Manfrotto manufactures good reliable products. I have a bunch of their products that make your camera feel safe on your tripod. Their not pretty, take a look at the 808RC4 3 Way Pan and Tilt. But attached to your tripod and the camera to it, it's like the USS New Jersey, steaming off the coast of some country ready to dish out sme hurt.
The limiting factor like the battleship it was not up to date. No Arca-Swiss compatibility but its reliability and price made up in a way for that. No upgrade for me, I don't throw good money after bad.
The piece with the girl lying on the floor is in a way erotic, in a subtle way. You have to think about the message and their is one. She's lying down, holding a sheet of paper with what looks like a blank stare. For me it reminds me of a girl who got a letter from her boyfriend. She hasn't seen him for a long time and she is getting turned on. Notice the position of the hand and its closeness to her inner thigh. This was taken at the very start of the 80's so take that into your interpretation.
You said that Nikon has little or no experience in uw photography. I may be wrong but I seem to remember owning a Nikonos IV. That was made and developed by Nikon and in fact some of the best accessories.
No trees to hide behind to take a leak, no dogs jumping in the river to retrieve a branch, no kids chucking their empty plastic juice bottles in the water, no humans sitting on a blanket holding hands. That alone makes it worth 4 million.
All the above was PS'd out, I guess?
Finally, a high res LCD. What does Fuji do? No viewfinder. What would it have cost to make this camera with a viewfinder. Please don't say the VF is not your cup of tea. I like a built in VF. Fujifilm, get out of the retro stone age and make your LCD screens HD
Carbon111: I think its funny that just because Leica has released this stupid little Vario-X camera (that only pilots and dentists will buy), folks have come popping out of the woodwork, frothing at the mouth and decrying *all* Leica gear as overpriced crap. The Ms (the *real* ones mind you ^_^) are absolutely superbly engineered and constructed quality machines and, as a bonus, they're mated to the best glass in the industry.
Carbon111, I know pilots and they don't play with overpriced junk.
WayneDB: OK so from a technical perspective this is not exactly cutting edge, however I look at this the same way I do my girfriends watch. Side by side her $ 6,000 Cartier and my $ 50 SwatchWatch do almost the same thing - they tell the time. My $ 50 cheapie is objectively a little better, as the black hands-on-white-face are easier to read then her fashionably white on white dial. They both need their battery replacing in a year or two. They are both pretty accurate. There is one difference mind you. Mine says "Swatch" on the dial while her's says "Cartier". And yes hers is no doubt made better. But not $5,950 better.But my point here is this: How many of you naysayers wear a Rolex or an Omega or some other insanely expensive thing on your wrist that technically just tells the time?...and ask yourself a simple question - why DO you wear that expensive status symbol....?
WayneDB, can you translate your post into German? That's because it makes no freaken sence. Now, go out and play with anything you have that's mechanical and ditch the Swatch use your Cartier. That's a man!
Just the way to present a $7000 camera. A filthy dirty lens and hood paired with an unattractive mahogany wood. H, have you heard of rosewood. Sorry, this alone is a deal breaker for me! But they will sell to the elitist s to show the world that the riots were a flash in the pan.
domina: That's a good thing for photography and videography, it means now everyone will be able to sell to them on the strength of their current images rather than be employed by them permanently because of personal connections or past reputation. However, it's sad for the photographers as employees. Perhaps the newspaper should offer them free support to set up their freelance businesses.
Why are you such an arrogant prick. You didn't have to slur Domina and Austin. Shoot, your names a mouthful, hence you will be called "Alphabet". I don't see any photos in your gallery. If the photos represented in you equipment list, a E-PL1 and an Oly 40-150 (hah) I like Austin's better.
DenWil: So one person riding the rails illegally photographed others riding the rails illegally. Safer than being a Christian missionary in Iran or N Korea where you go to prison when you're caught.
Their Americas lost children. For one reason or another this is their station in life at the moment or maybe forever. At least their not those two + family terrorists and freeloaders that came into this country with their hands out for money. The author goes on to being a diesel mechanic and is happy.
cgarrard: Zeiss will sell a ton, nothing touit.
lmtfa: No offense but Mr. Diallo seems to be the putting out most of the reviews. The camera reviews are few and far between. I am not speaking about agreeing or disagreeing. Information needs to be available quickly for the consumer to make informed decisions. Is dpreview waiting for purchasers to post their opinions of the cameras enabling them to hone in on specifics?
Back in the day Barney, I can remember you put out that many in a week. These younger members don't know that.
@six34sigma. Im not questioning the quality. Where did I say that? Not only refreshes but camera phones, printers, software thats time consuming and maybe more staff would help and a whip;)
No offense but Mr. Diallo seems to be the putting out most of the reviews. The camera reviews are few and far between. I am not speaking about agreeing or disagreeing. Information needs to be available quickly for the consumer to make informed decisions. Is dpreview waiting for purchasers to post their opinions of the cameras enabling them to hone in on specifics?
Vandyu: I'm just wondering about quality control. The lower end and midrange DSLR cameras will be made in Laos with final assembly in Thailand. I see potential for many QC issues in new trainees, shipping of cameras from one plant to another, etc. But, Nikon is going into survival mode by keeping costs down. I know no one likes to think of iPhones replacing DSLRs, and we all know that they don't really, but people might be thinking twice about buying a D3000 generation camera when their phone takes "perfectly good shots." I'd prefer to have my camera made in Japan, but my D80 is from Thailand! I wish the new plant well. Just don't want to hear about any more oil spatters and sensor dust in new cameras.
Thing is, all those cameras with issues are made in Japan. iPhones will not replace dslr's but will one day kill the P&S's.
They had to because of the swarm of enviro nuts pushing their bs globule warming on us.
Back to Laos. You can can train anyone to sit in a production line to assemble parts. Difference between doing it in the West vs East is the stinking UNIONS.
Another BS test camera to see how many saps will buy into this. This camera plus a viewfinder comes in at a cool $1400.
My Nikon DSLR's (D700 & D90) plus great glass can't be beat. My P510 & P7100 are just good, nothing special. The big disappointment is the Nikon 1 V1. This camera was a major fail even before it came out and Nikon keeps trying to convince folks to buy into the system by pooping out revised models. Al la V2, J3 andS1. My purchase of the V1 was a bad decision but I was enamored by Nikon and so are many others.
I bought the Sony NEX 6 with the 16-50mm kit lens, after seeing this camera I am so glad I strayed.
Note: Pocketable for $1000, oh please.
mpjohans: After forcing me to select something for question 60 and 195, the fine survey finally rewarded me with:
Your email server modified this web form in such a way that it is now unusable. Your responses cannot been processed.
ROFL. Too funny.
Shamael: this page layout is weird. Press grey review on top, you come to main page, press red review, and you are on a review listing, press Sony and you get Sony cameras. So, on the end you have to press "Click here to read ...."
That is now a few years that I am bored by this "turn around 7 corners" to reach what I want. Why could there not be this "Click here....." on the main page. When you click there, you end on the comments page, the one we are on here. Then you have to press another button to continue. What is that good for.Not all people on this globe have 1 gb second flat rate Internet. I live in the jungle and here I need 5 minutes to open DPR.
Agree. I really enjoy looking at someone's hairy knuckles.
Funduro: Part of the News Corpse. Same owners of Faux Noise Channel. Same owners of the News of the World.
Speaking of faux, why do you use for your avatar the Afghan girl. Have you no ethics.
lmtfa: The Post is not a tabloid it is a daily newspaper that's been around since the 1950's. And you think the NY Times doesn't print that sort of photo, anyone remember the execution of the Viet Cong prisoner being shot in the head on a street in Saigon by a Vietnamese police officer in the aftermath of Tet 1968?
Those of you who pump their chests and boost " I would have saved him ", are just braggarts who have more than likely never been in a life and death situation. Finally, Poynter and many others, you can't have it both ways.
He was VC. Have you any idea how many civilians were murdered by the VC in Saigon? His only problem (the police chief) was he got caught by the press. I don't have to watch bull carp documentaries financed by public television with an agenda. Why? I was in Vietnam when Tet happened in 1968. The story is not about Vietnam, the story is about a double standard. The 1st Amendment is sacred. I fought for that. When you pick up a camera a take a picture, as long as your not breaking any laws, your protected. Even if that guy was a scum sucker for taking it. As it turns out that photo will be used to convict the dirt bag who murdered the guy. Ironic isn't it?