This camera would almost be useful with a fast, high quality zoom. Perhaps a 40~120F 2.8 would be nice. It would likely cost around $3,000 and weigh more than twice that of the camera.
Roland Karlsson: Hand made in Sweden?
What would it made of or called if it were made in the UK? Or does it matter because it would most likely fall apart and be worthless after a few years.
jaygeephoto: I always hoped that my old Mamiya 7 would be reincarnated some day as a digital camera. Nice!
So true! Like all fantasies and dreams, the wake up reality is never what one imagines could happen. I'd rather not have the facts get in the way of a good story.
I always hoped that my old Mamiya 7 would be reincarnated some day as a digital camera. Nice!
jaygeephoto: Does anyone here understand the difference between high end professional equipment meant to do the heavy lifting and all the other stuff? It's not all about speed and megapixel counts or any of that; it's like comparing sports cars to trucks. If there was a story here about a Sinar or Linfof half the people here would be deriding them for not having neck strap lugs or a built in flash.
Cinematographers and photographers like the film look and "feel". I do sometimes miss shooting with my old 500C loaded with Ilford Pan-F; the results were sublime.
You make some excellent points. I'm not so sure that mirror/slap.camera vibration matter all that much to fashion photographers or product photographers working with high speed professional strobe equipment . Or even the landscape photographer that is on a tripod with a cable release and the mirror locked up. Other than sports or nature photography I'm old fashioned; I like turning the focus barrel myself. Film vs digital is a whole other debate however. Film has found it's niche as a fine art medium just the same as artist's brushes and paints. Filmmakers seem to still prefer it though.
Does anyone here understand the difference between high end professional equipment meant to do the heavy lifting and all the other stuff? It's not all about speed and megapixel counts or any of that; it's like comparing sports cars to trucks. If there was a story here about a Sinar or Linfof half the people here would be deriding them for not having neck strap lugs or a built in flash.
obsolescence: Make the body text light gray ("silver") against the black background instead of white. That's all I think is needed to make reading easier.
Try and strike a balance. There's a reason that the gauges on your dashboard are light gray or white against black; it's easier on the eyes.
As soon as Nikon announced their D5 I know that we'd hear something from Canon any minute. My 1Ds's have held up remarkably well under regular use. I'm torn though between buying a 5DS-R for studio use and a 5D for field /PR use or just go with the sturdier 1Ds for both. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
villagranvicent: If Leica really want to honor the Panda and show its "profound interpretation of environmental protection" they should donate some of the profits to Chengdu and the people who take care of those bears. Other than that is simply marketing BS.
Supposedly when Porsche named one of it's models the Cayman, they pledged some portion of profits to preserve the Caiman. This is not confirmed.
Actually there was a mythical digital Nikonos. Whether or not this thing actually existed or it's some clever CGI is a matter of debate. You can be the judge.Yes, many of us would love a truly professional type ruggediized DSLR or high end mirrorless that we don't plan on taking down to nuclear submarine crushing depths. I think the main impediment to the existence of such a camera are market forces. http://gizmodo.com/5532611/the-secret-behind-the-mysterious-digital-nikonos-camera
BigOne: "Leica says the camera was designed in collaboration with Audi Design"
And it shows. The way Audi handled Ducati and Lamborghini design is appalling, to say the least. Renowned "crazy" marques have been reduced to dull barely distinguishable assembly facilities. Inviting Audi to design a new camera is like opening a luxurious restaurant and inviting a chef from McDonald's.
Guess Audi had something to do with placing that cyclopsian headlight right above the lens - great place for it!
I broke into a cold sweat just reading the headline; I would pack away my M cameras with fresh desiccant when there was even the prediction of rain! Yes ad another 40 to 50 percent in price for anything EU produced and expect less performance, coupled with poor reliability compared to Asian counterparts. That's the way it goes.But, then again Nikon never had the intestinal fortitude or the spheres to produce a digital Nikonos (always sounded like a mythical Greek island) . So hats off to Leica or Panasonic, or whoever they are. I'm going to to re-certify my SCUBA in any case.
Never a good sign when you have to sell such plans. There is no product sole in the entire universe that has a higher profit margin than insurance.
scottcraig: Whatever happened to the good old days when your tripod was bulky enough to be used as a weapon to defend yourself is someone ever tried to steal your camera. :)
. I have some Gitzo's like that. Carbon fiber one's are looking ever more attractive as I get older. Airline security once thought my 25 year old cast-aluminum body mono-pod was a truncheon. Oh well. My long standing philosophy on tripods is that there is good, light and cheap - pick two. But these are so adorable! Good match for a diminutive mirrorless camera.
HISTORY LESSON: A box? Really? Kodak couldn't keep Fotomat from using their color yellow and font in court. Well, no love lost here in Massachusetts where Polaroid did a scale model Enron with their retirees; screwed them and the local economies due to their own greed and hubris. Polaroid was at one time in a better place during the late '80s and early '90s to make the digital transition. Instead the oligarchical corporate frame work left in place by Ed Land saw it differently. All the brilliant engineers, physicists, chemists and photo scientists left in droves like rats from a sinking ship. Polaroids' answer was to close up shop and leave vested employees with nothing. Hope the group that owns their licensed name loses this case. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4653316
Seagull TLR: It reminded me of good old-DOS days. Lotus 1-2-3 sued the Twins, VP-Planner, Quattro Pro and VisiCalc for looks and feels.
I actually know what you're talking about which really shows my age.
alextardif: Someone failed their Physics 101 class in high school, didn't they?
..."Bungee cords are extremely strong BLA BLA BLA ... and significantly decrease the weight load of carrying a camera around your neck or shoulders..."
Um, no, it doesn't decrease the weight load. 5lbs around your neck is... still 5lbs around your neck no matter what you attach it by.
Elasticity will provide shock absorption sure, but no one is running a marathon around with their camera just dangling around, regardless of the strap design. I'm all for innovation, but this is poorly thought through with drawbacks FAR outweighing any perceived benefits. And it's fugly too.
Maybe the Star Wars edition will have an anti gravity feature built in as well -perhaps I read too much science fiction.
pHysics and metallurgical chemistry take a holiday . Yes the elastic material (rubber bands) inside of the bungees doe does increase the weight endured over a longer period of time through the expansion and contraction cycle but the net weight is the same. mOst professionals prefer to have the equipment they're carrying close to their bodies and not have the weight load shifting or bouncing about; weather it be a heavy camera or large weapon.
Two hundred and fifty thousand miles away, two thirty-nine year old men, were in a fourteen by twenty foot spacecraft, covered in gold plastic, called the LEM. With the help of a sixty-pound computer that had seventy-four kilobytes of total memory they were making their descent to the lunar surface, upside down, at about twenty-five feet per second.With FILM cameras.