Sounds like a useful camera.
KL Matt: I wonder if there is a product safety issue here (risk of fire or battery explosion). Otherwise why this wording(emphasis mine): "*should* call ... even if the product appears to be functioning properly...."
Most likely explanation is the defect (faulty capcitor etc.) is sure to go sooner or later, so they want these sent in before the user experiences the defect in the field.
Horshack: Given the choice I'd prefer a camera that doesn't turn off vs one that doesn't turn on :)
Definitely better than one that trips the shutter in continuous mode and won't shut off until the battery is removed. Thank goodness that never happened to a Pentax camera!
Yeah there was also a grammar error in this press release, it may just be the intended message got a little lost in translation. Perhaps the intent was to appear very accomodating, not a technical recommendation to send in a camera that is working perfectly fine. Would be good to have a more clearly worded statement from the company in any case.
I wonder if there is a product safety issue here (risk of fire or battery explosion). Otherwise why this wording(emphasis mine): "*should* call ... even if the product appears to be functioning properly...."
Stephan Def: I am trying to understand what the compelling argument for Fujifilm is, scratching my head. Megapixels matter, if its just only for the cropping capability alone. 16MP seems not to be cutting edge stuff anymore, except if they are on smartphone camera.
I used to think what matters is what the image looks like that comes out of the Camera. Strangely for me, so many here are going on about if the Camera itself is nice looking or not. And so on.
Stephan I would not pay any mind to those comments at all. Just look at bunches of examples and judge with your own eyes. Bokeh is highly subjective. I find the new APO version too bland, and I really like the standard version. It's magical. The people griping on amazon (maybe with the exception of the loose aperture ring) may simply not know what to expect from a lens with such a large aperture. Do judge for yourself: http://www.flickriver.com/groups/2520668@N22/pool/interesting/
Just curious, what's not to like about the 56 1.2? The results I see look stellar.
abortabort, which Sony 85 1.8 are you talking about? The new Zeiss Batis? Is that even available yet? The only 24/2 I know about for FE mount would be the Zeiss A-mount plus adapter, which is going to be a lot bulkier and heavier regardless of what body you put it on. That and the Sony bodies are definitely bigger than this latest Fuji. No, Fuji is rivalling FF image quality in a lighter and more compact package, there is no way around it. There is nothing even remotely close to the XF 16 in any other system. You simply can't get that angle of view and that speed in such a very tiny package anywhere else on the planet.
In short, it's the lenses. Fuji is the only APS/C manufacturer so far to come out with a dedicated line of very fast, crop APS/C primes that truly take advantage of the smaller sensor size and shorter registration distance that their new mirrorless mount allows. All the DSLR makers offering APSC bodies have only been able to marginally reduce the size of their lenses compared to the full frame equivalents because they have kept the registration distance. Among the mirrorless makers, only Samsung (and to a lesser extent Sony) have developed a full range of APS/C mirrorless lenses including fast primes for DOF control. With Fuji lenses like the 56 1.2, you get DOF control equivalent to a FF with an 85mm 1.8 at a fraction of the size and heft. No other mirorless system can claim that. The new 16 f/1.4 is the same thing: get the performance of a 24 1.8 ff lens but in a far more compact package. There's more to the system than that, but this is the big one.
hypo: Call me old-fashioned but I can't be doing with the phrase "backside illuminated".
Try as I might it only brings up totally inappropriate imagery.
Am I the only one who has this problem?
So you're saying Sony thinks the sun shines out of their sensor's backside?
ThePhilips: I would have shed a tear for OVF, but I do not.
Most manufacturers insist on installing good OVFs exclusively on the expensive top-tier models which I do not really need and can't justify buying.
Going from the entry-/mid-level DSLR's sub par OVF to even a mid-level EVF is a huge leap in utility and usability. And frankly I can't even imagine myself using OVF again.
You can. It's called the Pentax K-S2. Pentaprism viewfinder (not a dimmer pentamirror), 100% coverage, .95x magnification. Nothing to sneeze at.
Excellent samples gallery. As always, I'd appreciate more wide-open shots, but for this camera and lens combo I think the included images are very representative of what this camera could be fantastic at -- street photography. I like the birds-eye perspectives, lower perspectives, sunbursts (hi Rishi), and use of DOF (including large DOF at small apertures). The lens allows for some more generous compositions that include more background and context, making human subjects smaller. That's often good, but for my tastes, if one is to go this route with street photography, 28mm isn't quite wide enough, it's a little bit in-between, neither here nor there. Either you go 50mm or 20-24. Personal taste though. 28 was probably the best compromise.
Look at how he shoots almost straight into the light. Sometimes the entire landscape is in deep shadow, and it's still beautiful. The colors are often understated but always there and that makes them more beautiful. I'm going to look at all the people he references as his idols today.
misolo: Rishi - The functionality of graduated ND filters (for landscape orientation only) could easily be implemented on the sensor for any camera that has electronic first curtain. All that's needed is to adjust the timing of the electronic first curtain ahead of the shutter closing accordingly. With an option to turn this feature on, plus two or three parameters in the menus (n. of stops, where in the image to make the transition, how quick the transition) you'd have every possible graduated ND filter in the world built-in into the camera. Unfortunately it wouldn't work for your tulips unless you took the image in landscape mode, but grad NDs are most often used in landscape mode anyway (and with the resolution of the 5DS you could alway shoot in landscape and then crop). Something you may want to pass on as a suggestion when you meet the technical people from Canon or any other manufacturer.
Not sure I understand how it would work. Are you talking about a global shutter? Otherwise the electronic shutter is very slow, isn't it?
Long live Rishi and his starbursts, bringing chops, lots of flair, and a little flare to DPR's editorial content.
evogt500: I wonder if it will fit on my Pentax Q.
Don't you mean: if your Pentax Q will fit on it?
No built in flash is a bummer for triggering an off-camera flash without having to lug around a second one. Also, I use mine for fill in daylight backlit people shots infrequently, and it's really handy to be able to just pop it up. Plenty of power for that purpose. The GPS would be way cool to have, but what will turning it on do to battery power? In any case, this camera will likely bring down the price of the K3, which is probably where I'm headed now that the K5 IIs is no longer available for a reasonable price (missed my window of opportunity there).
whakapu: Very sexy camera. Keen to see the pixel-shift results (and minimum exposure time). Damn shame about the pop-up flash. Who wants to carry a thyristor everywhere? Does anyone actually want GPS? (other than of course the NSA)
I'm a bit torn RE GPS and built-in flash. I certainly do use the onboard flash for fill light in strongly backlit situations occassionally when I don't want blacked out subject details. And I would definitely use GPS if it didn't drain the battery in a matter of minutes. Also, if I do ever purchase a Pentax branded flash, it will be specifically with the intent of using it with off-camera HSS controlled by the onboard flash. Needing to have two flashes to accomplish that intstead of one is probably the deal breaker on the k3 II for me. But that's ok because the K3 will be much cheaper now and I can afford it. And I get my flash.