Fantastic! This a new record for Leica - I think I'm correct in stating that it is the slowest lens ever produced!
At 46mm f6.4 it is slower than the 28mm f6.3 hektor or the 800mm f.6.3 Telyt.
Let's hope the sensor compensates!
Reading this, and some of the comments below, makes me also wonder if the stadium owner doesn't come into this. In the UK the law permits one to take photos of people 'in public' without their consent. Once we are on private property, then there are conditions that (may) apply - for instance you cannot just turn up at a theatre and take photos of the performance; nowadays we are finding that (under the guise of 'protecting children') public parks are no longer 'public spaces' but come under the control of the municipal authority, with bye-laws restricting photography without express permission of the subject (i.e. anyone appearing in the photograph) and/or their guardian. Landscape photographers beware!! ;-)So do stadiums now own the rights to photography on site? Just a further complication I fear!M.
Er... " in a design reminiscent of the company's old Four Thirds SLRs." - have I missed something? When did Panasonic do 4/3rds SLRs?
thx1138: Looking closely at the RAW output, in no area of the scene does the GH3 do better than the GH2 and in some areas it is worse - a bit less detail for sure. Also as you push the iSO it is only slightly better than the GH2 at ISO 1600+. IQ wise then it appears a wasted opportunity.
To: MPA1 - surely the object is to get away from the idiosyncrasies of the cameras' jpg processing? At least the RAW are processed (or not) to the same extent?
alfredo_tomato: Sit on the floor and look up at the people around you. That is why a kid draws a face with the eyes above the center.
Brilliant observation! :-)
Yesterday the blue didn't change to show what had been read. Then I found yellow scheme, which did.
Today the blue changes, but I can't switch to yellow - which I prefer.
For goodness sakes, can't you get it right?!!
How can you resist those knobs? :-)
Alas! When a well-respected company produces an up-market product based on image alone, then I fear the end is coming!
Thomas Kachadurian: No multi-aspect sensor, one of the best things about the GH2. It's not only left out, but DPR doesn't even mention it.
Look at the square AR dimensions!!
Some of the principles outlines are fine. But what matters in composition is how the eyes (or strictly eye-brain) of the observer are led around the composition. I have always (over 50 years anyway) understood that the 'thirds rule' is an approximation of the golden mean. And all that means is that pleasing compositions often - not always - match some of the 'rules'.
What none of this means is that following the rules will generate a 'good' picture. In any case, we photographers try to convey a range of emotions in and through our pictures. often we require tensions between parts of the picture, often the contraposition of elements close together creates a visual conflict.
The so called 'rules' may help for getting chocolate box images, but my advice is ask yourself "B****r the rules; does this picture lead the observer's eyes where I want them to go?"!
I look forward to the article about 'breaking the rules'! ;-)
I've been using Flickr for nearly 7 years with some 3400 photos on view. At first I enjoyed the friendly interplay between users, but I have been tired of the 'post 1 / award 5' mentality that increasingly seems to be trying to get scores.
I have sold photos from Flickr, and allowed specific Charities to use many others. The problem has been its popularity and the need to be everything to everybody.
But then I'm a *photographer* - who wants or is able to look at photos on an iPhone or smartphone?
And Flickr - with Flickriver and other extensions - IS pretty awsome!
fivetonsflax: Anyone know a combination of settings which will let me wear the camera, turned on, eye sensor enabled, without draining the battery super quick?
Or a way to disable the eye sensor without forcing the EVF to mode 3?
I got my camera on Monday, and it's been a busy week anyway. So I'm just trying to set the thing up. To avoid battery drain I've switched off eye-sensor and use the evf for continual use with a time out of around one-minute. Then to see through it, I've only got to half press the shutter release. When I go into review the screen comes on. I can switch back to evf by pressing the evf button.
I think that will work for me; but what's mode 3?
Lovely! Wish I could afford one...
With even more increased quality, I wonder if the DoF scale is being adjusted to reflect smaller cocs?
I suppose the Flickr hang-ons like FlickRiver will still be there for those who dislike the new layout...M.
Jim Salvas: I hope they keep it simple. Forgetting the KISS rule is the most common mistake websites make when trying to improve.
For me, the one change I'd like to see is to allow me to choose all photos shown on the first page of my photostream. Last first is not often what I want to show.
Excellent point! I quite agree!
Optical1: Literally checks every box on my list. Now if only Olympus would make black 12mm and 45mm primes I'd be in 7th heaven!
I've put black insulating tape on my 45mm, just as I did with all my old Leica lenses (before they introduced black variants). Not for show, for invisibility!
Gabor Szantai: In 2008 you could have bought a D700 for 2.999 USD or 1.999 GBP (1 USD was about 0.6 GBP)and now, in 2012 the D800 is 2.999 USD but 2.399 GBP (1 USD is still about 0.6 GBP)
I wanna shake someone's hand at Nikon UK, thanks guys, really...
You might remember the change in UK VAT in the meantime - in 2008 it was 17.5% ; now it's 20% - that explains around half the rise.
It seems to me that there are two principles involved:-
1. The infringement occurs because the photographer *set out* to produce a similar image, i.e. effectively to copy the first. In that the judgement is fair.
2. The judge referred to the similarities quoting Schindler's List as a prior example of spot colour. Now copyright is NOT Patent Law, but in the latter, it is possible to quote 'prior art' as an example to object to a patent. Well, many of us were doing 'spot colour' before Schindler's List; and I would have thought that was a contra-argument against the infringement in this case.
I have to say that I'm in agreement with Jane Lambert in her analysis. And we need to be. Ideas are great and I'm happy to credit those who inspire me for their prior art; but I'm still wanting to follow them until I can produce my own original stuff!
Will there be an appeal, I wonder?
Just curious - what iPad or other device has a focal length able to take the photo of Admiralty Arch from that distance? (And from where, a helicopter?)
Nice short article providing an introduction to various aspects of photo reportage. I enjoyed it, thanks.
Strobes on the first three pages have cycle times noted. It would be nice if that continued through the more upmarket units.
[I wanted to know if they would be consistent with say, 3 shots per second bursts.]