Digitall: If any member of the DPR buy this camera, please say something! Sure that your camera will be tested here. Because otherwise it will be impossible to test this camera. All units are sold already :(The list of pre-order is already quite large.
All seats on Virgin Galactic are sold out too. If memory serves, The Chrysler PT Cruiser was pre-sold-out before it hit the showroom floor and they sold out of pet rocks and beanie babies as well. Maybe I shouldn't have put those cans of Billy Beer into a toxic waste landfill after all. Still unhappy here about my red Leica flip-flops wearing out.
But who here will not crane their neck to look at one when the crowd around the Hasselblad booth at the next trade show is 6-deep? Be honest. Call it morbid curiosity or a side-show freak, you're going to want to take a look at it. If you get up to the counter and they let you hold one be sure someone takes a picture of you doing so - perhaps your kid with their new Pentax Efina (it's a $79.00 p&s with flowers stenciled on it). http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/06/04/Pentax-Ricoh-Efina-14MP-budget-compact-White-Blue-WG-3-rugged-waterproof-compact-cameraThere are certain things you just can't make up.
Soluon: 88dB for 3umx3um pixel size is extremely good -> 15 EV in native dynamic range. In the VLSI2013 papers, they mentioned that well saturation is 8500 e/um and readout noise is 2.9 e. D800E have 4.8 um pixel and 80dB -> 13.3 EV. If Nikon use this technology, they would have 97dB and 16.2 EV, which is huge.In the near future, we would see APSC camera with 42Mp/15 stops DR, or APSC w/ 21 Mp/16 stops, -> and fullframe 80Mp/15stops or 40Mp/16 stops.Of course, A/D converter will be upgrade to at least 16 bit to exploit the full potential of the technology.
Think you're at a whole different level of discussion that's usually on here. Photo-scientist, engineer or just able to understand the white paper on this?
Reuters: Madrid, Spain. A man who brought a red Pentax K-50 to a bullfight was suddenly.......to the surprise of the matador. Maybe someone with an equally warped imagination can do better. It just begs to be parodied.
Whom exactly is the Efina's target market, 8 year old girls? Looks a bit like a Barbie camera. Flowers? Besides, kids take almost all of their photos on smart phones.
I have recently purchased a WG-3 camera and am very impressed by it’s capabilities. Since I am a professional photographer and own some very bulky and expensive equipment, I thought this camera would be perfect for the many outdoor activities I enjoy.
I was equally surprised to find out however how few people know about this camera. I take every opportunity to show it off especially to my friends who are outdoor sports enthusiasts. Their reaction is almost always the same: “this is cool, -I didn’t even know they made this – where can I get one – I’ve never seen this in stores – does Pentax still make cameras?” After researching Pentax products further I feel that the entire line of very capable cameras is very much under-represented in the marketplace, especially in New England and the US in general. Not sure about white though.
I was equally surprised to find out however how few people know about this camera. I take every opportunity to show it off especially to my friends who are outdoor sports enthusiasts. Their reaction is almost always the same: “this is cool, -I didn’t even know they made this – where can I get one – I’ve never seen this in stores – does Pentax still make cameras?” After researching Pentax products further I feel that the entire line of very capable cameras is very much under-represented in the marketplace, especially in New England and the US in general.
The K-50 raises the bar again. Take that cheapo big-box-store Canon Rebel out in the rain - not.
As a professional photographer using a lot of high end equipment I was totally smitten by this camera. It's first point and shoot of this category that can be handled by humans with hands larger than that of an average newt. It's quality is outstanding. A bit of advice would be to buy a float strap (it sinks like a rock) and an extra set of batteries and recharger as battery life is only OK.
plevyadophy: Hmm, my thoughts on the matter.
I like and admire fine things, and fine materials.
If I was very rich I would have no problem in purchasing a camera made of the materials this Lunar-cy camera is made of; in fact, other than the ugly hand grip, I quite like what Hassy have tried to do here (with regard to the build quality and materials).
However, there is a problem.
A luxury bag made of fine materials has a purpose other than luxury itself; it needs to be able to store/transport things, and hopefully do so very well.
A finely engineered sports car has performance as an additional, and very important, feature.
Then we come to the Hasselblad Lunar-cy. Here you have a finely crafted product that has nothing going for it other than being finely crafted. It's additional function should be superlative performance but it performs no better than the cheap Sony camera upon which its innards are based. Something is seriously wrong here Hasselblad!!!
A-I feel the same way, wholeheartedly. It seems to be a trend. Automobile manufactures do it to themselves too. I followed and odd and large BMW to get a good look at. When I asked the owner what it was, he proudly told me it was an X6, an SUV based on the 6 series. "Nice, isn't it"?, he said. "No, not really", was my reply. The 6 series was a beautiful sleek coupe, this is a monstrosity. I suppose if Dr. Frankenstein's monster were alive and well looking to be hip, he'd drive one.
I think we are having too much fun making flippant remarks about this camera. It's always been great sport to deride the conspicuous consumption or the gaudy excesses of the wealthy. And think about the people at Hasselbald that read this; pity the college intern who suggested this to them in the first place! Seriously, the catering to the otherwise bored-with-their-money crowd does somehow diminish and even impoverish a brand's reputation. This is not to say that we shouldn't appreciate real photo engineering excess. What comes to mind is the the Leica APO-Telyt-R 1600 mm f/5.6 for a mere two million dollars or even the somewhat plebeian Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x for a paltry $12,000.However, riding one's own coattails to get a little more market share by lending a name with true cachet is just silly.
You're a marketing genius (and not bad with your writing skills either)! I want to be first in line for those shoes as my red Leica flip-flops are falling apart. Are those chips (crisps in the UK) plain or caviar flavored? This one got me really laughing. Oh, oh, my BLADder is full! Have to run.
It's more fun when you make it a game or a contest. Here's what I mean. Be the first to spot a one in the wild or start a gallery of sightings, like birders do.I would go "hunting" for Lunar's first say in one of the malls in Dubai, Concours d'Elegance (auto auction, Pebble Beach,CA) or even the Hamptons (US). Good luck!
Kozak Imre Oliver: Who is the target market for this camera?
People you hope you never meet.
In the great tradition of lazy journalist, I'm going to first re-post something I wrote almost a year ago when I first heard about this monstrosity:
I like it! Where can I go to see one outside of captivity? Palm Springs, Boynton Beach? It's like a Rolex watch with Timex innards. Maybe now Saab can save itself by putting it's badge on a Subaru or GMC. Wait a minute, someone is eyeing my gold Leica with Alligator trim. How do you pronounce Maybach anyway? I have a a lot of questions.
There's also a Ferrari Red edition of an H4D40 - no I'm not making this up, I'm not that creative!http://www.hasselblad.com/ferrari-edition.aspx
Clint009: Wooden handle? Wow! It will float. :)
Probably. Most s**t floats.
I would rather be writing to two physically separate storage media devices at once. Belt AND suspenders are my modus tutis. What would be even better in addition would be some good card monitoring software built into any camera or card reader; a sort of disk utility that would run on regular basis to assess the "health" status of the storage medium. Knowing that a card may be going "South" BEFORE it joins the dark side would be handy. While it's always advisable to travel with a spare tire (sorry blokes, Tyre) and/or a parachute, gauges and warning lights are a good thing to have too.
viking79: And that is pronounced Jiff-ty and not Gifty... ;)
Oh thanks for setting me straight on that one. Is it yay-peg or gay-peg? Although, I think half the world pronounces it Nee-kon. How does one pronounce Corolla in Japanese?
Geez! Take it easy or switch to decaffeinated guys! It's obviously just a concept. I'd give her a "B" on the idea and an A+ on the choice of music - DBQ is timeless.
Mark 100: Graphics Interchange Format is abbreviated to GIF, which is also an acronym.The purpose of abbreviations and acronyms is, inter alia, to promote efficiency in referring to concepts, but the general rule is that the sound of the letters in said abbreviation goes back to the words compiling the concept.
As much as the world is grateful for the GIF file, it is not Wilhite's (pronounced Jones) place to redefine pronunciation. His Jif-pronunciation messes with the efficiency of the acronym.
Exactly. I've run into this sort of thing before with engineers and how they pronounce their inventions. It makes me grin inside and wonder if it's an intentional cheekiness towards their English major classmates?
Some very mean spirited people here. I love to hear about the otherwise unsung creators of technology - they are my heroes. The soft sounding G in an acronym or abbreviation is a stretch however; no one says, " Jrafics". It would be hoot if we we just found out we are supposed to be pronouncing it, "yay-peg" or "gay-peg"! There are a lot of tiffs on this site. Where's my OED?