Vlad S: I can't see how light source less than 1 inch wide could possibly be discussed in terms of softness. Without a modifier, you'd have to keep it just 1 inch from the subject. What's the point?
He meant, "... and won't be the right one for MOST every thing."
Mal69: I miss the days when people just took photographs, now its all about who can do the best job using Photoshop applications, it feels a little like cheating to me as i never know if the photograph is natural or heavily changed using the computer.
Meh. I appreciate the final result. I don't care if it takes effort to get there.
These aren't forensic shots submitted at trial here. They can differ from reality.
HowaboutRAW: did #1 really have to be cliché softcore?
The only thing that seems to be missing is the interaction between you and a real woman in the real world if you are looking at that picture and interpreting it to be some woman getting felt up by someone else's hands...
Regardless, even if there was someone else stand behind her touching her like that, it still wouldn't be considered "soft core porn."
I'm done here.
If you have deemed yourself the final authority on exactly what is and what isn't porn, then so be it. Live in your own world.
This looks little more than a woman stretching her neck to me.
Suntan: Personally, #3 bugs me as it is a prime example of what happens when a gear collector takes pictures.
Namely, a photo of a person with no emotion, showing nothing of merit, complete with a distracting background that does nothing to compliment the subject.... Then try to make it "art" with a HUGE helping of blur all over everything except the eyes and the back half of the nose, because - you know - fast glass.
This is not the Mona Lisa.
You seem to be getting sidetracked on your own tangent about the subject's appearance. That was not the core of my original comment.
I didn't say there was no emotions because she is not smiling, I said their was no emotions because she is showing no emotions...
Meh. Wait for a young lady with bright blue eyes to go get her driver's licences renewed at the DMV. Same result, minus the blur-crutch and with a less distracting background.
Bordering on porn? I'd have to disagree. It isn't even in the same zip code as porn.
It's just a young lady showing a bit of cleavage.
Personally, #3 bugs me as it is a prime example of what happens when a gear collector takes pictures.
Suntan: You can get a billion different, cheap LED flashlights off Amazon/Ebay.
Buy 3 for $10 combined, then JB weld them to a 1/4-20 nut... Boom, this product.
Jeez... I knew someone would take that literally.
Anyway, you can find any number of cheap flashlights built with Cree T6 LEDs on Amazon. Output of one alone can reach 1,500 lumens.
As for wireless... yeah, history proves that no video or stills were possible prior to having everything able to be wireless...
The product looks extremely expensive for ultimately providing relatively little light, with garishly poor light quality.
Basically it looks like a gadget for people that like to play with gadgets. It doesn't look like a worthwhile addition for meaningfully improving the capture of video or stills beyond what is already available (for much less.)
You can get a billion different, cheap LED flashlights off Amazon/Ebay.
SergeyMS: Camera looks very stylish. But, afraid, it has no proper market niche this moment. They were late for one year. And, as usually with Panasonic, it is overpriced.
No niche? It looks like an excellent vacation camera.
papa natas: A camera that NEVER went to the moon as well as the crew.
Hey papa, leaving aside your conspiracy theories, the Mercury mission was never about going to the moon. That didn't happen until two space projects later.
The fact that you don't know these most basic of details about the 60's space programs, yet have no qualms passing out your version of history just makes you come off as completely delusional.
Bitorrent Sync and half a brain will get you all of that and more for no dollars a year.
bigdaddave: The camera is genuine but I doubt the lens is, the black Planars didn't arrive until much later, they were all silver back then
It was explained elsewhere that Wally had all the camera surfaces painted matte black by one of the labs to reduce reflections in the capsule.
Ken Phillips: How is this NOT property of the citizens of the USA? Was it merely lent by Hassy, and then changed hands a few time? Curious minds want to know.
Although not substantiated, it was always claimed that Wally Schirra went to a camera store and bought it himself after asking reporters at Nat Geo what kind of camera would be good to take.
You don't know much about the Mercury program, do you?
munro harrap: Then I must agree with Richard's dislike of the AF points moveability. You should not have to sacrifice the ability to change settings merely to devote the 4way buttons just to moving around your focus point, but having said that, I must disagree with the touch-screen bit as the remedy, because using the viewfinder rules that out completely. Good to have otherwise-agreed, especially if it works for the viewfinder as well! It would be really great to be able to keep the camera to your eye and move the focus point around with your right thumb on the screen. Does any machine do this yet??
I used to be that way, but then years of shooting with a camera that had competent focus tracking across the entire field of view (Nikon D300) spoiled me to the reality that you can set the spot you want to focus on, then concentrate waiting for the exact shot you want.
Invaluable for shooting things that move.
mosc: Seattle sure does give some pretty rainbows to shoot at. Thanks Mr. Butler for giving us a chunk a little early.
So if my significant other takes this beast from me when I have it in full manual she can hit the "auto" button to ignore all the dials but what about if she hits the video record button? How does it differentiate when it's in auto-everything video mode or manual video mode without a dedicated mode dial?
Good to hear. I've never used a Panny camera before.
One other question, flash sync speed?
That's great to hear. If other people can just press the iA button and have it go full auto, that is perfect.
One question, how accurately do Panny's meter? Is a guy going to need to be making a lot of adjustments to exposure compensation as conditions change, or does it give consistent results?