007peter: Panasonic hits a home run this year and last year. The GH4 is a stunning achievement as a Film/Photo hybrid, then Panasonic release a FZ1000 super-zoom fitting a lens that almost seem impossible. Now Panasonic managed to squeeze in a 24-75/1.8 ~ 2.8 lens into a Micro43 sensor camera that is no bigger than a GX-7, what's more its stunningly cheap when compare to buying an M43 camera + Panasonic 12-35/2.8. Good Job Panasonic.
Panasonic is doing great. Olympus has recovered -hopefully- from the executive management scandal and cruising at top speed in the DSLM arena. It will be great if Ricoh enters the mirrorless market but, I'm afraid it would disturb Pentax's course too much to risk the move.
Nice and informative video. I liked the Panasonic rep's pitch: to the point and well-delivered. If only this camera was a bit smaller and lighter...
The RF film Leica cameras are nice but I'd personally prefer the Zeiss Ikon (sadly, out of production, I think, but still available new for $1100-$1500) which is a magnificent camera with the highest standard of build quality and better ergonomics (handling, film change, volume design & weight) than Leica M RFs.
RStyga: I think an RX1 is cheaper...
Paxton's ebay seller is part of Paxton's; they offer the official Sony warranty and Paxton's tax invoice. They are as reputable as the brick and mortar store and Paxton's is one of the largest camera chains in the country. I've purchased from them several times in the past and picked up the goods from one of their actual stores. I've also purchased before from other ebay depts of brick and mortar stores, including the official representative company of Pentax/Sigma in Australia, as shown in the tax invoice that came with the product.
And, I could not care less if you live in the US and it's an inconvenience to purchase from Australia. Don't. My point was that RX1 is cheaper than the Leica model, in the first place.
How old are you, 15 ???
BY THE WAY, FYI, I'M NOT PLANNING TO RESPOND TO ANY OF YOUR COMMENTS IN THE FUTURE. THIS IS WHERE CONVERSATION ENDS WITH YOU.
RStyga: To complete the joke we need the price:http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1083146-REG/leica_10779_m_typ_240_edition.html
To be fair, I have to admit that it is a beautiful choice of design and materials, though, for a collectible.
I am not expecting an abundance of features but Leica need to get it right on the few features/functions they put on their cameras including LCD, LV, buffer, focusing, sensor. I'm not closely monitoring their product line and, still, know of problems with low res and discoloured LCD (until very recently), LV lag, serious shooting buffer issues, RF alignment issues (due to the nature of the mechanism, as well), and sensor performance and/or IR sensitivity (until recent models and M8, respectively). I've read reports of people servicing their units every so often and wonder why do they need to besides a sensor clean and RF alignment... A premium product with extremely high build quality should be expected to last without paying for expensive service every so often.
I, too, like craftsmanship and form and do appreciate it, sometimes more than technological features. If, for example, I do not like the design of a camera there is no chance of purchasing it, no matter how well it might perform. However, I get the feeling and there is clear evidence from the actual products that Leica is not balancing these two well. I am against Leica's pricing policy and lack of drive for technological perfection as much as it is expected given the historical significance of the company.
I have used them. They feel really nice, occasionally, depending on the lens and the RF alignment status, but restrictive and loaded with quirks that work against the photographic experience. No, it is not that subjective what I said. Ask the numerous people in this forum, or just read their comments... the Leica BS needs to stop. They are cameras like the rest, nothing more special. Of course, some people like them and use them. Good for them. As far as discussion and arguments is the matter, Leica cameras are not that great, and a major drawback is the price and mostly mediocre technology used.
@ HowAboutRAWI just quoted one.... I restrain myself for not expressing myself more liberally towards you... but you behave like an idiot (hopefully, you're not one).
Mauro.B: I hope they nailed auto white balance, as in my M240 it is still the weakest link. And offer exposure compensation on the back dial, too.
Well, considering that 99,999% of Edition 60's will spend their life behind glass, my comment is totally useless.
Hahahaha!!! Leica jokes are the best stuff in the industry...
Maybe there should be a customization web page where you could order the Leica of your dreams. I'm thinking, next to choice of leather texture, how many minutes the body should be polished, how many times it would be touched by human hand until completed, how pure the original aluminium block should be, how many holes the needle would do on the leather case, what type of grass the cow, whose skin was used to make the leather covers and case, ate, and other "important" build & purity features.
You'll be surprised how rich idiots treat them...
To complete the joke we need the price:http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1083146-REG/leica_10779_m_typ_240_edition.html
Pritzl: So how much do we pay for the pleasure of advertising the red dot?
And HOW do you know how much I have paid for the gear I own? And WHO told you that I justify paying too much for any photo gear irrespective of brand? Your simplistic -if not downright brainless- assumptions would amuse me if they were not so full of self-rightouness and fashion-victim attitude.Yes, Leica offers this with this model and that compensates the rip off. I guess there is "something" in the bag of "victims" to be pulled out and displayed to justify other Leica purchases, like the "unique colour" pointed out by another Leica fan for the mediocre M8/M9. If/when the price is right I will own a Leica as much any other gear, if it make sense to me. However, Leica is a prime example of consumer exploitation, my friend, and I have fun pointing it out. What is YOUR problem, I wonder.
(clap clap clap) Only that Panasonic branding is cheaper and the camera itself is ergonomically better but, hey, the Leica version is "cleaner" and cleanliness is next to godliness!! I wonder, how many minutes do they polish this body for? I won't settle for anything less than 30 minutes; it's a matter of principle!
In Australia, there have been recurrent offers in the last few months. Check Paxton's eBay dept. I think they currently sell them for $2099 (US $1905).
$2K in my book is cheaper than $2.3K. Assuming that I hadn't checked is pretty insulting and aggressive, Mr. Know-it-all...
I think an RX1 is cheaper...
"The expected recommended retail price is $ 2,290.00 (excl. VAT)."
Damn... if it was inclusive of VAT I would have ordered it...
RStyga: Have a look here:http://camerasize.com/compact/#569,382.409,491.397,ha,tThis thing is a 400g brick and a bit larger than a PL5 with a 14-42 EZ lens.
And priced as high with a mere 12.7MP sensor??? Sincerely yours, from the marketing dept...
Agreed, mosc, but this is not a compact camera. Compact cameras are not compact "in relation to"; it's either they're small or they're not. Let's wait and see its performance, anyway.
qwertyasdf: This might be the first and last time that I say this to a M43 lens:
It's priced reasonably. Given it's longer range than 70-200 FF lens, it is way way more versatile, and I have confidence in the IQ of a Oly HG lens. Oh....also, the 0.21x magnification, taking into account of the crop factor of M43 sensor, is class-leading.
I am not using heavy and large lenses. But that is besides the point. My objection is to people that insist propagating incorrect information. If I'm not mistaken, this is a discussion forum... "troll" is a good term for a person with a troll-affiliated mentality and "field of view"; are you one, wolfie?
Yeah, no clue. You clue, lens F2.8. Well done.