Re: [PanoToolsNG] The shape of cameras to come...
- Yup! Maybe less than that. The big camera makers are out to make money
after all. They are not so concerned about you having a closet full of
lenses you can't use anymore. They already got the money for those...
Trausti Hraunfjord wrote:
> I am still waiting for high quality cameras that fill no more than a lenscap
> for the back of the lens. So in reality, the only thing filling anything,
> would be the lens itself. I'm sure there won't be any such camera hitting
> the market in the next few years though.
> E-P1 and GF1 are indeed interesting, and probably only the first of new
> generations of high end cameras in more compact sizes.
> 3-5 years from now should offer a good array of choices for us. .... I
> On Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 5:59 PM, Ken Warner <kwarner000@...> wrote:
>> Here's the last few paragraphs of an interesting essay on the future of
>> digital cameras -- he describes the camera I'm waiting for...
>> The E-P1 and GF1 represent the first nail in the DSLR coffin. They clearly
>> show that you can make a smaller, more convenient camera
>> with very few trade-offs, especially around quality. The cameras lack
>> optical viewfinders (OVF), and some analysts believe that the
>> photo enthusiast would never be willing to forgo these, but this is a
>> fallacy. Most new DSLR customers have been shooting for years
>> with digital point-and-shoots that don't have optical viewfinders, or at
>> least not ones that were of much value. They're used to
>> shooting this way and can compose beautiful shots on an LCD. Just wander
>> around Flickr to see thousands of photos that prove this point.
>> Canon and Nikon dwarf Olympus and Panasonic, so they have some time to
>> react, but they clearly need to. The problem is that a new
>> mirrorless system requires a new line of lenses to provide the true
>> benefits of the downscaled format, but both companies already
>> have two existing lines of lenses--one for their pro-level, full-frame
>> sensored cameras and one for the consumer DSLRs cameras with
>> APS-sized sensors. Having a third line of lenses may be too much, so
>> there's a fair chance we'll see the Big Two go in a different
>> Instead of focusing on another interchangeable lens format, the companies
>> may release truly compact cameras with built-in zoom
>> lenses much like those in their existing PowerShot and Coolpix lines, but
>> with large consumer-level DSLR sensors. This makes sense,
>> because ultimately, this is what consumers want--as they showed in the film
>> days. Most digital camera sales still tend towards
>> compact units; as nice as the Micro Four Thirds cameras are, they don't
>> slip into your pocket. You need to make a conscious decision
>> to carry them around.
>> Two small camera manufacturers--Sigma, primarily known for its after-market
>> lenses, and Leica, known for its very pricey premium
>> cameras--were first out of the gate with all-in-one big-sensor cameras, the
>> Sigma DP1 and DP2 and Leica X1. All unfortunately use
>> fixed-focal-length (non-zoom) lenses, which limit their appeal (as will the
>> Leica's $2,000 price tag). Until these cameras can
>> incorporate zooms, they'll be limited to a very small enthusiast market.
>> But once they do (and my guess is that this will happen in mid-2010), watch
>> out. Consumer-level DSLRs won't go away; they didn't in
>> the film days, and they won't now. But they'll become marginalized as more
>> and more people turn toward more convenient alternatives.
>> History has a way of repeating itself.
>> Post by Ben Z. Gottesman
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- So maybe you met my father Mario Vascon somewhere in CERN, in the
accelerator in Geneve, between 70ies or 80ies....??? Depending on how
old are you!
2009/11/3 luca vascon <luca.vascon@...>:
> 2009/11/3 John Riley <johnriley@...>:
>> Not now; I did my graduate work there. I did get romantically
>> involved with an italian woman one at a NATO nuclear physics summer
>> school in the Netherlands. They are definitely different from our
>> home-grown variety (in some very good ways!)
>> John Riley
>> On Nov 3, 2009, at 2:47 AM, luca vascon wrote:
>>> Are you at Duke?!
>>> Do you know a very attractive italian friend of mine who is teaching
>>> there?! I think italian arts and architecture...
>>> It is impossible not to notice her ;-)
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> Luca Vascon.