Bhima78

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On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (382 comments in total)
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ecka84: Looks nice and sharp, but somewhat dull in terms of contrast and color saturation. Could be normal for m4/3 though. Can't see why it costs $600. Leica branding? This is more than 3 times the price of my EF 40mm f/2.8 STM.

@ecka84
You are equivocating on the definition of exposure versus total light gathered. The exposure is the same with any camera when you make the settings the same. This can also be called light intensity. The total light gathered is not depending on the size of the format. Exposure are the settings chosen to give you a photo that is either balanced, high-key or low-key.

Total light gathered gives us a general guide for noise performance/DR across formats, with FF having roughly 2 stops on m43's in terms of noise performance (some less than that, some a bit more) and roughly 2 stops on DR (most are a bit less than 2 stops, with some being only about 1.5 stops).

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 18:55 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (382 comments in total)
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ecka84: Looks nice and sharp, but somewhat dull in terms of contrast and color saturation. Could be normal for m4/3 though. Can't see why it costs $600. Leica branding? This is more than 3 times the price of my EF 40mm f/2.8 STM.

It is nothing like your 40mm f2.8. It is a 15mm f1.7 built exactly like a 15mm f1.7 would be for FF just with a smaller overall diameter to fit an m43's sensor. The equivalency problems on this site lead to way too much confusion. The PL15 has 9 lens elements compared to the Canon 40mm's 6. The reason? Since it actually IS an f1.7 lens it needs more elements to correct for abherrations like any decent f1.7 lens would. F2.8 primes don't require a ton of glass to be good, because f2.8 isn't as difficult to correct for.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 19:05 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (382 comments in total)
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YoPo: I had the 17mm Oly lens that was great and decide to give the Pan 15mm a try.
It turned out that the Pan is so much fun compared to the Oly, that there was no debate between the two lenses.

For me, its the closest that I will get to owning a Leica Q in the upcoming years.

Yuuup... Pen-F or GX85 + PL15 = poor man's Leica Q.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 18:59 UTC
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Puppy2007: Wasn't Microsoft first http://www.osa.org/en-us/about_osa/newsroom/news_releases/2017/breakthrough_curved_sensor_could_dramatically_impr/ ?

No, but Microsoft's technique is extremely unique because it can basically take any off the shelf sensor and then curve it. It is likely much more cost effective to use Microsoft's technique than to re-tool the fabrication of sensors to first be curved.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 17:01 UTC
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Mike FL: It was SONY, CANON, and MSFT, and now is NIKON. 4 in total so far.

If the first camera maker release an real curved sensor cam, it will get sued by other 3.

Not true. They can probably just:
1) Buy regular sensors from Sony
2) license Microsoft's curving fab tech
3) build an awesome, fixed lens camera to compete with the Leica Q, Sony RX

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 16:58 UTC
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composed: People still use Mac's for editing?

Not trying to be a smarta$$ here, I sincerely don't understand how someone could comparison shop and choose a Mac...

@Stanchung
Used Macs exclusively in college for graphic design and at two design houses I worked at. Had more issues with those computers than I ever did with my custom built PC's at home. Also, at the time (long time ago now), Apple had dug in its heels and only had support for a 1-button mouse. There was no right click back then (had to hold down Cmd with the left hand). And there is no Maximize button (may have changed by now though).

I did like Apple's older folder highlight implementation, though they got rid of it for reasons unknown to me. Also liked Expose, but Windows 10 has it native now too.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 22:33 UTC
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composed: People still use Mac's for editing?

Not trying to be a smarta$$ here, I sincerely don't understand how someone could comparison shop and choose a Mac...

3 reasons:
1) Already familiar with the platform. Huge reason to stick with it
2) Already own software for that specific platform
3) Apple's marketing team. Its what got them there in the first place

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 22:29 UTC
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marshwader: No ports, no deal! Apple's obsession with getting rid of ports is completely counter productive.

Yeah, I'm a big fan of all my ports on my Dell Precision, plus a proper dock with 3 monitors. I've used enough Macs in my time working for various companies as a graphic designer, and I'm happy I work somewhere now where I got to choose the computer for design/video work. I just don't get along with the Mac OS at all.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 22:26 UTC
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dansclic: Panasonic colors = Sony colors
Dull and washy

? Have you used the Noct or the PL15?

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 15:55 UTC
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wilsonlaidlaw: I am sure it is very good but with it mounted on a 4/3 MFT camera, you lose a lot of the USP of those cameras, which is their compactness. That is why I dumped the 12-50 Olympus lens for my EP-5 and went to using the tiny 14-42 Pancake III. I feel if I was going to carry around the 12-60 on an MFT body, I might as well go for a full frame digital with the appropriate lens. OK the Leica SL and 24-90 that is my normal FF is a lot heavier than an MFT with the 12-60 but it is quite a bit better as well.

On the flip side, If I was going to only carry the 14-42, slow pancake zoom on my m43's cameras, I'd rather just switch to a Sony RX100.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 15:54 UTC

Some unreal footage. Mindblowing actually. Really love the long shutter timelapses and the downright surgical camera movement throughout. Its harder than it looks to get good camera movement, and this guy just makes it look easy.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 16:40 UTC as 39th comment

Hope its not just an EOS M5 clone. If they go APS-C, it would be nice if they also announce some good APS-C based native lenses for it and not leave it up to Sigma et. al. to make all the proper lenses.

Also if they go APS-C, they should offer a native AF speedbooster adapter for sale with the camera. Allowing Nikon FF glass owners to get every bit of performance out of them on an APS-C body.

Would like to see A FF lineup from them personally. Nikon should have 3 camera bodies all FF.
1) $1,500 FF body with decent overall performance... a 6D killer/alternative D750.
2) $3,000 FF "do all really great" body for professionals
3) $5,000 FF speed demon for professional sports

Make sure you launch this with a Nikon lens mount adapter ready to be purchased, and ensure that the AF performance will be native using this adapter.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 16:13 UTC as 215th comment
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Bhima78: Still missing an APS-C/M43 17mm f0.95 or f1.2 lens. We are chock freaking full of 50mm FoV lenses already, APS-C could use a good fast 28mm lens for Astro and m43's could use a good fast 35mm lens. I don't know why a 3rd party lens manufacturer hasn't filled this segment yet since, one lens design could easily be used to cover two very popular focal lengths for two different camera formats... instead of making another 50mm lens that is an awkward 70mm on APS-C and a bit too narrow 100mm lens on m43s.

@n3eg
a 50mm focal reduced on m43's gives you an effective focal range of 70mm. To get a true, effective focal range of 35mm, you need a 23mm lens focal reduced to 17mm. Probably the best option is the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 focal reduced but its one drawback is it is a huge piece of kit.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 04:15 UTC

Still missing an APS-C/M43 17mm f0.95 or f1.2 lens. We are chock freaking full of 50mm FoV lenses already, APS-C could use a good fast 28mm lens for Astro and m43's could use a good fast 35mm lens. I don't know why a 3rd party lens manufacturer hasn't filled this segment yet since, one lens design could easily be used to cover two very popular focal lengths for two different camera formats... instead of making another 50mm lens that is an awkward 70mm on APS-C and a bit too narrow 100mm lens on m43s.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 01:40 UTC as 30th comment | 5 replies
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (362 comments in total)

Looks like Leica is starting to really evolve here. While I have no desire personally to drop $2K on an APS-C body with no EVF, no tilt screen or IBIS, I commend them for bringing this model more up to speed with today's competition, while continuing to experiment with the user experience.

I still think a Leica Q ILC would be the best move for Leica, but this TL2 is starting to get there.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 16:54 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (362 comments in total)
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NickyB66: Hopefully this will mean the Leica Q will drop in price, as the new TL with a lens is better value than the Q in may ways.

The Q is full frame though right?

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 16:50 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (362 comments in total)
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Eric00: Lame review. I hope that the reviewer is a dedicated Leica photographer, because those who are not committed to a particular system will always concentrate on the negatives of a system they don't use. One thing to keep in mind are the limitations of the most used camera in the world: the iPhone. We all could fill volumes with its limitations, and yet, the modern user base taking photos out there are rejecting all those traditional systems everyone so dearly defend and voting with their dollars on the iPhone. Leica knows this, and to come out with a product based on a similar usability concept (with all its faults and all) is nothing short of brilliant in a consumer market in 2017 and beyond. A market driven by portability, software, and cool user interfaces. Leica is opening a window to the future with this TL2 while most critics seem caught in the incremental nostalgia other camera companies have imposed on us. The lame review is more like a lamentation from the old world crowd.

I don't think the reviewer is criticizing the camera from having a more smartphone-like interface, its that Leica made a few weird choices in the actual functioning of the camera (having to "wake up" the dials by turning them, THEN you can turn them again to get a change of setting). Anyone who is dropping $2k for a camera body already expects certain base-level usability, and I think this reviewer is more than reasonable to expect the Leica to function as he is anticipating it would... but it doesn't.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 16:48 UTC
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sibuzaru: Overfunded on the first day again, not even Peak Design that is a lot more popular can pull such success, there's something really odd about this company

Agreed. I really don't see a market for a single one of their lenses at their prices. At least Leica has an actual following, and quality glass. These Meyer lenses are gimmicks that can be re-created by buying old, slow vintage glass for cheap on ebay.

So who is actually buying these lenses up to meet their kickstarter goals?

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 22:02 UTC

Wow... this is VERY interesting, as it looks to be a modification to already existing sensors manufactured right now, instead of an entirely new bill of materials that I think Sony is doing.

My one gripe with their test: The Canon 50mm f1.2 is notoriously soft as hell wide open. And to compound this, lenses for smaller sensors almost always have better corner sharpness since there is less overall curvature that needs to be corrected. I want to see what this tech can do as an APS-C curved vs. conventional APS-C , with the conventional APS-C having a Zeiss or Sigma ART attached to it.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 18:26 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies

products labeled as "camera first" smartphones need to have a 1" sensor or just not be made. If the sensor is the same size as the rest of the smartphone competition, there really isn't enough of a delineation to choose this over a proven smartphone brand.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 20:38 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
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