Picturenaut

Picturenaut

Lives in Frankfurt am Main
Works as a science journalist
Has a website at www.roland-wengenmayr.de
Joined on Jun 1, 2010
About me:

Love to shoot wildlife, birds, animals, macros of insects and spiders, plus street and portrait of people (I like to draw portraits too). Love chemical film photography, too.

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PDD: Does Nikon have APS-H camera? Oly? FUJI? PENTAX? WHO???

Canon had it in its earlier 1D series, designed for tele photography.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 08:55 UTC
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Liorr: Sony - you could have been the top brand by now if only you would have implemented 2 simple upgrades in all of your cameras:
1. Full touch screen control not only touch to focus
2. Full articulate screen
It is as simple as that.

@T3 you're right, I am pretty sure that Sony can make it to be the Coca Cola of camera makers until 2021 ;P

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 08:51 UTC
On article Canon EOS M50 Review (1312 comments in total)
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PhozoKozmos: looking forward to more SPECIALIZED interchangeable mounts (ICMs)
for EOS M FF ...

Specialized ICM for FF ...

● Electronic Variable-ND Filter Mount:
EF24mm F1.4L II USM + EOS M FF
EF11-24mm F4 USM + EOS M FF
etc

● Electronic Smart EF-TSE Mount:
EF24mm F1.4L II USM + EOS M FF
EF11-24mm F4 USM + EOS M FF
etc

● Electronic Smart OVF+EVF Mirror Hybrid Mount:
EF24mm F1.4L II USM + EOS M FF
EF11-24mm F4 USM + EOS M FF
etc

PhozoKozmos ROFL! I love your posts! They are a real weapon of mass destruction for photo forums. Can you please move your focus from Canon threads to Sony threads? Canon underdogs are already gone to ground here at DPR, they don't need a final kick in their kidneys. But Sony users really deserve your attention ;-)

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 14:31 UTC
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mako69: Camera "experts" from 1999: this new format called "digital" will replace film, never to return.

@kodacolor200: I read and liked much the "The death of digital photography" article you recommended. In fact, I don't think that digital photography dies, but the extraordinary growth rates of the old days are over. And in the enthusiast market, more people are rediscovering chemical photography, at least instant film photography. Personally, I invested in the past two years more money in my analogue gear and lab equipment. Chemical photography is much a more sensual process, it is like slow food, and you do not have to deal with this flood of thousands of too easily shot digital Images.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 14:14 UTC
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Playright: I though the reign of the DSLR was over several years ago! The market is fragmented and more photos are taken with mobile phones than any other type of camera!

Did I miss something?

Smart phones killed the compacts. I am pretty sure that the enthusiast's market will survive, of course with a shrinking DSLR share.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 13:52 UTC
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Sanderman: Love seeing all the simpering luddites deny the future. I bet people said the same things when SLRs replace range finders. You use mirrors and pentaprisms because that's what you grew up with. Not because you need them. I for one hope Canon progresses down this path. It might just help keep the premium dedicated camera relevant in some form instead of simply being replaced by smart phones (as is currently happening).

In chemical photography with optical viewfinders, good 100 % SLR viewfinders had the advantage over rangefinders that you could frame and compose precisely. This is a solid technical reason why SLR's took over in the pro market. And many amateurs copied that a "serious" pro style...

Interestingly, with the growing mirrorless market old rangefinder king Leica resurfaced from agony, and they are turning from mainly producing M gadgets for rich Chinese people to innovative high-level products. Let's see if Canikon manage to finally wake up, in fact they managed the past transitions from rangefinders to SLRs and from chemical to digital successfully. The more competition remains in the market the better for us users.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 13:45 UTC

At least my very personal experience supports their claim of reliability and durability. We shoot an extended Canon and Nikon gear side by side when going for wildlife, in really rugged environments. For our digital age Nikon gear (not the old analogue cameras), cameras and newer lenses, we needed much more service than for our Canon gear: killed AF drives, dead camera buttons after heavy rain etc. Maybe we just have bad luck, but the accumulation of Nikon gear fails is quite striking.

But Canon definitively needs to come up with up-to-date Technology like they used to do in the past. Dual pixel AF can't be everything for years. That said, Canon is still making good profit, so they may understand the market better than some guys posting here.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2018 at 17:36 UTC as 41st comment
On article Canon EOS M50 Review (1312 comments in total)
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Marquee: The vitriol against this camera release on this website is deplorable, what a bunch of sad haters. Its almost as if its some kind of sport, or maybe bots spouting this crap. Why would someone actually interested in this camera come here? Been on DPR since 2002, this is a new low.

@Anthony1970 My delayed reply shows: I do, feel, and think exactly the same way like you. If I want to read helpful and interesting comments I go for chemical film photography forums, nicer people there... (and quite often more skilled photographers).

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2018 at 17:47 UTC
On article Canon EOS M50 Review (1312 comments in total)
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Marquee: The vitriol against this camera release on this website is deplorable, what a bunch of sad haters. Its almost as if its some kind of sport, or maybe bots spouting this crap. Why would someone actually interested in this camera come here? Been on DPR since 2002, this is a new low.

There is one important thing about Canon that should be be more recognized in these times: they really deserve gratitude for being a psychological valve for so many guys that obviously are full of hate. If Canon would suddenly stop making cameras, some of those may go out and shoot people - not exactly with a camera...

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 17:40 UTC
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Picturenaut: Great news for the fans of true film grain after Kodak pulled the plug back some years ago, and only Ilford's high-speed films with different characteristics were left in the market. Hope Kodak Alaris will offer the P3200 soon also in 120 film format.

This again is a proof that the film market is gradually recovering by growing popularity. So great!

@ kodachromeguy ;) film is not dead, it just smells alright (to tweak an old Zappa statement about Jazz). I don't care. I just occasionally visit DPR anymore to have some fun with all those guys ranting on e.g. Canon's latest mirrorless 4K video or wot else shortcomings. It never changes. And they are always men.

I prefer to take my nice mirrorless (bingo!) full frame battery free 196X Canon 7 with some beautiful lenses and go out shooting some rolls of film...

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 17:21 UTC

Great news for the fans of true film grain after Kodak pulled the plug back some years ago, and only Ilford's high-speed films with different characteristics were left in the market. Hope Kodak Alaris will offer the P3200 soon also in 120 film format.

This again is a proof that the film market is gradually recovering by growing popularity. So great!

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 14:28 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
On article Canon EOS M50 Review (1312 comments in total)

Given it's price will surely drop as happened with previous M bodies, I really consider to add one to my gear. Price-performance ratio shouldn't be too badly finally. Digital cameras are quickly outdated anyway, so you can burn a lot of money with the premium versions of such technological fast food. They aren't like classic analogue cameras that you love and keep for many years.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 14:01 UTC as 201st comment
On article Canon EOS M50 Review (1312 comments in total)
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NewEraPhotographer: Canon has been the least innovative camera company for awhile now... but this is just becoming laughable. As a Sony shooter, I am disappointed because they are doing nothing to push Sony or others to innovate at a quick pace. Releasing cameras for the same price as ones that have been on the market for over a year, and with a poor layout, huge crop factor on 4k, and with a hilariously poor battery life. Nicely done again Canon... 5DM4... 6DM2... M50... what is next? The 1DXM3?

Canon and Nikon still can teach Sony how to make professional lenses that don't bend when the wind blows:
https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2017/02/lens-teardown-of-the-complicated-sony-fe-70-200mm-f2-8-gm-oss-part-1/
https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2017/02/completing-the-teardown-of-the-sony-fe-70-200-f2-8-gm-oss-part-ii/

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 13:30 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (526 comments in total)
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Uncle Ruddy: Having met their built-to life expectancy, none of these cameras will be operational in another 5 to 10 years. On the other hand, my Leica M10 will still be going strong.

Hi sh10453, sounds like a good collection. Re analogue Canons, I have an AE-1 and, because my most lenses have EF mount, an EOS 3. The EOS 3 is the most advanced 35 mm film SLR I ever used, so I take it when I want reliability (used it extensively e.g. in Iceland past year) - but I don't like the noise of its winder motor and the plastic look of this camera.

In fact, I am a Nikon user converted to Canon when I went digital many years ago, my wife and I have e.g. three Nikon FM-2 bodys - great SLRs. When my wife was in winter in Siberia some years ago she only took an FM-2 with her because she knew that this camera works always.

One of my fav cameras at the moment is a New Mamiya 6 mid format rangefinder set with three nice lenses.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 21:15 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1256 comments in total)
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Dougbm_2: But still the main difference between mirrored and mirrorless is the optical verses electronic viewfinder. As much as the EVF is useful for judging exposure when it comes to critical shooting and clearly seeing the scene the optical viewfinder wins.

@ tbcass and Eric Hensel: it's a matter of personal taste, of course, and I enjoy using digital cameras, I'm no purist. But I was really getting tired of returning with thousands of images after some hours and flicking through them. For me personally, working with the restrictions of a vintage film camera was like a liberation, including street photography. But I do also Chinese ink portrait drawings of people and love the freedom that such a rigorous material (no chance to correct anything) can give me. In fact, I learned from many full-time artist friends that limits are essential for real imagination. But that's my personal approach.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 09:54 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (526 comments in total)
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Uncle Ruddy: Having met their built-to life expectancy, none of these cameras will be operational in another 5 to 10 years. On the other hand, my Leica M10 will still be going strong.

@sh10453: I recommend you to use your Kiev 4 or at least keep it in daylight. Those old Selenium photocells (I guess the Kiev's is Selenium or CdS) die if they are kept too long in the dark. I have a 1954 Kodak Retina IIIc with a still quite precisely working photocell.

In fact, I do not want be fanboyish about Canon (don't care about brands), but we have both an extended Canon and Nikon SLR gear, including superteles. All parts made by Nikon in the digital age proofed to be much less reliable than the Canon stuff. Or D300 needed with only about 80.000 shutter actuations a complete new mirror box, our EOS 7D still working (now sold to a friend), our D300S and D700 are much more sensitive to water intrusion in hard rain than our Canon 7D, 7D2, 5D3. Plus, our small Nikkor 4/300 mm tele needed a new AF motor after only 6 years, our Canon EF 4/300 mm is still working nicely. Only our classic analogue Nikons are doing well after decades. Only bad luck with our Nikon gear? Don't think so.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 09:38 UTC

Wonderful report, thanks for posting! Maybe I should start reading DPR more frequently again. I plunged too much into the beautiful world of chemical film photography I grew up with (side by side with digital cameras, I am no purist). Hasselblad was the uber camera mid format maker of that era, followed by Rolleiflex and Mamiya, both (nearly) faded away. In particular I like image 21 showing the senior lady: her fingers seem to tell a story about decades of Hasselblad's craftsmanship philosophy.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 09:19 UTC as 14th comment
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (526 comments in total)
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Endgame Trigger: Canon still beeing the market leader and profitable, is no proof for their superiority. It's just the proof, that the inertia of given glass appears (which is used by the company, blackmailing customers with immoral prices and inferior technology) and there is still such a thing, which I call the 'Apple-factor', a even stronger momentum of mass hypnosis, fanboyism, mental corruption and herd instinkt.

The 5D Mk II was the last strong Canon camera (after that the competition flew by with better sensors and therefor better IQ and Raw post production 'flesh'). Very soon even the competitions APS-C sensors had been able to shoot the mighty 5D III out of the trees by means of IQ, RAW-dynamic, resolution etc., but noone cared as noone seemed to care, that with the 5 Douche Mk IV even video was messed up.

Why is this? With the lively Nex-/ A6000 series the dominant Canon herd couldn't stop trowing dust at Sony, no lenses, no ergonomic. But the abusively debased M-series is the finest!

I am a still happy Canon "victim", my Canon gear proved to be always reliable shooting wildlife in rugged environments, salt water spray and sand storms, and never failed. But that's a quality never tested by sites such as DPR and photozines. Maybe this is the real grave Canon digs itself, because their prosumer products haven't a such short lifetime cycle than those made by most of their competitors. Sony seems to have much more the real obsolescence spirit, just check this blog post from Roger Cicala:
https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2017/02/lens-teardown-of-the-complicated-sony-fe-70-200mm-f2-8-gm-oss-part-1/

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 10:30 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (526 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: I think the zero-black out of the Sony A9 is very special. A game changer. It has to be tried to be believed how liberating it is to shoot with zero VF blackout. Blew me away.

I think this achievement should be recognised.

Well, my Kodak Retina IIIc rangefinder from 1954 already had built-in zero blackout in its viewfinder. Leicas, Contaxes, Canons etc. from the 30s (and before) had that great feature. Sony in particular seems to prove the verdict that history sometimes repeats itself, but not as an exact copy. Sony re-invented also the SLT technology that Canon originally invented in the 1960s. (Caution: this post contains irony.)

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 10:07 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (526 comments in total)
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Uncle Ruddy: Having met their built-to life expectancy, none of these cameras will be operational in another 5 to 10 years. On the other hand, my Leica M10 will still be going strong.

A real Leica is analogue because you can keep it your whole life. In fact, one of my fav current cameras is a Canon 7 rangefinder from the early 60s, with some beautiful lenses. Digital and later analogue cameras are much more short life-cycle products because of aging of electronics and sensors.

Leica should offer a new M rangefinder line in which the electronic package and the sensor can be replaced but you can keep the camera body with all its scars and patina of a longterm use (what turns such an industry product into really your personal camera). That would be the true Leica spirit transformed into the digital age.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 09:52 UTC
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