TransientEye

Lives in Barcelona
Works as a Geek
Has a website at http://transienteye.com
Joined on Sep 10, 2013

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olstrup: Not any joking about Leica from me. But I do feel sorry for Ffordes. Not only is there a loss even if insured. It also involves a lot of tedious and time consuming trouble. As a European, I have bought from the Ffordes web shop repetedly (mostly used Nikon gear) over the years and have always found their descriptions accurate and true and the prices fair and fairly reflecting the condition of the goods. They have always delived fast and packed well. My communication with them have been to the point and void of flowery brand romanticism. They have a big inventory and chances are you'll find what you need.

No, I'm not on their payroll, but with so many scammers out there and with so much negativism and ranting on the internet fora (DPR certainly included) , we should not forget to speak nicely about those who handles their business honestly and well.

I will definitely second this. I bought my M7 from Ffordes and they have always been honest, straightforward and sensibly priced. I really hope that they can recover the equipment and bring the thieves to justice.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 21:43 UTC
On article Ricoh announces development of long-awaited GR III (701 comments in total)
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Angrymagpie: Would love to know what they've done with the dust ingestion problem. Fingers crossed on the 3rd version getting weather sealing. If the camera has weather sealing, one would assume that it's been resolved.

Yes - just not very well. My original APSC GR had terrible problems with dust, and I opened it up several times to clear the sensor. There was a push-fit rubber gasket that supposedly protected the sensor from the rest of the camera innards, but it was too stiff and bent so that there were gaps where dust could enter.

My GR II is after two years still dust-free, so either I got lucky or something was improved in the design/manufacturing.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2018 at 06:44 UTC
On article Ricoh announces development of long-awaited GR III (701 comments in total)
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Angrymagpie: Would love to know what they've done with the dust ingestion problem. Fingers crossed on the 3rd version getting weather sealing. If the camera has weather sealing, one would assume that it's been resolved.

If it has sensor-shift stabilisation, there is a good chance that there will also be some form of automatic sensor cleaning - not that it should be needed with the sealing!

Looks like a compelling update if they can add the new features while still keeping the existing form factor!

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2018 at 06:39 UTC
On article Leica M7 film camera comes to an end (141 comments in total)
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Melchiorum: Honestly, good riddance. The only real Leicas worth their price are fully mechanical ones. Those are real timeless masterpieces, much like good, hand-built mechanical watches. That's where Leica is and where it should have stayed. I'd even get one if I could afford it, out of pure appreciation for it as a piece of art and precise engineering. Also, you could pass one to your kids and it would still hold as much or even more value.

Once you place cheap electronics into a mechanical marvel, you are ensuring its obsolescence. And M7 was the one who started the transition from "expensive, but incredible pieces of timeless mechanical art" to "overpriced pseudo-elite tat bought by people who think they are classy but really just don't know how to flush money down the drain".

What utter rubbish. Everything wears out, and the M7 is by far the most usable film M ever made thanks to its accurate metering and shutter plus the AE mode.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2018 at 15:04 UTC
On article Leica M7 film camera comes to an end (141 comments in total)
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Vincent O'Sullivan: As an aside, given that this camera required batteries... How do photographers who are going 'off grid' for extended periods currently manage? Is it just a matter of bringing enough batteries or are more creative solutions employed?

I get about 100 films per battery change from my M7. If you are used to changing film every 36 frames then carrying a couple of button cells is hardly onerous. The M7 is my most used camera, and the batteries are a non issue.

As an aside, the M7 is by far the most practical Leica film camera that was made. It’s biggest failing was that it was introduced at least 10 years too late...

Link | Posted on May 30, 2018 at 15:01 UTC
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Edmond Leung: Is EVF totally safe to your eyes? Consider your eyes health before using EVF frequently. Don't be regretted..

It is far safer to shoot into the sun with an EVF than any optical finder. If anything, optical finders should be subject to safety warnings...

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 16:47 UTC
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smrlabs: Think I might have to shift over to DXO full time. I can't fly through my photos with it like LR but it does a better job.

Not sure what I'm getting for my sub.

I keep trying DXO, but they are too slow to support new cameras, particularly Leica.

I switched to CaptureOne backed up now by Affinity Photo. CO10's DAM functionality is a bit slow and primitive, but the RAW conversion results are better than Adobe RAW and there is no subscription (blackmail). Affinity Photo is very easy to migrate to after Photoshop, and covers most use cases very well.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 17:53 UTC
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(unknown member): And yet, Capture One Pro still lacks the following basic functionality:

1. Cannot open 16-bit grayscale tiff files.
2. Cannot open layered tiff or psd files.
3. Struggles with some zip compressed tiff files.
4. Still lacks lens correction for ALL Leica lenses except the older Summicron 50mm f/2. Also lacks lens correction for many other brands as well.
5. Still has a subpar library functionality.
6. Still clutters the image folders with subfolders and sidecar files.

These are basic usability features that should have been fixed a long time ago. I had v7 and v8, but I will not upgrade until these basic features are implemented.

You misunderstand. Obviously you want to make dust/cloning edits in Photoshop.

The problem is that CaptureOne "Pro" 9 will not even open monochrome scans. There is no monochrome setting on my scanner software that is compatible with C1P, and scanning everything as 16 bit RGB results in massive and pointless file bloat.

So to even view the images in C1, I have to pass the output from my scanner through Photoshop, converting from grayscale to RGB (setting all channels to the same data), and then saving with ZIP compression to offset the file size increase. All of this before even touching an image. At least the PS work for this is scriptable.

Capture One have been aware of this problem since early in v8, but have not yet bothered to fix it...

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2015 at 17:40 UTC
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(unknown member): And yet, Capture One Pro still lacks the following basic functionality:

1. Cannot open 16-bit grayscale tiff files.
2. Cannot open layered tiff or psd files.
3. Struggles with some zip compressed tiff files.
4. Still lacks lens correction for ALL Leica lenses except the older Summicron 50mm f/2. Also lacks lens correction for many other brands as well.
5. Still has a subpar library functionality.
6. Still clutters the image folders with subfolders and sidecar files.

These are basic usability features that should have been fixed a long time ago. I had v7 and v8, but I will not upgrade until these basic features are implemented.

The grayscale issue is a real pain. I have to pass the scans through Photoshop to convert to RGB in order to edit them in Capture One.

Another problem for film scans is the near useless spot/cloning/healing tools, which are essentially only included as a marketing tickbox and are not really useful in any meaningful sense.

I am a bit underwhelmed by the v9 update. It is expensive and does not fix the main problems I have with the software. Better yet, the one thing fix that I would find useful - keyword editing - is broken. All the keywords that I added in C1 v8 are completely non-editable in v9.

I have also had the software crash when editing masks. Phase One need to raise their QA before they raise their prices.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2015 at 09:39 UTC
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String: Beautiful camera and I'd love to have one. Of course I'd love to have a Ferrari as well; unfortunately neither one is going to happen... damn you wife and kids! :D

Unfortunately, you can not usefully put non-native lenses on this particular Leica, because they have removed live-view. This also makes wide-angle lenses painful, because you have to use an external optical finder for framing, and the built-in finder for focussing.

If all you desperately want is a digital M7, then this is probably a good camera. But I wonder for how many people this is true.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 08:31 UTC
On article What is equivalence and why should I care? (2499 comments in total)
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mislav: I don't care

The article does not say that larger sensors give better image quality.

In fact, if you read it you would understand that the "advantage" that a larger sensor gives is simply a larger overall shooting envelope. For example, you can use an f1.2 lens on FF to get lower noise than u4/3, but only if you also accept shallower DOF in order to do so.

Equally, there is no magic "more DOF" advantage to smaller sensor formats.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 06:03 UTC
On article Ricoh releases GR firmware 4.0 (59 comments in total)

Excellent support from Ricoh. The new AF speed seems to be quite a bit faster - comparable to the better u4/3 cameras. And the new firmware finally fixes the lockups when syncing with Lightroom on a Mac.

The GR may well be a one-trick-pony, but it is a very very good trick (sharp 28mm equivalent with APSC sensor and great controls), and it is nice to see a company supporting its products with these updates.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 10:27 UTC as 14th comment | 5 replies
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2072 comments in total)
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Absolutic: I have a question. Ming Thein in his review indicates that EM1 has 14bit Raws http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3830/9666604337_1683037770_o.jpg but Olympus own specs page talks about 12bit. Dpreview team here does not address the bits in its preview. Which is it, does EM1 finally has 14bit capability?

Unfortunately, I think it is currently outputting 12 bit files.

If you use the dpreview image comparison tool and set the display to ISO 25600 and RAW, you will see that the E-M5 and E-M1 (?) files are almost exactly the same size. If the EM1 used 14 bits, the raw should be significantly larger.

This is a shame, because the sensor does look as if it can generate more information. There again, consider Canon, who have 14 bit files but where the least significant 3 bits are mostly noise - you end up with a large file but no real value gained from those bits.

Overall, the EM1 file sizes seem to suggest that the EM1 is generating slightly more data than the EM5 - probably thanks to the omission of the anti-aliasing filter. However, it will need a proper review of the RAW file quality to see just how much better...

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 19:31 UTC
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