When reporting a lost or stolen item the police [and I believe your insurance company] require a serial number to properly describe it in the NCIC [National Crime Information Center] data base. Without the serial number if an item is recovered there is no reasonable way to prove or show ownership. In my opinion Panasonics response to the problem indicates a total lack of understanding all the issues involved, which go beyond the warranty. And I don't think Panasonic is alone in this "cut costs to keep the shareholders happy" mentality where a robotic engraving a serial number will cost somewhat more.
billbourd: I'm surprised Leica chose not to machine the camera out of titanium instead of the cheaper, softer aluminum. If it were titanium I might have had to invest in one. :)
Agreed to a point. Aluminum, I believe, is not a metal used to make watches, rings, etc. as titanium is. So my attempt at humor or sarcasm was to make a truly luxury product it should have been made using a 'higher' [more expensive] grade of metal.
Another thought just occurred to me. If the T sells well they can market a new model, the Ti for a grand more.
I'm surprised Leica chose not to machine the camera out of titanium instead of the cheaper, softer aluminum. If it were titanium I might have had to invest in one. :)
Greg VdB: reversing a ~50mm lens to do extreme macro cheaply is nothing new, but Alexey definitely went a bit further than most, and the results are fantastic.
Here's a shot I took of air bubbles in a glass of orange juice with coloured papers in the background. Ten years old, made with a 4MP Casio QV4000 (the poor man's Canon Powershot G2), but it's still one of my personal favourites:http://www.pbase.com/gbleek/image/17736911
Greg,You just caused me to lose time from my schedule admiring your galleries. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.Billbourd
justmeMN: And in the US, some people never go anywhere without bringing a handgun along.
This is a good point made by someone who obviously has street smarts. Thank God they are not needed elsewhere. :)
solarider: Hello and greets,
My Q's to DPR staff,TIA!:
To what degree would Olympus brand lenses function with the GX7? Is there significant loss of function in some way? Bad idea?
Does panning work with IBIS or is there need to disable IBIS? Would a camera like the GX7 even be doable for BIF's?
What degree of tracking is working with this camera if any? Bad choice for BIF's?Are any of the mft's cameras even close to being BIF-able :-p ? probably barking up the wrong tree. Nevertheless, what long lenses would be usable for bif on this cam?
I've read marvelous things about Olympus making the very best lenses out of Japan, how do the Panasonic lenses compare?
Why are you saying there is a limitation of Panny lenses with OIS? Just turn it off.
I would guess the product pricing would be the same on the Gear Shop as on Amazon?
At first glance I do not like this concept. I do shop often at Amazon and am quite happy with my experiences there and I have always gone to DPReview for information on anything photographic. However this puts a different slant on both. I have been a longtime subscriber to Consumer Reports. They have a reputation for true independence on their reviews and if they opened a shopping site I would feel betrayed for having been an avid subscriber. I know that might seem irrational, but the fact is that is how I would feel.It will be interesting to see how this plays out and to wonder if I will be able to feel comfortable continuing to be a follower of DPReview amd shopper at Amazon.
If I paid a quarter mil for a photo I would have been sure to have had a contract with the photographer that I owned the image and the copyright on it. I believe if you buy a painting you own it outright. Why should a photo be any different, unless as in the latter case there were two prints and you bought it knowing that. I cannot understand anyone who would spend that kind of money without having full ownership.
I'm surprised there is not an audio in for remote mike and audio out for monitoring sound considering the cameras assumed video quality. Did I miss this in the specifications?
A short while ago I placed my pre-order with Amazon, Silver body only. Will use my 20 1.7 and 14-140 with it for now. I read thru the manual today and must say that and what I have read and seen on this site and others convinced me to pre-order. Will gift my GH1 to my daughter.Bill B.ps. the link to the manual is:http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/manual/omd/man_em5_e.pdf