vmicho: Man! I wish at least 1/10 of current filmmakers would be as good as Kubrick. What you can see in cinemas this summer cannot be described by any amount of dirty words ...
wow, it was better in the old days, the weather the girls the manners right...
Its so funny a statement like yours. A funny fact for you. If 1/10 ten filmmakers where as good as Stanley Kubrick, he would not be percieved as especially good, he would just be in the top 10 %.
So by definition your statement is utterly meaningless.
Stanley Kubrick is great because no one did what he did, he was great because he was far better than just being in the top 10 % .'
massimogori: You folks at Dpreview are in perfect position to change the balance. Just restart making reviews at decent pace.
lol that is so true, its a joke by now. The cams that are being revieved are very often not the important cams in the market, still tons of unfinished reviews and the time they take to finish anything is a joke.
what a dream job to be on staff, ceartainly it cant be stressfull
wow really relevant on this site.....Add the gearshop and a cartoon and the transformation from a relevant tech site to a soccer mom mall is perfected
thincrust88: Just viewed the pics on the Panasonic website...
I'm sorry, but not a single image stands out.
You are soo right. A few above the average enthusiast standard, but getty stuff, nahhhh.
And they are all a bit soft I think, absolutely not a good advertisement for the G5. Where are the razor sharp shoots with good dynamic range.
Not here for sure
Kissel: Fast and reliable AF really matters for sports photography, and Panny proved it's capable back in the times when GH2 was introduced. G5 doesn't shine with it's continious shooting though, with only 6fps, but hey, it's a enrty-level camera.
I just have to give a comment to your funny statement.
Its almost a bit tirering this nonsense " a pro could do it with 2 fps"..... Its such a dumb statement. WHY do you think there is a market for these fast cameras that very few consumers can afford ? Why do they all offer fast fps ? Why do sports shooters use them ?? Because it gives them a lot more keepers and enable them to catch that crucial moment where everything is right. And they dont wait for that soccer player to have the right expression during a shot to the ball, now they fire at fullll speed when he hits the ball and sorts afterwards.
But i guess you buy that jazz about "zone focusing" and will claim that AF can be left out by a real pro.
Its so funny these meaning less statements that keeps being repeated. Gear doesnt matter, MP myth, its the photographer, bla bla.
Its the COMBINATION of gear and photographer, its not rockets science but your claim is a joke.
photo perzon: Ridiculous monster. Give me a tiny cheap 14mm 2.5 and I'll do the same work.
the f 2.5 is not a aps-c f2.8 eqivalent at all so he is spot on. Composition wise 12 mm is interesting f2.8 a bit for shutter speed but with relation to dof its utterly uninteresting.
this would have been interesting if it was f1.8 or f 2.0 OR f 3 to 4 and very cheap.
this combo is not very interesting, to much of a compromise
armanius: Any idea on price point?
which would be a joke..... A aps-c equivalent can be had for 500 euro.
its not a pro system.
Kodachrome200: I honestly dont know why anyone defends leica. there two latest inventions are an $8000 dollar camera body that can only take black and white pictures with lacklustre technology and 50mm f/2 prime lens that also cost $8000. You can buy them both for the cost the finest camera in the world and a selection of the finest lenses that would make most pros jealous and most any other photographic tools you could want and you could still probably throw in a reliable used car. Of course then you wouldnt have a camera that only took black and white pictures and 1 50mm prime lens.
the absolutely maddening thing is a bunch of people are gonna respond with how crappy traditional dslrs are and how it is absolutely worth it to forgo that dreamlist of gear in order to have this
you are so right. You just have to smile. They life of nostalgia and the fact that there always will be someone who will buy a Leica BECAUSE its expensive....
Yeah the optics are great, but other brands have fantastic optics at a fraction of a price.
You are right, this one takes the price, come on black and white can be done in post and with todays sensors CRAZY pixel amount the added detail is just a matter of getting a higher MP sensor. Its all rather embarresing.
jagge: sorry i am absolutely on the bride side. Sorry but 3k is a high price. Now off course if you are wanting the most spectacular photographer you have to pay the prize, no doubt about it, free market. BUT if 3k is supposed to be the "normal" rate and you then get this reply that in all honesty is a bit rich.
Sorry the season is "4 months", very well that might be but I dont think its reasonably to assume that you can base your entire income on that and put your prices accordingly. Well its a free world. If anyone will pay 3k for a wedding photograper be my guest. I applaud those who can charge rates like that, honestly. BUT trying to argue that that price is more than fair, and almost getting to the point that it actually is almost a bad deal for the photographer is a bit pathetic.
Sorry I dont find that response very compelling or convincing. She could shoot 3 weedings a month, use a week on each and lay in the sun the rest of the time with a 9k income. Thats quite ok, come on.....
Pretty trivial information. Off course he can. Steven Spielberg also does that, George Cloney even so
Thats hardly the core of the debate.
Malvin Camina: $3000 Will depend on the Wedding Package. Majority of wedding photographers of todays era spent huge amount of peny in buying Top of the line gears. There is no Pro Photographer that wants any equipments die when the big event comes. That will reflect to your reputation as Pro Photographer. Perhaps let me explain to her the Math.
Nikon D3s Full Frame Camera(Body): $5199.95Nikon D700 Full Frame Camera(Body): $2699.95AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8: $1999.95AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8: $2399.95SB-910 AF Speed Light: $549.95 x (2)MB-D10 Battery Grip: $334.00MB-D00 Battery Grip: $219.00El-En15 Battery (2): $145.00Remote Triger(2) : $180.00Profoto D1 Air: $ 350.00Profoto DIY Beauty Dish: $70MacBook Pro Core i7: $2499.95Western Digital My Book Essential 2T: $130.00Creative Suite 5: $199.99Adobe Lightroom 3: $89.99LowePro Stealth Reporter: $180.00Etc: $200Rough Total: $17997.63
So a D3s is required for wedding photography now ?? I think you are doing the same mistake as the original poster. You inflate the expenses which dont look good.
Canomixian: I've shot weddings professionally, but opted not to as a career. Nikki's response registered as mere high-pricing rationalization, and I do feel that professional wedding photographers have a great deal of room to lower their general pricing to a level that isn't so easily labeled as abusive.
True, the CL bride ignores the skill required to produce truly good results. But many wedding photographers charge those high rates for cookie-cutter shots that are merely framed correctly, exposed and lit properly, and delivered in a slick package.
She also mis-described the time involved. Adding 4-8 hours (pre-wedding) to Nikki's 28-35 hour estimate, $3000 for a full work-week is less egregious, though still quite expensive.
Finally, Nikki's listed expenses dwindle when averaged across the many jobs that actually pay for them. Her $200 second-photographer day-rate speaks volumes for how much she values the talent portion of the charge, and seriously undermines her argument.
I dont have ANY problem with ANYONE making a great and fat living of being a photographer. I would love to do that.
What I object against is depicting a picture that a weeding photographer charging a rather good price for her work victimizes herself trying to the degree shown here.
If you make a good income be proud and say " yep I am that great", dont try to convince me that you can hardly survive on 3k per job, please....
You are right that there is propably a weeks work in a weeding, I guess it depends a lot on what you buy and the photographer in question. You also have a point about the second photographer who off course often is learning at the same time.
I dont agree that 2/3 are expenses, ceartainly not in the US it might be different in many european countries though. The cost of gear s not that high. Really a 5d mark II, with a mark I as backup and 3-4 great lenses, a couple of flash, umbrellas, laptop, cards and disks are all you need. Actually many trades like mechanics, carpenters etc are at least and propably more expensive to work in. In the digital era cost of systems are reasonable especially photography. Once you have the gear it can be used for many years, glass does not go obsolete and DLSR now have a quality that will last many years.
Again her "expense" calculation is severely flawed as pointed out by many
osage_archer: One commenter said it right: If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.
If you think wedding photography is easy, go for it. If you've never tried it I think you'd see that it is extremely demanding and you must be able to capture a "moment" because it is literally there for just an instant and then it's gone.
I think it's almost like people complaining that a basketball player who gets paid millions makes way too much, because they too can shoot and make a basket, and have done it before a few times!
Give me a break. As any trade its difficult for the amateur. Its a profession, once you master it its not difficult. Off course its demanding, many jobs are. Yep days will be long, after the editing there is time to rest and with a 3k pricetag there will be time to rest.I find it a bit funny that a lot of posters here really try to inflate the role of the photographer as the "artist" . You get the feeling that the central person in a wedding is in fact the "arty photographer". Second and third place propably goes to the bride and groom, that is just the natural order of things ;0).
Come on not every wedding photographer is an artist, some are good some great and some mediocre, its like any trade.
Again I dont find your arguments impressive.
Now calling it "memory product" or even "art" is to inflate the role of the photographer quite a bit. Off course there are photographers out there who will produce something close to art and they will be abble to have a high price tag going along with it. BUT its not at all diferent to carpenters, mechanics or any other trade. MOST will be pure bread and butter photographers, its a proffesion and they will hopefully deliver a pro result. Calling it art and using that as a argument for a especially high price is just to inflated an argument to me.
Now regarding not having a stable income is not really the problem of the customer. Its called having a busyness and there are pros and cons to that. Again NOT different to a garage owner, a carpenter or any other person having a small busyness living of their trade. Its not unique. Having enough flow of customers is off course the responsibility of the photographer.
you must be kiddin...... How much the price of the photographer is has NO relation to what the event costs, that is a very flawed argument. I would like to see the photograper charging 100 usd documenting a 1000 usd birthday party.
I can see the good busyness in documenting events that are expensive and has a lot of emotions involved, a great catalyst for the argument "well you want the very best" on that special day right. Its a good way to drown a big bill in an even bigger one.
Kudos for running a good company, I have no problems with that what so ever. I would do so if I could. That is just not what this is all about. What does provoke me here is the kind of slight offended response from the photographer. Her calculation of expenses are severely flawed and the whole response seems to be based on a slightly offended attitude, "how dare they question my prices".
OldZorki: One thing I never was able to understand - why, after all the $$$ paid people still do not own originals. Most of the work done "for hire" presume that after the work is done all IP and such transferred to customer. If my company develops the software for a client, he universally requesting source code, and so on.If I paid $4000 for a wedding pics and albums, why I should be held hostage by some company -and every time I need a new print, I have to pay them?
Yep that is just a joke. And in my view its another sign that photographers just dont follow the time we are living in.
Those days are over where people are so naive that they have to pay for all the work involved and STILL pay for every print. You cant have it both ways. If you want 3k for a photoevent hand over the rawfiles. The other model would be to be cheap THEN you can make people pay for every print.
Now precisely that reason is why I would hire a great amateur over a pro every time. I think pro photographers have to adjust to the times we are living in.
But again, if you are an amazing photographer you can do what you want. If you are middle of the road then adjust to the times we are living and stop complaining.
alexzn: This is unfortunately a trend that is spurred by the proliferation of digital cameras, Facebook, cell phone photos and such. People are used to paying for quality photographs less and less, and most expect to get their picture for free or dirt cheap. The bride's wedding deserves to be shot by a newbie with a rebel and a kit lens. After getting a cheap album of blurry poorly lit snapshots she will understand. Photography is a tough business and it is only getting tougher. Just about the only sector that still demands higher prices is "art" photography and it is a complete marketing scam.
Sorry but dont blaim cell phones, cheap cameras or the internet. I think that photographers have been spoiled for many years. Back then where just having a great camera was reason enough for being hired it was easy. Now everyone can get the hardware required for the best quality reasonably cheap. Photographers cant market themselves anymnore on gear, they have to market themselves on talent. That is difficult for some off course.
Its like any trade. A real pro sets himself aside from a amateur by work speed and quality of work. You would have to expect that a "pro" edits pictures MUCH faster than the average joe. Dont whine about the work involved be fast, and deliver high quality, then off course you can make a good living, ask for higher prices and dont have to advertise.
Sorry to the photographer comes across as a victim. How dare they say I am expensive......
he he that 200 dollar extra shooter caught my eye as well. Its just so fantastically hypocritical. She wants the big dollar, but have no problem actually paying another photographer very little. That tells the story quite precisely.
The argument about the way she lists expenses is also flawed. Does she really expect that 20 jobs a year should by her a car ?
sorry i am absolutely on the bride side. Sorry but 3k is a high price. Now off course if you are wanting the most spectacular photographer you have to pay the prize, no doubt about it, free market. BUT if 3k is supposed to be the "normal" rate and you then get this reply that in all honesty is a bit rich.
Teddy123: We travel to South Africa each November and on to Kruger National Park to chase the critters with our cameras. My wife shoots a Nikon D90 and I recently purchased a Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder.
Yes we get some fabulous shots but my camcorder, 5lbs after a day of shooting really gets big and heavy. After getting the video I want I pull out my old Panasonic Lumix TZ7 because I like to do stills as well and I’ve always been impressed with the quality of photos. On the last trip however I started playing with the video as well, (AVCHD lite) and was really impressed. No, it doesn’t do the job of the NX5U but when it’s rendered and put on a sixty inch screen it’s pretty impressive.
So after reading everything I could find here on dpreview.com I took the jump. I sold the NX5U! Purchased a Lumix GH2 with 14-140 mm and 100-300 mm lenses and put a thousand dollars that was left over from the sale of the NX5U and purchase of the GH2 in the bank.
absolutely. I am a Nikon shooter with a G2. I have been considering a gh2 for a while for both stills and video so i am very interested in your findings :-)