Maybe what's need is a different level of forum. The discussion here often degenerates into schoolyard name calling. The very concept of high end medium format systems seems to be out of the reach of understanding of many who write in here. It's not about pixel count or fast focusing. It would seem to me that what Leica is trying to do here is create an easier to handle medium format system. Just as years ago the Pentax 6X7 offered an alternative to medium format roll-film camera of the time. Whether or not this proves to be a financially successful or accepted venture by Leica is anyone's guess. Having used a medium format system from Mamiya the results are no less than spectacular. Whith that being said, it's an ergonomic nightmare and does not come close to the robustness of say a Canon IDx/Ds or a Nikon D4. I applaud any one who is trying to make this format easier to live with.
Inflationary pricing does not help anyone, providing better service does. It's more like a perpetual sucking sound to my revenue stream. Did you know the average data plan (for smart phones) is more or less price fixed at $100.00 per month here int the US? In the UK and most of Europe it's about $70.00. Where's the petition on that one?
When an imperial power becomes a dictatorship and levies an unfair levy on the populace they only invite upheaval and revolution. That's only if history is prologue. Good luck with the peasants Adobe!
Cameras and shoes and cologne, oh my! Which purchase will make the haute couture statement of panache this year for me? On second thought none of these cameras appear to be available with alligator skin, teak wood grip or Ferrari red finish. Blast! Think I'll crawl into the back seat of my Bentley and watch an episode of Downton Abbey to compose myself.
CameraLabTester: The curve camera is only the beginning...
what would be awesome is the way it will be projected.
Similar to a planetarium with spherical surface projection.
Great for gaming experience... and forensic investigations.
Years ago there was a movie camera (film based) equipped with a 180º angle of view fisheye lens. The image was then projected with a fiseye lens equipped projector onto a hemispherical screen. The test movie I saw was chasing two Chevrolet Corvettes down a twisty road and ended in a synchronized stop. It was very compelling albeit nauseating as well. I imagine this could easily be done digitally and in 3-D. Harvard researchers have created a mechanical fly that is still tethered and without any sensors (at this point). Can the army of networked spy bugs from the movie Minority Report be that far off? http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2418501,00.asp
Like all good photography of this sort, it gives me angst and causes me to think.
Like all good and brave photography of this sort, it gives me angst and causes me to think.
Check out the photographs of Lee Friedlander for the original drive by iconic American images. They are timeless. This stuff is vacuous vapid crap. We can only hope that his driver's license gets confiscated.
Nice looking bags!
Lets see some UFO's and Sasquatch thrown in for good measure. Otherwise I'd mark this vapid video RTS.
dopsgp: Fujifilm, please make a fullframe X body. There is market for a better, more reliable Leica M.
f 2.0 Summicron, the brass and glass of lore and legend. Rock on.
Fast, Heavy, Expensive - the unholy trinity of a good lens.
Maybe it's April Fool's Month. Well, people buy and wear Crocs in public too. Maybe if you had one of those hip new colored Pentax K30's you could almost make a statement - not sure exactly what that would be though. As a product photographer I feel the models used here are all wrong; I would have looked for John Lennon and Truman Capote look-alikes to start with. Marketing!
I'm carsick. Great. Now we know exactly what a dog experiences and remembers when it sticks it's head out the window!
If they through in a leopard pattern neck strap I'm all in.
You get what you pay for in so far as monitors. LaCie makes a decent product but their biggest one is only 25 or 26. I've been using a 21 LaCie for a number of years and it's been quite good. I'd like a bigger display especially when working in Photoshop.
Yes, Pink. I am tempted to add a descriptive adjective before the word "pink" but fear that my post would be deemed inappropriate .Only "Crystal" and "Silky"? Automobile manufactures are more creative. Actually, if they wanted to make a pink one and partner with breast cancer awareness that would be admiral.Green or camouflage would make sense too. Guess I'm not over the whole Ferrari red Hasselblad thing yet.
ScottD1964: Oh, and as far as shooting hockey. Not great at ice level. Holes in the boards are too small and the lens is too big (70-200 works much better) but worked great for me from above ice with a Canon 7D for the NHL shooting I did this season. FOV of a 192-480 on the APS-C sensor bodies.
Yeah, you're probably right. Currently using the same set up my self. Would love to see a decent 70~300 2.8 though. Got to shoot a game from the penalty box recently - that was fun, a little scary but still great.
jaygeephoto: Well let's take a guess: The most popular 35mm SLR among professional photographers at that time was the Nikon F, FTN (Photomic - through the lens metering, using a Cds cell). They were quite expensive; over $300 abut $2,000 in today's money. Nikon had quite the assortment back then of telephoto lenses such as the 300 f 4.5. If you were just starting out maybe you had a Nikorex, Minolta SR7, Canonflex R2000 or even the Asahi Pentax Spotmatic ( but those didn't give you much street cred).Photojournalists were also shooting with Leica M-3's and the occasional Rollie twin lens might show up as well. Flash was, as it is now, for the most part forbidden so you had to hope for good stage lighting, have a fast lens and start out with an ASA 400 film such as Tri-X. Many photographers would rate their Tri-X at 800 or 1,600 and "push process" their film in ID-11, Microfine or some witch's brew they would concoct themselves.
I'm glad you enjoyed the blast form the past. I just took names and numbers off of the shelf of artifacts above my desk here.
Not big enough. Put a lens shade on that bad boy. Then we'll talk.
What a name. How about: OMG TL WAFT? "Oh My 'Gosh' This Lens Weighs A 'Frickin' Ton"!
It will sell well especially since it will reportedly come with a bottle of ibuprofen and a discount coupon for a monopod.
Should be a seriously good lens for photographing a hockey game.