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On article Sigma Announces 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens (147 comments in total)
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Jostian: Push pull mechanism without weather sealing, no thanks... dust dust dust!!

I had a Canon 100-400L IS for many, many years. It was a push pull lens. I never had any dust issues with it, in spite of shooting in very dusty conditions. I'd love to see a scientific test of just how much dust is "pulled" into the interior of the lens with these lenses. I think it's bunk. I had my Canon 100-400L IS for about 9 years before selling it. When I sold it, it was clean, which is why I got a good price for it.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 07:40 UTC
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inspiron530: It looks a kind of big to me.
Q: what is a point to use a small and lightweight mirrorless body?
A: so that I can use huge and heavy lenses. :)

In case you didn't know, lenses come in different sizes. But if you have a compact body, the overall size of the camera+lens can smaller than the equivalent lens on a bigger body. And when you put a very compact lens on a compact body, the whole package gets even smaller. There's obviously no rule that says you can NEVER use a big lens on a compact body. That's an idiotic way of thinking.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 18:56 UTC
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Patcheye: XT-2 looks very similar to my old Asahi Pentax K1000 - which is still used occasionally - wonder whether this one will still be usable in 30 - 40 years time?

@SkvLTD- I'd love to see your examples of soldering points that have worn out or deteriorated. I have solder points that I've done myself, from 20+ years ago that are as good as the day I did them. You can crack open electronic devices from 30+ years ago and find that their solder points are not worn out and deteriorated in the least. The reality is that the soldering in electronic devices is extremely corrosion resistant. It's not going to deteriorate. As for wearing out, there is no movement and therefore no friction to cause the soldering to wear out.

Soldering in electronics is so durable that you can still buy Atari 2600's (from 1977) and their game catridges on eBay that still function perfectly.

http://m.ebay.com/itm/222399489964

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 05:33 UTC
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Rich Rosen: I know some like the idea of retro...the idea of totally manual settings, of manual focus, of the old solid metal bodies, and of a minimalist user interface. I kind of like some of those ideas myself, but not at the cost of $6500 (US), plus lens, for technology that is not exceptional. Would I like to own a Leica? Sure. But I can also get much of the same feel from an Fuji XPRO 2, at 1/4th the cost, and get a very pleasing photo experience.

@rwdphotos - sounds like you have a chip on your shoulder. The word "best" really is relative. Frankly, I think people spend waaaay too much time pixel peeping, just so they can declare one camera "best" or "better" than another. I don't think that is what photography is really about. And real photographers aren't anally pixel peeping. There's more to photography than obsessing over what is the "best" IQ. Cameras have gotten so good these days, that I think people are right to now consider other aspects of a camera system, such as how a camera feels and handles, which are all important, subjective things to consider. A lot of people just love the feel, construction, handling, and heritage of the Leica M system. And the IQ is certainly there.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 02:05 UTC
On article DPReview and the TWiT Network team-up to talk cameras (24 comments in total)
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ovatab: let's discuss if "analog" is proper term for photo-chemical process

Let's not. Kinda pointless. Sometimes things are just accepted, like how "RAW" isn't really an acronym for anything, and yet we still write "RAW" in all-caps.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 20:33 UTC
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Fujica: Leica should have better looked at the Fujifilm X-Pro2.

This 6500 dollar Leica does not have a joystick, nor has the ability to be controlled with one hand. Had they just moved the LCD to the left and those buttons to the right it would have been ergonomically a much better camera to handle.

I do like the removable EVF though.

The appeal of Leica M has never been about ergonomic efficiency and modern layout. After all, Leica M's all require you to unscrew and remove the base plate to access the SD card and battery! You don't just pop open a little door. This is a characteristic that dates back to the first Leica film rangefinders. So if you want super convenience, and joysticks, and everything molded to your hand, you're not going to get that with the Leica M. Leica M's have a certain "character", and that is part of their appeal. That is part of the Leica M identity. And Leica are smart to stick to this character with the M. Leave it to the numerous other cameras in the market to pursue all-right-side buttons, and touchscreens, and joysticks, etc. And Leica certainly do pursue more modern designs, interfaces, and layouts with their other products. But Leica M is resolutely "traditional" in design, or as much as it can be in the digital era.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 18:37 UTC
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Rich Rosen: I know some like the idea of retro...the idea of totally manual settings, of manual focus, of the old solid metal bodies, and of a minimalist user interface. I kind of like some of those ideas myself, but not at the cost of $6500 (US), plus lens, for technology that is not exceptional. Would I like to own a Leica? Sure. But I can also get much of the same feel from an Fuji XPRO 2, at 1/4th the cost, and get a very pleasing photo experience.

People don't buy Leicas for "the technology". Nor do they buy Leicas to get bang for their buck. Leicas have always cost thousands of dollars, even when they just use film. A Leica M7 film body is $4,395.00:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/246981-USA/Leica_10503_M7_TTL_72_Rangefinder.html

Leicas are simply not products that cater to people who are too concerned about cost. They don't cater to the average price-concious consumer.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 23:51 UTC
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lukecookphoto: I don't like these alternative looks because they never release enough of their lenses in the same colour.

These "alternative looks" still look great with standard black lenses. After all, the rest of the camera is still black. The "alternative" color is just an accent color.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 22:39 UTC
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Fujica: Leica should have better looked at the Fujifilm X-Pro2.

This 6500 dollar Leica does not have a joystick, nor has the ability to be controlled with one hand. Had they just moved the LCD to the left and those buttons to the right it would have been ergonomically a much better camera to handle.

I do like the removable EVF though.

A joystick on a manual focus camera with an optical viewfinder: makes perfect sense! Not!

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 06:41 UTC
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Taj123: Sorry but this just goes to show that German engineering is overrated and is only suitable for people with a lot of money and a requirement to look cool . There are much better photographic tools on the market for much less money which produce equal results and have similar reliability!!

Same with a lot of products, from watches to cars. So what?

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 06:36 UTC
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mike emerson: I like the way Leica stole the ISO dial ideal from the Fuji X-T1/T2! Nice! Definitely thinking outside the box on that one haha!!!

Fuji "stole" a bunch of design cues from Leica. Fuji X100 and X-E series bodies all "steal" design cues from Leica rangefinders. The X100 bodies, for example, are intentionally designed to mimic the look of a Leica rangefinder.

Also, the ISO dial on the X-T1/T2 is "stolen" from manual film SLRs of the past. Look at the Nikon FE2 from 1983:
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/images1/fe2/D3S_8772-top-1200.jpg

As for the ISO dial on the Leica M10, that's merely based on the film rewind knob from the early Leica M film bodies, dating back to M1 in 1959! It's even knurled, recessed, and sized similarly:

Leica M1:
http://lavidaleica.com/assets/articles/models/Leica-M1.jpg
http://www.kenrockwell.com/leica/m3/D3S_7748-top-1955-1200.jpg

Leica M10:
https://petapixel.com/assets/uploads/2017/01/leicam10_top.jpg
https://www.ephotozine.com/articles/leica-m10-digital-rangefinder-hands-on-review--30493/images/1000-Leica-M10-7_1484915487.jpg

M1-->M10, both with that knob. Coincidence? Probably not.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 06:29 UTC
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AZPhotog86: $6,500 is way too much for any camera--including Leicas.

Leica's have always been pricey. And they've always sold well enough to keep Leica going all these years. Keep in mind that a Leica M7 film rangefinder (without all the expensive electronics and sensors) is $4,395.00:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/246981-USA/Leica_10503_M7_TTL_72_Rangefinder.html

Leica M's have always been thousands of dollars, even when they just used film.

People just have to understand that Leica caters to a different market than the average price-conscious consumer.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 05:55 UTC
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Anadrol: If you absolutely want the rangefinder experience sure you have to buy a Leica;
but just for image quality and easy of use, for a fraction of cost,
the Sony A7 line is much better, and it's where innovation is at each year.

Sony lenses are bigger yes, but many have excellent performance.

Sony sensors are simply the best.
Long gone are times where Leica had the only FF sensor...

@Anadrol - "Of course like I said previously, I understand people that buy a Leica to use a rangefinder, but that's not anymore for a better IQ like some years ago."

I still don't think you get it. Back in the film days, you could get rangefinders that used Leica M lenses. Look up Voigtlander Bessa R. You can a new Voigtlander Bessa-R4M, which has a Leica M lens mount, right now for $799:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=483745&gclid=CjwKEAiA8JbEBRCz2szzhqrx7H8SJAC6FjXXPTN79mUIju50DVjG9HnfyVMdNxQjonn3ZhckEJyEXhoCrSzw_wcB&is=REG&ap=y&m=Y&c3api=1876%2C92051678882%2C&Q=&A=details

Meanwhile, a new Leica M7 film body is $4,395.00:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/246981-USA/Leica_10503_M7_TTL_72_Rangefinder.html

Bessa R's were always a fraction of the cost of a Leica. Bessa's delivered the same IQ as Leica M's, because they used the same lenses and films. Yet, Leica M was still more popular. Bessa R was discontinued in 2015. It's not all about cost.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 05:43 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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pshummer: Just because you get a Leica M10, that doesn't mean you become a better photographer but if you have a chunk of disposal money, then it could be a great toy to have. I would rather get a Sony/Fuji/Pana and I would spend the rest of the money for my photography trip, make my girlfriend happy, maker her say " Mew,Mew!"

Keep in mind that there are plenty of people who have the money to buy a Leica M10, and still have plenty of money to do all that other stuff, too. That's the market that the Leica M10 caters to. It's not catering to the market that has to decide between buying a camera, or taking a trip. It caters to the market that is going to buy a Leica M10, *and* pay $10,000 first a 1st-class plane ticket to Europe (or maybe even fly on a private jet), *and* stay in one of the finest hotels in Paris.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 23:20 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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String: You can complain about the price all you want and say how superior X brand is but the simple fact of the matter is that there is no other FF rangefinder made. And nothing works better with Leica M glass than a Leica M body.

I hope it makes all the negative posters feel superior commenting on how Leica is just another piece of "jewelry"; no doubt your master photography skills can get the same results with an iPhone.

People have to remember that even back in the film days when there were other much cheaper alternative rangefinders-- even alternative rangefinders that had Leica M mounts that could use Leica M lenses, such as the Voigtlander Bessa rangefinders-- many people still chose to buy Leica M cameras. The prices were much, much higher for Leica M bodies back then, too. And the IQ was no better from a Leica than from any other body because all cameras used the same films. And yet, the Leica M did (while the alternative rangefinder options all died). So all the people who are complaining about Leica M prices--- get over it, it's been that way for decades! Leica M has endured for decades, and continues to endure!

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 23:10 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: Getting very bored, very bored indeed, with the constant talk about price.

Unless you live a life of austerity, refusing to own premium brands on a consistent basis, the complaining about the price of a Leica is hypocrisy.

Own a nice watch?

Would choose an Audi over a VW?

Prefer wearing GANT or Hugo Boss over Walmart own brand?

Look at yourself in a mirror and tell me that you dont choose any such thing and yet maybe you are one of these people who gets all steamed up over Leica?

If so, pack it in. It is boring and hypocritical.

Leica is easy to understand. They make unique cameras that work in a unique way. The price, is the price. Get it or don't get it. Its up to you. But no-one is making you buy one.

If people do want one of these unique cameras, then they will pay what is needed to get one. No different to deciding you want to wear a tailor made suit over one off the peg.

So stop bleating about the price and give us all a rest.

Peace. :)

@MikeF4Black - "That's all fine and dandy. The point however is that so many Leica aficionados keep insisting image quality is - some magical way - superior to all other cameras."

People say a lot of things about a lot of things. But I think most Leica users simply appreciate the feel, experience and heritage of a Leica M.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 20:34 UTC
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Anadrol: If you absolutely want the rangefinder experience sure you have to buy a Leica;
but just for image quality and easy of use, for a fraction of cost,
the Sony A7 line is much better, and it's where innovation is at each year.

Sony lenses are bigger yes, but many have excellent performance.

Sony sensors are simply the best.
Long gone are times where Leica had the only FF sensor...

@SQLGuy - "He's talking about in a mirrorless camera, that can use rangefinder lenses. Can't put those on a Canon FF body."

But his argument is still flawed because even back in the film days you could buy much cheaper rangefinders from other manufacturers. You could even buy other cheaper rangefinders that accepted Leica M lenses (such as the Voigtlander Bessa series of rangefinders). And the price differentials were much the same as they are when comparing the Leica M10 to the Sony FF mirrorless bodies today. And yet, the Leica M has endured, and all those other less expensive rangefinders are gone. My point is that-- as I said before-- buying a Leica has never been about bang-for-your-buck value hunting, any more than buying a Rolex offers better bang-for-your-buck than buying a Casio watch. It has never competed in that criteria.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 18:27 UTC
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Anadrol: If you absolutely want the rangefinder experience sure you have to buy a Leica;
but just for image quality and easy of use, for a fraction of cost,
the Sony A7 line is much better, and it's where innovation is at each year.

Sony lenses are bigger yes, but many have excellent performance.

Sony sensors are simply the best.
Long gone are times where Leica had the only FF sensor...

Uh...when was it ever the case that "Leica had the only FF sensor..."?

"but just for image quality and easy of use, for a fraction of cost,
the Sony A7 line is much better, and it's where innovation is at each year."

Throughout almost the entire existence of Leica, there have always been cameras that offered comparable or better IQ with better ease of use, for a fraction of the cost! You act as if this is a new observation you'e discovered! Haha, it's not. You don't buy a Leica because it offers great bang-for-your-buck. That wasn't the case 20 years ago, and it's not the case today. And that is why, through it all, the Leica M continues to go strong; it's because Leica has never competed on "bang-for-your-buck" value.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 17:14 UTC
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King of Song: This is an esoteric boutique camera.

Leica is no longer what it used to be, because the Germans are the greatest at mechanical engineering, not electronic. Todays cameras are basically computers with lenses attached, and unfortunately Leica can't build the best computer. Compare the specs of the new Sony A99 II to this (perfect, as they claim) Leica. It's like comparing the performance of a superbike motorcycle, to a bicycle,

But the Leica is the most gorgeous, the most prestigious, and revered, Maybe that's what they meant by "perfect?"

Leica is still as great as it has ever been. It's always been about the body and the lenses, not the electronics or gizmos or features. That's how it was back in the film days, too. There were plenty of other cameras that out-did Leica in the electronics department! And for a lot cheaper too! You act as if this is new development It's not. That's basically how it has always been. And through it all, Leica has endured. It just goes to show that buying a Leica has never been about the electronics.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 17:04 UTC
On article Leica Boss: Hands-on with new Leica M10 (168 comments in total)
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Steve Sanacore: It's very annoying when people complain or insult a product they can't afford and or have never even used. These are wonderful cameras with superb optics. Most of their lenses are still optically superior to almost all others. Many Sony A7R2 users have Leica M lenses on their cameras because of the unique quality of the images. Price is irrelevant to those who enjoy shooting Leica rangefinders. You can say the same for Hasselblad and Phase One, grossly overpriced for those that don't need it. The world is filled with super high priced items that provide nothing but glamor, like, $20,000+ watches etc. At least in Leica's case, it provides amazing lenses in a tiny form factor that few can compete with. Those that can see the nuances in the images that Leica's deliver appreciate it and are willing to pay for it.

@lokiminion- "Yeah you're right, I'm definitely out of touch with people who are willing to spend an absurd amount of money on a mediocre product especially when you can spend the same absurd amount of money on better products."

First of all, it's not an "absurd amount of money" for some people. Secondly, it's not a "mediocre product" to many people, as the success of the Leica M has proven over many, many decades. If I was as wealthy as some people, I'd buy an M10 in a heartbeat, because it is a lovely product built on decades of heritage and it has a handling quality and operational quality that is very unique among cameras. It's not all about specs and whiz-bang features with the Leica M.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 21:09 UTC
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