FrithjofA

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

cameras:
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
Plan:
every day to learn how to take better pictures

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nathanhw: Wow all the comments seem to be about a different article. This article was comparing the Pro and non Pro versions of the iPhone camera.

All the comments are about how phone cameras can't compete with dedicated devices.

Not entirely correct. The article states "48MP main camera sensor brings high-resolution image capture" and implies that 48 MP is equal to a "high-resolution image capture". The gallery clearly proves otherwise. On sceen the resolution appears impressive, but the quality cannot compete with 24MP or 48MP of larger image sensor.
Even apple cannot beat the laws of optics: if the single pixel is to small, you cannot avoid the diffraction limit. Essentially you just get a 12MP images upsample tp 48MP.
We all know: the force of marketing is always stronger than the laws of nature. We want more for less and are willing to buy dreams.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2023 at 08:39 UTC

I guess one reason is the fundamental mismatch between a phone and a camera. A phone should be power efficient and have a low data consumption. In addition the screen is so small and low res that it fits its needs.
On the other hand, we buy cameras with 40-60MP, shoot in raw and then are surprised that the 100 image files are not instantly transfered to a phone? That does not make any sense.

For a low res workflow I can shoot on my phone directly. When do I make use of 40MP+ files anyway? Maybe people should more think what they really want. Not all what might be technically posible makes sense.

I remember experimenting with a Leica app on my android phone. At the end I gave up, and realized that this combination makes no sense. A phone app is useful for remote triggering of the camera for tripod landscape photography. But for shuffling GB of data from the camera onto a cloud?

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2023 at 13:59 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies

Great news: dpreview has been an excellent source on photo gear in the last two decades. I am looking forward to the next two decades

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2023 at 12:26 UTC as 173rd comment
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DMKAlex: Because of the no mention of future development and the repeat emphasis of "commitment", it sounds like the company is positioning itself for sale.
The the brand Zeiss is worth something to someone.
By the way, what exactly is "committed" mean in real life actions?

"It sounds like the company is positioning itself for sale."

Thats not happening. The Zeiss AG belongs to 100% the Carl Zeiss Trust which exists since 1889 founded by Carl Zeiss a Ernst Abbe and Otto Schott, who founded the Schott Glas AG also owned by the Carl Zeiss Trust.

Both companies are highly profitable. Zeiss AG wanted to by Leica from the Kaufmann family who did not sell.

Zeiss Lenses for cameras is only a minor part of the Zeiss AG business. They are one of the big player for building all optic for the semiconductor industry. They cater mainly to the industry and not to the customer. Therefore it is a legitimate question whether Zeiss is continuing the consumer lens design, when the number of users in the interchangeable lens market is rapidly declining.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2023 at 11:42 UTC
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DMKAlex: Because of the no mention of future development and the repeat emphasis of "commitment", it sounds like the company is positioning itself for sale.
The the brand Zeiss is worth something to someone.
By the way, what exactly is "committed" mean in real life actions?

"It sounds like the company is positioning itself for sale."

Thats not happening. The Zeiss AG belongs to 100% the Carl Zeiss Trust which exists since 1889 founded by Carl Zeiss a Ernst Abbe and Otto Schott, who founded the Schott Glas AG also owned by the Carl Zeiss Trust.

Both companies are highly profitable. Zeiss AG wanted to by Leica from the Kaufmann family who did not sell.

Zeiss Lenses for cameras is only a minor part of the Zeiss AG business. They are one of the big player for building all optic for the semiconductor industry. They cater mainly to the industry and not to the customer. Therefore it is a legitimate question whether Zeiss is continuing the consumer lens design, when the number of users in the interchangeable lens market is rapidly declining.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2023 at 11:42 UTC
On article Nikon 17-28mm F2.8 sample gallery (116 comments in total)
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blse59: The pricing of this lens is the very definition of highway robbery right here.

Interesting statement. I payed 1200€ for my 17-55DX/2.8 15 years ago.
1200€ for 2.8 17-28 is a very decent price. Since you cannot cheat the laws of nature, the price also reflects the amount of aboration control build into the lens design. You can make a lens much cheaper, but you need to make compromises in the quality.

At the end it boils down to: You get what you pay for.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2023 at 07:01 UTC
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Natalino Russo: Thank goodness the moon is flat, so you can print it on a sheet of photographic paper.

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@dmartin92: "But gravity, that was a big mystery."
It is kind of interesting that people in 2022 still write gravity being a mystery and come up with such funky perspectives. The mystery of gravity on the level of day to day experience was solved already 350 years ago by Isaac Newton.

The mystery to me is that despite of tons of book on that subject, despite of the internet, despite of mandatory schooling people still thing that gravity is a mystery. Probly "mystery" translates just to I still have not put the effort into understanding the documented and well understood knowledge accumulated over the last 350 years.

@Blunders: Of course you can find a much more sophisticated formulation that is relativistic invariant but that does not give you any new insight on how to understand our day to day experience.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2022 at 12:49 UTC

"the 50.3MP sensor, which is 13.1 x 8.9mm"

LOL: Eric Fossum, the inventer of the modern CMOS sensors sad once in a talk (https://youtu.be/JkBh71zZKrM) "The force of marketing is greater than the force of engineering" . He realizes that the laws of physics cannot be beaten, but of nobody questions the usfullness by a resolution measurement, people like to belive that bigger is better.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2022 at 09:01 UTC as 11th comment | 16 replies

Interesting comments, I read here.
If Leica had run the same announcement, we would have read, a collectors item, how has the money to fork out 16 k for such a lens, no use for the smartphone user.. etc

Since Nikon is the brand name the commentators are much more moderate.
Overall certainly an excellent lens worth the money who are making a living from sports photography. Well done. The only downsize: it does not come with a ArcaSwiss mount build in.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2022 at 15:14 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies

I am wondering how many films such new cameras will actually shoot in the life time of its owner. It might be more a collectors item.

Users continue to by used M6 for a fraction of the price. Are two years warranty and an updated electronics worth the price difference? And who is doing analog 35mm film?

I always would go for an old Hasselblad instead, if I would go back to analog film. The resolution of 35mm film is pretty low, ca 16MP at ISO 64 and more like 4MP at ISO 400. I used to develop HP5 up to ISO 800. Very grainy medium. I am glad that I am done with it.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2022 at 12:08 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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snapa: Does anyone know how much this 50-year-old Summilux-M 35mm F1.4 lens cost 50 years ago? I don't think it cost $3,895 back then, although it did not have a ‘Steel Rim’, big deal.

The question is illposted. The question is how many man-hours did a worker spend 1950 building the lens and how much today. The rest is just pay raises for the workers, we all enjoy ourselves. BTW: how wants to be paid a 1950s salary today?

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2022 at 12:29 UTC

The force of marketing is always larger than the limits given by the laws of physics.

Q: which phone, which monitor can display 200MP images? Why do I need such images that are just bury when zoomed into due to the diffraction limit?

Any software is able to up-sample a crisp 5MP image to 200MP which contain the same information.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2022 at 08:44 UTC as 2nd comment

Leica, as usual caters to a different crowd. Obviously there must be a market for those type of designer markups of 700€ for the seal version.

Good for those who like the design

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2022 at 10:45 UTC as 33rd comment
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Roland Karlsson: The meaning of life, universe and everything is 42. And the meaning of Leica is to make money. If this makes money, they are doing the right thing. Who am I to question that?

Then, this one is aesthetically not to my liking. It looks like a fake worn camera. Do not appeal to me. But, I am not the audience either.

BTW - sometimes those limited edition actually are very cool. So, I am all for what Leica is doing. I have seen other camera makers that make a by far worse job with their limited editions.

" And the meaning of Leica is to make money." true statement but this applies to all camera manufacturers such as Sony, Nikon, Fuji, Canon...

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2022 at 10:42 UTC

Essentially, we the customer have already decided.

Independent of whether a product is great (D850) or not, if customers do not buy it any more, it does not make sense for a company to further develop the product. In the semiconductor market, the R&D is very expensive and only makes sense for mass produced products. Otherwise the R&D costs increase the total costs of the final produce beyond what the customer is willing to play.

Nikon is not Leica. However, my 17 year old D200 is still functioning.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2022 at 07:31 UTC as 54th comment | 1 reply
On article Leica M6 film scans from Germany (DPReview TV) (176 comments in total)

Great images. The film look reminds me on my analog days in my BW darkroom.
It nicely demonstrates a few things:
- the artistic IQ is superb and does not depend on the technical IQ
- The pixel resolution of the scans are very large although the information content is not
- It roughly confirms the old analog vs digital findings of Roger N. Clark from 15 years ago.
- The larger the ISO, the larger the film grain but the better to tonality: low ISO film has a much higher resolution but the small grain has much lower dynamic range.

I can understand the charm of shooting analog. Thats what the digital Leica M-D versions without display for reviewing of the images tries to simulate. But analog film has a even longer delay between the shooting experience and seeing the final image. That does not matter so much for professionals but significantly delay the learning curve of amateurs.

Therefore, I abandoned my BW lab and shoot only digital.

Excellent images, nethertheless!

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2022 at 10:39 UTC as 25th comment
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AKH: The same will happen to your Sony, Nikon or Canon camera if you wait long enough 😊

Do you really believe hat? The camera that define its class is the unique piece of history, but not all the clones..

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2022 at 07:09 UTC

Can somebody from dpreview translates this marketing b...hit into the real world.
What is the difference between L-mount and L2?

Neither the orignal L2 announcement nor the Panasonic's statement contains any substance.

What is the L² Technology? Is there a new product, a new idea... or does it mean, Leica is continuing to buy Panasonic cameras and is rebranding them?

Where is Kaufmann? The new Leica CEO obviously must still learn a lot.

Since Leica is repelling long time customers with the CL/TL decision it will be driving more former customers away.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2022 at 14:21 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply

Does the smartphone come with a 200MP display?
Why do I need a 200MP diffraction blurd image with tons of noise that I cannot even display?

Link | Posted on May 30, 2022 at 14:32 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

64MP? The force of marketing is always strongher that the laws of physics.

Such a small sensor with 64MP does not make any sense for visible light due to the diffraction limit. You can get the 64MP cheaper by using a 4MP camera and perform an up-sampling. The spatial resolution should be identical.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2022 at 13:49 UTC as 3rd comment | 4 replies
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