Haim Hadar: I'm going to follow this closely. If this is successful then anything will be, like getting people to pledge hundreds of thousands for an edible camera or something.
I'd fund and edible camera! For electronics with a short lifecycle and waste disposal problems, makes perfect sense.
Learned a lot from comments today:-Pro Photographer don't use wide angles-Pro Photographer don't use less than full frame-M43 is dead-People misses non micro 4/3 for some reason-You don't F4 if you can F2. NEVER
Everlast66: I think it is laughable to call anything associated with the M4/3 system "PRO"!!
Surely there would be one or two enthusiasts, but no normal professional will rely on a M4/3 sensor for their professional work.
Everybody knows PRO photographers only use large format film cameras with film plates the size of a baby's blanket. Digital is for sissies!
Jogger: Slight correction:
"...which delivers a similar angle of view to an 85mm focal length and a DOF of f2.4 on full frame cameras."
Really, why don't? Degrees and centimeters, so easy to understand! Why should you assume a reader have prior experience on shooting fast full frame lenses?
lcf80: Dear Olympus. Please start producing lens like this (F/1.2 primes), priced like this or slightly higher (NOT like the Leica), with AF.
Olympus already makes a wonderful 45 1.8 you can buy for nuts (got mine new for 220€), don't you think you are asking too much?
Shiranai: I don't get why they're releasing their interesting lenses just for uncommon systems like Sony and Fuji X. Makes no sense...
Flange back distance: I suppose there is no enought room between sensor and rear lens element to house a mirror assembly. So they are releasing for every major mirrorless system, not that uncommon...
"Beams of sunlight spontaneously generate cats"Nitpicking doesn't.
It's like I'm missing something... to remove a little wobble, that only affect big heavy lens strapped to the most compact full frame camera in the market that you supposely bought for its portability; that does not affect image quality in any way; and that never caused breakage or other kind of problems (in my knowledge), you are supposed to:-spend 40$?-void your warranty?-perform a dangerous operation close to the sensor?-give up water proofing?Looks like a very good deal...
joe6pack: Why is the lady in the picture holding the camera as if it has a viewfinder?
(Edit: okay, she is using a different camera)
looks like a Fuji instax...
Linus M: "The only working unit is a prototype with an F2.0 lens that's much bulkier than the anticipated final product, and held together with duck tape"
Sorry, but your "duck" tape made me smile.Its called duct tape....and then again, in the picture its not even that.
Looking at words and tape...just shows how little interest this device triggered in me....
Duck tape is correct too, make your searches there is a funny story behind. And that in the pictures is electrical tape, not duck/duct. You can see I'm also very interested in the product...
marcio_napoli: Yeah, right.
Just right, Sony, keep them coming, those bizarre, freakish gadgets you're trying to sell.
If one is serious enough for APS-C, yeah, go ahead... show you're tremendously serious about your photography, and plug it to your cell phone, to have the largest sensor-that-makes-zero-sense-plugged-to-your-pocketable-telephone.
Yeah, makes tons of sense.
btw an APS-C webcam might be pointless if you are just chattin with your mom, but on a business teleconference it would make you look so good that old man from Singapore will buy your stuff for an higher price!
Why? Because you say so? While not my weapon of choice, I can see dozens of good uses for this little toy:-If you are not a compulsive shooter but want to just take few high quality shots when needed, this is the most compact setup possible.-If you are a pro using a Nex body, this is a super small and light backup/second body.-Paired with a tablet this would be a great compact setup for a videographer or a great proof camera for a studio photographer to check composition.-With a fast lens and an ipad you can pretend to be one of the assholes who take front row at theater just to blind who's behid during the kid's dance show, then blow their mind when comparing pictures taken.
If is not your cup of tea, don't judge the taste of the one's drinking it.
I'd rather like to see other companies trying to innovate so bad like Sony is doing! Yeah but of course every product that is not tailor-made to your use case is a nonsense, right?
I wonder if someone already paired this with Google Glass (or if is it even possible)...
I can only say wow! Expecially number 1, if I wasn't so out of money now I'd instantly buy it on canvas!
mpgxsvcd: The single biggest thing to remember here is that Sony, Panasonic, and Olympus all depend on revenue from something other than Digital Cameras to keep their businesses going. Canon and Nikon are Camera companies first and foremost.
Slumping camera sales will hurt Nikon and Canon way more than it would for Sony, Olympus, and Panasonic. If Nikon and Canon stopped selling DSLRs and compact cameras tomorrow those companies wouldn’t be around for long.
Cameras like this are the best bet at continuing to sell cameras to the mass market. Canon and Nikon have abandoned this market almost entirely.
Having a big company to cover your back means that company like Sony can take the risk of bringing new, innovative and exciting products to the market, something that a company like Nikon can't. Sometimes they miss, sometimes they change the world. Cameras like this may be aimed to mass market (so are many Canikon products), but when I think to A7 or R1 I'm really happy that Sony is not Nikon.
koolbreez: The photographer did not willingly give the camera to the monkey with the intention of the monkey taking the pictures.
The monkey took the pictures on its own, with no instruction, or payment from the photographer to do so. This might have been a different case if the photographer had paid the monkey, with maybe fruit, for the monkey's work in taking the pictures, but as no form of payment took place, from the accounts of what happened, the monkey owns the copy-write, and with not contesting the creative commons designation by the monkey, the copy-write is lost, except for commercial purposes.
Also I doubt that under US, UK, EU or whatever law, giving a banana to a monkey is a legal binding work-for-hire contract...
Eddy M: The locals eat this poor monkeys., they call them 'daging yaki' (yaki meat). They're even widely sold at the market.
If you eat the copyright holder than the copyright belongs to you. Maybe.