John Tran: While doing some night photography near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo this evening the designer of this camera, and the D800E passed by, and seeing that I was using a D800 stopped for a chat. Lovely guy, and proud of his babies, especially today.
I didn't mention the pricing. But after looking at the some of the comments here, it's worth remembering that R&D and marketing are two different branches. He struck me as someone who is genuinely into photography and cameras.
While doing some night photography near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo this evening the designer of this camera, and the D800E passed by, and seeing that I was using a D800 stopped for a chat. Lovely guy, and proud of his babies, especially today.
DaveBowman: "This question comes only from people who have no experience of medium format at all." - oh really? I've used both the H4D and S2 systems and yes, Leica, you need to be worried about cameras like the D800. Only a fool wouldn't be, and only a pompous, self-absorbed fool would make a statement like that one.
lxstrom - I presume you are referring to me. Thanks for bringing abuse into the mix. Just to head you off with your assumptions about my 'intelligence' and 'owner'ship. Nothing else I have used in MF, or DSLR competes with a 110mm Super Symmar XL on my Ebony which I love dearly. The D800, however, provides a great alternative when I am not in a position to spend 20 minutes setting up a shot, or when I can only get a shot with a higher ISO. Hasselblad and Leica were and are extraordinary, but the difference between then and now, it seems to me, is they're trading on brand, as much as, if not more so than on quality. i.e. putting themselves on a pedestal rather than providing the consumer/professional with the tools they need at a reasonable price. If any of this is 'stupid' go ahead and make an argument.
Francis Carver: Why is everything Leica makes so butt-ugly?
Also, Leica's brain trust should have been following DP Review comments. They are now getting neck-deep into a legacy old school format (medium format) with their ungainly S model, when a lot of previously FF 135 format shooters are in fact moving down to APS-C, Micro 4/3rd, and 1-inch.
I guess with Leica, big and heavy and bulky somehow equates beautiful?
Heck, at least they did not come up with a brand new "Jumbo Imax" form factor and sensor camera this time around.
Taking another view cjhwang, if an MF camera/back manufacturer could produce something that had clean results at 1600 ISO, don't you think they would?
John Tran: How very Leica. Pompous and out of touch.
I now use a Nikon D800 for the shots I couldn't get on 4x5.
If all he had said was 36mp comparison is not all there is to it, then that would be have been ok (Oops. D800 probably still ahead in one or two areas!) but he didn't. Agree with you larrytusaz about the Hipstamatic/Instagram plague being annoying, but if people have fun with photography then that can't be a bad thing.
Leica and Hasselblad used to be the dog's dingleberries because they did the job. But now what I see is new models from them that often have issues out of the gate, supposedly premium engineered products that cost a fortune. Also I'm not sure pomposity encourages people to think about developing their skills...
How very Leica. Pompous and out of touch.