Perhaps, the second half of 2011 will be more interesting, with new models coming out from Canon, specifically the 5D III and 1Ds IV. Not that I can afford either of them, but I am hoping there will be some innovative technologies that go into these bodies, instead of just more megapixels. Possibly more interesting products will come from Sony and Pentax. I am praying the NEX-7 will come with a viewfinder, or least an option to have one. Don't need more megapixels, but lower noise and more dynamic range will be very welcomed. Pentax, who doesn't usually play by the rules, produces such gems with odd focal lengths as 77mm, 43mm, 31mm limited lenses, will likely announce an equally odd-ball EVIL camera with a point & shoot tiny sensor. I really wish they will do better and succesd as I love their lenses, especially the old manual focus lenses. Meanwhile, Panasonic and Olympus seem to be very happy churning out the me-too models that hardly has any significant changes from previous models.
Personally, I have been good. No new camera bodies, no new auto focus lenses, just picked up some old lenses from the camera shows, and made some myself. In terms of making my lenses, I have accomplished almost everything I set out to do the beginning of the year - to make some of the non-focusable projection and TV lenses usable. In fact, I went further than I expected. Now I have a "system" of projection lenses. I had so much fun and learned a lot from making these lenses. Even some decent pictures were produced in the process. More than what I asked for. Really.
My heart is still longing for a full frame camera. Because of the lenses I have already invested, there isn't many choices for me. It will have to be a Canon full frame body. My goal is to get either a 5D II or 1Ds II this year, hopefully the beginning of autumn, or least before winter.
Unknown flower -- NEX-5 & Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 85mm f1.7 @ f1.7. Click for larger.
Today concludes a week of pictures taken with Minolta manual focus lenses. Missing are MD 135mm f2.8 and 200mm f4. I am not really comfortable using long lenses on the NEX, so I skipped them.