HeyItsJoel: I'll never understand why Nikon insist on starting their kit lenses at 18mm when the ideal length to start is @ 16mm (~24mm fov).
you left out the 18-135
PaulSnowcat: I cannot understand... Nikon 1 gives much better quality with the same price and size... Why bother buying Pentax Q?
The N1 system, which I own and like a lot, is much larger than the Q system just as the N1 system lenses are smaller than mirrorless APS-C systems. All systems are compromises in some aspect and it comes down to what you need a system to do and what you are willing to accept with those compromises. For me if the Q had an EVF like the V1, I would jump ship for the little guy in a heartbeat, but I know adding that EVF would ruin the looks/size for many. Just my 2 cents.
Three things this camera (or one a little bigger maybe) should have: 1" sensor, CX lens mount and a hot shoe. Actually just the hot shoe seems like a necessity in this market. I know, no way will there be a CX mount on a Pentax. LOL
NancyP: John Milich makes a DP2/1Merril L bracket with grip, for those who want a more compact, tailored L bracket than available in "generic" L bracket kits.
No affiliation, just a DP2M owner who likes L brackets for single-row panorama work.
That's a cool looking and practical grip too, especially for the tripod users. I welcome any exposure to products like this whether from a press release or users post. I also see no conflict with DPR. We get this site for free and I feel they can do whatever they want.
Daniel Roos: seems like a real rip off of Nikons SU-800http://www.nital.it/experience/images/d5000-flash/big/16-d5000-cls.jpg
SU-800 operates via infrared signals like Canon's and is not as reliable at distances or around corners. Odin is radio controlled so doesn't have those limitations
GeorgeZ: Nice to see an update.Of course one has to ask why it took them 10 months to do some minor tweaks.
If I'm not mistaken this is the 3rd set of firmware updates for the system, or at least I have done a total of 3 since I got my V1 for Christmas. A lot of camera models go their whole production life with no firmware updates while owners moan about the lack of customer service. I for one am quite happy with the latest updates.
Hobbit13: Is Richard Franeic family of one of the DPReview owners? He gets loads of attention, but is only one of many accecoire makers out there. And an expensive supplier to!
DFPanno, If you check the Nikon V1, Canon and Olympus forums and search for "Franiec grip" you will find a lot of unsolicited praise for the products and none of them were purchased via Amazon. Conspirational? Maybe you do need a tinfoil hat.
DFPanno: I'm not sure what these grips are for other then to pull the camera from a vertical case.
I find that I:
Pick up the cameraPut my wrist strap on (I recommend the Olympus Adjustable)Manipulate the camera and controls with thumbs and index fingers.My right middle and ring fingers are at the front of the camera bracing it.
Where does a grip come in?
The only time I would see is if you walk around without a wrist strap but at $700.00 that's not me.
I guess other people handle their cameras differently.
This kind of grip fills in the void under the ring and middle fingers so you need less pressure with the finger tips. I have one on a V1 and it makes holding the camera a lot more secure, particularly in portrait orientation. But naysayers always know better than those that actually use a product.
I have always liked Pentax cameras; I had a Spotmatic way back when and used an MX with several "M" K-mount lenses for almost 30 yrs. I have periodically toyed with the idea of chucking my Nikon gear for a K-5. But I have to say this latest thing is the Pontiac Aztec of the camera world!
Dr Nick Taylor: Call me old fashioned, but what use is a macro lens without an aperture ring?
Same as all "G" lenses and all the bodies this lens is intended for have aperture control.