Entertainment photographer for Corbis Images / AP Images, Nikon Digital Field Guide & Concert and Live Music Photography author, Gretsch guitar strangler.
jaygeephoto: Perhaps "signature" leather or other finishes associated with other high profile name brands would be the way to go here. If you're going down this route at least have some look associated with a brand that has some cache, not some silly box of crayon colors. Imagine the cameras in Porsche Cayman red leather with a neck strap the same color as the yellow seat belts! Look, Hasselblad made a Ferrari red edition of it's camera. You can see one (in captivity) at the Dubai mall, if you're interested. But I digress. April 1st is coming up fast; so get busy with your best Photoshop or Solidworks skills and make something truly interesting.
Many guitar companies have signature colors as well. Gretsch guitars is well known for their Gretsch Orange guitars.
I have an 2 orange, 1 green, 2 red, 1 mahogany, 2 white and 1 black guitar. Why shouldn't I have a choice of color with my cameras as well?
When Ferrari was started do you think the term "Ferrari Red" existed? Nope. It was just a color from a silly box of crayons.
Maybe in 10 years there will be a "Fuji Fuchsia", will having a brand moniker make the color more suitable to you then?
Maybe "Leica Leatherette" would be a nice option as well.
JohnEwing: I can't imagine a serious photog tarting up his kit with this sort of thing, but if Fuji can milk the decadent to keep the company producing superb cameras, more power to them. It's not as if they were producing pearl-handled rosewood-gripped hyperuglified models of someone else's cameras.
Yes, a "serious photog" eschews all color from his personal possessions lest anyone accuse him of being, god forbid, UNSERIOUS.
No sir, that will simply not do. One must have a black camera with which to create only the most serious photographs.
topstuff: Well done Fuji. It is important to make cameras fun to own.
I dare say they are appealing to a much younger, optimistic and care-free customer segment than the resident old grumps on DPR.
Photography is a creative art. It is ultimately about self expression. If a photographer wants to cover his Fuji with a custom colour covering, then good luck to him /her.
I know of more than one very serious pro who would love this !
We are meant to have some fun while on this planet.
Everyone wants to be a stealthy street photographer these days.
kimnk: Aki Asahi have been offering custom skins for years!
I got one for my E-P1 back in the day - amazing quality. Great fit and the finish is as good and durable as original.
I would continue to support these guys, the original.
My Contax is covered with leather from Aki Asahi and it's perfect. As long as you take your time and do it right there's no reason to be wary.
Richard Franiec: I was about to order the X-T1 but now I rather wait for the porcupine foreskin covered version. Leica's paper edition does not appeal to me anymore.
I guess that it is about time to create new segment of cameras clearly dedicated for fashion freaks, not photographers. DPR - be the first, surely, others will follow.
The beige option is for semi-serious photographers only.
Nah, B&W is for arty types. Those art people are fashion victims of course.
Only color photography for serious photographs. The caveat is that the subject must be monochromatic.
JaimeA: Please do not post any comments until we get a full review of the Fuji X-E2. How long can we wait??? The camera appeared months ago and has been on sale since. No excuses please.
One time, instead of waiting for a camera review, I went to a camera shop and I tried out a camera.
Why do people get so bent out of shape when a camera is offered in colors?
I bet you drive a grey car, wear only plain grey cotton clothes and grey canvas shoes , live in a grey house with grey trim filled with grey furniture, huh?
Color is only for fashion victims, not serious photographers.
tjbates: Whichever way I look at it - the E-M10 looks like a marketing mistake in favour of the consumer. That doesn't happen very often.The E-M10 is marketed as an entry level OM series camera - however on paper and I'm sure in reality - this camera looks to perform (purely in terms of image quality) as well as the E-M1. That's pretty special for a camera about half the price of it's bigger brother.
How do you figure Nikon gives cheaper models inferior sensors? The D7100, D5300, and D3300 all share the same sensor. The D600/610 and D800 both have sensors that sit alone in their own class. The D4/s and Df both have the same sensor.
All of Nikon's sensors are regarded highly. Not a cheap inferior sensor in the whole lineup.
JDThomas: The market had downturn and it won't come back up. It will eventually plateau. After the digital boom of the 15 years companies are used to making money hand over fist. They're not "losing" money, they just aren't raking it in as fast. And it's unlikely that the business will ever boom like that again unless a radical new technology appears again.
It's always good to be in a business that makes products that are rapidly developing. It's an exciting time and technology is growing by leaps and bounds. People are thrilled by the fast pace of change and want to have the newest and best thing out there.
It's been 15 years since the digital photography revolution started and the technology has reached a point of maturity. They are running out of amazing new features to add.
As others pointed out, cameras are now good enough that most people don't need a new one every year. And contrary to popular belief the majority of consumers aren't on the forums geeking out over the newest junk.
@jeremyclarke; don't think mirrorless is going to do away with DSLRs at all. They will exist side-by-side. What you call "wasted space" isn't so to some photographers. The reason why pro DSLRs are so big is because that space is needed for for buttons that can access EVERY important feature immediately. Mirrorless camera are too small even at their largest to provide for that. They have a few function buttons that can be programmed, but I've yet to find one that didn't have me menu diving at some point to change a key setting. I never have to do that with with a D700 or D800 or even my Df for the most part.
One key aspect which a mirrorless can never replace a DSLR for me is the optical viewfinder. No matter how fast the refresh rate or how clear the screen is, it will always be a bright LCD in my eye. I shoot a lot in the dark and when I take my eye away from the EVF I can hardly see out of that eye. The OVF is the only way go for me.
@ZorSy: 4K video on a phone. Genius. Let's take a situation where you're likely to have the worst video capture imaginable and put it up on an 84" 4K Ultra-HD TV so that you can show it to everyone in all its shaky and badly composed glory.
@jemermyclarke: Mirrorless cameras aren't representing a change in imaging technology. It's just a change in form factor. And right now small cameras are "in". A few years ago people buying entry-level cameras were clamoring to buy grips so they could have a big camera that looks like the pros. In a few years the mirrorless cameras will be too small too be ergonomically usable (The a7 is already bordering on that) and the new fashion will be usable mid-sized cameras. Remember when cellphones were huge then eventually got so stupidly small you couldn't use them? Now they're mid-sized again. The MILC market is going to do the same. The X-T1's larger form factor than the X-E2 is already showing movement in that direction.
The market had downturn and it won't come back up. It will eventually plateau. After the digital boom of the 15 years companies are used to making money hand over fist. They're not "losing" money, they just aren't raking it in as fast. And it's unlikely that the business will ever boom like that again unless a radical new technology appears again.
I see a lot of people complaining on here about a lens they haven't used and don't plan on buying.
I picked up the lens with a D3300 the other day and I took it out for a quick spin around town. I'll tell you what, this lens is really sharp. I think it may better than the first 2 versions. The focus motor has gotten a lot quieter and it seems a bit faster.
I don't think this lens is boring at all. It's uncannily sharp. It's collapsible, and the focus motor seems to be faster.
No, it's not the lens for people who are gear snobs. If you are afraid of looking like a tourist you will hate this lens. Stick to the pro gear of you gotta look like a pro. Once you grow bored of looking the part, you'll find out that "cheap" lenses can be great.
The only issue I had with the lens is that the distortion is very badly controlled. Lots of barrel at the wide end.
pew pew: I like the D4s design
I think it looks suspiciously Canon-like...
JDThomas: I picked up a D3300 a few days ago and the IQ is stellar. The new kit lens is very cool. Small and sharp.
The D7200 is going to have to be very special, because as it stands the D3300, D5300, and D7100 stand neck and neck in regards to IQ. As it is the only thing the 7100 has going for it is the sturdier build and more buttons.
For products shots in my studio I've been using a D5300. I don't need a weather-sealed body nor a camera with a million dedicated buttons. Set it and forget it.
@Barnet: Yeah, the D7100 is worth it if you need that stuff. If you need a flippy screen then the D5300 is better than the D7100.
I guess my point was that IQ-wise, all of Nikon's DX cameras are pretty much the same. The only reason to choose one over the other is body features, not for the IQ.
The gap between pro and consumer cameras, in the DX line at least, is almost nil. I mean the D3300 may not have all of the features you mentioned, but for shooting products almost none of that stuff matters too much. Live View = 100%AF can be done manuallyIt can be tetheredOnce set you don't need a bunch of dedicated for quick changesWeather sealing and heavy frame aren't needed in a studio.
I think it's pretty cool that someone can get pro results from a $650 camera. I lucky enough to get to buy every Nikon camera as part of my job. I've seen Nikon's entry-level go from shitty to stellar. Sometimes I keep lesser cameras and sell the better ones because they have less features.
Cal22: I like the line of lenses, especially the primes the high aperture and the handling of which are meant to be reminiscent of great moments in the history of photography. Most likely we'll see a 16mm to be added in the months to come.
Unfortunately, the rangefinder style camera is not to my liking, it's too inconvenient for a left-eye photographer. And since there's no EVF attachable to an M1 or A1 I'm still standing on the sidelines.
Not trying to be a dick or anything, but have you given using the other eye a real chance? I typically use the left eye when shooting a 28mm on my M9-P, for some reason I can see the edges of the frame better.
Rangefinders aren't for everyone. It takes some real time to experiment with different techniques, but once you get your styled refined it's easy.
OceanFroggie: Technically Sony have some interesting innovations BUT boy the bodies look ugly to the eye.
The D5300 performs as well as it looks. I get WIFI but what is with this GPS rubbish?
I love the GPS. It's great for traveling. It's also provides an easy way to find images from a specific locations using the LR5 Map module.
jango: i don't understand: if " the D5300 presents D7100-level image quality" as said in the review, way the score of the image quality of the d5300 is less then the d7100 when compared?
Scoring is based on more than image quality...