being a nikonian, i must admit that the dynax/maxxum 7 is a breakthough when camera's technology is concern. even the feb issue of popular photography agree the af speed of the 7 is the fastest... how is the impact of the dynax 7 on the coming f6?
Could you review that article and see if they did not say something to the effect of: "fastest non-pro AF camera," or "fastest AF is a non-pro model," or something to that effect. I read the article and thought I had read a caveat regarding the AF. I may be wrong, and since I'm out of town at the moment, I have no way to read the article till I get home.
Just a curious question.
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I think the key word is engineering, not technology. Look all around you, and flip through an issue of Popular Mechanics, or the Sharper Image catalog. It should be a simple matter to build a camera, that combines lasers and rangefinders and infared and whatever else you have handy, to focus accurately and quickly at any distance. The trick would be to get it into a small, light package at an acceptable "price point". Each new gee-whiz body, therefore, isn't so much a technology breakthrough as it is an engineering feat. A true technology breakthrough would be some sort of clear active matrix LCD panel positioned in front of the film. It would respond to a multi-segment meter in such a way as to darken selectively, creating a mask, if you will, in areas of intense highlight, balancing out the contrast. This would be superior to anything the user can do with a manual camera, and would even be superior in ease of use to anything that can be done in Photoshop. This gimmick would, of course, be of no use to a professional or creative photographer, but sure would sound spiffy in a brochure, and would definitely make the press wet their drawers at the photo shows. Now, if you have one active brain cell, you have probably already figured out that the "technology" to do this already exists (Photo-Gray sunglasses, instrument displays). What it would really take to get this concept shrinkwrapped and in the hands of the gadget-addicted consumer with unlimited disposable income is, again, an engineering feat. And marketing. ---scott
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