Perhaps we photographers can't see the forest for the trees. This looks like a gimmick to us, but how would a cell-phone buyer look at it?
Maybe Sony isn't trying to sell more cameras, but more phones. Sony now offers something that no other phone manufacturer does, and you don't even have to buy it at the same time as the phone, you can always upgrade to it later. Maybe they will bundle them together, or offer combined rebates.
I'm a full frame DSLR user, and my first question when buying a new phone is "How good is the camera?" --because I don't always have my SLR with me. Sony's answer now is "Best in the business!" Sure, these can be used with other brands of phone, but do all brands fit to the back as well as the Sony does?
That said, I won't be buying this, but I can see why some people would.
dash2k8: "Khaldei, who staged his photograph a couple of days after the event, is reported to have hoped that the image would have the same impact as Joe Rosenthal’s famous photograph ‘Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima’."
I'm sorry, but the Berlin picture is nothing close to the Iwo Jima picture. Iconic for sure, but the Iwo Jima picture is the standard of "raising banner over hostile territory" while many commoners have never even seen this Berlin picture.
I tend to think that this picture has a lot in common with Imo Jima -- they were both staged by the photographer, and are probably both considered by most "commoners" to be authentic. ;)
munro harrap: Somebody asked about the future worth of digital equipment and "Iconic" photographs made with them. Well, the advantage is that many identify the image as from that particular machine.iDs Canons, for example have serial munbers you cannot alter for each image and a code linking image to machine.
But that Leica could be one I had years ago- there is no way anyone can prove what pictures a film camera took, so the chances it is not that camera are substantial, and I would not bid on it.
More and more of this kind of nonsense is going on. Possibly the photo of the guy is with a Leica, but he surely would have been using Fed or Zorki Leica copies made in the USSR rather than a machine made by the people the USSR was fighting.
The WW2 Russian war hotographers completely outclassed anyone in the West, but I believe they were equipped with their own gear.
I don't think he could have been using a FED or Zorki -- I had always heard that the Soviets had no camera industry until after they carted it back, parts, machines, technicians, and all from Germany after the fall of the Reich.
jeremyt: At the end of the academic year a photographer comes to class and he takes a photo of you and all your schoolmates. It doesn't even matter if you want your picture to be taken or you don't because this photos are for your parents and your family predominately. For marketing purposes photographers then put their copyrighted art on the internet where everyone who has access to the internet can look at your face and your body. When someone disagrees with how a horrendous watermark destroys his own body image and decides to combat for his own image there suddenly comes the rage of the artist and all his colleagues. It is as if a photographer has changed his watermark from PROOF to WANTED.
How weird everyone is talking about copyright here and no one actually see this Jesse Chen human rights have been violated for good.
jeremyt, to suggest that anyone would think another person was poisonous because a photographer put a yellow watermark over black clothing is ridiculous. My eight-year-old would laugh at this supposition. Perhaps you like to make ridiculous statements just to argue. Congratulations, that is BY FAR the most absurd thing that I have ever read on DPR, and that is saying a lot!
Sorry, I know that art is in the eye of the beholder, but I wouldn't pay $150 for a set of ALLof his work, much less just one. It's no wonder he was broke. I'll admit that he does have a handful of interesting shots on instagram, but most if his stuff is average at best.
To everyone who says that the service had gone downhill and the staff were arrogant:How many times do you think you can beat the staff over the head about how the internet is cheaper and better stocked and doesn't charge sales tax before you stress them out until their performance begins to suffer?
I just left a brick and mortar camera store job after 10 years in the business and it was like coming up for air. I feel like I got water-boarded every day for the last ten years. (No offense intended to anyone who has ever really been tortured). It was very stressful to hear every day that you didn't measure up to online, and it did make me grouchy and arrogant. You can only take so much criticism before it affects you.
DanielFjall: It happens all the time. If you ain't big you just can't compete - especially in the US.
Yep, you're part of the problem, mvrbnsn.
DotCom Editor: I'll stick with B&H and Hunt's, as I've done for years.
I wouldn't expect Hunt's to last long.
After reading the comments here, I am amazed at all the "MILC are the future" posts. Take note, people: Canon, the company with the LEAST presence Iin the MILC market is the strongest in the industry. They continue to put out 18mp Rebels with incremental upgrades to speed and features (mainly video). I'm not saying that MILC aren't good, but the average consumer doesn't even know what that means. We, the photo gear heads, (and if you're reading this, you are one) represent 1% of the market. I think Sony and Fuji should be applauded for innovative new designs, but 99% of consumers don't realize or care that an A7 isn't an SLR. To them it's a dedicated camera that they have to decide to buy, and then decide to carry (an option) when a cellphone with a capable-for-90%-of-their-needs-camera is a passive decision that they won't leave home without. For the average consumer, carrying a seperate camera, wether compact, MILC, or SLR is a thing of the past. Even if you use the larest greatest MILC, you're still a dinosaur to the masses. Just like view camera users were when 35mm came out.
Richard Franiec: Accepting the Quattro shape require breaking the mental barriers of usual and expected.I've jig saw approximate shape from piece of wood and I'm surprised how quickly the initial confusion turned to acceptance and, in fact, delight with every consecutive try.Of course, there is different weight distribution in camera with lens compared with a piece of wood without control layout but I would like to caution the first impressions reviewers from jumping the gun based on first grab.Give this design time to sink in and you'll be surprised...
I think I'll wait for the rebadged Hasselblad "Venus" version. I like exotic wood, and am trying to get rid of $9500. I'll probably have to wait another year, too.
goloby: 1/60 flash sync. Ha, good luck getting sharp results at that speed
You don't really understand flash, do you goloby? The flash duration, which is responsible for freezing the action, is much faster than 1/60 (usualy 1/200-1/1000 second). 1/60 is just the amount of time the shutter stays open for the ambient light (background) exposure. This will rarely be a problem underwater.
I can hear the Polaroid Socialmatic now.
Ben O Connor: There are killers, There is a victim (God knows for someone he is guilty, but by whose justice?)
and there is a photographer....
Now what is thazt photographer doing? - bringing the victims last memories to his family, to cry together with them ? - helps a worldwide (so called) propaganda all over the world "to scare" world? - (for him perhaps?!) sharing the reality barely with our eyes !____________________________________________________________
I protests not just this partcular photographer, but also the editor and everyone who earns their salary (to feed their own kid) on someone´s blood.
SHAME- ON - YOU !
Pictures of puppies sell calendars once a year.
Pictures of war/suffering/tragedy sell news every single day.
If you must protest, protest the consumer. The publishers print whatever sells the most magazines.
mrbonsai: Can anyone tell me what the shutter lag is for the M-1 is?I have been searching but can't find this information.Thanks in advance.
He's no rocket scientist. That's why he sells cameras! 33 inches my a$&! LOL.
Ernest M Aquilio: Lets pretend for a moment that this is the internet and anything I say can be completely disregarded.
Nikon DF, Digital Fusion: Remember that patent Nikon filed for an interchangeable sensor? ( At least I think it was Nikon)
So with digital fusion you can remove the sensor "unit" and in its place able to load 35mm film "unit" that will use 35mm films. Now that's real fusion. Akin to the R9 DM. But you know...
You know, Henry, you've had nothing but negative, mean comments for everyone on here. If you don't like it, don't buy it. WTF do you care about tearing down everyone else comments? Inadequacy issues much?
At $1500-2000, I'd buy it. I love my old Nikon F, Leica, Hasselblad, etc. I don't give a rodents hind about video. I have a D700 that I've been very happy with, but occasionally wish it had 16-20MP. I've stayed away from the D600 because it isn't as solid as my D700, and the oil-spot issues. So, yes, there is a market for this camera. I really wish Nikon would come out with a digital S rangefinder model, but I realize that is a bit of a pipedream.
Where's the Christopher Columbus Edition?
Azilla: Bad day to annouce this, same day as the K-3
If news came out that the Full frame K-3 were just rebranded Nikon D600 with Pentax logo and lens mount, the Pentaxians would be overjoyed! A spotty sensor FF is better than no FF at all!
GeorgeD200: I would add headphones and an ipod. Sometimes I don't even turn it on, but it stops people walking up and talking to me. "My uncle has a nice camera like that!" or "Getting any good pictures today?" Ugg.
I talk to people all day long in my work, and I use photography to escape from that. It takes time for me to get into a creative frame of mind, and people talking to me about my gear disturbs that.