I wish them well, but when I said I wanted an A7 with an F mount, this isn't what I had in mind. Oh well. We'll never see another camera like the D700 from Nikon I guess.
falconeyes: Well, the Nikon 1.4/58 has 9 elements (2 asph), the Zeiss 1.4/55 has 12 elements (1 asph, 6 ED). The published ZEISS optical MTF figures quote MTF for 40 lp/mm to stay at or above 50% across the entire image field and for *ALL* apertures (before diffraction hits), right into the corners. That's quite stunning and probably not matched by the Nikon.
OTOH, the Nikon has AF, is cheaper and may still be good enough to bring true medium format quality to the D800E. Will be interesting to watch :)
Looked up MTF figures on Nikon USA website: I was correct, it cannot compete with the ZEISS. Nikon publishes MTF at less challenging 30 lp/mm to be down to 25% in the corners. So wide open, the Zeiss seems to be *much* better in the corners.
The main difference is: the Nikon still is a rather traditional symmetrical design while the ZEISS is a rather challenging retrofocus design.
What focus peaking? You mean the non-existing focus peaking on the D800?
ecm: Not one real camera to compare it to. I don't usually say this kind of thing but this article seems to be a waste of time on a photography website. I feel like someone is trying to sell me a Kodak Instamatic when I came here to buy a Nikon F100.
It's not a real camera. It's a phone with a camera. Makes sense to compare it to other phones with cameras.
Is using a smartphone to take photos NOT photography? Is photography a term that describes images captured with x,y,z brands of cameras?
Get a grip. If it's capturing still images, it's a camera, and it's photography.
RoccoGalatioto: Painting and photography are totally different arts. If you must paint, learn how to put paint on a canvass. Photography is a totally different medium. It may look easy but getting superb images is very hard. Photographers should not waste time imitating panting they should use their imagination at capturing the instant and the very graphical images that the medium allows to capture. Although at first photography appears very naturalistic, it can be so, it has the potential to be the most surrealistic. My opinion. If you like an image who cares what or how it's made from. Life is too short. ENJOY
Rules Rules Rules. There are no rules. Photographers are painters, painters are photographers. Who cares. Do you like the images or not? If not, ok, and if so, ok. Who cares *how* they were created, except those who wish to learn new techniques.
I thought it was a cool idea wrapped in a bad execution. I also think you'd have to embrace the Hipstamatic/Instagram concept to understand why this camera was cool.
I wish Wacom would come out with a pressure sensitive tablet already.
I'm fascinated by the negativity here - it's a defensive reaction to something that challenges you. Don't worry, ignore the Petzval, it won't hurt you or your photography. Nobody is making you buy it. Just go back to your gear and enjoy doing what you do.
ABM Barry: WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO DPR???!
It seems that this site is now dedicated to low quality imaging devices!
I see above; junk mounted onto Nikon and Canon bodies? Why on earth would anybody with a single working neuron invest in superb cameras then pay good money for bad-plastic bits to put on the front other than lens caps or body caps?
If you want poor image definition and focus, take any lens, switch to manual focus and simply de-focus! Are they so lacking in photography skill that they havent worked this out yet?
iPhone, + accessory lenses.
We certainly need a High quality review site dedicated to very high quality equipment both in terms of Cameras both FF and medium format.Monorail, and Panorama systems.
Post photography processing, system calibration and on through to Printing.
DPR 3 years ago bears no resemblance to the content today.
LOMO, Oh Yes! I will post a separate comment on my one and only experience concerning use of Lomo in outback photography in Australia.
Yes, totally. Photography is very narrowly defined as the action taken by a few dentists with loads of money that go out and stand in the exact same spot as all the other dentists (and Ansel Adams maybe) and get the exact same photo and claim success at creating a duplicate.
ABM Barry: Out-Back photography in Australia with a Lomo plastic toy.I was shooting an assignment at Coopers Creek.Just finished putting up a sun shade & mounting the Linholf Karden Master "L" system camera to the tripod. A family arrived & struck up a conversation as they had never seen a 4" x 5" Rail camera with Digital back. Dad then asked what would be the best camera for normal landscape shooting that could produce a good image suitable for A3 print. I asked him what he was using, .. he replied a Lomo! I asked him why this choice? a/ a few friends were excited by the results!! (Bad friends) We chatted for a bit & I asked to show me his Lomo, .... His reply: I left it in the shade to have lunch, the Sun shifted and it melted! I couldn't hold back, I just collapsed on the ground in tears of laughter. It was a few minutes before I could stand composed that is until he opened his bag & and showed me Lomo-Blob! That did it, back on the ground in Tears, .......They quietly left!
Well, to each his own. I've seen some amazing landscapes taken by non-traditional (ie: not large format) cameras.
I've also seen hundreds of thousands of photos taken by people with 4x5 cameras that are identical to the other hundreds of thousands of landscape photos.
Maybe you're the one that should try the lomo, break up the monotony.
PixelMover: Things like this make me happy.
I'm just happy there's a market for people to experiment and introduce interesting products. I may not use this lens, but I like knowing it's available.
Ztaz: LoL.... and what about Helios and Lensbaby? Who need this strange piece of junk?
One person's junk is another person's gold.
snegron2: If I could turn back the clock and start all over again I would have bought a Leica rangefinder with three lenses instead of the gazillion cameras and lenses I own...
A Leica with a 35mm Summicron + a 4x5 was my only kit for a loong time. I don't think my photos improved when I had more money and more kit!
I go through periods of intense buying and selling about once a year, usually when I want to try something new - a technique, a process, a new style.
At this point, I don't really need gear, I need an assistant that works for free. I'd call that my son, but he's over it!
audijam: There should be a Gear Analysis Syndrome too. People analyze gear based on what they think/hear/read and make conclusions without actually owning/touching/using/experiencing it. Some of them probably don't even own a camera or turn on AUTO once a camera is in their hands......don't need to prove I am false becasue you know there is plenty of this kind out there and you might know one or two.
The over-analysis thing is more boring than the people who have to have the newest model on the day it's released.
I hope this camera is a hit for Fuji. They're bringing to the point and shoot market a very powerful camera. It's getting closer to mass-market pricing, which makes sense, the X-series need to be refreshed, but the existing technology investment probably has enough life left in it to generate some profit for Fuji.
It's too bad they can't get the price under $500, that would be killer. In the meantime, no, this doesn't have features that some of us want, that's why there's an XE-1 and X-Pro1. I think this is a great alternative to the small sensor compact cameras for people that want better quality photos, but don't want to spend $1000 or more.
Nolan Haynes: I agree with many of the other commenters that said that Leica should stick to their niche (rangefinders and lenses). The Monochrome, M-9, X-2 and Summilux are what I think of and covet when I think of Leica.
If only the Digital M were worth owning or aspiring to own.
CRI=85 and $1200, hmmm, no, at that price I'd expect a higher color index. I was thinking they would cost around $500.
Leica is the Gucci of the camera market. A once inspired brand that is now relegated to logo placement that commands high prices amongst the uninformed.
Tom_A: There is a lot of cynicism here about the camera.What I found immediately attractive were the simple, classic ergonomics (which I also like on my XE1).Yes, it is too expensive, but let's wait for results on its optical performance. The lens is indeed slow at the tele end but that does not need to mean that it would be optically bad. After it is an area where Leica has a reputation.
I highly doubt you'll notice much "optical" difference between this camera and a Fuji XE-1. If one were thinking of blowing a ton of change on a small camera, the Sony RX-1 makes the most sense. If you can call it "sense".
Norman B: I was planning on buying LR or Elements in the fall when I upgraded my computer from XP to Windows 7. That should tell you I am a hobbyist and do not need the latest bling including photo editing software.
I am watching this with interest. It seems to me that it is only a matter of time before LR and Elements are available by subscription only with unreasonable terms and conditions. The ball is in Adobe's court but I am a potential customer with the money. Time will tell if Adobe wants my money or not.
The interesting thing about Microsoft Office? I don't use it anymore. I use Google Docs.
Most of us will find an alternative to Photoshop that will offer 80% of the features and quality we need. The alternatives will be free, or very low cost.
Adobe is already shifting its revenue into the media business - online ads, analytics, etc.
They'll de-invest in the software products, making them niche products, and eventually, wait for it...
They'll sell the whole software division to Autodesk.