Kevin Omura

Kevin Omura

Lives in Canada Toronto, Canada
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Sep 20, 2001

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On article Canon patents 400mm F5.6 catadioptric 'mirror' lens (220 comments in total)

And what would make this even more interesting is if it was an EF-M mount.....

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 17:02 UTC as 82nd comment | 1 reply
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(unknown member): I have read and take on board Omura's quotes etc, but this is not anything to do with the camera. There are thousands of people who continue to delude themselves that 1. There is a Leica "Look", and 2: that using a Leica somehow aids humanism in photography- your empathy and fellow feeling for your subjects.

No. I have now been using DSLRs since 2008. Before I used a Sony R1(only 10MP, but the fastest camera prefocussed ever made). If you look at my work on any machine at all, there is NO difference, aside from file size and resolution, NONE.

There are monochromes shot on Nikon Fs, Olympus OM2s, Leica M and Screw bodies, and colour on 1Ds Canon, Nikon D800 and Sony R1, and aside from their size and resolution limitations they are all indistinguishable. The degree of application and attention to what's in front of me has been greatly improved by being able to see it as the cameras lens does because I can see the result An RF VF sees small all in focus-not what you get at all.

"Well, if you cannot be bothered to look at the two pictures I posted, what to say"

Not unlike you bothering to actually read the article I posted.....

In terms of what you posted to your gallery, the big question you fail to ask is, 'do I care?' And to that I would answer nope, because again you continue to completely fail to miss my point though at this point I highly suspect it is because you are so self centred in your 'wisdom' that it totally has obscured your ability to see. Therefore I see no point in looking at something that is irrelevant as are the posts you continue to make.

And sadly once you stop being able to see you have also stopped being a photographer which is sad indeed.

I wish you well, and I hope that some day you will become happy with yourself again.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 17:28 UTC
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(unknown member): I have read and take on board Omura's quotes etc, but this is not anything to do with the camera. There are thousands of people who continue to delude themselves that 1. There is a Leica "Look", and 2: that using a Leica somehow aids humanism in photography- your empathy and fellow feeling for your subjects.

No. I have now been using DSLRs since 2008. Before I used a Sony R1(only 10MP, but the fastest camera prefocussed ever made). If you look at my work on any machine at all, there is NO difference, aside from file size and resolution, NONE.

There are monochromes shot on Nikon Fs, Olympus OM2s, Leica M and Screw bodies, and colour on 1Ds Canon, Nikon D800 and Sony R1, and aside from their size and resolution limitations they are all indistinguishable. The degree of application and attention to what's in front of me has been greatly improved by being able to see it as the cameras lens does because I can see the result An RF VF sees small all in focus-not what you get at all.

Oh my, harrap I never looked at your gallery because I did not see the relevance.

If the 'point' you are really attempting to make is that specifications only play a small roll in the creation of a photograph then you have IMHO succeeded (likely by accident).

A photographer will always do their best work when they enjoy even love the piece of equipment they are using and that is the intangible that many seem to want to ignore when we get into a cost issue.

Harvey was David Allen Harvey who you obviously didn't read because had you you would have noticed he shot the body of work he was talking about with a Leica and iPhone 4 but his point was the same as mine.

I do however find it puzzling that being an 'artist' (bio, fake) you completely miss the point that inspiration is paramount to making a great piece of work. If you are not inspired then how can you possibly reach your full potential. For some it's a great guitar, others a fine brush or others a sublime camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 13:43 UTC
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(unknown member): I have read and take on board Omura's quotes etc, but this is not anything to do with the camera. There are thousands of people who continue to delude themselves that 1. There is a Leica "Look", and 2: that using a Leica somehow aids humanism in photography- your empathy and fellow feeling for your subjects.

No. I have now been using DSLRs since 2008. Before I used a Sony R1(only 10MP, but the fastest camera prefocussed ever made). If you look at my work on any machine at all, there is NO difference, aside from file size and resolution, NONE.

There are monochromes shot on Nikon Fs, Olympus OM2s, Leica M and Screw bodies, and colour on 1Ds Canon, Nikon D800 and Sony R1, and aside from their size and resolution limitations they are all indistinguishable. The degree of application and attention to what's in front of me has been greatly improved by being able to see it as the cameras lens does because I can see the result An RF VF sees small all in focus-not what you get at all.

My dearest harrup, I don't hate you and in fact I don't 'hate' anyone since that is not in my nature. However you do appear to have some serious issues not the least of which is calling Leica users delusional or does this come from a darker place? Perhaps some but that was a pretty broad generalization and one I think you need to apologize for. In fact that on the surface felt like the opening salvo from someone trolling.

A photographer was at a dinner party, the host comes up and says. 'You take lovely pictures what camera do you use?' The photographer being a bit put off mulls over a response and later on in the evening comes up to the host and says, 'that was a lovely dinner, what stove did you use'.

And on many fronts that is why I think a lot of what you post is either misguided, misinformed or possibly a troll. Going back to the comments about shutter lag, is that relevant to someone who photographs landscapes or portraits?

Btw, you might want to re-read what Harvey said.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 14:06 UTC
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(unknown member): I have read and take on board Omura's quotes etc, but this is not anything to do with the camera. There are thousands of people who continue to delude themselves that 1. There is a Leica "Look", and 2: that using a Leica somehow aids humanism in photography- your empathy and fellow feeling for your subjects.

No. I have now been using DSLRs since 2008. Before I used a Sony R1(only 10MP, but the fastest camera prefocussed ever made). If you look at my work on any machine at all, there is NO difference, aside from file size and resolution, NONE.

There are monochromes shot on Nikon Fs, Olympus OM2s, Leica M and Screw bodies, and colour on 1Ds Canon, Nikon D800 and Sony R1, and aside from their size and resolution limitations they are all indistinguishable. The degree of application and attention to what's in front of me has been greatly improved by being able to see it as the cameras lens does because I can see the result An RF VF sees small all in focus-not what you get at all.

harrap nope. The lag between your brain and your finger is likely greater especially for someone who is distracted or hasn't honed their skills as a photographer.

Also this demonstrates a lack of understanding of the fundamentals of photography. I suspect next you will say that all photographs taken with a shutter speed of less then 1/60 of a second are no good. I had suspected this lack of understanding with the profound lack of understanding of terminology used.

Never did get a qualification as to what the comment, 'fastest camera prefocussed ever made' was about. Or is this your way of saying Impressionism isn't art because it doesn't depict the world in a realistic manner.

Can't wait to see how you butcher 'the decisive moment' oh wait you have, perhaps if you do not have the skill set to anticipate when to push the shutter button you should continue to shoot in video mode and then pick the frame that finally worked. That would be the law of averages of photography in action.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 14:06 UTC
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MrBrightSide: Time for a big story about scanners vs film holder and a macro lens, but in the meantime whatever happened to those Nikon scanners everyone used to have under their desks? They were about the size of a Mac Pro if I recall.

Sorry to necro this. The Nikon 8000/9000 were USB and Vue Scan works ok with these scanners on OS X though you need to purchase the Pro version. The older Nikon scanners were SCSI which means in Mac terms an older Mac such as a PowerMac G3 or G4 which can accept SCSI cards. Or even older such as a Mac running an 040 based cpu.

Leafscan 35/45 were also SCSI and great but now challenging to use scanners although can be limped along on a G4 Mac. Bulbs were proprietary and now hard to find and expensive but I prefer this light source to LED.

The biggest challenge is mating this old technology to new computers which may no longer support a SCSI card or try to find a SCSI to USB adaptor that is both supported and doesn't cause crashes. I suspect why most folks gave up on these in the end.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 13:50 UTC
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(unknown member): I have read and take on board Omura's quotes etc, but this is not anything to do with the camera. There are thousands of people who continue to delude themselves that 1. There is a Leica "Look", and 2: that using a Leica somehow aids humanism in photography- your empathy and fellow feeling for your subjects.

No. I have now been using DSLRs since 2008. Before I used a Sony R1(only 10MP, but the fastest camera prefocussed ever made). If you look at my work on any machine at all, there is NO difference, aside from file size and resolution, NONE.

There are monochromes shot on Nikon Fs, Olympus OM2s, Leica M and Screw bodies, and colour on 1Ds Canon, Nikon D800 and Sony R1, and aside from their size and resolution limitations they are all indistinguishable. The degree of application and attention to what's in front of me has been greatly improved by being able to see it as the cameras lens does because I can see the result An RF VF sees small all in focus-not what you get at all.

Oh harrap you look but do not see...

The difference between 1/15th and 1/125th of a second is interesting on the surface but the reality is if you aren't seeing what's coming you probably aren't really a photographer. Just someone hitting a button and taking a picture.

However the real 'trick' to photography is to look, to see and to feel and that is what separates those that take a picture from those that make a photograph.

Odd, I feel something violently pulling at my leg....

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 18:22 UTC

This spring I purchased a used smart Fortwo cabriolet. When smart first came to Canada I test drove one because it was cool but the brakes were terrible and the shifting quirky. Haters hated it, and fanatics loved it.

The second generation is better, but being french it has it's quirks. It is unreliable, odd looking, and fragile. But drop the top on a nice sunny day and voila, instant smile on my face with the wind in my hair.

Life is about what makes you happy, don't worry about what others think or do because one day it won't matter.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 15:19 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
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(unknown member): I have read and take on board Omura's quotes etc, but this is not anything to do with the camera. There are thousands of people who continue to delude themselves that 1. There is a Leica "Look", and 2: that using a Leica somehow aids humanism in photography- your empathy and fellow feeling for your subjects.

No. I have now been using DSLRs since 2008. Before I used a Sony R1(only 10MP, but the fastest camera prefocussed ever made). If you look at my work on any machine at all, there is NO difference, aside from file size and resolution, NONE.

There are monochromes shot on Nikon Fs, Olympus OM2s, Leica M and Screw bodies, and colour on 1Ds Canon, Nikon D800 and Sony R1, and aside from their size and resolution limitations they are all indistinguishable. The degree of application and attention to what's in front of me has been greatly improved by being able to see it as the cameras lens does because I can see the result An RF VF sees small all in focus-not what you get at all.

Argh, so close yet so far away. I would suspect there are folks who think that a piece of gear will make them a better shooter, that is a given.

I've been a photographer since 1969 when I purchased my first Canon FTb and have been using something that makes a photograph ever since. I will use whatever I have at hand whether it is a disposable, point and shoot, DSLR, view camera, medium format or Leica. It honestly makes no difference to me though as a photographer I will choose the tool best suited for the job, and perhaps that is what separates those you refer to as 'deluded' vs those who make photographs.

What is 'fastest camera prefocussed ever made'?? If you are talking about hyperfocal distance then any camera using this technique will be the 'fastest camera ever made' since it is set and forget. If autofocus, the Nikon 1 is fastest.

The point is, you like using what you have correct? Then why not let others like what they use and that is and always was my point.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 15:11 UTC

Think this sums it up nicely, "Maybe it’s just me, but photographic aesthetics seem to have changed markedly since the inception of digital photography, to my mind for the worse. Optical characteristics have increasingly replaced emotional resonance as the criterion of a “good” photograph, the result of a repressive stranglehold of sharpness and resolution on the photographic imagination which is itself driven by the particular characteristics of digital capture. Flusser would say that the camera has made use of the photographer, its intentions having triumphed over the potential intentions of the human, the result of the inevitable feedback loop between tool and user. I would add that, as far as creative possibilities are concerned, this is a step back rather than a step forward."

Full article here, http://leicaphilia.com/category/famous-leica-users/

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 14:01 UTC as 16th comment
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(unknown member): Its not the price, but the utility. Leica know its days are numbered and that their own autofocus and add on any lens 4K video Leica SL is just SO much BETTER and also £1000 cheaper!! (Chief competitor to Sony's A7R series) Dumb-dumbs buy Ms now, dont ya know!! Why do you think there are so many desperate people making a big fuss here: they are all finding out all that the M series lack. No variable dioptre correction. No autofocus. Inability to use long lenses without additional EVF. Relatively noisy and only 24MP resolution sensors with bad rep for failing... Astronomically priced own-brand lenses , many unsuitable for the digital sensor, yawn, and now no video at all, at all, at all. And only £6300+ body only from Amazon now, with only 2 year EU guarantee....

I suppose there are people who want a swiss army knife camera. I kind of have that in my phone which I find pretty decent. However if I want to shoot video I will shoot with a camera designed to shoot video. I don't even use the video features on my 5D II often because I do not find the feel and operation of the camera conducive to video except on a tripod.

In terms of words of wisdom the only one's that make sense to me are, 'shoot with what makes you happy'. If shooting with a disposable camera or Dories does it then perfect, if it's a Deardorff and sheet film excellent. If it's a Sony (yuck) then great however every photographer will have their own methodology and requirements and the camera that works great for you may not be the camera that does the trick for someone else.

I've gone the route of adaptors and the one thing I find, most feel like a compromise design wise whether it is total loss of electronic control, or no longer syncing with the distance scale on the lens.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 13:54 UTC
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FrithjofA: The reaction on Leica from people on dpreview.com is predictable: price, price price. I would not buy it, I hate it, how can somebody even consider such a camera. People buy Tesla cars or Masseratis for what ever reasons. Clearly thouse buyer descide not primarily from the spects to go from A to B. Any used Toyota for below 10.000€ will do and in the US you even do not have a change to drive 250km on a freeway.

We read "My choice for Gear of the Year is a pricey camera with niche appeal." as a first sentence. If people would read that, most of the comments would not be typed in, and we would really could here some interesting thoughts. Sadly most to the comments are just a waste since people do not get the point and only cultivate their prejudice.

Well I wouldn't say accurate focusing is hard, it's different but lining up two images superimposed on each other is pretty straight forward even in low light. For those used to working with rangefinders focus can be fast and accurate, downside is you are not looking through the lens but then I only shoot with wide angle lenses so I always build in a bit of space around the edges to ensure I got everything in the frame I want.

Actually Leica glass is better than much of the glass I have shot with, perhaps with the exception of Hasselblad and the Schneider lens on my Linhoff but the 35 summicron I typically shoot with is superior to the L glass on my Canon's. At what point is DR and noise irrelevant? I guess where I'm going with this is at what point will we stop seeing these differences because the monitor or EVF cannot reproduce this range or material you print on? Also at what point does the image look too over processed by the technology?

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 13:42 UTC
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FrithjofA: The reaction on Leica from people on dpreview.com is predictable: price, price price. I would not buy it, I hate it, how can somebody even consider such a camera. People buy Tesla cars or Masseratis for what ever reasons. Clearly thouse buyer descide not primarily from the spects to go from A to B. Any used Toyota for below 10.000€ will do and in the US you even do not have a change to drive 250km on a freeway.

We read "My choice for Gear of the Year is a pricey camera with niche appeal." as a first sentence. If people would read that, most of the comments would not be typed in, and we would really could here some interesting thoughts. Sadly most to the comments are just a waste since people do not get the point and only cultivate their prejudice.

The thing is AF, dynamic range etc are not the only parameters that make a great photograph. And that is the intangible and perhaps a point that was not very clearly made in the article.

In design school we learned form and function, or as my instructor pointed out the gestalt which is how all the elements work together to make the whole. Photography isn't just about the sensors, film or FPS but it's about a lot of other things such as how the camera feels in your hands.

When I worked retail the first thing I always did was put a camera in a customers hands and ask them how it felt, did the controls fall in place easily, the lens feel good, eyepiece easy to see. If they didn't like something I would move on to another possible choice because as great as something looks on paper or in specs if it doesn't feel right you will never get the full potential from it. And that is the intangible that the folks hung up on price have missed entirely.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2017 at 14:04 UTC

But it's not as simple as just the technical aspects of an image and in photography it never has been. I think this is the point that many missed entirely. There are many aspects to what makes a great or timeless image, many of which are not just about what the colour balance was or the dynamic range of the sensor.

Sure those things are helpful but it's also about being able to access a situation and in many cases it's difficult to photograph when your camera is obtrusive. The Leica doesn't look intimidating and I suspect many folks not in tune to photography just figure it's another point and shoot which is a huge advantage when you are a street photographer. The other intangible is feel, the smoothness of how everything works together. Todays AF lenses have mainly plastic in them because brass is just too heavy a material for AF motors to push efficiently but for manual focus I want that smooth feel and not the loose feel of my Canons.

Can't wait for part 2 maybe a Blad next time

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2017 at 13:56 UTC as 20th comment
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Kevin Omura: Puzzling comments from people who have never used a Leica because their prejudices preclude them from doing so. But that's fine because most likely a Leica isn't the camera for you anyway because you would be too hung up on what it is to make outstanding images because of why it is.

And good point about using a film Leica as a first step but I can't help but chuckle to myself when I think about the years lugging Film Shield bags full of film through Europe and the cost of buying the film and then processing it. On average about 100 to 200 rolls per trip at a cost of about $12 per roll plus processing and proofing so wouldn't take long to recoup the cost of the digital body....

Yeah I had to qualify the reply because I didn't feel the need to list every brand but since I sold every brand and used every brand back at Toronto/Queen Street camera I figured I could make the list less boring for those who really didn't care about your silly comment(s).

The old Troll-O-Meter is getting pegged here.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 15:55 UTC
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moimoi: I really like the first photo, intense and warm colors. On the other hand, the people faces with heavy yellow cast, not so much.

Furthermore, good luck achieving the focus right with a fast lens ;-) Just for this, it cannot be camera of the year.

I always look at Price vs. Performance, and this Leica does not do my top 5 list for sure.

Two words, hyperlocal distance. Set the aperture, look at your lens scale, set the focus range done, everything falling within that range will be in focus. When I shoot with the 21 and 35mm that's all I need to do when shooting. Can't get faster than this, if I do have to manually focus then sure my N1's are much faster but if the lighting conditions are not great they will hunt as will the EOS bodies.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 15:52 UTC
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Kevin Omura: Puzzling comments from people who have never used a Leica because their prejudices preclude them from doing so. But that's fine because most likely a Leica isn't the camera for you anyway because you would be too hung up on what it is to make outstanding images because of why it is.

And good point about using a film Leica as a first step but I can't help but chuckle to myself when I think about the years lugging Film Shield bags full of film through Europe and the cost of buying the film and then processing it. On average about 100 to 200 rolls per trip at a cost of about $12 per roll plus processing and proofing so wouldn't take long to recoup the cost of the digital body....

And you would be wrong, I own a Korona Banquet 7x17, Deardorff 5x7 special, Linhoff Technorama, Hasselblad, the Leicas, Canon EOS, Canon FD, Canon EOS M, Nikon 1, Panasonic M4/3, even some Sony point and shoots which I don't really like. But in terms of camera brands, I own or have owned and or shot with every brand of camera made including Zenit, worked at the largest newspaper in Canada in their photography department, worked as a manager for the largest photo retail chain in Canada and have been a working photographer since 1969....

Your turn.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 15:46 UTC

Puzzling comments from people who have never used a Leica because their prejudices preclude them from doing so. But that's fine because most likely a Leica isn't the camera for you anyway because you would be too hung up on what it is to make outstanding images because of why it is.

And good point about using a film Leica as a first step but I can't help but chuckle to myself when I think about the years lugging Film Shield bags full of film through Europe and the cost of buying the film and then processing it. On average about 100 to 200 rolls per trip at a cost of about $12 per roll plus processing and proofing so wouldn't take long to recoup the cost of the digital body....

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 15:35 UTC as 154th comment | 15 replies
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cosinaphile: would love to see an apsc sized c sensor in a olympus xa sized body or a rollei type
design

a 28, 3.5 would be great with a dslr sized battery or at least gm5 sized battery

Article is talking about a film camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2017 at 12:58 UTC
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MrBrightSide: Time for a big story about scanners vs film holder and a macro lens, but in the meantime whatever happened to those Nikon scanners everyone used to have under their desks? They were about the size of a Mac Pro if I recall.

Only the Nikon 8000/9000 were big but only about the size of a Macintosh Iici. The little one's about the size of a carton of cigarettes. The Kodaks and Leafs were bigger.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2017 at 12:57 UTC
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