Luminous Landscape wants Leica to abandone the rangefinder philosophy.

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We from 43rumors do believe that Leica were really close to join the M4/3 system. But at a certain point they choose to not join the MFT world. Now Luminous Landscapes suggest them to abandone the rangefinder tecnology in favour of the new “mirrorless” camera systems.

That’s what Luminous Landscapes says:
I am arguing that the current M9, and any other camera built further on the viewfinder / rangefinder paradigm, has become an evolutionary dead-end. It serves to support the superb range of current and previous Leica M lenses, but it does so with a design brief that is now at least several decades out of date.

So, now the controversial part. Viewing. Since this camera will use M series lenses it can not be a DSLR. Some pundits are arguing that this design’s days are numbered in any event. That means either a live view LCD screen and / or an electronic viewfinder, and Live View pretty much means a change to CMOS from CCD.
Read the whole article here: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/leica-open-letter.shtml

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UPDATED -> The future of the “Mirrorless market” (or “Samsung went crazy”?)

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Samsung Electronics said yesterday it aims to capture 50 percent (!!!) of the global market for mirrorless digital cameras with interchangeable lenses this year.

My opinion? Beeing optimistic is one thing but that sounds more they went crazy!

They also said that the “mirrorless” market would expand to 9 million units in 2015 — equivalent to that of DSLR cameras.

The Samsung NX-10 disappointed me. It is not as compact as a GF1-or E-p1/2 and it has neither the video quality nor the features of the Panasonic GH1. It is something in between…and that is not going to appeal most of us.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention the source: The Korean Herald (english!)

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a little bit of everything…

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Olympus EP-2 Unboxing and hands-on | Simply Electronics

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Photographyblog has taken some photos of the NX-10 and GH1. Some more details about price and release date at k-rumors.com,
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The Dyv.us Scuba Diving compared some cameras+underwaterhousings. Check the page to read what they say about the Panasonic GF1.
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The History Museum disqualified the winning entry of the photographer José Luis Rodríguez. (via quesabesde)
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(FT3) Photorumors has more details about the LX3 successor.

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The rumor is from photorumors. We don’t know his source that’s why we post it with a “FT3” value (which means “could be”).

He says “my sources from Asia can only confirm that at least one more, high end, compact camera will be announced with new Lumix G model, but at that point it is not confirmed that it will be the LX4:

Rumored Specs:

* Full manual control
* New and improved image stabilization system
* No RAW mode (? – LX3 did have RAW mode, another reason why this may not be a LX3 replacement). Panasonic may keep the RAW mode only for their GF line.
* GPS
* 720p HD video
* Stereo microphones
* New digital zoom function: Panasonic will unveil also a new technology that will be related to digital zoom and will make it much more useful

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