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rjx

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On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

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Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 06:48 UTC as 256th comment | 2 replies
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the reason: So let me get this straight...
If I wanted this camera with the evf, the lens hood, a carrying case, and a (needed) 2 stop nd filter Id need 3900$? And some of you are ok with this??!! That borders on brain damage.
Anything you have to compare with a leica M to justify it is ridiculously overpriced to begin with.
I dont care if your 30 year old rollei only did 1/500 of a sec, I care that its 2012 and you wanna charge me that much for 1/2000 of a sec.
It amazes me how hard some of you are trying to justify this thing...

To "The Reason"

You can't get something for nothing. I do a good job at justifying the price even though I doubt I'll ever buy one.

How much is the cheapest new full frame camera going for? Nikon D600 $2097

How much for a new Zeiss 35mm F2 ZF? $1117

Total $3214

Yes, this RX1 + accessories might be more expensive than anyone is comfortable paying. I understand. BUT, and here's my justification. The ONLY other discrete full frame option available is the Leica M9, M-E, or M & an expensive 35mm lens.

No, the RX1 is NOT a rangefinder with a built in viewfinder. But it's smaller than the Leica, and capable of better image quality, IMO.

For those that need, or really desire a tiny, discrete full frame camera, this RX1 isn't so crazy of an option if you can afford around $3000.

Just because this is a compact camera automatically means it should be cheap? Yeah that would be nice, but this is a high quality, tiny FF camera with great glass attached. Of course it's not going to be cheap.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 05:40 UTC

To all those bitching about about the price ... don't buy one then. Simple.

Leica M-E ($5450 @ BH) + Leica 35mm 1.4 Summilux-M Aspherical ($4995 @ BH) is a grand total of $10,445
RX1 ($2798 @ BH) + OVF ($599 DPR) + Hood ($179 DPR) totals $3577. That's a savings of $6868.

A few "inexpensive options:"

M-E ($5450 @ BH) + Leica 35mm f/2.5 Summarit ($1895 @ BH) = $7345. $3768 more than the RX1 combo.

M-E ($5450 @ BH) + Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 II ($1399 @ BH) = $6849. $3272 more than the RX1 combo.

While you will NOT have the same shooting experience with the RX1 as you would with the M9, the RX1 will provide those wanting a very discrete FF camera that can't afford a Leica an affordable option. The RX1 is VERY affordable compared to a Leica M9, M-E, or M, as long as you're only interested in shooting @ 35mm, which is the primary focal length of many Leica users.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 14:29 UTC as 13th comment | 7 replies
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zakk9: The Fuji X100 looks increasingly better, and I can have 3 of them for the price of the Sony with a "stick out like a sore thumb" viewfinder.

Why not wait to pass judgment when the camera is actually released and reviewed? And when we can see real world images from the final version ?

Who cares if this is a niche product? If your not the targeted photographer for this camera then why not focus on making great photographs with the gear you have instead of making fun of the camera and it's potential users?

How can you say people that buy this camera are wasting their money only because this is a camera that serves no purpose to you? If someone wants / needs a full frame camera with a great Sony sensor, great lens and in a discrete package, this is a hell of a lot more cost effective (even with an optional VF) than a Leica M9 + 35mm lens. No the RX1 is not a rangefinder, but it's great ISO performance and IQ in a small package will fit well within that niche at that price point.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 14:22 UTC
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Gully Foyle: " It has also moved to quell suggestions that its XF lenses are ready for a full-frame X-mount camera. 'It would not work - XF lenses could not be used with a full-frame sensor'. "

If I'm reading this correctly, it means that current XF lenses cannot be used on FF. It doesn't say that the X mount cannot accommodate an FF sensor. Like the E mount, new lenses should be developed for an FF sensor.

This does still leave open an option for an FF X mount camera.
Am I correct? Or I see things rather too optimistically? :)

This was posted yesterday (20th)
http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/photo-news/539153/fuji-investigates-full-frame-system-camera-sensor

"Kawahara confirmed that the covering circle of Fuji's current X-series lenses is large enough to accommodate full frame.

But he accepted that some current, wider, focal-length lenses would not be fully compatible with full-frame and that this risks alienating existing users.

Asked if full-frame would be possible in an X-Pro1-style body, with the same lens mount, he replied: ‘No, it is different lens by lens. The long zoom lens fits but a wide lens cannot.

‘So, if we introduce a full-size mount we would have to limit the amount [of compatible lenses].'"

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 18:52 UTC
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andreaThode: I am still undecided if I should jump in on the XE-1. Considering the new firmware on the Xpro1 with faster AF and the roadmap for new lenses it's a very intruiging camera package.

But then, the only camera that really turned me on was the RX-1. And I need to see more from this camera before I take the plunge.

In the end, I really applaud fujifilm for listening to the critics and make such efforts to prove they are in this business to stay and care for the customers. That said I was an early adopter of the X100 and sold it a month later because of the slowish overall behaviour ...

andreaThode

Get the XPRO1 if you want something a little meatier in your hands, and want to use the OVF.

If you want something a little smaller, and are happy with the EVF, then the XE1 is the way to go.

You could buy a used XPRO1 and if you decide to buy the RX1, sell the XPRO1 and not really lose any money.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 20:53 UTC
On Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms article (628 comments in total)
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MPA1: Still don't see why they are teaming up with a TV manufacturer...

That I see nothing wrong with.

Sony makes amazing sensors, and has been upping the bar with their cameras. I applaud Sony for taking risks and doing things others aren't.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 20:38 UTC
On Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms article (628 comments in total)

Luca Alessandrini can cry a Mississippi River all he wants.

If you want to sell expensive cameras, fine. But please don't play the photographers as fools. You might be successful selling amazing cameras that cost as much as expensive luxury cars. That's fine. Digital MF systems aren't cheap. But to think those same customers are naive enough to hand over large sums of money for a mirrorless camera that when it comes to image quality, will be no better than the competition (and there's a lot of mirrorless competition). The justification is the materials are more expensive for the lunar. Okay, I guess all the current mirrorless cameras on the market are malfunctioning and falling apart due to not using more "expensive materials." Not!

Hasselblad definitely has the right to do what they want to do. Customers aren't forced to buy one of these new Lunar cameras if they don't want to. But can Hasselblad please stop treating their customer base like naive fools that don't know any better?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 20:35 UTC as 288th comment | 1 reply

Think Tank makes GREAT quality bags!!

Try anything by LowPro (mass produced bags loved by many). And then try something from Think Tank and you'll see and feel the quality differences. The kicker is, TT bags are not much more than the similar LowPro versions, yet the quality and durability is MUCH BETTER.

I'm looking forward to the CityWalker, but imo the colored stripes got to go. lol.

BTW, I use an Urban Disguise 35 and StreetWalker Pro backpack. The streetwalker's have tripod straps so you can carry your tripods. I always carry the Manfrotto 055XPROB + Manfrotto 498RC2 hanging off the backpack on LONG bike rides with NO problems at all.

I guess i'm a fanboy. Great bags for the price.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 20:43 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
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rjx: I was excited when I heard Hasselblad was rumored to announce a mirrorless camera at photokina. But i'm very disappointed with what they actually decided to produce.

Coming from Hasselblad, I didn't expect something cheap or inexpensive. But this camera? Are you joking? I want Hasselblad quality both internally and externally + quality Hasselblad glass to go with it. If I wanted a Sony Nex, I would already have one.

In the past I thought Leica was bad with their pricing. Yes, Leica might charge more than they have to. But a camera like the M9 / M is a special camera and no other camera manufacturer is producing anything like it at the moment.

But in Hasselblad's case, this is just a luxury version of the Sony Nex 7 with a major price increase. I really expected more from Hasselblad. Hasselblad could have created something very unique with their own spin on the mirrorless market. Instead they basically repackage the Nex 7.

On July 27th, this link posted a Hasselblad invitation leak for September 18 Photokina press conference
http://www.1001noisycameras.com/2012/07/hasselblad-sending-invites-for-september-18-photokina-press-conference.html

"In 2002 at photokina Hasselblad launched the revolutionary H System that changed and shaped the medium format market of the new millennium. Embraced by professional and amateur photographers around the world, it is still the unsurpassed standard for craftsmanship and ultimate image quality.

In 2012, 10 years later, our commitment to innovation, evolution and expanding to new horizons is as uncompromising as it has always been in the century long history of Hasselblad."

So the Lunar is Hasselblad's "commitment to innovation?" You got to be joking!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 20:25 UTC
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rjx: I was excited when I heard Hasselblad was rumored to announce a mirrorless camera at photokina. But i'm very disappointed with what they actually decided to produce.

Coming from Hasselblad, I didn't expect something cheap or inexpensive. But this camera? Are you joking? I want Hasselblad quality both internally and externally + quality Hasselblad glass to go with it. If I wanted a Sony Nex, I would already have one.

In the past I thought Leica was bad with their pricing. Yes, Leica might charge more than they have to. But a camera like the M9 / M is a special camera and no other camera manufacturer is producing anything like it at the moment.

But in Hasselblad's case, this is just a luxury version of the Sony Nex 7 with a major price increase. I really expected more from Hasselblad. Hasselblad could have created something very unique with their own spin on the mirrorless market. Instead they basically repackage the Nex 7.

Here's a quote from http://www.hasselbladbulletin.com/uk/jul-2011/update/hasselblad-set-for-growth-under-new-european-owners.aspx
"Hasselblad is planning a rapid expansion of cutting edge capture products and is set to target new imaging markets following the company's acquisition by Ventizz Capital Fund IV, LP, a private equity investor exclusively advised by Swiss- and Germany based Ventizz Capital Partners AG."

Okay, I can see how they're targeting a new market with a Nex-like mirrorless camera. But what's cutting edge about it? The body?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 20:25 UTC

I was excited when I heard Hasselblad was rumored to announce a mirrorless camera at photokina. But i'm very disappointed with what they actually decided to produce.

Coming from Hasselblad, I didn't expect something cheap or inexpensive. But this camera? Are you joking? I want Hasselblad quality both internally and externally + quality Hasselblad glass to go with it. If I wanted a Sony Nex, I would already have one.

In the past I thought Leica was bad with their pricing. Yes, Leica might charge more than they have to. But a camera like the M9 / M is a special camera and no other camera manufacturer is producing anything like it at the moment.

But in Hasselblad's case, this is just a luxury version of the Sony Nex 7 with a major price increase. I really expected more from Hasselblad. Hasselblad could have created something very unique with their own spin on the mirrorless market. Instead they basically repackage the Nex 7.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 20:24 UTC as 250th comment | 3 replies
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rjx: So Canon announced the 6d, as an entry level FF DSLR. All they had to do was continue with the 5D2 at a lower price.

And now Leica announces the M-E, when all they had to do was continue with the M9 at a lower price.

I'd rather have a used 5D2 (price vs quality ratio) than the 6D or 5D3. And I'd rather have a used M9 than the new M-E or "M." The M9 is selling in the low $4k's on EBAY. And now they should dip somewhere in the low to mid $3k's in the near future. :)

Can you imagine the used M9 + new Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 II for a total of around $4600!!

vladimir byazrov

I completely agree with you. But I don't want to use a D800 or 5D on the street when i'm trying to be as discrete as possible.

If I ever get an M9, it's primarily for up close and personal candid street photography with a wide lens, and for travel, etc. I'd use the D800 for nature, portraits and macro.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 01:39 UTC

So Canon announced the 6d, as an entry level FF DSLR. All they had to do was continue with the 5D2 at a lower price.

And now Leica announces the M-E, when all they had to do was continue with the M9 at a lower price.

I'd rather have a used 5D2 (price vs quality ratio) than the 6D or 5D3. And I'd rather have a used M9 than the new M-E or "M." The M9 is selling in the low $4k's on EBAY. And now they should dip somewhere in the low to mid $3k's in the near future. :)

Can you imagine the used M9 + new Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 II for a total of around $4600!!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 21:46 UTC as 81st comment | 5 replies
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uuronl: I just got off the phone with the Leica store in DC. US prices:

M-E $5450
M $6950

IMO there should be a much bigger gap in price. I'd like to see the M-E at around $3999. The M-E is just a repackaged, dumbed-down M9. And used M9 prices are as low as $4000ish, and now those prices will drop further.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 20:02 UTC

Nice. This camera should make the used price of the M9 drop even further.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 19:53 UTC as 93rd comment | 1 reply

I'm enjoying the new announcements that Fuji made. But I really wish Fuji wouldn't make us wait for the 23mm F1.4 and 10-24 F4 lenses. These would be the two most important lenses I'd use with an x mount crop sensor camera and we have to wait until 2013 for these two lenses to be released.

I am / was pretty close to buying an X100. But I don't think I can justify the price since the X-E1 Will be $999, or $1198 for the X-E1 + Leica M Adapter and the ability to use whichever Leica, Zeiss, Voigtlander M mount lens I want.

And the X-PRO1 is even better with the new firmware update
http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n120906_03.html

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 08:30 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
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Cheezr: pricing?

Pre-order links for both Adorama and BH

http://photorumors.com/2012/09/06/fuji-x-e1-and-new-xf-lenses-pre-order-options/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PhotoRumors+%28PhotoRumors.com%29

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 06:53 UTC

Hey Zeiss, would it be too much to ask for a few zoom lenses in ZF / ZE mounts that cost around $1500 - $2500?

I think many photographers would go absolutely nuts for an UWA zoom. And something around 24-70.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 11:10 UTC as 27th comment | 9 replies

The gang over at http://www.thisweekinphoto.com/ have been talking about for a long time how great it would be if someone created a DSLR that would allow something like an Iphone to slide into the camera (be part of the camera) and be used as the cpu / operating system that controls the camera. The iphone could snap into camera and be used as an interface, and we could download specialty apps to use in our cameras. People from all over the world could develop apps we could download from the app store and use in our cameras.

Imagine a camera with an amazing sensor, converters to use the best Canon and Nikon glass, and the interface + ability to use various apps. Sounds awesome to me!

So maybe people will take notice to what David Hunt is doing and cameras will be able to use smart phones in the future.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2012 at 05:03 UTC as 21st comment
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