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  1. BernardC

    Still worth to buy S 006?

    Jan, In my experience, mirrorless is less efficient for portraits. There's a slight delay in the viewfinder, and it is harder to pinpoint the focus (if you focus manually). I recommend that you test both systems. The current GFX should perform about the same as the new cheaper model, so there's no need to wait for the new one to be available.
  2. BernardC

    Still worth to buy S 006?

    The S 006 is an ideal camera for portrait photography. The body is not "technically a dinosaur." It is fast (compared to competing medium format cameras), and it has a great viewfinder. Colour response and skin tones are awesome.
  3. BernardC

    SL video tutorial suggestions

    I can't argue with that! It sounds like fun. Beware though, it's a slippery slope. Soon you will be stashing GoPros in the scenery and asking about computer hardware for multicam edits. Don't forget sound, it's just as important as the images for almost any staged production. I always try to place a sound recorder (Zoom Hn, Marantz, Tascam, or similar) somewhere around the audio "sweet spot" and use that as the master sound track. Syncing-up this sound track with the audio track in your video is easy in most editing packages.
  4. BernardC

    SL video tutorial suggestions

    The SL doesn't have an external power input, so you might run out of power at an inconvenient time. I've done shots over 30 minutes, but never 2 hours. The SL battery grip would double your run time. It's an expensive option if you don't own it already. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K is a simpler option. It has a power input, and it can record to an external USB-C drive. Blackmagic's site lists storage rates. For instance, ProRes422 in 4K is 73.6 MB/s, which is 264960 MB/h (258 GB). Their smallest 4K format is ProRes Proxy at 22.4 MB/s (80.6 GB/h). That could fit 2 hours on a 256GB SD card. I would be tempted to use a standard 4K camcorder. Your files will be more compressed, but they may suit your requirements. They typically record H264 at 100 Mb/s (bits, not bytes), so 12.5 MB/s. Your only worry then would be battery life, or finding an outlet for the power adapter.
  5. Maybe this should go without saying... Nikon has no reason to optimize their sensors for Leica M glass. They have their own extensive back catalogue of F lenses, and their own Nikon customers. Sensor glass thickness is just one ingredient in Leica's pantry. Other ingredients are micro-lenses on the sensor, and software correction individually tailored to each M lens. What was true yesterday remains true today, unless someone can conclusively prove otherwise: the best platform for M lenses is an M camera, and the next best is the SL. Tests of the Kolari-modified Sony cameras usually conclude that image quality isn't as good as with an M (even though Sony cameras have higher pixel counts), and the camera becomes optically compromised when using native lenses. So you end-up with a camera that isn't optimized for any lens. Kolari's own product page only claims that some lenses may perform as well as they would on an M9 (a camera that was released a decade ago). Kolari offers very interesting conversions for IR and UV photography, so I don't mean to criticize them. It's just that their "thin filter" conversions are not a panacea for owners of M lenses who (oddly) do not want to own M cameras. They probably do offer some advantage for a few high-quality SLR lenses from the film era.
  6. Has anybody tried this? I'm not sure if those two adapters together will work on the SL. The Contax lens protocol would need to be supported in the SL's firmware (as would the Hasselblad H protocol if you use the H adapter). Probably best to send Leica support an email before spending money. Unless someone answers here. I know the CL, T, TL and TL2 do not support the S-mount to L-mount adapter.
  7. BernardC

    different between S2 and S

    The S-006 is a bit more sensitive (max ISO 1600 imstead of 1250) and somewhat faster (buffer clearing time). The S-006 also has some additional features, like GPS. You won't see much of a practical difference if you shoot slowly at low ISO, but the difference is noticeable in other circumstances.
  8. BernardC

    Other L-mount alliance partners?

    Or the opposite might happen. I have noticed with the Zeiss ZM lenses that their prices provide a solid lower bound for used M lens prices. Specifically, what I found was that the cheapest M 18/3.8 was priced slightly above the price of a new ZM 18/4.0. The same thing happens with other used-M vs. new-ZM price comparisons. It's counter-intuitive, but competition has kept Leica prices high and stable.
  9. BernardC

    Leica S3 announced @ photokina

    Obviously, the subjective "best deal" is going to be on the camera you want. It would take more than a rebate to make me want the Fuji; I find it awkwardly designed with buttons on every available surface, slow to operate, and with a poor viewfinder. Someone who practices a different type photography may find it entirely acceptable. My initial thought when I saw the Hasselblad X1-D, and the corresponding Fuji, was that they were going for the Sony A7R market. That's smart, there are quite a few photographers who are frustrated by the high-megapixel Sony, and who are ready to spend a bit more to improve their ratio of "keepers." Photographer who upgrade from the Sony to either of these mirrorless cameras will find that the quality of their images, and the ease of achieving that quality, has improved tremendously. The improvement will be much greater than the small increase in megapixels suggests. That's an entirely different market from the Leica S. Perhaps we will see Leica offer something in this market eventually. They already offer the Sinar 30|45, but that's too complex for your typical hobbyist landscape photographer.
  10. BernardC

    Leica S3 announced @ photokina

    I would never stop someone from hugging their favourite camera! However, the key word here is "potential." People are speculating about what the S3 might sell for, and others repeat it as fact. Leica hasn't listed a price yet, and there are always deals to be had (especially once initial demand has been satiated).
  11. The choice is clear going forward. If you want a small interchangeable lens camera, you should look at Micro Four Thirds and APS-C. There will be a slight quality compromise, but it will be marginal enough to be immaterial for most photographers. The new "full frame" systems are marketed to consumers who are prepared to pay a substantial premium for a slight increase in performance (whether imagined or real). I don't think that the various competing brands will be willing to compromise the quality in order to sell a system that competes with their smaller-sensor cameras. Remember: they want you to buy both systems. The main exception, as always, is the M.
  12. BernardC

    The SL Within A Robust Competitive Landscape

    There will always be people switching systems (or threatening to do so on internet forums). That wouldn't stop if Leica introduced updates every month... Reminds me of an observation I shared with my mechanic, about people who are crossing the street in one direction, from VW to Nissan, saying "I'll never buy a VW again!" Meanwhile, just as many people are crossing the street in the other direction, saying "I'll never buy a Nissan again!" The party who gains from this ballet is the the company that owns both franchises! I am not saying that you should not change systems when your needs change. However, you should also realize that the industry is dedicated to making you feel like your current system is obsolete and inadequate, and should be replaced at high cost, every few months. It's not even unusual to read rants about how cameras that aren't yet available for sale have been obsoleted by other cameras that may not come out for a year or more.
  13. BernardC

    Leica S3 announced @ photokina

    Rolling shutter should be a function of the sensor, not the processor, so there's still hope. The S7 didn't do interpolation in 4K (it used a Super-35 crop). Was there aliasing? I haven't seen much video from that camera, probably because it had severe limitations (no cine lenses, nothing wider than a 24, costs as much as a used Arriflex).
  14. BernardC

    Leica S3 announced @ photokina

    Let's hope not. I would much rather have a "slow" direct focus than a fly-by-wire focus. I can understand why they would do that on the SL, where speed is key to competitiveness. The S is a medium format camera, I would rather have better control and precision than speed.
  15. In that case you probably have not used their "Art" primes. Those consistently match or beat similar Nikon and Canon lenses in tests. Nobody will force you to buy or use these Sigma lenses, but be aware that they are not the same cheap lenses from 20 years ago (at least in their premium lineup).