Good day everyone. Quickly recapping last Friday’s highlight:
Looks like Fuji is about to announce three new substantial cameras. Not just updates of current models, but going new ways – the “emboldened by X100″ syndrome?
FujiGuys on Twitter promises exotic stuff for September, but can’t really discuss future product releases. Well they’re kind of Fuji Canada’s official mouthpiece… PhotoRumors and 43Rumors are both speculating Fujifilm could join Olympus‘ and Panasonic‘s Micro Four Thirds standard and launch their first MFT body.
Fuji is actually a founding member of Four Thirds together with Kodak and Olympus. Fuji hasn’t yet been very active, while Kodak basically only delivered the Olympus E-1′s outstanding sensor.
Could well be that Fuji is planning something mirrorless with a sensor smaller than APS-C.
It would most likely follow the style concept and form factor of the highly successful X100, but this time with interchangeable lenses, something that would draw even more photographers to the Fuji fold. The innovative camera maker is not only reintroducing style back into the photography world.
BUT LISTEN FUJI: The real winner would be a compact camera system with interchangeable lenses based on a full-frame sensor. Give us a new standard.
Obviously the technology exists, and the physics allow for it. Why do we have to settle for puny little sensors.
As mentioned in an earlier DCR edition Who Builds The Full-Frame Compact, full-frame’s big drawback – the cost of the sensor – is not a valid argument anymore. The price has come down substantially, any user would be willing to pay a premium.
Lenses would be too big? Look at Leica‘s unmatched full-frame glass. OK, no autofocus, but according to Moore’s law there will be a way.
Yes, the M9 is unquestionably expensive (you could buy five or ten of the MFT models or three or four of the SLRs, etc., etc.), but Leica is indeed a small company with a “minuscule market share.” That underlines Leica‘s accomplishment rather than negates it. By showing just how compact a full-frame camera can be, it’s hard not to think the M9 will serve for years to come as a benchmark in “large sensor/small camera” discussions.
And, once the Japanese digest what Leica has accomplished, might another company or two develop a cheaper 24x36mm-sensored “camera for many lenses” along the lines of what Christopher Lane wrote about Micro Four Thirds the other day?
Photographers can hope; time will tell.
BTW, feel sorry for yourself for having gotten the Leica M9 in time and now the astonishing M9-P is out? According to moderator jaapv of L•Camera Forum you can upgrade your M9 into an M9-P from October onwards, including covering:
I talked to customer service Solms. Upgrades, either crystal screen or full upgrade to M9-P, will be available from October onwards. The price of a full upgrade will be €1,050 net. But it will save you the cost of an extended guarantee if your camera is about two years old, so that makes it quite reasonable by Leica standards.
And another BTW: Leica hints at an M10 at Photokina 2012.
Invisible Photographer Asia quotes Leica chairman Dr. Andreas Kaufman as saying when asked about an M10,
“Usually, this industry has cycles in the two years range, which is usually Photokina. So if people were to come to Photokina in 2012, maybe they may see something. What they will see? No comment on this. We have a very clear roadmap over the next five years.”
PhotoRumors has a prelaunch of the Olympus E-P3 with the top-notch 12mm lens (24mm in full-frame terms). Shaky images, but official launch day Jun 30 is approaching quickly. Olympus has a PEN teaser site up. Main difference to the predecessor: built-in flash.
According to 43Rumors all new PENs – the E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM3 – will share the same new “tweaked” Olympus sensor, will have the same AF speed (Olympus says fastest AF of any mirrorless camera out there), touchscreen display (E-P3 with OLED 640k) and deliver up to 12.800 ISO.
+++ In other photography related news, in case you missed it here is the download for the latest Fuji Finepix X100 firmware update Version 1.10.
DPReview has detailed information on the update including 22 feature modifications and additions. Auto ISO though is still hidden somewhere deep in the menu.
Webdesign Tuts+ offers valuable tips for creating the perfect photography portfolio website:
Showcasing an image based portfolio on a website can be a tricky task. It’s usually a lot different than a normal client or business website. With a normal website, there is usually a consistent structure, which includes a header, a navigation menu, sometimes a sidebar, and usually a footer. However, when showcasing photography, there are no limits. You don’t need a navigation bar, header or footer, if you don’t want to have them. The more creative you can be, while still focusing on the main goal of your site, the more attention you’ll gain.
Apple‘s iPhone 4 officially overtakes the Nikon D60 as the top camera on Flickr, more popular than any other point-and-shoot or DSLR camera. A phone?!
PC Mag asks, “Is your cell phone your primary camera?!” A question that seemed laughable not too long ago.
Over at his site Steve Huff reports Leica Camera and Magnum Photos sign a cooperation agreement:
Leica Camera AG and Magnum Photos announce the commencement of a series of technological and photographic projects, building upon almost a century’s worth of shared history between two world-renowned photographic institutions. The first venture showcases a number of independently produced multimedia essays by Magnum photographers. In addition, Leica and Magnum have forged a partnership allowing Magnum photographers to utilize the latest Leica equipment in the field. With this program, the esteemed camera manufacturer is able to gain valuable insight into the distinct needs of a professional photographer and integrate the feedback into the ongoing development of the Leica product portfolio.
Read at Photofocus why the guy is selling most of his (expensive) photography gear. Ever toyed with the idea yourself? Nah, sorry, he’s not donating his stuff by doing something radical by limiting himself.
I for myself usually stick to one camera/system to really make use of it, until time’s ripe to jump to the next temptation full of trial and error.
We conclude today’s DCR edition with blind Canadian photographer Tara Miller, a commercial photographer who works with her husband and has less than 10 percent vision.
She sees only one small spot clearly with her left eye, and that is helpful with close-up shots. She also relies on family to help her “see” things. Her 12-year-old son helped her shoot this winning image: