I'd be interested to know how well this camera auto-focuses the "4/3 Legacy lenses" that are CDAF compatible. (14-54 Vii, 9-18)
Congratulations, that is one very pretty bird!
I find it interesting that Leica had the Minilux in the 1999-2002 era. It was about $700 US, in the range of the Coolpix A adjusted for inflation.
The original Minilux had a fabulous 40mm 2.4 lens. A lot of people saw the value in that camera. Those that did not initially, usually changed their mind after seeing the photos produced by the camera.
Why would the Coolpix be any different?
Oh, the minilux took 35mm film.
Missing the point!
Yes the existing Nikon & Canon 135's are excellent. But the don't offer what CZ does in this case; colour that matches all the other lenses in their line-up. I think that with a lens designed for MF a cinematographer who already uses other CZ lenses will welcome this as a great addition to the line.
Some photographers prefer MF for some applications. I shoot 85% of my stuff with old Contax, & Super Takumar lenses. I can see why this lens will appeal to some people. I'm sure that there is always room for (in this case minor improvements) over a lens designed in the mid 90's with new technology.
It just isn't for everyone, in the same way that a Ferrari 458 isn't for everyone!
This camera isn't about photos. It is a "lifestyle" product. I'll bet few readers, even fewer commentors on DPR own any recent Bang & Olafson gear. I believe B&O was once leading edge. Now its a (very) upmarket Bose.
If you have corporate currency such as Nikon's history, you'd better cash in; or your competitor will. If the CEO doesn't the board will fire his butt out the door. Nikon has the currency. BMW has the currency. You cant buy a true low end BMW in North America. BMW's management doesn't give a hoot for the guys who drove 2002's back in the day. Now a performance BMW has 500+ H.P. to move its almost 2400 kg bulk.
This Nikon fits the same niche as small wall-mounted speakers; most BMWs and iPhones. I won't buy any of this stuff, but a lot of people do.
I take pictures with a 5D w/ Contax lenses, drive a 1989 944 s2 (supercharged and intercooled), and listen to vinyl with a tube pre-amp & old Castle speakers. I'm not a lifestyle guy, but that market is big and growing.
The target market Nikon wants to attract is not represented by the readers of DPR.
I sold cameras as my first job, Nikon sold Nikkormat 50 F2 kits at a rate of about 150:1 of the F2's. This is the same market plan, updated.
Everyone who uses a Nikon D whatever and has a bag of lenses knows 20 people that don't. Onlookers who ooh and ah at the shots pouring from skilled photographers only need to know: they can buy a NIKON with interchangable lenses that is small and expensive.
Noticed the demise of the independent camera shop? They aren't needed anymore. Nikon, Canon, whoever has an enormous, global and free sales force known as "enthusiast photographers".
I use a 5D with old Contax glass, and a Pentax DS with either an M mount 28 2.8, or a 300 4.5 F*. I do not own a single Canon lens and I get asked about cameras all the time.
Nikon understands nodern marketing by spheres of influence and I'm certain they will sell boatloads. Just not to me and at least 137 other DPR readers!
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