Chris Noble: We can all agree that most photographers care about how their cameras look. But we can disagree reasonably on what is an attractive camera. Some of us see the Pen-F as a unimaginative attempt at a "retro" look, including illogically-placed controls, fake surfaces and handling compromises.
A comparative article with more than one point of view on the aesthetics of various cameras would be interesting. We already know from the flood of DPR adulation that the writer representing alternative aesthetics will have to be found outside the DPR office.
I second that. Even more, some photographers are willing to sacrifice ergonomics, to some extent - for better look at better portability.
nerd2: Nice looking toy with tiny sensor.
Cameras are toys, accept that. And we are amateurs doing this for fun. Unless you are a pro and make a living out of this. Which is really no more than 1% of us, really. So let's put away the "wants" and be realistic about what our "needs" really are.
Retro or not - this is irrelevant. I do appreciate Fujifilm and Olympus for joining Leica and understanding that quality design is a good selling point. "retro" is subjective, but what is universally appealing is quality, compactness, portability.
webrunner5: The damned thing doesn't even have a handgrip! Maybe they could stick another knob on the front to make up for it. God knows it needs about 6 more knobs and dials.
What where they thinking??
What for? Why add bulk for no reason. It's light.
I haven't heard anyone ditching Leica for lack of handgrip, even if they are a little heavier.
arhmatic: I would't call this "retro-styling". It's the "natural-styling" - because this is really the size and feel a camera should have. It happens to look retro, true. Well done, both Olympus and Fujifilm.
Yes. There are some facts/specs, but otherwise most of what we state here are opinions...
arhmatic: The marketing photos definitely look sharp. Would it be fair to assume that all the silvery looking parts at exterior are indeed metal?
Jeff, great! Plastic with metal paint on top is not allright... This goes beyond personal preference or durability concerns. It's about being true to the material. The way to create a timeless piece of engineering.
The marketing photos definitely look sharp. Would it be fair to assume that all the silvery looking parts at exterior are indeed metal?
I would't call this "retro-styling". It's the "natural-styling" - because this is really the size and feel a camera should have. It happens to look retro, true. Well done, both Olympus and Fujifilm.
snapa: That HAS to be one one the ugliest cameras ever made. At least they did finally make a much better sensor with some great handling. It also does have very nice IQ and low light capability! Too bad they are asking so much for it.
It's not. Their design is quite appealing. Probably the second reason I got into this brand.
pait: Page unviewable.
probably on his nikon camera screen?
Love the camera announcements with the "available now" phrase in the description.
Really, why announce a product, with the actual availability "later in the season" or never... Good job Leica and others, who give firm release and availability dates.
I like your subtitle "retro slick"
I am still amazed how many people deny the importance of good design "because we are pros and because we need good ergonomics" or "this is a tool, not a fashion statement".
Industrial design does matter.Well done Fuji, well done Leica.
WayneHuangPhoto: Why didn't Fuji just go all out and put a 36mp sensor in there?
some even complain that 24 is too much, 16 would have been better. So 24 is a decent balance for 2016.
EricAotearoa: What was wrong with that clip? I really don't understand people complaining all the time in these comment sections.
first world problems... please try to understand, life over here is such a drag...
The Squire: I like Richard's jacket.
I like the facial hair. Twice.
arhmatic: Probably a beginner question regarding wireless - does this mean that the flash can be located anywhere in the room, and it can be triggered with the camera, within a certain range? Does the camera need to be wireless capable?
So you need a camera with a flash to trigger this flash, if I understand correctly. But the Pro2 has no flash, so this cannot be triggered remotely. It can be wired to the camera, I assume, OR mounted on the camera, but it can't function remotely, correct?
Probably a beginner question regarding wireless - does this mean that the flash can be located anywhere in the room, and it can be triggered with the camera, within a certain range? Does the camera need to be wireless capable?
arhmatic: People should stop calling this "retro".
It has great look and it's appealing to me, but otherwise it's a square looking camera, both digital and analog controls, large screen and such... Only two elements might be considered "retro" --- dial for exposure, and maybe the optical view finder - but OVF (with pentaprism) is really everywhere in the DSLR world. So no, it's just a modern camera. Better styled one, but not "retro". It's a buy for me.
I would not call this retro or retrogressive just because of a dial... Mirrors are just as retro IMO... Regardless, this is my next camera.
People should stop calling this "retro".
Terry Breedlove: $1.699. No thanks I can go with a FF camera for that much.
Ethan, I don't think you understand what you are saying.