I have been very keen to get a new 7D but maybe I will wait a while to see these new offerings first! M3 could be the one if it has a evf and 7d2 sensor.....
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this is actually a decent shot but worth that much money?
I don't know any other of his work, but I find this to be an excellent picture, and he had the good sense to put a meaning it other than "I happened to shoot this the other day" :-)
As for the money, obviously(?) high-priced art isn't about private people spending millions for their personal pleasure, but for social status ("Look, I like good art! And I can afford it!") and future investment.
If want "wtf!?", I just read about this being the second most expensive picture ever. I'm really lost for words, probably because I'm German and for this domestic river a lot of associated images pop up in my mind - but this isn't one of them :-o
Look at that picture. What do you see? A river in a postindustrial landscape. Very straight, very rectangular. That river is the rhine. The famous rhine, about which so many songs have been sung, about which a whole lot of the german cultural identity is grouped. Think about Loreley and so on. The rhine is a german myth. But what has it become nowadays? Look at the picture. This is the rhine nowadays. This is our culture, our society, our landscape nowadays.
No you now understand what Gursky had in his mind when creating this picture? (Of course it is heavily edited/photoshopped to emphasize his message)
Well, I intend to try and rent an NX1 if LensRentals gets them. I don't think they currently rent Samsung gear. If not, I may simply buy one and try it out for 20 days, and return it if it has any major issues. I could probably rent a 7D II and buy a step wedge and provide some data for people to look at.
I've seen a couple reviews where the reviewers seemed to think the AF system performed quite well. I think it's fairly easy to cherry pick reviews (from the countless reviewers that are out there now) to demonstrate the opinion you want. I've stopped bothering with that myself, as it's never a winning situation...it doesn't resolve any clashing opinions, and the other side just ends up digging up some of the reviews that cater to their existing opinions to share.
I wish there was some kind of objective way to compare data from DPR. You can make subjective judgements based on what you think you see as far as comparing the images they provide in their little comparison tool. That has the same problem though...people don't see the same things. Both literally and figuratively...we all perceive things differently, but we also all have different screens with different calibrations, brightness and contrast settings, etc. Some people's screens reveal terrible aspects of my photography that make me feel like I want to barf, yet when I view the same image on my screen, it's fine. I have a high end, high quality, calibrated screen...they do not.
That's why I've tried to start measuring standard deviations, maximums and minimums, etc. with PixInsight. It's one of the very few ways I know of to produce objectively comparable data. So far, PixInsight is telling me that the NX1 image has a bit lower noise than the 7D II image. I'm not saying it's a world-shattering difference...but it seems to place the NX1 firmly between the 7D II and 5D III on the image quality scale. It's by no means an A7s competitor, nor even a 1D X competitor...and no one should have ever expected that. But as far as an APS-C getting closer to a 5D III full frame camera in IQ...I think the NX1 is currently the closest. (Based on the only objective data I've been able to get a hold of so far, anyway.)
If I ever do produce some step-wedge images for comparison between cameras, I have no doubt that there will be just as much subjectivity and controversy on what those images "tell" us as any other comparison image. For the same reasons that DPR's comparison tool and the diversity of camera reviews with wildly differing opinions produce nothing more than subjective opinions and controversial results.