It's slightly less ridiculous looking that the other 2 new Hasselblads. Which isn't saying much.
The periscopic lens is really interesting, but it would be a lot cooler if they built that *inside* the phone instead of as an awkward clip-on. Maybe if they make these rumored 5"+ iPhones, there would be more space for it.
The rubber port flaps also stand out as out-of-place to me. Ahatever that big round thing is next to the Df logo ruins the top lines. And they should have just lost the top LCD and placed a bigger shutter buttony there. It's an interesting concept, but ultimately, not one that works for me. I'm still using my D700, I guess that is retro enough now.
Lightime81: Maybe the best part of this is that I got a snail-mailed letter about this from Adobe offering me a free year's credit monitoring with... wait for it... Experian! I don't know if anyone's familiar, but I read a story last week about how Experian had been fooled into selling data to a credit theft organization! I admit freely I did not completely understand the article, nor was I that sure about the source (Krebs On Security), so this article could be all wrong, or old news, but there you go.
Sweet! A year of free Experian, which no doubt when the year expires and I forget about it, will start charging me a monthly fee.
Yeah, I got the same letter and had seen the same Experian article. What a joke.
My wife had her identity stolen once and was offered a similar free few months of credit monitoring services. They won't tell you when your free time runs out and will charge you like $15-$25 monthly forever, and it's really, really difficult to get them cancel it too...shocker.
I just got my letter from them. Apparently credit cards numbers were stolen, which they say were encrypted (but who knows what that means). More disturbing is it says that some credit card numbers (maybe all of them?) were decrypted by the hackers inside the system, using Adobe's own tools. So it sounds very much to me like all your information including credit card numbers, was likely exposed and at risk.
Anyone can get hacked, but leaving the ability of the hackers to decrypt the card information using their owns software is inexcusable.
"With Smart stabilization active, the effective ISO is raised for a brighter result while noise is kept under control."
Yes, by absolutely smearing the hell out of it with NR.
Frank_BR: This lens is basically the Nikon's answer to the battle of egos between the executives of Zeiss, Leica and Nikon, to see who makes the best abnormal ... oops, "normal" lens for FF.
P.S.: Zeiss stopped making cameras long time ago, Leica's camera production is on life support, and Nikon… well, Nikon is following in the footsteps of Zeiss and Leica.
"MF-only makes a lens useless for portraiture"
So there were no portraits taken before the invention of the autofocus lens?
Very cool. My only disappointment is the most negative flash comp you can dial in is still -2/3 stop. I'd love to see options for at least -2 or -3 stops.
ThePhilips: Why so much empty space inside?
It appears as if it could have been made into a pancake, yet...
I like the sunk front element, same design as the 50mm f/1.4G, allows me to use it without a filter, and even without a lens hood in some cases (although the larger element here would be more likely to catch flare). Then again, with a $1,700 lens, I'm not sure I'd have the confidence to leave a filter off.
lazy lightning: If this Haruo Sato designed lens performs as well as my 85 1.4G, then I'm all in!
I would actually hope it performs better. The 85mm f/1.4G has some issues wide open, including a lot of CA. So for a lot of things I usually end up stopping down to f/2 where I would prefer to shoot at f/1.4.
The biggest problem I have with this is the 22.8" minimum focus distance. That is disappointing and makes it hard to get good detail shots. Yes, I realize it's not a macro lens, but that is a longer minimum focus distance (even adjusted for the 8mm focal length difference) than the 50mm f/1.4 G lens (18"), 50mm f/1.2 (20.4"), and the 24mm-70mm f/2.8 (~18" at 50mm).
Everything else looks pretty nice though, I wonder how fast/accurate the autofocus is.
Rockaw: Congratulations, Samsung on your first original idea. Very cool.
Hopefully, the shipping version will not have over a second of blank screen before the time appears with the roll effect.
Original? Maybe. Very cool? No. Please tell me what the point of this phone is. Don't confuse coming up with something not currently available with coming up with something useful.
Ugh. Terrible dynamic range, witness the leaves in front of the elephant and the hand and bird feathers that are completely blown out. Not impressed.
naththo: Samsung Galaxy S4 still win over all others unfortunately.
Not really, the S4 is smearing fine details (see the spools of thread and the green fluff) while at the same time showing oversharpening artifacts.
siberstorm27: You can get anyone to use your device and say anything about it if you throw enough money at it. From pop stars like Katy Perry to photographers for Vogue. The more desperate you are, the more money you throw. HTC has already sunk billions on Robert Downey Jr., even though their company and device portfolio is imploding. I've seen stunning photoshoots with the iPhone 3GS. It's all about lighting and preparation and professionalism. I am not impressed that Nokia and Microsoft continue to use misleading and/or distasteful marketing ploys when the actual Lumia 1020 phone isn't so hot and the camera quality is overblown compared to other phone cameras.
Nonetheless, when you're paying someone, professional or not, chances are they aren't going to say your product is crap. I'm not saying the Lumia phones are crap, but you're only going to hear the good things out of these scenarios, and usually in a hyperbolic manner at that.
3systermuser: I tried it once at local Zeiss event here and I was truly impressed with its wide open performance.I think it is reasonably priced for what it is , even consider it cheap a bargain.but for me it is just too huge , it is about as big and heavy as my Nikon AF-S24-70mm f2.8GED N lens.I owned the zeiss 135mm f2 APO but I sold it for the Zeiss 50mm f2 MP and Zeiss 18mm f3.5 because I could not tolerate the weight and size of the 135mm APO, I think the 55 f1.4 won't sell well enough to justify this new line(they are just too heavy and awkward to use.
Reminds me of that scene in Jurassic Park where they are stuck in the cars.
GENNARO: Are they heavy?TIM: Yeah.GENNARO: Then they're expensive. Put them back.
Wow, that is one bigass 55mm lens. Why can't they make an autofocus version of their lenses though?
Wow, really love that. Perfect moment caught.
Good lord, what is happening? My 500C is weeping right now.
It looks like a cel phone prototype ("for girls!") from 2003.