I seem to remember that Leica had a sensor built just for their needs; that is, one that somehow angled the outer chip pixels towards the sensor's center? I know that both CCD's and CMOS's do best with more collimated light. Leica's and their ilk were made in the days of film; silver halide crystals don't particularly care at which angle the photons come from.
I love my 3 year old WG3. I've taken it On every a type of adventure from sailing to snow shoeing and It's truly a remarkable camera.I would trade off a camera that was slightly bigger for one with a larger sensor and RAW capability. And it certainly looks better than Canon and Fuji's tub toys.People have told me it resembles a carbon fiber dog bone; I'm good with that. Minor gripe is that the buttons are too small to,operate with gloved hands. Also, invest in a good float strap because it sinks like a rock.
If it's as reliable and robust as my 1Ds' it will find a place in my studio. It looks like a serious camera for skilled professionals.
otto k: See, it's not expensive, these guys are barely getting by, even the chief executive needs to save up to buy one, that's how low his salary is, all to keep the price down... JK
More snarky remarks from silly people.
neo_nights: Is it me or does it have more of a Medium Format look?
It'd be nice to see if Pentax could make a small camera (for fullframe standards of course) like they did with the K5.
Old trusty, worn 6x7 with it's wooden handle sits atop my shelf in my studio along side other relics. Sometimes I catch it leering and snarling at my digital equipment like Cerberus.
Wm Leddon Studios: I photograph Architectural Interiors & Exteriors, Fine Art Landscapes, and Environmental Portraits. I own a Canon 5D11 that does only an acceptable job for what I do. I passed on the 5D111 and will be passing on the new 5DS & 5DS R they do not address my needs.
There was an article posted by Nic Granleese's Blog headlined with the question is the Canon DDS R architectural photographers have been waiting for? Well not for me. I always find myself in precarious positions in order to get the prospective I want. One never photographs landscape or portrait compositions from a full standing position. Almost on every shoot I'm on, the camera is in a position where I can't see the LCD screen. The defiance to incorporate a fully articulating rear LCD screen on any professional camera is irresponsible.
Would love to see this camera mirrorless, converters made available for prime major brand lenses, a no AA filter option, w. Sony-Like dynamic range & low light performance AT MINIMUM.
That would be nice. Why not a 1DX with a 17mm and 24mm TS lens? Or an Alpa (mortgages available)? http://www.dpreview.com/articles/2458339852/phase-one-and-alpa-release-official-details-and-pricing-of-a-series-medium-format-cameras
Like it. Looks like a professional camera which means that if it doesn't play video games the whiners will be here in droves. The styling is a bit reminiscent of the 6x7 (look it up). It will be interesting to see how it compares to the new Canon 5Ds which is already in production.
JIMIX PHOTO: On a more serious note though, this clearly shows us what today's world is all about: marketing, hype, brand, re-brand and ultimately - as usual - money, and all that powered by sheer greed. Ever wandered about the origins of the financial crisis? The numerous wars, terrorism, hunger, unemployment, degrading natural environment, arms race, greenhouse effect, pollution justified by progress, crumbling economies, all nations going bankrupt? Well, it's always been because of greed, and the photo industry is no different in any respect.
Conspicuous consumption and narcissistic excess have always found their place when things have gone to hell.
I guess that's what a head on collision between a camera and a tree looks like.
Finally! Neiman Marcus can now sell cameras unabashedly. I would display it right next to the Beatles White Album and photo of john Lennon's all white room. Ob-La_Di, Ob-La-Da! Or maybe just Oy.
Would have been much better with some really dirty dishes in there - some flying food chunks and all.
rondhamalam: Bullsh*t !!!Certified??? big LoL
Can I have Victor's voice on my message?
MarcusGR: A very complicated way to obtain a rather miserable result ... connecting a large, horizontal circle of cameras all around an action-scene would have provided a much more interesting result ... OK, it would have been more costly as well. But at least worth the effort !
Hope their professor gave them a decent grade for the effort.
Terrific! A truly nauseating perspective here on Earth for a fraction of the cost of actual going into outer space.
John Lennon would have loved this camera.
So the method of image or for that matter audio capture/recording is patentable? What a joke! I really had to check the date on my calendar to see that it wasn't April 1st; this story is right up there with some of NPR's April Fool's Day news parodies like exploding maple trees.Oh gee, was my avatar photographed on a white background? I'll cease and desist!
Panache Bauhaus minimalist, yes. But who wants to shell out that amount of cash for something that's going to be obsolete in 5 years? It's a digital camera.No doubt it will be the up front window dressing in the Dubai mall camera shop soon enough.
Jack Simpson: wow, I can just imagine attaching a long 645 lens to my Q7 :o
I have some old view camera lenses here you can have. Along with some cardboard tubes, black spray paint and duct tape may give you similar results.
I need some help understanding the sensor size and lens line up offered: If in fact these lenses are designed to cover the original 6X4.5 cm film area then they would be designed around a larger image circle and therefor be less than optimal? The sensor size seems to be about 73% of the 6X4.5 cm area making the lenses have a comparable magnification factor of about 1.4?If someone makes an 80mm TS lens for this, I'm all in.