Charles2

Lives in United States United States
Joined on Aug 8, 2009
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Enthusiast photographer.

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On article Hasselblad X1D-50c First Impressions Review (316 comments in total)

"hasn't had it[s] rough edges eroded by exposure to wave after wave of customer. " Which of you three authors is writing a novel at night?

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 16:17 UTC as 78th comment
On article The Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 is old-fashioned fun (189 comments in total)

This lens makes a bargain of the Perar and other MS-Optical lenses that a one-man operation in Japan produces. His lenses, too, are tiny and vignette severely. And his two 28mm lenses are f/4 and f/2.8.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 16:40 UTC as 44th comment
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (495 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: It is just too bad that nobody explained to the author that focusing with a rangefinder is faster and more reliable than AF when done right. All you have to do is to set the lens to infinity after each shot. That way, there is only one direction the focusing ring can go.

When it comes to guessing and zone focusing, the simplest and most reliable technique is positioning a standing person between horizontal frame lines and focusing on it. After that, any person of approximately the same height will be at approximately the same distance. No need to recompose.

There is an escape from this binary argument: the Fuji hybrid viewfinders. Manual focus in the magnified EVF, use the OVF to frame and wait for the right instant for shutter press. Of course, the Fujis do not cost enough, so adapt Leica lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 18:00 UTC
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Jonathan Mac: Some of the images are very nice but I suspect most would be nicer with a different lens. This is massively over-priced for what it is and it's hard to imagine why people would pay the kickstarter price, never mind the full price. There are loads of old 35mm lenses on e-bay and gathering dust in second-hand shops and even if they need a full service they would still work out much cheaper and produce results likely better than this.

I also don't understand them being manufactured in native mirrorless mounts. As a Pentax and Fuji X user (if I had more money than sense) I'd buy it in K mount and use an adapter for my Fuji. It will still take up the same space and I can use it in two mounts. Even if I used only Fuji or m4/3 I'd still buy it in one of the other mounts and use an adapter so that I could use it in the future if I change or decide to get an SLR.

For the financially unchallenged, it might make sense to buy it in Leica M-mount. The adapter to Fuji is thin, and you can use your Fuji X-Pro 2 while mentioning that your Leica M is in the shop for rangefinder alignment.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 18:38 UTC
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Jonathan Mac: Some of the images are very nice but I suspect most would be nicer with a different lens. This is massively over-priced for what it is and it's hard to imagine why people would pay the kickstarter price, never mind the full price. There are loads of old 35mm lenses on e-bay and gathering dust in second-hand shops and even if they need a full service they would still work out much cheaper and produce results likely better than this.

I also don't understand them being manufactured in native mirrorless mounts. As a Pentax and Fuji X user (if I had more money than sense) I'd buy it in K mount and use an adapter for my Fuji. It will still take up the same space and I can use it in two mounts. Even if I used only Fuji or m4/3 I'd still buy it in one of the other mounts and use an adapter so that I could use it in the future if I change or decide to get an SLR.

" As a Pentax and Fuji X user ... buy it in K mount and use an adapter for my Fuji. It will still take up the same space and I can use it in two mounts." The adapter will be pretty long, in relation to the length of the lens, because of the SLR mirror box.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 16:23 UTC
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Charles2: Leica makes great lenses, and fortunately, you can get and use them in a reasonable wide-angle to short-telephoto range of focal lengths on the APS-C Fuji X-Pro 2. Thanks to the buyers of Leica cameras who provide funds so the company can develop its lenses.

I used an M8 -- which Leica produced despite it not being FF, so I have some basis of comparison. It is less of a crop factor than APS-C. Anyway, the Fuji X-Pro 2 sensor is excellent. As for the microlenses, 1) that might be a problem on Sony but I have not seen it on Fuji, and 2) the very fact that the Fuji is APS-C means the edges of a full-frame lens are not used!

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 00:50 UTC

Leica makes great lenses, and fortunately, you can get and use them in a reasonable wide-angle to short-telephoto range of focal lengths on the APS-C Fuji X-Pro 2. Thanks to the buyers of Leica cameras who provide funds so the company can develop its lenses.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 23:45 UTC as 157th comment | 2 replies
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Ivar Dahl Larsen: What's the big difference from an old updated Fuji xpro1 ( could mention xpro2 also ), oh yes a full frame. The price of course and the Fuji's autofocus if you like. Blimey! The camera world is going haywire again and so are some people. It still comes down to the photographer.

The debate over the word rangefinder is sterile. The Fuji hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder provides the functionality of a rangefinder: you have framelines, hence area outside the frame, so you can compose better and you can watch for a person or dog or whatever to enter the frame.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 23:42 UTC
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Charles2: I was able to get his Perar 21/4 for a good price. It turns out to be quite a good lens - fairly sharp and endowed with the realistic look of older lenses not corrected to the point of unbelievable accutance. It is a triplet.
Sample on a Fuji X camera, where it works fine:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/41790885@N08/30152194834/

Sorry, that is a 21/4.5.
There is a photo of it on a Fuji X-Pro2 in my gallery:
https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/6257687438/download/3577856

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 21:33 UTC

I was able to get his Perar 21/4 for a good price. It turns out to be quite a good lens - fairly sharp and endowed with the realistic look of older lenses not corrected to the point of unbelievable accutance. It is a triplet.
Sample on a Fuji X camera, where it works fine:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/41790885@N08/30152194834/

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 15:12 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (119 comments in total)

Panasonic GX850 107 x 65 x 33 mm (4.21 x 2.56 x 1.3 in)
Fuji X-70 113 x 64 x 44 mm (4.45 x 2.52 x 1.73 in)

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 19:09 UTC as 43rd comment
On article Photokina 2016: Fujifilm Interview (116 comments in total)
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Charles2: One of the Fuji X niche markets is people who like to shoot adapted manual focus primes. The X-Pro is a great host for them. Maybe not so many of us as there are Tokyo girls taking selfies on vacation.

A more serious question is about this exchange: Q. Some of the F2 and F2.8 lenses you’ve announced will give similar depth of field to F1.4 lenses on full-frame. At that point, what advantage is there to medium-format imaging? A. By the numbers, depth of field might be similar, but we think that the actual images look different.

How will they look different?

Many fine FF lenses work great adapted to a Fuji X camera. When you want a blurred background, you can often get it at f/2.8, even f/5.6, by arranging a large distance between subject and background relative to your camera distance from the subject.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2016 at 17:38 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Fujifilm Interview (116 comments in total)

One of the Fuji X niche markets is people who like to shoot adapted manual focus primes. The X-Pro is a great host for them. Maybe not so many of us as there are Tokyo girls taking selfies on vacation.

A more serious question is about this exchange: Q. Some of the F2 and F2.8 lenses you’ve announced will give similar depth of field to F1.4 lenses on full-frame. At that point, what advantage is there to medium-format imaging? A. By the numbers, depth of field might be similar, but we think that the actual images look different.

How will they look different?

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 17:35 UTC as 29th comment | 6 replies
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Chris: I have always found Picture Window Pro extremely usable. It is Windows, but very capable. It does not try to be like any of the others, something I found to work well for me. It managed 16bit for a long time now. It's mature, has great support and affordable.

It does depend on your background, my personal recommendation would be set yourself an actual task and try a couple, pick the one that works best for you. That's how I settled on PWP. If you feel comfortable with the tool, you'll run rings around anyone that plumped for the standard choice, but doesn't really get along with it.

Yup, PWP. If you want to see examples, almost everything in my photostream went through PWP.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 15:04 UTC

More from Rio: "Chinese women fencers were robbed and shooting team members found unauthorised payments on their credit cards. Athlete Shi Dongpeng said on Sina Weibo that his luggage - including his laptop - had been stolen in an elaborate hoax involving a distraction in which he was apparently vomited on."
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36944741

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 19:30 UTC as 146th comment
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (368 comments in total)
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Gesture: Good start. How about an article devoted just to the hybrid viewfinder-describing, examining and show as best possible just exactly what it does. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I believe dPreview had a previous feature that stressed the wonderful hybrid viewfinder. You get the classic rangefinder advantage of seeing outside the frame. It is a great tool for refining composition. It also serves well when you wait for someone or something to enter the frame. And you see instantly with no EVF refresh when someone in the frame smiles. Better than a rangefinder, however, you can call up the EVF magnification for precise manual focus. I find it all works well for lenses from 21 mm to 60 mm.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 02:47 UTC
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Charles2: A suggestion about terms: no photography enthusiast nor professional buys an X-Pro for snapshots. The connotation of "snapshot" is so casual that it is not really a photograph. Reportage, street shooting, yes; snapshot no (and few people use a term like "snap-shooting").
--From a happy enthusiast owner of the X-Pro cameras.

Yes, my suggestion to avoid or play down "snapshot" is merely about wording for the U.S. market.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 23:09 UTC

A suggestion about terms: no photography enthusiast nor professional buys an X-Pro for snapshots. The connotation of "snapshot" is so casual that it is not really a photograph. Reportage, street shooting, yes; snapshot no (and few people use a term like "snap-shooting").
--From a happy enthusiast owner of the X-Pro cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 20:27 UTC as 82nd comment | 10 replies
On article A photographer's intro to the world of video (97 comments in total)

Early on as a fan of manual focus primes for still photography, I decided to sell one on craigslist. The buyer was an independent film guy. He wanted the manual focus, and f/1.4 was heaven for him.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 18:05 UTC as 31st comment

"the [under-exposure] issue manifests when users choose ‘Center-weighted Average Metering’ or ‘Evaluative Metering.’ "

Is this exposure issue common in general when adapting a third-party lens, for example, a Zeiss M-mount lens to a Fuji X camera?

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 19:08 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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