This is amazing we are talking about a lens that is special because the blurry stuff you can't see is special with this lens!
I'm thinking of beginning a Kickstarter that will sell a lens that takes unique pictures of images beyond the field of view and takes the Petzval idea one step further!!!
Hmm, sweep panorama doesn't work so well, does it ?? Two airplanes and a disembodied sculpture in the foreground, below the airplanes ...
Abratech: Start them off properly - my son started using my Canon EOS 5D when he was 3, but once I bought a set of 'L' series lenses it was a bit heavy for him. For his 5th birthday I bought him an EOS 1000D with a kit lens and gave him my set of older, non-L series lenses. Even at 5 years old he was able to take a photograph that was accepted by the Alamy international picture library (unsupervised by myself). Don't under estimate your kids! Give them the right equipment and they might surprise you. My son is now 8 years old and he still uses the EOS 1000D I bought him more than three years ago - no, he hasn't destroyed it!
Why skimp with an EOS ?? My son started off with a Voigtlander Bessa Lii 667, at age 2, then I moved him up to a Hasselblad H5D-40 Medium Format when he hit 3 years old. For video, I let him use my Panavision Genesis on loan from Universal Studios ...
Got my twin sons, 11 years old, Panasonic SZ-7's. Canon-Elph form factor, 10x Zeiss zoom, 25mm wide angle, all the software of the ZS30, optical image stabilization, takes Full-HD MP4 (AVCHD) video and has a high-dot screen, and was on sale at walmart for $99 including SD card and case (bargain of century). Couldn't be happier! Any price under $130, worth it!
Nko Gonzalvis: This is an AMAZING small camera, like the OMD E-M5 but other range !!!
Look at the test shots on www.imaging-resource.com. I have found no camera that produces as much detail at high ISO (1600 ISO) as this camera. None. No DSLR. Only Olympus Pen. I think it's the 3-way combo of focus accuracy, lens, and sensor. Unbelievably amazing. I've been pixel-peerping at PENs for years. I bought this camera last week, I could not stand to live without it.
Neodp: The EVF is extra, and yet the price is not less, in balance.
The fill flash is not on board, and yet the price is not less, in balance.
The stabilization is not state of the art effective, and yet the price is not less, in balance.
The shutter needs help, and yet the price is not less, in balance.
The fast AF is great; but why have they ignored state of the art C-AF tracking accuracy, and speed. Yet, the price is not less; in balance.
The video lacks quality, and control, and yet the price is not less, in balance.
The lens are great, and yet they cost less to make, without the aperture rings, material weights, nor as much attention to distortion (auto corrected; which is fine), and better CA limiting designs, sharpness in the corners (smaller path glass), and yet the price is not less, in balance.
Hmmmm. Is this less, for more?
If you check the test photos at high ISO on imaging-resource, the stills are far superior to ANY camera in sharpness at high iso. And yet the price is not more, in balance, but this does balance all your criticisms above.
I've been drooling over these cameras for years and this one was too compelling not to buy, it was a great father's day present, and yet the price is not more, in balance.
This contest proves that --- OUTDOORS ---- photographic vision trumps the hardware in your hand.
However, as someone who today took delivery of a father's day present (Olympus E-PL-5), and who owns an iPhone 5, I can definitely say that there will be NO low-light indoor Boy Scout Troop photos winning in this contest, from an iPhone. In fact, there is no need to enter ANY indoor photos in this contest, they can probably all be immediately discarded before judging commences, with no change to the outcome.
57even: I have to say this is Oly's best looking camera for a while. It has a far more functional/purposeful look than any previous model, especially the EM5.
Having said that, there seems to be precious little separation between models.
Did you notice the $450 price boost compared to the E-PL5 ?? Or is that "insignificant" to you ??
ARTASHES: They have Sony sensors !!! no source or anything but I know those two have Sony sensors !!! and that's good !!!
Look at the ISO 1600 studio shots in imaging-resource.com. In the photos, the proportional scale is 100% mushed-out by the poor sensor quality. Any earlier model (except the ultra-horrible ZS20) beats this model.
Way to go Panasonic, image quality is almost a new low!
Ever since the ZS7, Panasonic has repeatedly proposed --
1. Worse picture picture quality2. Longer zoom3. More gimmicks.
Right now, there user base is 100% first-time owners. NOBODY in their right mind buys a late-model lumix, if they own an earlier-generation lumix.
I hear that captain crunch is working on a new version of android to distribute with phones included in its cereal boxes .... sheesh...
Jeff Seltzer: A couple of thoughts...
1. In this age of modern digital printing, the notion of "limited editions" is just a marketing scheme. Limited editions used to make sense, but now with digital files, print #100 looks just the same as #1. Creating limited editions huts the artist more than the collector.
2. For all of you slamming the "Tricycle" image...go learn more about what makes an image fine art vs. decorative. Read-up on Eggleston and learn more about why his photography matters. He really started a photographic movement, and the above image is symbolic of that movement. It's an incredibly important image, if not a beautiful or technically complex image. But, do yourselves a favor, and look at his body of work.
I started an entire tricycle art-movement when my son's limited-edition made-in-china western flyer tricycle got rusty handlebars. I inadvertently started the tricycle-art movement, because I took before-and-after photos when I sanded down the rusty handlebars and repainted them with Honda's iconic Avignon Blue paint color, made famous by the 1985 civic! It didn't matter that I did this in 2005, having already donated my Honda to charity, what matters is that I am obviously the originator of this concept, as I used an earlier (1985!) paint color in my iconic before-and-after tricycle montage! Sheesh.
meanwhile: As a photograph of a tricycle, yes, perhaps the car on the right could go.
As an artwork though? No, it serves a distinct purpose. It redirects the eye back into the frame after you have followed the curve of the trike handle, and stops your gaze and attention "falling out" of the scene. It solidifies the layer between foreground and background and gives the road depth and scale. It adds population to the scene, creates a neighbourhood, rather than just a singular family. The colour of the car helps to balance the colour of the bike. The shadows under the car help to balance the shrubs and dark in the windows on the left, and anchor the frame.
The photograph is not just about the tricycle. I don't think it's at the level of twaddle of that Smithsonian article ("bestows on that tricycle the majesty—and ineffability—of an archangel’s throne" ... err, OK), but it's far from meaningless.
How dare you suggest that the car bumper on the right could go?
The photo loses all meaning when the menacing car bumper on the right is removed, the character of the photograph is changed forever by this omission, as anybody can plainly see!
Wallace Ross: For those people that think this looks like just an Instagram snapshot. You've got it halfway right but backwards. Millions of people are taking pictures unknowingly trying to duplicate Egglestons work. Have a look at Egglestons "girl in the grass" and tell me there aren't thousands of hipsters that have taken a similar picture thinking they were the first.
I just took a look at "girl in the grass". She looks quite dead to me. People are trying to reproduce "dead girl in grass" photos? how ghastly. Maybe they should just inkjet-print them using eggleston's originals, after all, there is no such thing as a limited edition, any more.
Every time HP introduces a new printer, it's open season on "Limited Edition Prints" !! Geez, I'm sure glad I never feel for buying one of those, and I'm certainly never going to buy one now that I finally have the money!
Samsung s3 owners get ready to be orphaned on march 14!
Heard at Nikon headquarters, 9 months ago :
employee: Boss! Sony is killing us with their RX100 enthusiast camera!boss: Not to worry shinto-san. Use a Sony-like sensor, Sony specs, and double the Sony price. Dress up the camera to make it look "rugged". As a cost savings measure, include a 28mm lens like Sony, we'll just omit the zoom. We shall say that focus is always more valuable than zoom! We shall destroy them with our products, as we are Nikon. There is no other!employee: Oh Boss! We love you so much ...
I would buy 2x Panny 20x travel zooms for the cost of that viewfinder BWWAAAAAAhHHHH!!!
I don't even think it needs to take ANY pictures to get a 73% rating. It just needs to communicate with other Nikon accessories and look smashing to get that rating, around here LOL ...
ChapelThrill23: I don't get the attraction to phones with screens that big. It looks nice enough but it is too big. It might be a nice size for a purse but not for a pocket. It isn't that much smaller than a tablet.
these phones browse the REAL web. using pinch, you often want to size the web page so it's just barely displayed in landscape mode. A larger (taller) screen is a very useful reading aid, especially if you are older and either cannot focus at 6" any more or need more light for your eyes, or both.