I always liked the IQ of the big Pentax back from the days I had seen its performance with a Phase 1 back plate (some few pieces).I also like its shape.It would be nice to see how it compares to Leica S1 just for the shake of the comparison.These cams are aimed for high quality works and only few pros have the opportunity to enjoy their performance where it really counts.
aris14: Ι hate proprietary flash shoes...
Hey guys, what I mean is that is unacceptable for me to exist various types hot shoes. As a consumer I don't like to be a test bed for what is going to prevail in the future (example VHS vs Beta videos) or not having the ability to use whatever I want, even in base/standard configurations/performance no matter if I lack the additional options of each brand.It's a matter of industrial standardization.Allow me to return all the "smart" comments, to whom it may concern.
Ι hate proprietary flash shoes...
Sabatia: Its obvious from many of the comments below that too many commenters are comparing this to the or their GX7, EM1/5/10, etc. What makes this camera special is not its image quality--which is right up there--not its evf, not its flash or lack thereof, not its .... No, it is its weight and its size, both of which are groundbreaking in an interchangeable lens camera with a decent size sensor and any sort of evf. I know from having a GM1 that the image quality of the GM5 will allow me to make 17x22 professional-quality prints on my Epson 3880.
Combined with the 12-32 lens, which is the lightest zoom lens for any camera I am aware of and which is capable of taking excellent quality shots and which goes meaningfully wider than 14-xx zooms, you have a superlight highly capable kit perfect for mountain climbing, skiing and discreet travel and street shooting alike.
For me this is all about my back, and my shoulders, and my feet--and my eyes!
.... Equipment is just the facilitator of photography, it is not an end in itself, no matter if we all are more or less geeks or fetishists with our equipment.I personally feel pity for all those geeks of photography who ignore anything but their cams and glasses and devices et all... I call them energy wasters...
ΟΚ guys... Here what I am saying...Who forgot negatives and slides..? No one I guess...A slide was just fine to view it in a show or something, photography in its scientific/technological form allowed that, and made it available for some occasions.Negatives were just the most convenient form to "write down" the captured image. Positives followed just for another use/occasion.Whatever the mean to write down your captured image, paper or whatsoever was and I guess it will remain, no matter the amount of use, the mean to show and expose it. Of course u can see and enjoy your pix in a monitor or a TV screen more or less (color fidelity is in stake, appearance also), but photography is a 2d view and needs to be shown in a proper 2d way.And yes, a photograph has to tell a story sometimes in a better way sometimes in a usual way, otherwise is just for evaluating equipment whatever that may be...
forpetessake: Color reproduction has been always problematic for Panasonic and it still is.
Color reproduction suffers what all cameras' s color reproduction suffer to the eyes of the beholders depending on their cam's brand preferences, their monitor and their understanding of colour as such...
It seems that there are only few of us that understand that photography is what we finally print on paper...Cheers!
Danger!It seems that the current and future generations of rich people tend to be more far more idiots than its predecessors.
Andrew Higgins: I'm curious why Panasonic's m43rds range, and the m43 system, has not caught the imagination of photographers like Fuji's X series. Even Olympus seem to have promoted their m43rds cameras a bit better, overall excellent though the m43rds system is, Fuji seem to be winning the format 'war'.
A lot of photogs are fetishists with the looks of their gear...
Ease at ISO 5000. Nice!
aris14: 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.
All those answers I guess that justify my point of view, that M43 and Four Third as well can cover up the majority of photography needs to my perception. Perception that is having to do with hat you print (how many guys print in larger than A2 size, even for exhibition purposes?) and the vast majority of pix printed in mags. Viewing pics in monitors is not photography. Photography is what is printed on paper.
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...