Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Leica Launches the M10

Hello it's been a while....

That is true of the frequency of posts going up on this blog lately, as it is of new M-system news from Leica. Today, after numerous rounds of leaks Leica launched the successor to the Leica M Type 240, the M10. With the simpler name comes a an exquisitely paired down body and control structure. This one is pretty much one for base; in many ways it's what Apple would call the "s" version of the M240; the same, but better. It will most certainly please the faithful, and it touches upon many of the wants that have collected over the past generation. Just like how the SL is minimalist in a modern design sense, the M10 is a minimalist callback to tradition.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Removing a Broken Filter with Adam Savage

Listen in as Adam Savage  of (formerly of Mythbusters) describes removing a broken filter from a dropped Canon L lens. (Bonus points: the lens was attached to a 5D Mark IV).  In most cases where a lens has hit the ground and the filter ring becomes hard to pry off, it is better for the owner of the lens to not be present when the repair is taking place. This was pretty much the case here....

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sigma WR Ceramic Filter

This is Sigma's promo video for their line of WR glass ceramic filters.

My own test was a little less scientific. It involved repeatedly bashing on it with the butt end of a knife over lunch. Not a mark on the filter and only a few second glances from the wait staff...

Verdict: Yes it's pretty strong. Don't try the same with your fancy B+W MCR Nano filters.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

How Do JPEG's Work?

It's something that we take for granted, but if you are interested in how your camera works, a fairly easy to understand series of videos from Computerphile on the working of JPEG image compression.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Canon PowerShot G5 X Review

One of the expectations of consumer electronics is that over time, you will get more power for less price. That is certainly true for computers, but there isn't a "Moore's Law" for cameras. If you want a better sensor, then you have to pay more money.

The problem is that people don't necessarily want a better sensor camera, but if they want a camera, it has to be better than their cell phones, which have also been getting better nonetheless. And so, the 1/1" sensor format, which was once considered "large" and premium, is now pretty much the mainstream standard for compact cameras. The 1/1.7" format, which was once the largest format for premium compacts, is now defunct, and so is the premium positioning for cameras built around this format. To that end, the venerable Canon S120 and G16 are now gone, replaced by the G9X and G5X respectively. Of the two, the G5X is the more appealing to enthusiasts. Whereas the G7X is obviously derivative of the Sony RX100 cameras, the G5X is a more unique design... at least for Canon. The overall design could easily have come from Nikon's V3 team, and the pronounced flash/hotshoe/EVF hump is reminiscent of Fujifilm bridge cameras of years past.