Great work, guys! Humans and horses!
...have to asssist with something. Just one from out in the Wood today...
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Actually, I did manage to find one person after a long, cold wait at this Freemason mural.
BTW, there's an Edouard Boubat quote on my blog today that I think some of you may enjoy. And check out the google images link at the end of the post. I really enjoy his work.
Nice Pictures John! And very interesting with Edouard Boubat (!!)...and your Book too (!!!)...I'll have to catch up on that later on....now back to the very booring Work (no more jump-over-actions, looking sideways...at least I'll try, not to)
ha, ha...just fine, John!
(PS I guess it's a trailer for the A7R)
Dare I ask where you stand on that particular Sony device - from one GR fan to another? Honestly, I now look for GR-like B&W rendering in all the new cameras, and I just don't see it there. I'm considering renting a K-3 and 50 equivalent, thinking that may get me closer. No question, I'm infatuated with the character of these files.
I'm not able to/or willing perhaps, to be patient enough for handling an A7R (got frustrated with the Nikon D800E), while I also have to use it at my Work and handheld all the time. It will be way too challenging to get the best result out of it. I have to rely on more forgiveness in a sensor. I have a Pentax K-30 and K-5II that I'm going to sell, while comparing with Nikon's matrix-metering-system, in difficult light situations they couldn’t deliver what Nikon could, fast and precise, no competition in that area I think. Colours perhaps slightly better than Nikon, but not much.
But colours on Nikon are a bit uninspiring. Perhaps Sony colours are a bit overloaded, but they are more inspiring, but I don't know if it is a pop-effect one perhaps will get tired of. So if I go Sony, it will just be the A7, and native lenses, because life will perhaps get to short for me, just to rely on manual focusing, that I will leave to the experts. So the deal would here be, getting better colours with the Price of the effectiveness of Nikon
Don't know anything about B&W's though.
Handling is peculiar, while split seconds in the right time will mean a lot, and the psychological effect does mean a lot, getting the feeling of connection. The best connecting with cameras I've got from the Leica M6, handling, the Nikon D3(but not for the colours and not for size!)(the Hasselblad SWC is for special and seldom use) and the GR.
But if Sony fail, trying it, then I’ll go back to Nikon with a D610 (or a Df...but too expensive for me perhaps, very back leaned and "rich" sensor...hhmm).
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Well, I decided I need to see for myself what this Sony thing is all about, so I just ordered an A7. With Amazon's amazing holiday return policy, why not?
Anyway, enough Sony. Back to the remarkable GR. It does tripods too.
very nice tripod-picture
Well, good, then I can have a first-hand impression from a dedicated GR-user.
ps. but the B&W capacity from the GR could be hard to beat (Ming Thein claimed it on level with the Leica MM)
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Fog, overcast, and rain all week. Even had a bit of snow this morning. Saw about 30 minutes or so of sunlight this week...
"We're human, after all, and everybody's got something a little off somewhere." - Murakami Haruki, The fall of the Roman empire11 Member(s) liked this post
From this morning's walk downtown. I have photographed this lifeguard chair so many times, with so many cameras. But this is the first with the GR and its lovely rendering – at least to my eye – of upper gray tones. The chair keeps drawing me back season after season, year after year. Why? Who knows? Here's an old blog post about it, with perhaps as good an explanation as any, by Robert Adams.
For information I have written a short review of the GW-3 Wide Angle adapter for the GR and it is currently on the home page of Serious Compacts.
I would republish the whole article here but that seems a bit redundant.
PS: And, I missed that one before, I also like the second one in post #405 a lot.
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Perhaps it's the Nikon Df you need. While this camera do take some wonderful smooth Pictures. I think they will be fantastic in B&W too.
But, of course I'm under heavy influence of my own considerations.
I need the ability to high Iso (or fast lenses of course, or IBIS, but I think I've left the E-M1 consideration).
A Df is two stops better than a A7/A7r, 12.800 iso will be useful, only 3.200 on a A7/r, and one stop better than a D610 and D800.
I do like the colours of the Sony very much, but I do also very much like the rich, fat and yet special relaxed drawing of things from the Df. It has a special quality to me, that is not only about pure sharpness.
just some thoughts and I know you already bought the A7...so..
ps. look at the Df thread #195
Thanks for your thoughts, thorkil. My A7 will be going back due to an electrical problem with a faulty LCD. The files are among the nicest I've seen. Great color and BW conversions. Unlike my Nex 7, the A7 files have what I would call depth. But you're right about ISO: 3200 is about it. It's not noise but the loss of image detail at higher ISOs.
Anyway, I plan to return it next week and then mull it over a bit more. I'll check into the Df, but the price is a concern. In the meantime I'm content with the GR. As you know I'm less interested in resolution and ultimate detail than I am in the character of the files. I simply want a camera that takes a normal and short tele and offers great GR-like BW output.
And I guess the elder Nikon lenses will AF on a Df too, that could be nice.
I'm still going round and round on this. The thought of a D4 sensor in the lightest available Nikon full-frame body able to access the entire legacy of Nikon and third-party mount glass is very attractive. When are Sony going to understand that the lens line-up sells cameras? The main attraction to me of the A7 is the superb results I get with my RX1. That is a big selling feature, to me.
Decisions, decisions, eh?
Louis, I'm curious how do you decide on any given day between using the RX1 and GR.
I hope to make 2014 a year of deeper personal expression through photography. That's where the reward comes from for me. As much as I love cameras and technology, all this gear focus has been quite a distraction from that intention.
just...when I use the GR I'm not the patient type that succeed in careful framing and focusing, and the camera inspire me, not to.
Then I often miss the effective Nikon feeling, quickly framing and fire away (and see what you exactly get)...but there is a trap to fall into: it can become way too easy to fire away, and the trap is, what is easy available and too easy to get, you don't appreciate in the sufficient way...and you get bored too, and you loose the inspiration from the camera, and you are in risk of loosing some carefulness. That's why a M is nice to use, there is an Automatic filter "builded ind", you become more careful, alone by the focus-way, and the framing is a free thing to follow.
But a Df might inspire you to do compromises (against a D800/600/D3 etc), a bit more carefulness (at least for my part), although, and even if, you might end up with digital settings like is was a D610, but even though, I think it’s an important issue (+ it gives this solid and trusty feeling).
I think it’s this issue that made someone like Steve Huff buy the Df although he from principle don't like DSLR's
but yes John, I agree upon, keep it simple, for heavens sake (but then there will only be a GR and a Df )
The way I resisted all this hoopla about the A7 and Nikon retro was to go out and buy a used Sony a850. It works - haven't got it yet but I'm already excited. I get to see all my Minolta glass just the way it should look. And the A900/850 are partially "genuine" retro.
If I am going to work, then it is a no-brainer at present: the GR because it fits snugly into my pocket.
If am going out photographing then I will take a combination of all cameras depending on how may I can fit into my small Crumpler camera bag. I can get the RX1, one of the Sigma's (often the DP3M) and since purchasing it recently I can normally slip the GR into the front pocket of the camera bag.
The RX1 is my 100% dependable camera. If the lighting conditions are in any way in doubt, that is what I will use because up to 6400 you really do not even have to worry about what iso you select.
If I am doing landscape then it is hard to choose between the RX1 and DP2M - both produce excellent results.
I must say I am to some extent following John's advice which is to wait and see - the only thing I have against four compacts (well three, as the Sigma's have the same file format) is the processing chain. A single camera system makes that a lot easier.
PS, but Keith, it looks like the A850/900 only do a clean job up til 1600 iso(?), and the A99 looks like being 1½-2 stops behind the Df.
But 1.600 would be far to slow for me, even though I could get one at a tempting Price and Minolta glasses seems to be in low prices too.
Thorkil, yes the A850 isn't much good above iso 800, but my lightroom stats say I rarely go up there. But my "collector" side says that this is the last true DSLR from Sony and the viewfinder is awesome.
But I also have a Leica Digilux 1 arriving soon and will get a kick out of trying to do something with just 4 MP. To me digital cameras are getting a bit like lenses, they all have distinct signatures. I think constraint from the camera itself extracts more out of the photographer.
Doesn't alter the fact that either the GR or the GRiv are always with me when I'm out taking pictures. Hey that's a segue back to the GR
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Thorkil, John, LouisB, and Keith,
OT or not, thanks for the discussion about the new Sonys and Nikon. Surprised and a little disappointed that ISO 3200 is it - assumed the Sonys would be good to ISO 6400 like the RX1[R].
"We're human, after all, and everybody's got something a little off somewhere." - Murakami Haruki, The fall of the Roman empire
How would you characterize the rendering of the DP3M vs. the GR? I ask because my normal kit is the GR and Nex 7 with a 75 equivalent.
'Twins' - panorama of 3 captures from the top of Primrose Hill in London. The same young boy chases himself around the sign.
You may want to click through to a larger sized version to see the incredible detail pulled from the GR sensor. I can only find one mistake in the panorama, although I should have corrected the distortion on the left edge.
Created with Autopano Pro.
allow me to do a Little step back to Venice...
no much talking..just a quiet gathering under the three
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..and a schoolboy just taking a break on his way home...
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