xmeda: Pentax 645DII will arrive with no mercy :D
JustDavid - I haven't had experience of the Pentax 645D breaking, but have owned one in the past. I know someone who's 645D did need repair and reported that it couldn't be done in the UK and it took 7 weeks (and if I recall correctly it cost about £1500). The repair related to one of the button controls stopping working. After that I made enquiries myself and sure enough, no repair facilities in the UK.With lenses, there are three 645 digital specific lenses (55mm, 90mm and 25mm). There are plenty of pre digital 645 lenses available new (or at least listed, I'm not sure how available they are). There are plenty of used one's around (especially Hong Kong and Japan) at very decent prices. My observations were that the 55mm lens was good, I never tried the 90mm, I tried the 25mm and wasn't that taken. I tried used lenses and found the 43-86mm, 120mm macro and 150mm AF lenses superb quality. When it came to 35mm I found the AF 35mm not that great, but the older manual focus 35mm superb.
... and Pentax offer very little 645 support in a lot of countries (including UK). Part of what you are paying for with Hasselblad and Phase One is enhanced support. If a Pentax 645D goes wrong in the UK you will not find anyone who knows anything about it, and it has to be shipped to Germany or Japan and something like a 7 week wait. That's no good if you earn your living from the equipment.
Mcmx: I am honestly a bit confused that people seem to get so hung up on the ergonomics. It's a pretty slim camera, so instead of only giving it a hump on the front, they also gave it a hump at the back.
I just now took my DSLR in my right hand, which should be roughly as thick as the broadest part of the Sigma, and I wouldn't be surprised if it will feel almost the same. Obviously, one has to try it, but ergonomically, it doesn't look different from a DSLR as far as the position of the right hand is concerned.
I could be wrong, but is the handgrip in part to house a'bigger' battery than on the current Merrill cameras, where you pretty well need to take four batteries with you if you are planning a modest day's photography.I also hope the new design eliminates the problem of accidentally changing the settings, a problem I had when holding the DP2 Merrill.From a personal perspective, I won't consider purchasing a Sigma camera again, no matter how good it is, until the post processing is improved and made enjoyable.
racketman: There are numerous examples of multiple stacks of living insects, John Hallem for one takes amazing stacks of insects covered in dew or 'asleep', 50 or more shots is not unusual. It's a case if getting up early and catching them cold.These dead bee shots are ok but you can't beat natural light.
Do you have a link to the John Hallem bee photographs you mention please? I 've been searching and can't locate it. Thanks.
Jay A: Been doing photography for literally 50 years and I must say I am getting more disgusted with the industry every single day.
It's not just Nikon!
You are right, it isn't just Nikon.If you buy a Sigma camera you'll find that only the totally rubbish Sigma software works with the RAW files.Look at the Sony RX1 where the LHP-1 hood costs an extra £149!!!For me a better option for Nikon would be to licence the third party manufacturers, rather than do everything to prevent reverse engineering.
Updates look great thanks. One question though. When trying to post a question from an iPad 2 I couldn't get the New Thread dropdown menu to display (so couldn't get to post). Do I need to change a setting on the iPad or something?Thanks
Well I like that (or it)!
I agree the price of this book is way too high. BUT there are other eBooks out there at this price and more - are people saying that $17 is too much for anything?What about Scott Kelby's and Martin Evening's comprehensive volumes, which are around £18.95 and £20.75 on the UK Kindle store? Worth the money, or overpriced as they are only about £10 less than the printed versions, so save all the printing, distribution costs etc. (except Amazone's costs)?
That's pretty awful (the sewage, not the photo).This photo prompted me to turn to Google, and this is the official picture on Innisfail http://www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au/web/guest/innisfail !Google also came up with this link from a week ago http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2012/04/02/213021_print-version.html so maybe the overflow will stop.