This may not be about Grey market but rather it may be about getting more repair volume through their own repair centers to justify keeping them open.
One of us needs to set up a controlled studio shot in order to test the current sensor against the newer relacement sensor coming in May. If the new sensor has significant trade-offs then Fuji has put us all (including those of us that haven't experienced the ORBs)in an undesirable position. They have forever changed the resale environment for this camera.
I would love to see DPR commit to doing such a comparison through a full review of cameras with both sensors.
Drue Mc Laughlin: Since many people in this forum use the ipad in some way related to their photography, and since the new retina display will make this device even more popular,it would be nice for Dpreview to review the ipad3, in respect to its photo apps and synchronization to external devices such as camera's and sd cards etc
It'll make a huge difference. Its not just about the mechanics of the pixel density but also what the software has to do to make use of that density. Go over to the D800 sample images and compare the full size jpegs on your iPad vs your computer. Assuming you have a monitor thats suitable for photography, you'll notice that the D800 sample images are soft on the iPad compared to your monitor. Those extra pixels will go along way in allowing the iPad do display larger rez photos with much more detail.
Ithackermike: 2 Thoughts: 1 )It's a high powered app just like this that may best expose the differences between the 2 platforms. What good is a .4 inch larger screen if the app is too laggy.
2) is the 1600x1600 restriction in place to keep from overrunning the processor power? I wonder if iPhoto for iOS has a similar restriction. I don't think iPhoto and PS are competitors on the desktop but if iPhoto iOS handles larger images then Adobe may have a problem here.
@Ashley, you're probably correct. Protecting the revenue stream is more important to Adobe than any processor issues.
2 Thoughts: 1 )It's a high powered app just like this that may best expose the differences between the 2 platforms. What good is a .4 inch larger screen if the app is too laggy.
Terry1100: Agreed - I too have held off.
With the X10 off my shortlist I continued to dither over the XZ-1 and the P7100.
I'll sit tight to see what this announcement brings. On paper and in the hand the X10 is the one for me - but I'm not spending that kind of money until I know the orb problem has gone ( I doubt that my photography would be particularly "orb prone" but it's not a risk I'm prepared to take).
If it's not a cure Nikon or Olympus will get my money - they'll just have to wait a bit longer for it.
@garyjp, I shot Christmas Eve and Christmas morning wide open at iso 800 and above with OOF Christmas lights in the background. Some with fill flash some without. Macro shots of ornaments with lights reflecting in them.
No Orbs. So it meets my low light needs.
Im enjoying the Android fanboys trolling the iPad announcement. Android is catching up. They will always be...... catching up. I enjoy my co-workers talking about how much better android is-- 2yrs after Apple invented the market.
I'm a longtime Nikon SLR/DSLR shooter and was considering the P7000/7100 as well. I bought the X10 with full knowledge of the ORB issue and haven't regretted it. I'll make use of whatever "definitive fix" Fuji comes up with but even if there wasn't a fix I'd still have a great camera with a fantastic f2.0 lens.The P7100 is the "definitive fix" for many of the P7000s problems. Meanwhile my 85mm 1.4 prime will still exhibit some color fringing in certain situations and my 1968 Minolta Autocord will have some exposure shift across its shutter speeds. And I'll adjust to the shooting conditions and the limitations of the tool and make great photographs.
I'd recommend X10. The Nikon doesn't have the WDS but it doesn't have the low light capability either.
DrPampa: I'm not ready to upgrade to FF =(, but please put all this technology in an APS sensor camera ASAP (if you want to call it 8D) and package the very first one to my office!I can't wait!
APS-C equivelant to the 5D mk III will most likely be called the 7Ds mk II
Weyskipper: The 5D III is everything the 5D II should have been. The high ISO pictures are great. The faster AF is a really important improvement Very impressive - for 2008. However, it is now 2012.
Canon must be planning something better than this. There are so many contradictions with this camera. It goes to crazy ISO levels, but doesn't have a low-light autofocus. It does 22mp - which is not much better than 21mp. The price, you have got to be kidding. Are they pretending to be Leica?
Come on Canon we know you can do better than this.
I agree with both of you. The 5d2 was a game changer because of the 21mp FF and video but this update seems a 5d2.1
cesaregal: Can we have same test for D700 and 5DII?
J. Qian: The beginning of the end for the DSLRs?
@J. Qian, No more than APS was the beginning of the end of FF film cameras. The remarkable success of the Canon Elph and the FF SLR features of the Nikon Pronea S raised the bar for point and shoot but it didn't kill the Contax G2 or the Nikon F4/F5.
Ernest M Aquilio: Just how impactful is the "white orb" effect in real world shooting? I am on the fence about this camera and cannot imagine that this can totally ruin a photo. Any examples of this that caused the photo to be totally unusable?
I was on the fence too. I back ordered the X10 for my wife for Christmas. Then this WDS issue surfaced before it shipped. So I went to the X10 group on Flickr and looked through 100s of photos. All of them looking like the very type of photos my wife is likely to take. I may have found 2 photos per 100 where this issue was discernible. Maybe. And then only because I was looking for it. Needless to say she loves the X10.We just returned from Legoland with some great photos of the kids. I've yet to produce an Orb, even on Christmas day with the lights in the background.
Is it reproducible? Yes. Is it prevelant in the 1500 photos we've taken in the last 7weeks? No. Is there another P&S with a sensor this large with a lens this good? Not in my opinion.
williams359: If you need to print HUGE it's for you. As wedding photographer 36MP is too much, Hi iso DR are more important. Im sure it will have its fans but it would be nice if they brought one out at 20MP with 8 PPS and better DR and hi iso performance. It's also a shame that Nikon or Canon do not have a low end full frame camera for people just can't afford these prices
D700s? [edit: I misread that as a non-existent model D700"s". Wow I need to get some sleep,]
Aleo Veuliah: Well done Nikon, amazing camera
RE: the "E" model, is the AA filter gone altogether or is it able to be turned off? The press release uses the phrase "canceling the properties of the OPLF". If the E does both then it's worth the $300.00 easy... Providing the images are noticeably sharper.
Finally! I'm so ready to,upgrade from my D300 to FF!
Andrew Higgins: The right thing to do for P7000 owners, as the 'flagship compact' was hastily replaced by the P7100 which is the camera the 7000 should have been in the first place. The original camera's menu and controls still remain bizarrely slow though...
Andrew, just to be clear, are you saying the menu is slow after this latest firmware update? I'm considering NOT picking up my backordered Fuji x10 and getting the 7000.
I just received an email from Bestbuy telling me my backorderd x10 is ready for pick-up and Nikon has issued another firmware update for the p7000 and Fuji has announced the x10 has a blooming problem - all on the same day.
I was considering the p7k/7.1k before the x10 was announced. $278 for an updated p7000 or $600 for the x10?
Anyone here upgrade from the p7000 to the x10? What would you do?