kpaddler

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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.

"... Especially at this price. Does it offer insane detail? Huge DR? Great noise control in low light?..."

Non of what you listed matters to a purist "photographer", a technician might care about nuts and bolts.

Leica M and many other similar have never been about technology, it just captures the moment in the simplest form. You want more go get without the fuss.

I teach math, and I hate white boards, because right at the moment I need concentrate on spilling what is in my brain out on the board, I have to think whether I pick the black, blue or red marker, or maybe the marker is dried up and I have to hunt for a working one....

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 14:39 UTC
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JakeB: Can someone point me to an ABX test where photographers could consistently pick the Leica photos from those taken with other cameras.

Anyone?

Anyone?

All the good photos are taken with a leica, what's your point?

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2017 at 14:16 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.

It is the first time ever I hear a healthy leica M having "inaccurate" focus, while on the subject, since when leica m offers AF in M line???

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

I have had this lens for few years, and very pleased with quality and design of the lens.
I bought it as almost as a disposable lens for my rougher trips so I wouldn't have to take my expensive lenses. But the lens has proven itself in IQ and excellent overall design. It is light, small, and very ergonomic. For years, I snubbed this class of lens but I was wrong.

I'm a fast lens junkie, but speed matters only 5% of the time, this lens delivers the remaining 95%. The power zoom is very handy in winter time and for video. And with firmware upgrade it supports dual IS on panny bodies....

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 16:20 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 first impressions (394 comments in total)
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movingpictures: The only ones who complain about sensor size are the dinosaurs who only shoot stills.

The only real competition here is the Sony a6xxx series, where Sony wins with their near Canon DPAF-like C-AF, but Sony loses in lens choices.

Fuji isn’t a competitor, unless you’re a dinosaur (see above). Same with the Canon M system, until they start giving us 4K or high bit rate HD.

"...the dinosaurs who only shoot stills...."

I guess you set the record straight with that statement

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 14:48 UTC
On article Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 sample gallery (214 comments in total)
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Edmond Leung: Looks better than last photo samples from Leica.
However, those lighting effect .... the control is still not meeting the standard.
What I am looking for, from this lens, is the effect similiar to the mood as David Hamilton movies....

DH used defusers for those shots, not a straight lens.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 14:44 UTC
On article Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 sample gallery (214 comments in total)

Based on these samples, the best portrait lens I have seen in a very long time from anyone, better than other 90mm from Leica itself...

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 14:32 UTC as 101st comment
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King Penguin: Makes me laugh.....a lot of people who purchased mirrorless and M43 to 'save their backs', etc with smaller and 'so much lighter' cameras will now purchase this dobbing great lens.......

Just because they make it doesn't mean it'll be a success. You can get the same focal length and f1.7 at 1/5 of the size and weight with leica 15mm

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 14:59 UTC
On article Here's why your beloved film SLR is never going digital (285 comments in total)
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kpaddler: This is not an engineering challenge, it can easily be done, and has been done commercially.

There could be such devices if there were compelling forecasts for commercial success...

Leica DMR did it. Almost all medium formats are doing it.

The exact shape and interface is matter of working out the detail. Whether it is a film-like cassette that you put in or back that you attach to camera is a matter that only internet pundits would be excited about to pour over....

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 13:37 UTC
On article Here's why your beloved film SLR is never going digital (285 comments in total)

This is not an engineering challenge, it can easily be done, and has been done commercially.

There could be such devices if there were compelling forecasts for commercial success...

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 14:09 UTC as 90th comment | 2 replies
On article Yashica is teasing a comeback to the camera market (299 comments in total)

Well, *%^ Yashica for what it did to Contax system.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 17:34 UTC as 95th comment
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dlb41: Is this what photography has become?

Always was

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 19:41 UTC
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Saurat: Interesting that it is the two 'electronics' companies that are really pushing the boundaries, leaving the traditional camera companies looking conservative, slow and stupid.

@mgrum

"...A cine camera is a box with a sensor in it..."

Oppose to a Komatsu crane that is only a bunch of wheels and metal bars???

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 14:05 UTC

They must have done a head count and figured there are 11 perpetual idiots among speculators and their hope-for collectors....OTH, these are just Trumpian moves, it just keeps the name in the news...

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 17:01 UTC as 134th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon announces development of D850 (538 comments in total)
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Hugo808: Not more bloody pixels! How big do you guys print for crissakes?

"I'm talking movie poster quality"

Yes, there were posters made of 6mp pics back in the day too.

Of course, you needed to know a few tricks back then, vs now that anyone talented or not, who buys a 2-3k camera is automatically considered a photographer

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 13:20 UTC
On article Nikon announces development of D850 (538 comments in total)
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Hugo808: Not more bloody pixels! How big do you guys print for crissakes?

" every tried to print a poster from a 22MP image? It ain't pretty."

That's plenty of mp for a skilled operator

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 15:50 UTC
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LeoNik: I really don't see any reason whatsoever for Mac's or any kind of Apple product to even exist. Any kind, from IPhone I to a Mac Pro workstation. I really can't get the (il)logic of paying %50-100 more to get less in features and hardware.
But there a saying here in my country, goes something like this loosely translated:
"I'm trying to blind you in order to sell to you, you need to keep your eyes open when you by"

If that is your argument not sure what it says about mac or mac users.

I agree, mac users are challenged when it comes to sorting out technical issues, they need a simple interface. Does that mean mac makes them that way, or those people get attracted to mac?? And win users complain about limitations of mac.

In any case it is a false point to propagate "mac is better than win" in 2017, never mind that that never were true. If computing was left to Apple, today the computer would a box with one button, too bad if that one button didn't do what you wanted.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 15:33 UTC
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kawasakiman: What most people don't understand is that mac and pc are completely different, I've worked in the computer industry for 25 years now and I can tell you now, hand on heart, there has never been a decent windows operating system!!! I've used them all and to be honest they are all rubbish. Over complicated, unhelpful disappointing and flawed operating systems. I was a mac hater till 12 years ago when I bought my first iMac as my own personal computer, I'd recently bought a Canon 1D camera and wanted a reliable machine to use for photo editing. I paid £1400 for that mac and I sold it 2 years ago for £400 and it still works athe same as the day I got it. Admittedly it's slow against my new 27 inch retina screen iMac (which by the way is amazing to look at)

You try and sell a 10 year old pc.....most are scrap probably but I doubt you would get £4 for it let alone £400!!!!

Neither of my iMacs have faulted in any way, basically what I'm saying is, they just work.....big deal they are short on ports, go buy a USB hub....

Yes they are expensive, and I agree there is no need for them to be expensive, but your paying for the reliability and styling.

Once you've had mac, there's no going back!!!!

@kawasakiman

I wouldn't walk under that walnut tree(or it could have been coconut tree) that you passed under this morning. Obviously, the nuts are of good size and weight and can cause some serious injuries

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 14:08 UTC
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LeoNik: I really don't see any reason whatsoever for Mac's or any kind of Apple product to even exist. Any kind, from IPhone I to a Mac Pro workstation. I really can't get the (il)logic of paying %50-100 more to get less in features and hardware.
But there a saying here in my country, goes something like this loosely translated:
"I'm trying to blind you in order to sell to you, you need to keep your eyes open when you by"

@James Bond

"Speaking as a veteran windows user"

I guess that proves you are not a mac troll

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 13:55 UTC
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BenInUK: I'm a software developer and use both a Dell XPS and a Macbook Pro. Personally I prefer the Mac but they're both excellent laptops. People should buy the one that's right for them and not based on one guys personal opinion. Five reasons I prefer the Mac are:
1. The screen is brighter and handles scaling much better (Windows on a high res laptop screen ends up with tiny fonts)
2. The trackpad is the best out there. Big and with intelligent gestures.
3. OSX is a more stable and secure OS being based on unix. Plus for development a lot of tools are written for linux so run much easier than on Windows.
4. The battery life is much better on the Mac (it was more when both were new and has lasted a lot longer than the dell)
5. When I bought the equivalent Dell was actually slightly dearer than the Mac so price is about the same.

1- Screen brightness in dell is more than required. In fact, I have calibrated it with two different models of Spyderpro and they both notch the brightness down from default setting. ***as for tiny text, windows computers have something called "Personalize, it is a wonderful thing to adjust things to your own liking, give it a try.***
2- can't compare
3- old mac user delusional opinion. And no, there is no benefit in being developed on windows or linux.
4- can't compare
5-Equaly speced systems, windows is cheaper, and there are greater number of options for dell

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 13:43 UTC
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