iAPX: And why not a "modern anachronism" or even an Uchronia?!?
Maybe in this world of multi-purpose tool, it's weird something that just want to do one thingg: taking Black & White photos, and doing it well (I prefer to forget the video mode! lol). But I really think it's interesting to consider, and I wonder if Fuji or others will challenge Leica, with an interchangeable-lens Black & White camera, with an hybrid eyefinder.
Fujifilm X100M? Could be so much fun - and possibly even affordable...
Edit: Spotted someone else bringing up this model name as well further down...
TSeiler: I thought that DP stood for Digital Products. What is a film camera doing here?
May be an analog camera, but scanned film is also digital...
fmian: I loved the entire concept of the X100 series. The hybrid finder is the only thing in the last several years of camera releases that has excited me.Good to see this release tweaking the usability of the camera.My only personal wish would be for the lens to be a little easier to control. I'd be happy if it was slightly bigger with the aperture ring and focus ring more prominent. Also a good focus ring travel distance that stops at either end of the scale so pre focusing can be done without looking at the camera.Basically more tuned for manual focus use.But... still tempted to get one of these.If only I didn't just order 20 rolls of Fujifilm...
The "rangefinder" OVF was never meant to compete with a DSLR viewfinder, which in turn does not compete when it comes to seeing outside the frame when looking through the viewfinder...
Canon, It's Impossible!___________________
The LEDs, the controls, the colour schemes - a photographic boombox...
pdelux: Thats Innovation! More Ram and remove the red dot. *Throw Bags of money* at leica.
The red DOT will come on the Limited Edition Version for an extra $2000 to be released later this year.
Besides designing and producing quite fine branded cameras in Germany, Leica is also unique in having a portfolio of luxury products with a positive price elasticity: increased price will increase sale! This is very rare, but seen with luxury products with a low volume.
To Leica it DOES pay off to raise the price, as the product becomes more unachievable to most of us and more "valuable" to the owners...
mcam: I'd suggest to always state that while these 2x or 1.5x equivalence affect DOF, they don't affect exposure. For example, on the first page after "As such, you can say that a 50mm f/2 for Micro Four Thirds is equivalent to a 100mm f/4 Full Frame lens in terms of both field-of-view and depth-of-field." you can add "However, in terms of exposure, f/2 is always f/2."
I've seen many new DSLR users got confused when they were told about aperture equivalence. After reading the first page of your article, I have to say that it is likely to create the same confusion.
...However, in terms of exposure, f/2 is always f/2...
Exactly; the main purpose of the aperture is to adjust incoming light for proper exposure and in that context F2 is F2. However, to many the aperture is (misunderstood as) a measure of the ability of the lens to produce out-of-focus blur - and for bokeh, aperture equivalence (the multiplication by crop factor) is the way to compare (even though distance and optical design are essential)...
Brilliant article, so well written and with good examples and comparisons. It should go straight into the DPReview Top 10 for articles posted - @Richard, why not have such a list of your most popular work?
This article should end of all these endless discussions on "equivalence" in forums and elsewhere - and of course it doesn't! And the hundreds and hundreds of comments are equally entertaining and interesting to read.
Thanks Richard, and everybody enriching this article with comments...
...but is it meant to be turned on? ;-)
h2k: I think the combination of fast-motion and tilt-shift effect makes it.
As so often in documentaries, i liked the imagery and didn't like the music. It feels a tad funny to call a movie "City of Samba" and then use this kind of score.
For me the stronger effects in the Singapore film were tiring after a very short while.
...as for the soundtrack, you can find more background story by the composer, here:
Awesome - both the filming and the carnival itself! Stop-motion and tilt-shift used so cleverly, that even though I know what is going on here, I totally disconnect from my left brain and is completely overwhelmed by the stunning visuals...
But as mentioned below, this mostly goes for the Rio film, with a better balance of the effects.
AbrasiveReducer: The only bad thing about this is that when companies start with the custom color, limited edition, laser-cut box, certificate of authenticity it usually means they were in a meeting, sales numbers weren't good enough and somebody came up with this idea.
If it goes well, mark my words, there will be X series anniversary editions, unique serial numbers saved for celebrities. I don't think you can gold plate these bodies but don't rule it out.
@papa natas Wrong on this one; X10 had orb issues in early production series. Did you mean sticky aperture blades?
JohnEwing: Firmware update needed?
Likely, there will be a firmware upgrade adding 50 mm frame-lines in the OVF, right?
Early review at New Camera News:
Now, how about that; Adobe continues on the Open Source path, now also with Photoshop - unintentionally though!
Anyway; no more Acrobat Reader on my machines - seems to be one of the best documented platforms for security breaches...
victorian squid: 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 $400 for that goody alone!
Oh - didn't see Frank's comments below - I guess I wasn't as facetious as I thought!
...as for physically "winding the film", this was done in R-D1 - you had to do it!
falconeyes: @anybody commenting on price:
The 3000$ claim was fake, there is nothing known about the price. DPR article has been updated too.
A strong blow to Hasselblad; camera manufacturers start releasing cameras with wooden grips on their own! How did this happen? No one saw it coming...
(unknown member): On October 18, 2013, Fuji updated the firmware once again to revision 2.0
Fujifilm Finepix X100 firmware V1.30http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/05/15/Fujifilm-WCL-X100-wide-angle-converter-lens-firmware-v-1-3-0
Fujifilm Finepix X100 firmware V2.00http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/10/18/back-from-the-dead-fujifilm-boosts-x100-with-major-firmware-upgrade
QuarryCat: I never liked the portrait with the peering eyes - i don't like the artificial green background - but I love his other, even more realistic picture with the hands and the living eyes - thanks a lot for showing it here!
What background? I only saw eyes...