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I take shots of stained glass panels in churches off a 60 feet high tripod, taking shots one panel at a time and puting them back together with PhotoShop. I started with a Nikon 950 to try it. Since I was sucessfull at it I got a Hasselblad with a 6 megapixel digital back.
Now, with this Sony product, I have the Hasselblad for sale, anyone interested in this sub standard and over priced product?
The gizmo is fully radio remote controlled. I can see and control everything from the ground. Hand made the "hand" and "eye" myself. 60 feet tripod made in Canada [luksa.com], many copies sold to Hollywood, eh!
The dog is no good choice, cats can climb much better.
I wonder how many people are waiting for a fully-loaded digital camera to be combined with a mini-cdr or a microdrive? Personally, I have trouble buying a 16mb model when the 1gb microdrive is just ::waiting:: to be put in the right camera.
Me, for one. I didn't pick up the Mavica until the FD7 came along, figuring that the first roll-out product would quickly be upgraded as they found out what they users really wanted. (Evidently, the FD7 is STILL a consumer hit though it's long been obsolete; still bringing $300 on ebay.)
We payed 24.000 USD for the Phase One back and acessories. Then we had to pay for the Hass. lenses and acessories. Even if we ad a special price with some education channel we payed 15.000$ for quite a basic 6 megapixel camera. Total is almost 40.000$. I recommended some Kodak pro digital line wich were a lot cheaper (8.000$) but some idiot at school drooled all over the papers when he read Hasselblad.
Now if the DSC-F707 has a FireWire interface and really gets five megapixels without interpolation. I am going to suggest the school director to sell the Hass. so we can buy 3 more units tripod included.
Sony could consider making some proline models. I also believe this baby will slay the market. They have a 128 meg memory stick going for 149$
Sony does offer a 3+ megapixel mini-CDR model now, but unfortunately (IMO) it only offers a wimpy 3x zoom. I think they should have just bumped up the resolution on their 1st CDR camera, with the 10x zoom.
My dream digital would offer mini-CDR, long zoom or removable lenses (I've got some Minolta lenses already... are you listening Minolta? Capitalize on my brand loyalty here!), and 4+ MP resolution.
I think Canon offers a "prosumer" EOS digital model that allows the use of their lenses, but I really think all the major film camera companies need to wake up and offer digital SLR "bodies" to their existing 35mm and medium format customers. I'd JUMP on a 4MP Minolta body...
Ah yes, for my dream digital (as mentioned earlier): SLR!!! I want to look in the viewfinder and see out the lens! Enough with this amateur viewfinder-off-to-one-side garbage... I had enough of that when I stopped using a 110 as my primary camera!
I promised my Pentax P30T with normal, 28mm and 135mm lens to one of my daughters. I love the view through the lens too. I also like the way it feels like a "real" camera. Not to mention the consistent quality of film photography. Why did I make that promise? Oh well.
By the way, lot's of superb cameras have a rangefinder viewfinder. My first camera, which I bought new, was a Minolta with a rangefinder.
I guess I've always dealt with the cheapos then... leaving me trying to guess/compensate for the viewfinder offset when framing the picture, and hoping I'm not cutting off the edge of the photo and/or won't end up having to crop & recenter it.
Annoying. I want my SLR! Then again, I have the same stubborn bias for manual transmissions, even if the automatic model shifts beautifully and gets better gas mileage. Did I mention I dislike autofocus too? And I have a bull-headed wanna-do-it-myself streak as wide as the Mississippi R.?