Ok, I admit it, I'm envious. Some dudes just have cooler lives than others.
Instax is the sleeper hit that nobody would have thought had a chance in the age of mobile phones and instagram. And yet, I have found it to be a first class social ice breaker and an incredibly popular way to interact with your photography subjects. In particular with those so young that they have never really seen a paper photograph before, except in papers and books - to them, Instax is a revelation. I am still amazed at just how popular this little thing is proving to be each time I take it to an outing or an event.
I have next to no idea about IR - what, pray tell, is a "hot mirror"?
pacnwhobbyist: You have to wonder, in retrospect, if that "ditch the dslr" offer they were running was a way to offload excess inventory before closing down.
I have to say, when I heard they'd dropped the Netherlands, the first thing I thought was that Samsung Europe was doing their own campaign: Ditch the Dutch!
Excellent video. You are really getting good at this, DPR folks. Informative, fun, well paced... well worth the time. And that is very rare on the net, where video is almost always a waste of time that would have been much more productively spent on text. Nice to see someone has a firm grip of what makes the medium sing, as it were.
Although that accent does simply not go with the lumberjack shirt and the cowboy hat. I kept hoping Barney would switch to a tweed jacket with suede elbow patches, a bow tie, and round Oxford commie glasses. Oh well.
The funny thing is that this press release could have been a bombshell.
If they had announced that they were definitely, positively working on a D400, that is.
Donglei: I do love the way dpr compares several p&s cameras with a graph of equivalent aperture and focal length. But it only appears in the camera news and later we can never find it again. Could you make such a chart tool and embed it into your comparison system? And it would be greater if dslr lenses are also included in this tool!
And speaking of that magnificent chart - it is horribly unparsable for the partially colour blind. You can happily use black, white, red, yellow and blue. No green, no orange, no brown, no purple. If you need more, why that's why dotted lines were invented.
bluevellet: I like the euphemism about unified design and ergonomics and implying this requires effort.
Except insomuch some of those savings are passed on to the customers. Which, given the price differentials between these things and their CaNikon functional counterparts, they seem to be, at least partially...
Yes, JPEG DRM is stupid for all the reasons outlined here in the comments already.
But you know what? I'm fine with that. Let them. If they ruin the jpg format, perhaps we can finally get some other output standard format that isn't mired in the 1990s. Higher colour bit depth, modern compression, transparency control... These formats are out there, and if jpg manages to discredit itself sufficiently perhaps camera manufacturers and third party software vendors will finally wake up and smell the coffee.
So go, JPEG Group, go! Implement the harshest, most restrictive, most cumbersome, most useless DRM imaginable and utilize the most disproportionate legal means to enforce them that lobbyist money can buy. Do it. Do it now!
So. Mr Welling not only has The Eye for composition and light, he has the Timing for the Moment and the patience and knowledge required to make those other things happen.
And the result is the best, bar none, image series ever published here at dpr. Well done, sir, well done indeed.
All it needs is a flying car, and then it'll be Blade Runner.
Fantastic mood capture.
One of my favourite sets or reader showcases. Impeccable framing and a great eye for light and light's effect on mood.
I'm really enjoying these videos. It doesn't hurt that Rishi is plain mean behind that viewfinder, too.
Although Barney... rolled up trouser legs are an offense against everything that fair and just in this world. Immediately vaporizes any accent-derived cultural goodwill that might otherwise accrue. Just sayin'.
Other than that... kudos. Oh, and third part manufacturers? Start working on a filter holder for this puppy, please.
Sometimes pictures speak loud and clear. Line up like a bunch of soccer guys walling a free kick near the goal - family jewels well and truly protected... Apparently they came expecting some hard shooting.
DPR did try. Bounced off the corpo-speak wall, but given that picture I guess we can't be surprised.
Very fine. I particularly like how you get so much out of equipment many dpreview:er forum dwellers would dismiss as antiquated.
A reminder that for the vast majority of us, skill, time and practice is what's lacking, not gear.
It has certainly been instructive to read this series of interviews with industry execs. So many things unsaid, but glaringly obvious nevertheless.
Adam, if you read this... thank you.
Tremendous skill and compositional talent. I'm crazy envious.
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.