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That makes Neil Young's Pono player ($399) seem like a bargain...

FWIW, the Nikonistas seem well aware that mothership Nikon has adopted DO.

PF ... silly how Nikon spells DO ...
Diffractive optical and fluorite elements, electromagnetic diaphragm ... it seams that Nikon is finally catching up with Canon in lens techology after so many years ...
But seriously this new lens looks very handy, and due to DO (PF) it is exceptionally small and light (though low weight is probably due to use of plastic also).
Nikon PF also seams different than Canon DO, they provide similar benefits but Nikon is using one meniscus lens glued to diffractive element while Canon uses two diffractive elements.
I just hope that bokeh will be better than Canon 400mm DO that I dont like very much... in that case this lens would be really great ...
By the way separate tripod collar now makes perfect sense, it is compatible with 70-200mm f/4 so you can use it interchangeably and those two lenses would make really fantastic and light travel combo ...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is Leica really worth it?
« on: January 02, 2015, 03:48:57 PM »
How can the photographer do the right framework in Macro, through a rangefinder with parallax error?

Again, how to make a correct framework using ultra wide 15mm lens? Is there an optional display that covers the same angle of view?

1) see the macro-kit. It has optics that go over the range-finder.
Also, the M240 has an EVF.

2) there are two options.
-The M240 has an EVF.
-For M9 and earlier cameras, you can just buy a line finder to go on your flash shoe.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is Leica really worth it?
« on: January 02, 2015, 03:12:45 PM »
Also Monochrom creates really good images because of the lack of the bayer filter.

It really does! Even Roger Cicala likes it although he says he has difficulty using rangefinders.

Also, this blurb from the rental page:

"A bargain is something you don’t need at a price you can’t resist. This is something you don’t need at a price you can’t afford. But, damn, it’s a spectacularly awesome thing you don’t need. There’s no logical reason I would need this camera, at all. I can’t even focus a rangefinder because of some eye problems.

"But when I see the images that come out of it, ‘need’ has nothing to do with it. It’s lust, pure and simple. They are different, spectacularly different. I’ve heard people say they can make images just like this with high resolution SLR images and post-processing. They can’t. What comes out of this camera is absolutely unique.

"If I was a great marketing guy, I’d tell you rent this for a week and get it out of your system. But I’ll be honest. You won’t get it out of your system. At least I haven’t.

"I can’t even focus it. I just set the lens to hyperfocal distance, bang away for a while, and then get home, pop the card in the computer, and it’s like Christmas. I’m unwrapping images going “oh, boy, let’s see what I got”. And whatever I got isn’t quite like anything else I can get with any other camera."

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is Leica really worth it?
« on: January 02, 2015, 11:05:46 AM »
I'd like to meet someone with a brand new Porsche who says "It's nothing special - just a Volkswagen with a big
engine".  He could be a Leica owner.  Sure, they have a "special" past, fine glass and a body you could drive nails with, but "nothing special" - if you have enough spare change.  Using one requires more than a basic knowledge of photography, a mindset to take "photographs instead of pictures" - and not needing a longer focal length than
135mm.  It also requires good eyesight to use the rangefinder, good psychomotor skills to focus, and a touch of
arrogance.  For an entertaining evening try the Leica user forum at

I love the Monochrom -- really and truly do. It's so much fun to shoot and I really like the images it renders.

I am also the first to admit that it probably isn't worth the price - it's a great product, but I think it would be reasonably priced a few thousand dollars less.

However, I think you exaggerate the difficulty in using a rangefinder.

You need to have a basic sense of what a proper exposure will be but that really isn't too hard to grasp after shooting for a little while. The camera does have a meter built into the rangefinder and it is very easy to adjust the aperture ring if you are within a stop or two of the right ISO/shutter speed on the fly. 

Focusing is really easy. I only have two lenses: the 50mm Summilux and the 90mm Summicron. The 50mm is super easy to focus and I rarely have an out of focus shot. I do admit I prefer to have a 40% magnifier on when shooting the 90mm, but, with the magnifier I have few out of focus shots.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is Leica really worth it?
« on: December 31, 2014, 01:52:40 PM »
There's a thought out there that Leica has become a lifestyle luxury brand above all else... which is fine, they make money now.

I wouldn't be surprised. Private equity shop Blackstone bought a large stake in Leica a few years ago and they will look to maximize their return on investment.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is Leica really worth it?
« on: December 31, 2014, 01:43:37 PM »
Is it worth it in terms of the cost - probably not.

I have the Monochrom and simply love the camera and Leica glass really is top-notch. (Although, Zeiss' latest 35mm M-mount is actually better than Leica's higher priced 35mm Summilux.) Shooting with a range finder really isn't that difficult and I've even used it to photograph a dance show while I recorded video with my 5D3 (see below). I do, however, often have a magnifier attached to aid in focusing.

I love how range finders force me to slow down and think about composition instead of running and gunning. The Monochrom doesn't have a bayer filter and produces super detailed images. When I do studio shots and edit in Photoshop I am amazed how when I zoom in even to pixel level I still see detail whereas images from my 5D3 go to mush well before pixel level.

My big gripes with the Monochrom are the horrible LCD on the back and the fact the buffer fills up fast and takes forever to clear. There is apparently an issue with the Monochrom and M9 in terms of sensor corrosion, but Leica has offered a free lifetime sensor replacement.

Dr. Cornel West by Evan's Pix, on Flickr

aerialist by Evan's Pix, on Flickr

modern dance by Evan's Pix, on Flickr

Photography Technique / Re: Your favorite f-number for landscape shots?
« on: December 28, 2014, 08:24:46 PM »
f/: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13...

I only shoot primes with prime apertures.

Financial District has a number of cool sites:
-Federal Hall (first capitol building of the U.S. government, has a nice statue of George Washington)
-Federal Reserve Bank of New York (looks like a castle)
-the bull
-the New York Stock Exchange
-Trinity Church
-8 Spruce is pretty cool (it's a Gehry designed apartment building)

It is a very short walk to either the Brooklyn Bridge or to Battery Park (good place to take a gander at the Statue of Liberty).

Wall Street by Evan's Pix, on Flickr

FloodWallStreet by Evan's Pix, on Flickr

FloodWallStreet by Evan's Pix, on Flickr

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FYI: D750 light leak issues
« on: December 14, 2014, 09:09:46 PM »
I guess all that extra DR will come in handy.... given that D750 users will have to shoot in the dark.

Animal Kingdom / Re: The 1200mm Sharpness Test
« on: December 07, 2014, 09:40:58 AM »
The latest version of Photoshop allows you to select areas automatically in focus vs. out of focus for a mask. It works just like the color select tool.

What advantages does this lens have over - say - a train, which I can also afford?

Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: October 06, 2014, 09:57:49 PM »

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