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On article Leica announces M10 with new sensor, slimmer design (66 comments in total)

Back in 2012: The company says all future M models will also simply be called the 'M'.
And now - they announced the M10 :)

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 07:51 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article GearEye is an RFID-based gear management system (45 comments in total)

These stickers are huge for some gear, probably especially for those mostly forgotten (some small accessories). Stickers can badly influence usability of some items (if not make them unusable at all) not to mention the appearance.
For example - the are batteries which are quite stiff, memory cards - don't imagine how to stick something on them, all smaller sized lens, mounting plates etc.
Not for me.

BTW, Good luck!

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 10:59 UTC as 19th comment
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falconeyes: I am seeing the expected comments here.

I am awaiting comments from real users of Photoshop with a new MBP if they observe any increase in productivity using the touch bar.

Moreover, I wonder if Apple has any plans to sell an external keyboard or touch pad with a touch bar. After all, many pros use MBP in clamshell mode with external keyboard and monitors.

@PhotoUniverse
I'm using many platforms everyday, but my laptop last five years was a Macbook. I'm not a fan of any particular platform or brand, I have some requirements and need the work to be done. Laptop needs to be lightweight, durable, quite powerfull and as much as possible portable (on-battery time, connectivity etc.).
If I bought the Macbook Pro it would be the basic with F-keys (because the tools are designed to use them) and I'll need to carry with me (and buy them all) quite many adapters, new cables etc. - my PROFESSIONAL workflow would required that.
The new Macbooks are loosing to other manufactures especially considering the price/performance ratio.
When someone is arguing that USB-C is the future - when the future comes I will respond to it buying necessary adapters or dedicated cables to use the USB-C devices, but currently I don't need that. And anyway - after some years I'll need to upgrade the laptop again and than probably the situation will be different.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 17:16 UTC
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FantasticMrFox: 2012 I bought a top of the line MacBook Pro 13' with almost maxed out hardware (i7, 8GB Ram, but no SSD etc.) for what I remember to have been between €1,500 and €1,700. The recent 2016 MacBook Pro 13' configured to maximum specifications now runs €3,279.

Have they gone insane? A price increase of 100% over just four years?! Who is supposed to be able to still afford that stuff?!

@JakeB
Actually Mac has the same security problems as Windows especially regarding the serious threats.
And your ignorance is an additional major security risk.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 16:57 UTC
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falconeyes: I am seeing the expected comments here.

I am awaiting comments from real users of Photoshop with a new MBP if they observe any increase in productivity using the touch bar.

Moreover, I wonder if Apple has any plans to sell an external keyboard or touch pad with a touch bar. After all, many pros use MBP in clamshell mode with external keyboard and monitors.

iamatrix, you are worng.

I hate needing new dongles (instead of old ones) and absence of F-keys.
The dongles I need are for external monitors and projectors when I visit my clients and for wired network connectivity, not to mention USB drives, flashes and SD reader.
F-keys are extensively used in many pro-software solutions.

Considering all of the above I switched to Dell Latitude with Win 10. I don't need any external dongles except for VGA which I kept from my old Macbook.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 07:44 UTC
On article Mobile Speed: Portable SSDs for photographers (204 comments in total)

There's also Corsair GTX - a USB 3 flash drive which has SSD controller.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 12:48 UTC as 50th comment
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (150 comments in total)
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ZAnton: I think it is pretty stupid to buy super-duper slim laptop for a bunch of money, and then buy a pack of external adapters, card readers, power supplies etc. for another bunch of money. Why not just buy Asus, or Lenovo, MSI or ...any of other dozen of manufacturers.

I need following connectivity on daily basis, mostly visiting my customers (I'm software development project manager):
HDMI (external monitor or projector)
VGA D-SUB (video projector)
Ethernet RJ-45 (for secured internal networks)
1-2 USB (external drives etc.)
(and power adapter when battery is low)

With the new Macbook Pro I need to carry with me a dongle for each item I listed above (not to mention that I cannot reuse the dongles I currently have), but with my Latitude - only one for VGA (and I can use the one I have from my previous Macbook).

That's so simple - I chose and voted with my wallet what better suits for my professional work.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 08:17 UTC
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (150 comments in total)
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ZAnton: I think it is pretty stupid to buy super-duper slim laptop for a bunch of money, and then buy a pack of external adapters, card readers, power supplies etc. for another bunch of money. Why not just buy Asus, or Lenovo, MSI or ...any of other dozen of manufacturers.

I did that - instead of a new Macbook Pro I bought DELL Latitude with all necessary ports buil-in.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 21:24 UTC
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Jordan Stead: Hands down, the ShapeShifter is best backpack for visual producers out there. Simply won't quit - even after years of reckless abuse - and the customer service is top-notch.

What kind of customer service for a backpack have you used?

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 06:27 UTC
On article Photographing fireworks: The basics and then some (57 comments in total)
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ovatab: + set focus manually to hyperfocal distance

Set to infinity not hyperfocal.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 17:53 UTC
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chadnchady: Let's don't fool ourselves here. If you're a fan of cameras and photography, you'll appreciate Leica. You might not agree with (or be able to pay for) the price, but if somebody gave you a Leica to own, you are lying if you tell me you won't want one. If the SL system was some 50% more for the equivilent canikon/sony system, I would easily pull the trigger. But at 3x the price, sorry leica, i'm not rich enough.

Are you kidding? M-lenses large? Compared to what?

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 09:15 UTC
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Arkienkeli: Quick comparison:

Leica SL with 24-90 (f/2.8-4) and this 90-280 zoom: total price about $18800 and weight 3.84 kg

Fujifilm X-T1 with 16-55mm (f/2.8 all the way) and 50-200mm zooms: $2500 and 1.68 kg.

Short zoom is faster on Fuji, longer slower. Resolutions now 24 and 16 MPix, but 24 MPix X-T2 coming soon. So basically one is paying 7.5 times more to carry 2.3 times more weight for basically same IQ.

>Fujifilm X-T1 with 16-55mm (f/2.8 all the way)
> Short zoom is faster on Fuji

Wrong. Crop-sensor 16-55 f/2,8 becomes equivalent to 24-82 f/4 on FF and thats slower compared to Leica f/2,8-4

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 09:12 UTC

It should be mandatory to indicate flash GN for 35 or 50mm (FF equiv.) focal length coverage.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 05:39 UTC as 16th comment
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Mike FL: Here we go "200mm that the quoted GN60m@100 ISO", 200mm.

Yes, and GN at 50mm (in FF terms) is ... 1/4 of 60 ???

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 05:31 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1160 comments in total)
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Everlast66: I think Pentax should complain and get Leica to change the name, the same way 40 years ago Leica complained and made Olympus change their mount to OM-1, they were initially going to call it M-1.

How hypocritical by Leica, with their history of protecting their mount naming, but now using Pentax's Q mount naming.

This is NOT interchangable lens camera and Leica Q is camera not mount name.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 15:39 UTC
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pdelux: Looks like a Panasonic Lens... who copied who?

mais51, what's wrong with Eastern European assembly labours?

Link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 07:56 UTC
On article Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents (347 comments in total)

Pentax smc DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM
Weight 685 g (1.51 lb)
Diameter 77 mm (3.03″)
Length 136 mm (5.35″)
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (internal)
Filter thread 67 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar No

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 17:39 UTC as 83rd comment | 1 reply

DP, why do you write "which covers an effective focal length range of 210-600mm" using "effective" instead of "equivalent"?

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 12:43 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
On article Fujifilm announces weather-resistant XF 50-140mm F2.8 (226 comments in total)
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Just another Canon shooter: Fuji (76-213/4.2 eq): 995g
Canon 70-200/4 IS: 760g
Nikon 70-200/4 VR: 860g
Sony 70-200/4 OS: 840g

Pentax smc DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM: 685g

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 17:56 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (651 comments in total)

"But nothing else offers the same balance of size, autofocus, and interchangeable lenses." - how about Pentax Q7?

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 05:28 UTC as 126th comment
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