If only this camera can say "mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the ugliest camera of them all?" LOL
The price is not the only problem. You will need an assistant or two to carry it into the field.
deep7: That first paragraph confused me. Reading on, it's not actually a copy but a genuine example. That would be a heck of a price for a mere copy!
You may be thinking this is a mockup that looks like the original but cannot take pictures.
This sort of lens is made for someone who is a shutterbug and has the wealth of a Warren Buffet, Bill Gates or Larry Ellison.
By "forces of nature", the law means something like a pebble in a stream, or a shell on the beach, which were created by nature. If I pick up one of these, I certainly should not be able to copyright it as my own creation. But the photographer in this case is very much involved in the creation of the photo, because he turned the camera on, adjusted the controls (auto exposure and autofocus) so that it is possible for the monkey to take its own photo, and he even put a memory card in the camera. If he fails to do any one of these things, the photo could not have been created. It was therefore not a force of nature that created the photo but a collaboration between man and monkey.
If I set a camera trap and the shutter is tripped when someone or some animal interrupts a beam of light, then who owns the copyright to the photo? I would say that I did because I did everything that is needed to create the photograph except tripping the shutter at the moment of exposure. Similarly, if I use trap focus to take the picture, and the shutter is tripped when a bird comes into focus, then the bird is not the copyright holder. I am.
I don't agree the photograph is a force of nature. Forces of nature do not take photographs.
Galbertson: Had D810 in hand at camera shop. The Nikon rep was there stating only new lenses will resove best the 36mp sensor, whereas i had read my pro AI lenses would still resolve just fine
Has anyone done crital comparison tests? Some blogs say great, some say poor. Cannot afford to buy camera to find out have to shell out thousands more for lenses.
for people upgrading from an APS-C model, if they find that the lenses they have been using are good enough, then the same lenses will be good enough for fullframe, unless the lenses are APS-C models that cannot fill the image circle of a full frame lens. Some of the sharpest lenses ever made were designed in the film area. There is no guarantee that a newer version will necessarily be sharper. They may simply have built-in VR, which allows the lens makers to charge more for their lens.
Digital camera sales are slumping, and it is not hard to figure out why. There is really little that is worth buying. If you have an APS-C model, you can either keep upgrading to another APS-C model and get no improvement in image quality, or you can spend $2K or more for a slight improvement in image quality. Prices are not falling, and image quality has pretty much remained the same. Consumers are asked to pay more when Nikon took out an expensive low pass filter so the chance of a photo being ruined by moire is increased. Sounds like a raw deal to me.
arcane93: " Why is the D810 priced like the D800E, and not the D800? Well, the D810 takes the D800E's 'AA filter cancellation' trick one step further by dispensing with an AA filter entirely, which should result in a camera that offers greater resolution than either of the two models that it replaces."
So, I'm confused by this logic... Why does it cost more because it *doesn't* have something? Shouldn't that make it, if anything, cost less? I totally get why you'd want to shoot without an AA filter, but what I don't really get is why you have to pay more for the privilege. What am I missing here? Is there something else more costly that has to be done to make shooting without the AA filter possible?
By removing a part, the camera maker saves manufacturing cost, and on top of that charges the customer more. That is killing two birds with one stone. Only way to avoid getting killed is to not buy the camera. Without the AA filter, moire is more likely a problem. So, you get the privilege of shots ruined by moire as a bonus.
Bob Meyer: Wow. Nikon finally offers full HD recording. Maybe by 2024 they'll catch up to 4K?
Why do cars have speedometers that go over 100 mph if the speed limit is 70 in most places?
More of the same. DSLR sales are down because there is little innovation, and full frames are still too expensive.
LucaPCP: Old cameras had big lenses, and relatively small bodies around them (because film did the trick). This D4s is ugly: a tiny lens attached to a huge black brick that contains the circuitry. It's starting not to make sense. I wish they gave me a light lens+sensor combo, tethered to the rest of the computer that I could keep in my backpack. It's like taking a photo while handholding a desktop computer.
The reason for the large body is not because of needed space for the circuitry. It is because of what customer expect from a camera that costs this much. Much of the bulk is due to the built-in vertical hand grip that allows easier holding of the camera when shooting vertically. Also allows more batteries to be put inside the camera for longer shooting before running out of juice.
I fail to see how taking away color information improves a photograph, especially a snpashot.
RichRMA: Rather than these monsters, where is the collapsible medium format cameras of before, like the Fujis or Plaubels? Can you imagine a medium format camera smaller than a pro DSLR?
There is no need for a new lens system. Just a short extension tue of the right length will work.
MarshallG: Now THAT'S a Hasselblad! They did Victor proud.
Let me guess. Victor Victoria.
RichRMA: For anyone who thinks a Nikon D800 matches a medium format camera, take a look at the output from the reference camera used in the studio tests on this site.
There are those who believe that APS-C equals FF, and those who believe that 4/3 equals APS-C in image quality. If we add them all together, that means, 4/3= APS-C = FF = MF. or 4/3= MF. We should all dump whatever camera we have and just buy a camera with 4/3 sensor. But wait, there are actually claims that camera phones are the equal of 4/3 using a different set of equations. So, we should just forget about cameras and lenses and get a camera phone.
To do that they have to go mirrorless. There are additional benefits to going that route, besides compactness, and that is less vibration and noise, if there is no big flapping mirror.
Canon is an electronics company. You wonder why they haven't made a smartphone yet.
All manufacturers are pushing the envelope. The difference is the size of the envelope. Olympus is pushing the 4/3 envelope. Hasselblad is pushing the 6x4.5 cm envelope. Canon, Sony and Nikon are pushing the Full Frame envelope. Sigma, Fuji, and Pentax are pushing the APS-C envelope.