Well, I have an older 16-45mm. I'm sure this new one is better, but I don't know that the difference would make me a better photographer.
And then there's the cost. $1,000 is a lot of money!
SnapHappy32: The next US residing poster who complains about the 3.000 price tag should visit my neck of the woods. Nikons official pricing is close to 4.800 USD incl. VAT. Ex VAT there is still a difference of 600 USD.
Freak off. The A7 including kit lens is priced at 2.700.
The D600 however is now down to 2.000 USD, even AFTER the introduction of the D610.
Shut it - seriously.Or get a new hobby. If you can't afford that - pick up knitting.
I'm sorry for the rude rant, but it really p*'s me of. You guys are much better of price wise.
I don't think I could ever learn to knit. Insanely complicated. Will stick with my Pentax K-01... also 16 MP, slightly less image quality than the FFs... but then, only $400.
New wine in an old bottle. Strange, looking back, how ugly those old cameras were.
It looks sort of like an old Nikon, but works like a new one? So -- the only reason to buy is an external packaging change? Who cares?
For the money, why not a solid silver body ... actually, for durability, 93% silver, 7% copper, like the old US silver dollars. Silver's only $21 per ounce these days, wouldn't exactly be a cost problem.
Then, you could add value by having famous firearms silersmiths make classic silver etchings and carvings... deer, ducks, all that hunting stuff.
And since it's a camera, Leica could sell special silver-toned paper, just to ice the cake.
Interesting -- folks travelling around via horse and wagon. Surprised they haven't made the move to RVs or motorhomes... a much easier life, and not that much more expensive. Or an old school bus, like our hippies used back in the 1960s. Lots of room, and you can paint them up any way you want.
Not a bad life, given decent weather. Great adventures for the kids, so long as they have other kids to play with.
As for the photos, many have a sort of smartphone look, but I suppose that's the style these days.
Gee, those lenses are EXPENSIVE!
That new Pentax K-3 looks like a much better deal.
Gesture: Good thoughts, also 25 centers for the phone booth ... oh, scratch that.
Small LED flashlight?
Absolutely the LED flashlight! They are getting very powerful, last forever, and you can put an orange gel over them to warm up the light.
I'd add some gaffer tape, not a full roll, just a few pieces.
CameraLabTester: Shutter shock?
Oh come on!
Get a leaf!
Apewithacamera: What Brand of UV protector filter wood be good for this lense?
Yes, didn't they make one? Or maybe that was for one of those Sigma Foveon cameras. Somebody, anyway, got carried away and made a wood body recently.
JDThomas: Why are people complaining about the price of lenses on a camera they will never even OWN?
If you want to complain about the price of a Leica lens you should at least own the camera otherwise your complaints are irrelevant.
When you buy into a camera system you do so willingly, knowing that lenses are part of the price equation.
I love my Sigma 35mm f/1.4, but I wouldn't buy a Sigma lens to slap on my $22,000 camera body.
Gee, you mean I can't get a Sigma 1.4 adapter for my Leica S? How the mighty have fallen, indeed.
Zerg2905: It's like buying (and driving it yourself) the Mercedes S (or even a bigger "chariot"): an out of this world car, but not for me. I like kevlar, ceramics and "4 motion" V12 or W16... Cheers! :):):)
Zerg, you could do worse than a used VW Phaeton sedan... absolutely great quality, inexpensive now. Or, if you could bring yourself to stoop to lesser V-8s, a used Cadillac XLR roadster. Great cars!*and a whole lot less than the Leica package!
First impressions... what? You couldn't take it to a beach... or find a nearby swimming pool? Suggest breaking that test budget and rent a motel room... hit that pool... and see how it works in snorkel-depth water. And, while you're at it, why not put a test target on the bottom of the pool... say at the 2-meter depth line... and start a reference standard for future underwater camera tests?
Waterproof? It'll sell in Seattle!
I have a Sony RX100. Now, I don't know if I'm comparing apples with oranges, but why on earth would someone buy this Leica?
Given that size, why not have it double as a Zippo cigarette lighter?
Actually, now that I think of it, why not stick a 35mm-equiv fixed lens small camera in a replica Zippo lighter case? Great branding possibilities... military Zippo case designs, college sports case designs, etc, etc...
Rich kid with a Leica.Could also put it on self-timer and flush it down a toilet, with equally fascinating results.
Virtually Grey: It's a Supermarine Spitfire, not a Seafire. Or is it known by another name outside of the UK where they were made?
Says 'Royal Navy' near the tail... it's a Seafire!
He's just published the second part -- how to kick the habit -- at http://www.f-stopeight.com/the-self-talk-retorts-of-an-ex-gear-addict-how-i-started-breaking-free-from-gas/#more-44946
A good read!