A nickel to unscrew the battery cover. Oh wait, that was a while ago, wasn't it?
What strikes me as the real new development here is the voice control. It's in its infancy right now, but pretty soon some camera will have a smarter-than-Siri voice activated system that will allow you to pretty much say anything, like "aperture priority f8" or "custom setting three" or "upload disk" and it will do what you tell it to do down to the last detail.
There are obviously many situations where you would not want to be talking, or even whispering, into your camera, but there is a lot of potential here for development.
MrTritium: 420g with battery?! The Nex-6 and X-E1 weigh only 350g, and the nex-3n 269g. Is this camera made of LEAD?
The slanted top panel goes directly back to the original PENs of the 1960s, which were not actually rangefinders at all. I think it looks pretty good here. The XE-1 looks good, too, but a little naked on the front -- the other Fujis in this series with a viewfinder window look more classiicly rangefinder. Overall, though, I do like the recent retro cameras as they just look like good examples of handsome design -- something the melted Hershey bar aesthetic of most modern cameras seems to have forgetten. I get the form-follows-function argument, but there's no reason a well-designed camera can't be good looking, too.
HL48: From what I remember of an article about this lens (about 15 years ago, perhaps in Sky and Telelscope). It is somewhat radioactive because of the thorium, "it can't focus blue worth a damn", it is in fact an apochromat in infra-red, red and green.
(I'd keep this lens away from young children,)
Once he gets the large format film camera set up properly, I think he needs to go to an aviation museum and photograph some WWII planes. And some WWII vets, for that matter. (Better hurry.)
This one would have been much tougher in black and white!
The XZ-2 pics by Robin Wong make a much more compelling case for this camera.
Joe Ogiba: If you want bleeding edge camera technology forget Nikon or Canon, look for it from Sony or Panasonic.
But is it fully submersible to 120 feet? Seriously, nice job, my only comment is that there are an awful lot of buttons on the front. On the other hand, I'm not sure where else I'd put them, since the real estate on the back is pretty well occupied, although you've left a nice wide open space for the right hand to hold onto things without tripping buttons accidentally. I wish real manufacturers would pay more attention to that.
sakjdakjas: Chop lens and AF, add a popular lens mount (*), peaking feature and and HDMI connector for an external display and it'll sell nicely as a specialized sensor + mount body for demanding pros and enthusiasts.
* Ideally one of the short flange distance mirrorless mounts, 2nd best EOS mount.
>>Chop lens and AF, add a popular lens mount (*), peaking feature and and HDMI connector for an external display and it'll sell nicely as a specialized sensor + mount body for demanding pros and enthusiasts ... Ideally one of the short flange distance mirrorless mounts,
Exactly what I was thinking. Otherwise, if you can't decide between the 14 and the 20 you have to spend another $1,000? But if this were ILC -- I presume it's about the size of the Pens? -- it could find a much larger market.
slncezgsi: What is going to be left from Kodak when the film devision will be gone - and much more import - who will buy it? What is going to happen to those great products like Tri-X, Portra or Ektar?
>>the technical quality of large prints from digital was shockingly bad. Poor colour, contrast, edge artefacts, various optical aberrations and all with much lower resolution than Kodak film.
The same thing happened in music reproduction when CDs first came out. The sound was dry and overcompressed, with poor dynamic range. Then as CDs eventualy got better, music switched over to MP3s and the sound was evn worse. The final nail in the coffin -- most listeners today hear their music through tiny earbuds. There will be no recovering from that one, but most people simply don't care. Vinyl through full size speakers has becomethe domain of a few cranks, but at least you could feel the music in your chest.
>>an Olympus OM2 with the 35mm and 85mm f2 Zuiko lenses and a pocketful of Ektachrome did better large prints for travel and landscapes.
Still have my OM2. What a beautiful little machine. I should make a point to use while I still can. RIP, Kodak. Sic transit and all that.