Yanko Kitanov: This is a great lens, but guys - it is the Soviet M39 Jupiter 3 - it is widely available for more than 10x lower - just check any polpular online auctions.
PLEASE, DON'T GET FOOLED TO PAY 10x for this.
Correct. And at least here over in Europe/Vienna there are plenty of second hand stores where I can get a physical hold on it and make a thorough visual inspection before committing to buy.
scott_mcleod: Why would Fuji do this?
- no viewfinder (so you have to hold it at arms' length) - 1-stop slower lens than the X100 - same generic 28mm FOV as a phone - no IS...
If it was a couple of hundred $ cheaper and used a standard Bayer sensor then I could almost see the sense in it. Almost.
I agree with most of your comments, save the Bayer argument. It's the X-Trans sensor, which makes the Fujis really great. Apart from normally its ergonomics.
Raist3d: "Furthermore, the X70 has a high ISO of 51,200, compared to the 25,600 on the GR II."
Really? Come on. Unless you test this vis a vis, we all know how useful that ISO 51,200 really is...
Correct. It's only one f-stop. But normally, this means that the higher-rated sensor can be used to a higher setting than the older one. You also don't want to use the GR II on 25,600. AND its sensor is older.
abortabort: Pocketable street shooter, but misses the one thing that makes this type of camera particularly awesome - built in retracting lens cap. GR can take out of pocket, fire up and control completely with one hand. This on the other hand requires both, for changing most common settings, but even from the moment you want to use the thing, you have grab that lens cap off it with your left hand.
On the plus side the lens doesn't retract.
Just leave the cap in the pocket. I know, it is an horrific idea for some of you, but very easily done.
horsth: Not for me. A cam without a viewfinder.I stay with my X20
100% agree. No viewfinder: not working for me.Tried it with a lot of cameras, but always failed miserably. Especially in street photography.
Why is a good sized camera, which superbly fits most of the hands for a true stable hold nowadays a disadvantage? I tried many of the smaller cameras and could not really work with them properl, because of the size (or lack of).And Sony especially makes small cameras but the lenses are not really smaller than the likes of C/N. So what? It only makes an improperly balanced equipment.
summicron: looks great. what do i do with my current 3880 and inventory of spare ink cartridges??
That is along the lines from the review of the SC-P600 & P800 from Keith Cooper from Northlight-Images: while they are very good printers, there's no compelling reason to upgrade a working 38xx.The differences are minimal.
RPJG: "The UltraChrome HD set includes six colors, matte black, Photo black, light black and light light black, and the individual cartridges hold 80ml of ink."
I think you meant five colours + the four blacks?
With an 8-channel print head, presumably this suffers from the same problem as the 388x series, i.e. having to purge between photo and matte black when you change paper types?
Yes, unfortunately the same as on the SC-P600 (and all predecessors from Epson)
Tizzio: Huh...what about the front element of my 600/4 EF
"According to Canon, the 11-24mm's front element is the largest ever manufactured for an SLR lens, at 87mm in diameter."
This sentence is b*s. Almost any big telephoto lens from C or N has a bigger front element.Not to mention the venerable Nikon 6mm/2.8 fisheye... I think nothing tops that.
RBudding: VR? Who would want to hand hold that thing? It belongs on a gimbal head.
I hope this holds also true for the tripod collar, something which Nikon is known to have fumbled on some occasions in the past.
A renovated 80-400 VR IS should definitely be on their todo list.
weisman: "Multi, Center-weighted, Average"… but no spot meter?
Hello? Spot-Metering. This is an entry level camera and if the average user tried spot metering the results would be abysmal and the user would tell that the camera is cr*p.
Not so long ago, cameras of the C-brand did not have real spot metering except for the flagship model.
(unknown member): As Much as I like all the features over the D3100 this camera still does not have EXPOSURE BRACKETING!! grrrrrr shame on you Nikon @#**@#$% - so no HDR with this baby and I'll wait for the D5200.
This is the entry level system. I rather that only a one-figure percentage of the average buyer of this cam knows what exposure bracketing is. And even less would ever use it.
It's not that Nikon does not offer cameras with this feature.
JstarImaging: Was that taken from the exit of the Corkscrew?
The focal length is specified as 700mm. Did you use the Canon 500/4 with the 1.4x Extender?
Or which Lens/extender combo was used?
Very nice shot. I really like Jorge's concentrated stare.
meland: Useful article but as an aside to the whole mirrorless debate here's a question - why are DSLRs so huge? Given that DSLRs do not need to accommodate a 35mm film or a take up spool why is it not possible to make a full frame DSLR the size of say an Olympus OM1 or Pentax MX/ME (if anyone remembers those)? Even coupled with a fast prime they were reasonably small and were far less obtrusive than today's digital giants.
I'm lucky enough to have an EOS 5DII. I love its full frame sensor quality and the ability to blur out backgrounds with wide apertures but it's no fun to carry around for any length of time. Even with a small fixed 50mm it's still pretty enormous. Many of us that aren't sports photographers don't really need a high number of frames per second let alone many of the features currently stuffed into cameras. But we do want good image and build quality. For walkers, travel, landscape and street photographers surely there must be a market for a small high quality DSLR?
I'm not feeling them huge. Okay, the Nikon D3/Canon 1D Models are on the bigger side, but I didn't want to be my D700 any smaller. I have relatively big hands (but not enormous) and the D3000/D5000 are absolutely too small for me to be able to hold them ergonomically.I for my part can absolutely not work with the NEX cameras. Especially with longer lenses. There is no balanc in the system and mssing a viewfinder I cannot stressless compose a photograph nor am I able to hold the camera still for shutter times longer than a 250th.