Johannes Zander: And what did he play?
I imagine Dmitri Shostakovich would be tempted to name the piece "A Russian composer's kazoo to justified criticism." A perfect response to accusations of bourgeois formalism. Putin'd probably still walk out in the interval though.
As with so many high end consumer devices, the justification for this product has little to do with either functionality or aesthetics. It relies on the desire of people with an surfeit of funds to indulge their own self-image. Like every other camera currently on sale it'll be gathering dust on a shelf within - let's be generous - 10 years.
SeeRoy: "Never give a sucker an even break"W.C. Fields
"Never give a sucker an even break"W.C. Fields
As the owner of an EM5 (I guess we have to retrospectively assign it a "MK1" label) this sort of nonsensical product says a great deal about Olympus, and indeed the entire camera business. If the MK2 itself is anything like the MK1 then addressing the cosmetics with a "limited edition" - for people stupid enough to care how the top plate looks - whilst failing to address the fact that the camera has only two good attributes embedded in a host of failings, is to treat the consumers as fools: probably correctly.1) The files are excellent, other things being equal. 2) The camera is small and light.However the general handling, firmware and ergonomics are pitifully bad. There's also the fact that in an industry where the replacement cycle is engineered to a frequency of about 18 months, the idea of "collectability" (as in film era hardware) is just a joke.
SeeRoy: The 8mm FE is announced at $999. Currently the Samyang MF 7.5mm 2.8 FE is available for less than £200. I have the Samyang and it's excellent. It should be pretty obvious that if there's one lens that doesn't really need AF, it's an FE.Save yourselves lots of money unless you're planning to shoot goodness knows what, with an FE, in the rain.
Yep, it's 3.5.Me culpa. Personally I don't find much use for FEs except for VR pano creation where I want maximum DOF so I usually shoot at equivalent F8. I'm amazed that people find many uses for FEs other than this, so all the other criteria pass over my head. I own the Nikkor 10.5 and the 16mm. The 10.5 is the best of the three in terms of flare.
The 8mm FE is announced at $999. Currently the Samyang MF 7.5mm 2.8 FE is available for less than £200. I have the Samyang and it's excellent. It should be pretty obvious that if there's one lens that doesn't really need AF, it's an FE.Save yourselves lots of money unless you're planning to shoot goodness knows what, with an FE, in the rain.
These are daft focal lengths for MFT application since they more or less duplicate existing, reasonably priced equivalents (in many cases faster) from other brands - notably Olympus and Panasonic themselves.Why "deceptively pleasing"? Are they in reality repulsive? Do explain.
One of the more expensive torches (aka flashlights) I've seen advertised today. Still..."Never give a sucker an even break"W.C. Fields
Papi61: "capable of firing off 125 6x6 frames per second"
What kind of magazine would that require for a 10-second burst? Not to mention a whole gallon of lubricating oil for the entire system to not grind to a halt after 2 seconds...
Whale oil be f*cked. Sustainable whales I trust?
technocamper: I'm holding out for Zeiss' ultra-budget Destitouit series.
I'm not holding out for the Destitouit. I haven't bought one of those even before they do become available. So once they do I won't have to not buy one. If however they never become available I'll be doubly ahead of the game. In any case even if I did buy one I doubt that it'd make my snaps any worse.
Of course the manufacturers in question could always adopt a radical and innovative procedure; test the bl00dy gear before putting it on the market. But why do that when there are hundreds of thousands of punters out there willing to test the stuff for you, most of whom aren't even likely to notice the faults anyway? Releasing half-developed and ergonomically deficient photographic equipment is by now the well-established norm - so why spend money on testing and possibly having to re-engineer products when you've plenty of experience of getting away with not doing so? In any case the faults just create a terrific opportunity to sell the dummies a replacement device 18 months later which has the faults ironed out and a new set incorporated.
I'm not in the market for this kind of gear (although I did look at and reject GP for external timelapse application a couple of years ago). But if I was I'd say that integral waterproofing is a huge plus. Having read the comments here nobody seems to care about that, which I find odd.
yonsarh: I just bought Fuji X30, and why everytime I bought a camera, announces a new model >.< ????
And you only just noticed this?
JohnEwing: Why not screw a lobster to it and call it an "homard"?
Absolutely. That would go well if worn with a white sports coat.(Now let's see if anyone can identify my reference there...)
keith james taylor: I think I will waite for the pro vershion so that i can take better photographs ;)
Never play poker with a man called "Doc". And never buy a product prefixed "Pro".
straylightrun: I remember when that shill Steve Huff was promoting the Hasselblad Stellar and calling it good value! Now this is much more affordable and practical... If you want to stick a big grip on your pocket camera that is.
"Huff". Yes, the man sure has an apt name.
Very amusing, Fotodiox.