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  • #4397
    Bobby Lee

    Hi David,

    We have tried that too. But unfortunately, using the EVF equals to using LV and there is time delay between pressing the shutter and the shutter react. Not practical for fashion or baby photography!

    Bobby

  • #4386
    Bobby Lee

    Hi guys,

    Just get my M 240 MF handgrip. I plugged it with a USB cord I use normally for my card reader and start up the LR 5 with my two generation behind MacBook Pro. The tethering just work fine. The software recognised the M240 without any delay.

    So it sounds perfect! No! Why?

    Because the way you plug in the USB cable (on the lower left of the camera back) when facing you, the cable itself just stick out and since the plug is hard rubber, you just cannot stick your face to the camera to focus!

    That mean for those who would like to shoot fashion or people shots and need file transfer to the computer for almost real timer review will be very unhappy.

    You can only do tethering when using Live View and on a tripod! Exciting!

    just wonder if designer at Leica take photos with their prototype! The problem could easily (as least for me who is just a user) be solved by exchanging the flash sync connector from the right of the camera to where the USB connector is with the design. The Sync cord due to its universal design will not stick out more than a few mm as all nowadays sync connector are 90 degrees and the cord will just go down to the floor.

    I am now indoor so cannot test the GPS although it said ‘on’!

    Leica is amazing! Sounds like you can use a S or large format if you need this and that!

    Bobby Lee

  • #3666
    Bobby Lee

    Hi Guys,

    Just another image with the M. Lots of details in the shadow area.

    Enjoy!

    Bobby

  • #2720
    Bobby Lee

    Hi all,

    One more M Monochrom image.

    Looking forward the M Monochrom brochure from Leica AG.

    Bobby

  • #2664
    Bobby Lee

    Hi Stephan,

    One thing for sure the D800E can make larger output (prints) because of its resolution.

    Bobby

  • #2660
    Bobby Lee

    Hi all,

    I think it is very difficult to compare the image quality of the two cameras. One use CCD and the other CMOS, one use the Bayer Filters technique and not the other.

    I understand photographers always want to find out which camera is better or the best but we all know there is not such thing as the best camera for all photographers. About the image quality, the grain / pixel structure of the M M and D800E should be different, so it is up to the kind of usage that makes a certain camera a better one. Otherwise Nikon do not need to produce the D4!

    After using the M M for a little bit over 24 hours. I have to say that this is a completely new experience for any digital camera users. Please do not forget this camera not just give you high ISO performance (this is just a ‘by product’ from the new ‘Clear’ pixel design) but also produce ultra fine details images.

    I do hope our Leica fellow users not to label the M M as a Bresson camera (he may use an iPhone to capture his images if he is still living today). It is equally good for any fine art photographers who, as Oskar Barnack, like smaller setup for their work!

    Bobby

    Attached files

  • #2651
    Bobby Lee

    Hi guys,

    Just would like to post another M Monochrom image.

    This one is ‘almost’ perfect except some blow out highlight. It should be better if I make a under exposure image and adjust it with Camera Raw later!

    Only wish I have a couple of days to try out the camera instead of 24 hours.

    Bobby

    Attached files

  • #2646
    Bobby Lee

    Hi Pete,

    Well, I think the reason we have to follow the so called ‘expose to the right’ is base on the histogram generate from the Joel preview image file. There are lots of round up figures when calculating this low resolution jpeg file and some camera manufacturers deliberately add on a safety margine to this calculation so the photographer always expose the image in a safety zone.

    However, the histogram of the M Monochrom is generate directly from the DNG file. This is a rather ‘flat’ file with more than enough information. Plus the firmware is not final. That is why in the video, the histogram first shown one shape and after one second it re-calculate into another shape! Also in my review, from the screen capture, you will find that the over exposed area on the reflective glass window did not send the right ready to Photoshop’s Camera Raw.

    No matter it was the firmware or the character of the CCD or the DNG behavior, I am sure the M Monochrom has its whole new set of rules for making the right exposure.

    There will be lots of test when the full production camera is avaiable for us to test again. Hope you can inspire me more on this issue! Thanks!

    Bobby

  • #2642
    Bobby Lee

    Hi Pete,

    You are welcome.

    There is no sharpening on the attached image. Just default pre-sharpen setting (25) on Camera Raw.

    You should try the M Monochrom as if it is a camera loaded with Black and White (positive) film. I have found the ‘expose to the right’ theory cannot work with this camera, or at least this one with unfinished firmware.

    On the third part of my review (http://www.photo-society.hk/?p=2210), browse to the bottom of the post and click the link. You will find a video clip showing the interesting response of the histogram!

    Bobby

  • #1535
    Bobby Lee

    Hi all,

    Many thanks for the information. In fact I did not look at the file number when I first received my S2 (my S2 file number start from L100068x). It is because the trading business is base on trust. But in certain area, Asia for example, buying expensive items need to pay extra attention. There are lots of authorized dealers selling grey market goods at the same time. There is no harm if one bought a grey market product and have service support from the shop. But buying buying products with unknown sources is the last thing a consumer would like to face!

    In Japan, there are camera shops selling re-packed pre-owned cameras, these cameras are like brand new since the people who bought it may only wants to try it out and after a few days, usually with a week, sell it back to the shop at a discounted rate. These shops always alert their customers that the equipment they sell are pre-owned item but in new or almost new condition. In some cases, camera stores owner from other country will buy these equipment and resell them as new grey market item.

    So to conclude this issue, the best place to shop is the authorized dealer with proper paper work and invoice.

    Bobby

  • #1316
    Bobby Lee

    Dear all,

    I know it is a bit stupid to introduce a Chinese language web blog to you guys.

    http://www.photo-society.hk/?p=214

    However, ths is the test I have made on the 180mm.

    Pls note the size of the target with reference to the SD card below.

    Athe closeup shot was the average result (sharp).

    I have positioned the focuse circle at various point as shown in the second photo.

    Bobby

  • #1303
    Bobby Lee

    Hi David,

    Thanks for the great news. Knowing that you will test this new lens. I really would like to see if there are any visible distortion. Also concern about lens flare!

    Looking forward to see your test images.

    Thanks.

    Bobby

  • #1203
    Bobby Lee

    May I ask why Leica has to use OLED for the top display if it does not function that well under daylight?

  • #1193
    Bobby Lee

    Hi all,
    I am a professional photographer working in the industrial and corporate area of photography.
    I have a chance to work side by side a H4D 40 with my S2. I do not think there are much difference in the image quality for photographers who make a living with commercial clients since most of the clients do not notice the differences in terms of lens quality (image quality). I know many fellow photographers bought new digital camera with higher pixel just because clients want to make larger output or even worse, their retouchers want more information for copy and paste!
    However, if I have to identify the difference between the H4D and the S2 besides the image quality. I would say the H4D 40 is like a truck which design (or no design) to be a workhorse for professional. But it has too many buttons to look after, too noisy (mirror sound) and difficult to handholding it for a long period of time (especially in vertical format).
    With the S2, it is like a simple operate sports car, you hardly feel you are at work with this camera! You just enjoy the quality of the images.
    Of cause the S2 camera system is not complete and we can only working with a handful of accessories. And the lenses from Leica are a lot more expensive than Hassel and PhaseOne but the quality from the S lenses are no doubt the winner!
    Bobby
    ps. Hassel really spent a lot in designing the ‘true focus’. It works great but I think manual focus perform well with the S2 even with the original focusing screen.

  • #1162
    Bobby Lee

    Hi all,
    I have been using the Eye-Fi card with my Canon 1Ds Mk III setup for many months and althought no actual comparison but looks like the card uses very little power. I have tested it after firmware upgraded with my S2 + ipad 2 and it works ok!
    I think it is good for outdoor photographers who do not want to carry the extra weight from their laptops but need to review their shots on a larger monitor!
    The only thing I do not like is the setup needs some kind of a wake up process with the Shuttersnitch software; the iPad or iPhone connected will not receive any signal at first. One has to take at least three shots to start the transmitting process! Plus if you review the shots on the iPad while the setup still transmitting images from the camera, Shuttersnitch may jump to the newly imported image no mater you are reviewing or making remarks on its pervious images! No good if your client is making comments on a selected shot.
    Bobby

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