Will.i.am iPhone add-on, 2012: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/28/will-i-am-iphone-accessories-hands-on/
Nokia 1020 camera grip, 2013: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nokia-Camera-Grip-for-Lumia-1020-is-official-priced-at-79_id45209
Pentax K1: the Boyhood of full frame DSLRshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentax_MZ-D
Franka T.L.: I used to do a lot of large format, still occasionally do. I see a couple of issue here. while the aperture control is great, does it have any signal feedback to the camera, also if I read this right, the rear need not always be a canon body ( or am I wrong ).
the other more pressing one is that most lens simply will not have the image circle required to allow for any degree of tilt and shift with reasonably delivered quality in the projected image. That's why we need those big TS-E lens.
What instead I think should be made is some sort of Electronic aperture control plate so we can put on some of the better current medium format lens like Leica S, Pentax 645, Phase One / Mamiya, or Hassy H series.
JP001 that makes sense. 17mm Canon TS-E + APS-C mirrorless + Actus makes a great combination. A shame that this specific lens combination isn't mentioned in Cambo's promo materials.
I agree Franka about the image circle problem. This device would only make sense if you use an APS-C sensor or 4/3. Even then what's the benefit of using an EOS lens over a manual process/enlarger lens or medium format lens?
Kelvin L: I use a 4x5 field camera, and have been constantly on the lookout for an affordable digital alternative with the same lens movement versatility. I like the look of this system (and it's priced sensibly for what it is), but unfortunately it seems more useful for product/macro than location work.
I have a Nikon D800 body, and it seems like Canon is the way to go for a decent range of tilt-shift lenses - a significant investment for a total system swap and 3 TS lenses. Thus the continued use of the Wista field camera.
Sooner or later the 4x5 film supply will dry up and I'll have to take the plunge. Perhaps someone enterprising in Japan (or Kickstarter) can come up with an affordable dedicated wideangle capable flexbody-type digital for the masses - 4/3 format perhaps?
Canon has a 17mm TSE.
I use a 4x5 field camera, and have been constantly on the lookout for an affordable digital alternative with the same lens movement versatility. I like the look of this system (and it's priced sensibly for what it is), but unfortunately it seems more useful for product/macro than location work.
Lightzone has been doing this since the beginning. Adobe Bridge also does this with its sidecar XML files.
Kelvin L: I'd definitely be interested in a monochrome digital camera with panchromatic and infrared sensitivity - but in a body with modern features such as autofocus and live view.
I think the trouble may lie in the lack of commodity monochrome sensor suppliers - perhaps the cost of the Leica is partly due to the use of a bespoke low-volume sensor.
Interesting link - I hadn't come across that one before. I'm now curious whether attaching the Colour Filter Array is too tightly integrated into the sensor production to make runs of "no-CFA" chips economically viable. This is different to IR filters, which I assume are simply sheets of glass attached to the top during camera manufacture.
I'd definitely be interested in a monochrome digital camera with panchromatic and infrared sensitivity - but in a body with modern features such as autofocus and live view.
I'm more interested in the sensor engineering than the novel rangefinder. How will they deal with acute incident angles towards the edge of the frame, particularly in ultrawide lenses? It was a key problem that influenced Leica's lens bit-coding firmware solution and the M8's sensor size compromise (until using microlenses on the M9 sensor).
I need to stop speed reading headlines on the internet. Was wondering when Terry Richardson started an award for photojournalism.
Scotch 1000 would be nice. Not so sure about the slower stuff
FYI I have Creative Cloud on my Windows 7 workstation and it appears the only 'previous versions' I can install are ones which have been upgraded with CC versions, eg. I upgraded Adobe Bridge 6 to Bridge CC, and only Bridge is present in the list. Other licences attached to my Adobe account (eg Photoshop CS5, CS6) don't appear in the app.
I can't find anything in the Leica press release or the website that explicitly states a reliance on full optical correction.
Thanks for this useful overview Barney. I found the photo of the converter mounted on the camera useful as it gives me a good idea of the proportions. I'm thinking it might be useful to put a Canon / Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens next to it though, to give a sense of scale (I suspect the whole package is still fairly compact compared to an SLR with a 50mm prime).
Kelvin L: Looks nice. It's a shame that material designs such as these (and other digital appliances) outlive their usefulness due to technological obsolescence. I feel sad when I see all these solidly-built Leica M8s, Canon 1Ds and Nikon D1/D2 bodies gather dust because their utility is gone or the electronics are slowly rotting away.
dleemans that's cool. I had one of those too but the batteries didn't last long (the old NiCd style from memory). Mine also did the uncorrectable purple bloomiing thing on specular highlights. Otherwise took great photos. I'm kinda bummed that I sold it with all the lenses for a D700 - the EOS primes were pretty sweet.
Looks nice. It's a shame that material designs such as these (and other digital appliances) outlive their usefulness due to technological obsolescence. I feel sad when I see all these solidly-built Leica M8s, Canon 1Ds and Nikon D1/D2 bodies gather dust because their utility is gone or the electronics are slowly rotting away.
Fotoman has had a point-and-shoot 4x5 for quite some time. It even has shift movements. http://www.fotoman.cc/showPro.asp?id=26
Kelvin L: I really like my X100, it's been everywhere for the last 3 years, but given the price of the WCL-X100 adapter (USD$315 on a well known website) I think I'd be better served putting the money for both wide and tele adapters towards another camera. I love the X100 for what it is - the digital version of the Konica Hexar AF, just grab and go.
I'd end up using the electronic viewfinder with the adapters anyway so I might as well use something else for wider or longer focal lengths. Adapters are a neat concept but pretty fiddly to use in practice.
What I find amazing are the reports of excellent image quality for the WCL adapter. This is contrary to my personal experience with converter lenses on video cameras I guess this justifies their cost.
Good point about the lack of sensor dust with lens changes too. I hadn't considered that.