Francis Carver: Why is everything Leica makes so butt-ugly?
Also, Leica's brain trust should have been following DP Review comments. They are now getting neck-deep into a legacy old school format (medium format) with their ungainly S model, when a lot of previously FF 135 format shooters are in fact moving down to APS-C, Micro 4/3rd, and 1-inch.
I guess with Leica, big and heavy and bulky somehow equates beautiful?
Heck, at least they did not come up with a brand new "Jumbo Imax" form factor and sensor camera this time around.
GabrielZ, the round thing on the top left isn't a dial, it's actually the GPS Antenna.
The S2 is actually lighter than a Canon 1Ds3 for those who don't know. Handles like a regular 35mm. But what irks me is the new S only has a 98% Viewfinder coverage!
I switched from a 5D2 to a 1Ds3 because the 5D2 had poor AF and the less than 100% Viewfinder bothered me. Otherwise, the images were excellent.Now the 5D3 addresses all my concerns and it feels more like an upgraded 1Ds3 than the 1Dx which feels more like an upgraded 1D4 with FF.
The reason why I picked Canon over Nikon was Nikon didn't have a FF camera at the time. One other reason why I like using a Canon is the ability to use Nikon glass which is to me the best of both worlds. The Nikon 14-24 f2.8 is amazing. Also, Canon develops and makes their own sensors while Nikon depends on others. This could be why Canon charges more because R&D is not cheap.
Canon always had better AF until 1D3 where they went faster but lost accuracy. This fiasco hurt Canon and gave Nikon an opportunity to capitalize. The 7D's AF changed all that and the improved version is found in the 1Dx and now the 5D3.
I hope a lot of people dislike the new 5D3 so that I am in a shorter queue to get one.
BJN: "As the first mirrorless camera aimed specifically towards professional photographers, the X-Pro1 has no really direct competitors."
Clearly not a correct statement as it is followed by a comparison with the Leica M9 (or are we to gather that Leica isn't focusing on the pro market?). And Epson's RD-1 camera had exactly the same market aim.
The world has forgotten about Panasonic's L1 which is ahead of its time with an amazing bounce flash and the ability to use all the best lenses via an adapter.