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Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 1,612
Posted By Samouraļ
The dpQ cameras handle beautifully, imo. I ended...

The dpQ cameras handle beautifully, imo. I ended up greatly preferring them to the DP Merrill cameras, or something like the high end Sony RX1. The body has good ergonomics, stable in hand, great...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-13-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 1,612
Posted By Samouraļ
I wonder if the upcoming Foveon L-mount camera...

I wonder if the upcoming Foveon L-mount camera will share the same body/accessories as the FP. Would be a major issue if there is no physical shutter, unless they can implement a global shutter by...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-11-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 1,612
Posted By Samouraļ
Pretty cool looking, but wake me when the Foveon...

Pretty cool looking, but wake me when the Foveon version is released.
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 04-15-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 2,353
Posted By Samouraļ
Thanks for the update. I found an article noting...

Thanks for the update. I found an article noting the same things, except that it is also delayed until...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 03-13-2019
Replies: 101
Views: 7,269
Posted By Samouraļ
Indeed. Your photos are so filmic, yet so...

Indeed. Your photos are so filmic, yet so transparent. Feels like looking through a window into reality. Not something I recognize in other modern cameras, but its your style that contributes to this...
Forum: Panasonic S1 S1 R L Mount cameras 02-03-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,253
Posted By Samouraļ
Sigma's 50/1.4 is under $1000 and is as high...

Sigma's 50/1.4 is under $1000 and is as high resolution as any 50 on the market. The Sony 55/1.8FE is also under $1000 and is comparably sharp, flat-field, it's still a really special lens.

And when...
Forum: Panasonic S1 S1 R L Mount cameras 02-03-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,253
Posted By Samouraļ
I find these prices a little exorbitant for a...

I find these prices a little exorbitant for a freshman entry into a crowded market. The Panny 50/1.4 is priced the same as the new Canon 50/1.2, which already seems a bit rich (but is exotic enough...
Forum: Panasonic S1 S1 R L Mount cameras 02-03-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,253
Posted By Samouraļ
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1/R

(What I believe are) the first fruits of the L-Mount alliance are borne: Panasonic's Lumix S1 L-mount cameras and S-series lenses are now available for pre-order (April...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-03-2019
Replies: 87
Views: 14,700
Posted By Samouraļ
Has anyone done or seen any portrait/strobe...

Has anyone done or seen any portrait/strobe photography with the DP3Q on its own or with the FT-1201 Conversion Lens?
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 01-26-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 319
Posted By Samouraļ
Good point about SPP. If you have them floating...

Good point about SPP. If you have them floating around on your drive, I'd appreciate the software too. I'll be looking at some old backups to check downloads folders to see if I have anything...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 01-26-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 319
Posted By Samouraļ
Firmware Archive?

Does anyone know where to find old firmware for Sigma's Foveon cameras? Specifically Quattro firmware around summer 2016.

I feel as though the science, particularly the camera behaviour in poor...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 12-26-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 496
Posted By Samouraļ
Sigma X3F Photoshop Plug-in

https://www.sigma-global.com/en/download/cameras/sigma-x3f-plug-in-for-photoshop/?fbclid=IwAR01owUsuJShYePxOSEezjn4S4FephQQKW9Vm3SQU1EYRLNJeLQiygyw-jQ

Merrill and Quattro X3F files are now able to...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 10-06-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 2,353
Posted By Samouraļ
Thank you for the advice, much appreciated. Feel...

Thank you for the advice, much appreciated. Feel free to PM me about any other Foveon cool development tools or plugins, Mac or Win.
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 09-27-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 2,353
Posted By Samouraļ
I prefer the slow approach of the Sigma Foveon...

I prefer the slow approach of the Sigma Foveon cameras, but the DP Quadros were in no way difficult to operate, and the post-process was hardly a headache if you were shooting JPEGs for previews. The...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 11-06-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 2,292
Posted By Samouraļ
I realize that a few cameras have had this...

I realize that a few cameras have had this functionality before Sony, but I guess this is the first time I've seen the technique illustrated so plainly (it looks like a Sigma Foveon info sheet).

Do...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 11-01-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 2,292
Posted By Samouraļ
Great point. This seems ideal.

Great point. This seems ideal.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-25-2017
Replies: 75
Views: 6,105
Posted By Samouraļ
These big magazines enabled him and gave him...

These big magazines enabled him and gave him power. I've read countless stories over the years about the way he assaulted girls and how his assistants facilitated this behavior.

Here are a couple of...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 10-25-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 2,292
Posted By Samouraļ
Sony A7RIII - Pixel Shift (Foveon Style)

Saw this on SonyAlphaRumors https://www.sonyalpharumors.com/officially-announced-new-sony-a7riii-24-15mm-400mm-fe-lenses/
https://www.sonyalpharumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/PS.png
Looks...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 03-23-2017
Replies: 54
Views: 7,043
Posted By Samouraļ
Here's what I quoted: This is a non-argument:...

Here's what I quoted:


This is a non-argument: so Sigma Foveon cameras are niche, specialty cameras that don't handle like a Canon 5D MkII. And they can be a "pain in the ass" at times, sure. I...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 03-23-2017
Replies: 54
Views: 7,043
Posted By Samouraļ
https://petapixel.com/2013/04/02/sigma-dp-cameras-...

https://petapixel.com/2013/04/02/sigma-dp-cameras-hacked-to-play-nicely-with-leica-m-lenses/

I don't know how you'd be able to get M lenses working with an SA camera. Further, I'd imagine that a...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 03-22-2017
Replies: 54
Views: 7,043
Posted By Samouraļ
What a useless comment. Stick to the other boards...

What a useless comment. Stick to the other boards if that's all you have to say about Sigma's Foveon cameras.

I'm personally dying to hear some forum member reviews about this new SD camera. Anyone...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-18-2017
Replies: 629
Views: 48,491
Posted By Samouraļ
I can't imagine it's lossy, so is there any...

I can't imagine it's lossy, so is there any reason why an uncompressed DNG would not be 100% the exact same as a losslessly compressed DNG?

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On the M10: I'm so glad that it isn't a successor to...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 10-23-2016
Replies: 146
Views: 15,781
Posted By Samouraļ
The SA mount has the same 44mm flange focal...

The SA mount has the same 44mm flange focal distance as the Canon EF mount (as well as its af protocol and mount electrical contacts...but in a different order I believe?). So Nikon F lenses will...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 10-05-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 3,594
Posted By Samouraļ
What a garbage DigitalRev review. Said nothing...

What a garbage DigitalRev review. Said nothing about what I wanted to know. The guys has no idea what a Sigma Foveon camera is or can do.

At one point he says that the bokeh of the lens is "almost...
Forum: Photo Software 08-06-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1,737
Posted By Samouraļ
the 900mb is when i have a photo open and i've...

the 900mb is when i have a photo open and i've applied a change. the processor is seeing base-clock usage for a second while a change is made, then drops back to a lower power state.

maybe a gaming...
Forum: Photo Software 08-05-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1,737
Posted By Samouraļ
Yes, 6.4 runs better on my comparatively...

Yes, 6.4 runs better on my comparatively under-powered Mac laptop for some reason. I didn't want to make a review of the performance between the two, definitively (as I'm not using them...
Forum: Photo Software 08-03-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1,737
Posted By Samouraļ
Something wrong with Sigma SPP

SPP just crashed because "Significant Memory Cannot Be Allocated." Though I have 32gb of ECC that are running fine. And when I'm running, I notice SPP using only around 900mb.

I installed 6.4 just...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-11-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,530
Posted By Samouraļ
Thanks for the detailed response. Those shots...

Thanks for the detailed response. Those shots look great. Seems like a special camera, and a classic. I've used both the Merrill and Quattro cameras, but the older model seems like it has something...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-11-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,530
Posted By Samouraļ
Hey thanks for that, I'll keep an eye on this...

Hey thanks for that, I'll keep an eye on this thread.
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-10-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,530
Posted By Samouraļ
You weren't kidding, he eked out some of the most...

You weren't kidding, he eked out some of the most amazing image quality that I've seen from any Sigma cameras.
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-10-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,530
Posted By Samouraļ
Thanks for the response. Interesting. So the...

Thanks for the response. Interesting. So the files might even be more difficult to work with than the Merrills or Quattros? The IQ performance more temperamental?
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-10-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,530
Posted By Samouraļ
Sigma DP2s - Request

Hi guys,

I'm considering a pre-Merrill DP2 for some travel photography. The focusing dial is particularly attractive, as it may allow for easy zone focusing.

I know the files it produces have a...
Forum: Digital Compacts 07-10-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 2,798
Posted By Samouraļ
So is the Sigma DP2s the most recent CCD compact?...

So is the Sigma DP2s the most recent CCD compact? I'm actually looking for something similar...I had considered the GR series, but I'd prefer a normal lens.

edit: it appears that the DP2s has a CMOS...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 07-06-2016
Replies: 183
Views: 95,578
Posted By Samouraļ
Can anyone comment on why 40mm lenses seem to be...

Can anyone comment on why 40mm lenses seem to be so short and simple? I don't know of many, but the M-Rokkor and the recentish Canon 40mm EF lens are downright tiny. Same with the 40mm Voigtlander...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-26-2016
Replies: 107
Views: 8,623
Posted By Samouraļ
Some of the old Sony CCD cameras are great in...

Some of the old Sony CCD cameras are great in good light, and offer fine Zeiss zoom lenses. I'd like to try the F828 one day.
Forum: Travel 03-30-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,670
Posted By Samouraļ
Well I'm going to vote for the Sigma dp0 Quattro....

Well I'm going to vote for the Sigma dp0 Quattro. It's way too much fun, and not frustrating in my experience. A little awkward and large, but it's light and comfortable. May as well bring two...
Forum: Sony RX Series 03-14-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,784
Posted By Samouraļ
What especially bothers me is that, in movie mode...

What especially bothers me is that, in movie mode (on the dial), one loses fully manual control over exposure, and I can't for the life of me figure out why or how to change this.

Sony has also...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-04-2016
Replies: 234
Views: 25,074
Posted By Samouraļ
Yeah, I'd love to see Leica release this M...

Yeah, I'd love to see Leica release this M without the lcd (and without the bayer). It should be thinner and cheaper to produce, but it'll probably be as expensive as a Monochrom.
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-26-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 3,926
Posted By Samouraļ
I've been shooting with the dp0Q since release as...

I've been shooting with the dp0Q since release as a travel camera, and it's a been a blast. I've been shooting exclusively in 21:9. Handling is better than the Merrills, and the performance of the...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-23-2016
Replies: 146
Views: 15,781
Posted By Samouraļ
http://3.static.img-dpreview.com/files/p/TS1200x90...

http://3.static.img-dpreview.com/files/p/TS1200x900~sample_galleries/6087587295/1190292583.jpg
What a cool battery grip, thanks for the tip-off. I love it. And is that dual screens on the back? Or...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-23-2016
Replies: 146
Views: 15,781
Posted By Samouraļ
What about a DP3 Merrill?

What about a DP3 Merrill?
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-23-2016
Replies: 146
Views: 15,781
Posted By Samouraļ
So I'm on the BH site, more pictures btw, and I'm...

So I'm on the BH site, more pictures btw, and I'm noticing an expansion port on the bottom. I wonder if a vertical grip is in the...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-23-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,975
Posted By Samouraļ
That makes sense that the firmware is necessary...

That makes sense that the firmware is necessary to correct for JPEG engine. I'll have to do some tests with old X3F files that have quirky red channel rendering, see if the new SPP corrects things as...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-23-2016
Replies: 146
Views: 15,781
Posted By Samouraļ
I love the shape of the camera, but the EVF...

I love the shape of the camera, but the EVF placement is kind of funky (probably to keep size down). The dedicated VF/Auto/Monitor switch is a godsend.

But seriously odd about the C and H sensors....
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-22-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,975
Posted By Samouraļ
The reason I ask is because I wonder how much of...

The reason I ask is because I wonder how much of that is baked in before the raw file is created, and what exactly is unchangeable once the file is created. The calibration has to be pretty close to...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-21-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,975
Posted By Samouraļ
Thanks Gary. I wonder what kinds of changes to...

Thanks Gary.

I wonder what kinds of changes to the sensor calibration/capture differ from previous firmware versions.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 02-21-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 2,951
Posted By Samouraļ
The best way is to download the OS from the App...

The best way is to download the OS from the App Store (not sure if that's possible in OP's situation, but it's useful to have on-hand) and use DiskMaker X to create a USB OS X installer. This is...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 02-21-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 2,951
Posted By Samouraļ
Even better, why not back up the data, then wipe...

Even better, why not back up the data, then wipe and reinstall the operating system. Start fresh. This is the best course of action, and Apple will ask if you've tried that yet. So try it and see if...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-21-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 5,799
Posted By Samouraļ
Thanks for that clarification, I didn't realize...

Thanks for that clarification, I didn't realize it has changed.
I think I'll try hp5 again.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-21-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 5,799
Posted By Samouraļ
I've shot almost entirely Tri-X/D76. I haven't...

I've shot almost entirely Tri-X/D76. I haven't experimented with other types of BW film, i suppose, besides T-max and hp5+ for photo, and Plus-X, Double-X, and a couple of reversals for motion...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-18-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 3,383
Posted By Samouraļ
I decouple my AF and Shutter Release on my...

I decouple my AF and Shutter Release on my cameras as well, including the DPQ cameras, but I don't see how that's relevant.

Different experiences as to AF reliability and speed, I suppose. But I...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-16-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 3,383
Posted By Samouraļ
The Merrill files can't be more hardware...

The Merrill files can't be more hardware intensive than the Quattro's, right? I'd be pleased as punch with a Merrill Redux lineup with the performance improvements of the Quattros.

I had an SD1M and...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-11-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 3,383
Posted By Samouraļ
Nice to read a new review of the DP0. I like this...

Nice to read a new review of the DP0. I like this author's style. He is correct in his opinion of the handling:

I tried the RX1RmII and couldn't stand the ergonomics (all of the Sony cameras...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 01-17-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 4,906
Posted By Samouraļ
Do you think that the Quattros might have more...

Do you think that the Quattros might have more than one stop on the Merrills, at least in practice. I'm shooting -1 to -1.7 ev most of the time to protect highlights. Whereas the Merrills need their...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 01-15-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 4,906
Posted By Samouraļ
I'd have preferred an update to the understated...

I'd have preferred an update to the understated style of the previous DP cameras, but the Quattros are not hindered by their unconventional design (they handle surprisingly well).

I do find great...
Forum: Travel 01-14-2016
Replies: 57
Views: 6,343
Posted By Samouraļ
This. You'll find all sorts of beautiful things...

This. You'll find all sorts of beautiful things just by following your nose.
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 01-10-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 5,128
Posted By Samouraļ
Woah, thanks for this. This should be a sticky at...

Woah, thanks for this. This should be a sticky at the top of the Foveon subforum. Maybe a regularly updated software link repository. Say new firmware update links (Gary's threads usually let me know...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 01-10-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 4,906
Posted By Samouraļ
I think the DP2Q is really quite attractive, and...

I think the DP2Q is really quite attractive, and definitely functionally designed. While traveling, I have gotten many interested/enthused commenters and curious onlookers due to the styling.

The...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 01-10-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 5,128
Posted By Samouraļ
I'll just repeat what the last few posts have...

I'll just repeat what the last few posts have noted:

-the RAWs are super-forgiving when pulling back blown-out highlights (the opposite is true of the Quattros)
-in fact, you need to be exposing for...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 01-09-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 5,128
Posted By Samouraļ
The IQ out of the Merrill sensor can beat any...

The IQ out of the Merrill sensor can beat any full-frame camera up to (and including) the original A7R, imo. The files are extremely printable. Jpegs are a bad idea.

It's a specialty camera: so...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-06-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 4,302
Posted By Samouraļ
I'm still reeling after having migrated away from...

I'm still reeling after having migrated away from Apple's Aperture software. Its replacement, Photos, is borderline unusable. And I don't like Lightroom.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 01-04-2016
Replies: 47
Views: 6,785
Posted By Samouraļ
For travel, I use a small Tom Bihn backpack, a...

For travel, I use a small Tom Bihn backpack, a domke padded insert, and two domke padded square wraps to further pad the insert on the bottom and top, which secures cameras stuff from falling into...
Forum: Sony RX Series 01-04-2016
Replies: 66
Views: 10,377
Posted By Samouraļ
True, just reiterating that point to highlight...

True, just reiterating that point to highlight the use of uncompressed raw.

One thing that I found funny is that the lovely metal lens cap actually is plastic on the part that grips to the filter...
Forum: Sony RX Series 01-04-2016
Replies: 66
Views: 10,377
Posted By Samouraļ
I'm talking about the RX1R mkII not the original...

I'm talking about the RX1R mkII not the original RX1/R. The focus ring does have some scratchiness to it/it can be squeezed and frozen in place..
Forum: Sony RX Series 01-02-2016
Replies: 66
Views: 10,377
Posted By Samouraļ
Using uncompressed raw, I don't think lens...

Using uncompressed raw, I don't think lens corrections are baked-in. Maybe there was a setting that I missed.

I don't mean to say that it's not an amazing camera, or that the results aren't...
Forum: Sony RX Series 01-01-2016
Replies: 66
Views: 10,377
Posted By Samouraļ
I got the chance to play with it. Lovely files,...

I got the chance to play with it. Lovely files, but horrible barrel distortion. Focus is mostly quick, files are prettier than you'd think, handling is mostly crap, and the evf isn't so useful in...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 01-01-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 4,906
Posted By Samouraļ
Take a look at BH and Ebay instead for a larger...

Take a look at BH and Ebay instead for a larger picture. I don't feel that those two used Dp2M copies represent anything significant as far as market forces, but in USD, they're sitting at $426...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 01-01-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 4,906
Posted By Samouraļ
DP Merrills Rising in Value?

I've been looking around for a DP1 Merrill recently (as I have the other two already), and I've noticed that while this is the least impressive lens of the trio, its price has remained a full $999 on...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 12-28-2015
Replies: 155
Views: 46,218
Posted By Samouraļ
I love seeing the Foveon sensors pushed to their...

I love seeing the Foveon sensors pushed to their limits, even if the result isn't as "perfect" what we'd see out of a bayer cmos camera. The results are special, like this one--it looks filmic and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-28-2015
Replies: 47
Views: 6,528
Posted By Samouraļ
The 35/1.4 AF is also highly sought after for...

The 35/1.4 AF is also highly sought after for portrait work and beautiful bokeh. The 135STF, while not AF, is of the same era, and is probably the best of the bunch.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-28-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,617
Posted By Samouraļ
I enjoy environmental portraits with the 50 and a...

I enjoy environmental portraits with the 50 and a little distance. Doing the same with 35 is more convenient, but I prefer the look of the 50.
Forum: Leica SL 12-26-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 5,885
Posted By Samouraļ
Is there anything special about Leica's secret...

Is there anything special about Leica's secret sauce when it comes to their CMOS releases? I saw Steve Huff comparing the SL to the A7R2, and his pictures painted a pretty unbelievable picture: that...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 12-25-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 6,068
Posted By Samouraļ
It might have something to do with that CMOS...

It might have something to do with that CMOS sensor (which doesn't have the same feel as the old CCD in the M9). The M9 is the modern classic, imo, not the M240 (which is bloated with features).
Forum: Leica SL 11-22-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 6,878
Posted By Samouraļ
Woah, that's a lot of cameras. Now I'm confused...

Woah, that's a lot of cameras. Now I'm confused when I hadn't been before!
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-19-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 3,905
Posted By Samouraļ
I like this post in the way it sort of...

I like this post in the way it sort of contradicts the old "best camera is the one you have with you" adage, which has always annoyed me as it seems to me like reductio reasoning. Not wrong, but can...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 11-18-2015
Replies: 218
Views: 23,139
Posted By Samouraļ
This is the truth. If you're confident and move...

This is the truth. If you're confident and move with purpose, you can get away with a lot. Or just act geeky. Both work.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2015
Replies: 103
Views: 7,184
Posted By Samouraļ
Why an M2 over M3 for a 50? I do like the M2...

Why an M2 over M3 for a 50? I do like the M2 styling better, but that M3 magnification...

For me, a nice ds M3 with a 50mm Summicron. And a Mamiya 6 with the 50mm lens.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 11-10-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 13,235
Posted By Samouraļ
Thanks for the advice, those are all great...

Thanks for the advice, those are all great points. I currently have a BlackBerry Passport, and have been considering the BlackBerry Priv. I'm on the fence as I really haven't been a fan of Android as...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-22-2015
Replies: 116
Views: 23,357
Posted By Samouraļ
Don't forget that they replaced that awful,...

Don't forget that they replaced that awful, plastic, port flange. I bemoaned its existence when the A7 and A7R were originally released, and now it's nowhere to be found. And to reiterate the...
Forum: Leica SL 10-21-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 16,107
Posted By Samouraļ
I think it's a lovely looking camera--looks as...

I think it's a lovely looking camera--looks as though Leica took the industrial design of the original Sony A7 (mark I) to its conclusion. It's cool and weird. I'd be happy to have and use one if...
Forum: Leica SL 10-21-2015
Replies: 273
Views: 19,312
Posted By Samouraļ
The SL does 10-bit out the hdmi port. The A7SII...

The SL does 10-bit out the hdmi port. The A7SII does 8-bit out the hdmi port.
Forum: Leica SL 10-20-2015
Replies: 273
Views: 19,312
Posted By Samouraļ
When you put it that way, I'm genuinely amazed...

When you put it that way, I'm genuinely amazed that Leica didn't do this.
Forum: Leica SL 10-20-2015
Replies: 273
Views: 19,312
Posted By Samouraļ
So I've read into this camera just a bit, and if...

So I've read into this camera just a bit, and if the video mode offers a full-pixel, downsampled readout at full frame, then maybe the price could be justified, as this will be the only 4K full frame...
Forum: Sony RX Series 10-17-2015
Replies: 66
Views: 10,377
Posted By Samouraļ
Apparently the lens hasn't changed at all...

Apparently the lens hasn't changed at all according to a Sony rep in a video I recently watched. So it's fair to assume that the RX1R2 has the same rotten focus-by-wire that all native Sony E-mount...
Forum: Sony RX Series 10-16-2015
Replies: 66
Views: 10,377
Posted By Samouraļ
I believe there was a hot shoe EVF available for...

I believe there was a hot shoe EVF available for the original RX1 as well. This is the better option, though I might have preferred a smaller LCD if it meant a non-popup VF.
Forum: Sony RX Series 10-15-2015
Replies: 66
Views: 10,377
Posted By Samouraļ
Looks like an ideal travel camera to me, with a...

Looks like an ideal travel camera to me, with a good enough lens and enough resolution to make a 50mm crop setting somewhat useful. If Leica released a Q with a 50mm lens, I'd rather that. But this...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 09-26-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 3,455
Posted By Samouraļ
Sony uses what amounts to a bespoke processor,...

Sony uses what amounts to a bespoke processor, right? It's specifically designed to process images. I don't think it's unreasonable to assume that the lossy raw compression is a hardware-based job,...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 09-25-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 3,455
Posted By Samouraļ
People have been speculating that the reason...

People have been speculating that the reason we're not getting lossless compression is because the processors were specifically designed to accommodate lossy compression. I don't know why Sony would...
Forum: RFF News 09-18-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 4,900
Posted By Samouraļ
I think this is true for the most part, but I...

I think this is true for the most part, but I would really love dedicated M subsections.

Besides that, maybe there should be a dedicated Sigma Foveon section. I think it deserves some...
Forum: Digital Compacts 08-19-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 8,156
Posted By Samouraļ
Interesting. I don't like cropping/reframing in...

Interesting. I don't like cropping/reframing in post, and I don't like adjusting where the center of the lens is in a photo. So these Quattros are perfect for playing with different aspect ratios as...
Forum: Digital Compacts 08-19-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 8,156
Posted By Samouraļ
Reviving an old thread. But I am curious: how did...

Reviving an old thread. But I am curious: how did the lenses on the xpan behave? Did they produce a very large image circle, and so the tops and bottoms of the image weren't actually used? Just a...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 08-14-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 5,822
Posted By Samouraļ
The one lens is the 55FE. I had a 35/2.8 FE that...

The one lens is the 55FE.
I had a 35/2.8 FE that I sold (and I'm kicking myself about that, as it was a good copy). I really enjoyed this lens.

The Loxia 35/2 might fit the bill, too.
Forum: Leica Q / T / X Series 08-13-2015
Replies: 221
Views: 32,999
Posted By Samouraļ
I'd rather have less speed and have a...

I'd rather have less speed and have a better-corrected lens than one of any speed that requires software correction.

It's just lazy, imo. I disable distortion correction on any camera that has it....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-12-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 2,629
Posted By Samouraļ
Thanks for the replies guys, lots of great...

Thanks for the replies guys, lots of great information in this thread. I'm quite excited to give this lens a go; recently had it serviced by Youxin.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-11-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 2,629
Posted By Samouraļ
radioactive summicron - airport security?

Hey there, planning for a trip. I'm wondering, would the radioactive collapsible summicron make it through security at a US airport or a European airport?

What would happen if the lens were tested?...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 08-08-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 2,539
Posted By Samouraļ
This is such a cool camera. Beautiful images. I...

This is such a cool camera. Beautiful images. I wonder which of the Quattro lenses is the most special?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-30-2015
Replies: 49
Views: 8,105
Posted By Samouraļ
The Summicron DR is the best made and handling...

The Summicron DR is the best made and handling lens I have ever used. I recently had a chance to use the Apo-Summicron 50mm M for an extended period, and I was extremely unimpressed with the focus...
Forum: Photo Software 07-03-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4,185
Posted By Samouraļ
Linux Photo Editing Solutions

Hey there, does anyone have any experience with Linux photo editing programs? Photivo is an open-source program that has caught my eye.

Phase One's Capture One Pro is the program that I have been...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-30-2015
Replies: 437
Views: 227,981
Posted By Samouraļ
a year late to say it, but this is cool

a year late to say it, but this is cool
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-27-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 3,069
Posted By Samouraļ
Yeah, those Japanese samples aren't very...

Yeah, those Japanese samples aren't very well-scanned. And as for film with the APO Summicron, it's a curiosity that I haven't seen discussed much (if at all). If you have the lens, why not. It's...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-27-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 3,069
Posted By Samouraļ
Thanks for those samples. How much...

Thanks for those samples. How much post-processing? Grain added?
I'd love to see the Portra 160 when you get the chance.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-27-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 3,069
Posted By Samouraļ
That's really more to do with the sharpness of...

That's really more to do with the sharpness of this lens, though, right? I'm really more interested in some of its other qualities. Bokeh quality, contrast falloff (which is a HUGE bullet point for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-27-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 3,069
Posted By Samouraļ
Request: 50 Apo-Summicron w/Film

Hey guys, I tried a forum search and couldn't figure anything on the subject (though I'm sure it's been brought up before): has anyone used the Apo-Summicron (50) on 135 film?
I'm just really curious...
Forum: RFF Polls 06-12-2015
Replies: 209
Views: 29,338
Posted By Samouraļ
folks can put their own language's spin on the...

folks can put their own language's spin on the word as long as it's reasonably close to the original. that's just how language works. most are close enough in the states (though i hear bo-kuh an...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 04-16-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 7,539
Posted By Samouraļ
Your post-processing style really works for these...

Your post-processing style really works for these images. I like it.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-16-2015
Replies: 91
Views: 9,755
Posted By Samouraļ
OP's second and fourth photo are nice, despite me...

OP's second and fourth photo are nice, despite me not enjoying the ideas behind the photos.

But I tend to take issue with homeless photosets. Not only is it cliched (I can't tell you how many black...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 04-11-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 8,516
Posted By Samouraļ
I've always found film negative to be extremely...

I've always found film negative to be extremely forgiving. More forgiving than even digital RAW files. Reversal and slide film seems a little closer in philosophy to JPEGs in my mind (though if you...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-29-2015
Replies: 79
Views: 14,825
Posted By Samouraļ
Useless poll without an M3 option.

Useless poll without an M3 option.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 03-18-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 2,109
Posted By Samouraļ
From what I've read, the 16-35FE is pretty good....

From what I've read, the 16-35FE is pretty good. Surprisingly good compared to the 24-70FE.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-18-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,727
Posted By Samouraļ
Hmm, I'd get whichever one ages less gracefully...

Hmm, I'd get whichever one ages less gracefully and more quickly. That way you look cooler.
Forum: RFF Polls 03-17-2015
Replies: 395
Views: 74,196
Posted By Samouraļ
I have an M3 DS w/1mil serial, but I'd love a...

I have an M3 DS w/1mil serial, but I'd love a digital Monochrom.

50 DR Summicron, 50 Radioactive Collapsible Summicron, 90 Tele-elmarit thin.
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-12-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 7,099
Posted By Samouraļ
I used to have some Canon glass (including this...

I used to have some Canon glass (including this one), and hitting infinity was always a pain. Not much of an issue in practice on a DSLR because I never shot manual (as I couldn't really gauge it...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-11-2015
Replies: 209
Views: 29,338
Posted By Samouraļ
bokeh is better just pronounce it correctly,...

bokeh is better
just pronounce it correctly, please

now there are loads of words in the english language that come straight from other languages (especially jargon like "bokeh"). why start changing...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 03-10-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 1,267
Posted By Samouraļ
It's supposed to be available April 14th in the...

It's supposed to be available April 14th in the US.
Forum: Travel 03-08-2015
Replies: 47
Views: 8,393
Posted By Samouraļ
This is absurd.

This is absurd.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 03-05-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 3,290
Posted By Samouraļ
If Sony released a Loxia-style, fully manual...

If Sony released a Loxia-style, fully manual 55FE, I would buy it in a heartbeat. I don't love the draw of the Zeiss Loxia 50, but I really want the manual focus and aperture.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-04-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 2,561
Posted By Samouraļ
Ah, very good. I suppose you won't get a better...

Ah, very good. I suppose you won't get a better lens of that length for the price. Donut bokeh is something one can learn to work around I'd imagine.

Gosh, so many interesting and exciting lenses...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-03-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 2,561
Posted By Samouraļ
Don't forget the 135STF. Is the 500/8 you're...

Don't forget the 135STF.

Is the 500/8 you're referring to the reflex lens? What makes it so special besides being the only AF reflex ever made? I've been considering this one too because of the fun...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-03-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 2,561
Posted By Samouraļ
Thank you for the information. It seems to me...

Thank you for the information.

It seems to me that the Minolta AF line has an exceptional lineup of long lenses. The 85/1.4, 100/2, 100soft, 100macro, 135stf, and then a whole bunch of great lenses...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-01-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 2,561
Posted By Samouraļ
Thanks for the information. I've been all over...

Thanks for the information. I've been all over Dyxum for awhile, and the hype has seriously interested me. I just wanted a less biased opinion from some folk on RFF.

The 100/2 does seem kind of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-01-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 2,561
Posted By Samouraļ
Minolta AF Lenses

What do people here think of the old Minolta AF lenses? I'm considering buying some for my A7S as some of these are considerably cheaper and more available than in modern mounts. I could put together...
Forum: RFF News 02-15-2015
Replies: 130
Views: 12,126
Posted By Samouraļ
I've been saying this for years. To friends, to...

I've been saying this for years. To friends, to teachers. Crazy that people don't realize how much constant work digital archiving requires.

We are finding lost cinematic masterpieces 60+ years...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-15-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,166
Posted By Samouraļ
I suppose that when you consider the Merrill...

I suppose that when you consider the Merrill lenses and their capabilities at a size just larger than MFT, then it's not wild to assume the better MFT lenses could easily out-resolve 40mp. Hell,...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-15-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,166
Posted By Samouraļ
That's a beautiful sample. But it doesn't appear...

That's a beautiful sample. But it doesn't appear to have the micro-detail that I feel a Foveon Merrill sample would have.

The real question is whether or not MFT lenses are at all designed to...
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-13-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 3,868
Posted By Samouraļ
That shiny finish on the lens is going to get...

That shiny finish on the lens is going to get soooo scratched up. It looks like a cheap extension tube to me.
Forum: Photo Software 02-12-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 4,641
Posted By Samouraļ
Does anyone use Adobe Bridge to manage and view...

Does anyone use Adobe Bridge to manage and view photos? And Photoshop to edit? Gosh I'll miss Aperture. Just so many fewer reasons to use a Mac every year. First Final Cut Pro, and now Aperture.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-12-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 3,147
Posted By Samouraļ
There's light that is difficult to use. There is...

There's light that is difficult to use. There is light that is near impossible to use. Not every minute of the day in every spot in the world are there these beautiful slices and dollops of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-11-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 889
Posted By Samouraļ
Pretty cool, no? Is there anyone on the board...

Pretty cool, no? Is there anyone on the board that would make serious use of a camera like this?

Pretty expensive too. Two (three-ish) near-$4000 bodies from Canon and Nikon in the past week. I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-11-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,210
Posted By Samouraļ
Thanks for the information guys. Makes a lot of...

Thanks for the information guys. Makes a lot of sense to me now.
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-10-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 3,868
Posted By Samouraļ
The IQ is likely still unbeatable at the current...

The IQ is likely still unbeatable at the current size, even with the Quattro's large and gawky proprotions.
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-10-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 3,868
Posted By Samouraļ
And I absolutely adore Sigma for it. What a great...

And I absolutely adore Sigma for it. What a great company. 'dp0' is such an amazingly playful moniker.

That said...why they haven't built an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera is beyond...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-10-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,210
Posted By Samouraļ
5Ds & 5DsR - Color? Please Explain

Can anyone explain what special magic Canon is doing with the new 5Ds and 5DsR as far as color is concerned? And what the differences between the two cameras are? I am a little confused about the way...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-08-2015
Replies: 86
Views: 16,128
Posted By Samouraļ
I guess it looks as though you have more...

I guess it looks as though you have more information in the highlights in the first capture, but I don't know how that could be (does that make sense?). Did you shoot these really hot and bring them...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 02-07-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 11,454
Posted By Samouraļ
This wouldn't improve the quality of old Minolta...

This wouldn't improve the quality of old Minolta AF glass too terribly, would you think? Of course they're designed for film, but they're also telecentric. I'd imagine that removing the translucent...
Forum: Photo Software 02-06-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 2,213
Posted By Samouraļ
I hate Lightroom's library organization method. I...

I hate Lightroom's library organization method. I loved the simplicity of Aperture's. I need the ability to be able to move libraries around and will, between servers and external hard drives....
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-04-2015
Replies: 58
Views: 5,738
Posted By Samouraļ
How will the Canon M line integrate with a...

How will the Canon M line integrate with a potential mirrorless full-frame camera from Canon (I'm betting it will happen within the next year or two).
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 02-03-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 11,454
Posted By Samouraļ
Very very interesting. I suppose they went with a...

Very very interesting. I suppose they went with a thicker sensor glass for durability? I hope the thinner glass isn't a liability, though I suppose nothing should ever touch it, ideally.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 02-03-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 11,454
Posted By Samouraļ
Does anyone know what this mod will do to...

Does anyone know what this mod will do to standard FE wide-angle lenses? What will it do to dslr-style, telecentric designs (probably nothing I'd assume).
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-02-2015
Replies: 87
Views: 14,700
Posted By Samouraļ
Gary, the last four b&w photos are pretty amazing...

Gary, the last four b&w photos are pretty amazing as far as texture and detail and apparent dynamic range. I am very impressed.

I suppose that film will be a bit more forgiving than digital for...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 02-02-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 11,454
Posted By Samouraļ
Wow, this is a lovely option. So many industrious...

Wow, this is a lovely option. So many industrious and capable people in the world today. What a treat for photographers.

Quick question: what will this do to FE wide angle lenses? and just any DSLR...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 01-28-2015
Replies: 87
Views: 14,700
Posted By Samouraļ
The last photo in that set is gorgeous, Gary. The...

The last photo in that set is gorgeous, Gary. The third is nice, but it's pushing the limits of the camera in that blown out sky, isn't it?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-26-2015
Replies: 150
Views: 17,737
Posted By Samouraļ
Color film prints that aren't forced through a...

Color film prints that aren't forced through a digital intermediary should be quite a bit richer than digital, no? I know it's a stereotype at this point, but what about reds?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-24-2015
Replies: 150
Views: 17,737
Posted By Samouraļ
Should you bother with fillm? Will you regret it...

Should you bother with fillm?

Will you regret it if film is unavailable in the future?

I consistently get images that are more indelible in my mind than anything I am able to achieve with digital....
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 01-14-2015
Replies: 87
Views: 14,700
Posted By Samouraļ
Wow, beautiful work guys. Gary, thanks for...

Wow, beautiful work guys. Gary, thanks for posting those BW shots, the feel is definitely more my style than the ooc Jpegs. And that beach shot, amazing. And then those snow shots near the water....
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 01-11-2015
Replies: 87
Views: 14,700
Posted By Samouraļ
The BW looks naturally a bit too contrasty for my...

The BW looks naturally a bit too contrasty for my tastes. I'll remain with the Merrill cameras until I find a used Quattro somewhere down the road. Or an SD-Quattro is released that is so good that I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-11-2015
Replies: 94
Views: 11,618
Posted By Samouraļ
I can't imagine that there has ever been an SLR...

I can't imagine that there has ever been an SLR quieter than the Sigma SD1 Merrill.

The throat is closed off by the IR filter. The mirror is dampened by a second motor (two motor design). And the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-07-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 3,596
Posted By Samouraļ
Sorry to hear that you've had all your gear...

Sorry to hear that you've had all your gear stolen. I hope that restarting offers a clean palate, mentally. Sometimes I think about getting rid of it all for a simpler and cheaper solution, but the...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 11-22-2014
Replies: 90
Views: 15,422
Posted By Samouraļ
Good post. I've used the 135 STF, and the IQ is...

Good post. I've used the 135 STF, and the IQ is phenomenal. Sony's current head optical designer said it's his favorite lens of all time (or at least one of them).

I'm curious. How does Sony come...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-17-2014
Replies: 124
Views: 13,272
Posted By Samouraļ
Da Vinci recording anatomy. Painters throughout...

Da Vinci recording anatomy. Painters throughout history doing studies of specific locations over the course of weeks, months, etc. to record light/judge and understand light. Picasso, a master...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 11-17-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 12,818
Posted By Samouraļ
If you can afford it, the upgraded processor and...

If you can afford it, the upgraded processor and video card are well worth considering as they are difficult or impossible to change in the future and you're going to be driving a 5K display. I...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-15-2014
Replies: 124
Views: 13,272
Posted By Samouraļ
There is no photography that I find as compelling...

There is no photography that I find as compelling as painting.



You're right. It's an interesting and thoughtful opening, and one that I agree with for the most part. It's worth having a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-12-2014
Replies: 111
Views: 10,939
Posted By Samouraļ
http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n130611.html It...

http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n130611.html

It does exist. Still a crappy, interpolated CMOS design, but the part that sucks up the light and makes the image is nearer the surface of the chip, and...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-12-2014
Replies: 111
Views: 10,939
Posted By Samouraļ
Digital is not technically superior to film in...

Digital is not technically superior to film in every way. Highlight rolloff and color reproduction are two notable areas where film is still superior. Skin tones? I think if I were a beautiful actor,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-12-2014
Replies: 111
Views: 10,939
Posted By Samouraļ
I am in agreement. There is an enormous...

I am in agreement. There is an enormous disconnect that occurs when I use my A7R. I feel a bit disoriented, but it's improved over the past year. Using my Leica M3 is a much more pleasant...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-08-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 10,841
Posted By Samouraļ
Would you not see the texture of the light...

Would you not see the texture of the light platform through the film? Horizontal setups aren't as clean as this, but they allow control of the everything around the focal plane. Right?

And how does...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 11-02-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 12,818
Posted By Samouraļ
Thanks. I'm sure the extra ram will fix it right.

Thanks. I'm sure the extra ram will fix it right.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 11-02-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 12,818
Posted By Samouraļ
Any of you iMac (5K) owners have an update on...

Any of you iMac (5K) owners have an update on performance?
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 11-01-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 4,938
Posted By Samouraļ
The overexposure is unfortunate, but one can...

The overexposure is unfortunate, but one can still see how much clearer the Quattro shot appears. The A7 shot definitely looks mushy, but also painterly and attractive. It has the low pass filter and...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 10-31-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 5,258
Posted By Samouraļ
Sony is releasing that 35/1.4 Distagon in early...

Sony is releasing that 35/1.4 Distagon in early 2015. Don't know if it's worth waiting for. And the price will be crazy. But...something to consider. As good as the new ZM Distagon is.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 10-31-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 12,339
Posted By Samouraļ
I've been reading around. This lens looks...

I've been reading around. This lens looks absolutely awesome. Nicer draw than the 35 Sonnar FE, and sharp as a tack.
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 10-31-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 7,310
Posted By Samouraļ
I know their insurance and entertainment...

I know their insurance and entertainment divisions are doing quite well. And despite the loss-leading PS4, they're apparently making money there, too.

Major losses stem from their Vaio PC...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 10-30-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 7,310
Posted By Samouraļ
I see this being an E-Mount camera, as it would...

I see this being an E-Mount camera, as it would apparently be built by Sony. This would make perfect sense with the new Zeiss Loxia lenses that are being released.

I'd prefer a purely optical...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-30-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 12,818
Posted By Samouraļ
The difference is actually amazing. I'm going to...

The difference is actually amazing. I'm going to put together a PC build with an NEC monitor.

and...it looks like a 24-inch UHD monitor is $1300. Not bad...I could put together a better desktop for...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-29-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 12,818
Posted By Samouraļ
Thanks for the mini review. I'm quite interested...

Thanks for the mini review. I'm quite interested in the new iMac due to the reasonable price. That said, I do too much videowork for this ever to be a serious consideration. I currently have a...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-28-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 12,818
Posted By Samouraļ
Has anyone received their 5K iMac yet? Also, I'd...

Has anyone received their 5K iMac yet?

Also, I'd love to hear some recommendations for 10 and 12-bit monitors.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 10-20-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 2,415
Posted By Samouraļ
If you've used an A7S with its stainless steel...

If you've used an A7S with its stainless steel mount, then you'd know that it corrects the lateral and rotational play found in the A7 and A7R. It was like night and day for me.

I read another...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-20-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 12,818
Posted By Samouraļ
And it's going for a really decent price. A 5K...

And it's going for a really decent price. A 5K monitor alone would usually cost $2500. It seems pretty underpowered for such a display, and won't likely be useful for anything high-res beyond photo...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-20-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 3,585
Posted By Samouraļ
Please just let young children experience life...

Please just let young children experience life through their own eyes rather than from behind a camera lens. They'll find their own passions in time.

But if I had to answer: the only point and shoot...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-14-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 6,390
Posted By Samouraļ
This is phenomenal.

This is phenomenal.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-13-2014
Replies: 20
$$$
Views: 2,945
Posted By Samouraļ
I adore Cindy Sherman's work. And I'm sure...

I adore Cindy Sherman's work. And I'm sure Gursky's work is more impressive in person, particularly the supermarket and stock market ones. I can't get behind photoshopping, though.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-12-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 8,192
Posted By Samouraļ
Article is pointing out the obvious and making...

Article is pointing out the obvious and making incorrect assumptions on behalf of shooters--I would use the heck out of the M60 and would prefer it to the M240. The only good point it brought up was...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-05-2014
Replies: 158
Views: 16,550
Posted By Samouraļ
I ordered a roll of 135 and a roll of 120. Maybe...

I ordered a roll of 135 and a roll of 120. Maybe I'll get more in before it's all said and done. But it looks like the kickstarter is on track to succeed well ahead of time.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 09-21-2014
Replies: 193
Views: 46,322
Posted By Samouraļ
Kxl, I like the plane and the pool. I'd want to...

Kxl, I like the plane and the pool. I'd want to vacation there. The processing is alright (visually attractive like candy, though a little much for my everyday senses), but the palm tree shot has...
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-17-2014
Replies: 724
Views: 202,658
Posted By Samouraļ
The second two shots are really fine looking....

The second two shots are really fine looking. Impressively dramatic and well processed.

The first shot, though...it doesn't look good at all. Did you overexpose it or cook it that way?
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-16-2014
Replies: 1,894
Views: 1,734,908
Posted By Samouraļ
That's is some beautiful light. Great shot.

That's is some beautiful light. Great shot.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 09-15-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 6,690
Posted By Samouraļ
How does a Distagon draw compared to a Sonnar? I...

How does a Distagon draw compared to a Sonnar? I quite like the quality of the 35/2.8FE already.

Curious, the new 35 Distagon has an aperture ring with a detent on/off switch (for video I imagine)....
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 09-15-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 6,690
Posted By Samouraļ
I haven't been following much to do with the...

I haven't been following much to do with the 56APD from Fuji, but it's apparently not as impressive as the 135 STF. Maybe you can explain to me what the deal is with Fuji's STF-style lens.
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 09-15-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,616
Posted By Samouraļ
That loupe actually looks cool. I'm a huge fan of...

That loupe actually looks cool. I'm a huge fan of Sigma's industrial/art design.
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-15-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 6,285
Posted By Samouraļ
This camera looks beautiful.

This camera looks beautiful.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 09-15-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 6,690
Posted By Samouraļ
That 35/1.4 FE is enormous. Is it a retrofocal...

That 35/1.4 FE is enormous. Is it a retrofocal design? I'm not impressed by Sony's lens announcements today. No 85/1.8 is a real disappointed. Only the 28/2 FE with the two WA adapters has piqued my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-14-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 5,216
Posted By Samouraļ
curved sensor medium format will be here sooner...

curved sensor medium format will be here sooner than never, and that's when we'll see smaller lenses and cameras. no doubt.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 09-13-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 10,372
Posted By Samouraļ
The A7S is the best camera among them in my...

The A7S is the best camera among them in my opinion.

-metal flange (which makes more of a difference in feel than you might realize as lenses don't wiggle like on the A7 and A7R/will allow snugger...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 09-11-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 5,392
Posted By Samouraļ
I believe that the aperture is also...

I believe that the aperture is also electronically controlled. I'm curious to know if the manual aperture ring is simply a control dial or if it can be adjusted when the camera is off (or adapted to...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 09-10-2014
Replies: 193
Views: 46,322
Posted By Samouraļ
http://s14.postimg.org/wannf00g1/DSC3019.jpg A7R...

http://s14.postimg.org/wannf00g1/DSC3019.jpg
A7R + 55FE
Forum: Photo Software 09-10-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,535
Posted By Samouraļ
I use X-Rite i1Display pro. It works alright,...

I use X-Rite i1Display pro. It works alright, doesn't mess with the OS too much. I like it better than the ColorMunki I've used before.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 09-10-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,640
Posted By Samouraļ
Until you've used the Minolta 135STF, you don't...

Until you've used the Minolta 135STF, you don't understand the kind of rendering it can produce. It's an astonishing lens. The more lenses that employ an apodization filter the better, imo.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 09-10-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,640
Posted By Samouraļ
Wink I must say, I'm having trouble discerning the...

I must say, I'm having trouble discerning the differences in bokeh between the APD and the non-APD. The APD lens does look nicer, on the whole, but I can't yet see the benefit. No doubt we'll see...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 09-10-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,640
Posted By Samouraļ
New 56/1.2 R APD?!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1080891-REG/fujifilm_16443058_xf_56mm_f_1_2_r.html

Is Fuji releasing a lens with a similar apodization filter as the Minolta 135STF? Aka, the lens with the best...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 09-10-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 10,372
Posted By Samouraļ
http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr4-no-other-new-ca...

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr4-no-other-new-camera-from-sony-at-photokina-sr5-new-generation-sensor-and-cameras-release-in-january/

Apparently there won't be a new photo E-mount camera...
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-06-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,085
Posted By Samouraļ
Installed 6.06 this morning. Exact same issues as...

Installed 6.06 this morning. Exact same issues as before. Tried XF3-only view, but still no visible image in the icons, and it crashes when trying to launch a photo. Is it not compatible with Merrill...
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-05-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 7,503
Posted By Samouraļ
It's not a matter of af speed, it's more a matter...

It's not a matter of af speed, it's more a matter of getting the lens set to a distance and then being able to snap off a bunch of shots without having to re-focus/have fear of losing your af-lock...
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-04-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 7,503
Posted By Samouraļ
I'm completely surprised that the 'focus' button...

I'm completely surprised that the 'focus' button doesn't activate the autofocus (as I never have af set to half-shutter on my other cameras). The way the af lock functions on my Merrill cameras is my...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 09-03-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 5,392
Posted By Samouraļ
I'm finding it hard to get excited about these...

I'm finding it hard to get excited about these two lenses based on the Flickr samples. The draw from Sony 55FE and 35FE is much more pleasing to my eyes.

It's only the mechanics of these lenses that...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 09-02-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 5,392
Posted By Samouraļ
http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/zeiss-loxia-officia...

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/zeiss-loxia-officially-announced-50mm-costs-949-and-35mm-costs-1299/

Alright, here's some actual information about the lens design, price, etc. Anyone care to comment...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 09-01-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,725
Posted By Samouraļ
Uhh, what?

Uhh, what?
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 08-28-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 5,392
Posted By Samouraļ
Zeiss Loxia 50/2 Planar FE

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr5-first-image-of-the-new-zeiss-loxia-50mm-f2-0-planar-lens/

Here is the first image of the new Zeiss Loxia 50 for the FE mount. A 35/2 on the way as well. Thoughts?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-27-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 6,317
Posted By Samouraļ
I actually met with Youxin at his home back in...

I actually met with Youxin at his home back in 2011. He CLA'd my M3 for me, sold me a DR and a few odds and ends. Totally great guy.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-21-2014
Replies: 128
Views: 12,367
Posted By Samouraļ
Is there a post or screw of somesort underneath...

Is there a post or screw of somesort underneath the vanilla-240's red dot logo? If the screw serves some sort of structural function, I don't mind; looks kind of cool.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-21-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,604
Posted By Samouraļ
Leica M240 w/o Screen

Sounds as though Leica might be releasing a digital M without an LCD screen that only shoots raw photos....
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