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?
l_d_allan: I got an official-looking warning email from mail.adobesystems.com, which seems suspicious. Phishing?
I would have expected that the email would have come from adobe.com
I got something in the US mail from adobesystems.com.
HAL, open the airlock. seriously, if this camera were ruggedized/water resistant they might have something here.
Fantastic. I'm a bit nauseated though - don't think I'm the Right Stuff for spaceflight of any sort.
Considering what Polaroid did to it's retiree's (went bankrupt and stole their pensions - like Enron) I wouldn't buy a toilet brush with their name on it.
Only certain parts of the lens assembly actually move to perform auto-focus - in auto-focus specifically designed lenses It usually takes an engineer to ground the discussion. As a professional, I'm not sure if this type of lens would be a "fit" for auto-focus. When using fast glass such as an 85 1.2 I find myself constantly turning it (the auto-focus switch) off so I can choose the exact area of selective focus. Great glass will be for now: large, heavy and expensive. This is the way things are until either the laws of physics change or there is a major breakthrough in materials/optical engineering.
Images from a past that's hard to even imagine. Not to spoil the fun but people should know that George Eastman stole the process for coating light sensitive emulsion onto flexible film (and was eventually sued) and he positioned his office so he could monitor female employee's taking bathroom breaks. Yes there was Dickensian side of life back then that was was not recorded on these toys for the rich.
This is Pentax's chance to go after the fat cats pushing their wears at every consumer point. I know that marketing is expensive and breaking into markets is arduous. As good as this camera is it won't make a dent in the market unless it's sold well.
CameraLabTester: One main reason why this lens could not be made as an AUTOFOCUS lens, as some have asked why, is the glass.
Just look at the cross section image showing the 12 elements.
No AUTOFOCUS motor ever built could move those ton of bricks fast enough.
2.14 Pounds (.970 Kilograms)
With great glass comes potentially great images.
Thanks T3 for being the voice of reason here; it usually takes an engineer to ground the discussion. I'm not sure if this lens would be a "fit" for autofocus. When using fast glass such as the 85 1.2 I find myself constantly turning it off so I can choose the exact area of selective focus. Great glass will be for now: large, heavy and expensive. This is the way things are until either the laws of physics change or there is a major breakthrough in materials/optical engineering.
I hope they morph this pile of amateur app-junk to a Windows only platform: full of bugs and "convoluted" work-arounds, where it should feel right at home. Still waiting for Apple and Adobe to work out their differences (read: mutual juvenile peeing contest) and come out with something professional photographers and their clients would actually want to use.
Does it add Multigrade/Polycontrast filtration to the image for contrast adjustment? Is that too technical? Why am I even asking such questions? Never mind. I'll go snort a line of powdered Dektol.
Does Neiman Marcus have a camera counter? I'm just sayin'.
webrunner5: Leica has just turned into a Whore as of late. They need to get a grip, no pun intended. What Goofball would pay for that.
Well, yes. I too kind of lost interest when I scrolled through the different "dedicated" case options and didn't see a red alligator one.
Oh good. Thanks Nikon, you found my dad's army flashlight. When the switch is left in the standby mode the light will turn on instantly once the release button is pressed halfway on any Nikon camera. It uses a short range proprietary radio frequency to achieve this. Oh it doesn't?
The George Eastman House it's not.
citizenlouie: These are the killers.... Very good move, Pentax. But what I don't understand is why Canon Red on Pentax lenses.... What happened to green?
Given Pentax's propensity towards garishly painted cameras I guess we should be thankful it's not tartan plaid or pink polka-dots.
Not too sure many out there appreciate the relative optical simplicity and unmatched performance potential of single focal length/prime lenses.