That’s “**E**lectronic **V**iewfinder, **I**nterchangeable **L**ens,” or a SLR without the “R”eflex mirror. And here is how Nikon got EVIL:
The Nikon 1 system. Press image, relayed via NikonRumors
[Nikon 1]: http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/acil/index.htm “Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens—Nikon Imaging”
This is the [Nikon 1][Nikon 1]. For obvious reasons, Nikon is not calling it EVIL, but instead A-CIL (Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses). Call it what you like, I’m a big fan of the EVIL camera, and this is the first of this type introduced from the “big two” (Canon or Nikon).
The new camera will debut in October with two body types (J1 and V1), with four lenses and three accessories..
Continue reading about the Nikon 1 and other compact system cameras after the jump
Now that , the 20mm f/1.7 pancake from Panasonic (purchase from Amazon or ), I’ve been carrying it a lot more often.
E-P2 w/ 20mm f/1.7
San Francisco, California, USA
Nikon D3, 50mm f/1.4G
1/50 sec @ ƒ/2.2, iso 2500, 50mm
A 20mm f/1.7 lens and a Hirano case make the E-P2 an effective kit. If you want to pocket it, just unscrew the case and pop out the EVF.
One curious behavior I noticed while shooting is that the aperture is electronically controlled to make the CCD’s life easier in the camera live view—since this is an EVIL camera, it always has live view. When it’s quiet, you can hear the aperture click as you move it around to different lighting conditions. Furthermore, it never seems to set the aperture wider than about ƒ/2.8 unless you are autofocusing. This means when night shooting in the dark with this lens, , but . Not only that, but .
I decided to take a video of the behavior with Marie’s D5000. Since I accidentally hit the shutter button while focusing, here is a still:
San Francisco, California, USA
Nikon D5000, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DX VR
1/30 sec @ ƒ/7.1, iso 560, 55mm (78mm)
To get this photo, I jury rigged my D200 RRS L-bracket onto the D5000 so I could tripod mount it.
and here is the movie:
I’m just waving my hand in front of the lens a few times. And then I turn the camera off.
The overexposure was the camera’s decision. I didn’t have time to figure out how to keep the Auto ISO from overcompensating my setting.
Do any of you notice this behavior on the Panasonic GF-1?
Olympus launched a teaser site for the next E-Pnext:
When I first saw this yesterday, it said “You can’t hide creativity…” and it’s since been changed to the unimanginative, “YOUR next camera is coming soon…”
For reference, I decided to see if I could glean it for MY last camera which came last month… the E-P2
MY last camera came last month…
San Francisco, California
Nikon D3, Nikkor Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D
1/5sec @ ƒ4, ISO200, 85mm
I didn’t have a 17mm pancake like in the picture and my “man-hands” are blocking some of the details, but the E-P2 extends out to my palm, while the photo shows the next one extending out to the woman’s knuckles. The length of my hand should be about right so it’s at most about an inch smaller and just as tall.
Continue reading about Guesses about the next Pen from Olympus after the jump