If there is one thing that anmnoys me with Fujifilm lenses it is the sloppy aperture clicks, which make it too easy to bump out of your setting. It would be an easy thing to fix, but each new lens has the same problem.
Chil75: Wish this had the Time Lapse recording feature....
hahnel Giga T Pro II, remote release and time lapse (Canon version works with X-E1)
Peter Bendheim: This should do the haters proud. There is the blind hatred of Apple coupled with an equally obsessive dislike of Leica. It will be a case of one plus one equals 5. I don't understand the hatred - Apple created unique products which have really changed the way we live with technology - not just pretty designs. Leica made a camera some 90 years ago which changed photography from bulky cameras to 35mm.Why do so many people hide behind anonymous names and spew such hatred and venom...because products designed by Leica and Apple are recognised by most books on industrial design as important in the history of design. You display your own narrow mindedness and ignorance of modern industrial design.I wish I understood what it is about iconic products that bring out all the hatred and resentment in people, so unnecessary especially given that this is a once off project to raise funds for HIV/AIDS (and at least two people are unable to even comprehend that there is only one camera and not 500)
It is worth reading the words of a real designer: Dieter Rams: ten principles for good design. He says it better than I could. The one principle that leapt out at me was "Good design is honest: It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept."
Take that, celebrity designers.
I can tell you why it is ugly. Because the designers were trying to make it iconic, and be consciously "designful". Over and beyond caring for it or its users. Truly good design puts the user and object as the centre of attention, not the desire to achieve something "iconic". It is the difference between a good actor and a bad actor. Or a good actor trying too hard... it has a forced, self-aware, "look at me", cliched, almost self-mocking design. It lacks the "in the zone" or "flow" quality that defines amazing creations, whether they are art or performance.
To put it simply, this is an object that is aware of its own self, and its purpose to be a design icon, and THAT is why it is ugly (IMHO).
Gary Martin: Beautiful camera, obviously not designed for the DPR crowd.
No, it is designed to appeal to those who think a $500,000 pair of shoes clad in diamonds is good taste and good design. Or Vertu mobile phones. Or....
Jim Evidon: Laser machine body texture instead of leather? You don't want to use this in chilly weather without gloves. The lens barrel looks like a Sony product. It's the one thing that annoyed me most when I had an NEX5N. No tactile difference between the focus ring and the aperture ring. Recessed shutter dial and shutter release? Again, another ergonomic backward step. It's not the smartest design to come out of a camera factory. I'll stick with my M8, thank you. If I felt like spending over $7500 for a new camera body, it would be an M type 240 and not this product of styling over function. But as a fund raiser for people who must have the latest collectors' item and don't want it to look like just another Leica, it does have a unique look.
"If you have to ask how much it cost, you can't afford it"....J.P. Morgan
Agreed, like a titanium-bodied Leica, made in the 3D spark-erosion workshops of some Formula 1 car maker (maybe from parts of a car that won the F1). Now THAT would be cool, practical, retain the classic design of the Leica, and still be valuable, because it just isn't practical to manufacture.
I guess there has to be a way to separate the uber-rich from their $ and get the money back into circulation. Marc Newson's Pentax K-01 was one of the ugliest cameras ever. A Holga is more beautiful. And better than this Leica. Awful.
Oh well. At least it will raise money for charity. Let's hope that noone reads our plebian unsophisticated comments, I'd hate to think that the bidders saw the "emperor's new camera" for what it is, and stopped bidding!
Peiasdf: I am sure someone will take it in now that it is in the NYTimes. That said, most of SOHO art scene is just trendiness, not art.
If "crowd-funding" can work, why can't "crowd-archiving". SImply give the photos out at random to 1000 people, have them do a will that passes on the photos, and record who these people were. If they are photo nuts and squirrels (maybe evaluate them based on a photo of their junk room or shed or garage) then you will have at least 50% of the photos still around in 100 years.
shutterdragon: Welcome improvements! I still want Fuji to support in-camera TIFF.
IN-camera TIFF would be great for those "very special"photos where you want to get the Fuji film emulation or colours
QuarterToDoom: At least Barnes & Nobel got some kahunas http://androidcommunity.com/barnes-noble-reveals-microsofts-android-patents-in-detail-20111114/
In fact there is deliberately little or no expertise applied to patent acceptance in the US Patent Office, the IP system is now set up to use the legal system to decide who is right. Expensive, fraught with the dangers of having big players bully small players just from the sheer weight of their legal armies and resources. Irrespective of the actual IP facts. Though of course it keeps armies of lawyers employed. SOftware patents are particularly difficult, as there are "obvious" ways of doing something in the same way that there are obvious ways to drive a car around a 45 degree bend, given the same car mechanics and experience with driving around a 90 degree corner.
The patents which I love are the ones which implement known technologies and approaches and just insert the words "mobile phone" into something that has been done for 20+ years over wires.
bollzy: Of course, I've just bought an X10, and the only thing I want now is this X20. Crap.
If you have a DLSR you might not want to look at this as a replacement, but as a different option for you for different situations (e.g. travel, casual, video etc). IMHO the choices you have from most compact & lower cost & lowest photo quality to highest/largest are
consumer P&S -> advanced P&S e.g. LX7 -> high end P&S (G15, X20) -> compact system cameras (X-E1, 4/3 system) -> APSC DSLR -> FF DSLR
All of these are just examples. Of course then you have "niche" cameras like the X100s and Leica etc. So you need to think about your budget, how much use you will get in different circumstances from a new choice of camera. To get something that matches your budget and needs.
Hope that makes sense.[waited too long to edit the original ;-) ]
If you ahve a DLSR you probably shouldn't look at this as a replacement, but as a different options for different situations (e.g. travel, casual, video etc). IMHO you have
All of these are just examples. Of course then you have "niche" cameras like the X100s and Leica etc. So you need to think about budget, how much use you will get in different circumstances etc.
xchert: Should I be surprised there is no full HD mode at 30fps? Seems to me that 60fps is overdoing things (by a factor of two) for many video purposes. 36 Mb/s sounds kind of frightening, IMO...
Thats 36 Mbits/sec, not 36 MBYTES/sec, so not that bad
maboule123: iPhone & Androids: THAT'S the future!!
Optics says nooooo! (Little Britain quote)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n_Ty_72Qds
tron555: "IF" Fuji can live up to ALL of it's marketing hype/press release promises and not have any of their famous 'white orb' like issues, this just might be a possible upgrade candidate. Those are some VERY big claims, like 30% less noise and 20% more resolution, and that extremely fast AF time! Only time and reviews will tell the true story. I personally hope they are all true, BUT something tells me they will not be able to deliver :(
No, the Fuji firmware update for the X10 claimed to fix the orb problem, but didn't. It turned out that the only real fix was a complete sensor replacement for the 1st production run of X10 cameras.
All the way along, Fujifilm did not admit they had a problem, saying it was "normal" to get some blooming. Which it is. But not the pacman like chomps out of cars, people's heads etc that the first X10s managed to deliver. So some of the cynicism you see results from Fujifilm's own spin and cover-up. As most Fujifilm owners are keen photographers , I think they misjudged their customers. Fujifilm would have been *much* better off ignoring their lawyers and spin merchants and just admitting the problem and doing a full recall/replace for any X10, irrespective of whether the current owner had bought it new and had a receipt, or bought it from an online auction site 2nd hand.
asad137: Anyone else bummed that Fuji dumped the EXR sensor? The X10 looked compelling as a camera to stick in 6MP DR400 mode and never have to worry about blown highlights -- the perfect everyday walkaround camera -- if it wasn't for the other issues. Now they seem to have fixed the other issues, but the extended DR modes are just the same highlight protection that everyone else uses with its attendant shadow noise penalty.
With the EXR sensor you drop resolution for dynamic range. With the X-trans you can get DR400 for ISO 800 at full res, on the X-E1 this is very low noise anyway. ISO3200 on the X-E1 is like ISO 400 on the X10. So, with the X-trans you won't get blown highlights, you will just have to bump the ISO up to a practically noise-free 800. Carry an ND filter for bright sunlight (4 stop). Compare the X10 at ISO 100 with the X-E1 or X-Pro1 at ISO 800 using the studio shot comparison widget available in any full review (not preview). Similar res/noise. The widget will always give you the reviewed camera but then pick the X10 and X-E1/X-Pro1 in the other windows and ignore the review camera. Use the JPEG images for the X-trans 'cos the raw processors aren't as good as in-camera yet (mostly). The thread spools are a good comparison point in the image.http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonic-lumix-dmc-lx7/10
More about dynamic range herehttp://connect.dpreview.com/previews/fujifilm-x-e1/7
cknapp1961: Tried LR about a year ago. As a 51 year old guy who grew up on Kodachrome 25 in the 70's, still develops film up to 4x5, prints up to 16x20 from B&W, started using digital in the late 90s and shoot with a Nikon D700 now, who scanned thousand of old family photos a long time ago, learned to use a DOS DB before learning to use a WP, and cringes every time I hear someone say "folder" when they mean "sub-directory, I found LR unacceptable.
I like knowing where my files physically are, under ONE primary Sub-directory making it easy to backup to a secondary or tertiary drive, sync to Carbonite, or automatically add files to my system screensaver.
I learned 12 years ago to create a sub-directory structure, YYYY MO DAY DESCRIPTIVE WORDS (up to 64 characters), using 2xExplorer (a dual-pane file MGR), ThumbsPlus (a photo browser-linked to external programs such as PS). I learned 12 years ago to save edits simply by adding a "c" (for change) to the file name.
Never lost a file or photo.
...and what do you do if you want to find all photos with Aunty Jenny for her funeral, what do you do? Ah OK just physically look at all of your photos. Not a very good use of the computing technology available to you to make your life easier I think.
A directory structure is really just a set of keywords anyway, but just very restrictive.
The sooner you make the break from physical placement to tags/keywords, the easier it is to recall just a subset of photos you're interested in.
The only use for knowing the physical placement is to make sure that your backup for photos aren't on the same physical device as the originals. IMHO. Though of course if you want to be the "family photographer" who can't find the photos of Aunty Jenny thats up to you of course! ;-)
bigdaddave: Nice article, but I don't agree with any of it.
It's daft to have one ginormous catalog for eveything and there are much simpler, easier ways of both importing and organising pictures.
Lots of comments saying "one big catalogue does not make sense". In what way? Examples?
I can tell you a way in which it DOES make sense. No matter what photo you're looking for, you never have to go looking through (and loading) multiple catalogues.
The problem is that most people who've been using computers and are used to a "file-based" organisational system naturally thing about segmenting their data (=photos) into smaller groups, due to familiarity with directories.
IMHO unless you have a disposable set of photos which you will use once then erase and never want to see again, one catalogue makes a lot more sense.
The Metadata search and smart collections does the same thing as having multiple catalogues, and is more convenient.
Rol Lei Nut: A FF rangefnder with liveview and a *great* EVF, simple, direct controls and IBIS, which can mount my Rolleiflex and Leica R & M lenses. Autofocus is not necessary, => *as long as the EVF is good enough* (ideally I'd like the viewfinder of my Leicaflex SL, but that would be impossibly expensive to make and would preclude being able to mount all kinds of lenses).
The new Leica M is a step in the right direction, but is too expensive, has no IBIS and the EVF isn't good enough for fast *and* accurate manual focus with non-rangefinder coupled lenses.
A compact FF dslr like an Olympus OM would be nice, but it must be able to1) mount at least all lenses designed for slrs (sigh! Goodbye M lenses....)2) have a truly good manual focus viewfinder, something *no* dslr has managed to do yet.
What about the Fujifilm X-Pro1 or X-E1. Takes great photos. Has Leica M lens adapter (though Ken Rockwell thinks the $600 35mm Fuji lens gives the 50mm Leica lens a run for its money). Not FF but has decent EVF, and picture quality is astounding esp at high ISOs. Yes I have one on order!
bradleyg5: Pardon my French, but what a piece of junk. 11 point AF with only a centre cross point? They trying to make sure this thing doesn't compete with the 5dII or what? Why does a digital rebel get more cross points.
Canon is continuing what they started with the 300D. Give *the bare minimum* and hold back as much as possible for future models. Cripple or remove features even if they had little/no cost in order to create "model differentiation". I've just about had enough of Canon's attitude to us. Am seriously considering selling up my lenses and flash and going Nikon instead of upgrading my Canon 30D body.
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