PKDanny: Not out of business?
Yet, they're still registered as a significant exhibitor for the coming photokina.
Too bad they don't all share the same battery type. I love the fact that my good old V1 shares batteries with my Nikon DSLR, but I guess that's too much to ask in a truly compact camera.
Faster zooms (and an updated V camera with latest sensor tech) is what's missing in the Nikon 1 system, but I guess this announcement does not go into the direction of expanding the Nikon 1 system.
Sadly, but perhaps not unexpectedly, iOS 9.2 does not make the old 30 pin SD card reader work on an iPhone 4s.
Similar experience to yours: I had a D300, then a D700 and just got a D750.
When I handled the D750 at Photokina last year, I was initially a bit disappointed by the slightly less substantial body compared to the D700, the different mode dial on the top left, and the loss of 8fps.
But in the end the results are stunning, incl. in video, and the WiFi can be useful and funny to use at times. It may not be the absolute best camera out there, and may not be as much a status symbol as the D700, but a darn good camera it is.
CameraLabTester: Nature and sports photographers can look through the viewfinder of a DSLR for many many hours and consume very little battery life.
If you use your chandelier to warm up the soup for dinner, you will have an astronomical electricity BILL.
Batteries the same size as DSLRs' won't give the same battery life. With their always on live view, mirrorless cameras simply consume more power. My Nikon V1 shares its battery model with recent Nikon DSLRs but does not equal their battery life.
I had a neoprene strap that was naturally bouncy and I hated it. Start running for whatever reason a see your camera bouncing all around and the strap quickly sliding off your shoulder. Less an issue with a sling design, but still...
Zoomer52: No mention is made on their site about how to adjust for the nodal point when you change lenses (or zoom to a different focal length). This is very important when trying to create seamless panos. And there should be precise etched markings (at least) to allow you to record the position for a particular focal length and return to it quickly and accurately. No mention is made of this at all, nor do any of the photos show etched markings.
This is just a motorized rotator with remote control. You will have to provide your own pano head.
AshMills: Come on Canikon, the time is NOW.
(Speaking as someone who uses FF Nikon professionally daily, and has just started collecting m43 cameras and lenses.)
Time is NOW? No more now that yesterday or tomorrow IMO.
There is a place for mirrorless and DSLRs. DSLRs sales may be declining, but mirrorless sales are not excactly booming either. Last I checked, they were in fact also declining, not just as much as DSLRs. Crises have happened in the past and will happen in the future. SLRs, bridges, compact cameras have seen ups and downs, but I don't see SLRs disappearing anytime soon.
Mirrorless do offer a sensible alternative to bulkier cameras when weight and size are a priority, and offer some distinct advantages, but I have yet to use an EVF that is as pleasant as an OVF, or a mirrorless with an AF as good as that from a DLSR (tracking included).
And when you see the cost and size of good Sony FE mount lenses, you sometimes wonder what you gain from leaving DSLRs. Why would everybody need to leave DLSRs just for the sake of going mirrorless?
NTONE: Looks really compact and great for bringing on holidays.
Is there something similar but with AF?
Yes, and it has been mentioned twice in the article ;-)
It would be interesting to see a comparison with Sigma's 12-24. To see how much better the Canon is and to see how much 1mm makes in field of view difference (assuming they are not cheating about the minimum focal length).
dtssound: Medium format mirrorless please.
I'd love a digital Mamiya 6 but I am not holding my breath.
If it ever appeared, it would not be cheap.
I find it looks a bit like a Pentax67. So maybe they meant full 6x7cm frame ? ;-)
straylightrun: Proof that high price =/= high quality
We're more talking about realibility and no, high price has never implied high reliability, especially if you're looking a relatively niche/lower volume/exotic products.
Mike FL: I have great respect to Leica's optical, but the FF sensor M9 is really noisy @ISO.1600 as seen from the DP sample. Again, do not forget it is from a FF sensor camera while you check the sample:
Any thought? Disagree?
Actually, base ISO is 160 ;-)
This is worrying - I have recently had very stubborn oïl spots on my M9 sensor and it is still not 100% clean after several wet cleaning cycles.
Last thing I'd want is corrosion now. I got a LNIB M9 at a great price two years ago (upgrading from a used M8 which was a good deal as well), but I fear I would be priced out of the Leica system if my M9 had to be replaced.
Good thing is that if I had to sell my Leica lenses, I would probably be able to buy a nice Sony A7 or Fuji X kit, but I would definitely miss the rangefinder.
The Squire: I thought, if there is a manufacturing defect, which this clearly is, that this is no limit on your statutory rights (in the UK) to return it for a refund or have it repaired. So I don't see how they can start charging for this after 3 years.
I am not sure corrosion could be qualified as manufacturing defect. By definition corrosion is a process, no a pre-existing defect. I think we need more information to really understand the issue. The filter in front of the M9 sensor is very thin and may be much more fragile than on other digital cameras...
bluevellet: I've considered the Pentax 645Z. I think Pentax did a great job making the price reasonable (for medium format) and coming up with a decent amount of lenses, particularly how niche this product is,
One major hurdle is (almost) no retailer presence. Even online, it's hard to find and I have to go abroad for it. I'm not comfortable buying something this expensive without even a test drive.
I mean, just look at DPR, no link to buy it anywhere.
It is listed as available and in stock on my retailer's website (in Belgium), as are numerous lenses.
tinternaut: But will Pentax sell enough of these to realise the economies of scale to bring the costs down? It's taken years to bring the 35mm full frame format down to a level many now consider affordable. In the UK at least, the cost of a modest Pentax 645Z system is about the same as that of a Ford Focus. There's nothing "consumer" about that.
As for the second opinion, above, I imagine if I picked up a D800, tomorrow (as a Four Thirds system owner), I'd start taking bad photos. That's just part of the process.
Given the volumes involved in MF, I doubt Pentax will ever sell enough 645Z to bring the costs down to "consumer FF" levels. But the prices are already very close to high-end 24x36 cameras. A 645Z doesn't cost much more than a D4s or Leica M, and you can get a 645D (previous generation) at much reduced prices. Trouble is, if you want high-quality latest-generation AF lenses, they will cost you a lot as well.
Would be tempting at a regular price, but there still a few settings I'd like to select on the go, like the lens type for uncoded ones.