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Steve in Scotland: I honestly think that the word 'Milvus' hasn't helped their cause one iota. I hope the marketing dork who instigated that 'name' rests uneasy!

In German, V can be pronounced either as F or W (well, the German W which is pronounced like the English V), it depends on the word. There's no hard and fast rule for it, you really have to know this for every word. The general indication is that the pronunciation 'v' is used in foreign words (but foreign can be a pretty generous label here, lots of words with Latin origin can fall into this category). To complicate matters, in some dialects, the 'f' pronunciation is much more prevalent than in standard German.

The word 'milvus' is a straight Latin word that is only used in German by ornithologists. Never ever having heard somebody pronounce it in German, I nevertheless instinctively would pronounce the v in it as v (not f). That might be because it shares similarities with other Latin words whose pronunciation I have heard. It might be because I recognise it as Latin and simply pronounce how I know/think Latin is pronounced in general.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 17:11 UTC
On article Video: first look at the Leica CL (111 comments in total)
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RStyga: Why, on earth, would one choose this overpriced piece of crap over, say, a simple Fujifilm X-E2 is one for the books...

Trying to ascertain whether your use of language is commonly applied to the product or whether you are pretty much alone in using such words is pointless? When somebody offers an opinion about a product it is pointless to find out whether others share that opinion as well?

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 08:42 UTC
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BobT3218: Back to the future? It must have been a hard management decision to stick with HDD rather SSD

Which is about 10x what a 12 TB HDD costs.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 13:39 UTC
On article Video: first look at the Leica CL (111 comments in total)
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RStyga: Why, on earth, would one choose this overpriced piece of crap over, say, a simple Fujifilm X-E2 is one for the books...

No, my point was whether other people reporting banding also use the term 'piece of crap' (or similarly strong language) to describe the sensor/camera?

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 11:52 UTC
On article Video: first look at the Leica CL (111 comments in total)
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RStyga: Why, on earth, would one choose this overpriced piece of crap over, say, a simple Fujifilm X-E2 is one for the books...

And do all these reports equate this banding with a piece-of-crap qualification?

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 11:03 UTC
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Goodpixels: The trite, over the top, overuse of chiors, apocalypse scoring, and Superhero cinematic envelope does NOTHING for the fantastic imagery. It detracted from the experience. I'd rather just hear the rain and thunder. My dos centavos.

Almost all of the footage was either time-lapse or slo-mo, any rain or thunder sound would highly asynchronous.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 14:28 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: I've had my iPhone X for six days, and it's darn near perfect. It's a huge leap forward compared to the previous models.

If the iPhone X screen didn't have rounded corners and the notch, it would be all so slightly larger than the 6/7/8 Plus screen (0.6% larger). Once you subtract the area cut off by the rounded corners and the notch, the iPhone X screen is actually smaller than the 6/7/8 Plus screen.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 18:36 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: I've had my iPhone X for six days, and it's darn near perfect. It's a huge leap forward compared to the previous models.

That $599 only applies if you break the glass on the back. If you break the one on the front, it's cheaper (around $300-400, I think).

And btw, I use my iPhone X one-handed 90% of the time.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 12:10 UTC
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DuckShots: One day a snob said to me that I thought I was a photographer because I carried a Leica. He said he wouldn't spend the money on the tool and then got back into his BMW and drove off. I never got to tell him that his BMW didn't make him a better driver.

I love my Q

The navigation system on his BMW might easily have cost more than a Leica Q.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 13:33 UTC
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CosminMunteanu: Leica is not only cameras and not only M.

And actually, since a year or two it's four companies now (Leica Biosystems). Though that forth one is probably related to one of others by common ownership or a spin-off type of situation, otherwise I see no reason for another company to share the Leica brand, paying licensing fees just for the brandname's sake would seem odd.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 13:27 UTC
On article The Leica CL is (almost) what the TL should have been (421 comments in total)
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Najinsky: How does a 5cm lens differ from a 50mm?

The reason focal lengths used to be measured in centimetres instead of millimetres probably was that that they used to be larger as the film frames were larger on average during the first century of photography.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2017 at 14:46 UTC
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b0k3h: cute APSC panasonic

There are actually very few rules about the 'Made in XX' labels. Most of them exist around food and other natural products. They are much more of a branding tool than a legal requirement. The main legal requirement comes from consumer law in that they should not be misleading (which is not a very precise and strict condition).

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2017 at 14:40 UTC
On article Video: first look at the Leica CL (111 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: a missed opportunity to offer a fairly priced camera to the masses and help move from a boutique camera company to one that has more relevance for more people and moves products in a manner that can use economies of scale in production

the top is ugly and quirky and should have been a straightforward shutter speed dial
which is the quickest and most sensible option that fuji and leica are both using

the 18mm lens with that silly tiny optical element in front looks as cheap and needlessly slow as some nikon one lenses that sadden me
no aperture dial?....bah humbug!

a missed chance leica and quite overpriced

That first sentence was sarcasm.

Leica 'chose' to sell low volumes at higher prices (higher gross margins but not higher net margins, as in profit per total revenue) because that was the only 'choice' they had. Leica went almost bankrupt in 2005 just before they released their first digital ILC (the M8) in 2006. Their sales were in order of few ten thousand units at a time when the total camera market was about 80 million (https://photographylife.com/a-few-thoughts-about-the-camera-market), ie, a marketshare of less than 0.1%. This is not dissimilar to Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Aston Martin, though their sales were even lower for a while (falling below 1000 cars per year). Bentley has grown tremendously after the investments made by VW after its takeover almost twenty years ago. So has Leica over the last decade.

But neither of those companies really had or has the option to attack the mass market straight on.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 16:50 UTC
On article Video: first look at the Leica CL (111 comments in total)
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Josh Leavitt: It's a nice looking camera, but it saddens me somewhat as it's a missed opportunity. The CL paired with TL-series lenses would yield image quality that would rival a Fuji X-Pro2/X-T2 with the X-series lenses. But it's $1,000 overpriced from being able to compete with Fuji, and there's no reason for it.

Leica's net profit margin is maybe in order of 10% (their records are public). They could hardly half their prices (or even just cut them by 50%) and be anywhere near profitable.

And while lower prices might increase sales, that hasn't really worked out for Samsung, Pentax, Olympus or Panasonic and they are starting from a volume level that is in the order of 10x larger. Even if you make a competitive product, you rarely gain significant marketshare quickly. Fuji has been making their own digital ILCs for about five years by now and that is also roughly their marketshare number in percent.

And that is just the demand side, scaling up production from 10'000 units per year (Leica at the beginning of their digital ILC era) to 500'000 (current level of Olympus for example) is a tremendous undertaking requiring a lot of capital. As I said in my previous post, Rolls-Royce Motors had essentially zero chance of becoming a BMW, let alone a Ford on their own.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 15:52 UTC
On article Video: first look at the Leica CL (111 comments in total)
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Josh Leavitt: It's a nice looking camera, but it saddens me somewhat as it's a missed opportunity. The CL paired with TL-series lenses would yield image quality that would rival a Fuji X-Pro2/X-T2 with the X-series lenses. But it's $1,000 overpriced from being able to compete with Fuji, and there's no reason for it.

And Pentax, Samsung, Olympus and Panasonic market share is also a result of their prohibitive pricing?

Leica originally started to loose market share roughly around the 1970s due to Japanese companies bringing out better products and undercutting them (the rise of the SLR at the cost of the rangefinder played a part in this). Leica wasn't making obscene profits in the 1960s, and they could not have kept their marketshare by simply lowering prices. They were outsmarted on the technology side and the production efficiency. Their answer to cheaper rivals was to escape into a premium niche. They hung in there for a while until they missed the next technological leap, autofocus in the 1990s. They had to retreat into the rangefinder niche and when digital came around they barely managed to jump on that train in time. During all this, they almost went bankrupt several times.

Do you really think that Rolls-Royce's problem in the 1990s was that they should have lowered their prices?

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 15:37 UTC
On article Video: first look at the Leica CL (111 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: a missed opportunity to offer a fairly priced camera to the masses and help move from a boutique camera company to one that has more relevance for more people and moves products in a manner that can use economies of scale in production

the top is ugly and quirky and should have been a straightforward shutter speed dial
which is the quickest and most sensible option that fuji and leica are both using

the 18mm lens with that silly tiny optical element in front looks as cheap and needlessly slow as some nikon one lenses that sadden me
no aperture dial?....bah humbug!

a missed chance leica and quite overpriced

Sure, and Porsche cars also don't cost more than their Japanese competitors. The point is that if Leica matched the prices of their Japanese competitors they would go bankrupt 10x faster than it would take them to match the sales numbers of their competitors. Look what happened to Samsung or what is happening with Pentax, and even Olympus and Panasonic. Even they, who were/are at least an order of magnitude larger than Leica, have factories in lower-wage Asian countries, have struggled to be profitable for the last decade.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 11:09 UTC
On article Video: first look at the Leica CL (111 comments in total)
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Josh Leavitt: It's a nice looking camera, but it saddens me somewhat as it's a missed opportunity. The CL paired with TL-series lenses would yield image quality that would rival a Fuji X-Pro2/X-T2 with the X-series lenses. But it's $1,000 overpriced from being able to compete with Fuji, and there's no reason for it.

So, you really think that Leica could turn a profit with a tenth of the sales of, eg, Olympus or Panasonic using their pricing while neither Olympus or Panasonic really manage to?

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 10:57 UTC
On article Video: first look at the Leica CL (111 comments in total)
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RStyga: Why, on earth, would one choose this overpriced piece of crap over, say, a simple Fujifilm X-E2 is one for the books...

Why does anyone pay $2000 for a different colour for their car? And I am not talking about aftermarket, just the colours that are found in the list of extras for cars.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 10:55 UTC
On article Video: first look at the Leica CL (111 comments in total)
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utku67: Unfortunately Leica is still insisting on what we want and keeps delvering other things. What we want is a camera with the size of a Leica Q with M lens mountability.

The Leica M10 pretty much fits the bill. Same height, only 7% wider, about the same thickness as the Q. Unless you meant a camera the size of the Q but with a built-in EVF. Here, you have to ask yourself whether (a) it is possible to create a good hybrid rangefinder-EVF or whether (b) there is a market for a non-rangefinder, ie, EVF-based, manual focus, M-lens based 'system'.

One way to answer that question is to explain the size difference in this picture:
http://www.reddotforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/50mm-SL-vs-50mm-M-size-comparison-side-1-768x510.jpg
(taken from: http://www.reddotforum.com/content/2017/03/leica-summilux-sl-50mm-f1-4-asph-review-a-new-standard/)

Because this picture explains most likely to a good deal why the SL is the size it is.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 10:52 UTC
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yanisha: Leica is responding to the wonderful Olympus PEN-F with a me-too product. It is Leica, so, of course, very expensive with limited very expensive lenses. I am glad that people who can't get the PEN-F now have a substitute.

And there were plenty of other ILC with top-left EVF between the NEX-7 and the PEN F (Sony NEX-6, A6000, Panasonic GX7, GX8, GM5, Fuji X-Pro 1 & 2, X-E1,2).

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 12:30 UTC
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