As individual budgets are stressed in a number of nations, perhaps more are realizing that a camera is not a "need". A mobile device, however, is. And the imaging side of those devices for many, is sufficient.
A somewhat mystifying and beautifully composed photo! Having read others' comments so far, I also misinterpreted the intent of the subjects. My impression was also that they were attempting to photograph the moon or night sky. The photographer's context and explanation made a great photo even greater for me. Either way, it wins.
Great work. Wonderful color, composition. Outside camels provide leading lines to center. Sense of light is wonderful, even though sun is high. Just-right saturation. It's so good to get a break from the usual over-processed look. Congratulations on a great entry.
Beautiful light and shore silhouetted trees.
I bought lots of new cameras, read the manuals, tried learning all of the unique raw conversion software features, then sold them and bought new. I did that for ten years. This month I decided to stop doing that. Am I smarter or dumber now?
Zoron: Like if u want a D900 retro style......and no criple bs pls
I sold the FM2 as a Nikon dealer in the seventies. That body design was much more compact, closer actually in size to Nikon's current compact P7800. This camera's a handful.
zapatista: Well, constant f2.8 is nice, I wonder how is does vs. an FZ200.
I add another + to previous comments in consideration of the Fujifilm X-S1 for this class. Its specs, handling and IQ are certainly up to the levels of this super zoom group and its reduced price now makes it very competitive.
jcmarfilph: "Last week, Richardson left his Nikon DLSR at home and instead took his iPhone 5S on a trip to the Scottish Highlands. Unsure at first whether it was a good idea, Richardson quickly realized that while his iPhone wasn't exactly capturing "visually profound" images, he didn't feel like he was settling for second best, either."
I doubt if that is not intentional. Why would you leave the most important tool you are using in your professional job?
Any crappy phone can produce these appealing images at web size and the credit should go only to the photographer because of his eye for composition and not to the iPhone.
Nice photos for the Web, but for what other possible end use?
In-camera Art Filter: "Dynamic"
ISO 400 was necessary to obtain DR 400. Reminds me of the look of Tri-X film developed in D-76 many moons ago.
I celebrate this color, long before the garish days of Velvia, followed by over pushing saturation and vibrancy sliders.
A number of those commenting wonder why one would buy either of these cameras. I bought the P7700 at $389 from B&H. That's the cost of one lens for a system camera, and I don't have to haul a bag full of bodies and lenses in the field to be versatile. The slower performance is more than made up for in the image quality. When I want the performance of the DSLR I use the DSLR. Lately it stays home and the P7700 goes out in the field. It's that good.
Hugo808: It's an interesting question, but after reading the forums here people seem to fetishise the perceived improvements of the next model in the shop as though this will somehow improve their photography, so cameras can never get familiar enough to be cherished as objects. They are just temporary tools that the manufacturers are only to keen to see us replace.
It's not like the old days like when my Pentax spotmatic was used weekly for 20 years, that won't happen with a D90 (if you remember even that far back!)
I'll come out on my cameras certainly being fetishes. As a photo retailer I witnessed the transformation in customers many times, as they got caught up in the esthetic and functional beauty of the equipment in their hands. I believe this may partly be the reason for so many on photo discussion boards passionately defending their choice of brand and model. Sometimes our relationships to cameras and lenses is defined in terms of love affairs, infatuations or longterm relationships. I remember the tactile and visual experience of unboxing my X10 recently. When in the field with it, these qualities almost eclipse its functionality at times. Bordering on idolatry, or is "fetish" a better word? The folks at Fujifilm have done a fine work in this little piece. I can't imagine what a Leica M might do!
Medium raw original processed in-camera to B&W(red) Film Simulation
Medium raw+jpeg, B&Wred Film Simulation
Medium jpg, EXR default to D-Range Priority
Large jpg, Velvia
I would love to be able to afford something like the RX1. But it's really priced beyond my sanity.
rusticus: a "Cyber-shot", that nobody needs really -much for eur and ugly with the viewfinder
Pat, you are a very funny guy!
Using OVR does speed action photography by quite a bit. Even without visual aids to guide, I barely ever missed framing and focus. (When closer, just bias the view a bit to the right, and down.)