Real world "camera design" feedback provider to camera "lab designers" who never get out to see the real world.
Olympus will make more money by selling a replica of that arm...
The Olympus "Selfie Pole" made of realistic Neanderthal Skin...
$9.95 when bought with any Olympus camera.
NetMage: Why does a story posted today have 3 month old comments?
They regurgitate old items to bury the more important things you should be knowing about:
Low Manufacturing Quality.
Togglebolt: 7 blades, sharpened properly can produce a sharp image but the difficulty in disassembling this lens and then to remove the aperture blades to sharpen would be a deal breaker for me. Never mind trying to put them all back together!! Of course if they come pre-sharpened like Nikon's aperture blades, then you can get at least 5K shots before needing sharpening. It's a shame these apertures get dull so easy. I have a closet full of disassembled lenses with dull apertures, such a shame to see all that nice glass not being used. I guess thats how Canon gets everyone to buy new lenses, ship them dull, make them difficult to sharpen and people just toss them & buy a new one, just like a shaving razor!
You can only touch the lenses 1,287 times, and after that they explode into smithereens...
Canon and Nikon are gearing up to outdo each other for the greatest epic quality control fail of all time:
A camera shipped without any software loaded!
Won't work on the first out of the box experience!
When THAT day comes, this current epic fail will be peanuts!
Come on Canon! Come on Nikon!
Who will win the epic "low quality standard" awards?
A gorilla arm or horse hoof would sell better.
Maybe even a polar bear paw.
...and don't forget the Yoda™ green fingers.
Copyright allowed by George Lucas, of course... or is it Disney™?
Thank you, DPR.
Thank you very much for this.
You have saved a whole lot of heartaches and anxiety for potential suckers, err, I mean... customers, who would have bought into these models.
Without this article, many will spend many nights, sleepless in Seattle, worrying if they could ever get their money back.
Again, thank you for being a watchdog.
CameraLabTester: 60% Fail Rate is totally off the scale for a precision instrument.
Quality Control total fail.
The spots exhibit a dark circular ring with a darker nucleus.
The dark nucleus is the material preventing the complete adhesion of both surfaces.
The dark circle around this nucleus is the space where both surfaces have not touched, being prevented by the nucleus material.
Imagine sugar crystals sandwiched between two layers of 3M™ transparent Scotch Tapes™.
60% Fail Rate is totally off the scale for a precision instrument.
aris14: So $79,000 from 871 photographers makes circa $90 per person.Fair enough but still what is the reason for the people out there to finance a promo event of a company? Bad attitude Epson.
The cost is $20 per image, not per person.
3971 images submitted multiplied by $20 per image is $79,420.
Let's just say $79,000 give or take a few hundred pezookas. :)
As much as $79,000 have been raked by the organizers in the 2014 "competition".
That is not much.
But it says a lot about the company culture, and Epsom.
They could not cough up that budget to make it free entry.
There is still hope that someday, zombie consumers will wake up from their spell and realize the folly of throwing too much hard earned money on tiny microscopic sensors and being hypnotized by the dredge and drizzles (not bells and whistles) of features lumped to make these cameras look expensive, feel expensive, and therefore: it has to be expensive!
Waiting for a laser guided targeting scope to clip on top, matching the grip.
also for the choice of 6" or 8" rifled black metal barrels.
The weapon shoots sideways. (use your imagination...)
Warning: always pull the trigger on your face's front side.
Too much near your temple is suicide.
Samsung has no market segment strata territory to protect, so it can come up with an outstanding product such as this.
Well done, SAMSUNG!
Instead of dividing the spoils and spreading it thinly on mediocre models across the affordability spectrum, you have lumped it into this one wonderful beast.
May you be rewarded handsomely by smart consumers.
If an ugly Nikon camera is born in the middle of the forest...
Will photographers hear the sound of it falling plop on the quicksand?
Tsk tsk tsk....
Nikon, Nikon, Nikon....
You still haven't FIRED and kicked out your industrial designers, huh?
THEY are the ones killing you... not lack of customers.
Customers want to buy your cameras, loyal customers...
But if you keep on using body designers who have no vision and creativity... then it's your call.
#6 and #16 have the buildings toppling over.
Like a wild rodeo buck, this lens needs to be tamed by the right user.
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The camera market is always open season and never too late for a player with great innovation and leading edge products.
The early runners have the advantage due to hogging their patents and copyright designs, but there is always something new, and have never been done before.
An el-cheapo rock bottom bare bones digital medium format point and shoot sounds nice, eh, Pentax? (hint, hint)...
One of the greatest challenges of any prize winning photographer these days, is NOT to get caught cheating.
Any prize winning photographer who is innocent, please throw the first camera.
"disqualified after reaching the penultimate round, due to digital manipulations of some sort being discovered"
Well, they have to really define this "some sort" fellow.
"some sort" is making quite a stir of some sort to this sort of thing.
Hope they all sort it all out, in some sort of way.
JonB1975: I normally stay out of these and keep my opinion to myself.... but... no.8??? Really??? there must have been a dearth of entries......
That is what is great about this particular competition.
Anybody can win.