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OK - $4000 for a for an all manual 50mm f1.4 lens.  Adorama shows a summicron f2.0 for $7350, an old summilux f1.4 for $3995, and the noctilux f0.95 for 10,995 (all manual).  The Canon cinema 50mm lens is $4700. 
Guess if you want to play with the big boys, you have to step up to the plate!

OK, it's done.  It doesn't matter how much time it took, how much it cost or what the motivation was.  Ive is a
very respected designer and Leica is very much a boutique brand.  I'm sure reflections of this motif will show up
in future Leica products and Leicaphiles - or Leicaphobes - will snap them up.  There aren't too many other examples of camera companies coming up with "leading edge" designs and most cameras look like most cameras.
It might be an ergonomic problem - after all, if you put a car design in a wind tunnel to minimize drag, the logo
on the front doesn't make a whole lot of difference. 

An earlier post said they thought this will sell for a quarter mil,  Southeby's estimates $500-750K.  I'm betting some Saudi prince, Russian tycoon or Chinese industrialist pays over a mil and we'll never hear of it again.

Whatever you're comfortable with - the choice is basically how you want to control your images.  If you already have a desktop to pair with the air it's a viable solution since you'll probably do the real work on the desktop.  If
you expect the machine to be "all purpose", get the Macbook Pro - max out the memory, get the largest hard drive
and a bluetooth mouse and you'll be ready.  If necessary, add an external drive for space and/or a large monitor
so you can see what you're doing.  Then have fun!

Software & Accessories / Re: good shoulder bag?
« on: October 10, 2013, 08:45:51 PM »
I'm surprised that no one recommended the Domke F2 - a great back than can hold more "stuff" than I can either
carry or afford.  Great shoulder strap - particularly with the optional pad, enough pockets to "organize" the cords,
chargers, etc. that come along and not too expensive.  Mine's getting a little shabby from being dragged around,
but it's still a keeper.  I also like the Naneu Pro Tango bag - with it's web cross shoulder strap it's a little easier on
long days because the weight is distributed.  Holds whatever and also a small laptop/tablet with good protection.

Probably because it wouldn't sell. 
Ricoh has had a wonderful camera on the market for the last several years where you buy the "body"
and a "lens/sensor" combination that is interchangeable.  Ever seen one?  That's why!

Lenses / Re: Is it worth to try to use Canon FD Lenses with EOS system ?
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:20:08 PM »
If the picture you posted are the FD lenses you have, then I'd answer no.  If you have the FD longer L lenses,
then the answer may be "yes".  The macro suggestions are valid, but it's tough to beat the 100 EF macro.

Lenses / Re: Transitioning to Primes
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:15:20 PM »
After years of humping large SLRs, motor drives and big zoom lenses, I now travel with a 35mm, an 85mm
and don't feel I miss a thing. 

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Choosing the right tripod
« on: September 21, 2013, 08:37:47 PM »
Any tripod that will support the weight is fine - and various manufacturers make dozens of models that are
adequate.  I'd recommend the Leitz Tilt-all - mine's 40+ years old and works like a champ.  It's a little heavier
and a lot cheaper that some of the high tech carbon/graphite models available today. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Bag to carry body attached to 500mm
« on: September 07, 2013, 02:07:18 PM »
check out the ThinkTank  lens transit or some such name.

The On One photo suite - especially the latest version of genuine fractals.  Nik and Topaz round out the
suite, but there are tons of others.  Try the adobe website for affiliated vendors for photoshop and
enjoy shopping.,

EOS Bodies / Re: More Medium Format Talk
« on: September 03, 2013, 09:44:38 AM »
You can get a Pentax 645D with lens for about $10K, a Hasselblad starts at about $15K, the Leica at $30K.
None of the above systems are huge sellers, and the whole digital MF market is probably less dollar volume
than Canon will make with the 5DIII.  Why bother?

EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M [CR2]
« on: September 03, 2013, 09:30:39 AM »
Be nice if Canon would take the Fuji route and provide really good primes.  On the other hand, Fuji doesn't have to
protect Rebel market share and wedge in a product whose only advantage is size.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon is going to add mid format
« on: September 02, 2013, 07:49:54 AM »
What is medium format in the digital sense - the old 3x3, the 645, the 6x7 as represented by traditional "120"
brands or something new?  Look at the range of sensor sizes in point and shoot cameras, or for than matter
anything smaller than the standard 24x36 "full frame" definition.   Canon could make a square sensor that would
be covered by the standard 35mm lens image circle - approximately 32 units on a side and get about a 20%
increase in pixel geography and could most likely be manufactured on the existing production lines - and who
knows how much larger the image could get and still maintain quality standards by increasing the lens to film
plane distance.  At least Canon has the engineers to work that out if the marketing case would stand out. 
I'd rather see Canon expand market share along other lines - a full frame GXX, a digital S rangefinder camera
(maybe all manual and they could trot out their 50's lens line again with new cosmetics), how about a manual
digital camera that would use FD series lenses or other options?  It's hard to get too excited about medium format when the existing manufacturers are not doing so well financially and expanding (sort of) into the
"premium" interchangeable lens line like the latest Hasselblad relabeling of the Sony system. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Is it possible?
« on: September 02, 2013, 07:32:16 AM »
Yes.  As my old granny used to say, "given enough time and money, any fool can do anything!"

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon SL-1 as travel camera
« on: September 02, 2013, 07:28:39 AM »

A great little camera - and I mean little in size not performance.  Another nail in the coffin of the  "M" offering.

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