jadot

jadot

Lives in United Kingdom Surrey, United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.alexanderleaman.com
Joined on Aug 27, 2010

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I think the olympus XA has already been mentioned, so instead I'll talk about the little known Pentax Espio Mini.

32mm, 3.5 lens - I always thought it metered really well and it's a clamshell too.
Ever-so-slightly wider lens seemed to be a great focal length.
Of course it had the useless panoramic shutters which cropped the neg, and the flash gave up years ago, but it\'s still going strong.

Another favourite was the Nikon Af 600 (I think called the Lite Touch) outside of the UK.
28mm 3.5 Lens always dead on with exposure and tack sharp. I felt guilty using it instead of my FM until I developed the film...

I still use it for kicks backstage at gigs.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 15:58 UTC as 106th comment | 2 replies
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jadot: I may have missed it but does anyone know a release date in the UK?

Cool - I think I'll start saving....oh....wait a minute.....You were...Wait for it....BEING FUNNY!!!! HAhahahaHa!

And I fell for it too.

The Old April Fool's Camera release satire when any new product is released that you think is not aimed directly at you by a camera company that releases cameras to all kinds of different markets and demographics that aren't you.

Priceless. I didn't see that coming. "1st April".

Phew!

You got me there.

Kudos to you for being not just FUNNY, but original too.

Well Done you.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 13:29 UTC
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StevenE: TV's are getting bigger, you'll soon have an entire wall made of lcd (like in the novel Fahrenheit 451), and 8K or more will be necessary for clarity

Or you might one day be able to go to the park, up a mountain, or swim in the sea - all in 3D, and totally experience it all, y'know, with your actual eyes.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 11:45 UTC

I may have missed it but does anyone know a release date in the UK?

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 09:41 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies

Jeremy Cowart is unique in the sense that he is, like it or not, redefining what it means to be a photographer and artist. In a world where photographers are ten-a-penny Jeremy has stepped out and perhaps unwittingly designed a new commercial viability for the creative process.

I like his photography, but more I like his approach and apparent humility. The Purpose Hotel appears to be the supernova and culmination of his ideas and philosophies seeded in photography, art, digital social media, and humanitarianism.

It's an idea that makes sense, and is big but not impossible, and this is perhaps the thing that is most impressive. Think Big, act big.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 12:31 UTC as 14th comment
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (362 comments in total)
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photogeek: I had an X-T1. I'd be fine sticking with Fuji if it wasn't for three things:
1. Lenses have slow and noisy focus mechanism
2. Metering is nowhere near as good as the competition, often under- or over-shoots.
3. Poor support of the sensor layout in Lightroom and elsewhere. Yes, it's poor even with all the improvements Adobe has made.

Ultimately #1 made me sell it. Lenses were otherwise excellent, but in this day and age I expect silent and fast autofocus.

What's your context there @Marksphoto?

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 17:04 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (362 comments in total)
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photogeek: I had an X-T1. I'd be fine sticking with Fuji if it wasn't for three things:
1. Lenses have slow and noisy focus mechanism
2. Metering is nowhere near as good as the competition, often under- or over-shoots.
3. Poor support of the sensor layout in Lightroom and elsewhere. Yes, it's poor even with all the improvements Adobe has made.

Ultimately #1 made me sell it. Lenses were otherwise excellent, but in this day and age I expect silent and fast autofocus.

Sorry - not sure why I would need LR in a C1/Photoshop workflow? As it happens, Photoshop CC and Lightroom are bundled together anyway, so it's there if I need it, though I rarely open it up.

For me (and especially with X-Trans) C1 is fast and I'd throw in user friendly into that mix too.
I run pretty full-on libraries and catalogues averaging over 60,000 images, mostly RAF and NEF Raw files. I've not had any problems with speed/rendering. In particular it's fairly nice not having to swap between modules in the way that lightroom does, but that's the way my workflow goes.

DXO, Photo Ninja, etc. are about as useless as it gets for workflow.

Don't get me wrong - I've liked using Lightroom when I've had to, but the bottom line for X-Trans, from an image quality to workflow ratio point of view, kind of leaves LR for dust (When working with RAF files at least).

Just my opinion, but one based on pretty extensive testing.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 14:56 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (362 comments in total)
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photogeek: I had an X-T1. I'd be fine sticking with Fuji if it wasn't for three things:
1. Lenses have slow and noisy focus mechanism
2. Metering is nowhere near as good as the competition, often under- or over-shoots.
3. Poor support of the sensor layout in Lightroom and elsewhere. Yes, it's poor even with all the improvements Adobe has made.

Ultimately #1 made me sell it. Lenses were otherwise excellent, but in this day and age I expect silent and fast autofocus.

Brendon1000 - Capture One doesn't integrate Nik or VSCO etc, (though you can buy or download presets from loads of places which pretty much do the same thing as VSCO if you want).

As far as Nik goes, you can round trip into Photoshop through C1Pro for individual images which is what you'd be doing with Nik anyway.

So I suppose you could say that Capture One Pro 'supports' this kind of editing, just not through it's own interface.

On the plus side, C1Pro wipes the floor with LR when it comes to X-Trans conversion, but then image quality might not be as important to people who like 'film look' presets?

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 13:03 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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SkipCycle: So I can save over $750 by buying an X-T1 with the kit lens if I go with an import right now. For someone who wants to step up to a serious enthusiast camera, is this a no brainer? I'm really looking for bang for the buck. Does anyone think the price will go much lower if I wait? I'm currently using an Olympus XZ-2 but definitely ready to move to something significantly better. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Ha! That clears that up. I definitely remember a Richard, but the memory's a little hazy, due to too many schmoozing fashion lunches etc. At the time. Could have been you in my little pea-brain.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 20:06 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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SkipCycle: So I can save over $750 by buying an X-T1 with the kit lens if I go with an import right now. For someone who wants to step up to a serious enthusiast camera, is this a no brainer? I'm really looking for bang for the buck. Does anyone think the price will go much lower if I wait? I'm currently using an Olympus XZ-2 but definitely ready to move to something significantly better. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

@Richard Butler - ever so slightly off topic here... Did you once work in a rather run down hire studio on Kingsland Road, E2?! I'm talking 2002, 2003 sort of time.

Apologies for the slightly bizarre query. Mistaken identity from my side a real possibility.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 14:00 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Andina: I too would want to see a FF with the current image quality. Despite how much we try to convince ourselves that it doesnt matter, it does. Even compared to the first Canon 5d FF kicks high gear which makes me, at least, hesitant in investing in a lens system which is expensive and to be obsolete soon. Hassie has even released a MF compact so an APC is really an outdated format, unless one wants to do Bill Cunningham type of photography.

What does that even mean??

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 13:56 UTC
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The Name is Bond: It's a baffling paradox that Fuji should produce a still camera and then manipulate the results with non-optional skin manipulation resulting in the waxy skin texture fiasco. And then they lied about it.

Well, at least the new cameras are said to have toned down this nonsense. But really, what were they thinking? Why wasn't there an option right from the beginning?

I have no confidence in their management. If I had shares I would have sold them.

I LOL at this too.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 09:02 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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SkipCycle: So I can save over $750 by buying an X-T1 with the kit lens if I go with an import right now. For someone who wants to step up to a serious enthusiast camera, is this a no brainer? I'm really looking for bang for the buck. Does anyone think the price will go much lower if I wait? I'm currently using an Olympus XZ-2 but definitely ready to move to something significantly better. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

I would say get the XT1 at those prices. Even though it's not the latest and greatest it's an immense camera and experience that you can grow into, over time. Who knows? By the time you've really got a handle on it, you might be looking at the XT2 at similar prices for an upgrade.
All I would say is, maybe see if you can find the battery grip as part of a bundle if it suits your style of shooting. If nothing else it helps having the extra battery in there.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 08:20 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Andina: I too would want to see a FF with the current image quality. Despite how much we try to convince ourselves that it doesnt matter, it does. Even compared to the first Canon 5d FF kicks high gear which makes me, at least, hesitant in investing in a lens system which is expensive and to be obsolete soon. Hassie has even released a MF compact so an APC is really an outdated format, unless one wants to do Bill Cunningham type of photography.

Having a bit of fun there ecka84, being rude and all puffed up on an Internet forum.
Nice work. Big brave man.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 20:28 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Andina: I too would want to see a FF with the current image quality. Despite how much we try to convince ourselves that it doesnt matter, it does. Even compared to the first Canon 5d FF kicks high gear which makes me, at least, hesitant in investing in a lens system which is expensive and to be obsolete soon. Hassie has even released a MF compact so an APC is really an outdated format, unless one wants to do Bill Cunningham type of photography.

For me the D500 outclasses the D5, at least for what I shoot, mainly because of cost and having that AF coverage that FF can't seem to achieve. Less shallow DOF works for me too. Low light focussing looks good, much like the XT2's promised -3EV. Will also be a godsend to DSLR owners to have that automatic lens calibration - I got sick of micro adjusting each and every lens on my D810, D600, D700 etc - it's one of the reasons I was relieved off when I started shooting mirrorless.

The D500 is at least addressing something of the shortcomings of DSLRs as a whole. And the sensor as I mentioned above is interesting to me in much the same way that Xtrans was and is. Slap a Sigma art lens on the front of it and you're away. IMO it's state of the art for DSLRs.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 17:33 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Andina: I too would want to see a FF with the current image quality. Despite how much we try to convince ourselves that it doesnt matter, it does. Even compared to the first Canon 5d FF kicks high gear which makes me, at least, hesitant in investing in a lens system which is expensive and to be obsolete soon. Hassie has even released a MF compact so an APC is really an outdated format, unless one wants to do Bill Cunningham type of photography.

PDXphotographer - You're right, but unfortunately ecka84 just can't understand this, & talks about "TWICE AS MUCH LIGHT" all day long - and I mean all day. Scroll down through the comments here to see what I mean.

Incidentally I was out on a shoot today - you know the kind that pays (not macro pictures of critters and flowers) & I used an XT1 & an X100T. It was pretty sunny outside & fairly dark inside, but funnily enough there wasn't a single moment where it occurred to me that I'm going to need "TWICE AS MUCH LIGHT". Most of the time I was shooting at ƒ5.6, but when I needed to shoot at ƒ2 on the X100T in full sun I could do that thanks to the electronic shutter. I shot indoors at ISO 800 or 1600, ƒ2.8 & guess what? That's right - I didn't need a full frame sensor because there was indeed enough light to expose correctly at fast enough shutter speeds for people moving around, with little to no noise.

What I did benefit from was the instant preview and the spot on focus acquisition.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 16:27 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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c45: "Fuji aren't going to suddenly turn their X-system cameras into what people are referring to as full frame", of course they will not, nobody is suggesting that Fuji should replace APS-C with FF, people wonder about the possibility of developing FF in addition to APS-C just like NIKON and Canon has with their DSLRs.

Surely IQ ( & cost) would prevail if such a scenario came around. Nikon & Canon aren't interested in cannibalising their dslrs with equivalent sized sensors in a mirrorless offering, (which is probably why Nikon introduced the 1" sensor when they did look at mirrorless). If they did introduce a full frame mirrorless camera the sensor size would probably make it prohibitively expensive, at least at the cost of some other tech.
Conversely if Fuji keep developing their X-trans APS-C Cameras they will (& already do) have a fairly mature, established system &lenses. There's no reason to match, in size terms, Nikon's & Canon's 36mm "Full Frame". I think Fuji's happy with their image quality being on a par with &in some cases better than almost any quality sensor on the market.

MF would be a different category entirely, but yes, as one end of the market (the other end being APS-C or m4/3) it might well challenge the status quo arguments about which sized sensor is actually a "full" format.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 22:01 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Andina: I too would want to see a FF with the current image quality. Despite how much we try to convince ourselves that it doesnt matter, it does. Even compared to the first Canon 5d FF kicks high gear which makes me, at least, hesitant in investing in a lens system which is expensive and to be obsolete soon. Hassie has even released a MF compact so an APC is really an outdated format, unless one wants to do Bill Cunningham type of photography.

Fuji won't need to make FF obsolete - the state of economics in the volume and profit inherent in producing the larger wafer will see to that on it's own. It's well known that the Full Frame Nikons and Canons don't see the returns that either company's smaller, more profitable cameras do.
You can't beat Nikon's D5 AF, sure, but you can beat the sensor performance to price ratio.
The Lower end FF cameras are even struggling to compete with mirrorless on Focus accuracy and even speed by now. Even Nikon themselves are selling the APSC D500 for more than their Full Frame D750.

The Higher Weight/Cost PDX speaks of is very much a reality, if you want to talk about physics. Larger lenses are needed for Full Frame sensors, and so more glass is needed and this costs more money to manufacture.

With the XT2 you can shoot at 12800 Iso with impunity. The Stop of difference that you refer to (constantly) doesn't exist because it's now irrelevant.

This stuff is easy to understand, surely?

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 19:48 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Andina: I too would want to see a FF with the current image quality. Despite how much we try to convince ourselves that it doesnt matter, it does. Even compared to the first Canon 5d FF kicks high gear which makes me, at least, hesitant in investing in a lens system which is expensive and to be obsolete soon. Hassie has even released a MF compact so an APC is really an outdated format, unless one wants to do Bill Cunningham type of photography.

agree @brownie314 - But I've been around exactly this before with ecka84 elsewhere in this thread and he's not having it. He wants to tell you how FF is the only option and cheaper than smaller sensors and he wants to tell you this lots.

It's a vortex. A troll vortex.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 14:59 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Andina: I too would want to see a FF with the current image quality. Despite how much we try to convince ourselves that it doesnt matter, it does. Even compared to the first Canon 5d FF kicks high gear which makes me, at least, hesitant in investing in a lens system which is expensive and to be obsolete soon. Hassie has even released a MF compact so an APC is really an outdated format, unless one wants to do Bill Cunningham type of photography.

You like FF, we get that - but that preference doesn't mean that FF is better, cheaper, or anything else. Sometimes FF is better for certain jobs, and sometimes APSC or m4/3 is better than FF.

The fact is that Fuji's sensor in the X Series cameras is equal to or in some cases out performs a 36mm sensor. I could argue that FF is cheaper today because the tech has fallen behind but I suspect that you'll be upset by this so I'll refrain from doing so.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 09:31 UTC
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