Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Photography Soup (7/31/07) - Leica M8 review is out!

  • The big news of the day is the publication of the highly anticipated Leica M8 review by dpreview. If you are not familiar with rangefinder cameras, fear not, page one of the review gives us a history and introduction to rangerfinder cameras, including a concise pros/cons. This 21 page review was written by Phil Askey. As always I won't reveal the findings, you have to read it yourselves :) And I promise I won't say "this Leica is your mate (m8)". Ooops, I guess I just did :) And for those not familiar, this is not a cheap camera. You can buy a decent used Honda Civic for the same price! Forum discussion on the camera dnd the review here. here, and here

    Financial Results from Japan
  • Dollars and sense at digitalcamera.jp (computer-translated) as they report the financial results reported by Nikon, Olympus and Pentax. Here is what I can make out from the computer-translated text:
  • Very good financial numbers for Nikon... Favorable mention of the Coolpix P5000... 211% increase in DSLR sales, total of 760,000 units (which could mean their #1 spot in Japan may not be the only one)... Lens sales are up 292%, and compact digital cameras are up 122%, to 2.03 million units. All these are compared to the same time period of last year.
  • Pretty financial numbers from Olympus as well. Favorable mention of the Stylus and FE-series presumably in the domestic (Japanese) market.
  • Good financial numbers from Pentax as well, as they may exceed previous expectations.
  • It's always a good thing when camera companies are doing well :-)

    Overheard in the dpreview forums
  • JPEG, JPEG XR and Microsoft HD Photo. A new standard?
  • Sony vs Nikon & Canon?.
  • And a discussion on usability and user interfaces
  • An alternative to B&H Photo?. A number of reputable dealers are listed in this thread, so if you are looking for retailers near or nearer you, check it out.
  • Top 3 lens threads are the new fad it seems. Canon, Minolta-Sony,
  • Photo permits required in New York City?
  • On RAW, TIFF and Olympus
  • As reported a few days earlier by DigitalCamera.jp, demand far exceeds supply for the new Pentax DA * SDM lenses. Also discussed here
  • Good Ole Boys Club?
  • And some old fashioned DSLR vs P&S debate with landscapes being the starting point.
  • You bet the new new Canon firmware update 1.1.0 for the Canon 1D Mark III would spark a spirited discussion
  • Discussion on the 7th generation Fuji SuperCCD based on information from Fuji Japan.
  • Opinions on best digicams ever made


    Dr Hiding Pup said...

    Buy a Vivitar 35ES rangefinder (£5) and rediscover 'capturing moments' for a fraction of the price I reckon..

    1001 noisy cameras said...

    Five hundred Vivitar rangerfinders for the price of one digital Leica RF! That is an interesting visual when comparing and contrasting :)