All of the comments, so far, show why camera manufacturers should use a common raw converter. Adobe tried to encourage a move in that direction with DNG which is used by Leica and very few others. It is time that, at least the smaller manufacturers stop putting out their excellent products that have proprietary converter codes. If they would all get on board, then we consumers would all benefit. Certainly, the dizzying assortment of RAW converters packaged with cameras cannot be a major profit center for them, so why do they do it? Even competing cameras that use exactly the same sensor use proprietary RAW converter codes. It is time they all cooperated, at least to that extent.
When Adobe's press release said that PS was going to the cloud and anyone wanting the updates had to subscribe, I thought, how great for the professionals who have been paying a kings ransom to upgrade their suites every year or so, and how sad for amateurs who buy only a single program for a few hundred dollars and get several years use out of it. Adobe also said that Lightroom would continue as a stand-alone application.
As a long time PS user who, in the past two years has moved to LR, going back to PS for some of the tools like content aware, this latest move by Adobe comes as a real blessing. Adobe hasn't forgotten about the lowly amateur market after all. Three cheers for Adobe, and I will be downloading the latest version in the next few days. Hoorah!
Just to establish my creds., I own and enjoy using a Leica M8u and occasionally still use my M4-P. So my comments should not be construed as a reverse snobbery slap at Leica. But to release a camera that is obviously aimed at the street shooter crowd without a built in viewfinder and no image stabilization just boggles the mind regardless of whatever fine qualities the camera may have.The convenience of a built in EVF to avoid the ungainly hump that graces my NEX5N should have been of first design consideration.And to offer a 70mm capability without image stabilization, either sensor or lens type, really puzzles me. No serious photographer is going to hold the finderless camera like a cell phone and expect a sharp result.
I am the owner of a Fuji XPro-1, so I have the advantage of a very Leica like OVF with the option of a switchable EVF for close critical focusing as well as IS. Leica would have been well advised to up the price about $500 and include the missing modern features.
$1000 for the E-P5 body at Adorama plus the expense of the EVF. So it has focus peaking (in B&W only). While it appears to be cosmetically a good looking camera, tell me why I should prefer it over the OM-D which has an excellent EVF and focus peaking using the key line filter selection under Art Filters? Adorama, B&H and others are currently selling the OM-D body for just under $1000. The E-P5 is cute, but no cigar as the saying goes. I'll keep my OM-D.
Still no eye level finder either optical, EVF or hybrid. Therefore, not a serious camera for serious photographers. I'll stick to my OM-D and avoid the hand/arm shakes, thank you.
Nice to see that Zeiss finally got around Touit.
If you compare the RAW images @ ISO 400, a not to demanding setting, the little Canon G15 blows the Fuji X20 away. How very disappointing for a camera manufacturer of this quality and standard. When looking for a small carry-around camera to use when I don't want to use my more serious equipment, I had a brief romance with the X10, liking the build quality, but ended up with the Canon G15 because of the image quality. According to the comparison images in this X20 review, The G15 is still the better camera.
This has no relation to the classic Minox spy camera. They still make one that is digital and the 9.5mm films are still available. I have a pristine Minox B that I haven't used in years. I keep it around just because it is fun to look at.
The DCC Minox is a continuation of their miniature Leica 'look a like' line that they have been making for several years. Thus it has a " film advance" and a "film rewind knob". It is a cute high quality novelty camera, but that is all.If you are into "mine is smaller than yours" then you'd love to have one. But it is no competition for most of the less expensive pocketables with more features.
Scottish Kev: Forgive me if this has already been covered but I spent a long time looking for a backpack that would carry camera gear and hiking gear, as when you are out in the wilds you dont have "just" your camera gear and then wear everything else. This bag like many out there only does camera gear.
Why dont more bag manufacturers actually design bags to carry camera gear and personal gear.
Oh and I did find a 1 or maybe 2 manufacturers who do what I think is a sensible back pack for hiking/carrying personal gear and I bought one but it was stupidly expensive (such is this camera/hobby/addiction ah well) but it does an awesome job!
The Tamrac Adventurer series does have the capability to carry camera equipment nicely nested plus an upper compartment for personal items. I have the Adventurer 9. There are also larger models.
I've had a Hadley Pro for several years. it still looks like new. It is the only bag Iuse when traveling because it is so protective of my equipment. Admittedly,it is bulky for walking around and I always pack a more compact messenger type bag in the luggage for that purpose. Hadley products are expensive, but you get what you pay for. As for the leather straps and trim, unless you are standing in a hot shower with it, it is no problem. In an average rain, the water rolls off, but I admit that I am not fond of standing in the rain and look for shelter. So, it is not a good product if you a duck. But for photographers, it is fine.
Re.: Fresh paint on obsolete targets.Bureaucracy, like nature, has certain immutable rules. One of those rules is that a bureaucracy, once created, can never be destroyed. Another rule is that a bureaucracy's budget, one created can be increased, but never be diminished.
As a result, there is, no doubt, a federal "Department of Resolution Test Chart Maintenance" which dutifully fulfills its destined mission and regularly repaintsand/or refurbishes these targets. It is, no doubt, manned and/or womaned by dedicated servants of the citizenry numbering in the hundreds to carry out its mission and its destiny. Said task force, speculatively, is primarily charged with records keeping, producing and updating mil specs for the specific paint required together with one painter and staff.
4/3's and MTF was, until this year always a step or two behind the FF and APS format cameras until the advent of the OM-D. AS far as I can determine, the OM-D is a match for any APS cameras on the market in terms of resolution and IQ. The full frame newer offerings remain the benchmark, but I wonder how long it will be before 4/3's catches up to FF. I'll admit that it doesn't seem logical, but larger sensor area just doesn't seem to tell the whole story. It would be a terrible shame if Olympus, having made such a big product breakthrough,were to go under. Perhaps they will get a white knight like Pentax so that their product line will continue to advance.
Before we can make a judgement about this lens, it would be useful to have a head to head comparison with the Panasonic Lumix 20mm /1.7. I have the Lumix and have found it a wonderful little lens with few faults aside from it's plastic lens barrel. I bought it for my GF1 and kept it when I bought my Olympus OM-D. But is it worth it to buy the Zuiko 1.8 instead of the Panny?
I would think that it is a question worth pondering and can only be answered by an objective comparison.
I am not surprised by the results. The more I use my OM-D, the more impressed I am. Image quality is on a par with my Sony NEX5N and is superior to my Nikon D300. It is infinitely customizable and with the accessory grip it is a perfect fit in my large hands. It is not pocketable, but neither is the NEX unless you put the lens in another pocket. Both the NEX and the OM-D are superior products, but for features, the Olympus gets the prize.
In 2004 as part of the presidential campaign, there was an effort to tie Kerry to Jane Fonda, a political lightning rod if there was every one by showing a news photo of him on the podium when Ms. Fonda was giving a speech at a political rally. It wasn't till after the campaign was over that someone found the original photo and lo and behold, he wasn't in it. Whether the photo affected anyone's opinion isn't the issue. It was wrong and shabby to do it.
A few months ago a well known photographer was stripped of his honors when it became apparent that the prize winning photo had been photo shopped. The incident was well covered by DP Review at the time.
The issue is not whether fake photographs change anyone's mind about the subject. The issue is honesty in photography, honesty in reporting and, frankly, honesty in general. Anyone cynical enough to ignore this simple truth deserves pity, scorn or both.
The purpose of the article is to show how photo manipulation is used to manipulate opinion. And what is the result? A bunch of dead head ideologues come from under of their rocks to spout their politicized crap. This is a site for photography, so take your mindless political regurgitation to places where they will be more appreciated like Fox Snooze, MSNBC or Rush Limburger.
Addendum:Who is a professional?
From the Leica website re.: the Barnack Awards competition:
"...The “Leica Oskar Barnack Award” competition is open to all professional photographers. To take part, participants must send in a series of photographs taken in 2011 or 2012 or long-term projects containing at least one photo from 2011 or 2012. Only one entry per photographer is accepted.
The “Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award” competition is open to any (prospective) professional photographer aged 25 or under at the time of entering. To take part, participants must send in a series of photographs taken in 2011 or 2012 or long-term projects containing at least one photo from 2011 or 2012. Only one entry per photographer is accepted...."
Since it their competition, they set the rules and definitions.
So, that settles that.
Re.: Who is a professional?
A few years ago, one of my images was on display, having garnered high honors in our local camera club competition. I got a call from some woman who loved it and wondered if it was for sale. I quoted an insane price of $250 because I didn't want to be bothered. She said it was a deal.I was so surprised, I told her that rather than give her that print, I would custom print one for her on exhibition paper. It is the only print I ever sold since most of my work I do for myself and my own satisfaction and/or club(s) competition. I don't recall if I took it with my Leica or Nikon.
A professional is anybody who's work product is for sale. So, I guess I qualify...sort of. Chuckle.
I cannot bring up the Super Control panel even when I followed the instructions in this guide. Any suggestions?