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    pgk got a reaction from ianman in Off Topic (from The Leica M11 images thread)   
    I'll just say that there has been a tendency by many camera manufacturers recenty to 'hype up' the launch of new products. Unfortunately, in the case of the M11 there was an anticipation which bordered on hysteria at times IMO. Enthusiasm is one thing but I found much of the threads on the forthcoming M11 to be overexcited and as a result events have taken unfortunate turns (I am sad to lose these members). That said, Andreas and the mods have done a great job in the years I have been a member and have never been anything other than open about affiliations and why decisions have been made, whilst still respecting privacy. Keep it up.
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    pgk got a reaction from Stevejack in DSLR compared with RangeFinder - a few thoughts   
    Versus the dSLR. The Rangefinder allows focus which is independent of focal length. Where this is most useful is with wide-angle lenses which can be difficult to focus manually and can even be awkward on dSLRs/EVFs. Its one of the things I like about RF cameras.
    However, working aginst this is the ability to see beyond the frame for the focal length being used. The wider the lens, the less of the surroundings which can be seen. So moving towards using an external viewfinder starts to make this irrelevant to a degree.
    IMO the 'sweet spot' is ~35mm which is why it is the lens I use most of the time. The 50 is also well catered for but focus is not quite so fast with precision.
    Regarding the 50mm Summilux, which I do have and which is my least used Leica M lens, its a fabulous lens but it has no magic about it other than being a highly competent performer with excellent characteristics all round. It is also relatively small and very well made.
    I never understand why people don't see the Leica M as a 'landscape' camera because it is very capable as such and has certainly been used by famous photographers as a landscape and travel camera. It really is a matter of perception and comfortableness with a camera type. As for 'better' well forget it. Most decent cameras and lenses today are VERY good and will deliver excellent images seperated by mere nuances visible to the cogniscenti only.
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    pgk got a reaction from michali in Off Topic (from The Leica M11 images thread)   
    I'll just say that there has been a tendency by many camera manufacturers recenty to 'hype up' the launch of new products. Unfortunately, in the case of the M11 there was an anticipation which bordered on hysteria at times IMO. Enthusiasm is one thing but I found much of the threads on the forthcoming M11 to be overexcited and as a result events have taken unfortunate turns (I am sad to lose these members). That said, Andreas and the mods have done a great job in the years I have been a member and have never been anything other than open about affiliations and why decisions have been made, whilst still respecting privacy. Keep it up.
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    pgk got a reaction from LUF Admin in Off Topic (from The Leica M11 images thread)   
    I'll just say that there has been a tendency by many camera manufacturers recenty to 'hype up' the launch of new products. Unfortunately, in the case of the M11 there was an anticipation which bordered on hysteria at times IMO. Enthusiasm is one thing but I found much of the threads on the forthcoming M11 to be overexcited and as a result events have taken unfortunate turns (I am sad to lose these members). That said, Andreas and the mods have done a great job in the years I have been a member and have never been anything other than open about affiliations and why decisions have been made, whilst still respecting privacy. Keep it up.
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    pgk got a reaction from Ouroboros in Off Topic (from The Leica M11 images thread)   
    I'll just say that there has been a tendency by many camera manufacturers recenty to 'hype up' the launch of new products. Unfortunately, in the case of the M11 there was an anticipation which bordered on hysteria at times IMO. Enthusiasm is one thing but I found much of the threads on the forthcoming M11 to be overexcited and as a result events have taken unfortunate turns (I am sad to lose these members). That said, Andreas and the mods have done a great job in the years I have been a member and have never been anything other than open about affiliations and why decisions have been made, whilst still respecting privacy. Keep it up.
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    pgk got a reaction from andybarton in Off Topic (from The Leica M11 images thread)   
    I'll just say that there has been a tendency by many camera manufacturers recenty to 'hype up' the launch of new products. Unfortunately, in the case of the M11 there was an anticipation which bordered on hysteria at times IMO. Enthusiasm is one thing but I found much of the threads on the forthcoming M11 to be overexcited and as a result events have taken unfortunate turns (I am sad to lose these members). That said, Andreas and the mods have done a great job in the years I have been a member and have never been anything other than open about affiliations and why decisions have been made, whilst still respecting privacy. Keep it up.
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    pgk got a reaction from pedaes in Off Topic (from The Leica M11 images thread)   
    I'll just say that there has been a tendency by many camera manufacturers recenty to 'hype up' the launch of new products. Unfortunately, in the case of the M11 there was an anticipation which bordered on hysteria at times IMO. Enthusiasm is one thing but I found much of the threads on the forthcoming M11 to be overexcited and as a result events have taken unfortunate turns (I am sad to lose these members). That said, Andreas and the mods have done a great job in the years I have been a member and have never been anything other than open about affiliations and why decisions have been made, whilst still respecting privacy. Keep it up.
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    pgk reacted to Ouroboros in Off Topic (from The Leica M11 images thread)   
    Andreas should be congratulated for his patience and transparency and thanked for his explanation.   
    If one good thing can be taken from this, it's the fact that Andreas is clearly willing to act pragmatically and fairly when applying the forum rules, despite the obvious provocation and the potential damage to his business caused by someone who chose to place his own ego and narcissism above any consideration for the forum owner.
    Enough of him.
    I think this thread should now be closed and everyone should move on.
     
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    pgk reacted to lanetomlane in Hunstanton Sunset_2   
    Another shot, same day, same camera and same lens.
    SL2 with 16-35mm Vario-Elmar
     

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    pgk reacted to Herman. in The good old days flying ...   
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    pgk got a reaction from martinot in Leica M12 -- your next camera?   
    The best thing about the M12 will be that it will reduce the prices of the M10 and M11 ......
    I was a little disappointed that the predecessor thread to this didn't get 11k posts. Starting this one early means that there is a lot of time to build up the hysteria to potentailly achieve a fitting 12k posts .....
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    pgk reacted to mnutzer in Off Topic (from The Leica M11 images thread)   
    Perhaps it has been linguistic and cultural differences that long ago warned me not to be engaged in fruitless discussions with Steven.
    He's been on my ignore list for a long time along with a few others, but this is just a warning sign for me not to communicate, or to be extremely careful, with these forum members.
    There is no substitute for politeness also online, no matter how much you brag about your financial resources to fulfill yourself every wish at Leica immediately.
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    pgk reacted to LUF Admin in Off Topic (from The Leica M11 images thread)   
    Two different cases.
    JMF asked to have his account deleted. I regret this, but must accept his decision. Please don't discuss this here as it's his personal decision.
    Andreas
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    pgk got a reaction from dgc in Is an APO 35/50mm on an old digital M better money spent than getting a new M11?   
    Quite simply, the problem is that it isn't that simple. The overall 'system' performance is the sum of its parts, so even a 'lesser' lens will be improved by a 'better' sensor. The concept of 'ultimate' quality is equally flawed because very importantly it depends on subject and lighting too. So to answer your question; it depends. If you are shooting under precisely controlled conditions and printing very large then an M11/APO lens will probably give results which are 'best' for doing so. If you are not then the difference between this combination and an earlier system is potentially far less noticeable even by the cognoscenti. Once we got to 20~30MPixels small apertures (f/11-16 and smaller) diffraction limits the resolution so increasing MPixels is not always a valid solution if you intend to shoot at small apertures. So it all depends and only you can determine the parameters which will affect your images and hence the viability of specific combinations of lens/camera.
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    pgk got a reaction from jonoslack in Is an APO 35/50mm on an old digital M better money spent than getting a new M11?   
    Quite simply, the problem is that it isn't that simple. The overall 'system' performance is the sum of its parts, so even a 'lesser' lens will be improved by a 'better' sensor. The concept of 'ultimate' quality is equally flawed because very importantly it depends on subject and lighting too. So to answer your question; it depends. If you are shooting under precisely controlled conditions and printing very large then an M11/APO lens will probably give results which are 'best' for doing so. If you are not then the difference between this combination and an earlier system is potentially far less noticeable even by the cognoscenti. Once we got to 20~30MPixels small apertures (f/11-16 and smaller) diffraction limits the resolution so increasing MPixels is not always a valid solution if you intend to shoot at small apertures. So it all depends and only you can determine the parameters which will affect your images and hence the viability of specific combinations of lens/camera.
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    pgk got a reaction from pippy in Is an APO 35/50mm on an old digital M better money spent than getting a new M11?   
    Quite simply, the problem is that it isn't that simple. The overall 'system' performance is the sum of its parts, so even a 'lesser' lens will be improved by a 'better' sensor. The concept of 'ultimate' quality is equally flawed because very importantly it depends on subject and lighting too. So to answer your question; it depends. If you are shooting under precisely controlled conditions and printing very large then an M11/APO lens will probably give results which are 'best' for doing so. If you are not then the difference between this combination and an earlier system is potentially far less noticeable even by the cognoscenti. Once we got to 20~30MPixels small apertures (f/11-16 and smaller) diffraction limits the resolution so increasing MPixels is not always a valid solution if you intend to shoot at small apertures. So it all depends and only you can determine the parameters which will affect your images and hence the viability of specific combinations of lens/camera.
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    pgk got a reaction from dave massolo in I know I shouldn't take any pleasure in others' displeasure but...   
    If you don't know what you are doing you are at the mercy of automation and given the same situation you will get the same result. Which is why there seems to be a lot of similar material around. If you are happy for everything to go this way then fine, but if you genuinely want to expore how to be creative without being bound by technology then some grasp of technicalitis is essential. Thos who believe otherwise are limiting their vision.
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    pgk reacted to pippy in Is an APO 35/50mm on an old digital M better money spent than getting a new M11?   
    If I were you I'd be asking myself "Is there anything I need which the M11 would give me that my current M doesn't? What do I need from my camera?...".
    You mention the 60Mp sensor of the M11. My most-frquently used M 'only' has a 24Mp sensor and I can easily make exhibition-quality prints at A2 size. I could probably happily go to A1 if there was demand.
    How big do you need your prints to be?...
    Philip.
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    pgk got a reaction from dgc in Is an APO 35/50mm on an old digital M better money spent than getting a new M11?   
    I'm NOT an APO user. My 35mm pre-FLE Summilux is very, very good and I see no reason to chenge it for another 35mm M lens. This won't answer your question though.
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    pgk got a reaction from ianman in I know I shouldn't take any pleasure in others' displeasure but...   
    If you don't know what you are doing you are at the mercy of automation and given the same situation you will get the same result. Which is why there seems to be a lot of similar material around. If you are happy for everything to go this way then fine, but if you genuinely want to expore how to be creative without being bound by technology then some grasp of technicalitis is essential. Thos who believe otherwise are limiting their vision.
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    pgk reacted to Ouroboros in I know I shouldn't take any pleasure in others' displeasure but...   
    You’re wrong.
    Unless there has  been some sort of catastrophe at the taking stage, we’ll take your definition of  ‘shitty images’ as dull, boring, poorly composed, poor white balance, badly cropped and to a certain extent badly lit, badly exposed and even soft or out of focus.
    Images  with any of these  attributes can be easily improved digitally in seconds. 
    One side effect of technology is that it allows the average or incompetent M11 wielding  ‘reviewer’ to fake it.  Almost unnoticed. 
    Frankly, the whole new camera release and ‘review’ circus sickens me and those who shout the loudest usually have the least to say.
     
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    pgk got a reaction from robbie3 in Survey: Are you planning to buy the new Leica M11?   
    My problem is that I cannot shoot everything on Leica Ms so I have to have another system. This significantly increases my costs. Factor in a second body and the M11 is looking like too much of an expensive luxury to be a 'pro' camera unfortunately. My M9s are still going strong anyway, and as I'm a low ISO shooter most of the time, and as their files print well enough for 99.99% of my needs, I have been loath to upgrade them. I like the CCD characteristics too. If I do buy another M it will probably be to a lightly used M10 which makes a great deal more sense in business terms.
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    pgk got a reaction from pippy in Survey: Are you planning to buy the new Leica M11?   
    No. Neither really enthuse me at all. I want a 'back to basics' camera, no frills whatsoever. Basically as per the original concept of the M.
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    pgk got a reaction from mujk in Survey: Are you planning to buy the new Leica M11?   
    By offering a cheaper version - as all other makers do. Tried and tested. Cheaper body (with 'lower' specifications), same lenses and lots of upgrade potential.
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    pgk got a reaction from ianman in The sun and the road through the trees.   
    SL + 1865 Grubb uncoated lens.

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