the most boring release in the last 12 months has 402 comments.
tazmac: Looks like dpreview is changing! The first time I see leaked product before it's announced..
Not the first time they've done it...
What a tired old line "the camera doesn't matter" has become. Of course it matters. It's a tool, and as we all know, a craftsman doesn't blame his/her tools - BECAUSE A CRAFTSMAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB!
Yes, an outstanding photographer will be able to get *good* images on an iPhone, or whatever. Just as Mick Fanning would shred on a foamy, or Casey Stoner would impress on a postie-bike, or Sebastion Vittel in a Kia.
However, give these blokes the right tools, and allow them to fine-tune them perfectly for the job at hand, and they win world titles. It's no different for professional photographers.
Asylum Photo: To the people complaining about "beta testing". I have both the X100 and X-Pro1, and have greatly enjoyed using both. The fact they improved focusing speed a bit, and added a couple options a half a year after release doesn't take away from the 6 months of enjoyment I had from the camera initially. IMO, the camera was ready on launch, it just wasn't perfect.
I took the system on a two week vacation to Ireland, Scotland and England and it served me incredibly well. If they would have waited until now to release the system, I would have been "stuck" with a huge DSLR system and that would have cut down on my trip enjoyment (I intentionally traveled with just one backpack).
I'm not really sure when you expect a company to release a product. There will always be improvements that can be made. It's almost like saying Apple shouldn't have released iOS 1-5, because 6 is what it should have been.
Of course a product is never going to be perfect, and I don't expect it to be. However, there's a bit difference between perfect, and 'ready for the market'. The X100 I owned was far from being ready for the market when it was released.
Michael G2: My son and I went to Iceland two summers in a row for two weeks at a time before my wife and daughter joined us for a third 2 week trip. There are no Starbucks, no McDonalds, limited wifi, no crowds, no traffic, rental cars cóst a fortune, driving through a sandstorm without "Ash" insurance cost me $3000. It's really boring, nothing to see, better to save your money and take a cruise to the Carribean...
Oh dear, they might actually make decent coffee then...
Iceland looks simply stunning for hiking and photography. Pity it's about as far as you can physically go from Tasmania :)
Credit to Fuji? Really?
Yes, it's great that they fix bugs with quick and appropriate FW updates, but perhaps if they stopped treating early-buyers like beta-testers and actually thoroughly field tested their cameras before release (think X100, X10, X-P1), there'd be no need for dramatic firmware updates.
Fuji is coming out with some amazing ideas, but it seems to me that almost all of them need another 3 months of concept development...
DPR - why have several release announcements today fallen straight to the bottom of the page, while the 6d preview rays at the top?
Vitruvius: I love everything about the GH3 except the price and the compact sensor in a mid size camera. Compared to the Sony A77 with 16-55 f2.8 - The GH3 has a smaller sensor (size and pixels) and the same size body. And it costs a lot more with the G X 12-35 f2.8 lens. Thanks for pushing the price of the Sony A77 down so I can afford it now. I don't do profesional film shooting.
- A77 - 732g with batt and card- GH3 - 550g with batt and card
- A77 + 16-50/f2.8 - 1309g- GH3 + 12-35/f2.8 - 855g
How is that even vaguely the same size?
mikeydread: err...it's the same size as an APS--C SLR camera but with a small M43 sensor - might as well get a proper camera then.
Name ONE APS-C body that features this level of manual control and build quality/sealing and weighs just 470g body-only, or more to the point, weighs 870g with body, card AND a 12-35/f2.8...
Out of interest, why are today's MFT releases getting dropped down the front page on DPR?? I didn't see this, the GH3 announcement or the Oly lens announcement because the 6D preview stayed at the top of the page so I just assumed there was nothing new...
I think the Oly lenses actually started on Page 2 :/
D1N0: Why does it have to be so ugly? Hire a Pentax Fuji designer (Not Marc Newson :p)
Because the K30 is a beautiful example of good design.
pentaxination: Panasonic needs to retire this line. At best, it is a decent video camera. That's it. Boring and shows how the m43 is nearing the end of the road. Maybe they ought to merge two m43 sensors together for some real estate to build on?
Retire the line? Are you completely retarded? Did you just forget how well the GH2 sold?
May as well tell Canon to retire the 5d and tell Nikon that the D800 is a failure.
Intro specifically says multi-aspect sensor but specs say 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 are all 4608 pixels wide...
Once again, please explain?
in the intro you state that "The GH3 gains a weather sealed (dust/splash proof) magnesium alloy body...", but then in the specs you say "Weathersealing - No".
bborowski000: why ?????????????? it's a panasonic lens..................olympus didn't design it so why should they fix anything
@bborowskus000 Its a common format, thus it's better for ALL players (both panasonic and Olympus) if the format is strong...
@olyflyer Where did Olympus blame the lens? They said it was an issue with the body/lens combination...
thinkfat: Interesting. Banding with only one particular lens. The metering program could be wrong with a f/1.7 lens, like underexposing the sensor and digitally pushing the image with banding appearing.
If it was a camera/lens communication problem leading to incorrect metering then the camera would just under/overexpose. The only reason it would then push/pull back to correct exposure is if it *knew* it had made an error, in which case it would be a very very easy firmware fix.
The response from Olympus seems to indicate the problem isn't that simple...
miwo76: I always found it weird that m43 lenses have updateable firmware. I bet this will be fixed by a firmware update to the 20mm f/1.7.
@ Tee1up - both panasonic and Olympus have said point blank that that is not the case. Reuters got it wrong...
Nathebeach: Or maybe, we are just dealing with an extreme design of a small sensor, a small lens, extreme ISO's. Can't have it all. Everything is a trade off in life. Of course I am probably completely wrong but it does make me wonder. Reading that some of the EOS lenses had a similar problem kind of blows my theory out of the water. Still it raises the question, in the pursuit of smallest fastest sharpest everything, at what point do we say "this is good enough?"
Case in point: I am looking at the 19mm Sigma MFT vs the 20mm Panasonic. While I would prefer the Panny (who wouldn't) I could see myself being very happy with the "bulky" 19mm Sigma which seems to be almost as good with the exception of a fast F stop. I just can't justify the extra dough. I guess if you have the dough for the new OM-D though then this does not apply to you.
Not sure where your point is coming from, considering that the Lumix 20mm has been around basically since the start of Micro Four Thirds, and this is the first body that has had this issue.
This has nothing to do with the format, but is a very specific body/lens issue.
robbo d: Solarider.....agreed, its not for forum junky gurus
Take one look, open your mind, think laterally,consider people who arent DSLR, MILC lovers. Its for the phone crowd, fashion conscious and some getting stunning macros.The review was bang on, but your links are typical real world users who arent worried about blinding AF, but moving on from smart phones and loving the IQ.
I dont know how well it sell, but as a marketing tool for mostly non traditional photographers its excellent. I probably wont buy one myself, but I can see who would. Yes AF is not exactly Pentax's strong point up till now, but they have a lot of other qualities lost on many.
It does seem to have a negative effect on the traditional DSLR market who seem to think its a joke. Will that harm Pentax sales of K30 etc......one wouldnt think so, because the negative comment people will always stick to their own prefered camera or brand regardless.
But would my wife or daughter want one........hell yes !!
If it's a marketting tool for 'non-traditional photographers' then why the hell did they base it on the K-mount, which is ONLY going to appeal to buyers with an existing stock (or interest in) of Pentax lenses...? Do you really think the smartphone upgrader will care if you can mount an FA Ltd 31mm?
I don't think even Pentax knows what the K-01 is for...