lazy lightning: Good Lord Almighty, I declare! They be askin' a huge stack 'o greenbacks for these here Micro 4/3 cameras and lenses!
This is not true. A significant number of MFT lenses are as cheap as APS-C lenses will never get. Take, for example, the superb Sigma Art 60mm F2.8, selling for $180, or the super-thin and super AF-fast 14mm 2.5 selling for $190.
RStyga: OK, it's an impressive design, on paper, but there is, also, not much compromise in pricing it.
Resolution and field curvature relates to performance not design..
I agree and I disagree. K-01 is the only Pentax body I decided to keep for my K-mount lenses and I find its design excellent. It's not as ergonomic as it could be but I don't use a camera for its great ergonomics but for taking photos and this is an inspiring -not utilitarian- camera to handle. A Leica is not particularly ergonomic either, really. But I do agree that sometimes so-called designers make abominations, uninspiring pieces of fluff, to attract attention for various reasons. By the way, this Leica is not departing from the standard Leica design much anyway... K-01 was a radical design, on the other hand.
JEROME NOLAS: Come on guys! This is a great camera!
And who says the opposite? This is not the issue, here.
Nikon D600 Built 134, final Beta 3. We're close, now, to the release of the consumer version. Q-)
photofan1986: Oil my God!
OK, it's an impressive design, on paper, but there is, also, not much compromise in pricing it.
"Adobe reported what it called a “sophisticated” cyberattack on its network..." reports MacWorld Australia.
God forbid, if it wasn't "sophisticated", what would that mean for your security measures, right Adobe?
If Olympus 5-axis state of the art IS system cannot offer blur-free images in such speeds as 1/160s, then what sort of 5-axis state of the art IS system is it, really?? Are we sure it's not mirror vibration? :-)))
This is a major disappointment and I agree with the reviewer taking the gold award on account of that.
I hope a FW update would improve things...
RStyga: If Leica is slowly degrading in quality it surely is not in pricing.
And solely great lenses do not suffice. The S2 reaches up to ISO 1250 but in order to maintain very high IQ reviewers suggest using ISO 640 at most. Excuse me? A (full weather-sealed) 645D will take you up to ISO 1600 with no real IQ degradation. Alternative, if one needs superb base ISO IQ and can live with a choice of only three FLs and APS-C DoF then one can obtain all three Sigma DP Merrills in the price of less than one Leica lens! I mean, this is ludicrous...
I had no doubt, the moment I posted this, that I would get attacked. If you, Leica owner, spent a provocative amount of money to obtain a Leica lens/body it does not automatically mean it is justifiable. The S system is -no doubt- a high image quality system but this is not surprising; any camera manufacturer can produce an excellent product if priced as much. The question is: what about the target group? Who is it, how wide is it, is it worth expanding it, what are the implications to the brand name, and whether there is a valid photographic legacy for Leica to be proud of?
If you ask me, I'd say that Leica has produced excellent photographic tools in the past, and continues more-or-less in the present, but the company's brand management and technological philosophy, which has made owners proud, is worrying. Remember Sigma SD1's initial price? Have you ever heard of Pentax 645D system? How many professionals would prefer Leica S to Pentax 645D unless they are sponsored or well-off?
If Leica is slowly degrading in quality it surely is not in pricing.
Is this a single shot or a collage? What sort of PP has it had?
RStyga: I was wondering how good the lossless JPEG or RAW file (from 645 Pro) would look.
The difference between camera App output and 645 Pro output, whether it's lossless JPG or semi-RAW, is very large.
zodiacfml: Dp merrills studio comparison tool please. :)
I second that.
RStyga: Very impressive shot but I feel that it has been heavily post-processed; half-photo half-graphics. I was there 1-2 months ago and this barely resembles it.
Indeed, you raised a very critical issue in contemporary photography. I do subscribe to the claim that post-processing is a valid and positive process in most photographs but I also believe that post-processing that fundamentally alters a photograph blurs the border between photography and other forms of visual-digital expression/art.
I meant what I said about your photo. It *is* impressive. But, in my opinion, it is not -actually- a photograph but a photograph-based image. I had a look in your small gallery, just now, and I can say the same for all your photos; they are all creating a very strong impression but most (not all of them, though) have that image-not-photo visual output. Not a bad thing, necessarily, just my comment. Best,
I was wondering how good the lossless JPEG or RAW file (from 645 Pro) would look.
My point was made, petermoons.
Very impressive shot but I feel that it has been heavily post-processed; half-photo half-graphics. I was there 1-2 months ago and this barely resembles it.