From the contest rules:
"17. The winner and other participants agree to the use of his/her name, image and entered photograph in any publicity material related to the contest."
... reasonable. They're not claiming the rights for anything but contest promotion.
"20. The equipment given to the winner is only on loan and must be returned to Phase One. Receiver takes full responsibility for insurance, while in his/her possession. Receiver is financially liable for returning the unit within the agreed time. In the event that the unit is not returned as agreed, the unit is due for payment."
... not even insurance? That's a downer.
Personally, I would hate to be in hock for $50k in case something happened to that box. And getting a one month insurance extra is going to be fairly expensive, too.
What does it cost to outright lend this stuff for a similar period of time?
This video review format is very nice. Some real world usage to balance the numbers games. Relaxed and informative, striking the right balance between viewer interest and geek thirst for data. Solid stuff, folks.
Although I guess the proof is in the pudding - let's see what happens when DPR hits on a product that deserves some serious panning.
Heh. DPR posted the airbrushed version of the shot. Cute.
One of those images that suffers a lot from down scaling to thumbnail. Fine composition and good colour balance. Well done!
Utterly delicious capture. Hat's off!
I look at this and find myself getting bored with the focal plane shift really quickly. As a creative application... well, perhaps I'm just lacking in imagination.
But post-capture focus adjustment is fantastic, of course. Failure to nail focus has to be - by far - the #1 technical reason for lost shots. If Lytro technology can fix that one shot where I got the action, framing and light right and missed critical focus (or the cam decided, on its own, to focus on something it found fascinating in the background), then it certainly has a place in my future camera body.
I was as impressed by the technical prowess of these images as anyone here. Then I opened the link provided by mansod in the comments, namely:
And, well... Let's just say I'm slightly less impressed and slightly more dismayed now.
DPR: providing promoting space for this sort of callous disregard for life in the interest of photographic self-promotion is an editorial policy you'd do well to take under some serious consideration.
It's not often that the DPR editorial slant takes such a comprehensive beating in the comments.
But that is fully justified this time.
zorislav: "limited to residents of the US"...everything else on the planet does not exist...
It seems a bit disingenuous to demand that Ricoh America do some sort of global promotion. Perhaps if this is successful, other Ricoh subsidiaries will do it too. At any rate, complaining about it seems a bit weird.
That said, DPR should take some blame here. This limitation could easily have made it into the headline.
Taking a pi... oh dear, I meant to say making fun of unboxing vids is a-ok.
Only this is a rather tepid effort. Here's how to do it:
topstuff: Well done Fuji. It is important to make cameras fun to own.
I dare say they are appealing to a much younger, optimistic and care-free customer segment than the resident old grumps on DPR.
Photography is a creative art. It is ultimately about self expression. If a photographer wants to cover his Fuji with a custom colour covering, then good luck to him /her.
I know of more than one very serious pro who would love this !
We are meant to have some fun while on this planet.
I've found the "stealthy" street camera to be science fiction in a world were people look askance at some holding their phone at an acute angle. But having a colourful, bright camera actually works very well - people look at you, determine you're a tourist, and promptly forget about you and about being self-conscious.
So we can all agree that Time's list of "best" picture basically amounts to "pictures most likely to move our rag off the stand". Sad, but we're kinda used to it by now.
What is interesting with many of these snaps is that they are just that - snaps. Ok, some have obviously worked the subjects, light and settings, staging. But a fair few could just as well be snapped with any decent mobile phone. Which goes to show that technical quality means ever less to the news industry, while being there is everything. Expect more campaign for people to send in their mobile snaps and fewer staff photographers in the future.
*grabs popcorn bag*
Fangurls of the DPR! To battle! Once more into the breach!
This is silver, but Canon 70D is gold. Heh.
Really, I am ever more convinced that dpr just hands those out in order to maximize page reloads as irate fangurls battle it out in the comments. Fine, whatever puts food on their tables is a-ok with me.
Fredy Ross: I seemed to have missed if these cameras a silent when shooting. The nex is too loud so I am hoping they are quiet. Anybody know?
"The cameras we've used are pre-production, but they are responsive and generally a pleasure to use, though they certainly aren't made for stealth, as both have a rather noisy shutter."
Out of idle curiosity, I thought Zeiss had decided to ditch the "Carl" part. Are these official Sony names of the lenses?
Well, well. I was convinced Nikon 1 was nothing for me. And suddenly, if reviews confirm it's half as good as it looks on paper, I probably have my next camera purchase for the vacations.
Pretty clever, Nikon. Better not be any of that QC messing around you allowed yourselves with the FF cams, tho.
Marcus Beard: Pretentious nonsense. There are millions (literally I expect) of amateur photographers who take vastly more interesting pictures in my opinion. I'd have deleted some of these if I'd taken them.
I don't know about pretentious nonsense. Some of them admittedly look that way to me, but then I'm not an arts maven.
Two interesting points of note: If these pictures are anything to go by, the high end art world could not care less for thin DOF or sharpness. Interesting, as these two are probably the main cost drivers for camera gear...
Not for the first time, I find myself wishing that AF speed and accuracy was measured more systematically. Dpreview does such a solid job of fixing other stuff in hard numbers, and then this crucial aspect is left to "we feel". It was luck I read the conclusions to find out that the much vaunted hybrid system does not, in fact, increase focus speed, only moving tracking accuracy...
Oh, delightful. The cartel of huge software vendors that have ruthlessly exploited all the failure modes of the US legislative process by intense lobbying and campaign donations to basically turn the mobile market into a cozy little oligopoly are now leveraging their "software patent" dysfunction into other fields, as mobile features transcend phones.
Great. Just great.