VirtualB: Aesthetically disappointing. Nowhere near the beauty and high quality look of an F3 or F2. Stamped metal look similar to the lower range FM and FE. Then there is the schizophrenic combination of a retro-design top with a modern-DSLR back...I very much doubt that a sophisticated industrial design house was involved with this abortion. Very disappointed as I was looking forward to this camera...
It looks like a turducken camera: a D4 crammed inside of a D800 crammed inside an F3. The insides (modern controls like bracket, USB ports, etc.) are popping out of the skin of the F3 and the overall body looks like its bursting at the seams (and hence fatter than the F3). It's almost just a superficial change, the front of the camera looks "retro" (mostly because of the prism) but the back is very modern, I figure because the designers figured its more the "wow cool" factor for seeing something "retro".
To be fair, it looks to be a nice product from Nikon, but certainly a response to the trend of retro-looking cameras like the Olympus OM-D. There is, of course, the granddaddy of the retro cameras... the Leica M's, but let me not unleash the Leica haters...
Final comment, there is something weird about folks who want a retro looking camera but shooting fully auto in digital... If you want to do retro... shoot film.
11. Gaffer's tape, I.e. A photographic McGyver's do it all
alpha90290: Seem like the only way to win is to take photos at places where your chances of getting shot is more than 50%. If they keep giving prizes like these, I wonder how many good photographers will be left. Are they trying to let the bullets eliminate some of the candidates so that the job of finding the winners will become easier.
War photographers enter into danger willingly much like soldiers who volunteer to fight in combat. They understand the risks but this is a rush for them and their job to tell a compelling story in a very complex environment. HBO had a four part documentary series on war photographers, many had volunteered to go - one was pregnant, and many others went freelance on their own.
In all, the chaotic and harrowing nature of these photos is part of the reason why these photos won. It should not and cannot be exclusionary to dangerous situations, but being in a dangerous situation is also something that shows people who are in safe areas a sense of what most cannot see.
I swear I can see the rover holding up the iPhone up giving the "V" sign and giving a dorky smile like so many teens these days... dang curious kids <shakes head>
Don't really care about the specs really, nitpicking over this vs. its other like competitors barely registers a difference in the photo output the way I shoot and edit.
I just like the idea that I can use my existing EF lenses on it via the adaptor. I just hope the adaptor can allow full control of the lens. My understanding is that the Nikon adaptor for SLR lenses is limited.