How many people ever bought Leica S in the first place that they decided to release the next version?If I wanted a medium format digital, I'd certainly go with the Hassy. There's a reason it is seen in many high end studios.Failing that, Nikon D800 is a very good choice for much much lesser price.
alexst4: Ridiculously overpriced...What do people find so attractive in these dated body designs? a-la retro?Is this nostagia? Back when these boxy designs appeard it was out of necessity, not because it was 'cool'. These designs are not ergonomic to say the least :) This leica even has a screw for a mecanical sutter release, I mean...really?I bet the average age of the buyer is around 70 years old :) and they buy this because thay're rich and this is how they remember a camera should look like... lol
Ferrari can do many things that an orinary car can not. I know why I would be paying the money for a Ferrari, because of its specs.Now, I can get Leica specs for much less money, plus a pile more of useful specs on top of that, there're plenty of choices out there...However some people would just buy a Ferrari (or Leica for that matter) to be the "cool kid" and to show that they have money...
Well, I can't tell people what they should do with their money, but whoever buys Leica does not do it because of its features, its more a fashion piece than anything else...
Leica should just stop making bodies and concentrate whatever left of their R&D on producing their lenses in various mounts.... It will surely be more profitable and more interesting to many more people than these "style icon" bodies....
Aleo Veuliah: Leica is really great, simple and last forever. And allow the photographer to concentrate in taking pictures and not get lost in menus and buttons.
Yes, the progress now seems to be taking away features and calling it "less is more" and then charging ridiculous price for the "new" creation. Any decent camera can last "forever" if you take care of it.If you get lost in the menus, just get a film camera, otherwise being "lost in menus" is a ridiculous argument.I mean if a menu can distract you from taking pictures, do you really call yourself a photographer after that?
Ridiculously overpriced...What do people find so attractive in these dated body designs? a-la retro?Is this nostagia? Back when these boxy designs appeard it was out of necessity, not because it was 'cool'. These designs are not ergonomic to say the least :) This leica even has a screw for a mecanical sutter release, I mean...really?I bet the average age of the buyer is around 70 years old :) and they buy this because thay're rich and this is how they remember a camera should look like... lol
shahid11235: A full-frame D7000.. That's all.
Don't get me wrong, D7000 is a great camera. I hate stupid "Scene modes" and missing AF-micro adjustment on a FF $2000 camera.
Even the D7000 has AF micro adjustment as well as Canon 7D.
From the specs on Nikon site:Autofocus:Nikon Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors; the center 33 points are available at apertures slower than f/5.6 and faster than f/8, while the center 7 focus points are available at f/8), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1 ft 8 in.-9 ft 10 in.)
Please not the "fine-tuning".
Panasonicus: I used Canon DSLRs for a number of years and wanted to downsize to save weight and space, especially when travellng on airlines that restrict you to micro-cases. I opted for a Panasonic G3 because I wanted something that looked like a SLR and had a viewfinder as well as a LCD screen that swivelled and tilted. I was thinking I might return to Canon if they came out with something like the Panny but the EOS-M is no way going to lure me back. What IS the point of thsi camera? It is just a T4i without a lot of the advantages, especially a viewfinder. Now there is a G5 as Panasonic continues to pull ahead and attract Canon and Nikon fans wanting the same quality and decent variety of lenses but in a much smaller and lighter package.
I am long term Nikon user (using a mix of full frame and DX bodies now) and have to agree with you. I bought a Panasonic GF3 just because it was so darn cheap and offer great image quality for its size. A few days later I bought 4 more lenses for it....Micro 4/3 is the best mirrorles format as of right now.
... "wide F2.8 aperture to allow faster shutter speeds for narrow depth of field" ..Man, how narrow do you want it? at 2.8 and 180mm at macro distances it's got to be razor thin. You need more depth of field, not less. I bet it weighs like a brick too. Quality may be good, but the rest is a total overkill for my needs.
This is what Nikon 1 should have been. I'm definitely ordering this little gem!