Clear retouch works by swiping a finger OVER the things you want to remove, not AROUND THEM! Ok, I know it's not a very important feature and results will probably be shitty as well, like in any software that uses a similar approach (like Aperture) but come on, read the manual before dissimissing a feature as "not working".
mpgxsvcd: I want a native m4/3s version of this lens. I don't want an APS-C sized lens.
I just want it to be cheap. Making the same lens in different mount will make Samyang able to keep the price lower. My budget for photography is really low now and there is no point in a smaller lens I can't afford.
Paul Guba: Buy, buy, buy. In case you didn't know what the focus is at dpreview.com
This is a REVIEW site, of course the focus is on new stuff you can buy, what is the point of looking for review of things you already have?
Lately I'm thinking a lot about ditching my kit for a compact zoom, and this might just be the perfect one to do it. Only my usual doubt remain: will it be fast enought to catch my kids in action?
Zigadiboom: If I was to apply logic to this camera purely based on price and the types of people who'd even consider buying one then I draw the following conclusions:
1) These people would buy a Suzuki over a Honda for the same price.2) These people would buy a Casio over a Seiko for the same price.3) These people will consider the Leica to be much better than the Nikon D7000 or RX100 II4) Even if the Sony A7R was reduced to the same price as this Leica, the people who this camera is intended for will preference the Leica simply because it is a Leica.5) When I look into the toilet bowl my floating turd is actually much more valuable than what I think it is if only I knew how to market it properly.
YouDidntDidYou: "we suspect only a minority of photographers will see them as anything more than frivolous novelties, used once or twice then consigned to the closet or recycled on fleaBay. Even so, they can be fun to play with occasionally, if only to help refresh your way of looking at the world if your photography is getting stale."
That's a bit harsh, even uncalled for! People who buy them will use them, with the low price and 10% discount offer for 3 lenses that take filters and T mode you can hardly go wrong.Lomography and "alternative" lenses have a strong following across the world and no I do not see many used lomography type lenses on fleabay.
Maybe these lenses aren't right for the typical dpreview demographic but hey photography doesn't revolve around dpreview...
The world is big, so it's all about scale. You can be a small niche market and sell huge numbers.
James C. Murray: Why not just wear the price tag around your neck.
Because poor people would brag all the time about how smart they are in saving 200$ with the panny model.
Marty4650: I think many of you are being unfair to Leica, and to Leica users by extension.
While I personally wouldn't spend several hundred dollars more for a Leica version of a Panasonic camera, there are plenty of people who would. "A few hundred dollars more" is a relative term, based on how much disposable income you have. Some folks have the money for this, even if I don't.
And selling these rebadged Panasonic cameras might be one of the things that helped bring Leica back from the brink of bankruptcy around ten years ago. This might even be why Leica can sell full frame rangefinder cameras today, that many professional photographers swear by.
We as a group of photo enthusiasts are better off having Leica still in business, even if their products are out of our price range.
Based on people I know, splendic, you got this reversed. Rich people who are photo enthusisasts buys this kind of cameras, because it's a good camera, and also chic and good looking. Also, this looks to be positioned as healty girly camera, look at the pochette with enought space for an iphone and some rolls of money.Then there are rich people who are not photo enthusiasts, and they always go around with a heavy Nikon or Canon kit, always with default lens and always in full auto.Then there are rich people who are serious photoamateurs. They buy exactly the same stuff as non rich ones, just have to wait less before they can afford what they want.
Greg VdB: I just spent a few minutes comparing product shots of the Pana and the Leica. It's like identical twins: side-by-side there are a some slight differences, but if you see one by itself it's impossible to tell which is which. Buy the Panasonic (for half the price?), stick a red dot on it, et voila! Just to say that Pana did a great job with the original design, also estheatically, and buying the Leica is a sign of a high cash over intelligence ratio...
Yeah because cash rains on stupid people. I can see the movie right now: you stop the car near the side of a mountain road to take a photo and take out your Panny; next to you an AMG Mercedes stopped too, a man on an expensive suite comes out, he takes a glance of the time on his Richard Mille, then pulls out of his pocket a Leica C and frame the scene. You look at him an think "Meh, I'm smarter than you man, I saved 200$"
Markol: I don't get it- finally Leica has made the transition to digital and survived (several old legends have not), quite well if I'm not mistaken. Yet they continue to sell these rebranded Panas which can't do the brand any good.
not any good except money. Money is good.
(unknown member): Awesome post but all three of those photographs shown, and every other one on the photographer's site under "Storms," is of American extreme weather, not Canadian, Mexican, Nicaraguan, or any other country on the continent. Since that is the case why are you mentioning the continent??
Sorry, but the increasingly common habit of referring to the continent every time something America specific is mentioned is getting very old, and annoying. People that write for a living should not be making such obvious mistakes.
The name of the country is The United States of America.No one would think the word "America" refers to El Salvador.No one would think the words "United States" refers to Indonesia.No one would think the word "States" refers to matter.No one would think the word "United" refers to Manchester FC.No one would think the word "The" refers to French Earl Gray blend.
Beauty of the images and laugh from few pointless comments really made my day.
Shamael: This information is really "informative". this camera loads with instant film paper cassettes and prints the pictures like an ancient Polaroid camera did. A cassette is around 4 to 5$.
That is one useless thing that Fuji puts on the market. Sony got more wise, they slowed down with the useless gear, Fuji seems to have taken it over from them. Now, one never knows, it could sell, since useless stuff sells good in those days. Maybe with a golden top and a rosewood grip and a H in the circle as logo, it could make a runner.
there are more details on this forum
Also, McDonalds have a very controlled food chain, you are much more likely to get some disease by buying your food at a local farm.And magicians are amusing too, but I must go back to work now.
Your comment is useless too. But I'm procrastinating work so it amuse me, and since there are many like me here, congratulations: you just found a profitable niche market. Really a paradox, since by amusing me, your comment isn't useless anymore. So all the other stuff you mentioned as useless, it is very useful to many people, so the big market most of those tings have. Fashion stuff boost your self-confidence, have a strong social meaning, and can help you get laid (but i'm sure you don't need this). 7 inch smartphones are better than 3 inch ones on pratically every aspect except portability, that is not a problem if you ever carry a purse. WiFi everywere keeps your data in sync without wasting time moving it from device to device. Fast car have faster reactions and are more comfortable to cruise on highways, keeping the engine at low rev. Sunglasses in the night are great to look down girls cleavage without getting busted (sociopats are a market too).
chris96326: Hmmm, "digital photography review" covering an non-digital device. Got any 110 cameras worthy of news? LoL... my bad, was I too critical?
BTW... Wouldn't it be great to shoot and get the instamatic/polaroid shot in your hands plus have a digital copy for later! Ultimate party/blackmail/candid camera!
It could double as a full time digital camera when no fancy film is put in it and even take photos for facebook without adding all those silly "hip" filters - since it would be what came out of the camera. :)
There are some polaroid branded digital cameras with integrated zinc printer, but the price is on the crazy side and the quality is worse than instant analog.
I'd love Fuji to make a more compact.. and better looking Instax Wide now. Or the Impossible Project to lower its prices down to reasonable.
Obviously if you dont like something, the company making it is stupid.It doesn't matter that there is still a huge market for instant photography, and that this is the newst ptoduct of one of most succesfull selling camera line ever.You see little pictures, but in reality this camera prints money for Fuji.
whyamihere: As an artist of different mediums:
If you see no artistic value in these images, then you are not truly an artist.
If you consider yourself an artist but still feel they have no value, then I suggest broadening your narrow-minded definition of art to include just about anything and everything, including these photos.
If you have taken photos like these and deleted them, then they were simply not appealing to you. Artistic expression is an extension of emotion. Always has been, always will be. You can't hate on someone for finding an emotional quality that resonates with them in these photos.
If you see these photos and don't like them but are still willing to call them pieces of art, that is understandable. I see art all the time that I don't like or don't understand, but I never tell someone that it's not art.
Grumble all you like about how how someone may have achieved popularity with these photos. Popularity is usually not the goal of most artists. Expression is.
Amazing how on a website that incarnate the top of today's visual technology, people has a concept of art still stuck in the middle age. Art from people like Warhol or Fontana have almost no technical value, everybody can reproduce their pieces with little skill. Yet, those people shaped the world of today as you know it.
Mikhail Tal: Another tiny sensor camera. Will these idiots ever learn? It can't even beat the image quality of a cellphone.
because everybody want to carry around a Leica S2 as compact camera
Beautiful! This is like, the camera I always wanted. My only complain, why just tilting LCD and not a fully articulated one like on others Panny? It is really useful if you want to take interesting shots while in a crowd. Oh hell, like I can afford a new body anyway... Let's phone home:-Hi honey, just saw the new GX7, mind if I get a new camera?--And do you mind if I get a new husband?--I love my red G3!--I love you, bye!-True story.