What is your #1 request for manufacturers in 2017?

Started by Hywel, December 30, 2016, 04:05:07 pm


A panoramic digital camera. It will never happen, but one can dream.




Quote from: Rob C on January 26, 2017, 03:02:22 pm

At a price that I could afford!

It would be like old times again; magical.



Let's renew this wish for 2018, shall we? ;-)

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December 29, 2017, 03:05:21 pm #62 Last Edit: December 30, 2017, 12:42:31 am by Mike D. B.
Same wish(es) as the past years: I'd be thrilled to see a macro lens for the Fujifilm X-Series which had a tripod collar and built-in lens shade.

Won't happen, I'm quite sure.  Both design features seem a forgotten art.  Especially the built-in lens shade.


I like the idea of updating our wish lists, but how about we also rate reality against last year's wishes.

This was my list:

1. Olympus/Panasonic: more good "mid-speed" zoom lenses, f/2.8-3.5 or f/2.8-4, for the Micro Four Thirds system. That sort of f-stop range allows designs with wider zoom ranges than constant f/2.8 with little or no more bulk than constant f/4 zooms, and so keeps down the weight of a kit covering my desired wide range of focal lengths while making manual focusing easier than slower lenses.
2. Olympus: on-sensor PDAF in every MFT body, not just the flag-ships.
3. Panasonic: good IBIS in every MFT body, so I can use all my Olympus lenses on them.
4. Everyone: greatly improved WiFi and BlueTooth capabilities and user interfaces. Camera makers could learn a lot from mobile phone makers!  Things like wireless auto-upload to a computer (at least of preview JPEGs) and using a phone as a remote control and as a field uploading tool.
5. Every mirrorless system: EVFs with lag clearly less than any SLR's mirror-lifting lag. That would leave only the handing of very high contrast scenes as the last barrier to EVF cameras completely surpassing OVF cameras for all practical purposes.
6. Nikon: get serious about EVF cameras--this time in "DX" format--now that Canon has raised its game with the EOS M5 and M6 bodies.

. . . and this is how reality responded:

1. Panasonic came through with an improved version of its 12-60/2.8-4 and an 8-18/2.8-40; nothing from Olympus. New wish: a MFT telephoto zoom of f/2.8-4 or there-about.
2. There is no on-sensor PDAF in the only 2017 OMD body--the EM-10 Mk III--so I roll this wish over as part of my hopes for an EM-5 Mk III in 2018.
3. Panasonic did put IBIS in its two new EVF models (G9, GH5).
4. WiFi came to the EM-10 Mk III, with companion iOS/Android apps, though the app reviews are very poor. Updated wish: that camera makers learn from or team up with the best smart phone software designers.
5. EVFs continued to improve in 2017, and in this forum they earned more converts (or at least resignation from some OVF fans)--but I do not know specs on lag in particular. New wish: adaptive EVF display contrast, to handle preview of high-contrast scenes.
6. The rumors and a few hints from Nikon itself say yes, but still no announcement of a Nikon mirrorless in DX- or FX-format, so I will roll this one over too.


Same as last year...Cameras that can shoot DNG.



I would like Sigma to make an ART series ~18mm tilt/shift lens in Nikon mount.  #2 request would be for Ilford (or someone) to start making 4x5 dry plates! :)

Kent in SD
Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris,
miserere nobis.


Quote from: stevenfr on February 24, 2017, 04:50:38 pm
A panoramic digital camera. It will never happen, but one can dream.

I have one! (a phone with sweep panorama mode.)


Hi Peter,

I agree on that!

Best regards

Quote from: petermfiore on December 29, 2017, 11:11:28 pm
Same as last year...Cameras that can shoot DNG.

Erik Kaffehr