guyfawkes

guyfawkes

Lives in Birmingham, UK
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Joined on Feb 20, 2012

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ybizzle: The only new Leica that matters or has ever mattered is the M. Once it gets announced, millions and millions of photographers will be selling their organs to be able to afford one. The Leica M. There is no substitute.

@Nikonandmore,
Whilst not entirely in agreement with some of your quite strong objections to Leica digital products, I find myself in total agreement with this post. Like you, I have over the years shot with a number of Leica film cameras - IIIf, M3, M6, Leicaflex, SL2, R3 and R7 - and used slide film, primarily K25 and K64, as these were the only films, IMO, that could demonstrate the superiority of Leica optics. I never felt any desire to move to a digital M as there was too much "getting in the way" of showing what their lenses were capable of by way of the sensor and the image processing software. If one liked what it did, fine, but unlike film, one was stuck with it. At least with film, at the time, the world was one's oyster, so to speak, with all the different types. This may explain why I prefer Fuji, with their film simulation. Not exactly Kodachrome, but they do seem more film-like to my eyes.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 10:29 UTC
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Mike FL: So this Leica will make "Fujifilm Instax mini 90" becoming most current Poor man's Leica on top of the older Poor man's Leica Fuji X100.

"I do not think Leica M re-badge the X-Pro 1, rather than FUJI copies M style. NO?"
Of course, Mike, but I had my tongue firmly in my cheek and know full well the the X-Pro 1 post dates the M series digitals.
Not sure about your reference to Sony in the context of this thread. Leica has not cloned any Sony.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 10:02 UTC
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sethmarshall: Oh the bokeh wars.. 10 years ago most people didn't know what bokeh was..

So true. Its akin to paying more attention to what a photographic print has been mounted on than the photograph itself.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 09:50 UTC
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dr.noise: I see just a regular bokeh

Yes, that Nikon has great coma. How about promoting this natural lens aberration and asking $$$$'s for it? Some mug will buy it.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 09:47 UTC
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Mike FL: So this Leica will make "Fujifilm Instax mini 90" becoming most current Poor man's Leica on top of the older Poor man's Leica Fuji X100.

At the time of Leica's early foray into digital cameras they re-badged some Fuji compacts. They've come full circle and are now re-badging a Fuji instant camera. I'm surprised they didn't re-badge the X-Pro 1. Wait, they did, it's an M digital. :D)

Whilst Leica has always charged a hefty premium for its re-badged offerings, at least a buyer still got a good camera. But this instant camera is virtually double the price of the Fuji for no difference in image quality, but it is still eminently affordable. So one would need to really question why anyone would buy it over the quite nice looking Fuji. Snob value? "I've got a SOFORT" sounds more interesting than "I've got an Instant" (sofort in German)

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 08:43 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707 (136 comments in total)
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Digimat: looking at the samples i would say they had better color rendition back then than they have today ;)

Actually, you could be right. Although lenses can be warm or cool in their renditions, by far the cleanest looking images I have were taken with Sony's CDR-500 that recorded to miniature 8cm discs. Nothing from my Nex 5N, Nex 7, or A7 can quite match it.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 11:27 UTC
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TheClueless: Fuji at their most shameless, lol

https://www.ephotozine.com/articles/leica-x-23mm-f-1-7--typ-113--review-26875/images/highres-Leica-X-Typ113-4_1422625470.jpg

So the Leica is really a Fuji after all? :D)

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 08:50 UTC
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guyfawkes: At Legacy GT.

The Canon Selphy 1200. It prints using dye-sub and can print to standard 6x4 inches. The battery pack is optional. I'm not into this sort of thing, and I haven't been able to find out if it will wirelessly connect to a wireless enabled camera, although it will with a smartphone or tablet. Given that the majority of smartphones now have quite good cameras on board, the results using the Selphy are likely to be much better.

Miki, I awaiting your next post when you tell me you've bought the INSTAX as well. :D)

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 10:52 UTC
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guyfawkes: At Legacy GT.

The Canon Selphy 1200. It prints using dye-sub and can print to standard 6x4 inches. The battery pack is optional. I'm not into this sort of thing, and I haven't been able to find out if it will wirelessly connect to a wireless enabled camera, although it will with a smartphone or tablet. Given that the majority of smartphones now have quite good cameras on board, the results using the Selphy are likely to be much better.

Miki, I'm pleased I was able to assist in your choice.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 10:13 UTC
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tkbslc: I worked at a computer shop in 1997-1998 and the Floppy-based Mavicas sold like crazy. Although at that time, most people bought the more compact and cheaper versions that just had a prime lens (I think it was a 35mm eq. f2 lens)

There were a lot of drawbacks with floppies, but you have to remember that memory cards were crazy expensive. Even an 8 MB (yes Megabytes) card was $50 or more. So packing a few $1 floppies in the bag seemed like a nice alternative. Not to mention, you could just pop the disk in your computer without hooking up cables. And in the late 90s, transferring images wasn't as easy as just Autoplay on plugging in USB. Some of the cameras and card readers used Serial ports and a TWAIN driver like a scanner. So the simplicity of using a drive everyone was familiar with was very appealing to many.

Anyway, fun to bring back those memories.

You hit the nail on the head. We need to look beyond the, now, obvious imaging capabilities to how user friendly these dinosaurs were. And they were quite clearly fit for certain purposes demanded of them. Times move on and now we find people using multi megapixel cameras simply to post images on the net. Talk about overkill.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 14:00 UTC
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OzarkAggie: I passed on the Sony and bought a Canon Pro70 which came with PhotoShop LE. It was very cool in 99 but a year or so later it went swimming in the Meramec River. One of the first to offer raw capture if I remember correctly.

I suspect it was even cooler after its swim. :D)

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 13:42 UTC
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mxx: I also started the digital camera age with a Sony: The V1 in 2003. It had a feature set which is impressive even by today's standards, like an infrared mode for shooting in total darkness, and laser focusing. It's 5 megapixels and quality lens mean that it's pictures will probably still be adequate for many uses today. It's tiny 1.5 inch screen was really too small, however.

I have one in my camera collection. But I find it too small and fiddly and the CD-500 beats it for IQ. They were contemporaneous and as I assume they used the same CCD 5 meg sensor this is odd.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 13:33 UTC
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Brian Steele: I used to have one of the cheaper Maniacs. My first digital camera. Stopped working when it got dropped and the FD head went out of alignment. Probably something that won't ever happen with other cameras... :)

Brian, try dropping one. :D)

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 13:24 UTC
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sh10453: Just the looks alone were fascinating and intimidating back then.
We were working on a big project for one of the largest companies in North America, about 3 dozen of us, electrical engineers. We convinced management to buy one, especially for the convenience of the 1.44MB floppy storage.

The office assistance had a sign-up sheet, and when it was your turn to borrow it, she'd call you. People looked at you with envy and just wanted to ask about it. It wasn't affordable to many.

My first digital camera was a 1995 silver color Olympus, 500kp (one half a megapixel). People would look at me and shake their heads saying "what in the world do you need a 500kp for!!!".
Then in 1998 I upgraded to the Kodak 1 megapixel, and got even stranger looks!
Never mind the looks and comments when I bought the full frame Canon 5D with a set of Canon L lenses.
Those were the days!

Funny, to me he speaks with a distinctive US accent. I can understand, though, that to a native US speaker anything less than a home-grown pronunciation is readily identifiable. It would be the same for me hearing non-British people speaking English.

A French friend has lived in England since 1974 and she speaks excellent and fluent English but to me she hasn't entirely lost her French accent. Recently at a restaurant a French waiter could not place her French accent, guessing at all the French overseas territories before we had to enlighten him that she hailed from Paris! Oddly, she hadn't lost her French accident, but it seems it has been modified by living in England for so long. And to the waiter neither did she appear to have had her accent slightly Anglicised.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 13:21 UTC
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Mike Sandman: The Mavica was a neat product for its time - 1999 - but the use of a floppy disc drive highlights how much changed in just the next few years. By 2002, there were 5 MP sensors and 256 MB CF cards, which left the Mavica in the dust. The shrinking cost of sensors and memory were omens of the limited future of film.

It's interesting to note that after the Mavica, Sony stepped back from the leading edge, sticking largely with small sensor cameras, while Canon and Nikon stepped forward with practical DSLRS. Now Sony seems to be intent on reclaiming its position as an innovator, a position they held briefly with the likes of the Mavica.

@Hasa. And not forgetting the F828 battling it out with the other first 8meg cameras coming on the scene in 2003 from the likes of Canon, Nikon, Minolta, and my favourite, which I purchased, the Olympus W8080.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 12:52 UTC
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Ben Stonewall: Sony were quite innovative back in the day.

Ben, quite true. Something internet trolls railing against modern Sony tend to either forget or not know.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 12:39 UTC

I never used one of these early Sony digicams but they are today digital curiosities and part of history. So a few years ago I did acquire an FD71, floppies only, then an FD200 which used floppies and memory stick and up upped the resolution to 2meg. But the piece de resistance is my CD-500, a 5meg beauty using 8cm CD's and CD-R's.

I am very surprised by the image quality the CD-500 produces. Very sharp and clean images, and better in my eyes than a contempory Canon G5 I owned. It uses the same readily available FM50 battery as my R1 and the only downside to running it today is the lack of availablity, at least here in the UK, and high price of the discs. Fortunately I bought in a stock of 40 CD's and 10 CD-R's, so the camera isn't a dodo.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 12:32 UTC as 9th comment
On article Meyer-Optik Goerlitz launches 3-element 95mm F2.6 (124 comments in total)
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reedjecdf: Warning to all.
Meyer-Optik-Görlitz does not exist as a Company and is not registered as such. The brand named lenses Meyer Optik are manufactured and distributed by GLOBELL, this is the text I have received from them
"Meyer-Optik-Görlitz is only a brand name, not a company. Globell and net SE are the companies that produce and distribute the lenses under the brand name Meyer-Optik-Görliz.
Buyers be aware before sending any money.

@Cameracist. Not really. Pentax and Ricoh have a history of producing excellent cameras and lenses (from wherever they are sourced) and this company doesn't. Instead it is using an old lens maker's name to peddle expensive lenses without a pedigree. In their day Meyer made entry and middling lenses for the likes of Pentacon, Praktica and Exakta. So-so performance when stopped down but apart from the current fad for the Trioplan, just cost effective lenses for cheap cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 17:07 UTC
On article Meyer-Optik Goerlitz launches 3-element 95mm F2.6 (124 comments in total)
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HG Well: I Doubt that this Lens is made in Germany; Meyer-Görlitz is not a German company (anymore). It is just a marketing trick. Maybe they do a little tiny bit of the production process in Germany, so they can use the Label "Made in Germany".

Your observation goes back to the old argument about what "Made in xxx" actually means. It has been applied to parts fabricated elsewhere in country XX, and then shipped and assembled in country XXX. Then the fully assembled item is marketed as "Made in XXX". To others, Made in XXX means the whole process of manufacture to full assembly has to be carried out in the same country.

It is, as you say, a marketing ploy to take advantage of the perception that if it is Made in Germany it must be better. Not always so.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 15:59 UTC
On article Apple planning to open imaging research lab in France (43 comments in total)
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Baba Ganoush: Grenoble is a high-tech city with lots of research centers, an excellent university (Joseph Fourier), and on top of that it's very livable. The graduates of French universities in the physical sciences are top-notch, among the best in the world.

PS: I have to add that their university students are the politest in all of France. When my wife and I were visiting there and traveling on their light rail (tram) system, they kept standing up to offer us a seat, the young whippersnappers!

Lots of Brits did take note, as you know, and decided it was no longer for them.

I note that the Frenchwoman, Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, and who rolled out dire consequences if the UK left, is to face trial for alleged negligence in office. This has nothing to do with this dpr article, as much as yours doesn't.

No doubt you are weighing up your options and judge the time when it will be most economically convenient for you to leave. You would be welcome to stay, so the decision is yours.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 15:39 UTC
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