jtan163: Re-badged MFT?Aren't they already MFT consortium members?Don't they already rebadge Oly and Panny products?EP5 rebadge or derivative? (obviosly with an oval body plan).The big question then is would they make their own lenses or lend their name to AF Oly/Panny lenses (perhaps developed especially for the Leica brand)?
To me a standalone RF-less , presumably MF,full frame does not make much sense unless they released a line of glass for it. Simply building a camera to adapt other people's glass sounds crazy.And it does not seem reasonable to release a line of glass for something like that.Be interesting to see.
Or going completely the other way, and interchangeable lens X2.
The least interesting would be a fixed lens FF.This is what I actually suspect. An RX1 killer. Or at least competitor.
Leica has an agreement with Panasonic, not Olympus. The GF1 was such an awesome camera because Panasonic made it expecting Leica to re-badge it. The zoom lens was idiosyncratically great for the same reason.
I would say that Leica is using its partnership with Panasonic to make a m4/3 body. However it would be odd to position a 4/3 sensor above the X2, so I have to go with a full-frame version of the E-PM series. A pretty smart move IMO.
StevenE: Could be interesting.But I'd like my Android to be able to trigger a full-blown real flash. Just for fun
Does not work. Phones use an LED flash that ramps up much too slowly (in flash time) to trigger a device. The phone needs to send a trigger signal by bluetooth, and as far as I know the current API does not support that. A shame because they would become much more useful devices if it did.
You know why this is cool? So far as I know nobody has ever gotten an idevice to sync with an external strobe. The dinky direct flash LED has too broad an on-off time to trigger optical slaves, so people who want to take portraits with it have to use direct flash (gah!), natural light (grr) or modeling lights (bleh).
That simple functionality would make the Apple iwhatever so much more useful for those of us who like taking pictures of people that look good.
JEROME NOLAS: Well deserved wins! Wonder why there's not "Lemon of the year" (the most silly idea like Nikon 1, Pentax Q and so on...)
Damn you JEROME, I was just about to complain that the Q got robbed yet again. You need to be quick with your obvious jokes around here.
AngryCorgi: Is this a product of Malaysia or China too? I mean, I have no problem with that being the case, but it would further highlight the nonsense of the price. If you are gonna save $$$ on labor, then you can't turn around and charge US$900 and look like anything short of a jerk.
It's an entirely new lens design that will (or had better) shoot very well at f/1.2. Making one of those from scratch is not trivial.
techmine: $900 lens for any system should definitely be backed by solid market research. So Nikon's research showed that there is a need to build a fast portrait lens for Nikon 1 system?? I think they just got carried away by the success of 18.5mm f1.8 lens. They don't have "value for money" dimension working.
Anyone who wants an interchangeable system to succeed needs to develop a lens ecosystem. This actually looks like a fairly smart move. I had Nikon 1 cameras on death watch until this, but now it looks like Nikon plans to invest the time/money to make it competitive.
Nikon engineered the 1 system fairly well, and if you can set aside hard physical limitations like depth of focus it really outperforms expectations for that size of sensor. I see no personal reason to choose this over micro 4/3, but Nikon is not run by morons. Maybe this is one of those things that plays best in Japan. Pentax Q, I'm looking at you.
kadardr: WE tend to forget that there is a sony nex 7 which is a much better camera ( with the new lenses it IS fact). A bit stealthy though. Pretty against 'profi"??
@happypoppeye: I think he means the Sigma primes. In the NEX world those count as prestige lenses.
sergueis: Yes, OM-D sensor is great but OM-D was announced 15 months ago! Why don't we see any improvements in sensor? And when we'll finally see, I pray it would still have 16MP.
Think about the mileage that Olympus got out of their original 12 MP sensor, and stop holding your breath.
RichRMA: Those considering this, the OM-D or the NEX-6. If you have a chance to hold the NEX before buying, do it. The word, "trifle" comes to mind. The OM-D is in another class build-wise.
That makes sense, as the OMD competes with the NEX7. The 6 really ought to be compared with the latest E-PL model.
Chiemsee: Wonder whether- it has Anti-Shock (e.g. 1/8s) like OM-D!?- HDR-Bracketing ALWAYS uses burst (and suffers from shutter shock)!?- HDR-Bracketing can be combined with interval timer!?
If by anti-shock you mean stabilization, then yes. It would be cool to mix bracketing with interval timer, though I doubt they implemented it.
mediasorcerer: Bit pricey, glad they made it, greedy for choices hehe, and why not?As a serious photographers it's our duty to winge , it's not "hate or being negative"[i HATE that meme], they are corporations, they need our guidance, in return, we get what we want and need in a product, they should be paying us for our feedback like any market research does yes? It's called scrutiny, and it's a damn fine thing.Remember though, fuji's were overpriced when released.
If i had the spondoolio to spend right now, i'd probably have my way with it.
Oh yeah, viewfinder is a must, how can anyone be really serious about constructing carefully crafted images in bright sunlight without one i ask?
Should be included in the price or built in, i remember using a cheap kodak 35 years ago about the same size as this rigg and it had one, although not evf of course, but it worked.
Hell, I learned with a SLR and I composed just fine with an E-P1. Olympus did a decent job making screens that you can see in sunlight.
snowboarder: So is it really gonna work for micro 4/3? More and more compactcameras will show up with full frame and they are stuck witha small sensor...
Large sensor compacts are killing the Canon G series. People buy interchangeable lens cameras for a different reason.
photo perzon: Prices of m4/3 are now twice of DSLRs such as Nikon D3100, 5100 and three times high performance compacts such as the LX7. Then their lenses are also $ 1,000 easy.
PP will buy one EP5, let everyone on every forum know about his unfettered love for it and the system, and then find the next shiny object in exactly two months minus a day, that being the return time limit for many online retailers.
Pablo4: big camera, small sensor. nothing new, progressive, interesting here to see...
I hear you, Pablo. Anyone not using a Phase One or Pentax 645D is a loser.
Tim F 101: It makes sense for this to cost about the same as the OM-D. In a sense it is both an upgrade and a downgrade from that camera.
Advantage OMD: viewfinder, weather sealing, cool optional battery grip.
Wash: sensor, IBIS, two-dial controls, metal body, annoying Olympus menu design. The ISO '100' is a gimmick.
Advantage EP5: smaller, focus peaking (!!) and autofocus improvements, max shutter speed, flash sync speed, wifi, time lapse options, some crap to do with art filters.
I always shoot people with (indirect) flash and run up against my GH2's 1/4000 max speed all the time so those new features are pretty tasty. None of the OMD exclusives are that big a deal to me.
Kinematic, it sounds like a good fit for you, but do not get too excited about the ISO 100 option. This is the same sensor as the OM-D. Olympus did not expand the sensor's capabilities in any real way. The 'extra stop' of ISO is just an in-camera gimmick that gives you a few options with respect to automatic flash syncing but will still clip the highlights the same as if you overexpose by a stop at ISO 200.
It makes sense for this to cost about the same as the OM-D. In a sense it is both an upgrade and a downgrade from that camera.
sadwitch: There's one feature that wipes all other mirroless system for now and that's the 1/8000 shutter speed. Not to mention the 5 axis in body stabilisation too.
1/8000 is seriously nice for getting a little bokey on a sunny day, but they had me at 1/320 flash sync. Plus the wireless flash protocol. Plus 5-axis IBIS. Anyone want to buy a GH2?
sjredo: No comments on the BLACK 75mm?
Too easily mistaken for a cheap zoom. If silver costs the same then the cachet is free.
webrunner5: Who in the heck wants a little camera with a big lens and a even bigger clip on viewfinder? Crazy, just crazy.
"A big lens"
Haha. It's the same size as my EP1. With the Panasonic 20 it fits in a pocket. Why people feel obligated to have a viewfinder on all the time is a mystery to me. With the collapsible zoom it fits in a jacket pocket. Though in my snobbish opinion that zoom is best used as a paperweight.