WGVanDyck: There are a lot of us older photographers that have been both disappointed and thrilled by the trends of the digital camera age. The technology and operational options that have developed with the advent of digital are simply marvelous. However, the film camera industry evolved into cameras like the F3 and F4 that where truly the panicle of basic photographic control. Frankly, it is much faster and easier to set a dial with the graduations labeled on it than it is to push a button, spin a wheel and read a screen. Or worse; dig into a menu. The digital camera age brought about a sort of schizophrenia in the camera industry. The film camera had evolved to an extremely usable state and yet it was as if the manufacturers had forgotten all that advancement and started over by hiring engineering staffs from Fischer-Price for their new digital lines. So, many of us don’t see this as a “retro” sales gimmick, but as an apparent return to sanity by Olympus, Fuji, and now Nikon.
What are you digging through menus for?
I can set my DSLR to M mode and turn off autofocus without digging much, if any.
And with the two wheels by the thumb and index finger, and the focus ring on the lens, I have all the controls I would have on my old Nikon film version of this camera.
What I do have when I go into menus and start looking for extra controls is more power and convenience. After all, I can change ISO on the fly, no need to replace the roll of film. Sure, it's an extra button, but really, does taking this away make it the new "sanity"?
feztizzle: Got a nex6 before christmas love it not sure if this quite worth the upgrade but sony is going the right direction here. But they need to discontinue that garbage lens.
Which "garbage" lens? the 16-50, compromised being designed to fit in my pocket? Or the 18-55 that's mighty inexpensive and a good place to start for new, general purpose users on there A3000?
I imagine you can buy it body only, and then get the Zeiss 16-70 or the Sony 18-105 G, should you need such quality.
pew pew: Imagine a camera like the a6000, with A mount a bit bigger because the mount distance, but still small with all those minolta lenses available for really cheap, that would be perfect :d
put an LA-EA2 or 4 on it and you're there, right now, no imagining.
Those do have the SLT mirror in them though.
Hugo808: What no OVF?
no matchstick meter either?
And where's the crank to wind the film?
Amnon G: Before the onslaught on Nikon begins...It is possible this is an oversight (i.e. testing at Nikon happens only with 1st party batteries).Claiming evil with no proof is just childish. It's unfortunate for sure, but hopefully will get resolved with another update shortly.I'm relating to reactions I've seen on different sites - I think that the step function reaction is a bit childish and assuming people don't know what they're doing (even though the person making the bold name calling doesn't have even a fraction of the data to make such claims) is irrelevant.Nikon's actions in the next few months will be the determining factor whether this was an oversight in good faith or really a silly attempt at making more money.
Even if it was an oversight, which it may very well be, I'd be really surprised to see them go back and "fix" it. And if they did, I'd really be surprised if they rushed out a release just to address that, openly admitting to this being a mistake.
In additional rules it states "If you enter the challenge, take the time to vote other entries.".
I thought this was generally discouraged?
wootpile: Not a single macro?
Tamron makes some excellent macros, and Sigma makes some too that are probably very high quality.
But they aren't equipment that unique to there product lines, for each of the Tamron or Sigma macro lenses there's a directly competing 1st party lens from at least Nikon, Canon and Sony, unlike the other lenses listed above that just have no direct comparisons.
Deardorff: Something new? How about an 8x10 digital back that can make B&W negatives for contact printing in a real darkroom?
Enought with the whiz bang toys for fools and lawyers with more money than brains
ya, and if they can somehow keep the price under $5k, they oughta be able to sell like 10 of them. That should make a BIG impact on the market.
Tap0: Every six months I change the mount...
If they changed the mount every six months, I'd think my crossed xx logo'd Maxxum lens from pre-Exxon trademark suit that's almost guarenteed to be 25+ years old wouldn't work as good as new on my A99.
AlanG: What can it do, or do better than other Nikon models? Can I use Canon and Leica lenses on it as with a Sony A7? I don't think so!!!
"you MIGHT be able to use EVERY Nikon lens produced for the last 50 years on it."
You MIGHT be able to use all those on the Sony too. And shoot video with them as well. But some's you folks don't like having options or increased capabilities, luckily, Nikon's there to never change for you.
quangzizi: Cheap Leica anyone? They will liquidate soon I guess.
People buying Leicas will keep buying Leicas. They certainly aren't looking for a bargain. (I'm not sure they're looking for best performance either.)
Are they going to put the updates in Picasa? or is that abandoned?
Photato: Back to the future!Year 1998, Minolta Dimage EX1500It even had "apps" loading capabilities.http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/minolta1500
Minidisk meets the Minds of Minolta.
Sure, it's cool, but is anyone actually going to buy it?
Having the original RX100, I'm sure it's not the most comfortable camera to hold. But any real changes (adding a grip, etc) is either going to increase the size of the camera or decrease the size of the LCD (cause I always want to put my thumb halfway across it).But the size is the only reason I bought the camera, a little larger and it might still fit in my pocket, but just to have a little bit of otherwise useless plastic to hold onto, forget it. It's works well enough the way it is.The accessory shoe and tilt-able screen might be worth the upgrade if it wasn't my only camera. But I can't really imagine taking this camera along with even an HVL-20M flash that's almost as large as it is (and that's the smallest flash I'm aware of that'd work) and would take the other (larger) camera if I needed the viewfinder. I wonder how many owners of these don't have other cameras, I would imagine it's a pretty limited number?
Picturenaut: I'd not recommend a 1.2 MP toy camera such as KidiZoom even for 5 yrs old children, because its IQ, in particular of its LCD screens is ways too bad for kid's eyes. My experience is that even very young kids are quickly bored and dissapointed by such bad cameras and abandon them. With their sharp eyes and fresh minds they see so much more than we adults, and they are fond of small things and tiny details. A camera must meet this challenge.
So I think it is much better to start early with a rugged compact with much better IQ and LCD screen . IMO a camera such as a Coolpix S31 is a much better entry even for very young kids. They are smart and quickly discover how to use it.
My 5 year old has had the vtech camera for several years now. And of course he'd rather play with my DSLR, because that's what daddy uses. He'd also rather drive my truck than his toy electric 3 foot long plastic jeep.He is able to use the DSLR in auto mode, but it's not something he get to do unsupervised, that's what he has the vtech camera for, when he disappears into his room to experiment with stuff. And he drops it repeatedly, has thrown it a few times, get frustrated with the full memory and slams it. It still works.
First, there were some earlier comments about the merits of iphone photography. While there are some great examples, and some skilled photographers are able to produce great results, the issue at hand is that those photographers were all laid off. This isn't about the equipment they are using. They now have the reporters, who likely dunno what's gonna work.
And the second point, print journalism has been fading away for years now. I don't see how quality imagery is helping sell it. When I read the local paper, which I read online only, I read it without paying much, if any attention to the photography. Usually it's a story about local politics with a stock head shot.
There will undoubtedly be times when this hurts them, being unable to muster up a decent front page photo for local happening that warrant it. But chance are they are bleeding cash and need to do something to try and save themselves. Canning any reporters is pretty much the last step before turning off the lights.
iamphil: It's better than nothing but LED will always be inferior to xenon tubes until the spectrum issues are solved.
But the LED doubles as a flashlight with one of those flashlight apps, and is much more useful having a flashlight on your phone than a flash on your cameraphone, IMHO.My phone is, primarily, for email after all.
Peiasdf: Lamo. Can't Nokia just produce one flagship phone one a year and sell it to all carrier? The 920, 928 and 925 are basically the same thing and I doubt the camera will be better using the same sensor and f number.
This is a bit true. Maybe they could learn from Apple that an Iphone 5 is an Iphone 5, even if the verizon version has a different radio, most people don't notice unless the try and switch sims to change carriers.Nokia always having these different combinations of phones for different carriers, even slight different phones for AT&T and Tmobile with different features has always been a bit annoying to the well informed, and probably just leads to confusion with the less informed, who are then more likely to buy something else (an iphone, because an iphone5 is an iphone5, regardless of the carrier).
Paul Guba: Nice stuff. Amazing how it never rains though I did see some snow. I often fantasize about being a diesel mechanic.
Simple reason it never rains, he didn't want to get the camera wet.
Steve69: Nikon does not say the password would be mandatory. Anyone who do not want to use it may probably skip it. But for those who might feel this would give them advantage, password option could come handy. It's little like with cellphones. Most of people do not even bother with protecting its content against being used fraudulently. But they should. Not because their phones get stolen often but lots of user just loose it. The validity of patenting password protection for lenses is another story. US patent law execution is just ridiculous. IT allows you to patent "wheel" again if it used for specific purpose or application. But that is just system gap that have been created to feed greedy patent seeking business entities, not true inventors.
I have a password on my cell phone that I use to protect the information on it. I have no illusions that someone stealing the hardware can crack it, but I assume they will have to wipe the phone to do so (deleting all the info). This keeping my information private. It does nothing to keep someone from stealing my phone.