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.
I have owned one of the smaller FLM heads for years and I'm here to say its close to useless. Think of how you don't want a ball head to function and that's probably a description of how mine functions.
nathanleebush: $20,000??? Bwahahahahahahahahahaha .. and they didn't even bother to fix the ergonomics??? omg .. stop ... hahahahahahhaahhaah
+1 For anyone who, like myself, regularly used analogue ENG/EFP cameras (like Sony 330s) back in the good/bad old days, the ergonomics of the current crop of cameras are simply ridiculous and I can't see why this is necessarily so - given the reduction in size of almost every component you could make them almost any shape. And when I see people using these things (plus still cameras used for video) on tripods I've yet to see one of them with a zoom servo remote fitted, which tells me a lot about the average level of competence.
"Never give a sucker an even break".W.C. Fields
Everlast66: It's shocking how Nikon needed 5 iterations and some copying from here and there to produce a decent compact mirror-less camera.
This should make some people question their firm belief, that when DSLRs are made obsolete by mirror-less cameras, Nikon will somehow all of a sudden come out with industry leading full frame mirror-less camera.
They have to start developing a new mirror-less system now!
"DSLRs will never be obsolete"?Veritably a Titanic assertion.And there'll be no reversing a Custer decision!
SeeRoy: BUY SOMETHING ELSE! And have money to spare to get a tablet too. My SP2/128 is the most problematic hardware I have owned in 30 years. Endless problems - and I'm on my second unit, MS having replaced the original after 11.5 months of complaints about the first one. This one's no different.Endless firmware/OS update problems (latest today). Screen brightness instability. MD adapter risks damaging the unit beyond economic repair. Battery replacement costs almost £200!!! Type kb failed after a few months. Power adapter fitting falls out easily (both examples). Accessories hard to find or unavailable (no car adapter.) Wireless display adapter completely unreliable. MS Bluetooth mouse freezes unpredictably (both units.)Maybe the SP3's better; but that's what I thought when I bought the SP2...Now someone's going to say "mine's OK..."
Apple fanboy? That's a *****ng joke. I haven't owned Apple hardware since 1990. That said Apple charge about £90 to replace an iPad battery.See the MS forums if you think I'm exaggerating - there have been endless problems. This product - ALL MS hardware that I've bought in the last year - is overpriced junk. Buy something by all means - best of luck. (As I'm typing the screen spontaneously dimmed by about 30%.) Part of the problem has been with the implementation of W 8.1 on this device. I'm running the same OS on an Intel workstation without any comparable problems. My comments are absolutely accurate. I've been doing this stuff for 30+ years, most of that time professionally and owned or used hundreds of devices. I've also had my own electronics R&D and manufacturing business selling hardware through one of the biggest Japanese companies.Fanboys? Unlike many posters here I don't give a hoot; it just has to work. This stuff is overpriced junk.
BUY SOMETHING ELSE! And have money to spare to get a tablet too. My SP2/128 is the most problematic hardware I have owned in 30 years. Endless problems - and I'm on my second unit, MS having replaced the original after 11.5 months of complaints about the first one. This one's no different.Endless firmware/OS update problems (latest today). Screen brightness instability. MD adapter risks damaging the unit beyond economic repair. Battery replacement costs almost £200!!! Type kb failed after a few months. Power adapter fitting falls out easily (both examples). Accessories hard to find or unavailable (no car adapter.) Wireless display adapter completely unreliable. MS Bluetooth mouse freezes unpredictably (both units.)Maybe the SP3's better; but that's what I thought when I bought the SP2...Now someone's going to say "mine's OK..."
Mike FL: Mini DisplayPort? Not HDMI? What's wrong with Microsoft?
Microsoft just lost some potential users who uses tablet as HTPC b/c part of the reason that Windows has "windows media center" which is kind of like TiVo.
One of my HTPC is Windows which is not too bad even TiVo's OS is more stable than Windows.
BTW: Windows RT is a joke, and finally Microsoft gets rid of Windows RT.
Because it won't fit properly. Even the MS overpriced version exerts so much leverage on the socket that it's just a matter of time before a disastrous breakage. The Surface range (I have an SP2P) is disastrously bad. So many deficiencies there's not enough room here to recount them. Microsoft hardware is ALL uniformly sh!t.
How variable the variable ND is is a secret.
DxO software (which I've tried but don't use) seems to be the only software that goes some way to correct the "volume anamorphosis" effect which creates such horrible stretching distortion at the edges of the frame of these EWAs. I have the Nikon 14-24 which exhibits the same effect, excellent lens though it is in most respects. It would be interesting to see a direct comparison of these two lenses at 14mm.
If you regularly use a back pack (I do) the Capture Clip works just fine*. The shoulder straps really do distribute the weight to the point where you can even carry a DSLR comfortably (I no longer do.) Whether this device is better or worse, the last thing I need is the weight of even an M43 camera and lens dragging on a belt - guaranteed to bruise your hip pretty fast.* The CC QR plate jams more often than it should. I've lost a number of wildlife shots because of this.
Hilarious pricing!"Never give a sucker an even break"W.C. Fields
Calvin Chann: I have no problem with these bags because they don't scream camera bag. I'd actually prefer it if they didn't even have the company name on the front but discreetly put it somewhere else. As for cost, you generally get what you pay for and I won't decide on their pricing until I can see one in the flesh.
"You generally get what you pay for". Yeah?
Drazen Stojcic Buntovnik: I'm puzzled as to what justifies the enormous cost. Their usual Roller series, which we've used for years, are made with 1600-2000 denier ballistic nylon. These are 840. Their other models also use the high-quality YKK zippers, have included rain covers, laptop sleeves, TSA locks and actually offer more features then the Echelon series. What's the catch??? The design is very average and I would be hard pressed to justify paying 800$ for a leather handle grip. Does. Not. Compute.
"Never give a sucker an even break"W.C. Fields