Generally macro lenses don't make great portrait lenses; they tend to be too sharp - who wants forensic detail in a portrait anyway? It's not so much a question of focal length or magnification as portrait is a loosely defined term at best. Camera to subject distance has has much to to with perspective (elongation or foreshortening) of the foreground, main subject and background and the photographer's relationship to the subject.
brycesteiner: You can shoot a lot of film for that price, with a larger dynamic range.
Does DPReview do reviews on this equipment?
The entire debate of film vs digital is ridiculous and, as they say say, "purely academic"; it's a matter of quantization. As a middle aged commercial photographer I have a fondness in my heart for the silver processes for everything form Kodachrome to Portriga Rapid - but those days are gone. Film and paper will carry on as a fine art medium just as charcoal pencils and artist's oils are still sold and used. If you yearn for that film look, there are some plug in's sold by DxO and others that look quite realistic. Comparisons are meaningless at this point.( I sleep with a box of 4X5 Tri-X under my pillow - OK)?
Artistico: I wonder if the day will come that someone will dare make a sensor in a digital medium format camera that is actually several smaller sensors put together rather than one big one. Surely with clever processing, easily available in this day and age, it should be possible to equalise any small differences between the sensors in the output, just like there is processing going on behind the lines to correct CA and distortion in several cameras. If that could make an affordable medium format camera, I'm sure there would be many potential takers.
3x3 APSc sensors would make a nice size of roughly 60x45
I believe there was a capture back marketing by Sinar about 15 or so years ago based on similar (multiple sensor) technology. They offered (I think) a single, four and sixteen exposure option for greatest detail and dynamic range. I remember the system was priced comparably with that of a Mercedes S class sedan at the time. I welcome any corrections.
Sam_Oslo: It's probably a photoshop fake, otherwise the logo would read "Hr", LOL.
But the A7r is a much better candidate than NEX7 as a high-price luxury gadget. So this will probably become a reality soon.
Maybe Solidworks™ as well.
Some people also bought gold leaf topped Alpa cameras back in the '70's - I think. I couldn't afford one so I had a pet rock instead. This Hassy looks perfect for stalking the likes of a jackalope and bigfoot. If I were proficient in Solidworks, I'd be hoaxing here as well. Solaris would have been a better name than Solar; a great science fiction story.
I guess Rome has fallen (again):http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/01/24/phase-one-announces-iq250-50mp-cmos-medium-format-back?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=news-list&utm_medium=text&ref=title_0_0
Either that, or the three little ships Didn't sail off the edge of the earth:http://www.phaseone.com/en/FooterMenu/Press-releases.aspx
Will there be an option to attach it to a folding Fuji 645?
Lawrence33: There was an old song that one of my many mentors would sing while shooting.The 'Opening' line went something like this, " .... park you chewing gum, and razors at the door, drop your ego outside the church 'cause your 'er going to learn some more. .... "I've been at it for a very long time and have worked with many Hasselblads and all the related equipment.You, who have never work with the MF cameras or Hasselblad. And are not engineers, should go sit in the corner and chew on your ego.Go take some pictures. We use to say, years ago, " That's really nice, but what have you done lately ? "
Two different worlds and perspectives. Can't really expect one type of camera or technology to satisfy all needs, methods and styles. It doesn't help to berate anyone for their enthusiasm even if it is uniformed; teach someone kindly and you will be the wiser.
Jogger: Nice, all it needs is an FF sensor.
An X-Trans type sensor 6cm X 4.5cm, 60 megapixels.
srados: I do not understand why FUJI FILM does not drop FILM from name and call themselves FUJI.
As to differentiate it from say Fuji Heavy Industries, which makes things such as Subaru's and aircraft engines.
I knew my Fujica ST 801 would fine it's way home again! It was always such the orphan child of cameras except when it out-shined camera costing 3 times as much with it's image quality. Go Fuji!
creaDVty: Actually Mr. Ian Rawcliffe IS Dr. Hansen wearing a bespoke suit made of exotic wool. And of course he changed his name.
Maybe Porsche will make a minivan.
Who's CMOS would have the best image quality if scaled up to 645 size? Will Leaf and Phase One follow?
AndyGM: Hmm... I thought JK Imaging's gameplan was to focus (no pun intended) on the Chinese market, where Kodak is still a well known brand (and an American brand at that), and there is a lot of anti Japanese sentiment? The idea being to hoodwink the Chinese public into believing they are buying an "American" camera and none of that nasty Japanese stuff, when in reality they are selling either a modified Japanese camera made side by side in the same factory that said Japanese company uses, or a Chinese knockoff of something that was a Japanese idea in the first place.
I don't think that the Chinese photo consumer is so unsophisticated as you would imply. Also, the cultural as opposed to marketplace sentiments are for the large part unfounded; the most desirable jeans in Iran are genuine Levis brand. If they are made in the USA (few are actually) they are even more highly prized. Go figure.
Plenty of white space there for that Target or Walmart logo. Pixpro, huh? Does the name Kodak mean anything? JK! (Just Kidding)
I'd like to see the rig that was used to make the images, especially the cameramovement mechanism.
TN Args: Can someone in DPR please remove all posts in this thread that are about so-called 'full-frame' (44mm sensor) equivalencies?
What a monumental waste of space and repetition in 10,000 different locations. Not to mention that fact that it's trolling. You don't see this extent of trolling on 44 mm sensor articles, with people relentlessly pointing out how superior medium format or large format sensors are, and the lens/sensor equivalencies converted to 8x10-inch, and how poorly the 44 mm sensor gathers light by comparison with 8x10, over and over and over and over and.....
Once that is done, delete this post too. And I will thank DPR for their efforts.
There must be a source of photographic science, physics or high school geometry you can read up on to gain an understanding of this - rather than incessantly grumbling.
Just need a little help understanding this system; this is an APS-C camera?So the 23mm would give an angle of view of a 28mm or 35mm lens? - compared to that of a full frame (24X36) camera. Sorry in advanced for my lack of knowledge on this.
hpy2bsal: I own a DSLR but I didn't want the bring a backpack of camera gear on a three-week trip through Europe. I bought the X100S specifically because of its compact size and f/2 lens.
I was very nervous whether the 23mm fixed lens would work under all shooting circumstances but there wasn't a single time I wished I had brought a different camera. Whether I was shooting the interior of Notre Dame at night, the expanse of the Swiss Alps, the UCI Road World Championships along the streets of Florence during a torrential thunderstorm, or one of my meals at dinner, my X was the perfect camera. I probably could have sold three X's to fellow tour members once they saw the quality of my images. Attached to the Black Rapid SnapR 35 Bag and Strap and slung diagonally across my chest, my X was super lightweight and easily accessible. Even when handheld, I barely noticed the weight of the camera.
I'm already planning another trip to Europe next year and my X will be the only camera I'm bringing.
Yes. Isn't it a pain to be a real photographer again and have the gumption (polite word used here) to get close and involved with your subjects? Up close and personal with what your photographing?! Next thing you know you'll be asking me to have a telephone conversation with someone. Really!
cjhwang: The only thing for me is that I'm waiting for a 50mm version of the x100s (or x150 or whatever). I love 50mm for street photography.
MY favorite lens is the 50/F1.4 Zeiss. I like the Zeiss for its color/contrast for street photography. It comes out to VERY close to the colors/contrast I want right off the RAW/FILM. Thus, it is MY preferred glass.
Canon lenses USUALLY are softer and warmer in tone (Canon says so themselves, that they make their lenses warmer to get better skin tones), great for people/wedding photography. Nikon/Nikkor lenses have always been sharper and cooler in tone, which is great for Nature/Landscape right.
Of course, with post-processing (PP) you can do whatever you want in the digital age. But if I can save time from PP by using a Zeiss lense instead of others...
So, who cares what others' favorite is? If you know what you like, stick with it and agree to disagree instead of saying, this sucks and that sucks because it doesn't fit YOUR flavor.
Rambling prattle. Or is that redundant?