As much as I love my Thinktank bags, I'm not convinced this is a slam dunk. Most people I know carry full size MacBook Pros, 15", and shoot either the pro Nikon or Canon bodies. If I need to fold this flap down to fit these bodies there's not enough space for the 15" MacBook Pro. So if I'm forced to bring a computer I'm back to my cherished Airport Takeoff or if I only need the cameras I would choose a regular streetwalker. Then there's the airport accelerator for those who prefer to have a lighter backpack without wheels.
As much as i appreciate the introduction of new lenses very other week, i'm missing the follow through. The new G series is now already old news, but the 24-70 is nowhere to be seen and the 70-200 doesn't even have a price yet, let alone a release date. And last, and this is an issue i have with Zeiss as well, no-one thinks about releasing quality and design equivalent series of primes, like a set of Cine lenses. It takes years to get this together (see Otus) and isn't even halfway complete (see Sony's own Zeiss codesigned lineup or again the Batis/Loxia line up). I have half a dozen normal focal length but not much in the tele range at all. Not the way to cater to the pro market. And i hear the after sales service is non existent. You can't even buy a spare sunshade in the USA, simply incomprehensible.
It obviously works with all Profoto heads and probably other heads as well as long as you have an adapter ring for it, only the model light will fry it after a couple of minutes. Then there is the Chimera beauty dish, fully collapsible and on the market for couple of years, comes in 2 sizes, 24" and 30" and yes, you have to bring your own adapter ring as for any other 3rd party light modifier and they have one for on-camera flashes. And grids if you need them.And for ridiculous, they're priced even higher, but i don't regret having them in my tool kit, despite falling back to my Mola 22" most of the time.
Works great for a small beauty setup like backstage, etc...
As much as i want to like or even love this, lets start with the lenses, a variable f2.8-4 at this price point, a camera with a focal plain shutter (and no option for silent electronic shutter) that has an x-sync of 1/250, and according to DPreview the 2nd lens we'll see 90-280 will be enormous, besides also a variable f stop, camera with 24Mpx at 14bit color dept and all this in a package that seems nearly grotesquely large and more expensive then any Pro DSLR today. I don't know, i feel i just saw the introduction of the end of Leica as we know it. But then again Blackstone always made their money back. The M is still unbeatable and the lenses simply unique.This one doesn't know where it wants to go, maybe compete with Hasselblad and their infamous Lunar or HV series, who's market i still don't get. But then i make my money with photography, i don't have to understand the camera sales market at all. I just want better tools.
What i want to know, why introduce a 35mm manual, along with a 50 in 2014, and then have a new line in 2015 starting with 25 and 85 incorporating AF. Also, I wish it would be all the same barrel design, front filter diameter and AF. My dream lens for the A7 series is a Zeiss 35 AF, 1.4 like the Leica Germany built legend, the perfect focal length for a small travel and snapshot reportage camera. And while were at it, where's there Otus 35mm se we can rest this case as well.
For Anybody who complains how photoshop ruined photography I suggest a quick visit to the Metropolitain Museum in NYC and review the show " Faking it".Photo manipulation is as old as photography itself and as we little more creative photographers know and live by its not for nothing that photo graphic translates into drawing with light (roughly).Now there's just a different tool in the shed that sometimes some people overuse to compensate for the lack of skill.I personally love the fakes as it introduces a little humor into such a severe catastrophe. Caricature is a great relieve, even as a photograph.Obviously a news photograph has to live up to different standards, but as we all stop purchasing newspapers and magazines and they subsequently cut budgets and the creation of own and verified content we as a society are giving up on a independent, third party onserver that can report and keep tabs on world event and public figures.
For those who question the existence of the camera, I have to say that I usually shoot Canon and occasionally Phase one on Hasselblad. This S body and the lenses are in another league. I had a whole kit for a commercial job last year and the image quality just blew me away.In the right lighting. Conditions!That's right, Bette than any Canon with fixed focal L glass, better than H system. But certainly not versatile. The moment I went over 320 ISO the whole file was nearly unusable, my 5D II blew all of them. But at 100ISO with nice light, aka studio or on a tripod the images are terrific with nice overhead to adjust and the lenses are outstanding.
Camera: starting with the specs form the 5D III, 1DS series, i add: 110mpx for flawless 50" prints, sensitivity 25-12.000 ISO, 16bit or better capture, 2k video, 4-5" touch sensitive screen (iPhone size), built in WIFI, GPS, Pocket Wizard sync and ability to sync up to a 1/1000 or better (leaf shutter), weather sealed.Could be in a larger body (C300, Mamiya RZ), but has weight in under 3lbs.Has to connect to cell phones etc. for instant image transfer. Pricing under US$10kLens f2.0-45, 35-90/120mm, leaf shutter, lockable tilt shift, image stabilization, auto zoom sun shade, equal or better than current L lenses, under 2lbs.Pricing under $4k
Some of the specs existed at some point, like a built in PW remote, 16bit capture is standard on medium format backs for ever, the 6D has the WIFI and GPS capability, so none of this can be that hard. The lens has to be magic, a lot like the 85L, that's all.
I personally can't wait to see a test on this lens. Some of my recent shots involve bery low light, long exposures, on the go. The IS on the 24-105 is great and makes shooting like this possible. But. I miss my 2.8 opening to actually see and hate switching primes all the time, which also slows me down a lot. My hopes are that this is as sharp as the new Canon 70-200 M II with equal IS correction, for which I would actually be happy to pay the asking price of Canons new 24-70 ( which I will get anyways, but that's me...)