Howard: Kudos to Nikon. As a long time Canon user (have had 3 EOS film bodies and 5 DSLRs over the years), I must say Canon has fallen behind in recent years. Still no 24MP APS-C body, and still no 30MP+ FF body (I know, I know, MP is not everything, but they can and should make high-res sensors with good performance).
Anyway, had I not heavily invested in Canon lenses, were I to start out today, Nikon surely looks very, very compelling.
When Canon comes out with some startling new cameras I fully expect to see the reversal of conversation that we see now. I have seen the same comments directed at Nikon and I expect that to happen again. Then the tide will turn and it may be Sony's turn in the sun with Canon and Nikon being excoriated for being such slow, unimaginative, overpriced, under-featured cr@p mongers.
Justin Francis: Another rehash of old tech. Ho hum.
Just stop reading or talking about anything photographic for ten years and it will all seem new then.
DrWhom: While I'm sure that the image quality will be class-leading, and I appreciate the weather sealing and better AF, I'm a little miffed that Nikon still wants us to buy a separate WIFI/GPS module, and that articulating LCDs are for consumer grade products only. Not to mentions that DX lenses have some quality/coverage holes, and FX lenses are too big (for me).
I've been holding on to my D90 for a long time now, and I was really hoping that the D7100 or D600 would be my next move. The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of the m4/3 system, with its collection of excellent primes and compact f2.8 zooms, along with excellent video support and built in WIFI (Panasonic GH3).
I can't help but feel that Nikon isn't sure what to do with DX, and that they see mirrorless as a gimmick. I hope that I'm wrong!
To be fair about the lack of articulating screen there is an expectation of ruggedness and all-weather capability that would be compromised by the addition of an articulating screen. Were it built to meet the expectations of demanding photographers it may add expense and bulk far in excess of its utility.
Roland_Lislevane: The feature most sorely missed today is called "competition".
I'm with JaFO. There are a lot of alternatives out there. The world has a ton of creative people daily making a better mousetrap.
gsum: WRT CS4 (V11), the Adobe wunderkind need a clip round the ear for:Failing to implement the RH mouse control properly,Failing to produce software that overlays images accurately for e.g. stacking or stitching,The obscene pricing policy for upgrades to CS5/6,The antiquated toolset which hasn't changed since the early days,Rubbish filters,Lousy memory management/garbage collection.The letteraset facilities are good though.
Well, now you have source code to build your own perfect app. I am sure a weekend or work would get you past those slackers at Adobe.
marike6: If you just want it for the video part, the GH2 is still in many ways superior, at least IQ-wise. I'm sure handling is better with the GH3, but the GH2 with the flow motion hack is superb. For photography, the GH3 performs better.
You would know for sure with this program. Also, I am sure a hacked GH-3 is only a matter of time if it isn't here already. (I wouldn't know, don't follow the field)
IrishhAndy: Don't fancy it much.
Thanks for letting us know.
Deleted pending purge: The sheer amount of various formats makes one think about why. What really dictates the image formats today? Cinema? Can't be. TV? Which among all the various sizes? Books? Newspapers? Surely not. Almost every paper-reproduced image has to be adapted to any of these formats.So why don't they all agree that the best photo imaging format would be square? It exploits the lens FOV in the best possible way. It gets rid of side-up camera holding. It produces images easily cropped to all ratios or purposes. It allows internal masking to facilitate framing for every photographer's need...No go. We get to buy whatever the analog era left behind, as if it's some stone-hewn universal law.Ditto, mechanical mirrors in digital cameras - obsolete from the first digital camera onward. Ditto, camera shapes; although there is no more film to stretch between the casette and the take-up roll. Ditto, God forbid, an universal lens mount.Funny, but the whole thing is supposed to cater to camera users...
Whether you have a square or rectangle you have the ability to crop and use what you like at very high quality these days.
CCH dp: With all the high technology we have nowadays..It's not about the manufacturer able to produce it or not..,Just.. depending on them..whether they want that Quality on the market or not..
Good for make money.. Bad for Us (as consumer)...
Actually...good for consumer as they get what they have been asking for at a price they are willing to pay. If you are unwilling to pay it means the product was not good enough.
qwertyasdf: I'd rather these lenses be announced by Tamron / Sigmabecause I know Panny will price them outrageouslyDon't even dream that the 42.5 f1.2 will be comparable to Canon's 85L...I presume we don't shoot at F1.2 to bump up the shutter speed, we shoot at F1.2 to destroy the background.
The MSRP price is always the starting point. If enough people don't like it, the price drops.If people like it (as I suspect they will) they will get good revenue for it. The reward of making a desirable product.
rallyfan: The apps list is going to make or break this to some extent, and I hope to see them do well for the sake of competition.
However, they really blew it back in 2007 and have not really recovered since. Consumer confidence isn't easy to regain, nor is consumer interest.
Would I buy this? No. I can't see it integrating into a Mac ecosystem. Others might though.
I am sure it is just me but 70,000 apps for a phone whose target client is a businessperson seems to be plenty.
Cool. I actually want all of them.
swankFoto: Aperture not included, seriously?What value does this review have without Lightroom's biggest competitor? Aperture wasn't even mentioned in the intro.
Many would take exception the statement that "Most pros are on Mac".
Photomonkey: Objects for sure. Just look at the endless chatter about the cameras and lenses, endless photos of brick walls and cats etc. They are tools only to a few. The rest are consumerists that the manufacturers have painted large red bulls eyes on.
Of course it seems jerky to some. I made the comment because for many the point seems to be to own the object not to actually produce work with it. I see it on a daily basis online and locally.As for the photos of lenses they were made so as to sell the lenses not to admire them.
Objects for sure. Just look at the endless chatter about the cameras and lenses, endless photos of brick walls and cats etc. They are tools only to a few. The rest are consumerists that the manufacturers have painted large red bulls eyes on.
shutterdragon: Hmm, I'm not too impressed, unfortunately. If Fujifilm would only support in-camera TIFF....
Why not just help third party developers make better converters? The TIFF option is a clunky way of delivering something that gets closer to RAW editability. You would want 16bit ProPhotoRGB to get the most out of a converted file and that would take a lot of on camera resources.All this to piggy-back on Fuji's proprietary knowledge? Just silly.
I am thinking this makes all the interesting lenses at the Cameraquest site that much more interesting.
Peiasdf: Someone make a 1.0 crop version so I can use Canon's 35 f/1.2 as 35 f/0.8 on my X-E1
Use the 50 f1.2 and you then get the 35 f.8 with this gadget. Better yet use it with a 50 Noctilux or any number of the ultra speed lenses on Cameraquest's site.
CameraCarl: Once again, lots of new cameras but only two with viewfinders. My wife (who is not as serious a photographer as me) won't even consider using a camera that does not have a viewfinder. And after struggling with the Panasonic LX3 and Canon S100 in daylight and bright sun, I will never buy another camera that doesn't have one. I can't figure why the manufacturers do not realize this. Why do they think photos ought to be taken at arm's length?
The amazing thing is years ago I whined about no viewfinders and I was the "fool". See how fashion comes around?
solarsky: It's really time SLR Magic, Cosina, Samyang came up with this grade stuff for a fraction. They'd PAWN that market in a flash... at least the lower segment...
The lower segment? Yeah, I would love to own the market where my clients scream for lower prices and blister you for not making top tier gear for $100.If the project you are working on means nothing then cheap stuff is all you need.If you need to put up the best possible work then you will never cut corners on your gear.