aris14: Three top of their line cams each one aiming in 3 different niche of users. Given what they offer more compared to existing rivals I say that Pentax has a clean advantage overall mainly due its price and specs .
pkosewski,Agreed Sony menus are utterly tragic. No matter how many times I visit the a6000 menu system it remains an adventure finding things in it. It is truly terrible.
Comparing Pentax to that mess is way off IMO. The Pentax quick menu system and general menu system is well organized but very deep. Pentax provides options you don't often see like being able to fine-tune NR for each ISO level. Indeed that makes for deeper menus.
I think Olympus may have the best menu system personally.
AF is indeed the weak point for Pentax but the K-1 is a considerably more advanced AF system than previous models so I don't know how that compares to Canikon.
gravelhopper: I am a Pentax user myself. I understand users here expressing their high spirits about the K1 and Pentax / Ricoh overall development. But why pitting Pentax against other brands and provocing their followers? We should be better than that. Especially since we see many users of other brands expressing good wishes towards us Pentaxians.
Indeed they are which is why I have never gone the Canon or Nikon route and I have used MANY other brands. Still, Pentax is not lily white. You couldn't pay me to own another lens with an SDM motor and Pentax never did take responsibility for those failures.
PEMoriarty: I purchased an original M10 and had terrible battery issues. It went back to Olympus with no good results. Is mine a singular experience? I really liked the camera but eventually had to return it which was an unbelievable pain.
Recently shot for about 4 solid hours at an Air Show with one battery lasting until the final moments of the show. I was pleased with that.
Agreed... as a long-time Pentax user. Pentax has had it's unique advantages over the years. It also has had it's limitations in other areas (SDM, weak AF?). So, frankly there is no room for fanboys. Take the instrument for what it is. The K1 appears to be a great machine though I don't see myself getting one anytime soon.
Pixel shift looks awesome and a great way to get the same kind of pixel resolution you see in Foveon shots (without the noise issues). Still, it's limited by the multi-shot nature of the feature.
SRT201: We all know that Leica can make a very good camera and excellent glass. There is no arguing it. There are many professionals who use Leica as those cameras meet their needs for usability and image quality.
On the other hand, It's the galling level of Leica pretense that is hard to stomach. This is truly one of those emperor-has-no-clothes moments but because it's a new Leica MUST mean this is pure brilliance and the faithful will fawn all over it. Apparently having a much higher probability of missing the shot is an improvement, Bravo!
For many it has nothing at all to do with the camera's capabilities. It is simply about being seen with one and knowing that it pairs so well with your new Pradas or something along those lines. It's about the "experience" of using a camera that projects an heir of luxury and exclusivity. Sadly, it doesn't do anything better than any other well-crafted camera/lens.
It's honestly just foppish insecurity on parade.
I'm not even sure if I agree or disagree with that. :-)
I certainly respect that you have used their fine cameras professionally. Many have and they have made some excellent tools.
Still, In a specific case like this, for apparently no other reason than the vain projection of exclusivity, a respected camera maker produces a design that throws out one of the most important developments in the last 30 years of photography. You can't even tell if your subject blinked while using this innovative camera! :-)
Regarding this thread and others like it, there is indeed no point in artificially high blood pressure. However, I also believe it's a valuable thing to have people note instances where the emperor has no clothes. Without that public recognition absurdity is slowly allowed to become normalcy.
Hmm... You created this account two days after this article went up. It appears you did so specifically to defend Leica from all those who are petty or simply don't get it as you haven't commented on anything else.
Clearly your are an ardent fan or maybe even an employee who feels the need to swoop in an defend Leica when their silliness becomes apparent. As has been suggested elsewhere why didn't they add a "feature" that limited the number of exposures to 24 or 36? Now that would be taking photography back it's essence. :-)
Clearly everyone who see this as absurd is just angry they don't own one. Yeah that's it.
We all know that Leica can make a very good camera and excellent glass. There is no arguing it. There are many professionals who use Leica as those cameras meet their needs for usability and image quality.
I'm guessing 30 years in the life of that tree is like a day to me. Bristlecone Pine?
arbux: So much hate in the comments from Sony fanboys...
yes, be happy, now sony will charge you even more for fuzzy zoom with f5.6. but you'll get zeiss brand, yeeeee
reading comments like those from nandbytes makes me sick.
I have multiple brands so no fanboy here. Sony is by no means an ideal case. They are not very good about firmware updates with new features but in their defense, Sony's QA process is much better than Samsun IMO as it appears most Sony stuff goes into production rather fully tested. Samsung lets the users do a good portion of their testing because they are in such a hurry to dump another product into the marketplace. Frankly I think that is really harming them across product lines but I don't think they understand that in the slightest.
Frankly good riddance. Samsung handled cameras like they do everything else. Rush one product after another to market in an attempt to crush competition. If a rushed, bug-ridden product doesn't catch on, leave the users hanging without any support or updates and move on to the next thing. Your mileage may differ but that was my experience.
The EX2F was literally the most bug-ridden camera I ever owned. Modes that didn't work properly, crashes, etc. It's only use to me now is because of yet another Samsung design mistake. It has an extremely weak or missing IR filter which makes it useful for IR shooting but seriously degrades the quality of color imagery.
I learned my lesson and would never have bought another Samsung.
User3723086768: MFT fans can say whatever they want, but you can get a Sony A6000 for half the price with way better noise performance... and thinner.I guess this is a great camera if you don't mind the low light quality and the depth of field implications.
I have both an a6000 and m4/3 stuff and the lens point is well made. Note Tomaz, ALL of the small lenses you mentioned are NOT Sony lenses. The 16-50PZ is just an okay lens, while the 18-55 and 16 2.8 are NOT thought of well at all. The m4/3 equivalents are MUCH higher quality and even smaller. I like both systems, but m4/3 wins the size argument easily in this case.
Excellent image. Really nice.
I notice that you need to clean your imager though. You can easily remove dust spots like those in the upper right using Lightroom.
Nukunukoo: The other real hurdle for it to be practical for stills photographers who want a cam that does DOF later (a boon for Weddings) is that the Illium has a maximum displayable resolution of 4MP. That's essentially video HD res and quite on the low side for post editing stills. A doubling of that and lowering the price would probably be the boost it needs.
Download some raw files and play around with their software. You will find that the resolution is nowhere close to a sharp 4MP. Maybe approaching 2MP in my opinion.
It's sad. The Lytro goals were admirable. I really wanted to buy an Illum but after that exercise realized it simply isn't ready for enthusiasts who want quality output.
Being an Australian creature I'm wondering if the fairy wren is poisonous. :-)
Oooh... the split-window! Any bug enthusiast knows this window well. I had a 65 and like most lusted after these rare early models.
Very nice shot.
Great shots. Nice DOF. Of course the shots certainly benefit from a very pretty model with an infectious, natural smile and yes... those blue eyes.
SRT201: The apps are cool and the bridge lighting is amazing.
It is amusing that this bridge display is in the state most active in it's quest to save it's citizens from themselves. CA police practically have carte-blanche ticketing "distracted" drivers. They clearly hadn't considered the "public good" when designing such a distracting bridge lighting system. :-)
PS - The Pentax K-01 has these time-lapse features built right in if you want some high quality time lapse videos.
What about drivers on other nearby roads? :-)
The apps are cool and the bridge lighting is amazing.