joharis: The specs say 'rangefinder-style mirrorless' (by the way, of course without a mirror, never seen a rangefinder with a mirror :-)) and one of the comments say: The rangefinder design is proven to be one of the most functional camera design ever made''.Why do people keep calling this kind of cameras rangefinder-style? A rangefinder is an optical construction to focus the camera and it needs two optical windows. The only digital camera that uses this technique is the Leica. The Fuji X-E1 has none of those. What we see here is just a compact system camera with an electronic viewfinder.
Technically you are right, but people use that language to describe a typically clean brick camera body shape with EVF (hopefully in the upper left corner looking from behind - Leica style). So the Pens and NEX-5 do not apply but NEX-6 and 7 and now this one fits the description. EVF compact system cameras come in two shapes, pseudo SLR and "rangefinder-style mirrorless".
Is it extremely difficult to mention the battery's model number, for instance, in these reviews? Surely having had a hands-on, you can read off the battery what model it is? Omitting hard information like this makes these reviews less complete and for what?
rfsIII: No one ever complained about the tiny film size of the Minox. People just shot with them and were cool with the results. Think of this camera a Minox for the 21st century.
It would have been nice if the camera is also MInox-sized...
Greg Gebhardt: $240 for a tripod collar!?!?!?
3rd party people will be selling for $50 and cleaning up!
I do want the lens, five stop VR mean the 70-200 2.8 will be staying at home!
This lens is not to replace the 70-200 f2.8 it is just a lighter tool to add to the collection and a long awaited one!
Given what's happening with Canon tripod collars, third parties could be selling clones not for 50 but closer to 15.
The size comparison tables in the Canon G15 and Fuji XF1 previews (and perhaps others as well) has the LX7 being 76mm high, which makes it by far the largest in those comparisons (taller than the G15!). In fact the LX1 is more like 67mm high.
She has shallow DoF in her eyes so is not bothered by hair in front. Wonderful image but is the blue edge on the right of some importance? Why not crop it off?
TheEye: At that price, this lens should be one stop faster.
It exists, it's also very large, heavy and more expensive.
Martin_E: This lens is excellent news. I bought the Camera for my girlfriend who loves the small size, this lens will be perfect for our Safari next year in Kenya.
Exactly. The 200mm FoV is short, very short, for safari. Now if they could come up with a decent 2x teleconverter the game could be changed.
How long will this last? It looks as if will work as a new device but frequent users may not have it survive the one-year warranty period. Does it even come with a one-year warranty?
Kirdan: Max shutter speed 1/4000 is dissapointing (if understandable). If I get it right, this means one wouldn't be able to take shots in bright daylight at max apertures of a fast lens. If so, D700 looks better except maybe its weight, and is priced lower where I live.
There are always ND filters...
Sony seems in love with the 11x zoom concept.
Larry Winters: Usain Bolt is NO LEGEND. Michael Phelps would more likely be called a Legend. He's earned I think 16 Gold and over 20+ medals in 3 Olympics from the 100m, 200m to 400m with mulitple strokes. And he has Gold 3-peated in at least 2 events. When Bolt Gold medals in the 100, 200, and at least medals in the 400, and throw in a hurdle event, in 3 Olympics, then he will have just equalled Phelps. Bolts has only doubled in 2 events and now has a paltry 6 medals. I'm really no fan of swimming or Phelps but the standard he's set will take awhile to surpass and you can't deny him that.
Bolt is a character which is good for Sports advertising, but I'm still wondering want this has to do with reviewing digital photography here on DPR.
People are land animals and do not typically live in the water. As such, running is an activity closer to most of us than swimming. I'd hazard a guess that Mr Phelps probably has walked and run more than he has swam in his life. Short distance running produces the highest unassisted travel speeds of humans on dry land using a mode of locomotion which most people are capable of, and as a result, the 100 and especially 200 m races are glamourized.
Rachotilko: Can any kind fellow reader explain, what are the main points of difference - in terms of features and general usability - between this device and - say - Panasonic G3 ?
It seems to me that they are priced similarly, yet - at sensitivity level of ISO3200 - the output from G3 provides remarkably more detail, despite much lower nominal resolution. What does this Nikon DSLR provide that Panasonic provides not ?
They are not priced similarly in the UK. The G3 is quite a bit cheaper.
It's not all about high ISO performance. Most pictures from most people are shot at low ISO. That said, low ISO performance is not better than the G3's either. On the balance the D5100 is more attractive and cheaper.
Ben O Connor: First Nikon, now Canon;
Guys why do you keep doing the mistake that already done by olympus and sony! Why we can´t your previous lenses on your mirrorless solutions?
The adapter makes it possible to use previous lenses, or would you prefer the Pentax approach? Basically you either obtain the advantages provided by a mirrorless solution which is to remove the mirror box allowing a more compact design, or go like Pentax ending up with a somewhat strange solution whose advantages are not immediately apparent.
audioprincess: I've owned and loved an LX-3 for several years now and the images it produces outdoors are stunning. I have to say the LX-7 sample images posted here are, at best, totally dissappointing.
You should compare DPR's LX7 sample photos with their LX3 sample photos and not your LX3 photos. Their priorities and practices when taking sample photos could be quite different from yours when you take your photos.
Deleted1929: This has very obvious haloing from over sharpening. It's not necessary to be so aggressive with sharpening.
I thought the halos were an intended effect. The couple is metaphorically outside this environment in a world of their own.
SaltLakeGuy: I have little doubt this lens WILL command it's price tag. Their reputation is pretty flawless. However that is still a specialty lens with a tough price tag for a non professional to swallow unless you're just well to do. I'd have to come into some real cash to pull that one off, but that would be an ideal focal length for me to add. We'll see how it does when it's released and reviewed.
It is squarely aimed at non-professional photographers. Anyone using these tools to make a living would not be able to justify this price. However, some hobbyists do earn this amount of money for a few minutes' of work.
steelski: Dell had a business laptop in 2005 with 1920x1200 on a 15 incher..... and here we are 7 years later, the industry finally passed 2005 levels.
I had an HP business laptop with one of these 15 inch screens which was very difficult to use as text from many applications and webpages was almost unreadably small. These types of displays need better software support which was patchy with WinXP at the time. No wonder manufacturers scaled back on those displays.
Macx: Am I being a stickler for insisting that this is a constant f-ratio lens, not a "constant aperture"-lens? Either way, this looks like a great lens. Good price (if the optics work, and they seem to do) and great size for the system. I have to figure out if the advantages of the zoom outweighs the loss of 1 or 2 stops of depth of field control and exposure, but for people looking for an upgrade to their kit zoom this is a no-brainer. I expect Panasonic to sell a lot of these!
More importantly, from an operation point of view, constant F number zooms have only one reason. With manual or non-TTL auto flashes, constant F zooms make flash work easier. TTL flash removes this last reason. In the end money is spent to make something appear more prestigious.