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« on: March 31, 2006, 02:34:21 AM »
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I got a message from Yair saying he was afraid to reply to me publicly on rg ... re. screens.

A nutshell summary is Leaf cannot get access to the best screens coz they don't order enough of them.

My position is that a good screen is a work tool (check lighting, expression, hairs on face, focus depth of field) in fashion work, and a sales tool (when the AD says OK! you can stop shooting and start billing).

So, I think maybe there should be a $1K or $2K  "good screen" option for the guys who need it (like a good lens). And at those prices even Leaf should be able to order them.

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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2006, 04:47:44 AM »
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I am a new Leaf Aptus 75  user . I just received it one week ago and as far as it goes I am happy with the files it produces . The screen is good . Better and bigger  than than those used by Phase One  . But if tomorrow Leaf would come out with an even better one I would be ready to pay for the upgrade . Actually it is the only hardware upgrade I can think about after one week of use .

GH

PS. I would be happy to see Yair posting here .
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2006, 09:21:16 AM »
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If Leaf have difficulties getting access to better LCDs I would guess its more likely to be due to the suppliers required quantities than any specific item cost. If they can't manage it on a product retailing at $30K I would doubt charging another 1-2K for the screen would make much difference to their supplier. I would think its more likely that they would be required to purchase too large a volume from the supplier, to give them access to the potentially better LCDs, than would be financially feasible. Its probably calculated on hundereds of thousands of units rather than thousands and thus only relevant to mass producers in the 'compact' market. In other words economies of scale might be the issue.

All of this is of course only my conjecture.

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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2006, 10:15:40 AM »
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More than accuracy and brightness is in play when a manufacture chooses a screen.


Probably the most critical attribute is power consumption. As buyers of MF digi backs move more to untethered setups, battery life becomes the guiding force when the manufacture chooses a screen.

I've never seen a screen that was accurate enough to make color judgements on, not in 35mm stlye DLSR's anyway.

I want analysis of data and menu selection i.e. histogram, focus.

I think you are expecting too much.

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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2006, 10:42:40 AM »
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Bob's point is well made. Phase One backs, the ones that I'm most familar with, have really poor screens. But this really isn't much of an issue. As long as I can see the histogram and flashing highlights, that's what matters.

The name of the game, from the back maker's point of view, is low power consumption. The new 33-39MP sensors are particularly power hungry. Big bright screens are nice to have, no doubt, but they are power eaters, and my preference is battery life every time over a bigger and brighter screen. High power consumption also translates into heat, and heat is the enemy of low noise.

If I need a big screen I simply shoot tethered with my 12" Powerbook in the field, or 30" Cinema display in the studio.

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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2006, 02:33:28 PM »
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A bright, power efficient, accurate and cost-effective screen is a bit of a long-shot with current tech. We'll have to wait a few years for newer display technologies such as OLED to mature enough before we get what you are wanting.

"Digital ink" will be the ultimate LCD replacement IMHO. Imagine an image displaying right on the back that looks like it was printed there on paper. No need to worry about backlights not being bright enough. The only time it consumes power is when the image changes. They just started producing BW displays (from Sony and I believe Phillips) so it'll be a number of years before we get a good color version.
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2006, 03:06:14 PM »
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If I need a big screen I simply shoot tethered with my 12" Powerbook in the field, or 30" Cinema display in the studio.
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That seems the ultimate solution when the bulk is acceptable. Isn't there also the option with some MF backs of using a PDA as a hand-held external viewing screen, larger than any current in-camera LCD?

Another brand new option might be bundling one of the new Origami devices with roughly 7" display size, for a review screen far bigger than any in-camera LCD but still a lot more portable than a laptop.

If it is truly the low volume that keeps bigger/better LCD's of digital backs, bundling a PDA or Origami device (and bracket for hanging it under the back?) seems one way around the problem.
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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2006, 03:28:03 PM »
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Isn't there also the option with some MF backs of using a PDA as a hand-held external viewing screen,

That's exactly what you get with the Valeo backs. Works very well too but still obviously not up to the level of a good laptop display.

Of course there is one other option but I doubt it'll go down well with many digi back users.

Polariods........  
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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2006, 01:10:12 AM »
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I am a new Leaf Aptus 75  user . I just received it one week ago and as far as it goes I am happy with the files it produces . The screen is good . Better and bigger  than than those used by Phase One  . But if tomorrow Leaf would come out with an even better one I would be ready to pay for the upgrade . Actually it is the only hardware upgrade I can think about after one week of use .

GH

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Gabi, nice hearing from you. I'm here listening and have been on this forum for a while.

This subject of screens has been exhausted over several forums and private discussions. The bottom line is that if a better screen comes along and is made available for our use and fits our spec, we will use it.

The Bluetooth option for using the Aptus with a PocketPC as a viewing aid is coming out next month.

All the best

Yair
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2006, 01:34:00 AM »
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I like having the screen on my Aptus but I am not dependent on it to review images other than composition and histograms . I would much rather see money spent of the file or even better high iso performance .
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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2006, 08:54:33 AM »
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When you shoot landscapes or stills a poor screen maid not be a problem but when you photograph people it is a real pain . I would prefer to carry 10 extra batteries just to have the best possible display .

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« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2006, 01:15:43 PM »
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This subject of screens has been exhausted over several forums and private discussion
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Yair, the subject has not been exhausted, nor will it be exhausted soon - you might as well say that the subject of lenses has been exhiausted. People here, including me, are investing time not in criticising the existing product -which they like- but in suggesting improvements, I suggest you take advantage of those suggestions.

And then I have a story. At Apple Expo last year in Paris I met a lady called Dalit something who worked for Leaf as a marketing director. As you know, I was at the time a photo columnist for Publish.com for which I wrote more than 40 stories and reviews of photo equipment last year.

Now I talked to Ms Dalit xxx and she didn't have a lot of answers about Leaf products, but a lot of questions about me. A lot. She kept not answering questions about product and asking questions about me.

When I suggested Leaf post some picture samples so that photographers might differentiate the Leaf product look from the Phase look, she asked what format ? Jpeg or Tiff ? When I said Raw it turned out she didn't know what Raw was.

Next day I saw Ms Dalit of Leaf again at the same show and she said she'd had me "checked me out" and found my articles. I asked her what she thought of them, she replied she thought "I changed subjects a lot". She certainly had me "checked out" - my web server showed hits from such places as treasury.gov and assorted 3 letter agencies which I never saw again after that.

I think if you had employees at Leaf who were a bit more interested in photography, knew what a Raw file is, knew the product, and were a little less interested in having journalists investigated ("checked out") by the US secret service and the FBI, it might help. Or is civilian photography really the main business of Leaf ?

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« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2006, 01:48:34 PM »
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The Bluetooth option for using the Aptus with a PocketPC as a viewing aid is coming out next month.

All the best

Yair
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Hi Yair, I can't help noticing that you posted the news on April Fool's Day. Given Leaf's penchant for broken promises and missed datelines, I will believe it only when I see it.
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« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2006, 03:46:02 PM »
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Here's a demo that shows Leaf research staff testing the next generation onboard LCD screen  :>))


http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6379146923853181774


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« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2006, 05:05:25 AM »
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Another important feature regarding the display is the ability to check the focus . When you shot landscapes the focus is usually in the distance so it is not critical . You just close to f 11 and you can't go  wrong . But when you work in the close range  the focus is critical and the ability to quickly zoom in at 1:1 to check the focus on a good display is far more important than the battery life . On a high resolution sensor even the slightest focus error is visible .
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« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2006, 08:29:13 AM »
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Quote from: eronald,Apr 3 2006, 09:15 PM

Hi. Dalit Boutboul here; still Leaf Marketing Manager.
I was forwarded this email by colleagues and must say that I found it very hurtful and personal. Not to mention paranoid and ridiculous.
Thank you Edmund, for calling me an ignorant, noisy spy. I appreciate the nature of the public posting, which for sure will be very pleasant for me at work these days.
Let's clarify, though for those of you who know Edmund, this will be unnecessary; 1. Being new to the business, I tend to ask a lot of questions. I think that it's a good thing and despite the neurotic and paranoid tendancies Edmund has, he actually was quite entertaining at the show.

2. Our American distributor, Leaf America, has placed raw Leaf images for download on their site. Feel free to check them out; www.leaf-america.com.
we've recently revamped our own site and will have some as well very soon.

3. I'm not CIA, FBI, US Treasurey, MI5, KGB or Mossad (I hope I didn't forget any; Edmund wil be sure to remind me). But I found the suggestion that I am vastly amusing!!! All I did was go online and read his articles, but hey; maybe I'm the one being followed. Shhh!!!!

Lastly, I truly believe that my colleagues at Leaf are all highly professional people, who value each customer and try to make their life easier and agreable. Edmund; I resent you suspicions and strongly suggest you refrain from personal, non-professional, unfounded and totally ludicrous accusations.

Dalit.



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« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2006, 09:12:35 AM »
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who value each customer and try to make their life easier and agreable.

I was right there with you untill that part.  

I have noticed a trend here of Leaf customers having a slightly hard time putting thier faith in Leaf as company. I can certainly see how this can have occured just from my own dealings with the company. I had to work very hard to get my issues resloved, although in the interest of fairness, they were in the end (even if only to 98% satisfaction).

It says ALOT for your product that despite having our troubles with Leaf as a company we are here praising the virtues of the backs.
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« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2006, 09:42:47 AM »
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2. Our American distributor, Leaf America, has placed raw Leaf images for download on their site. Feel free to check them out; www.leaf-america.com.
we've recently revamped our own site and will have some as well very soon.Dalit.
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I have just wasted 15 mins of my time going to a non-existent web site; then figuring out that the URL is bogus, found the right one; browsed to the correct address and search the hell out to locate a sample RAW file to no avail.

Wow, is this what Ronald and others have been talking about?

BTW, I'm totally new to MF DBs and am trying to find the right product to consider, so I have no brand bias at this stage but certainly would be more cautious of Leaf from now onwards.

Henry
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« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2006, 09:51:12 AM »
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certainly would be more cautious of Leaf from now onwards.

I can understand that completely but I do have to say that in the two years or so that I've been using Leaf backs I've never once had cause to doubt the product. Yes they do seem to fall short of looking after customers at times but for me,  that shortfall has been more than compensated by the efforts and attention of Calumet, who sold me the backs.

In many ways it's a little like dealing with Apple.  
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« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2006, 09:57:55 AM »
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I can understand that completely but I do have to say that in the two years or so that I've been using Leaf backs I've never once had cause to doubt the product. Yes they do seem to fall short of looking after customers at times but for me,  that shortfall has been more than compensated by the efforts and attention of Calumet, who sold me the backs.

In many ways it's a little like dealing with Apple.   
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That is good to hear but like you said, you are lucky to have Calumet.  I'm in Singapore and my own experience with distributors of photographic gear here is already poor, so buying complex equipment is pretty much like swimming on your own and not having a coach with you.  Forum like has helped and that is why I seek out credible views from fellow photogs.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Henry
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