For a film camera I understand going for an M6. Using an M (I have M4, M8, M9 and M240, all from new) is a great pleasure. However if I were a working street photographer, I might opt instead for a Zeiss Ikon. The viewfinder is just a little better than the M6 and the metal shutter, with its higher speeds allows more flexibility to use fast lenses wide open for shallow DOF in good light. It is still M mount.
However the Voigtlander 35/2.5 I would not even consider. My experience of CV lenses has been very poor with only one decent one out of 4 bought, including a very soft 35/2.5. As a working photographer, you need to be as close to 100% as possible, sure of your equipment. My choice every time therefore, would be the 35/2 ASPH Summicron. I don't have one, as I have a 35/1.4 ASPH Summilux but if I were a street photographer I would change. My chrome/brass 35/1.4 is too heavy for quick shots and the Summicron is easier to use and very compact. Nobody has a bad word for it.
40daystogo: I don't agree with this. I realise many brands are trying to modernize, but the "Carl Zeiss" name has a cachet of quality. I'd not pleased to see it go.
I totally agree. As the owner of 11 Carl Zeiss lenses from the 1930's through to 2012, I am sad that they decided to kill off poor old Carl. History should not be binned. Wilson
All money in the pockets of the PR industry and the printers for new headed paper.
It never fails to amaze me that the PR gonks still manage to persuade presumably clever and experienced board directors, that a small change in logo/name makes any real difference whatsoever, other than to the balance in the PR company's bank account.
You really want to go and shout at those directors "its the product that matters stupid!"
I guess some looney wunder-kid came up with that one. What an exceptionally stupid idea that is. Commercial suicide as well I would guess.
Surprised to see the lower resolution VF-3 on this camera rather than the VF-2. The P series normally uses the VF-2. Given that Epson have already announced the successor LCD from the VF-2, I would have expected to see a VF-4 on the EP-5.
Interesting that it should have a Sonnar lens, when Zeiss' own full frame 35mm f2 ZM (Leica fit) lens is a Biogon. Could it be that Sony only have the rights to make Sonnar and Tessar lenses, not Planar, Biogon and Distagon.
The whole thing sounds a bit like the Minox digital spy camera, which being a Minox enthusiast I bought. They are both silly toys and totally useless for taking photographs. 128 x 128 display - give me a break. Another few million dollars and a couple of years development and then introduce it to the market would have been more sensible. I am afraid they may have blown it by releasing prematurely.
I just hope the lenses are better than the rubbish fitted on the front of recent Kodak digital cameras, to which they put their name. Given their reputation for wonderful large format lenses, I was amazed they were prepared to risk their reputation on these awful plastic blobs.
This could have been a perfect replacement for my ageing small pocketable back up camera, a Ricoh GX200, except for one glaring omission. It does not have a mountable eye level viewfinder for use in bright sunlight or for stick in the muds like me, who hate using a camera at arms length. That means I will probably go for either the Nikon V1 or Canon G1-X, even though they are a bit on the large side.
I am a Leica enthusiast. I have used Leicas since the 1950's and currently a IIF, an M4 owned from new and M8 and M9 cameras. Will I buy the monochrome - no not interested. The images have the plasticy look of chromogenic film, which I don't like.
If I want B&W, I have more than enough film cameras to use or I can use my M9, where I can post process the colour RAW/DNG in CS6 to get the effect of filters. Having to screw filters on and off is IMHO one of the things that most gets in the way of creative RF style photography. I quite enjoy creative filters with DSLR and have a set of Cokin P filters but that is a different activity, usually on a tripod.
On the assumption that the M10 will have a lower noise CMOS sensor with maybe 28MP or more, I would guess that it will be difficult to tell a converted B&W from that camera from that made by an M9M.......and guess what guys - it takes colour as well.
This printer is going to have to be massively better than the Pixma Pro 9500 to be any good. I have the PP 9500. Nearly every time I come to use it and wake it up from sleep, after spending 10 minutes cleaning the heads and p***ing away expensive ink from the tiny cartridges, it then demands for at least one cartridge to be replaced.
I reckon my ink costs on the PP9500 are close to GBP10 per A3+ print averaged out. Compared with the rather unreliable but very economical HP B9180 A3+ printer I have in France, the PP9500 is a waste of space and money.
I would need to be very convinced that Canon are not continuing to con their buyers into buying a machine that wastes 80%+ of its ink, before I considered that against the slightly more expensive to buy, Epson Stylus Pro 3880. I suspect that over say a 3 year period, the Epson would be cheaper. I have spent hundreds of pounds on PP9500 cartridges, most of which has not ever hit paper.
carpediem007: Still no Ricoh GXR support... :-(
And no DNG either... :-( :-( :-(
Still no Leica M9 support in DxO. Just as well that we have Capture One V6 Pro and LR3 to do everything DxO can do. I am not a big fan of trying to do everything in my RAW converter. I prefer to convert and then do post production in CS5.
It will need to be a huge improvement on the Pixma Pro 9500 I have. This printer wastes most of its expensive ink from the tiny carts in head cleaning. Virtually every time I come to use it, it needs one or more new carts. At least it does not go wrong all the time like my HP B9180, which I am now going to give up having it mended.
I am not sure it would not be worth paying the extra for the A2 size Epson Stylus Pro 3880, which is a very known quantity and many exhibitions now want 17" wide prints. Wilson
Jogger: what is that cable coming out of it and where does it plug into the body??
On their website it says that it does not operate the IS and on many lenses the AF either. I have a Canon 100-400L IS lying around doing zilch but I don't think this is the answer to getting it to work well on a Pana G2.