Does this mean mirrorless has made it to prime time? Andy Kowalczyk tells me that on the most recent episode of the TV show "Person of Interest," the (anti-?) hero is seen doing telephoto surveillance with what appears to be a NEX. (Could just be product placement, I suppose. Sony's reach is spidery.)
And you thought the M Monochrom was radical: Zeke P.E. [sic] of Spectral Instruments discusses the 1110s camera in a recent video. B&W only, 95 millimeter square sensor, 112 MP, "amazing" dynamic range. He wants your opinion as to which photographers they should give one to to test.
UPDATE: Ctein wants to be nominated. Who better? He has the technical chops, and, as he says, Zeke "looks and sounds just like my kind of guy." And then he can write all about it here on TOP. Let's email them and nominate him!
For the lens fanatic who has (almost) everything: Paul Hawkwood writes that there's a 6mm ƒ/2.8 Nikkor fisheye for sale in England. Cost? A cool £100,000 ($161,000). There are probably cellphone cameras with 6mm lenses, but this has too much coverage and is a tad too big and—at 5200 grams (about eleven and a half pounds)—heavy for a cellphone. Too bad it won't cover 95x95mm.
UPDATE: Gordon Cahill tells me the lens already sold, at full price. (I know how bitterly disappointed you are....)
Perfectly natural thing for a guy to do: James Maher found himself with a dead X100 on his hands. So he did what anyone would do under the circumstances: he took it apart.
They don't need breaks and they're never late to work: Bloomberg Businessweek reports that Canon is moving toward full robotic assembly of cameras and could have automated production lines up and running within three years (cameras and lenses are still currently made by people).
Low-light lawyers: Scott Paris is enthusiastic about the high ISO performance of his new OM-D. He took this picture at the graduation ceremony of the Michigan State University College of Law. It's a straight out-of-camera JPEG, ISO 8000, 1/60th sec., 150mm.
Admit it, you knew this was coming: The TIME breastfeeding cover as a meme. Sigh. Lynn Burdekin passed this link along.
Proof that some people have too much money: A rare 1923 Leica 0-Series camera (that still works!) sold in Vienna for €2.16 million ($2.8 million). The buyer is anonymous (probably hiding from his wife).
This probably isn't related, it just seems that way: The lowdown on Leica pricing. This will interest a subset of those reading, but I confess I didn't read it! So I'm not really sure I'm allowed to recommend it. Caveat emptor.
Time machine: Silver & Light by Ian Ruhter. This is a Vimeo video that can also be seen at this link. Longish, but cool. Probably best watched late at night rather than at work when you have stuff to do. Carsten Bockermann gets the thanks for calling this to our attention first, but several others did too.
Might as well jump: John Hogg sent this. Clare Newton "has been photographing thousands of children and adults from all walks of life across London, then will creatively combine the images to make a giant panorama photograph over 1 kilometre in length, with everyone appearing to jump simultaneously. The photographic montage consists of over 109,000 images of people across jumping against scenic backdrops which have been seamlessly stitched together." It will be the world's longest-ever photograph, complete with the Guinness Book of World Records there to put their seal on it.
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Featured Comment by Geoff Wittig: "I feel sad (I guess) about robots assembling cameras; I enjoyed the comforting illusion that skilled craftsmen wearing leather aprons and monocle loups were putting them together with loving care. As of a year or two ago there was a fascinating Canon video online demonstrating the assembly of their 500mm ƒ/4 IS lens. Yep, just one white-gloved craftsman, carefully fitting those immaculate jewel-like glass and fluorite elements into their seats and putting the whole thing together. I actually own that lens (please don't ask me how often I use it!) and, if possible, the video made me even more paranoid about dropping it."
Featured Comment by David L: "Mike, Zeke of Spectral Instruments said he's a mechanical engineer (like me). The P.E. after his name is for Professional Engineer, a legally recognized certification of engineering skills and knowledge based on passing a technical exam. It includes multiple disciplines in engineering."
Egg-On-Face Mike replies: Oops! Sorry. That's something any editor should know....
Featured Comment by Winsor: "That 'Person of Interest' camera sure looked like a Nikon 1 to me. It makes sense considering it has a 2.7 multiplier for the focal length."
Featured Comment by Ctein: "Regarding the OMD's high-ISO performance, I downloaded the ISO 2000 and 6400 RAW files from dpreview and ran out some 17x22 prints of them. The ISO 2000 photograph is extremely fine-grained as it is; I would be happy with it for portfolio quality work. I could make it essentially grainless with very little noise reduction applied. It looks considerably better at ISO 2000 than my Pen does at ISO 800.
"As for ISO 6400, it's actually good. It's grainy, but fine-grained, at least on the level of 35mm Tri-X with one-stop pulled development. Probably better than that. In other words, acceptable in even a 17x22 print so long as you don't mind seeing grain. With a moderately small amount of noise reduction applied, not enough to compromise subtle fine detail in the least, the visible grain drops down to about the level of the ISO 2000 file. It's quite extraordinary. I'm not sure if there would ever be a situation where I would be doing portfolio-relevant work at ISO 6400 (maybe if I chanced across another auroral display) but if something really needed that treatment, I'd be willing to add it to my portfolio. And for more casual use, it's utterly acceptable.
"Most importantly, I'm seeing no evidence of large-scale, low spatial frequency mottling or variations in tone or color, which was the real killer trying to use the Pen above ISO 800. I am impressed."