larrytusaz: I picked up a Nikon D5000/18-55mm kit for only $175 around two weeks ago, it even included a portrait grip, 2 spare batteries, a Toshiba case and a 4G card. It would totally blast any of these to pieces. Yes it's large--so? When you care about quality, you only use the good stuff, not the stuff the Kodak/Polaroid crowd is using. Besides, if you can't deal with an SLR, there's always a Sony RX100 or Panasonic LX100, or the Sony NEX-6 which I also have and which, with Wi-Fi, can beam your images to a device for instant sharing, if that really matters so much.
The best camera is the one you have with you...
This is not an article about owning Full Frame, Crop Sensor, compact cameras, no it is about Camera Phones. Stating that the regular cameras are better is like saying that a Corvette will win you more races than a Honda Civic, duh.
Not everyone has a camera with them at all times, but most have a smart phone with them. That is what this article is for.
Neroon: Simple answer is no.
Canon needs lenses and they need full-frame to be taken seriously. This fact that they are not selling it in the US speaks volumes about their attitude.
Combine that with the endless wait for a high MP camera and what do we get? Two cameras that will not ship till mid year at best and that cost more than $3500. In the meantime I am selling off all my Canon gear and going Sony.
Not sure where you got the idea that the Sony f4 lenses cost as much as Canon's 2.8 Trinity? Yes, they are more expensive than the f4 Canon trinity, but not as much at the Canon 2.8s
Simple answer is no.
Acratech is my choice -- have never regretted getting one.
A lot of misinformation in this list
I have been shooting IR for several years. For the most part I do B&W images. The differences can be very striking. You do not need filters or tripod, though you will get sharper images.
IR is vastly easier but still challenging in Digital. You do not have special film and handling, you can handhold any shot you want unless the shutter is too slow - just like regular photography.
Here is some of my IR work: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjuAREAW
If you do not see smartphone as the enemy then you are clueless. Unless you are admitting that you are glad to be out of the no margin market.
El Profe: It makes no sense (to me) to design a classic or retro looking and hopefully with simple A, S, M controls (no 100 scenes modes) body and then damage the retro concept by using an EVF. If it has an OVF i think about it. But if it has an EVF i don't even bother not even to read about it (no matter the price).
Feeling a little archaic are we...let me know when you come up with a design that uses the X lenses and can fit a mirror between the lens and the sensor. I know, it could be a tiny mirror that shows 20% of the scene...next stupid complaint please.
konanon: If I may be allowed to dream...put that sensor in the E-M1 and you have yourself the perfect mirrorless camera. Well, for me at least.
Wait a minute. Aren't Olympus and Sony in some sort of partnership? Wouldn't that be interesting. The alpha 8 with E-M1 technology.
Dream session over.
That will be the A9r...
I am really not sure why Bogen and Gitzo both keep going their own way on the design of quick release plates. Does anyone know why?
I really like the look and feel of Gitzo's heads but the lack of arca-swiss plates is a killer for me. The head I have used for the last 6 years is an Acratech Ultimate. It is simply amazing, locks in place, is compact and extremely light. I can not more highly recommend them. The company also has excellent customer service.
None, the winner is the SONY a7r. If the lenses come then this is the camera that changes the game and points us to the future of full frame.
pbailey4: HDR techniques - please respect the fact that some people (ok it may just be me) see these images as a manipulation to far, compressing the natural lighting range to show detail. Did I just say the king has no clothes?
I think Ansel Adams would have seen HDR used correctly as the digital version of the Zone System and darkroom printing. To say "manipulation to far" fails to understand the power of what HDR when used correctly can deliver. It is not the posterized stuff we see by people all to willing to abuse the technique. The best HDR is less than noticeable. As Chris2J says, "it all depends on how you apply it".
Graystar: "perhaps the most significant of which is a very impressive-looking video specification."
WHAT?? Pass what you're smoking, cause I want some!
At this level, if a pro needs pro video he's going to use a real video camera! The AF operation down to f/8 is far more significant, allowing the 500mm and 600mm lenses to auto-focus when used with the 2X teleconverter. THAT'S important to a photographer! Not video!
Simply sublime logic. Let's see, what do you do for a living? Are you a Pro? The reason the 5D2 was so ground breaking was it's video. Movies and TV have used them to shoot scenes. DOF is the reason along with the size of the sensor and noise levels at low light. It's the reason we now see the new FF video cameras coming out -- why is RED so hot, thank the 5D2. You and Sam can from a club of people in denial about technology and why progress happens. This reminds me of the silly Film versus Digital debates back around 2000.
larrytusaz: Ah yes, a pro using an iPhone. No matter what awards he wins, he (or she) is no pro at all in my book if they use an iPhone instead of something like a d-SLR or a mirrorless compact. I'm no pro, but even I know better than to regard a smartphone as a serious imaging device.
People are intimidated by SLRs, yet will prance & dance for a camera-phone? That's sure silly. Camera phones can immediately publish the images around the world seconds, while SLRs are "offline" unless an EyeFi card is inserted--yet the SLR intimidates? How silly is that? And yes, since an SLR or mirrorless can be connected via a smartphone & an EyeFi card, why not that route if real-time publishing is your goal?
Smart-phone cameras are fine for soccer moms & teens snapping themselves acting giggly at a bar, fine, no problem with that. But serious photographers? Oh puh-leeze.
Here here Chadley, I agree all around. Since getting my iPhone 4 I pull my G10 out less and less often. In fact I am thinking about selling it.
I am amused by all the Apple Haters out there. THe bottom line for me is that I own two DSLRs and a Canon G11. Since I got my iPhone I use my DSLRs more and I use my G11 almost never - twice in 6 months. The combination of software, images, ease of use, and the reality that the best camera is the one you have with you has changed how I do casual photography. Even more important is that I can post any picture I take with it to my Facebook page in a matter of minutes from the shot, the editing, and the upload. Apple might not have the best phone, but they have the support, the infrastructure (iCloud will be killer), and superior pricing. The fact is they sell more smart phones than any other single manufacturer. Apple also makes more than 51% of the profit for all smart phones -- dig that, they make more profit than all other smart phone makers combined. I do agree that a roundup on just the photo/camera software for camera phones would be nice. I love my iPhone4 and Camera+, they rock!