eyefuse: Interesting deal.
But did you notice that it looks like a Sony CarlZeiss design. New style?
By "we", you mean the people who have time to read 110 comments and then write "wise" commets at other peoples first impressions?
aardvark7: With regard to aesthetic merits, each to his own and one can't argue.As to success, that goes hand in hand with individual taste too.
However, the essence of this article seems to have been missed by all but one who commented.
The author talks of perserverance and illustrates that by mentioning the number of visits to a site. To me, this is not perserverance, but rather making use of the opportunity.
99.9% of all photographers will not have the luxury to make such trips, even if they had the desire. It may be too expensive or they have other calls on their time. It is simply not an option and the only way they get 'the shot' is by lucky chance of being there at the appropriate time in the first place.
Any time the subject comes up as to the most important thing in photography, I always say 'Opportunity' and this article demonstrates exactly that.
Give most the opportunity and even a basic camera and there would be bucketloads of quality shots. Most simply don't get the chance.
You have a good point. But there are also different types of landscape photography. A good photographer can always seize the opportunity and utilize the situation as good as possible - especially a photojournalist or travel photographer. But there's also those who really want to paint that perfect image - who take their time - and who visit places again and again to look for that mental image they have envisioned and want to capture.
Very good and interesting read. Especially the sense of time and effort comes across beautifully with the multiple shots with different lighting conditions. I posted the article to some beginning photographers, that I know love shooting landscapes, but who tend to grab shots here and there and then spend the time searching for that perfect look in PS instead.
That aside, I have to agree that the tonemapping is a bit rough to my liking. The images, especially the latter ones, are starting to look a bit like computer renderings - I guess it's the foreground that looks too flat. A little less tonemapping, or blending these with the original at 50% would look more natural to my eye.
I love the final composition though. Now you just need to wait for those flowers to bloom and some more dramatic lighting next year. :)
You know you're completely out of the trends and current jargon, when the topic of this news makes absolutely no sense to you??! :D
This tech should be implemented for video use. So that you could easily make the perfectly smooth and exact spot on focus pulls - in the post process! That would be truly revolutionary. No need to worry about pumping auto focus, low light focusing problems and moving subjects in all kinds of action, low contrast and messy scenes. Whoa, that would rock!
Boomz: Okay so everyone is looking at its camera feature, but it is primarily a phone, and unfortunately, Nokia's dying Symbian Belle OS will be blamed. You really won't want a Symbian OS phone once you've gone iOS or Android.
Last year, Nokia even announced that they were slowly killing the Symbian OS in favor for Windows 7's replacement.
"The price and features of the new phones combined with Symbian Belle will not turn things around for the platform, but will help slow down the loss of market share. Symbian's market share was 22.1 percent during the second quarter, compared to 40.9 percent during the same three months last year." - according to Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner.
But I guess some people do buy a car because it has a great home entertainment system in the back seat, hehe!
Nokia only ditched the Symbian from it's high end smart phones, replacing it with WP. Unfortunately WP7 doesn't support the DSP for such camera technology, so Nokia brought back symbian for a last run in the almost smart phone segment. Technically I believe the PW808 is more like a super camera-phone, not a competitor to the dominating iPhone or the dull and faceless androids. Symbian will still remain, develop and power the normal mobilephones for years to come, while WP8 will finally let Nokia upgrade it's LUMIA line with new and better hardware. Then there's their linux based Meltemi OS, a little brother to the MeeGo, that might stir up lower end smartphone markets in the near future.
Long post short. Nokia has great hardware, but still have multpile OS platforms to sort out. Symbian is just one angle.
Hmm.. the question is.. whether to get married and arrange a nice wedding or to get this lens... hmm...
So independent filmmakers and amateurs will still use their ~2000€ cameras for anything they do.. Nothing new here.. An expensive piece of equipment that other broadcast manufacturers have provided for years.. I don't see the point?
eyefuse: We need 1080p video of this sort! :)
Yes, and if you can select the focus area later in post prosessing it would be priceless. Imagine creating the perfect focus pulls in pp. Full control over focus.. Whoa!
We need 1080p video of this sort! :)