Gesture: Beautiful, neat camera. Why make that viewfinder surround a dust magnet???????????????????????
The designer had no clue about such "trivial" practical issues...
RStyga: Ugly design... Fortunately, K-1 follows K-7/5/3's design lines.
@ odpisanI'm relaxed; unlike your comment. Language is primarily not a tool for communication so better stick to fewer languages and learn them well.
This is much better compared to the Stellar fiasco; a genuinely new product, well done to Hasselblad! However, the design aesthetics is ..um... not that great. A matter of personal taste, agreed, but it seems to follow that digital Hasselblad MF butt-ugly design; Mamiya/Leaf sport much better designs.
@ odpisanThis is a commentary space. Tool design aesthetics is important, especially in artistic expression. You might need to brush up your English and manners.
Ugly design... Fortunately, K-1 follows K-7/5/3's design lines.
Another camera bag like the others; and the news are...?
It's all about the price,now. If Samyang has also decided to put the prices up to match the level of competition the company's main advantage (i.e., low price) will be lost. Of course, optical performance is also important; however, it all depends on the price...
J Parker: Leica haters of the world, unite....
Leica does it again. First, Leica introduces an $8,000 monochrome camera and many of us are outraged. But Phase One introduces a monochrome camera that costs 5x the price ($40,000!) and the forums here are silent -- no outrage -- nothing. The Leica version saves you $32,000 -- the least we could've done was to say thanks. The humanity.
And now Leica releases a camera without an LCD.... Who do they think they are?
Seriously, all joking aside -- I wear a Timex -- but I would love a Patek Phillippe -- it is a pure work of art that also happens to tell time. Leica sells works of art that also happen to be photographic tools. And that I can understand. People buy fine art not for how it makes others (i.e. you) feel, but how it makes them feel -- and this can be an extremely powerful thing both logically and emotionally.
My auto fanatic friends don't stop enjoying their Mustangs when Ferrari puts out a new model. Enjoy the camera you have.
In my opinion, photography cannot be devalued, as a form of art, because most people have access to image capturing devices. Is literature devalued because nowadays (as opposed to Shakespeare's time, for instance) people know how to (read and) write (more or less)?
RStyga: Excellent idea; all DSLR manufacturers must adopt this. However, it needs refinement to allow for multiple FLs, lenses, AF points and lighting conditions.
@ CamCaptainI think you're confusing things, here. Optical phenomena such as residual spherical aberration (which relates to aperture) and others such as field curvature are lens-dependent and appear irrespective of the focusing method used to achieve focus. The question is whether focus-inaccuracies, that are an implication of the focusing method used, can be avoided. CADF can inherently avoid focusing problems that appear when (auto) focusing using PDAF; however, Nikon's method is very promising (not entirely there yet, but still very useful) in correcting PDAF focusing inaccuracies with very little effort; we should acknowledge that.
Marty4650: Next new Leica breakthrough.... a pinhole camera with absolutely no other features.
Ideal for the absolute minimalist photographer. No autofocus, no auto exposure, no stinking art filters, it doesn't even need a lens!
This camera takes you right back to basics, for only $6,000. And that price includes a really nice leather strap.
...or the Fluffagon: 0 elements in 0 groups, flare-proof, distortion-proof, CA-proof, Leica's special BS-coating, ultra-high mechanical precision aperture with 0 blades. I'd say such a marvel would cost at least $4000.
Don't give them ideas, now...
After the Fukushima disaster, Japan needs all the divine intervention they can get. It's a proud and old culture and I hope the best for them.
fotogrofur: " includes a real leather carrying strap in full-grain cowhide." Wow they even had to add this at the end of the release. Screams please buy this camera.....
Well, if it's not made out of cow's ears leather I'm out. Disappointed...
I second that.
Brass or no brass, you release a lesser camera, in terms of cost, and price it higher than a more expensive to manufacture model that you already produce. I'm not following your marketing plan and it's not me that misses the point, here. A price of $2.5K would have made it competitive and greatly expanded your market share. The question is can you "afford" it? You are a limited edition company on a death row, a gadget-manufacturer for the rich and/or incurably nostalgic/stupid. 2/2
I'm at a loss... $6K for a "basics-only" camera? Leica wake up. Even people who like the brand had enough of your arbitrary pricing policy. This is no film camera - it will become obsolete sooner or later and, due to extensive use of electronic components, the argument of built quality is extremely weak. Price your damn products accordingly! Not only you are technically backwards and lack know-how, not only your "well-built" cameras are riddled with bugs and design flaws (is that sensor, at last, going to hold without cracking or self-destroying from now on, or what, I wonder), but you also lack basic understanding of the digital camera market- no wonder you nearly went broke not many years ago. 1/2
Excellent idea; all DSLR manufacturers must adopt this. However, it needs refinement to allow for multiple FLs, lenses, AF points and lighting conditions.
All digital Leica products need FW updates. Desperately.
RStyga: I understand it's a tool but, man, is this ugly or is this ugly?