 UTC
On article iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)
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what_i_saw: They are finally climbing down. They famously ignored Indian market. When customers complained of the high prices in India, Apple said "Whatever". Time to eat the crow Apple. This is the beginning of the slide.

I disagree. With a lower-priced model, using components and body shell they already have, this will be the cash cow of the iPhone line up. It will sell to all the aspirant customers who could not afford a 6S or 6S+, giving them a trade-up path to iPhone 7 or iPhone 8.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 14:12 UTC

Anyone notice how close in dimensions this new Sigma is to a Leica SL? So what? Well, this camera ticks a lot of my boxes: a decent size body - not small and puny like most mirrorless cameras; APS-H sensor - whilst not as large as FF, a nice compromise; built in EVF; good range of high performance lenses that cost less than the equivalent Canon or Nikon lenses.

The issue will be how flexible the sensor is. The Foveon sensor is not famed for its high ISO ability. But this is an auspicious product launch. Let's see what the image quality is like... And the price, of course.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 22:57 UTC as 119th comment | 2 replies
On photo Riddler time in the Wildlife - King fisher challenge (17 comments in total)

Superb capture. When skill, a good eye and the right equipment come together. Well done, Neil.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 14:11 UTC as 8th comment
On photo Starfield D Arches-4184 in the Star Field challenge (3 comments in total)

Breathtaking image. Well done.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 11:46 UTC as 2nd comment
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1494 comments in total)

The second shot of the camera in the model's hands reminded me of a Mamiya 7. The lens looks ridiculously large. DPR, have you intentionally shot this so it looks so massive? The dimensions given are not THAT big - actually smaller than a Canon 5DS. At that level, I would be interested, as having a small camera for the sake of it is less appealing to me. I do think the lenses may be unfeasibly large, judging by the images, but again this is less of an issue if they are the right size for the body. So what is all the fuss about?

Well, we have the perennial complaint about the price of Leicas. Yes, we all know they are expensive. We know you could buy cheaper from another brand. So nothing new here.

My biggest gripe is that, in 2015, this new camera does not represent a significant advance in photography. The Sony A7RII seems to have that accolade already. apart from the EVF.

Nor was I shaken by the sample gallery - nothing outstanding here. Lukewarm effort, I'm afraid, Leica.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 09:40 UTC as 247th comment | 1 reply
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (717 comments in total)

@Robert Wise, if you want the simplicity, just do what I did: buy a DSLR (second-hand in my case), don't bother reading the instructions, use Manual mode and switch off/don't look at the LCD screen. I could even use manual focus and keep my zoom lens at a specific focal length. Or have I missed the point?

Just being ironic. These are amazing cameras and I am sure, in the right hands, the results can be fabulous. But there is a lot of fetishization going on here. I would still hesitate to buy one of these even if I had the money. Each to his or her own.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 13:17 UTC as 51st comment
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (717 comments in total)
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Sad Joe: Lecia Lust - got me bad ! Come on Fuji bring out a X100 BLACK and blow this away….


Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 13:09 UTC

In the video Shubhankar Ray says it was about "how little design you could add" - well, that pretty much sums up what Leica did with the Panasonic LX7 in the first place. He also said that rather than redesigning the camera they wanted to "reimagine" it. What a load of rubbish!

Yet again, Leica does nothing to enhance its reputation with this new model (see X Vario). They should either concentrate on their rangefinder and X2-type cameras; or produce limited edition, small production runs of novelty luxury cameras, so at least the person buying one has something that might appreciate in value. Then again, so few people will ever buy a $1300 camera that could be bought for $300- $500 that it will be a collector's item in its own right.

Nice leather case, though.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 11:15 UTC as 69th comment
On article Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor (757 comments in total)

Bizarre product management at Leica. This offering has clearly baffled most of us. It neither enhances the Leica brand, nor does it offer something the market needs. I was expecting to see a fixed lens, full frame compact, like the Sony RX1.

If you want a Leica APS-C, then a second hand M8 is beginning to look like good value. Alternatively, the Sony NEX 6 or Fuji XE-1 with their respective kit lenses seems more sensible. Heck, even my Sony NEX F3 offers more than this, with its articulating screen and stabilised lens.

Genius, Leica, genius.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 13:54 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
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Kevin Sutton: Excellent article but I find I tend to agree with the 1950's American publishers regarding the photos. Some of the subject matter would have been much more interesting if it was in focus and not blurred etc. Maybe I just don't understand Art...

I recently went to an exhibition of Klein's photos at Tate Modern, in London. Some of them I didn't "get" either and looked blurry, under-exposed, meaningless, pointless, even. But then some of them completely blew me away. So it is with all art. We don't all need to understand or even appreciate an artisit's work, for them to be revered. We just need to appreciate that some people can draw inspiration and pleasure from what someone else has produced.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 09:31 UTC
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raincoat: If I turned up on a forum with these kinds of photos, would I be hailed as a genius, or booed as a noob who is still using auto mode?

Klein doing blurry misfocused images is acceptable not because blurry misfocused images are acceptable. It's because he's Klein and he's famous, so what he does is acceptable.

@Raincoat, in the essay Klein was saying he was deliberately trying not to get a "perfect" shot, but set out to "break the rules". A noob using auto mode would certainly have got technically better photos, but never the same level of composition or even that close to his/her subjects.

Also, I suspect Klein was shooting this way before he got famous.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 09:20 UTC
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