The Otus line lenses are not made for the mass market (as a Bugatti Veyron is either). They are proof of what the lensmaker Zeiss is capable of. Otus lenses make the brandname Zeiss shine.
It's fun to view the MTF lines you can download from the Zeiss' website!
Cal22: The solid build and wonderful look are certainly promising especially to photographers who are longing for responsive prime lenses.
As to whining about the price tag: Take into account that Loxia lenses represent high (maybe highest) standard in lens making. Manual focus isn't a shortage, but - in terms of build - an even bigger challenge. Moreover, when it came to pricing maybe nostalgia ("good old MF-times") has come into play - and, of course, the brandname Zeiss.
In case camera and MF-lens work well together and are capable of top IQ the price tag might be justified to some.
white shadow: I researched the internet now and learned that the classical optical design has been improved over the years keeping the performance up to date. The 50mm/f2 is a "razor sharp lens" that comes close to leading Leica lenses 50mm (pcmag.com).
So, the prices being asked might be justified, some might even say it's a bargain.
The solid build and wonderful look are certainly promising especially to photographers who are longing for responsive prime lenses.
If I'd go for an MFT camera I'd go for Olympus and I'd likely prefer the PL7 over the M10. Both of them are compact and capable of providing good IQ because of a comparatively big sensor. The M10 moreover has a built-in VF which is certainly welcomed by many a photographer. And yet - if you really like picture composing with a VF, you want the PL7 with the additional VF! The VF-4 is said to be great, and attached to the PL7 it's most likely a comfortable way to shoot with a compact. (Not only the left-eyers don't like pressing the face onto the rear screen of the M10 all the time)
Since the PL7 is more than a restyled PL5, it seems to be a package that's worth its price.
Yes, it looks like a new (tele-) lens is on the horizon.
But what about a call for photographers to participate in a photokina project?
Two little explorers in the woods ...
... and a photographer with a message: Why still carrying a bulky DSLR when you're with your family? Take a Nikon 1 V3!
Cal22: Leutenegger mentions "Turner" (amongst others) as someone who inspired her. Does she speak of the painter William Turner or the photographer Pete Turner? In any case both of them might inspire with their distinctive approach to colors. However is there any impact of "Turner" in Leutenegger's photos? May I use this opportunity and point especially to Turner's water colors to all of you who rejoice in color composings? (You can find a lot of them in the internet. And Pete Turner might be interesting because of his striking usage of color film)
As to Leuteneggers photos: Maybe her book can transport her works better than this website can do. You could also think that one day people will be celebrating her photos as great evidence of a world long ago as has happened here quite recently with "1939: England in Color".
straleno: You might be right inasmuch as a lot of digital data will likely be lost (maybe mainly for technical reasons: corrupted hard-drives, new digital formats ..). But even if more than 95% of the vast amount of data should have disappeared in let's say 50 vears, there will still be a mass of data and by far more than any epoch in the predigital past has provided.
Something else should be worrying us more, in my view: Remember "The Name Of The Rose"? It's more than just a crime film (or novel) playing in a time long ago. The author tells us of those in power (the Church) and their dealing with knowledge: They use it as a means to control the thinking of people by preserving and supplying knowledge or holding it back. The modern world is full of digital data, and those in power are keen on them. They want to storage, use, misuse or even falsify them. Controlling the data is controlling the world. We have to stop the trend, lest digital data will prove a bane to all of us.
OK, Dennis Hopper photographed before he became a famous figure in the movie world. Do the images tell anything more than that?
Marty: I agree with you! One day historians will face a flood of images that began in our time. This flood has an impact on our perception of photos. You can say, when images are rare they are more meaningful. It's the same with texts: In former cultures when magical thinking ruled and there was no printing of books and no reproducing of photos, images and texts were very meaningful to the people, had often magical significance and were refering to higher powers. The major religions we know of nowadays are based on old Scriptures, the words of which are given magical significance by the faithful.
In their early days books and photos had still great importance but the more they were reproduced the more they were trivialized. Therefore we can say, the demystification of the world is typical for our time. When we praise old photos for their historical value and because they are relatively rare, it's our attitude that dominates our perception. The quality we see comes out of our mind.
Leutenegger mentions "Turner" (amongst others) as someone who inspired her. Does she speak of the painter William Turner or the photographer Pete Turner? In any case both of them might inspire with their distinctive approach to colors. However is there any impact of "Turner" in Leutenegger's photos? May I use this opportunity and point especially to Turner's water colors to all of you who rejoice in color composings? (You can find a lot of them in the internet. And Pete Turner might be interesting because of his striking usage of color film)
Clyde Thomas: Contax and Rollie both produced exotic vacuum back cameras to keep the film perfectly flat. Precision German engineering made a really big deal about that back when.
Is Sony throwing us a curve or shooting straight here?
Clyde Thomas:Contax cameras were developed and produced by Yashica, Japan (and not by German engineers).
mikiev:Yes, film needed to be flat, but the 35mm film was small and stiff and only when having been loaded in a camera and then not used for quite a while, the first shot or two shots - with a 1,4 lens wide open - might have produced slightly decreased sharpness. No problem, really! Unlike the comparative large film sheets in large format cameras: In order to absorb insufficient flatness the photographer had to stop down to f/22, at least. Here a vacuum film back could have made sense, which was a bulky and cumbersome installation, thought for studio works.
Very British, indeed!
Well done, Barney!
What a surprise: Bauhaus in Seattle now? ;-)
You know that Bauhaus was a famous center for arts (architecture, design..) and crafts in Germany? One of its directors was Mies van der Rohe, who emigrated to the States where he became celebrated for designing scyscrapers.
ISO 10 000? WOW!
The shutter speed here is 1/3 sec. - and the camera was handheld as always?
Cal22: Looks nice, but when it comes to downloading they say:
"Requires 8GB of RAM and a 64-bit operating system. Windows 7 or higher.."
What a pity!
@Joe Mayer, Shakens, Sir Corey of Deane
Thanks a lot, but your advice can't help me out of my problems, because I still use Vista 32-bit.
As to "Perfect Effects 8": I'm not complaining about this software or that it isn't achievable for me. I'm just surprised indeed, that my equipment has run out of time within 5 years only - and you all know how to keep up with the time. To tell the truth, I'm struggling with todays technology. I feel like a stranger in the world of bits and bytes and pixels. And sometimes I feel like a living fossil from the past. ;-)
Seems like I'm below "the bare minimum".
I can't understand why folks owning pretty good tech stuff (computer, mobile phone, camera etc.) are needy, when it comes to software.
Looks nice, but when it comes to downloading they say:
These pictures stand for a time and a world gone by as well as for an ambitious and skilled amateur photographer.
Thanks, Barney for restoring the old slices and bringing them into our modern world of digital photography!
Since I'm not an Engishman (and have never been in the UK) I can't give you any hint as to which locations your grandparents might have steered their car to, 75 years ago. Nevertheless my interest was awakened and so I had an intense look at these photos, the finding of them must have made you glad and presumably strengthens your bonds with family and home country.
Since this is a website for photographing people:Why naming these photos "fabulous" or "fantastic" or "wonderful"? Because of their stunning composings? No, it's just nice pictures, made by an amateur photographer (admittedly with photographic skills rare in those days). What makes these photos fascinating in our view - is nothing else than our view! It's our attitude, our approach, it's how we look at them and realize these pictures are giving us a glimpse into peoples life. Meanwhile the people have passed away and so we will! It's our inner world that gets animated by such photos.
I'm looking forward to Part II!