I keep hearing Dolly Parton in the background: "Here you come again" subscription model.
Gesture: What happens when you carry it in a pocket and dust/sweat/humidity causes an issue. WHAT IS WARRANTY-SERVICE response? How durable are these modern $1K marvels proving.
Good suggestion about extended warranty. What ever happened to Gear Shop BTW.
DPReview should do a serious article on warranty repair in the camera industry in light of how expensive so many of the cameras are. Yes, many of the early digitals were expensive, think $1,500 for a Minolta 7!, but today's industry is different. With modern manufacturing I am astounded how many cameras, like this one, hover at $1K.
What happens when you carry it in a pocket and dust/sweat/humidity causes an issue. WHAT IS WARRANTY-SERVICE response? How durable are these modern $1K marvels proving.
I can get a nice APS-C DSLR kit for so much money. Silly.
Fun to see. M43 is gaining traction from several directions: lenses; platforms; connectivity; a new sensor.
Styling reminds me of Panasonic's first DSLR cameras with Leica.
Will it be Gear Shop recommended?
Could some of the Lytro technology be applied to some type of more conventional hybrid camera?
I sure hope so, but Footnote 1 is troubling. It is tiresome that the modern printers have so much difficulty auto-switching between Ethernet, USB and WiFi, and, can only work for the most part in WiFi through a router.
I want to print directly from my WiFi enabled computer to a printer. I don't use WiFi for the Internet.
Are there any WiFi printers out there that will work in ad-hoc mode????????
Horshack: Construction firms are missing out this post-sale revenue. Instead of selling wood outright they should start charging per-use licenses on stairs. For windows, a pay-per-view fee like Google charges pay-per-click. For rebar, a charge every day the building doesn't fall over.
That's where we are headed.
Gesture: How many smart phones does it work with?
BaldCol: What is this obsession with using your phone for everything. Does that mean that I would have two devices I need to keep charged to take photos. My iPhone struggles to stay charged for a day even if I'm not using it. How long would it last using this.
Buy a camera
People already carry an extra smart phone like device just to charge their smart phone some more. Accessory supplies love the new connected world.
How many smart phones does it work with?
JordanAT: Hassleblad's two core strengths, mechanical reliability and optics, are likely gone. Mechanical reliability on the level of the film cameras from 40 years ago are lost on the modern camera. By combining the film and body into one unit, you have created a disposable camera. Whether the life is 1 year of 5 years is irrelevant when compared to a product which previously could be expected to have a 20 year (or longer) useful life in a pro shop. If you have to change your body to upgrade your "film," the utility of old hardware diminishes much more rapidly.
As for optics, even if there are any optical engineers left at H it means they're probably woefully behind in creating the massively complex aspherical element design which modern sensors demand for sharp images. Poorly focused "art lenses" will always have their place, but to go forward with world-leading designs will require rebuilding the entire lens line from scratch. And I'm not sure there's enough alligator skin in HK to do that.
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.
Perfect. Formats no one else is doing, but digital. I wish one OEM was brave enough and good enough to rethink the basic DSLR and simplify it without losing capabilities,.
The modern DSLR is absurd with all the buttons, dials, etc. But, now, all OEMs are locked into certain subassemblies that dictate the placement of so many controls.
The Pentax K-10, which failed in the marketplace, was one of a few cameras that tried to streamline the interface.
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 ..
Thanks for sharing those observations. Yes, that's the irony of this era. The last decade or so, the films were getting so good that it improved the quality of many vintage cameras, not just the higher-end ones.
At that time in photography, part of the appeal was and is the lenses, not that other medium format manufacturers didn't have great lenses.
Outstanding report; good writing.
garyknrd: Kinda curious why anyone would pick this over the new Sony?What are the advantages?
Established lens, flashes, accessories. Canon support network for professionals, commercial photographers. You like the Canon image "look."
These are mature products. Irrespective of exchange rates, the real price should go down over the years. That should be the value equation. Otherwise, like many, I would look for the previous model.