Roland Karlsson: Seems like it triggers lots of feelings. Maybe its art after all :)
But no --- this is (as many have said) just annoying.
Breaking wind in an elevator will get reactions as well. Hmm... Art also?
mpgxsvcd: Anyone who refers to Africa as the "Dark Continent" doesn't care who they offend. It doesn't even matter that it isn't a racial slur. The people who don't know what it refers to could misconstrue it that way.
Only bad things can happen by referring to it as the "Dark Continent". No one is going to say "I should buy their lenses because they used antiquated terms in their advertising". However, some people might be offended by that term if they don't know what it means.
Those who actually understand the phrase shouldn't care who gets offended through ignorance.
Thanks for the perfect example of the PC thinking.
In a rational world it is the individual who is responsible for understanding the media they consume and how they react to it! Yes... people are responsible for their emotions. Thus the existence of the term "self control". Responsible people understand why they should not make mole hills into mountains.
Political correctness would have it the other way. Everyone should be constantly weighing everything they do and say modifying their behaviors and language to avoid any possibility of "hurt feelings" as though that were the equivalent of a crime.
It should be self evident why that view leads to the death of personal responsibility and rational discourse. It's generally accepted that... that is not a good thing.
Templer: WOW! Quite shocked and saddened at the percentage of posters that are actually slamming Eggleston's work. This is a "Photography" site after-all. You would assume (I know, bad word) that maybe those that are serious about the craft of...ah hemm....Photography.... would maybe know something about the history? Eggleston is after all credited as being one of the founding fathers of contemporary color....wait for it....PHOTOGRAPHY. His body of work is extensive, consistent and highly regarded by anybody that knows anything about..PHOTOGRAPHY. He was probably photographing tricycles before most of you naysayers could ride one. His prints cost big money because he was doing his thing, his way when nobody else was. If I had the money like Sobel I would love to own an original. Some here would probablytake the money and go on a Walmart shopping spree. Better yet grab a D800 and some ND filters and go shoot a waterfall in the forest...and make sure it's centered.
He may be a great photographer but that doesn't mean all his photographs were monumental achievements in art. The hero worship that goes on in the art world tends to reevaluate any product of an established artist even if that work was produced long before the artist rose to prominence or even to the point of skillful execution in their medium. It's an interesting snapshot but IMO little more. The fawning evaluation I linked to below is simply an absurd example of this hero worship.
A similar photo posted on any photo forum, lacking association with a famous artist, would be dismissed for any number of reasons.
SRT201: Brilliant! Positively Brilliant! It must have taken a minute of more to compose and shoot!
It looks like he was kidding around and went for a giant tricycle effect.
I'm sure there are those who spend hours analyzing how the photo presents a deep and insightful commentary on Western society. :-)
Just for grins I looked for such an over-analysis. Here it is... :-)
Brilliant! Positively Brilliant! It must have taken a minute of more to compose and shoot!
The term "Dark Continent" came about when little was known of this far away place called Africa. It had nothing to do with skin color. To the average European it was a land shrouded in mystery and full of dangerous beasts. I'm sure the frequently combined terms dark and mysterious are familiar to many of those wringing their hands over the "insensitivity" of the ad. "Dark and mysterious" is no reference to skin color either. If you think it is you may want to put your own racism in check.
This sort of PC idiocy is laughable but dangerous as well. Instead of being ignored as it should be societies actually enact laws based on garbage like this. Those who hold dearly to PC ideals happily construct walls around themselves and others. They are eager to dilute basic freedoms like speech while doing something that makes them feel warm inside.
Yes... hunting endangered species in Africa is not a good thing but THIS has little to do with that. Nikon's scope ad will not cause any uptick in the number of people going on "dangerous" game safaris.
This is just more pathetic, bed-wetting, political correctness run amok. Oh my somebody feels bad... enact a law, ban something!
Nikon can word their ad copy any way they choose. You have the right to be offended. Don't buy the scopes. We don't need any new laws to deal with offensive rifle scope ads.
PS - I love wildlife and I'm not a hunter.
"Since YOU are the unwitting product we sell, we would really like to be able to monitor ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING you do with your phone so we can analyze and monetize every minute detail of your life! In pursuit of this (horrible) dream we've developed our own Facebook version of Android that will limit your control of your information just the way we want it to! We might even remove the Settings app entirely!"
IF this turns out to be a Facebook phone... What sort of an idiot would you have to be to allow the inherently untrustworthy Facebook access to, not just an app, but the entire OS of your phone?
I imagine people are already attempting to pre-order.
Great shot. Where is that? Looks like Mars. :-)
They already make an 8mm fisheye that outclasses the major brands. Let's hope this one is made with the same attention to IQ.
garyknrd: God I hope this is a turning point for Pentax Ricoh. I still have a couple of good lenses for Pentax mount. First the K-5 fiasco then this.Now waiting on the next mind numbing offering from Pentax. I have my fingers crossed.
Oh my... another "fiasco'. I only hope there are a few buyers still interested in Nikon after they are all driven away by this.
Sarcasm aside, what brand doesn't have it's share of issues? Complex devices with inevitable problems. The K-5 was no more a fiasco than the D800 or D600.
What are you talking about? It's a highly regarded camera from professional circles on down to users. Perfect? No.
"turned all photographers away from Pentax"."K-5 was a failure all around." Do silly comments like that make you feel better about your system?
While this thread is about the K-01 you chose to bring in the K-5 and invent your own "fiasco". Nikon certainly has their share of missteps or do you consider them fiasco-free?. What about the "D800 fiasco" while we're talking about being fan club members?
marike6: People seem to love to make fun of this camera, but it's actually an extremely capable shooter, and has better IQ than most of the mirrorless cameras on the market.
The design is not for everybody, but anytime you get the urge to snicker at a K-01, perhaps go on Flickr and browse some images from it. I'm guessing if you do see it's output, you'll start thinking about it's quirky looks and how it might not be so bad after all.
It has better IQ than most of the DSLR's on the market!
Nikon007: It looks like a plastic toy camera. I'm sure it's capable but I wouldn't buy it.
I agree it looks different but it feels rock solid unlike so many entry to mid-grade nikons and canons that really do cheap-out on build. You really have to handle it to appreciate it. It is amazingly well built.
raztec: Good riddance! And let this be a lesson to the idiot marketers who've got no aesthetic sense. That includes the Nikon 1 system and Canon's M.
Instead of squandering money on this pile of crap, how about Pentax putting their money into developing a FF, rangefinder style camera? Heck even make it manual focus and allow people to use all those old excellent Pentax lenses.
Any manufacturers other than Fuji out there listening? Give photographers what they really want and we'll reward you big time. Continue to chase the highest profit margins and let your marketers lead your company and we'll punish you big time.
Really... you think a manual focus body would sell? That would be an even bigger mistake than any made in the K-01 design. You can only sell that kind of silliness to prancing Leica elitists. Everybody else knows that having AF on a camera is a basic function these days.
Yeah, one of the highest rated IQ's on DxOMark. What a fiasco!!!
Yeah sure... just jealousy from another Android fan-boy, Apple hater... oh wait I guess that doesn't apply. :-)