smozes: In my opinion, the Joby SLR Zoom model could've been a better match, since it is smaller. However, it uses an integrated ball head which is not compatible with any other plate.
I was really hoping to just carry the Joby SLR Zoom, and be able to mount my MILC to either it or a CapturePro clip, but because of the the ball head, I can't and had to settle for the Joby Focus, which is huge and clearly meant for professional DSLRs.
You are aware you can take the ball head off and replace it with whatever you'd like, right? I use the SLR Zoom and change the head periodically.
What they need is a lightweight tripod that extends out to 4.5' or so. Vivitar had a mini tripod in the 80s and maybe the 90s that did that. It was about 12" or less when folded but extended to almost 5'. The only problem was that it was heavy. Mine recently broke but I was lucky to find another on our favorite auction site. It held at least 2 or 3 pounds too.
If there was a lightweight one, though, I'd try that. As for the ones tested here, I use the Gorilla Pod. The only problem is that it does get unstable when you put a DSLR camera with a lens like a 85mm f/1.4 on it. Frustrating.
Terry Breedlove: Either there are many people posting without reading the article or they just can't understand anything they ever read.
I didn't feel you said anything bad. I just felt bad that perhaps you felt that way (negative) about my comment.
Richard, I wasn't trying to be a d*** about it. Sorry about that.
Steve Jobs was replaced by a Pepsi CEO.
Mrrowe8: Sadly much like the T-Rex , Hasselblad & Leica days have come and gone .. They use to be what ALL real photographers aspired to own as it represented the BEST .. Now however they are in most cases overpriced hipster junk .. If they focused on specialty fields maybe they can inch back into the real world .. But now they are just a dull filler story ..
I shot some photos in a studio the other day. I used the Nikon D810 with a 85mm f/1.4G. Then near the end of the session I used a Hasselblad 553ELX with my favorite 120mm lens. Great camera to use with focusing manually. Ah, a split image rangefinder. How I missed that. Anyway, I used black and white film.
I ended up editing the D810 photo in Lightroom and Photoshop and it came out spectacular. The black and whites that I shot came out just as good. I edited those in Lightroom and Photoshop also. However I had to take extra time to spot out dust and white dots. That was one part I don't miss with film. In the end I printed those out too and they looked just as good as the D810. That made me wonder why I even bothered with the Hasselblad.
So, my point is that in the end we're just after getting the image and the D810 does that job as well as any camera and I kinda want to say as good as a film Hasselblad.
nathantw: The Stella wasn't a bad product, it was just way overpriced. In fact, that's where the problem lie, the products are overpriced. Instead of selling more of the same product at a lower cost to make a profit they swung for the fences and tried to make a person's monthly salary in one sale. The "profitable" CFV50c is the same. When there are alternatives, entire cameras, selling for almost half of what a digital back sells for with the same capabilities, then there's a problem.
I'm actually excited about the direction Hasselblad is going if they are indeed going back to their roots. Hopefully they'll come out with a new X-Pan with a digital sensor or a Flexbody with a digital sensor built in. Maybe we'll see an updated V-series that's well built but modern? Guess we'll just wait and see.
We know, stefanprofiler.
Richard Schumer: Some history: Hasselblad went belly-up some years ago; its trademarks and assets were acquired by another company, who tried to market restyled Sony cameras to rich Asians in Hong Kong. Even with retailers in the mix, the plan was a failure and the CEO was replaced. The new CEO dissolved the design house and dropped the lines developed with Sony.
Now, let's translate some of the interviewee's other statements.
1. Hasselblad, whatever the previous CEO thought and acted on, is not a luxury brand, but it is a (high-priced) tool.
2, They are going back to their roots, starting with a brand-new aerial camera design, as their first product was also an aerial camera.
3. Perhaps they can convince the US to take their new camera to the moon again.
4. Let's ignore that Phase One has them on momentum and Pentax has them on price.
5. They have no other products in the pipeline.
6.. "This better work, or my career is s***".
Right. The camera was already designed and produced (100 of them...collectors item) and they were fulfilling a contract with Sony by announcing it.
Donnie AI: A Hasselblad DSLR.. or even a Mirrorless Camera. I wonder how much those would be priced.
I hope to see one day, That leaf shutters be introduced to DSLR's / Mirrorless Cameras. Just as what Fuji did on their X100S / T
Calvin, if you don't mind it being analog then why not just buy a used one? I saw one on sale with the 3 lenses that they made for the camera. If I had the money I might have purchased it.
The Squire: If Hassy had teamed with Sony the way Leica teamed with Panasonic, it might have worked.
I remember a story about Honda and Alfa Romeo working together, in the 80s I think. Great technology/manufacturing with Italian design/style? Nope. Italian engines and Japanese style. Ooops.
The innards of the new Leica Q include Panasonic cleverness. What could Hassy do with their bodies, ergonmics and design, but Sony tech under the hood. Mmmm.
The XPan was a Fuji camera also.
The Stella wasn't a bad product, it was just way overpriced. In fact, that's where the problem lie, the products are overpriced. Instead of selling more of the same product at a lower cost to make a profit they swung for the fences and tried to make a person's monthly salary in one sale. The "profitable" CFV50c is the same. When there are alternatives, entire cameras, selling for almost half of what a digital back sells for with the same capabilities, then there's a problem.
nathantw: I like the way this looks, but I'm sure if I buy it people will think it's a murse (man purse). It just has "that look" of my wife's purse. Leica sell other bags at their store in San Francisco that are probably better for guys (different colors and types) like the Brixton bags. https://www.leicastoresf.com/store/other/cases-bags
Here's a photo of a guy carrying the bag featured above. http://leicarumors.com/2015/05/20/new-ona-x-leica-berlin-ii-black-messenger-bag-launched.aspx/
Interesting word. Never saw it before and had to look it up.
I personally carry a burnt orange Tenba messenger bag. When I got it my coworker said it was a girl's bag. I laughed. It got stolen from my car a few months later and I purchased another in the same color. Didn't want it in traditional black.
I like the way this looks, but I'm sure if I buy it people will think it's a murse (man purse). It just has "that look" of my wife's purse. Leica sell other bags at their store in San Francisco that are probably better for guys (different colors and types) like the Brixton bags. https://www.leicastoresf.com/store/other/cases-bags
This is great. I like it a lot. Thank you for making it.
You mean I could make my Gigapan pay for itself and all I need to do is take an award winning photo? Yeah, no problem.
I know this isn't going to be a popular post, but since when did it become so important to having a video of your location shoots to getting your photographs looked at? I thought photography was about still images, but now we're expected to have professional videos taken with drones too? It's getting to be too much.
That dramatic music was so unnecessary. Cool idea for the product though.
I shudder at the thought of seeing portraits or party photos taken with this lens at its widest angle. It was bad enough seeing all those celebrity photos taken with a 14mm lens and the distorted bodies with the tiny legs and the people at the edges look flattened. It was a horrible trend that's going to be even worse now that this lens came out.
As for the lens itself, I'm jealous of Canon users that can buy this. I'd love something like this. Yeah, yeah, Sigma has one.