There's one area where Leica is absolutely unbeaten. That's simplicity. The camera makers of the far east could learn from that. As I predicted Canon introduced its budget full frame, the 6D. As with Nikons D600 it will be stuffed with evermore features in endless pages of menu-items. But no problemo amigo. Just read the 1,200 page manual and you know it all!
I don't know how you people do it, but after I've read the manual of a digital camera and made up the custom settings, it only takes me a few weeks to forget 95% of the tricks and treats my digital do-it-all boxy has. So my plea to the camera makers would be: try to adapt the camera to the human body and don't try to turn this around!
Well all the new stuff wil be shown at the Photokina in Köln this week (Cologne to native English speakers). Next saturday I will visit the Photokina and take a look at all the new goodies camera manufacturers have prepared for us. Me I'm very curious about the Sony A99. Is the electronic viewfinder able to beat an optical finder? Especially with fast moving subjects, like in motorsports, does the viewfinder keep up with the pulling around of the camerabody? If yes the A99 will be a serious contender. If no, it'll loose many points as a professional tool.
I'll tell you all in my next blog.