hypo: Who has been a photographer for more than 5 minutes doesn't know about cameras like the legendary Leica M3?
Who would remember it if it had been branded as the Leica M3 (Typ 738)? No one.
Why on earth do Leica think that labelling their latest creation as the "Leica X-U (Typ 113) is clever?
It's actually rational branding. Your instantly know it's a variant of the X 113 camera. Just as you knew the M2, M4, etc were variants of the M3.
Panasonic won't be coming out with its version -- this is a Typ 113 variant. Nowhere, by the way, does it say thou is a review -- simply a product announcement. Realistically though if you like the images from its landside couldn, you'd like this.
It's clearly not a diving camera. Maybe really clear water snorkeling since the flash appears to be poorly placed for back scatter.
Not for me specifically, but I'm happy for all those who've waited patiently.
Nikonparrothead: About time dpreview had a news item on this... I'm hoping this is a fruitful relationship. I hope this isn't a death knell for Pocketwizard but their TTL trigger system is as flaky (at least my set is) as the standard triggers are bulletproof. There are still plenty of lighting manufacturers who incorporate PWs in their lights but as far as big strobes go, only Elinchrom and Buff products have units designed to work with the TTL system.
Time will tell.
I don't know how much different Hypersync with the ELB will be with the next generation Skyport/Phottix trigger than it is with the current Pocketwizard TTL triggers. The question will be if the Skyport/Phottix hybrid trigger (and receiver) can give ELB shooters a TTL/HSS option similar to what Phottix Indra and Profoto B1 and B2 users now enjoy. As for remote power control, you already have that with existing Skyports.
About time dpreview had a news item on this... I'm hoping this is a fruitful relationship. I hope this isn't a death knell for Pocketwizard but their TTL trigger system is as flaky (at least my set is) as the standard triggers are bulletproof. There are still plenty of lighting manufacturers who incorporate PWs in their lights but as far as big strobes go, only Elinchrom and Buff products have units designed to work with the TTL system.
Nikonparrothead: Yes it's an incremental upgrade. (And who wants to bet the next shoe to drop will be an ELB 1100 renaming for the Ranger A/S pack). Not sure if the extra 24 watts would make me want to trade in my current Quadra RX packs either. Most intriguing thing is that there's a USB port for possible future firmware upgrades.
Chrispicasso, the new RQ Adapter MK II (I bought a pair from the eBay dealer in Israel) are a vast improvement over the original one.
The most comprehensive review I've seen has been from Elinchrom-sponsored action photographer Michael Clark. He's got an overall review but the link below is a cursory comparision to the B1 (with the B2 thrown in).
I've seen that on the GetDPI Forum. I've thought about buying a spare battery and box and asking a friend to set one up but I do wish Elinchrom would do an official one -- clearly it can be done.
The Ranger "update" could be as simple as a reskinning (they've done that a couple times already) a Lithium battery option, the new display and the new style outlet covers.
I bet they do sell more Quadras -- I'm in the same boat you are.
Photomonkey, I remember that Godox post that's almost a year old and I wanted to buy one from Edward over at Cheetahstand but got tired of waiting and bought a RoveLight (hey at the time it was less than an additional Quadra S head). Maybe Matthew at Blink photographic will finally bring one to the U.S. with warranty. And maybe Godox will incorporate TTL into its next trigger system, which would be wonderful.
And maybe Elinchrom will make its next Skyport system TTL since that's where the magic appears to lie for TTL in big strobe. I could actually live without TTL but would love HSS if it could provide a cleaner frame than Hypersync.
Yes it's an incremental upgrade. (And who wants to bet the next shoe to drop will be an ELB 1100 renaming for the Ranger A/S pack). Not sure if the extra 24 watts would make me want to trade in my current Quadra RX packs either. Most intriguing thing is that there's a USB port for possible future firmware upgrades.
OBI656: Expensive, Studio need at least 3 lights means $3,600.00. For this amount of money you approach territory of ProFoto.
Won't dispute the value of Profoto it's industry standard gear for a reason but there's a definite niche for the Indra. It'll take a bite out of Quadra sales and likely push other manufacturers (Elinchrom, Broncolor, Metz and the China-based manufacturers) to work on their own TTL compatible units.
Top Dog Imaging: Elinchrom quadras are better
Have to agree with Plum, the Quadras ( and I own two) are different and in truth older technology since they're not TTL. More importantly the Quadra heads are just the bulb while all the crucial electronics are in the pack. The Indra is essentially a DC head with all the guts self contained. The battery pack is just that, a battery. And of course there's the AC inverter unit. Thiugh with the lead acid Quadra at least, it's possible to just plug in the battery while shooting.
Nikonparrothead: They use contract photographers now (Dave Black comes to mind) and will do that or take advantage of wire services. Heck, contract photographers have been shooting the swimsuit issue for how long now? Stock photography doesn't enter into it.
But I looked at a recent SI and it had virtuallyno advertising. I suspect a cutback to monthly is in its future as well.
And how big a "staff" did that editor deal with? He was dealing directly with the audience/readers, as opposed to the people producing those articles/illustrations/photos dealing with the audience/readers. Was he the founding editor? The only one that publication ever had?
While publications employ a variety of people to gather content (at least they did prior to the internet) the personality of a publication is frequently a reflection of the top editor. That's true be it newspapers or magazines (or web sites).
Except in rare occasions readers interact with magazine, picking based on interest in the sport, not author.
Quick sample of SI (based on my iPad since I don't subscribe), based on the cover photo and the images on the content page. the main cover shot was a (former) staffer, the inset photo a contract photographer. Of the eight photo credits on the content page, one was an archive photo from the Red Army, two were staff photos, five were from from contract photographers.
The freelancer I know who does quite a bit for ESPN Magazine, NY Times and a few othes is fairly well paid for his work. Yes it's sad that six people lost their jobs. But these are not newbies who will fighting it out for $500 weddings.
Case in point from Bill Frakes' Wikipedia page (which notes he's had a sidebusiness in addition to being on the masthead for S-I for a few years too.). "Bill Frakes is an American photographer who has been on the masthead of Sports Illustrated since 1993. On January 22, 2015, he and five other Sports Illustrated photographers were laid off.  In 2008, he cofounded Straw Hat Visuals, a Southern Media Company."
They use contract photographers now (Dave Black comes to mind) and will do that or take advantage of wire services. Heck, contract photographers have been shooting the swimsuit issue for how long now? Stock photography doesn't enter into it.
Apparently Cactus is finally working on a Macintosh-based firmware updater as well. That too is welcome news.
But with reportedly better in-camera JPEG processing, does that mean the Leica version is actually worth the extra $ for people who primarily shoot JPEGS?
Historically hasn't the Leica offered a two-year warranty while Panasonic offers one? (Apologies if that's changed -- I haven't been keeping up on that).
Another lens priced to rent.
Kind of. an interedtng product and half the price of the Godox bare bulb options ( that Adorama is marketing under its Flashpoint brand now too). It's clearly just a fill light outdoors but definitely a bargain.
Nice little addition. Pricing is on par with the Leica grip addition for its M series.