Lives in Germany Dortmund, Germany
Joined on Mar 23, 2006
About me:

Leica CL, Vario-Elmar-TL 1:3.5-5.6/18–56, Summilux TL 1.4/35mm,
D200, AF 1.8 /50mm, ZF 2/100mm, AF-S 2.8/17-55mmDX, AF-S 2.8/70-200VR
Varios Contax SLR and Rangefinder
every day to learn how to take better pictures


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On article Nikon Z fc Review (2132 comments in total)
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Niko Vita: 2000 comments for a camera which got just silver at DPR. Quite telling.

Yep, since some people realized that these 35mm/FF sensor cameras are quite bulk. APSC came a long way had has some advantages.
I grab my Leica CL in a small bag since it is light and gives stellar performance for my purposes. For night shoots I carry a little table top tripod. A combo which is much more convenient than a a big DSLR or a Nikon Z mirrorless system with their large bulky lenses.

I can see why people are drawn to such a camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2021 at 11:59 UTC

I do not get it. Why would somebody crowed fund such a project? There are bizillon old analog cameras out which can be picked up for very cheap money second hand.

If you want a bit more expensive stuff, with some service by a used Leica R if you prefer a Reflex system. R Lenses are very cheap at the used marked. I would go for Hasselblad and shot 6x6. That will give you decent resolution.

I kept my heirloom Leica III and my old Contax, but do I want to use them with film? No thanks. I am happy that I abandoned my dark room. Low resolution in the 35mm film and the fighting with dust.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 17:16 UTC as 4th comment

Can I call somebody with that phone?
What is the point here? I do not understand the excitement. Does it have a new feature?

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2021 at 16:21 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies

Did I get the basic message: WD sold us a buggy product, they are not interested in fixing their security leaks and forcing people to take the NAS off the grid and only used it only behind a strong firewall, and offers customers who relied on the initially advertised product features to buy a new device?

Imagine a car manufacturer sold you a product which can endanger you, and at the end gives you the advice, by a new car from us or just use it on your backyard but not on public road, what would your reaction be?

Over a period of 30 years, we have gotten used to crapy and buggy software which makes product often unusable for the advertised purpose, and we customers are enduring these attitude of the IT industry with great patience. We made the tech companies and their shareholders very rich by always following the upgrade path instead of insisting of the usable product as advertised.

I am glad that I stopped buying their products after the SMR vs CMR shortcuts in WD NAS HDs.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2021 at 08:54 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies

People here mix up functional and collectable. This is a collectable item and the price is orientated on the rarity and how much people are willing to pay for it today.

Why does a painting in the art world cost today 1000€ tomorrow 10.000€ and 10 years later even 1Mil€ although the painting remains unchanged? Its called market economy. Nothing wrong with it. Nobody is forces to buy. Its all optional :-)

I guess a Nikon/Canon/Sony looks different after being in a fire plast. Probably not recognizable compared to an iconic product.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2021 at 13:37 UTC as 4th comment

A lot of rubish statements and false claims can be found on the internet. A lawsuit is a useful instrument since in court circumstances of these shutter failures have to be explicitly reveals to back up the claims.

Shutter failure is a very old problem in cameras. Usually that happens after very long usage. In my family, last year the shutter of a 25 year old Canon analog EOS camera failed and Canon repair it for a reasonable price. The camera was still in use for sentimental reasons and works marvelously again. The 300€ were well spend. Good customer service.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2021 at 18:18 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a1 review (2596 comments in total)

With the announce price tag, a Leica SL2 FF 47MP camera suddenly appears to be bargain.
I guess that's the way to go: finding a niche market where you can charge 7500€ for a flag ship product. Nothing for the mass market, since it involves buying high res lenses, larger NAS an latest computer to process all the millions of high speed shots.......and a lot of time to scan through the hugh data grave.

The key question with all these splended innovation: can I shot better and more original photos? If the answer is yes for you, go for it.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2021 at 17:45 UTC as 292nd comment | 3 replies
On article Leica introduces APO-Summicron-SL 28mm F2 L-mount lens (256 comments in total)

I am looking forward to see some good sample images. The MTF curves look promising and the lens fits perfectly in the Leica SL lineup in focal length, weight and price (4600€). All SL fixed focal length lenses weigh about 750g and the filter thread is 67mm as usual. Very convenient for people who own already one or two Leica SL lens. Same handling, same weigh, same filter thread just a different focal length.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2021 at 18:02 UTC as 38th comment | 3 replies

The problem of these Web comparisons: you see only 1MP images and never the full 100MP. It is a very selective view. If you really want to compare that just make a printout of size 60x90cm or larger and have a look.

In addition: the DOF is influenced by the focal length and the aperture. The smartphone camera has significant advantages for Landscape and scenes where you seek a large DOF as long as you maintain the balance between the pixel sizes and the refraction limit.
Some people misinterpret interpolation with resolution.. If you operator your sensor beyond the refraction limit extra MP do not contain any more information compared to a simple interpolation algorithm! This is a common mistake by people who do not know how quantify information and just rely on the human eye.

To many people believe more in marketing than in physics: the larger the number on the box the better.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2021 at 11:27 UTC as 52nd comment | 3 replies

The problem: the number of avid professional or hobbyist needing a FX format 40MP+ camera decreases steadily after the advent of improved smartphone cameras. In a saturated market with camera models whose features are beyond 90-95% of the potential users, all manufactures have a very hard standing.
Nikon will only survive it they reduce the consumer/professional camera portfolio to the essentials and focus more on other business field such as supply for the semi-conductor industry or optics for medical applications.
Pushing out the production from Japan to cheaper labor places is only a short time reduction of costs: devalue the Japanese workers and their skills and profiting from the poverty of other Asian countries. The consumer might applause for a relatively "cheap" camera, that is impossible to produce with wages we want to be paid for ourselves.
As understandable this is it appears a bit hypocritical to me as well.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2021 at 09:21 UTC as 27th comment
On article Leica SL2-S initial review (454 comments in total)

Very interesting move: back to the roots and a similar path Nikon is going with their Z6/Z7. For a lot of people, particularly professionals, who do not need 47MP and 24MP are more than plenty, Leica offers a 1300€ cheaper option. The menu of the Leicas are all very similar, and highly optimized for photographers. Minimalistic but fully customizable. And the Leica L Mount lenses are the best lenses you can buy for money for a FF camera. Other manufactures always have to make compromises to please the mass marked crowd and cut corners to keep the price low.
I never was in the market for an SL, since my CL has already an impressive performance with the TL 1.4/35, but I am looking forward to a very low light high ISO review of the SL2-S. Maybe it can pull me over, together with the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 1:2/35 mm :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2020 at 17:04 UTC as 79th comment
On article Zeiss ZX1 review (823 comments in total)

Zeiss has not build a camera since 1962. They are an exceptional lens designer and lens manufacturer company that has access to the worlds best glas via their subsidiary Schott. They are highly profitable and a self run foundation than can afford to take a first and unique step into the compact camera market.
However, 2 years is a long time in modern digital camera age. Actually the ZX1 should have been there 2018 so that we could admire the ZX1 II with a refined interface, more computational power and much better AF with a more market oriented price finding.
2018 people were willing to spend 3-4000€ for the ZX1. Now the people in this market share either buy a Leica Q2 (if you can live with the 28mm) or if you want much better IQ than the Zeiss 35mm offers go for a SL2 + APO-Summicron-SL 2/35mm.

The people on a budget will stay with the Fujis, Sony's, Nikons etc. ...... good to have so many choices. That will drive Zeiss to improve the ZX1. Can't wait to see the ZX1 Mark II!

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2020 at 15:02 UTC as 217th comment | 10 replies
On article Zeiss ZX1 real-world samples gallery (237 comments in total)

The lens is very impressive but the sensor seams to be a bit dated for 2020. However, that this price tag it competes with the Leicas which make insane sharp 35mm lenses. (TL/SL and M lineup).
At the end it boils down to whether you are a 35mm shooter with a spectacular UI - but an 2020 unworthy switching on time time of 20secs (!) or you come from smartphone and prefer the 18mm(APSC)/28mm (FF) point of view and therefore pick the weathersealed Leica Q2 tank with a higher resolution, a spectacular 1.7/28mm lens and save even 1000€ for your next photo trip.
The ZX1 gives at lease the option for up to 4min long time exposures at ISO 100 which is very good for landscape photographers.

When I saw the ZX1 prototype at the photokina 2018, I though whow.... but in 2020, I would lean to the Q2 because of its features. A Q2 with a 1.4/35mm lens and the FF sensor would be my dream compact. Personally I stay with the CL for the moment.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2020 at 10:42 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
On article Hands on: Leica Q2 Monochrom (278 comments in total)

Leica is the only manufacturer who dares to bring out monochrome cameras. Others are forced to target the mass market. Leica's numbers are small, and they do not target the mass market. The target the avid photographer who seeks a unique shooting experience: with the Leica UI you are focusing on taking pictures.
As CL shooter (coming from Nikon DSLRs) I really admire the optimized UI that is found all newer Leica models: Q2, SL2,M10R and the Q2M.

Although I have some reservations towards the monochrome cameras, I can also see the benefit. Knowing that you are shooting monochrome you develop a different point of view - the same people had in the film era when loading a B&W film. Most of the iconic images of the last century are B&W. B&W highlights the fact that images are never the reality: they are always a personal projection. Color suggest realism which is an illusion. Focusing on the essentials boosts the high ISO performance and the resolution with the same pixel count.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2020 at 14:53 UTC as 51st comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon Z 14-24mm F2.8 S sample gallery (180 comments in total)
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peripheralfocus: About 18 months ago, I shot an image very similar to #51 (from the Diablo Lake Overlook in North Cascades Nat Park) on a 6x7 film camera using TMAX 400. I didn't use the lens at its best settings, but it's a well-respected lens (Mamiya Press 50mm f/6.3) and my shot was otherwise reasonably well-executed (solid tripod etc.) This digital combination (Z7 + 14-24) shows a lot more detail than my image.

No special lesson here (I'm not in the least surprised by it), but just another indication for me of the amazing technical standards this modern gear (all manufacturers) can achieve, and which we've come to expect as routine. And even complain is not enough. Yikes.

That is not surprising. According the Rodger Clark, the TMAX 400 has about 5MP resolution for a 35mm "Full Frame" camera which scales to about 24 for a Mamiya 6x7cm film. Any > 35MP camera with excellent class optimized for the sensor should outperform an old medium format film camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2020 at 19:17 UTC
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User4874739435: I hope the trainer of that polar bear gets eaten alive in front of the cheering crowd one day.

Sadly there are sick people out there who wish that a human should die just because their have a different value system and do not share their personal ideology.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2020 at 17:12 UTC
On article Nikon Z 24-50mm F4-6.3 sample gallery (200 comments in total)

I guess, Nikon tries to target the traveler who would usually buy an APC camera, since the weight and size of the FX and Z glass is just to heavy and big, so lots of folks will leave such cameras at home. The lens is not very useful for indoor shooting without a tripod but offers a lot to the casual Nikon shooter.

People forget the technical limitation. You cannot have everything fast lenses with high IQ and AF that are very light. You need to move lens elements and fast AF requires small element changes, hence the rest is large and junky. If you move all lens elements you can make a much more compact design, and you end up with a manual focus lens such as the Leica and Zeiss M lenses.

Apparently Nikon reaches out for a new market share. Thats desperately needed, since the FF high IQ crown is only a very small market. The rest of the world moved on.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2020 at 09:42 UTC as 15th comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon Z 24-50mm F4-6.3 sample gallery (200 comments in total)
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EXkurogane: $400 is overpriced, but if you buy it as a kit with the Z5 you only pay an additional $250 for the lens, not $400. 250 bucks is reasonable

what your criteria for "overpriced" just personal wish or do you have substantial backing by an assessment of the development. production and distribution costs?
Can I assume that you are willing to work for $2/per hour to bring costs down in your area?

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2020 at 09:33 UTC
On article Opinion: Camera names are getting ridiculous (706 comments in total)

Come on, the camera names are pretty simple. Have you ever shopped for a vacuum (or Hoover, as the English would say)? A single manufacture has classic, comfort, and complete models each model with some cryptic initial name, and and you get 6-8 different sub-models. How does the QV-CX-5 submodel 3 premium differ from the QV-CX-5 submodel 5 comfort?
Camera models labels are much simpler, but, admiringly, some of use are intellectually overwhelmed when reading Mark X, where in the car world you say Model 2018, and with headphones 2nd generation....
just get over it.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2020 at 09:31 UTC as 126th comment | 4 replies

OMG... more than 2 years to late. I say the design study on the Photokina 2018,
as the Nikon Z6/Z7 came out... and as previous Nikon shooter ended up buying the Leica CL.
For that price I would go for the Leica Q2 today if I would be for a 35mm prime lens travel camera with superp IQ. Zeiss still has to prove that they are up to par or even better than the Q2 in the IQ and the handling. The Leica Q2 has the latest Leica type menu system that you also find on the SL2, the m10R and the CL (with the firmware upgrade). Good luck.
Zeiss tried to buy Leica but was obviously not convincing Dr. Kaufmann.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2020 at 10:35 UTC as 161st comment | 2 replies
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