Stephen Markeson Posted November 22, 2014 Share Posted November 22, 2014 I have been a professional photographer for more than 50 years and enjoyed working with many different cameras and formats. I have now retired and sold all my high end gear - Hassleblad, Leica etc.etc. Of course i still enjoy taking pictures and contributing to the main Alamy site. I was confused when Stockimo was launched as I couldn't really see the virtue in lower spec files from mobile phones when the main site is so strict on QC. I would prefer to use a pocket sized camera which would allow me to capture images whenever I'm out. I bought a Sony Cybershot DSC RX 100 which as far as I can see is the smallest pocket sized camera on the Approved camera list. Admittedly, the quality is superb with its Zeiss lens. However, old fashioned I may be but I really cannot get on with a camera that doesn't have a viewfinder. For that reason, I've stopped using it and regrettably don't have a suitable camera to shoot the occasional image for Alamy. Now, I recently learnt about the Leica C 112 compact. The Leica quality is of course very high, but not high enough for Alamy it seems. I have been trying unsuccessfully to get to the bottom of the matter without any luck. Can anybody tell me why images from a mobile phone are acceptable- indeed actively encouraged- for download to Stockimo and yet much higher quality files from a compact Leica are not? What is the virtue of an image taken on a mobile phone? If the object of the exercise is to create revenue for the agency and the photographer, then why the distinction between mobile and compact. I understand the approved camera list is based on the sensor size and I also understand that Stockimo is a separate operation. I'm told it would be cheating if any files not taken on a mobile were sent to Stockimo, but what is wrong with good quality images on higher res.files from a Leica C compact? If I were allowed to use one it would open up great opportunities for candid pictures and I would feel much more like using it as unlike the Sony the Leica has a viewfinder. I am completely mystified so any clarification would be welcome. Many thanks. Stephen Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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