KL Matt: It must have been quite a challenge to take so many photographs with an f/1.4 lens and reveal so little about its out-of-focus rendering. Was that the aim here? Make certain every last bit of the image was sharp from corner to corner? Besides the one flower shot and maybe the whiskey cellar to a small extent, I don't have much more of an impression of how this lens renders than I did before. But yes, it does indeed appear to produce sharp images. :-/
Tend to agree with the note of criticism here, otherwise why not just buy the f2 that comes with X100s its about the same price and it comes with a complete camera, the control of DOF is one of the reasons this lens lives and takes it head to head with the Sony RX100 if its in in combination with the XE2
What bothers me is the size, its a lttle to big for street shooting, and what also bothers me is the implication does this mean we won't ever get a compact f 1.4 14mm 18mm 23 mm primes? Which it seems to, in which case FX still holds the edge and MFT / Fuji looks atractive altrrnatives to APS C
Its trivial comment I know but i can't decide if I like this or not!
Its not sufficiently retro fashionable, say like the Fuji X100 or tightly "resolved" modern designs like the D3 300/700 series, to really work in either way as something that makes me want it.
I expected to really like this, I think the Fuji faux rangefinders are great, and when you pick them up and use them the layout seems logical and right,
However here I'm not so sure this works in quite the same way, the addition of the big grip to the RHS improved the handling of DSLR considerably, at the moment looking at the control layout I just think that you will wind up wondering if you be better off with a D610 or 800 should you have ordered one of these.
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CM WORKS: I'm waiting for Steve Huff's pics of the Rx10 tomorrow hopefully. This guy always bring out the best real world test images.
I Like his photgraphy. Particuarly his enviromental portrature, slight obsession with OOF backgrounds and spashes of natural light, colour and his use of monochrome. For me this lends alot of credibility as a reviewer. Not to denigrate DPR there in depth anaysis is best i have found on the internet, perversly this seems to attract more acusations of bias than Steves more personalised, opionated non technical approach.
HB 101: Also, can you spell Sony RX100 killer?
If your going to set quiz questions there are some principals you may want to revise first
Given the previous silliness, believable! be it hoax or rumour
Very reminiscent of the white Orb issue Fuji had with the X10, pretty much handled in the same way, Clumsily. No doubt admitting the problem retrofitting every single one would have been very expensive, but would it have put the issue to bed, i'm not sure the internet is such an amplifier of the negative.
The one good thing to come of it (not for owners) is the 600 is a bargain at the moment, and the shutter spatter issue seems to be manageable even if it was not cured, in most aspects its a fantastic camera.
Alec: ... The front buttons have no labels, the zoom buttons have no labels. We want to be clean and consistent. Everything screams "eliminate the labels".
Г: Premium products don't need loud branding. Small and tasteful is the way to go.
Д: Speaking of useless labels, "Info" is almost comically so. Everything is information, so by saying "Info" it is not giving us any. On the same note, everyone knows how 4-way switches operate, we do not need a tiny arrow (or dot!) reminding us that left is left, right is right, top is top, bottom is bottom. Eliminate.
Е: This appears to be an activity LED. If so, illuminate the gap around the, um, "INFO" button instead, and eliminate the separate LED "hole feature".
-- Sasha Karasevphotographer
Deiter Rams, Jony's hero take on an Mhttp://dieterrams.tumblr.com/post/6003750220/leica-m8
I think its great, does have the look of a prototype, but thats OK in the context. As Alec said, There are possibly ways you might could tidy it up if it went on to mass production, some of the dials and control and the extent of the texturing.But i'm not designer and its not my design
But as a study of what would happen if Apple married Leica, and had a threesome with the man who designed the much hated upon Pentax K01.Why not,thats what its all about not a finished product but a collectors piece about influential industrial designers. A brilliant object to be in existence in that context
SeeRoy: Now and again, whatever you think about Krockwell, he speaketh the truth.
"Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 ZF2 für Nikon... Normal lenses for the truly crazy.For $4,000 instead of one-tenth the price or less, you get a much heavier lens with no autofocussing. Wow! Chart shooters will love these giant lenses. Zeiss makes the lenses we use to read newspapers from space, but we don't need that much performance for creating art — but don't let me stop you!I'll bet you there's no visible differnce between these and the Nikon 55mm f/2.8, which is an extraordinary lens, and autofocuses, for about $175 used..."
It takes all kinds: Lloyd Chambers is swooning with pleasure and breaking out his charts. Just the lens you've always needed for shooting that decaying mountain cabin.
Great post. What the world needs most is more ways to consume coffee and more 50mm, f1.4 ish lenses.
attomole: "the communities smartest eggheads" hmm...
@ Hugo fist, who also could referred to as prey, in the predatory sense.;-)
"the communities smartest eggheads" hmm...
Wonder how it compares to SIgma 1.4 DG on a D800, anyone done the math! ;-)
photohounds: People who flaccidly try to equate amount of materials used in a lens to its price, are the same "thinkers" who think a Ferrrari should cost the same as an-150 truck.After all the F-150 has MORE materials in it - so it is "better", right?
FACT is, the smaller you make something excellent, the MORE it costs (almost universally).
The f 0.95 DOF tirade is also getting stale (well it was a year ago).I shot a theatre production this week, no DOF "issues" as imagined by pixel-peeping Bricks 'n' bazookas fans - none at all ...
To judge pictures instead of uninformed opinion:
At the link, select "performing arts", and "footloose", basically unprocessed except for density and a little NR ands I turn the camera NR off (better when there is smoke in the image).
Or here ...http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Performing-arts/Footloose-Supa
@ ppastoris The thing is I don't think this is really true (Not Yabokkie with certain caveats he is correct) but the extent to which image quality is compromised doesn't matter, in normal lighting there is loads of S/N and DR even though other systems offer more, (however its measurably not far off Canon's APSC sensors), people do accept that, unless you are of the mindset or industry where more is always better.Image quality is not an absolute, is it good enough for the job. when i am appreciating a photograph I am not counting photons.
" iAlso impressive that the same people seem to be unable or unwilling to comprehend what is very clearly presented here by yabokkie -- mage quality is primarily determined by how much light is collected on a sensor (film, etc) by the lens and the efficiency of the sensor(basically how well it can count photons)."
Opening up the aperture wont make the sensor bigger Yabokkie
yabokkie: it says "fast and wide" in the title.
I'd say moderately fast and moderately wide for a 35/2.1 equiv. that's the work it can do, no more, no less.
"f-number is a convenient (but no accurate) tool for same format, different FoVs (it's not focal lengths)
aperture (diameter or area) is a useful tool for different formats, same FoV,
FoV and aperture decides photographic effects regardless of sensor size."
f number is a guide (accurate if your equipment is calibrated) For exposure and exposure calibrations that spans formats.
Good for Leica. Always look on the Leica cabinet in Airport retailers and whatever camera its wrapped over. the re-branding makes great looking cameras, in terms of design no other camera maker comes close to the strength of their design identity which transcends the product.None of which lends anything to its ability as a photographic tool and all of which will have many here foaming at the mouth. I don't care they have had to sell out a bit to survive. This will be a good camera because the Panasonic inside is a good camera.I only wish Pana did a version of a Leica flagship. Would love an affordable Leica Monochrome.
"so you know very well where is the problem which has nothing to do with the equivalency calculation right?"
Well it has everything to do with the equivilancy calculation Yabbokie. For me it it shows its limitations in the same way as F1.4 is F1.4. sure you can use it to show a point. But practicaly its no more use to a photographer than1. Sticking to the lowest ISO settings for the best quality.2. Larger format sensors give better quality Assuming the tech is similar
F1.4 being eqivilant to F2.1. I'm sorry Yabbokie having read a I believe I understand the underlying maths I don't think its particularly useful other than showing what we know already.