I would love to see Nikon taking similar approach by developing "no-frills" digital camera with no LCD, no AF, split screen, raw-only FM2.
Very well done, Panasonic.Excellent design and specs, perfect replacement for my LX 5.
Hello,Thank you dpreview for featuring the project and thank you all for kind comments. I acquired ICA long time ago but used it only few times with original glass plates, and then it was collecting dust sitting as a decoration on the bookshelf. Few comments/answers1.I did the project purely for fun and yet after almost two years, still using the camera. 2.I chose Sony NEX because of its compact body, excellent focus peaking and tilting LCD. I think it was a good choice because now I can attach A7 using the same adapter.3.I did little post processing in ACR, Tessar is surprisingly sharp and works well for the close-up photography 4.Old ICA’s front/rear standard has some movements for tilt, shift, rise, fall and swing. All the best and have fun!
qwertyasdf: 20+4.9+4.9 = 39? I don't get it!
If the grip is facing backwards, then the thumb needs to exert pressure to hold the camera. How can i use my thumb to press the buttons on the back? I just tried holding my Canon 1D backwards, it dropped on the ground.(But the scrollwheel, which is now in the front is very convenient for the index finger to turn)Am I holding it wrong? I don't get it
Anyways, I'm gonna get it no matter what! ByeBye DP2M
I am also puzzled with this "grip facing backwards" design.
EC dial "a bit too difficult to turn". Great news, finally it's fixed. Loose dial on X-Pro1 is extremely annoying.
M DeNero: I see comments like "Wonderful controls!" and "Great ergonomics!" Pardon me for asking, and I'm not trying to be a wise guy, but is there really any benefit to these retro designs other than aesthetics? Modern SLRS have precision, customizable controls that mostly lie right under the finger tips of one hand. You can make adjustments without even thinking about it, while keeping the other hand on the zoom or focus ring. These retro designs seem to have nicer industrial design, but after handling several they seem very clumsy to me operationally. Please enlighten me.
"Pardon me for asking, and I'm not trying to be a wise guy, but is there really any benefit to these retro designs other than aesthetics?"
Well, all modern DSRLs (Canon, Nikon, etc) are using "retro" design (AF, buttons, menus, etc) even grip, from mid 80s introduced by Minolta with their 7000 Maxxum.
Anthony20D: Let's have a poll. How much will the msrp be? Beautiful looking camera.
the poll is here:http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52946006
VF x.077 mag? That's bigger than ANY current pro dslr
any new cameras on the horizon?
You can provide your feedback about Df, Nikon's survey is here:
vkphoto: I find it sadly ironic that Df can properly meter with every Nikkor lens (including non Ai) but doesn’t provide split screen for MF nor displays the aperture ring values in the viewfinder. The only explanation I have is that Nikon is protecting their Nikkor AF/G line of lenses. Unfortunately but Df is just another AF/G centric Nikon DSLR. The most important "retro" feature, MF support, is completely missing.
No I meant split screen, have no idea what does split prism mean.Check Wiki: "The most common type of focusing screen in non-autofocus 35 mm SLR cameras is the split screen"Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focusing_screenAnd I love your suggestion to f**k up my fine AI-s Nikkors. Many thanks!
I find it sadly ironic that Df can properly meter with every Nikkor lens (including non Ai) but doesn’t provide split screen for MF nor displays the aperture ring values in the viewfinder. The only explanation I have is that Nikon is protecting their Nikkor AF/G line of lenses. Unfortunately but Df is just another AF/G centric Nikon DSLR. The most important "retro" feature, MF support, is completely missing.
Al Downie: Oh.. how I've wished for a digital FM2. And this, sadly, is not it. It's not even close. What on earth were they talking about with this 'pure photography' marketing campaign???
I want:- Metal body- Manual focus with bright ground glass, split-screen and microprism- Manual exposure- Match needle metering (or LEDs at a pinch)- Mechanical shutter from 1s to 1/2000 + B- Shutter speed knob on body- Range of high quality lenses with mechanical aperture rings- ISO dial- Shutter release- Mechanical self-timer- Depth of field preview- Tiny display showing frame count.- High quality digital sensor with only RAW capture mode.
That's it. I don't even want an LCD panel on the back. Anything else is just fluff that gets in the way. If Nikon could provide that, I'd happily pay £3k for it. I'd find a way. It'd hurt, after selling my FM3a for £300 just a few months ago...
Al, I am 100% with you and your list. Few things from FM2 that you missed: shutter speed to 1/4000, flash sync at 1/250 and ADR window (to display aperture values in the viewfinder). I could add battery status to your tiny display for the frame count. Cheers!
vkphoto: DPR, could you please check if it has an ADR. Thanks in advance.
aperture direct readout
DPR, could you please check if it has an ADR. Thanks in advance.
DPR, how is the preview going? :) I look forward to it!
Adobe executive team=retards. Give them the boot, let 30% of the company go and hire fresh blood.
Very good news.
iPad interface sucks:)