Ben Stonewall: Not an anachronism - an expensive gimmick.If it was that great an idea everone would be doing it.It's like buying a fake painting, the more you pay, the more you convince yourself the fake is the real thing.
;) Opinions, of course. I was mostly commenting on the expensive side and why it has to be that way with Leica. There are quite a few other companies that use the same principle. The painting is not necessarily fake but it has to be expensive because the price is the part of the painting. Strip that painting of that price and it becomes just a good one, average, or outright junk.
Not a gimmick, just a niche product. There is a market for true b&w cameras but it may be too small for the likes of Canon and Nikon to warrant going after it. As for expensive - Leica would not survive the other way. They are not big enough and they have to play on their image of status symbol as well. Should they put a lower price tag on their camera it will fail and tarnish the rest of the image. Marketing plus psychology. That said, this strategy used to work somewhat better in the past.
Kelvin L: I'd definitely be interested in a monochrome digital camera with panchromatic and infrared sensitivity - but in a body with modern features such as autofocus and live view.
I think the trouble may lie in the lack of commodity monochrome sensor suppliers - perhaps the cost of the Leica is partly due to the use of a bespoke low-volume sensor.
With the exception for Foveon, all current sensors are monochrome to begin with. It is even possible to mod some production cameras, people tried and shared their experience online. For less adventurous, MaxMax has this: http://www.maxmax.com/b&w_conversion.htm.
photo_rb: I'm a little worried this might somehow affect support of high resolution camera imagery.
Let's hope not. Autopano Giga is the best panoramic tool at the moment and I would prefer not going back to Hugin. That said, combo of GoPro and Kolor does make certain sense. It will also increase Kolor's visibility - it is not well known in the US market now.
AbrasiveReducer: Marumi filters are excellent but they have had poor distribution in the USA. I think their entire line still comes from Japan. These guys can make an ND filter that's actually gray.
Yes on both points - excellent quality and poor distribution. Took me 2 months to get mine but it was worth waiting. Bought from 2filter.com - in case if anybody is looking for alternative suppliers.
Diablorini: Will be interesting to see how these perform compared to fixed density screw in filters from the likes of B+W, Hoya, Formatt Hightech, Tiffen and so on.
I wonder if that ND 100.000 filter is strong enough to image the sun in full?
ND100,000 is a little bit more than 16 stops. I've used stacked 10-stop and 3-stop to photograph transit of Venus and the solar eclipse three years ago. Worked just fine at f/11 1/1600 ISO100 in the middle of the day (https://www.flickr.com/photos/68051897@N02/7343830138/in/set-72157630062860896). 16-stop may even be a bit too strong.
Vasyl Tsvirkunov: Interesting. B+W 110 has slight brownish cast, I never thought about it being near-IR pollution but it does make some sense. Would be really interesting to see how this one stacks against 110 after color correction.
Are you sure? https://www.schneideroptics.com/pdfs/filters/WorldOfFilters.pdf shows a different picture (page 19). It actually looks like 110 is about 10 time more transparent to IR than to the visible light. That said, the cast looks uniform and easily correctable - I would pretty much expect IR leak to brighten floral subjects and it is not happening. Next time I use 110 I will try combining it with CC1 or something like that, out of curiosity but I don't really think there is a real problem there.
Interesting. B+W 110 has slight brownish cast, I never thought about it being near-IR pollution but it does make some sense. Would be really interesting to see how this one stacks against 110 after color correction.
Andreas M: Shooting film requires a certain discipline, born of limited frames and undeveloped images, something that is lacking in digital photography. Can't say I really miss that, but keeping a film factory open and producing does keep some options open.
I do miss getting a significantly higher ISO by buying a new roll of film rather than buying a new camera.
There is something to be said for that discipline. We used to have a photoclub at work and went on those "assignments" once in a while. One of the assignments was to pretend to use film - fix ISO, limit number of frames, could not discard any shots, extra points for using fixed focus, limited processing. Two things came from that - it was the most fun assignment, and the resulting photos were considerably better than usual.
grafli: For 5 years research, this isn't much of a update to the original EOS 7D. Yes the Autofocus is very nice! But for me, thats's all. not really better IQ...
Indeed. There is one interesting improvement but it is likely to get unnoticed - the original 7D was a transitional camera: DIGIC5 was not available yet and DIGIC4 was a bit underpowered. So it used a unique dual DIGIC4 solution. Looks like two processors worked in vertical interleave setup introducing certain vertical component into the noise and causing vertical banding in processing. Not very noticeable in regular shots but ranging from annoying to intolerable in HDR. Thankfully, that kind of design is not very likely to happen again.
Pedagydusz: Does the x2 EF TC work? If so, I am going to order one. I want it to use with my Panasonic GM-1- That way I will have an equivalent FL of 4800 mm, and the whole combo will remain lightweight! ;-)
Where's Metabones EF to m43 SpeedBooster adapter when you need it? $99K and no aperture control? I'll pass ;)
Felix E Klee: For today's light weight compacts and system cameras, wouldn't it be possible to create an advanced tripod that just weighs about a pound / 0.5 kg, and that is extensible to a variable height of up to 5 foot / 1.5 m? No market?
Bilora used to make the Biloret, which comes close, and which can be had cheap. However its technology is roughly half a century old. I'm willing to pay up to 200 USD / EUR for a tripod matching the above specs. Of course light weight tripods are not great in wind, but it's not always windy.
Carbon is an incredible material. I used very thin carbon legs for a fun table tripod design: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:363348
Second the Sirui T-025x recommendation. The combination of weight/collapsed size/quality is unbeatable at that price.
vroy: This is not IR. IR is black and white. What is warm is white. What is cold is dark. The horses on one of the photos have warm blood and should be white. On all those photos you see colours in place of different greys.
IR (or, rather, near infra red) has little to do with the temperature. You are thinking about thermal imaging. A lot of IR photographic techniques use a mixture of near infrared and parts of visible spectrum mapped to different (admittedly, false) colors.IR light behaves quite differently when it comes to atmospheric effects often making it quite suitable for landscapes and cityscapes.
mikeyL: I think it would be a nice image - if it was in focus. Always seemed blurry to me, even on top quality monitors...
It did look somewhat out of focus but it could be just a very aggressive compression. It could also be intentional - highly detailed background makes icons and particularly text labels much harder to read. As for top quality monitors - that image is what - 1024x768? In that case the better monitor you have the worse it will look.
ProfHankD: Hooray! I love fisheyes and the world could use another circular 185-degree choice, especially one with a modest price, really close focus, and good IQ.
"Lensbaby deliberately designed the internal lens barrel of the Circular Fisheye to be reflective" -- BOOO! HISS! This is a very bad idea if the reflections can ever intrude on the active image circle... which at least one of the sample shots (skiing) seems to show.
I will reserve my judgement until I see a sample or samples. There is only one circular fisheye lens for crop cameras out there (Sigma 4.5) and it is quite expensive for its purpose. The edge of the circle would always be of rather poor quality due to extreme distortions so some artistic effect there may actually be an improvement.Edit: there are samples on the site. Not a full size yet but it does look interesting enough.
DarylK: IMHO, for true "retakes" they should have stayed away from infrared...shoot color and convert to B&W or shoot in B&W natively for more meaningful direct comparision. It is stated that IR was used to be able to show more distant detail - I think the old B&W shots are more effective at this. Just my opinion.
I've done some experiments with IR and found that landscape b&w IR often looks very close to old photographs. Maybe not the same distribution of halftones but very similar combination of crispness and glow.It is quite possible that the old b&w film was somewhat sensitive to near infrared so there may be some justification there but not necessarily as intended. I am not sure why they had to use color IR, it's just too distracting.
Combatmedic870: We need Fuji's!!!
People were able to reverse engineer the process to large extent. As a matter of fact, I've been using one of these custom made profiles. The problem is that Adobe did not publish the spec, did not encourage the manufacturers to use it, and makes breaking changes on the regular basis. It is not necessarily only Adobe's fault, some initiative should come from the manufacturers.
naththo: It is not hard to make your own profile by using sliders to compare to the JPEG colours straight out of your camera.
That would work if the color response was linear or at least regular. It is not. It may be close to that in the middle of gamut but the closer you get to the edge the more warped it may become.
What we need is an open API so every camera manufacturer can provide their own profiles with cameras. In principle, it is not anymore complex than dealing with printer/paper profiles. Simpler, actually.
This finally fixed my favorite (not!) problem with rendering of blues (http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/42354760).