I at least admire them for sticking to the original design of the lens, foibles and all.
I also wouldn't mind playing with one. But it reminds me of a lot of fads, fun today. A dust collector tomorrow.
If some people find value in it for their style of shooting, more power to them.
ericwestpheling: I own a set of Manfrotto CF legs (055MF4) that had ONE plastic locking tab break off after 6 years of use. This was 1 of 9 small plastic tabs, so it was bound to happen.
After searching I found there were no spare parts available online (either from the vendor or 3rd party).
I sent the legs to Manfrotto for repair and waited over 3 weeks for a reply. I was quoted $70 to do the repair: replacing a small plastic tab.
I asked for the parts to be sent to me and I could do the replacement and was told that was not an option. I was offered to replace my product with a new version with a $40 discount. This would cost $300 out of pocket.
I was told that 6 years was "A long time" for this set of legs to have lasted.
If you are working with gear, do the math: investing $300 every 4-6 years adds up.
$70 for a small plastic part is not acceptable.
I implore you to avoid Manfrotto if you like your gear and don't want to needlessly replace it when THEY say its beyond its lifespan.
Weird, I looked up the part, and it's ₤7http://www.gitzospares.com/index.php?route=product/product&keyword=r190.396&product_id=927 so what, less than $20 shipped? Just guessing on shipping costs. They sell Manfrotto/Gitzo everything. http://www.manfrottospares.com/ - the part number took me to a URL that say's gitzo (some folks just don't want to know). I've got a Bogen and a Manfrotto - and will keep them as long as they provide service. I wonder if some of these newer companies will provide parts in the future at all. I've gotten a Sirui M3204X recently and love it - but parts? TBD!
victorian squid: Nah, a whole bunch of excitement went away. If it's just a DXXXX with squared edges - BFD.
A truly and fully manual digital camera would have been something. This looks like another hipster/poseur product. I'd have been all over a fully manual skinny little DSLR like white on rice. This looks like it gives the feeling of manual control (speed controls on dial), perhaps it's more than that - I guess we'll have to wait a little longer.
And I wouldn't get too excited about no oil on the sensor or other current problems unless this sucker is built in Japan (again) - which would at least raise the interest level a point or two.
And your reply doesn't "smack of snobbery"? Were you ever even around to use a fully manual camera? 4x5? Medium format? Own a studio? E-6 processor?
Yeah. I'd love a fully manual camera. No bragging rights. I don't "hang" with anybody to brag to, much less somebody like you. I shoot for the joy of shooting and could care less about the equipment that gets me there. I'd love to have something that was exactly like my F cameras with a digital back.
If you had read my post you would also see that I said perhaps it's more than that (wait and see) - but you're obviously blinded by your fandom. I'm a purist yes, but not a dick.
Nah, a whole bunch of excitement went away. If it's just a DXXXX with squared edges - BFD.
They really should have virtual film. Instead of the useless creative effects they've got now for direct to JPG, why not virtual film? Kodachrome, Ektachrome, Velvia, Optima, Pan, and associated ASA/ISO. That would be a direct to JPG effect I might actually use.
It'd be even funnier if you had to "wind" the sucker for each shot. And, you'd have to spend extra for a battery grip that would allow you to shoot multiple shots in succession! Nikon could bleed folks an extra $400 for that goody alone!
Oh - didn't see Frank's comments below - I guess I wasn't as facetious as I thought!
I've still got my FE2, and my wife her FM (my Grandmother killed my FE). More importantly, I've got *and use* my AI and AI-S lenses on my Canon gear! Those lenses rock - AI-S 28 f2.8, AI-S 50-135 f3.5, 50 f1.4 to name but 3 of my favorites.
I'd love to have a tiny little digital body with simple ergonomics that those lenses would feel at home on. I'm assuming this would be a non-AF system to keep the dimensions in check. I can totally deal with no AF as long as we've got something like the split-prism viewfinder they were made for! And as cinemascope says - aperture control on the lenses? Why not? Worked for me! While $3k is pushing something theoretically that simple, $1.5-2k is something I'd think I'd bite on.
But knowing typical corporate design by committee - they'll blow this one too.
Unelss it's a poor illustration of a new model - it's fake.
Come on guys? How many problems need to be pointed out? Obvious or less obvious? Ok, let's take obvious first. The wood grain (besides being the wrong type)? See how it's vertical even where the grip sticks out? Real wood would have "new" grain further out. We'd see it changing. It wouldn't look 2D like that unless...I won't even mention the "burn" shadows on the body next to the grip.
Now less obvious. What's going on with the edge of that - what would have been a shutter button? It's there, then it's not there, then it's there. UGh.
So, this warrants a posting? How can it be a hoax when it's so blatantly bad?Did I wander into camerarumors.net?
Yeah. It reminds me of the "No Stairway to Heaven" sign in the guitar store in the Wayne's World movie. Some photos should never be taken anymore. The first million were enough.
I was actually sort of hoping the book would be a dictionary with the word "cliche" or "overdone" in there.
That said - I probably couldn't take that shot that nice so I've really got no right to poke fun - and have to say well done.
SemperAugustus: I would happily trade-in my LR4 for any of these two packages. If they launch a competitive trade in program they will really poach many ADBE customers.
Lightroom 4 never should have seen daylight. It's a known fact that the program slowed to a crawl after LR3. It was cheaper for them to come out with 5 and charge people for the "new features" than to give everyone a fix (read a whole new release) for 4.
That said, and as much as I dislike Adobe these days - LR5 is a huge improvement and I actually use it now.
victorian squid: Sadly (or happily) some of those very items are mere feet away from me in my camera closet. I've still got rolls of cartridge film I never developed. And, what else am I going to look at my slides on?
I used to own a firm with an E-6 processor, and Kodak was literally down the street for the fancy kodachrome stuff. We had light tables built in everywhere.
I bet I could still load a 4x5 pretty fast. A bicycle, not so much.
Now get off my lawn you darned kids!
I've considered going to Scan Cafe, but we're talking thousands of slides. It was free for me - like digital is now. So, I'd need to edit it down to stay on something resembling a budget.
I've also considered a good slide scanner and doing it myself. Speaking of old days I remember getting a Nikon slide scanner at our firm that was probably $20k. It wouldn't pass muster for a $50 epson these days.
I've got a large format Epson 10000XL that's calibrated - so a slide scanner would be a nice addition. Now, to find the time!
Sadly (or happily) some of those very items are mere feet away from me in my camera closet. I've still got rolls of cartridge film I never developed. And, what else am I going to look at my slides on?
I'm familiar enough with rudimentary industrial design enough to make a wild guess that the back layout was designed for an articulated screen. It's harder to bunch up the buttons if you've got all that room on the left (or bottom) and instead follow the layouts of previous generation XD and XXD cameras. The grip wrapping the edge is another giveaway.
Did they cut features at the last second, chicken out or get greedy? I had to read and reread the AF specs, that's truly a head-scratcher. This would have made more sense a year or two ago, but now? Having pretty much bet on this thing, I have second thoughts. I'm sure Canon was counting on folks like me jumping at a $2k FF - but did they count on us too much?
I'll wait for the reviews to come in and hope they've proven me wrong. Even if it were offered at a hefty discount, the camera (on paper) feels like too much like a lateral step at this point.
Sigma 10-20 flare example - shooting directly towards sun.
Tamron 70-300 VC Low Light example
Sigma 17-50 chart test - forgot to turn off OS - oops!
Sigma 10-22 uncorrected straight from camera example
Non HDR Maui Hotel example
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 DOF test