To take price first, Robert White first dropped the price (pre-VAT) to 6,500, then to 5,995 on the basis of a "summer clearance" (which could mean anything). If I was to speculate (and be a bit cynical), I'd say they might be trying to sell some stock before an anticipated announcement of a Canion 1Ds III with 20+mp that might hit sales later in the year. Thats just my guess of course
They had several to chose from, and I wanted to make sure I had a late serial number model, as the earlier ones had back focusing issues (there is a seperate thread about this here somewhere).
The file quality is superior at the pixel level to the Kodak 14nx. There are fewer artifacts / xmas tree lights and no side-to-side colour shifts I can detect. I am finally beginning to understand the PhotoStation raw software, and its not bad, but you can use Lightroom or Silkyix which both support the ZD.
the file I posted has had some post processing, but not much. Specifically some colour correction, NR on sky and a touch of sharpening.
Happy to send you a raw file to play with if you want one.
Its a surprisingly nice camera to use. After a little while it feels like a regular dslr. I parrticularly appreciate the easy mirror-up function after using the workaround with the Kodak.
Long time since we 'spoke' online - thanks for posting a sample I can trust (and relate to) ... :-)
I'd be very interested in hearing how you get on with the ZD as I've been sitting on the fence myself waiting to see how this camera performs. I still have my 645AFD/Kodak 645M combo and I've been waiting to see how this might compare to the ZD - I would expect the new camera to be superior if for no other reason than it's a new generation of sensor and software. I know you had a lot of success with the Kodak 14nx which has many similar image characteristics to the 645M; how would you compare the look of the ZD images to those?
So far there's been scant feedback or information anywhere other than the bs 'reviews' which surprised me really.
Would there be any chance of you sending me a raw file to compare? I'd be interested to know how much post processing is needed for most images. I've been shooting DSLR with D2X's which produce great images straight from raw without much post processing. (cf. DCF files through DCS Photo Desk with Kodak looks).
Btw, did Robert White allude to how long they might be selling at the reduced price/kit?