To buy the new Hasselblad Lunar or the new Leica M-series camera? Both have 24-MP sensors; both are finely crafted engineering masterpieces. Decisions, decisions.
Since I'm of sound mind and not made of money, it's actually a pretty easy decision: none of the above. I'll be waiting for the next sub-$800 Panasonic, Nikon or Canon masterpiece, thank you very much.
No RAW capture?f3.1 - F5.9 lens?No Hi-Res, articulated LCD?No hot shoe?No stereo video sound?
Really? Seriously? Are we still living in 2010?
Saw McNally and David Hobby on the Flash Bus Tour, in DC. Joe was a howl and told some amazing stories, but Hobby's talk and demo was more accessible to the average shooter.Taken together, I learned more about location lighting that day than I have since college. If they do another tour, I would strongly recommend seeing them.
Product sales is all about marketing and advertising.
The intended point of this exercise is not "swaying other pros," but to send a message to serious amateurs: "These are the kind of shots that are possible with this camera. Buy one and you, too, might produce photos like these."
I suspect a TV commercial and magazine ad campaign featuring Dean is also in the works.
MDwebpro: If only it had RAW capture, a bit faster lens and a hinged LCD display with more pixels, this little Panny might be the perfect pocket camera.
You're exactly right, Lupti - and that's my biggest complaint against the large camera manufacturers. Like the personal computer manufacturers, they want us all to buy (and pay for) far more capabilities and features than most of us really need.
They also want us to upgrade every year or two, so they hold back on the features and innovations we want most. I'm fairly certain my ideal camera is already sitting in a lab somewhere, in rough prototype form. But the manufacturer won't put it into production for 3-4 more years, because doing so ahead of the marketing curve would mean leapfrogging too many intermediate models (and losing to much potential income) in the interim.
MDwebpro: Fun shot, but not uniquely creative or difficult to light, and certainly not worthy of a challenge win (as is the case with a lot of the winning photos on this blog).
I mean no offense to you, and I'm not trying to rain on anyone's parade, but I did work more creative than this in the Tabletop Photography class I had in college, 20 years ago.
See, stanic, you went and took offense to my comment. And I never meant it to be a personal affront to you, DigitalTed or anyone else.
My remarks were a largely benign-but-constructive criticism on the creative aesthetics of some of the shots that win challenges on this site, from a former pro photographer with 10+ years in the field - nothing more.
Let's not have these post-contest discussions devolve into "My telephoto is bigger and more impressive than yours" games, if you catch my drift.
Pros: RAW capture (Woohoo!), good zoom range (far more than necessary at telephoto end), 460K pixel LCD screen, smart flash, built-in HDR (though I wish it incorporated three exposures, rather than two), 1/2000 maximum shutter speed, full-HD video capture and stereo sound, acceptable weight and size.
Cons: Sensor size is still too small, LCD screen is not fully articulated, maximum aperture is still too slow (see the new Lumix bridge camera), autofocus is still too slow (.16 seconds), flash range is insufficient.
But from a glass-is-half-full perspective, the manufacturers are (slowly) getting closer to what a lightweight, advanced enthusiast travel camera should be! Maybe another 3-4 years and they'll have the formula right. I remain ever-hopeful.
Fun shot, but not uniquely creative or difficult to light, and certainly not worthy of a challenge win (as is the case with a lot of the winning photos on this blog).
MDwebpro: Judging from the technology and features included in the new LX7 and the Sony RX100, I've got about 3-4 more years to wait before my ideal camera comes to market. *watches clock*
That doesn't mean I'm not making photos, Howabout - I most assuredly am. It just means I can't yet purchase the combination of features, technology and physical packaging I want, at a price I'm willing to pay.
Love your screen name, by the way.
Judging from the technology and features included in the new LX7 and the Sony RX100, I've got about 3-4 more years to wait before my ideal camera comes to market. *watches clock*
If only it had RAW capture, a bit faster lens and a hinged LCD display with more pixels, this little Panny might be the perfect pocket camera.
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Beautiful shot, Robert! I like the composition a great deal.
In fact, I'd love to purchase a 16x20" handmade print of this image, if you're willing and the price is reasonable (alternatively, you could sell me the hi-res image file and I could have my printer produce the print). This scene would look perfect on the wall of my home office. Please let me know your thoughts - firstname.lastname@example.org
Nice photo, Rob.I used to live close to a lava tube similar to this one, just west of Flagstaff, AZ. Much of Northern Arizona is dotted with clusters of extinct volcanoes. Some of the lava tubes extend underground and laterally from the peaks for a mile or more, and are a lot of fun to explore.
johnparas11zenfoliodotcom: I wish it had hot shoe for external flash..and raw.. Maybe..
Yes, I agree completely. Nikon (and several other major manufacturers) are trying to strong-arm us into buying more camera than most people need.
No RAW + no external hot shoe = no consideration.
Baby, be mine!
The shot is plain-vanilla technique and not at all hard to execute (for anyone with a seamless backdrop and a softbox). The subject matter, however, is simply exquisite. Care to introduce me to my next wife? :-)
Nice shot, Nazir! The spraying water droplets convey a sense of dynamic tension and really make the shot.
The only thing I'm not wild about (pun intended) is the horizon line running through the exact middle of the frame. That's always a turn-off for me and a lot of other photographers I know. I probably would have crouched closer to the ground, which would have made the tigers appear taller and more imposing, while at the same time pushing the horizon line lower in the frame. Then again, the surrounding environment might have made such an angle logistically impossible. Only you were there and know what you had to work with.
Great job, nevertheless!
Interesting real world test of the Nikon lens Kane used to document the mauling. The dpreview editors should consider including a young grizzly bear in the lens target setup they use for testing new glass. :-P
"The limited editions will cost $25,000 and $50,000 respectively."
Leica has completely lost touch with reality. It's one thing to produce a market-advancing product of superior quality that commands a premium price. It's another thing altogether to stand tall in the face of a shaky world economy and fast-shrinking niche audience and scream, "We are being knowingly pretentious and completely without shame, simply because we can."
And in doing so this once-revered manufacturer has lost the respect of many of its most ardent fans and patrons (myself included).