MartinDixon

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The last photo has an interesting perspective and color palette: a cyanish, B/W tone. The breaking clouds and sun do add to the allure. But I don't quite understand the superlatives these few photos have received. If this represents phenomenal, amazing and incredible work, what do you call the actually phenomenal and incredible work being published? The files are clean, somewhat interesting and certainly removed from the common day-to-day portfolios. But how much of this is photographic vision versus simply being there? I have flown around Cape Town and saw some beautiful nature, but I also know the next helicopter ride leaves 30 minutes after me and they will see exactly the same thing weather and lighting depending. I didn't put my imprint and perspective on those landscapes. I simply filmed what was available. And as much as I enjoyed the experience and the beauty, I would never call them phenomenal because that would be reducing the value of the word to nothingness.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 22:37 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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Wanderer23: People can be so immature and venemous over just a bag...

Okay, and... ?

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 20:58 UTC
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S Yu: “You've got this thing sticking halfway out” he's ignorant enough not to know of slots that take in the entire card."Then there are very fine and fast USB card readers" he's saying Apple can't make a fine and fast reader."then you can use CompactFlash as well as SD" which is meaningless as CF is actually "cumbersome" and is on its way out, even as an example he should have used XQD.

What is wrong with CF? It is in my Canon 5D Mark ll and my Canon EOS Mark lV. The only need I have for an SD card is my Leica M9. There will always be cables and adapters needed on any laptop, until you have found a way to siphon recharging power from thin air. This isn't a deal breaker.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 08:01 UTC
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thubten: Although I like mccurry's photos,it is unconscionable that he did nothing to help the afghan girl that made his fortune

There are stories and events around the world that are happening to innocent victims everyday. Violence and cruelty of epic proportions that go undocumented. Governments don't want journalists and photographers peeling back the layers because they are too dependent on foreign aid. So they ban all forms of media they don't control. The best we photographers can do is get the story published and try these criminals in the court of public opinion. You can send money. It will be stolen. You can donate aid, 80% will be used for administrative costs. You could try to get someone an exit visa. But you will never reach everyone who needs your help. Make photos that matter. Influence the world and perhaps the world will rally to your cause. Make it strong, make it loud. Make it often. Just look at what's happening in the Horn of Africa recently: Kenyan UN soldiers watching AID workers raped and murdered. Ethiopia killing hundreds of protesters, jailing over 2,000. South Sudan murders. Eritrea

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 20:32 UTC
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yahoo2u: Unfortunately for most DPR togs, Leica didnt make this @f1.2 for you, because they didn't find it necessary for landscape photographers to have the hairs of a baboons nose in focus up that tree with extreme bokeh.
You could always try the manufacturer down the road, and if you moan, groan and scream and tell them you're a member at DPR they'll make it for you.

DP reviewers, if you ever test this lens, please don't do it in Marrakech at high noon. Do it in Seattle on a cloudy day at dusk. Then we will see what this lens can really do. I do not want to change my work habits because of the built in limitations of my gear. Why bother? Sometimes I shoot at midnight and want to be close to my subjects as well. If I need to change lenses, why not buy the one that can do both? And at 1,900 Euros. Really???

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 17:30 UTC
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memau: I once read a reply about photography nowadays which said "... we can't get sharp enough photo because there's no option for f/64 anymore ..."

well, if the rig can make your heart feel closer to those beloved photographers century ago, of course it make your photo better ;D

Yes they used swing and tilts to achieve better depth but don't forget Ansel Adams wasn't exactly 10 feet from his subjects. If you are photographing a mountain range on an 8x10" Deardorff, your lenses is already near infinity and your bellows is hardly extended. Not only would f64 not often be needed but longer exposures allow for wind and other vibrations to sway the camera. Do a tabletop ad with an 8x10 and even at f64 you will be lucky to cover the entire product at 12 inches away.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 17:23 UTC
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The Davinator: Once again, cue the anti Leica trolls who will blindly trash another product they are jealous about but cant afford.

It is obvious these "photography" websites get something for advertising these lame products. 20 articles on what to buy, with one or two photo essays worth viewing. This isn't photography. This isn't art. It's commercialism at its worst because the purported illusion is that if you spend enough money on gear, someone might think you are a pro. Recommending less expensive lenses that perform as well doesn't make you a troll. It makes you sensible. The money saved could be spent on other equally pleasurable past-times. And as a long-time Leica user since 1987, and someone who can afford any equipment, this lens will remain in the shop window. I am not a sunny Sunday, fair weather photographer. I am not a tourist. And at 5.6 wide open on a 28mm, why be discreet? Show me a great image and I will say well done. I will never ask you what you used to make it. I couldn't care less. Do you call book publishers and ask them what fonts they use in their best sellers? Come on already.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 17:14 UTC
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Wanderer23: People can be so immature and venemous over just a bag...

I find that a bit confusing. The price of the bag is relative to its contents??? So if I carry my M9s it is appropriate but if I grab an I pad I should switch to something more cost effective? What if I carry diamonds, will I need to upgrade? It's a bag for Christ sake. Who cares what it carries? Does the world need to know what we own? I value my photographs. If it came down to losing my gear or losing my archive, take the gear. I can't get back 36 years worth of slides and files. But I can always sell a few prints and buy more cameras. We've become obsessed with looking the part instead of being the part.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 12:08 UTC
On article Updated: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV real-world sample gallery (480 comments in total)

I think the problem here is that Digital Photography Review should change its name to Digital Camera Review. It would be a lot more accurate and allow everyone to feel they are contributing something. But as soon as the conversation turns to actual images, we have our noses so close to the screen checking pixels that we no longer see the damn photograph. In the last 36 years of my career I have never exhibited a photo, sold a print, published a book or had a client ask me what camera I used to make my images. The best camera in the world is the one you are holding when you make the best image in the world. Everything else is marketing to make you feel good about brand loyalty. When I was coming up it was all about film loyalty. Kodachrome 25 or 64, Fuji Velvia or Astia, Ilford or Tri-X, pushed or pulled? We have to be honest and ask ourselves why we make photographs? Is it to share our experiences with the world and make a statement or is it simply to feel like we belong?

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 22:55 UTC as 9th comment
On article Updated: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV real-world sample gallery (480 comments in total)
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Ran Plett: Am I crazy, or do these images look really soft? I'd expect images captured with the 24-70 2.8 L @ 5.6 to be pretty crisp. Is this because the ACR is still in beta, or am I just looking at MF and Foveon images too much lately, and that's altering my perception? Coming from a 5D II, these don't look all that much better. ISO 12800 though! :O

I must agree that the images don't inspire... anything. But so many of the files are wide, distant landscapes that easily hide the camera's flaws since the lens is focused at or near infinity and the tones are so close it is hard to check for banding issues, etc. If the photos need to be boring for copyright or creative use reasons, then at least choose color fields that help us see reproduction quality from a closer distance. We can only assume "real world" examples is meant to be very loosely applied here. I doubt I would lift my camera to photograph these subjects. And I certainly wouldn't buy this camera to photograph these examples. Why bother? Whatever camera you are using now is just fine. Too much gear and not enough insight. Rent an 8x10" sheet film camera for the weekend and spend some time making one great image. We are developing cameras faster than photographic vision. Word processors do not create good writing. They only facilitate reducing unnecessary typos.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2016 at 09:16 UTC
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xtoph: m-cameras are unusual, and most people are likely to misunderstand what they're capable of due to inexperience, not to say, ignorance.

which is why when a specialist site like dpr posts what is supposed to be an expert review or samples, it is all the more important to have some clue how to use the camera, since most folks can't be expected to have personal experience to go on.

you should pull these botched samples and re-do them properly. you also should not be guessing about the shutter speed--at least not with the whole stops.

There is absolutely nothing appealing about these sample photos. They are bland, muted, uninteresting and detract from any desire to sell or promote this camera. I understand no one wants to throw their best work on the web but buildings focused at infinity, at dusk, do not inspire. I am a lifetime Leica shooter and I would tell Leica marketing to get some "Magnum" professionals behind their gear and show what these cameras can do. It was a huge gamble to create a B/W only camera. Find someone to show us why the idea is sound. I am still using M9s in Ethiopia and Dakar and see no reason to upgrade to a CMOS. I have a Canon 5D Mark ll for that look.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 09:28 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (239 comments in total)
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NoviceRomano: Does someone get why this form factor is not appropriate for left eye shooter? I really don't understand...

Sorry for the earlier typo, but we who do shoot with both eyes open are certainly not silly. As an aside, I would recommend everyone have a look at Magnum's 520 page book they published some years ago. There is a lot of great work from around the world to offer inspiration and encouragement. Yet not a lot of dog and flower images. hmmm...

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 09:03 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (239 comments in total)
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NoviceRomano: Does someone get why this form factor is not appropriate for left eye shooter? I really don't understand...

Obviously dcolak is just having a laugh. He/she can't possibly be serious. Sort of like the guy who calls himself a pro photographer because he wears his camera around his neck to camera stores. I have some Air Jordans under my bed somewhere. I can not ball like Michael Jordan. Photographers talk about images. Amateurs talk about equipment. I have never sold a photograph and had someone ask me what camera I used. No one cares. What would you call someone who asks a writer what word processor they used to get those great phrases? I need not say but that would truly be the definition of silly. Go out and make some pictures worth looking at. Stop posing.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 08:58 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1272 comments in total)
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Smaug01: What do you guys think of Leica Q vs. Nikon D610 and any nice prime of your choice?

As attractive as the Leica is, I think I will go Nikon, and leave my options open for other types of photography.

Technically yes, you could do portraits with this 28mm lens but I saw the website link. It was a great example of how the lens widens the face with its inherent distortions. At 28mm, even stepping back to avoid the angular curve, you still see his nose swell up and his face get narrower. As we approach 100mm the lens flattens out and his features become more balanced. While that might work for the occasional fun factor, having that limitations for the life of the camera is unnecessary work. We can learn to like anything but calling a daisy a rose doesn't make it so. I have M digital cameras and I like changing my lenses when needed.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 16:27 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1272 comments in total)
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MrDams: No weather sealing, at $5,000.

You don't take it out in bad weather because of the cost? By that logic, don't go to war torn countries, civil strife cities, riotous football matches, or any inner-cities. Just what is it you want to photograph? Pets and malls? It's a tool. Use it. Need a hammer, pick up a hammer.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 16:19 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (239 comments in total)
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NoviceRomano: Does someone get why this form factor is not appropriate for left eye shooter? I really don't understand...

Why is it silly to have your face visible when you photograph? Are you hiding from someone? As I already mentioned, when shooting with rangefinders, there is a distinct advantage of having both eyes open. 1) You can anticipate elements about to enter the frame. 2) There is no black out at the moment of exposure. 3) With a 35mm or 50mm, there is minimal parallax. I don't think about what I look like when I film, I think about the final product and the desired images made. If it doesn't work for you, don't do it. Be we who do are certainly not "silly."

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 13:07 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (239 comments in total)
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NoviceRomano: Does someone get why this form factor is not appropriate for left eye shooter? I really don't understand...

Leica rangefinders introduced right eye filming. One major benefit of the system was to have no mirror blackouts when shooting. Both eyes remained open and you used the frame lines to anticipate the moment as it happens. See the world with the left and compose with the right. It's a serious reason why rangefinder shooters don't go very long with their lenses. With left eye shooting you block the right eye and often have unintended last minute surprises appear in your frame you won't see until the files are processed. Fuji, in their love of let's make it better than a Leica, may have kept this philosophy in the design. Anyway, it works for me.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 23:35 UTC

Years ago I attended the Rencontres d'Arles photo festival in the south of France. The class was having a beer and prodding our instructor with questions at an outdoor cafe. As it was after sunset, we all started heading to the amplitheatre to see the slide shows of famous french photographers. A good thirty minutes into the event our instructor stood up and realized he had left a leather bag full of Leica film cameras and lenses under the cafe table. By now it was dark and everyone in town was most likely at the theatre. He was reluctant to run back and see if it was there but his wife told him it couldn't hurt. After all, we're all photographers here. And she was right. It was still under the table and untouched. I am reminded that we are a community. And if it can happen to one it can happen to all - good or bad.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 18:47 UTC as 25th comment
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marcio_napoli: I've said it countless times on the forums, but why not one more time?

Loved the X1D's IQ? Finally realized the so called small format "full frame" is not the end-all-be-all of image capturing devices?

But can't afford the X1D?

Give it a try on a Phase One with P40+ back, or a dirt cheap (by MF standards) H3dII-31mp. Rent it.

Seriously, older backs go for a fraction of their initial prices nowadays, but their wow factor remains as impressive as it ever was.

It's quite "affordable".

Way easier on the wallet than the X1D, and packs the same level of "eye opener" wow factor (in good light, which you should be shooting at).

When did we start feeling the need to buy a new cameras every time a newer model appears? Did our eyes evolve? Have we started seeing the world differently? Did yesterday's camera dissolve and no longer works? No. If you have a photographic vision, you can use a daggeureotype, an 8x10 Polaroid, a Rollei, a Hassie, essentially anything you can get your hands on. Because your view of the world never ceased being what you carry with you. Photographers photograph their perspectives. Plain and simple. We film what we believe, what challenges our perceptions, what amazes and enthralls us. If all you want is a clean reproduction of something in front you, you're not asking for much. Make images worth looking at and leave the tech talk to the pixel peepers.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 11:31 UTC
On article Remembering Fan Ho: 1931-2016 (35 comments in total)
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Johannes Zander: Did not know him. Great B&W photographs.
I would like to see more of this kind of articles here!

This article was a very nice introduction to his work and website. His command of light and shadow is well known and appreciated. I have not been to Hong Kong yet but in my mind it is crowded and noisy. But these quiet, somber images require patience and perfect timing. His vision was specific and humane. There is honor in all work. I visit these blogs hoping to see images by strong artists. I thank the editors at DP for sharing. Please look up my mentor, Roy DeCarava's B/W work (The Sound I Saw and The Sweet Flypaper of Life series.) I hope we won't all have to die before more important work is shared. Respectfully...

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 21:27 UTC
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