TruePoindexter: I'm excited - much of the cost is in materials and smaller production runs. Brass isn't exactly cheap after all.
Further not all photography is about absolute perfection - we frequently add vignetting back into our photos despite wanting lenses to have none. We want perfect flat fields of focus at high resolutions and yet spend a lot of time in post softening skin.
Appreciate this lens for what it is - a modern recreation of a classical lens design made with quality materials and generates a unique look. It's not for everyone but I find it quite attractive and will add it to my collection.
Glad to see some of the people here get what this lens is all about!
Dimitris Servis: I never want to hear complaints again about Cassegrain donuts.
Did you own one of those 800mm mirror lenses too? So nice to think I'm not alone.
I think it's always cool to combine old and new technologies. The Petzval lens represents just one part of the time line in lens development; Double Gauss, aspheric and ED glass may seem prehistoric someday. It's interesting too how we all clamor for the sharpest of the sharp but want to soften things up as well. Two that come to mind were the various Softars I bought for my Hasselblad system and the 150mm Mamiya lens with insertable soft discs. Neither were cheap!
I was thinking of a really good April Fool's camera parody after reading about the Lunar and the Vario but alas, pathetic reality trumps fiction. Again.
ABM Barry: I have a good solution:A web site should be established containing a list of NAMES of those shallow sods that have been stupid enough to be conned into making the purchase of any RE-Badged Stellar priced fashion accessory. (I don't class them as cameras)
The HusselBlunder Lunatic has a BODY ONLY price of $8,300 in Australia !!!For those that aren't aware: "IT'S JUST A SONY NEX-7" I'm told that it also just ships with the very ordinary Re-Named SONY/SUNY Kit lens!
And the HasselBlunder Stellar is, ... Wait for it! :"IT'S JUST A SONY RX-100" priced at USD$3200 !!!!!!!!Now, "Off you go, it's time to take your Yellow pills"
I think you're onto something here - I don't think that revealing their identity would be appropriate (or interesting). Rather, I would suggest sightings, complete with photographs of these "partnerships" in the wild. Something similar to what birders do.there's a website called people of Walmart along similar lines.
What would Victor Hasselblad say about all of this? An inventor, entrepreneur and a gentleman. Shame on them!http://www.exakta.net/Centenario-de-Victor-Hasselblad.html
chillgreg: *includes exclusive Hassleblad iron-on transfer for your t-shirt!!!
I'll settle for a stencil and a can of spray paint - think versatility.
fuxicek: I wonder, if they include Allen key for unscrewing the hand grip?
Hammer and chisel will work just fine. Be sure to use a bench vice and wear safety glasses (safety first, you know). Also, please record the entire grip-ectomy for our viewers. I hear Sony makes some excellent video cameras.
aerorail: i have a grip like that on my .357
May I borrow it? My reply would be flagged however.
Clint009: It is one of the most beautiful camera design I've ever seen is this pocket camera sized. Same specifications as the 20.2-megapixel Sony RX100, which features a 1-inch sensor behind a bright 3.6x (28-100mm), f/1.8 Zeiss-branded lens in a compact body.If the the mirrorless Hasselblad Lunar compact system camera, which went on sale last month for $7,000, is also based on a Sony camera (the NEX-7) and features wood or carbon fiber handgrip options, this Stellar Hasselblad would be at around $3000. ?!It is looking it is the new tendency for high quality pocket size camera. Think also at Lumix DMC LF1, etc...Leica with Panasonic, Sony with Hasselblad, etc...
Vinyl "alligator" shoes , Schmolex watches.
white shadow: Those travelling to Australia with this camera are sure to have their camera confisticated to be destroyed if they forget to declare it.
In Australia, they are very paranoid of allowing anything made of wood to pass through without quarantine.
Good luck if you have one.
I hear you have world class termites in the outback. Why not just leave them to nature?
Here we go again! Well, let's be nice; some people just feel more comfortable dressed in drag no matter the cost. I'm thinking about press on decals of all sorts (licensed of course) that we can paste on our favorite gear. The crowd that buys grills and fascias to make their Chrysler 300's look like Bentley's will surely go for this.
Stellar, eh? Stellar bad taste perhaps. The only Stella' I like is from this clip (wait through the advert.):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1A0p0F_iH8
Other exciting news. Lexus has placed it's decals on Colnago bikes. Great cars, great bikes - not so sure if it will do for me until I see a bike rack on an LFA:http://www.bikeradar.com/news/article/lexus-luxury-road-bike-rolled-out-37886/
spencerspencer: It's good that the big players are being pushed out of the compact market. This means they will make fewer models that will have to be more carefully considered to meet the needs and expectations of the market segments remaining to them.
With hope, this will result in my dream camera becoming a reality.
What's that? What is my dream camera you say?
Doesn't need to be a DSLR but I'd love it if it had the features below.
PSAMVery high shutter speedPhase and Contrast detect autofocus - or betterFull Frame100% ViewfinderHyperfocal focusing mode - no guides or A-rings anymoreSomething like Ricoh's snap focusFocus PeakingNO VIDEONO ART FILTERSNICE BIG SCREEN (- maybe a pop out one?)Smart Flash and Commander that isn't line of site.
MORE DYNAMIC RANGE. WE HAVE ENOUGH PIXELS!!!!!
This is very interesting. I'd like to start an ideal camera(s) thread. What do you think?
Well it does look less than a tub-toy than the Canon does, especially in all black.I own a non-GPS-3 and am happy with it for what it is. Yes, I'd like to see something sturdier in so far as water sealing - I owned a Nikonos at one time. Here's a link to an image I made last month:http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/228204-abstract-sail-away.html#post2422407
Manic Tuesday: .i tried this piece of sh*t about 2 years ago. the first time i put it a few centimeters under the water surface it flooded. wtf???
Maybe you should have closed the latches before you took it in the tub with you.
It's impossible to predict where the dust will eventually settle, if it ever does. Keeping your head down and doing the best at what you know while learning seems to be a corporate ethic long forgotten. Everyone seems to instead be grasping at the great unknown; as which hot combination of existing technologies will sell. Or, simply pasting a well known brand name on a lesser item. One could expect as much luck as reading entrails, tarot cards and conjuring up the witches from Macbeth.
Taken with my WG-3 last month:http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/229906-sports-sailing-rhode-island.html#post2438258
Buy a Pentax WG-3 in black, with or without GPS. It's a great value and doesn't look like a tub toy. You can use it as a general purpose point and shoot and not look foolish. The image quality is outstanding too for a camera of this type.
If they're smart, Ricoh will retain the Pentax name on the camera products. It's known in the industry as a legacy brand naming. Ricoh makes some terrific products, especially their copiers - people really don't care what name is on the office copier, so long as it's reliable - which they are (more than Xerox, alas). Other smart corporations have bought up notable brands brands and have refrained from "peeing on all the bushes" as it were. As good as it is, would anyone want to buy Unilever Cherry Garcia ice cream?