Stacey_K: " and successive cameras".... well that is unless Olympus decides to change the lens mount again. I'm done trusting this company to support the customers who invest in their system.
Through corporate mis-management and a partnership with a crappy sensor manufacturer (panasonic), Olympus killed the 4/3 mount right as they had a sensor (the one used in the OMD) in their hands that would have made their lovely ZD 4/3 optics shine. Instead they pull this bait and switch to m4/3. I give then 3-4 years before they bail on this format and switch to yet another mount.
Olympus's problem has never been their optics, and I'm sure these will be fantastic lenses. But I'm willing to bet they will decide in the future the 4/3 sensor is too small and ditch this mount, leaving anyone who buys these lenses left in an orphaned system. I would never trust this company again after what they did with 4/3.
The only "thing" pixel peepers may contribute in what we call photography is to bridge the gap between gadget's fans and the people asking "is this camera takes nice pics"?
M43 is just fine. M43's cams can cover up at least the 98% of the needs a full frame SLR can deliver, the same way an SLR can cover up the 98% of the needs larger sensors cams deliver (ppi's and special needs for DOF).It's MHO that if m43 cams were produced in the same numbers as DSLRs the cost of a decent m43 cam system would be the 60-80% of that of DSLRs.So any addition to the range of glasses available is more than welcomed.Oly has a long tradition of producing top glasses.
I don't like gold. Where is the platinum one?
ennemkay: such a sexy camera.
Form follows function...
LarsLeibgott: I would very much like DPR to run a simple dust test on all these cameras. A Google search for the X100/X100s, RX100 line, Ricoh GR, X30, and so on down the line, reveals that sensor dust is a fairly serious problem (serious in relative terms, of course) with fixed lens compacts. I think it should be par for the course once DPR finish their hands on - f/16 at the sky and check for dust. These are cameras that have street photography very much in mind in terms of design, so it's not like shooting at f/11 and above is an abnormal condition. What do you say, DPR?
Ι still have and cherish the FZ-30 some eight years now. No dust!Its only aging problems are a slight reluctance of the flash pop up mechanism (1 out of 10 times) and the thumb rester in the back of the camera which has to be in place from time to time. Pictures taken so far 180.000.
Good for Sony. Nikon 7100 still great...!
A great all rounder that weighs 540 gr.
Sorry guys. It's just a shaken photo which accidentally seems to be focused in the can and the top of hair, nobody can tell... Just a bad sample...
A nice idea for all open Archaeological sites in Greece and there are so many of them. He he he...
1/1.7 sensors would be just fine if the output is not counting more than 8Mps. Given, of course, fine optics and software. Who really needs more?
If those enthusiasts print their work seriously (size >A4) a larger sensor would be more adequate...
mpgxsvcd: I am going to say what most people are thinking. “I hate this camera because the camera company I usually buy from didn’t make it”. Cameras are devices that people have to get accustomed to. The menus, how the view finders look, how the settings and controls work all play into the overall experience.
Panasonic does not advertise their cameras enough so not enough people know about them. The single biggest problem with this camera is that it is made by Panasonic. If it was made by Canon or Nikon everyone in the world would know about this camera because they would have seen it on a commercial on T.V.
Panasonic’s advertising department needs to get busy if they want to make this camera the success it is capable of being.
Strong brand names have invested millions of $ in promoting their products. The result is that a serious amount of word of mouth of people who are fans of these products do the job. Companies that are not, they have to build their own word of mouth mass. Pana is already good at it, possessing a serious market share already, if not gorgeous having in mind that is less than 12 years in the market and with a fragment of the promotion cost of Canikons.Btw I never understood why pro or not so pro photogs are fans of one brand or another. What kind of pro you are if u don't have a clear view of what u need every, let's say three or five years since no company really gives u an actual reward for being brand loyal.
EssexAsh: i look forward to the independent tests that will really tell us what the dpi is.
Dpis in this case is out of question. Just use it.
nitroman: Is the dMax of 4.0 good for scanning transparencies ?
It is more than enough. More important to get high IQ is scanner's software, no matter what we usually think.
colourgeek: Glad to see Epson continuing to make slight improvements, and continue selling scanners. A lot of comments on scan resolution. With smaller format films like 35mm optical resolved lines at 2200-2300 pip is really sufficient for negatives, and only a few positive films shot with excellent lenses would require more. While I have an older 4870, I just don't scan film, not even my archives.
When I did I used to scan on my ICG drum scan which if correctly done outdoes all CCD scanners. Trick is with scanners like Epson to get the best scans, you need to wet mount. Since they include a wet mount for the 850 problem solved as well as a modern scanner with software to run it. All the other great scanners of the day are long gone, so you have no choice, nor is it necessary to talk about the quality on those old scanners.
I used an ICG 330 for professional use. I replaced it some many years ago with the film scanners of Nikon (Coolscan 4000/5200) which in many cases had nothing to be jealous of ICG scan quality.Wet mount is a plus, Silver Fast is just great.I think it's a plus that Epson is the king of that niche market.
aris14: 12 to 16 Mp would be fine.No reason for 20 Mp...That stands for all 1" sensors...
What I was trying to say is that a lot of MPs do not necessarily suggest higher IQ. The fact that manufacturers had availability of those or other sensors, theirs or third party, leave me totally indifferent. The race for MPs is aiming to people who have rather lose relationship with photography.
Brilliant approach in overall cam's design ...
12 to 16 Mp would be fine.No reason for 20 Mp...That stands for all 1" sensors...
Μ 60. A new effort for a new status symbol to be created.Marketing designed with emphasis on understatement and a vintage nuance... The central ISO dial on the back is just an artist's leftover for similar image purpose and a rather kinky functionality...OK, the camera as camera is just fine...
The only thing printer manufacturers have to understand is that the user's print cost of all consumables, i.e paper and inks, of a photo printer has to drop down to $1,00 maximum per A3+ sheet/photo.
Ι 'd like to think they are not going to produce an anniversary replica with all the modern digital goodies...