Ironically, a person with enough disposable income to purchase this camera would just hire a photographer to make pretty pictures.
Dear Leica, 1984 called and they would like their camera back.
Retzius: It appears that Leica's CAD software is only able to draw circles and squares.
I can see a Leica engineer now screaming in a German accent: "Circles and squares only. We will have no ovals, triangles, or any complex polygons when designing this camera. Circles and squares only! Schnell!"
Jim, the camera market and most photographers prefer affordable, portable, and easy to use camera bodies and lenses. The OM-D is small, light, cheap, and intuitive. I could buy 15 OM-D cameras for the price of the SL body alone. If you think "the camera market and most photographers" are demanding a $7500 full frame body that is the same size as a medium format camera than you should work for Leica. Perhaps you guys can both figure out why they still can't reach even 1% market share.
Mizudori: it's a pretty impressive camera, and it seems people are being a bit harsh and not looking at it in perspective. Sure it's significantly bigger than an A7, but it also does more than double burst fps. A D4s can do 11fps, but is also 60% heavier and lower resolution as well. If you are looking at a new D4s, then you may be within price range for an SL (body) anyway. Even coming from a D800e, you could still shave 150g. The SL fills a niche that no one else is meeting right now, and makes for a more mobile pro sports camera, so it should find it's market. Leica's have always been niche anyway.Price is pretty typical for Leica, but perceived value will be different for everyone. Other pro bodies in the $5,000+ range deliver similar performance, but with greater bulk. If you don't like the design or controls, that's a more subjective matter. The original leicaflex SL was no beauty either in my opinion. The OM-D has unlabeled dials and people seem to like being able to customize those...
I don't think you understand why pro sports shooters tend to shoot only Nikon and Canon. Its not because they make big, fast, cameras. Its because they have Professional Services that can repair, replace, and lend you bodies so you can get the job done and they are physically at almost all major sporting events to help pros do their work and get paid. What would a pro sports shooter do if this camera broke in the middle of the National League Playoff Series? Call Germany or a Leica repair center and hope for a 1 month turnaround? A Canon shooter would use their spare body, then walk over to Canon Pro Services who would give them another body for the rest of the game while their onsite tech looked at your camera. If they couldn't fix it they would overnight your body back to you for the next event so you can do work and get paid. That is why pros shoot Canon and Nikon and the other companies won't ever break into pro sports until they create that infrastructure.
Ben Woodard: In my opinion this is about getting back in the game for Leica. Right now very few pros use Leica cameras anymore as their workhorses. Whereas they were the tool of choice for the professionals. And there are just too many things that you really can't do with a rangefinder.
Leica now can get these into the hands of professionals, professionals who are now flocking to the A7 but unlike the A7 this is a fully professional camera. Totally uncompromisingly professional.
Sabastiao Salgado will probably be given one and probably all the old Leica pros that grudgingly found that they had to defect to DSLRs to do what they wanted. Then Leica will be considered the top of the heap again. The thing to aspire to.
Sebasto Salgado is 72... I doubt he wants to carry around that giant howitzer of a camera
Zvonimir Tosic: Thank God for Leica; they are delivering things as they should be done — right and without cutting corners. It was about time that someone teaches Japanese and Korean toddlers how mirrorless things are done. This is pro thinking, first time in digital mirrorless history; everything else we had so far was kindergarten play.
Thats some big words for a camera company that aspires to one day reach 1% market share
It appears that Leica's CAD software is only able to draw circles and squares.
Ive heard the mirrorless-bigger-than-an-SLR is the new thing.
All the kids want one
That camera looks like it was made out of toilet paper tubes and cardboard boxes taped together and painted black :O
Retzius: This seems to be a solution in search of a problem. "I love taking pictures with my phone but just wish it had a bigger sensor" said no one ever....
If you are that involved in image making you will carry a camera. If you are happy using a camera phone you will just carry a phone. The market for this problemless solution is incredibly small.
So you're saying people want a phone with great image quality but then you say they "Now will they carry a camera dongle like this for their phone? Probably not."
Then it doesn't make any difference does it? The product is solution in search of a problem... the market for people that will actually buy it (which is all that matters anyway) is basically nonexistant
This seems to be a solution in search of a problem. "I love taking pictures with my phone but just wish it had a bigger sensor" said no one ever....
Up next, the Zeiss Vulvis
Otis and now Milvus? I am sure these are nice lenses but these are the most ridiculous names ever... they should just call their next high end lens the Bestus and get it over with.
Hipsters Unite! This is the perfect way to carry your Nikon Df and Fuji Instax to all those poetry readings.
Retzius: Nice video! Unfortunately, it really underscores Nikon's poor attitude towards DX users. If you are going to use all pro level FX glass and pro lighting (like in the video) you aren't going to buy a semi-pro DX camera... It is rather awkward that you need pricey pro FX glass to showcase your flagship DX product. If Nikon had made a smaller, less expensive, f2.8 trinity for DX I could see the point of a video like this, but the way things stand it seems like failed vision on Nikon's part.
With all due respect, the target market of the D7200 is not as a back up camera for the D810... Will Nikon defenders ever realize that Nikon made a poor decision not supporting semi-pro DX? Probably not.
Nice video! Unfortunately, it really underscores Nikon's poor attitude towards DX users. If you are going to use all pro level FX glass and pro lighting (like in the video) you aren't going to buy a semi-pro DX camera... It is rather awkward that you need pricey pro FX glass to showcase your flagship DX product. If Nikon had made a smaller, less expensive, f2.8 trinity for DX I could see the point of a video like this, but the way things stand it seems like failed vision on Nikon's part.
a bunch of pictures of a fountain and a bowl of apples don't really show what this camera is capable of...
I think this camera is ridiculously priced except for very high end portrait photographers who book celebrity sittings. these types of images do not show why they would use this camera instead of a competing medium format brand.
thanks all at dpreview but I'm just keeping it real
Looks like a rich hipster's dream come true
They must have excess inventory to clear...
In theory, this could improve AF accuracy as well