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Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-07-2017
Replies: 137
Views: 6,180
Posted By Aristophanes
There is no film resurgence. What you see is...

There is no film resurgence.

What you see is that as the savage market reduces due to breakage, minot production steps in, bit nowhere near the industrial scale necessary.

Fuji's Instax is a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-05-2017
Replies: 137
Views: 6,180
Posted By Aristophanes
It's just math industrial film production to...

It's just math

industrial film production to keep prices at the historical expectations from 0 years ago would require industrial film consumption.

The latter requires a staggering film resurgence,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-04-2017
Replies: 137
Views: 6,180
Posted By Aristophanes
It's a conjecture from the fact that the industry...

It's a conjecture from the fact that the industry is utterly awash in film production capacity. One estimate from the Rochester plant is that it could supply the world's demand x8 alone, no other...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-03-2017
Replies: 137
Views: 6,180
Posted By Aristophanes
So another 4,000 rolls per month. Time to build...

So another 4,000 rolls per month.

Time to build another Rochester plant.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-03-2017
Replies: 137
Views: 6,180
Posted By Aristophanes
Because there hasn't been an analog resurgence.

Because there hasn't been an analog resurgence.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-17-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 1,683
Posted By Aristophanes
I really like shooting with an EVF with...

I really like shooting with an EVF with in-display histogram on my Olympus EM5.2.

Frame and expose info right in the EVF allows me to ascertain if am getting the shot.

I've gotten so comfortable...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 09-07-2017
Replies: 108
Views: 6,125
Posted By Aristophanes
Best quote from his most controversial...

Best quote from his most controversial articles:

" My wife Cindy taught me to save money and not to go out and buy Leicas"

He's made his money using just as good photography gear at a much smaller...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-04-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,534
Posted By Aristophanes
I'd take it...but I actually need two, so no deal.

I'd take it...but I actually need two, so no deal.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-02-2017
Replies: 31
Views: 1,715
Posted By Aristophanes
See image below.

See image below.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-02-2017
Replies: 31
Views: 1,715
Posted By Aristophanes
https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1204/5161716931_0aa9...

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1204/5161716931_0aa966de4a_b.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-02-2017
Replies: 193
Views: 36,195
Posted By Aristophanes
I have an ultra-compact Pentax *ist. It's...

I have an ultra-compact Pentax *ist. It's amazingly light and has a terrific meter and all the features I really need for an AF SLR.
Forum: Fuji X Series 08-31-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 3,385
Posted By Aristophanes
With stalled or declining ILC sales worldwide,...

With stalled or declining ILC sales worldwide, camera manufactures are cutting costs, so two types of input (screen and d-pad) will be the norm in the entry-level part of the industry.

Mosre and...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-24-2017
Replies: 185
Views: 12,314
Posted By Aristophanes
According to the Nikon blurs it automatically...

According to the Nikon blurs it automatically inverts and colour corrects the image in-cameraas a JPG.

No word on dust and scratches.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-18-2017
Replies: 44
Views: 3,698
Posted By Aristophanes
On ANY forum there are more words than images.

On ANY forum there are more words than images.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-15-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 895
Posted By Aristophanes
I used John Goodman's just a few months ago on a...

I used John Goodman's just a few months ago on a 35RC and it works perfectly.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-13-2017
Replies: 41
Views: 2,114
Posted By Aristophanes
Ummmmmmm...........no.

Ummmmmmm...........no.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-02-2017
Replies: 148
Views: 12,027
Posted By Aristophanes
My little Rollei compact.

My little Rollei compact.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-25-2017
Replies: 46
Views: 1,944
Posted By Aristophanes
Lomo beat T-Max? Credibility is at issue.

Lomo beat T-Max?

Credibility is at issue.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-23-2017
Replies: 107
Views: 3,653
Posted By Aristophanes
The Pentax Super Program should be on the list....

The Pentax Super Program should be on the list. An update from the ME Super and almost as common, often less $$. I've had 2 and they have been workhorses. Pentax lenses are as good as all there and...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 06-19-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 14,064
Posted By Aristophanes
I had a Natura. It was ......acceptable. No...

I had a Natura. It was ......acceptable. No longer made. They were really the last of the compact film cameras. Probably very cheap to tae who you think about it, but pretty much zero demand. They...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 06-19-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 14,064
Posted By Aristophanes
Buy digital. :angel:

Buy digital.

:angel:
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-16-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,026
Posted By Aristophanes
All photographic agencies or repositories are...

All photographic agencies or repositories are effectively dead now. The age of the elite photographer with their own brand is long gone as vernacular and amateur photography is on par (or superior).
Forum: Digital Compacts 05-27-2017
Replies: 41
Views: 4,191
Posted By Aristophanes
I bought the GR as my travel unit. So far, so...

I bought the GR as my travel unit. So far, so good. Video is done on an iPhone.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-23-2017
Replies: 80
Views: 8,393
Posted By Aristophanes
Ektar 100 Portra 400 Kodak all the way.

Ektar 100
Portra 400

Kodak all the way.
Forum: Travel 05-16-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 863
Posted By Aristophanes
I went on an underground gold mine tour that was...

I went on an underground gold mine tour that was quite informative.

But the highlight was a tour of Soweto with a history perspective. Very modern, real, gut wrenching history that resonates.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-16-2017
Replies: 323
Views: 26,068
Posted By Aristophanes
Canon Canonet. Awkward controls. Heavy.

Canon Canonet. Awkward controls. Heavy.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-09-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 16,126
Posted By Aristophanes
Really? Many of the new pro grade Nikon and...

Really?

Many of the new pro grade Nikon and Canon bodies and lenses are often back-ordered for months after release.

But the Japanese companies are especially adept at not increasing manufacturing...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-07-2016
Replies: 97
Views: 6,243
Posted By Aristophanes
If you squint you can read it as ironic.

If you squint you can read it as ironic.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-07-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 16,126
Posted By Aristophanes
The problem with your assumptions is the use of...

The problem with your assumptions is the use of the word "collapsing".

This implies there was a normal market that has somehow reduced.

Your agenda appears to be that people should reject digital...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-06-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 16,126
Posted By Aristophanes
Agreed. What we saw was a one-time switch from...

Agreed. What we saw was a one-time switch from all-film to all-digital and that's just surge production.

The secondary story is that the market for digital compacts was eviscerated by smartphone...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-06-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 16,126
Posted By Aristophanes
Salvage is an economic term meaning no new parts...

Salvage is an economic term meaning no new parts manufactured but refurbished capacity available. Huge chunks of the auto industry works this way, as my late VW Westphalia van knew only too well.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-05-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 16,126
Posted By Aristophanes
You realize you just explained using equivalence...

You realize you just explained using equivalence why digital cameras will continue to be offered affordably. Your original post speculated that people will turn away from digital specific cameras as...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-05-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 16,126
Posted By Aristophanes
And if the camera is high-end, will people also...

And if the camera is high-end, will people also pay $40 per roll of film if volumes decline to that price efficiency?

By definition if you increase the price you shrink the volume.

Right now the...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-05-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 16,126
Posted By Aristophanes
You won't see new film cameras because end...

You won't see new film cameras because end processing of the film product is declining much faster than old cameras already in the market.

Mini-lab manufacture has ceased.

Industrial grade film and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-04-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,300
Posted By Aristophanes
The sheer volume of vernacular film sales heavily...

The sheer volume of vernacular film sales heavily subsidized the high-end film manufacture, and similarly transferred to camera sales and manufacture.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-03-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 16,126
Posted By Aristophanes
And in other news PC shipments are at 2007...

And in other news PC shipments are at 2007 levels.

This despite millions more consumers in the pipe in the last 9 years.

Collapse?

Nope.

Just much, much longer upgrade cycles as tech maturation...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-03-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 16,126
Posted By Aristophanes
So what? That's just a maturing market where the...

So what? That's just a maturing market where the turnover is reduced due to marginal improvements.

This is the definition of market saturation and cannibalization. And most manufacturers are not...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-03-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 16,126
Posted By Aristophanes
The commodification of the underlying parts will...

The commodification of the underlying parts will continue to make it cheaper to produce cameras. The delta between declining inputs and lower sales volumes still favours lower costs, not higher....
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-03-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 16,126
Posted By Aristophanes
Collapse? No. Delayed replacement purchases and...

Collapse? No.

Delayed replacement purchases and upgrades as technology peaks and turnover is less and less necessary?

Yes.


This is exactly the behaviour one expects from a market when the...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 06-26-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 2,564
Posted By Aristophanes
A self-taught genius with an incredible...

A self-taught genius with an incredible backstory. And a great photographer. He deserved all his honours and acclaim with that humbleness of his.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-25-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,215
Posted By Aristophanes
I have 2!! Excellent, small DSLR. Very rugged.

I have 2!!

Excellent, small DSLR. Very rugged.
Forum: Digital: Medium & Larger Format 06-24-2016
Replies: 124
Views: 11,468
Posted By Aristophanes
Cheaper body, more expensive lenses. Think of...

Cheaper body, more expensive lenses.

Think of the warranty and service implications.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-21-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 2,466
Posted By Aristophanes
Despite all the necessary filters...?

Despite all the necessary filters...?
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-28-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 3,604
Posted By Aristophanes
Define honest, gritty photography. They even...

Define honest, gritty photography.

They even took the fighting out of hockey and the 'roids out of baseball.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-07-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 1,372
Posted By Aristophanes
And added insurance. Do it all the time. Never a...

And added insurance.

Do it all the time. Never a problem.
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 09-06-2015
Replies: 97
Views: 18,105
Posted By Aristophanes
What "we" are doing about it is a weird,...

What "we" are doing about it is a weird, half-hearted bombing campaign costs about US$70 million per day.
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 09-06-2015
Replies: 97
Views: 18,105
Posted By Aristophanes
And who in their right mind would venture from...

And who in their right mind would venture from one dictatorship to another?

People flee tyranny.
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 09-04-2015
Replies: 97
Views: 18,105
Posted By Aristophanes
Reminder: We are ALL somewhere because of some...

Reminder: We are ALL somewhere because of some migration.

All of us.
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 09-04-2015
Replies: 97
Views: 18,105
Posted By Aristophanes
When law and order completely break down in a...

When law and order completely break down in a nation or nations at war with each other or themselves or similar, there is no "legal way" any more.

None.

There is usually no physically possible way...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 09-04-2015
Replies: 97
Views: 18,105
Posted By Aristophanes
They hunted down and prosecuted those...

They hunted down and prosecuted those responsible. And that process is still ongoing.

The political debate c and legal machines move and change slowly, but we cannot assume that there will be...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-23-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,256
Posted By Aristophanes
Enjoy Belize. I've been there. The snorkelling is...

Enjoy Belize. I've been there. The snorkelling is great, especially from a sailboat.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-23-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,256
Posted By Aristophanes
This has been getting very good reviews...

This has been getting very good reviews especially for the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-23-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,256
Posted By Aristophanes
"Option 4 - Buy a waterproof digital camera, but...

"Option 4 - Buy a waterproof digital camera, but for a one-time or infrequent use, this seems like a waste."

This. Not a waste. A go anywhere, rugged P&S is very useful.

Check out Flickr for...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-21-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 3,475
Posted By Aristophanes
That copy of the Leica 50/2 compared to the...

That copy of the Leica 50/2 compared to the Pentax 43/1.9 wide open and cropped looks mushy.

The Pentax has the most nervous bokeh but what a sharpie. That's the tradeoff I suspect.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-18-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 848
Posted By Aristophanes
Needs frying pan, butter.

Needs frying pan, butter.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-09-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,492
Posted By Aristophanes
I've used The Darkroom for 4 years now and I...

I've used The Darkroom for 4 years now and I unhesitatingly recommend them. And I send mine across the Continent from Canada!
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 08-08-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 3,879
Posted By Aristophanes
Big glasses, cheezy staches. Nice set.

Big glasses, cheezy staches. Nice set.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-06-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 7,707
Posted By Aristophanes
It's a sunk cost. Film revenues are now so small...

It's a sunk cost.

Film revenues are now so small they don't even make the annual financial statements.

Roll film is inconsequential to the company's bottom line. They have a very small sideline bi...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-05-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 7,707
Posted By Aristophanes
Fuji's roll film manufacturing is so tiny now as...

Fuji's roll film manufacturing is so tiny now as to an infinitesimal part of their bottom line. The issue is not keeping it going but any upgrades or repairs necessary to keep their Thailand plant...
Forum: RFF News 08-04-2015
Replies: 87
Views: 11,676
Posted By Aristophanes
Sony's lead in sensor tech is far ahead of anyone...

Sony's lead in sensor tech is far ahead of anyone else right now. I strongly doubt any other company can leapfrog their output and tech specs.

Therefore I don't give a lot of credence to that part...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-24-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 9,083
Posted By Aristophanes
I believe forwarding negates buyer protection and...

I believe forwarding negates buyer protection and voids shipping policies and contracts. Your contract is binding if you ship it to x, not y.

If they used a freight forager then their shipping cost...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-13-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2,479
Posted By Aristophanes
That's not the Rollei. That is the Volkswagen...

That's not the Rollei.

That is the Volkswagen reality distortion field.

Land Rover people have the same affliction, except they can't do anything about that spare tire right where the driver needs...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-02-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 2,961
Posted By Aristophanes
Best low light DLSR of its time was the enter...

Best low light DLSR of its time was the enter K-x.

one for sale on Pentax Forums for US$150 but they are going as low as $100. K-r is also very good. That 12 MP sensor was the best low light image...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-29-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 4,152
Posted By Aristophanes
They do a great job. The Darkroom is...

They do a great job.

The Darkroom is another.

This Forum should have a mini-lab sticky thread.

Industrial film production requires industrial film processing.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-28-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 4,152
Posted By Aristophanes
Our newest Costco was built 5 years ago and never...

Our newest Costco was built 5 years ago and never took any photo processing from the outset.

It's been on borrowed time for a decade, frankly.

Almost all retail photo processing at chain outlets is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-21-2015
Replies: 176
Views: 19,849
Posted By Aristophanes
There are no mini-labs in my locale now. There is...

There are no mini-labs in my locale now.
There is nowhere to purchase film.
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 06-18-2015
Replies: 221
Views: 34,366
Posted By Aristophanes
Certain purists are not, but cannot explain why.

Certain purists are not, but cannot explain why.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-18-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 7,071
Posted By Aristophanes
Not full frame. The sensor alone runs just under...

Not full frame. The sensor alone runs just under $400 from Sony and supporting circuitry adds another 50% to that. This is before margin.

And to get that they'd need to source in volume.

For an...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 06-17-2015
Replies: 221
Views: 34,366
Posted By Aristophanes
Are the final results identical? Then any econ...

Are the final results identical?

Then any econ will tell you it is cost/benefit.

Like the software correction they did for the Hubble.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-17-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 7,071
Posted By Aristophanes
Because Sony can throw 14,000 people into their...

Because Sony can throw 14,000 people into their Sony Semi operations and make cameras almost as an experimental offshoot.

The economy of scale required not to make a digital camera production line...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 06-17-2015
Replies: 221
Views: 34,366
Posted By Aristophanes
For a 28/1.7 on the 135 equivalence...the lens...

For a 28/1.7 on the 135 equivalence...the lens appears pretty small for a WA mirrorless design. Again the exactness of today's sensors require far more precise alignment and mount support than...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 06-17-2015
Replies: 221
Views: 34,366
Posted By Aristophanes
And we have to remember that the majority of the...

And we have to remember that the majority of the world is moving (fast) away from PC post processing anyway and towards in-camaeraor at the very least mobile OS end use. The PC era digital darkroom...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 06-17-2015
Replies: 221
Views: 34,366
Posted By Aristophanes
I wouldn't say "design flaws". Rather, software...

I wouldn't say "design flaws".

Rather, software becomes just another tool to smooth out the necessary compromises in optical engineering.

There is practically no difference between this argument...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 06-17-2015
Replies: 221
Views: 34,366
Posted By Aristophanes
1. To be blunt optical engineering has become a...

1. To be blunt optical engineering has become a lower cost game in recent years where very high-quality output can be achieved at much lower prices than ever before. It's a struggle right now for...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 06-17-2015
Replies: 221
Views: 34,366
Posted By Aristophanes
Cool It's f/1.7. For its aperture and FL it's...

It's f/1.7. For its aperture and FL it's actually pretty small.

The price point is 90% brand mystique, not engineering prowess. You will identical if not superior output on much cheaper...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 06-17-2015
Replies: 221
Views: 34,366
Posted By Aristophanes
And film was nowhere near as flat as a sensor....

And film was nowhere near as flat as a sensor. Off by magnitudes.
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 06-17-2015
Replies: 221
Views: 34,366
Posted By Aristophanes
Total nonsense. It's a meme repeated so often...

Total nonsense.

It's a meme repeated so often the repetition is supposed to replace facts.

Comparing lenses designed for film and lenses designed for sensors is a false comparison.

The reason why...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-16-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 7,071
Posted By Aristophanes
Leica were literally forced during heir "darK"...

Leica were literally forced during heir "darK" years financially to marry up with Panasonic (amongst others). To my knowledge the investment went the other way...not from Leica but to Leica. This...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-16-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 7,071
Posted By Aristophanes
The are utterly tiny compared tot he scale of...

The are utterly tiny compared tot he scale of what a full-on digital effort would require.

Customized fab products like sensors require tens of millions of up-front $$ and new teams just to get the...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-15-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 7,071
Posted By Aristophanes
The QC costs alone for a digital camera with a...

The QC costs alone for a digital camera with a large sensor would be massively more than Cosina/Voigtlander's net worth. I doubt they have or can raise the capital to make such an effort.
Forum: Off Topic 06-15-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 3,218
Posted By Aristophanes
Hit him over the head with your MacBook to get...

Hit him over the head with your MacBook to get his typewriter.

Don't trip on the ribbon.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-15-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,743
Posted By Aristophanes
I've used this service with great...

I've used this service with great success:

https://thedarkroom.com/?gclid=CNX7hZXgkcYCFQyqaQodWSEAsw
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 06-14-2015
Replies: 222
Views: 21,452
Posted By Aristophanes
Leica hasn't much choice. The steady, downward...

Leica hasn't much choice.

The steady, downward pressure on price to performances forcing all manufacturers to reassess. When a $600 camera trumps a $6,000 camera due to sensor qualities, and with a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-12-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 885
Posted By Aristophanes
Best thread EVER!

Best thread EVER!
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 06-12-2015
Replies: 222
Views: 21,452
Posted By Aristophanes
A Sony will probably take as better or superior...

A Sony will probably take as better or superior quality images (sensor and processing) and optics have become phenomenal down price points.

Aslo, add in post processing computer power instead of...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 02-17-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 3,561
Posted By Aristophanes
Anything organic combined with water will attract...

Anything organic combined with water will attract spores.
Forum: RFF News 02-15-2015
Replies: 130
Views: 12,363
Posted By Aristophanes
Where i live local film processing has...

Where i live local film processing has disappeared. Film is almost not sold at all save for some off-brand drugstore repackages of Fuji.

As a capture medium film has almost entirely disappeared from...
Forum: RFF News 02-15-2015
Replies: 130
Views: 12,363
Posted By Aristophanes
I believe TIFF, DNG, and JPEG are all recognized...

I believe TIFF, DNG, and JPEG are all recognized as ISO formats (well, DNG is under review and I think can incorporate TIFF).

Many government regulations specific terms whereby an ISO standard must...
Forum: RFF News 02-15-2015
Replies: 130
Views: 12,363
Posted By Aristophanes
The vast majority of any photos taken are...

The vast majority of any photos taken are inconsequential even to archivists after the author dies. Shoeboxes of photos are thrown away, hard drives erased.

If you think your photos are going to...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-13-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,534
Posted By Aristophanes
Nope. Lost causer. New data released...

Nope. Lost causer.

New data released today:

http://petapixel.com/2015/02/12/importance-cameras-smartphone-war/
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-13-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 3,490
Posted By Aristophanes
Looks about the same as a D70 in size. That...

Looks about the same as a D70 in size.

That Limited lens is not that large.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-13-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,534
Posted By Aristophanes
And the business model of the film industry...

And the business model of the film industry is?

That is the HHPhoto hidden agenda: a return to "normal" photography which is film-based.

My numbers are accurate and I used to work in the photo...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-12-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,534
Posted By Aristophanes
After every gold rush they still mine gold.

After every gold rush they still mine gold.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-11-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,534
Posted By Aristophanes
It is hard to call them just "phone sales" when...

It is hard to call them just "phone sales" when they are not just phones, but also cameras.

In fact, verbal telephony is one of the last reasons for sales now, behind texting, apps, and, yes,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-11-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,534
Posted By Aristophanes
Nonsense. Total nonsense. If this was the case...

Nonsense.

Total nonsense.

If this was the case then why is Apple now a $700 billion company based on the rapid turnover of iPhones.

Same for PC before that where every major Intel update created a...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-09-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,534
Posted By Aristophanes
Not only that but Canon is almost 3x larger now...

Not only that but Canon is almost 3x larger now only in cameras than it was in 2002.

Digital greatly increased the high-end photography market in both size and breadth, far, far beyond what ever...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-08-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,534
Posted By Aristophanes
Expect everyone forgets that the capital assets...

Expect everyone forgets that the capital assets in the camera and optical biz grew exponentially at the expense of film asset capital.

Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Fuji, and even Pentax tech arms...
Forum: Film vs Digital 02-07-2015
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
Total nonsense. 2014 sales of DSLRs were still...

Total nonsense.

2014 sales of DSLRs were still above 65 million units.

This is almost 3x what production in SLR film cameras was worldwide just 12 years ago when there were even more...
Forum: Film vs Digital 02-06-2015
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
Almost all these manufacturers are now small...

Almost all these manufacturers are now small scale suppliers. None are really in any financial danger. Olympus and Fuji and Pentax are all part of much, much larger conglomerates who have the most...
Forum: Photo Software 02-06-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 2,251
Posted By Aristophanes
Tiny and, frankly, shrinking, market.

Tiny and, frankly, shrinking, market.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-23-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 7,477
Posted By Aristophanes
GXR has a superior Sony sensor by all measures.

GXR has a superior Sony sensor by all measures.
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-23-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2,470
Posted By Aristophanes
Trillions and trillions (in my best Carl Sagan...

Trillions and trillions (in my best Carl Sagan voice).
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 01-23-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2,564
Posted By Aristophanes
16 megapixels prints well at full rez up to 30"...

16 megapixels prints well at full rez up to 30" IMO. Depends on the material and original image quality. A tripod, very sharp, static scene image could go up to 40", especially with B/W. The higher...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-17-2015
Replies: 160
Views: 14,782
Posted By Aristophanes
I have a Fuji Instax and it is novelty over...

I have a Fuji Instax and it is novelty over fidelity.

They are sold by the checkouts of Wal-Mart.

The sales of Fuji's Instax are so microscopic compared to digital they are a thousandth of a % in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-17-2015
Replies: 160
Views: 14,782
Posted By Aristophanes
Digital photography is still increasing. Analog...

Digital photography is still increasing.

Analog film photography is still decreasing.

As smartphones got better they replaced most P&S.

The dedicated, higher-end camera market has become...
Forum: Off Topic 01-11-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 678
Posted By Aristophanes
Agree completely.

Agree completely.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-11-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 5,942
Posted By Aristophanes
A drone could have taken that.

A drone could have taken that.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-06-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 3,903
Posted By Aristophanes
For private sharing using a Mac I use Apple's...

For private sharing using a Mac I use Apple's Photo Sharing (not Photo Stream). Not able to download whole albums because it does not "album" default. But it is free. And what's the point of...
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-07-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 9,751
Posted By Aristophanes
Supply and demand. There are far, far more D700s...

Supply and demand.

There are far, far more D700s out there than F6s.

I bet the D700 outsold the entire F6 production run in the latter's history in 3 months.

More supply = lower prices.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-04-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 11,723
Posted By Aristophanes
I had a Pentax MZ-S where the shutter was whisper...

I had a Pentax MZ-S where the shutter was whisper quiet. I often did not think the camera worked sometimes.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 11-29-2014
Replies: 168
Views: 17,408
Posted By Aristophanes
I use the Ricoh GR. Phenomenal camera.

I use the Ricoh GR.

Phenomenal camera.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 11-28-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 2,952
Posted By Aristophanes
2013 Mac mini should do it for you. Has FW and...

2013 Mac mini should do it for you. Has FW and USB 3 and TB.

I would not use RAID. I'd use a separate box for sure. OWC TB are very good.

2 scanners may be an issue. OWC has a multi-prot box for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-11-2014
Replies: 59
Views: 5,190
Posted By Aristophanes
Depends on the lab. Used The Darkroom for...

Depends on the lab.

Used The Darkroom for processing and scanning and they beat my V500 hands down. https://thedarkroom.com

The cost vs. time of scanning is the issue.

But the whole concept of...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-11-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
Sales are not "the market". Econ 101. The...

Sales are not "the market".

Econ 101.

The market is the aggregate of all consumers . Sales are a measure of how many of those consumers buy over a period of time.

Smartphones have replaced P&S...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-10-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
The market for digital cameras is not "half"....

The market for digital cameras is not "half". That is nonsense.

Unit sell-through is down because it peaked and now is now normalizing. That is the correct analysis.

People continue to take an...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-10-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
Except Fuji just cancelled manufacture of their...

Except Fuji just cancelled manufacture of their 670 medium format camera.

None of their P&S models are now available outside Japan though normal channel.

Processing and scanning is so rapidly...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-10-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
Wrong. The digital camera market is really an...

Wrong.

The digital camera market is really an imaging sensor market.

more are made now than ever. Sony and Toshiba are still adding fabs and photolitho units en masse.

The P&S has migrated to the...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-10-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
An $80 novelty item, stocking stuffer will always...

An $80 novelty item, stocking stuffer will always outsell in volume an $1,200 model.
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-25-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
That is exactly how the market has always...

That is exactly how the market has always worked.

People not happy with the Brownie invested in a Rolleiflex.

People not happy with the Instamatic got an Olympus 35RC.

Usually, people kept...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 10-24-2014
Replies: 54
Views: 12,818
Posted By Aristophanes
Almost all VF's below certain price point will go...

Almost all VF's below certain price point will go EVF.

Why? Cost.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 10-24-2014
Replies: 54
Views: 12,818
Posted By Aristophanes
Clearly not, except amongst a few...

Clearly not, except amongst a few enthusiasts.

Likely the price point set the sensor size as did the EVF over the OVF.

Likely Fuji looked at the consumer who does purchase and decided they will not...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-23-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
Smartphones are going to force the legacy optical...

Smartphones are going to force the legacy optical companies to...wait for it...focus.

They can no longer count on a bulk sale, mass market, channel stuffing P&S market.

But they are driving DSLR's...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-23-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
There was no Flickr or YouTube or RFF in the...

There was no Flickr or YouTube or RFF in the past. A few more local galleries and maybe more local photography clubs, especially in schools, but overall the capacity for Joe Average to reach a...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-23-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
Like Kodak saying film was not threatened by...

Like Kodak saying film was not threatened by digital.
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-22-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
Not in low light, certainly not for crisp. Not...

Not in low light, certainly not for crisp.
Not with any decent zoo; still need optics for that.

I take photos of kids at events with my DSLR and post them to friends etc. and pretty son the...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-22-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
Even in the fi,m days many people owned more than...

Even in the fi,m days many people owned more than one camera. The "family" point and shoot (Kodak Instamatic) and Dad's "serous" camera.

So the concept of co-existing and overlapping camera products...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-22-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
High quality really = printing still. That's a...

High quality really = printing still.

That's a niche, like film.

The vast majority of photography has always been vernacular and we benefit from that economy of scale (even Leica). Quality is...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-22-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
Wasn't that Kodak's motto?

Wasn't that Kodak's motto?
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-22-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
People who value better photos will gravitate...

People who value better photos will gravitate towards the proven tech of good optics and larger sensors that smartphones cannot readily incorporate into their designs.

This becomes the dedicated...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-22-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, Pentax/Ricoh,...

Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, Pentax/Ricoh, and Fuji all fall into those categories and have for decades. With the exception of Nikon (which has an industrial arm) all the Japanese optical makers...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-22-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
Five years ago CIPA completely dropped any...

Five years ago CIPA completely dropped any reference to film photographic equipment in sales numbers as the volumes and revenues were too small a fraction to be considered part of the larger...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-22-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,925
Posted By Aristophanes
It's not collapsing. It is adjusting to three...

It's not collapsing. It is adjusting to three scenarios:

1) Smartphone cameras have replaced almost all P&S models. So the smartphone market IS the bulk of the camera market now. Sony Semi has done...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-20-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 13,014
Posted By Aristophanes
They tear it...

They tear it apart!

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iMac+Intel+27-Inch+Retina+5K+Display+Teardown/30260
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-19-2014
Replies: 5,700
Views: 513,502
Posted By Aristophanes
Bee Meet...

Bee Meet Flower
http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/attachments/177-macro-photography/241153d1413585670-bee-meet-flower-2014-09-30-10-37-27.jpg
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-30-2014
Replies: 173
Views: 18,117
Posted By Aristophanes
Or cappuccinos.

Or cappuccinos.
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 09-21-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,271
Posted By Aristophanes
1Password all the way.

1Password all the way.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-12-2014
Replies: 677
Views: 51,124
Posted By Aristophanes
"Daddy, I dropped your lens..."

"Daddy, I dropped your lens..."
Forum: DIYS Modifications 09-07-2014
Replies: 190
Views: 29,152
Posted By Aristophanes
He had to use an APS-C sensor because he could...

He had to use an APS-C sensor because he could not calibrate (or afford) FF.

Full frame would have required substantially more processing power and therefore a nono-RF camera body.

Neat project.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-07-2014
Replies: 3,178
Views: 497,804
Posted By Aristophanes
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5589/15169953971_72...

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5589/15169953971_72dbf86dd3_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/p7vYNx)2014-03-30 at 10-47-04 (https://flic.kr/p/p7vYNx) by The Coaster...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 09-05-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 2,769
Posted By Aristophanes
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5575/15150709685_14...

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5575/15150709685_1441670f18_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/p5Pm9v)2014-08-03 at 10-37-17 (https://flic.kr/p/p5Pm9v) by The Coaster...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-23-2014
Replies: 59
Views: 7,227
Posted By Aristophanes
At FF prices? Hardly.

At FF prices? Hardly.
Forum: Sony RX Series 08-22-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 14,193
Posted By Aristophanes
The RX100 v3 EVF is feasible because of the 1"...

The RX100 v3 EVF is feasible because of the 1" sensor. An FF sensor EVF would be much more difficult. The need for ocular view finding perhaps is not that necessary as a built-in but rather as an...
Forum: Sony RX Series 08-22-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 14,193
Posted By Aristophanes
A built-in EVF and it would no long be a compact....

A built-in EVF and it would no long be a compact. The moment they start adding such bulk is when they start making a bridge camera with a zoom.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-11-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,729
Posted By Aristophanes
Mirror lock-up is a power supply issue on...

Mirror lock-up is a power supply issue on lower-end models. They require more capacitors and circuitry, so that's a bigger board, more cost to assemble, electrocmagnets, and so on.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-10-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,729
Posted By Aristophanes
Because system on chip is vastly cheaper but can...

Because system on chip is vastly cheaper but can do everything. So leaving features out allows for price point differentiation. It is purposeful marketing starvation.

It is emulated on camera bodies...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-09-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 3,876
Posted By Aristophanes
I've used Pixelmator and find it useful.

I've used Pixelmator and find it useful.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-08-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 5,636
Posted By Aristophanes
To answer that question...porn.

To answer that question...porn.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-07-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 5,636
Posted By Aristophanes
Since the 1990s almost all major releases have...

Since the 1990s almost all major releases have been subject to digital inter-negative processing anyway before re-transfer to film copy for projection.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-06-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,501
Posted By Aristophanes
The economic driver is likely to be insurance...

The economic driver is likely to be insurance pricing and insurability.

Civil tort liability will be more effective than regulatory oversight.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-06-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 8,749
Posted By Aristophanes
Because of the massive over-production capacity....

Because of the massive over-production capacity. That and lots of cheap cameras from the salvage market are keeping roll film viable.

What is really keeping Kodak roll film going is the Vision 3...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-01-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 8,749
Posted By Aristophanes
While Germany may an island of film devotion, the...

While Germany may an island of film devotion, the cost of film, developing, and mail order is approaching $26/roll in North America, with prints extra. This includes a Noritsu scan at low res. Add...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-31-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 8,749
Posted By Aristophanes
Kodaks' bankruptcy filing said otherwise. They...

Kodaks' bankruptcy filing said otherwise. They said that large geographic swathes and major consumer entry points (like malls, drugstores) have now permanently lost processing capacity. Mini-labs do...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-31-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 8,749
Posted By Aristophanes
Kodak is saying they require a certain floor of...

Kodak is saying they require a certain floor of volume in order to keep Rochester open at all. So, yes, it is about stabilizing demand, especially for Vision 3. Kodak has a brain drain problem within...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-31-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 8,749
Posted By Aristophanes
We did. Film prices have rocketed up in the last...

We did.

Film prices have rocketed up in the last 2 years both for MP and roll.

Less volume = higher per unit prices. This applies across an entire product line within a company or across an entire...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-30-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 8,749
Posted By Aristophanes
All film manufacturers and processors rely on a...

All film manufacturers and processors rely on a certain infrastructure supplied at an industrial scale. There are chemicals and products (like the film base) which are only produced en masse specific...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-30-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 8,749
Posted By Aristophanes
It is for Kodak. They only have the one plant...

It is for Kodak.

They only have the one plant left in Rochester. It closes, no more Kodak film product. Tri-X and Portra and Ektar are all the way they are precisely because of the QC and this...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-30-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,510
Posted By Aristophanes
Except Jackie Brown.

Except Jackie Brown.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-30-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 8,749
Posted By Aristophanes
All roll or MP film can only be manufactured in...

All roll or MP film can only be manufactured in industrial scale.

That means it must also be consumed at the same scale to be economical.

Kodak has a single plant now in Rochester. That plant is...
Forum: Photo Software 06-30-2014
Replies: 101
Views: 8,554
Posted By Aristophanes
Another excellent article on the...

Another excellent article on the matter:

http://www.zdnet.com/apples-software-ju-jitsu-7000031062/
Forum: Photo Software 06-30-2014
Replies: 101
Views: 8,554
Posted By Aristophanes
As it stands right now photo images for iCloud...

As it stands right now photo images for iCloud can only de displayed through Photo Sharing, Photo Streams, or iPad iPhoto Journals, the latter of which can, through iTunes, be saved as a website (go...
Forum: Photo Software 06-30-2014
Replies: 101
Views: 8,554
Posted By Aristophanes
I seriously doubt Apple wants the guy with 6TB of...

I seriously doubt Apple wants the guy with 6TB of RAW files in their cloud.

Even Adobe probably does not want that customer bringing that much overhead to them.

Apple supports 2 OSs and a huge...
Forum: Photo Software 06-29-2014
Replies: 101
Views: 8,554
Posted By Aristophanes
For backup and sidecar files. The moment users...

For backup and sidecar files. The moment users start messing with file structures (and they do) apps stop working. This is likely a decision as much about customer service and complaints as anything,...
Forum: Photo Software 06-29-2014
Replies: 101
Views: 8,554
Posted By Aristophanes
There is no indication Apple is forcing anyone to...

There is no indication Apple is forcing anyone to use the cloud for OS X.

For iOS almost certainly because devices do not have the storage space.
Forum: Photo Software 06-27-2014
Replies: 101
Views: 8,554
Posted By Aristophanes
It sounds like the replacement Photos app will...

It sounds like the replacement Photos app will replace both iPhoto and Aperture. Looks far more like the latter:

http://www.dpreview.com/files/p/E~articles/5684134078/photos-yosemite2.jpeg

Moving...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-15-2014
Replies: 345
Views: 44,355
Posted By Aristophanes
Pentaxian here.

Pentaxian here.
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 06-05-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 4,138
Posted By Aristophanes
What is with the artifacts on the bow of the ship...

What is with the artifacts on the bow of the ship and up the line above it, and on the top of the left drawbridge?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-03-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 5,671
Posted By Aristophanes
Stroke her first.

Stroke her first.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-01-2014
Replies: 89
Views: 5,865
Posted By Aristophanes
Canon Snappy?

Canon Snappy?
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 06-01-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 3,947
Posted By Aristophanes
Older photographers have. Not many younger ones...

Older photographers have. Not many younger ones where 135 is foreign, like measuring weight in stone.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-27-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 949
Posted By Aristophanes
X-pan will need a flatbed like the Epson V750 or...

X-pan will need a flatbed like the Epson V750 or the Plustek 120.

The Epson + some wet scanning holders and you are good to go well within your budget.

Any older model scanner is a risk due to lack...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-25-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 7,069
Posted By Aristophanes
HCB was wealthy. He churned through film with the...

HCB was wealthy. He churned through film with the capacity for many, many decisive moments.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-21-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 4,303
Posted By Aristophanes
About the only way you can improve the scans on...

About the only way you can improve the scans on b/w is with either a marginal increase in resolution to the Epson V750 or with a dedicated 35mm scanner like the Plustek. The latetr is pretty close to...
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 05-15-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 7,430
Posted By Aristophanes
The Nikon 1 series is much larger than the truly...

The Nikon 1 series is much larger than the truly pocketable Sony RX 100s.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-15-2014
Replies: 318
Views: 25,661
Posted By Aristophanes
For the OP: Photography theories... And the...

For the OP:

Photography theories...

And the philosophies of photography...

This ain't monotheism.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-12-2014
Replies: 318
Views: 25,661
Posted By Aristophanes
Man Ray immediately comes to mind along with his...

Man Ray immediately comes to mind along with his neighbour, Eugène Atget.

I like Ansel Adams for rocks and trees and sky.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 05-08-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 2,535
Posted By Aristophanes
Cool It's predominantly an AF camera. Snap focus on...

It's predominantly an AF camera.

Snap focus on the GR is faster than manual focus and autofocus.

Why would you need to go back and forth between VF and LCD? Didn't do that with film
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-06-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 4,114
Posted By Aristophanes
Lattes? Something stronger, please.

Lattes?

Something stronger, please.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 05-06-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 7,313
Posted By Aristophanes
I use any old bag (usually a messenger style) and...

I use any old bag (usually a messenger style) and these as inserts:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/more-choices-Insulated-Soft-Lunch-Bag-Box-Food-Handbag-Pouch-Cover-Tote-Neoprene-/121334822091

They don't...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-06-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 8,457
Posted By Aristophanes
The Japanese Yen has lost considerable value...

The Japanese Yen has lost considerable value since mid-2013, which likely has a direct bearing on the title of this thread. New batches (2014) will be priced according to currents exchange...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 05-05-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 2,704
Posted By Aristophanes
AF is excellent. Depending on subject distance it...

AF is excellent. Depending on subject distance it is as fast or faster than a digital P&S. It does not have the PDAF focus speed of a modern SLR or DSLR, but it is swift for sure. 1/250 is not going...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-04-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,480
Posted By Aristophanes
Kettling was ruled lawful. Read the Wikipedia...

Kettling was ruled lawful. Read the Wikipedia article again.
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 05-04-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 5,397
Posted By Aristophanes
http://newsroom.cisco.com/release/1128065 Many...

http://newsroom.cisco.com/release/1128065

Many other studies back this up.

I would not assume that those who can afford it will not do their diligence.
Forum: Fuji X Series 05-02-2014
Replies: 351
Views: 48,023
Posted By Aristophanes
I run 16GB RAM on a 1 TB Mac Mini fusion with a 1...

I run 16GB RAM on a 1 TB Mac Mini fusion with a 1 TB SD Thunderbolt exclusive to photos and videos, external and a 24" Asus photo monitor. Screaming fast. Very accurate.

Made by a different type of...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 05-02-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 5,397
Posted By Aristophanes
It's an 18-55 18-56mm F3.5-5.6 zoom on an APS-C...

It's an 18-55 18-56mm F3.5-5.6 zoom on an APS-C sensor.It's going to have the same characteristics of...oh, I don't know...all the rest of the 18-50ish zooms on an APS-C sensor? Sort of a generic...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-02-2014
Replies: 258
Views: 26,080
Posted By Aristophanes
I think if you take off the Bayer array there may...

I think if you take off the Bayer array there may need to be a slight shim forward on an AF camera, so it's a modified assembly process adding cost. Then they'd have to test for focus accuracy and...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-02-2014
Replies: 258
Views: 26,080
Posted By Aristophanes
Fuji appears to have captured hundred of...

Fuji appears to have captured hundred of thousands of units with their X-series with similarities much closer to a traditional RF than a DSLR. They saw potential with tactile control and OVF and went...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-02-2014
Replies: 258
Views: 26,080
Posted By Aristophanes
Absolutely correct. All the optical prowess of...

Absolutely correct.

All the optical prowess of Leica glass cannot even be discerned on their own sensors. Their glass tests extraordinarily well, but their sensors test poorly, even in spatial...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-01-2014
Replies: 258
Views: 26,080
Posted By Aristophanes
DxO says that Leica's chosen sensors are...

DxO says that Leica's chosen sensors are inferior:

"The Leica M9 achieves the lowest score among measured full-frame sensors."

Lots of $$'s for worst-in-class.

I think Leica, to continue with its...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-01-2014
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Posted By Aristophanes
No, I did not generalize at all like that. Nor...

No, I did not generalize at all like that. Nor did I name-call.

There are different markets for Leica but the company itself has made it very clear who they primarily target as the main buyer and...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-01-2014
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Posted By Aristophanes
I never said YOU were a fashionista. I said...

I never said YOU were a fashionista.

I said Leica uses the RF pedigree to sell to the fashionistas (Leica = trendy, retro, photo geek, what's my Hermes bag) which Leica's own people readily admit....
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-01-2014
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Views: 26,080
Posted By Aristophanes
I said, explicitly, that one has worse sensor...

I said, explicitly, that one has worse sensor performance with the Leica than with the consumer-grade sensor now. I didn't really say it. I simply pointed to DxO and related data. Apparently my sin...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-01-2014
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Posted By Aristophanes
Apologies if business talk style comes off as...

Apologies if business talk style comes off as brusque. Legitimate, economically based Leica criticism sure stirs up some passions. I've owned Leica (and acnafford to). I admire their engineering and...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-01-2014
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Views: 26,080
Posted By Aristophanes
Leica used to sell itself using Magnum alumni, or...

Leica used to sell itself using Magnum alumni, or Salgado.

Now their most visible sales agents are Seal, Brad Pitt, and...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-01-2014
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Posted By Aristophanes
Leica's CEO says they no longer serve much of the...

Leica's CEO says they no longer serve much of the pro market, at least not with M mount. They consider themselves a "passion brand". Leica's message on the record is confusing. They state they...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-30-2014
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Posted By Aristophanes
The Kodak CCD sensor was NOT state of the...

The Kodak CCD sensor was NOT state of the art.:

http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/DxOMark-review-for-the-Leica-M9

"In comparison with the sensors used by other full-frame main manufacturers, the pixel...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-30-2014
Replies: 258
Views: 26,080
Posted By Aristophanes
You are reading too much into it, muddying the...

You are reading too much into it, muddying the objective with the content.

Leica's sensor choices simply gather much less data (of any type from any source from any person triggering the shutter)...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-30-2014
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Views: 26,080
Posted By Aristophanes
I didn't. The science of photography creates a...

I didn't. The science of photography creates a tool using industrial capital, which goes to market.

Whether one takes that commodity and uses it for art, forensic science, vernacular family snaps,...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-30-2014
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Posted By Aristophanes
Exactly. Garbage in, garbage out. The old...

Exactly. Garbage in, garbage out. The old software mantra.

All software starts with input data and the sensor is the sole source and interpreter of that data. It captures and converts. The more it...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-29-2014
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Posted By Aristophanes
That quote kind of misses the point, with all due...

That quote kind of misses the point, with all due respect.

It's not about being a artist or buying that capacity because one buys DSLR.

IQ now is largely (not entirely) about getting the shot one...
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