They are very nice photographs, executed technically almost to perfection.BUT.... they represent another artist vision and execution, they are as such not by the pure lack, rather intention and one's creativity. To me, that is always ever-present and somewhat overpowering feeling, the same as photographing nice painting, the sculpture, architectural detail or - God forbid - someone else's photograph.... Therefore, the statement 'Lobbies, office towers and stairwells seem like unlikely places to find artistic inspiration' stands skewed as today they in most cases represent one artist vision (for which they were commissioned in the first place). We (photographers) merely recognise and record it - even artistically, it is still a 'second hand' inspiration.
Very nice, that #3 is absolutely awesome!
Top Dog Imaging: imagine being able to shoot a video without requiring someone to pull focus.
That would mean each frame wold consist of many 'sub frames' (which depends on how many steps Panasonic would select for their 'focus after shot' technology). Which in terms mean the image in the EVF would be out of focus, unless they extract the 'right' focused shot to be the displayed one (and other shots would be recorded for post). Well, that would require helluva fast AF, both in lens and the sensor and above all the storage, not being only fast but massive as such video files would be..Baby steps - stills first (and even that will be interesting to watch). The hardest part will be the optics - in turn likely to be a completely new system, not based on what Panasonic has now.
jrkliny: Counterfeits and fakes are clearly an issue especially if the buyer is fooled and thinks they are buying a Canon product. Otherwise I am really happy to see competitors enter the camera accessory market. I have bought high quality batteries and lenses hoods that were not OEM. They have performed well. I am looking forward to the day when Chinese manufacturers seriously enter the camera market. The Japanese makers, especially Canon, seem to have become bloated, offering high priced items with only very slow additions and improvements. Camera-Japan could use some serious competition.
Good. So the company X puts the product out, makes a claim about its performance and specifications and it is up to you, the buyer, to decide to go with 'the brand' or 'the new kid on the block' - that is the fair deal. But, the company X knows it's the hard way to the top - so they chose shortcut and 'borrow' the name to sell...They should not be confused with competitors (like Yungono I mentioned before). Copying is not the competition, it's a fraud.
andix: Sadly this is a big warning signal for buyers about the real costs of such products and how big brands get away with markups of 300% and more. Now don't get me wrong, I don't condone counterfeit in the least, but the whole story still leaves me wondering - if the manufacturing price for a speedlite is about $40 and pirates still make a profit selling it for $100, why are we paying $600 for the real deal? You know, kind of how like Hasselblad is selling the same Sony for triple the money.
I suspect greed and GAS are a lethal combination. For our wallets, that is.
Fully agree with technotic, just imagine yourself being one who invested time and money in R&D, design and marketing (plus brand name) and somebody just steals not just your idea but your product, uses your credentials to charge people THE SAME money you do (or just slightly less to drive YOU out of business). Remember, they are not selling this for 20% or Canon price (even if they were), they are just offering the 'better deal'. So not only getting the product of dubious quality (outside they are the same, will that large capacitor discharge over you race?) but you paid almost the full price - that is the real rip-off. Yes, you can buy Yonguno cheaper - but this in who-knows-what pretending to be Canon, not even Yonguno....
brycesteiner: From reading the posts I'm realizing Japan, US, Germany, etc. aren't capable of making knockoff items like China. They must be really good at what they do.
It's not a matter of being capable, rather what is legally right or wrong. Many were expecting this right from the beginning of product manufacturing outsourcing to the country which has not signed any copyright agreement 'western' world play by but every manufacturer MUST hand over every last bit of detail of the manufacturing process to the government for 'safekeeping'. To put it simple. the '4th shift' is doing exactly what was expected - producing ghost products bearing the same serial numbers what the first 3 shits produced. I reckon involved deliberately put a minor flaw in the process (so THEY know what NOT to buy). Profit only. In the global market, nobody knows who gets the real deal. The bottom line is the product cost is far from manufacturing costs (only). These cons should show if they are good at designing stuff, not copying it. Because if people accept this a a norm, than Xeroxed money should be just fine, no?
Cheng Bao: The total resolution, native base ISO, max fps indicate it is a brand new sensor, none thing like Leica/Sony's current offering
@HowaboutRAW: I know the difference, talking 'technology' here. DPR wrote ' Beyond a 4EV push, banding increasingly overwhelms the image' (from http://www.dpreview.com/previews/leica-q-typ116/6). I said that because the D7100 (though DX format) sensor has this very characteristic - not that I complain as I don't push more than 2EV, but would be better if it didn't. BTW, raws are in the same link...
Looking at the banding, could be a Toshiba (full frame variant) ..I've seen it somewhere (oh I know - my D7100)
ZorSy: Considering limitations imposed by the 'camera', why not just using a simple optical slave triggers (like SYK or so for $10)? It all boils down to full M setup if not even worse: I do not know if iPhone would allow locking aperture and ISO, making Auto to work on flash units even if triggered remotely - before the TTL came, auto (ranging) flashes were quite accurate with providing the 'right' amount of light....I do not see much point utilising BT for this application.
@Karroly - you are right, didn't think that way (I am not an iPhone user) My Samsung is not a precious little thing I adore....
Considering limitations imposed by the 'camera', why not just using a simple optical slave triggers (like SYK or so for $10)? It all boils down to full M setup if not even worse: I do not know if iPhone would allow locking aperture and ISO, making Auto to work on flash units even if triggered remotely - before the TTL came, auto (ranging) flashes were quite accurate with providing the 'right' amount of light....I do not see much point utilising BT for this application.
Oh my gosh, it's the same arm... http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4022792628/artists-create-imaginary-friend-selfie-arm-for-lone-travelersBUT this one actually holding the camera. Arms are everywhere, run and hide!
Isn't it amazing when people say 'seen these pictures 1000 times before', "not original" etc? Everything has been photograph to death (or even painted) thus making photography more boring than ever. Some people still find the location, get there at the right time and posses the right set of skills to capture 'nice' images - Steve did exactly that. Considering Australia's coastline is 25,760 kilometers, or a little over 16,000 miles, long, there are slim chances the pictures of exactly the same spot are out there. Even if they were, Steve's 'captures' are unique - and he does it extremely well. Good on ya Steve!
Nikon users are familiar with some Sigma lenses and LV problem. It now mitigated to Canon....Random? I wouldn't think so...
Lightweight003: Another half-baked/half-hearted upgrade being toted as a new model from Nikon. SAdvice to Nikon: wait a bit longer before launching a "new" model - and WHEN you do launch a new model make it worth YOUR while AND ours, thank you.More's the pity some people are getting excited about this "new" DSLR.Nikon's approach is really starting to irk me now. (Don't they WANT to sell cameras? Don't they want to increase their share of the market? Don't they want a good reputation for producing reliable, great quality products that show REAL innovative flair???They've made the D5500 smaller, why? - (Are they targeting kids or "small people" with this model)??? - so small that they had to leave out the GPS, what a bummer!!! They also brought out the D810 - WITHOUT installing DUAL Digic 4 Processors, - ditto the D4s, - whuch, theoretically would have seen an increase in FPS, hi ISO quality, etc on these 2 models.
Why do you think Nikon had you in mind when creating this camera? Take 'you' out of this and think about NEW customers they want to lure in their camp. For NEW customers 5300 is an OLD model, they want a new one. They are not upgrading, comparing features of the model this replaces - they are comparing it against other things in the same price bracket and THIS has a decent feature set to offer. It is not 7200, 610 or 810 - it is what it is. Yes, people are excited about the NEW camera, my friend just bought 5300 (old one) and she is learning slowly how to use it - comparing it to her previous Panasonic P&S. Because that is HER reference being a new Nikon customer... BTW, she could have bought the top of the range: yet she is aware her skills are not a match (it's called being 'realistic' and I respect that).
very nice, #3 shows the strengths of this lens, without doubts....
luxor2: 50 million more funding, that will disappear soon and like many poorly thought out products, will enrich the principals and leave the investors out in the cold.
Investors are one side; I rather think of those who bought in this technology and depend on their 'viewer' software. If the company dies out, the camera won't stop working - yet to see the results will get difficult...
Miki Nemeth: The Rodelink will support "transmitting a 24-bit/44.1k signal". I tried to find similar information about the Sony UWP-D and Sennheiser G3 systems, but I found nothing. Maybe I didn't serch too hard.I am eyeing on a Sony $100 ECM-AW4 (having an external mic jack, too) Bluetooth microphone set. Why should I pay four times more for the Rodelink?
Nobody is asking you to pay 4 times more for something you don't need. 100m distance is about 4 times what Bluetooth device would cover at its best, so distance-wise you get what you pay for. Rode as a brand is a bit niche, audiophiles look at this stuff differently. You started with the price tag, which is fine. And you are right, other MFGs use G1-G3 bands (and you may have noticed the higher the band, the more expensive they get). Sennheiser G3 system starts at $600+, so this Rode kit (which I have no doubts is desirable stuff if in line what their other products are like) is competitive price-wise, despite as some say uses consumer 2.4gHz band.
Cannot magnify the image: does it have a small writing on the side saying 'objects are closer than they appear'...?Seriously, this is the next thing on all phones - they are looking how to save money and one camera less is a big saving....
Is everybody today low on coffee? It may have only 1.2MP, the same as my first digital camera years ago - but look where we are now. Sanrky comments coming from people who in most cases rely on the same Sony sensor technology? If you cannot see this as a step forward, bad luck. In no time some of this will get into larger sensor cameras and more MP - and that is newsworthy. It's just a bit further from the nose some cannot see past.