This section is supposed to be as much fun to read as it is to write. Which doesn’t mean that the content doesn’t reflect the opinions, biases and sense of mischief of the writer. On the contrary. Oh ye of little humour, enter at your peril !
And, no, it is not comprehensive. Fun, remember ?
And yes, it is inspired by the GBU component of the great Car maganzine of yesteryear, and its indomitable leader, LJKS.
1. System cameras, current (Philippe)
- Micro 4/3
The Good : small size
The Bad : small sensor
The Ugly : when it starts costing as much as larger systems
Who is it for ? DSLR leavers
Sum-Up : pocket system
The Good : lovely colours, good haptics
The Bad : questionable AF
The Ugly : why can’t they get better sensors ?
Who is it for ? would-be painters
Sum-Up : the Mazda MX 5 of cameras
- Sony Alpha (ex NEX)
The Good : the most compact APS-C system available, + great sensor tech
The Bad : the most questionable user interface
The Ugly : is Sony still committed to APS-C ?
Who is it for ? Weight haters
Sum-Up. good Q cam. But are you Q ?
- Sony Alpha 7 II(family)
The Good : the best sensors in the business, relatively compact, wealth of available lenses
The Bad : infuriatingly less perfect than its sensors
The Ugly : serious money, but are they serious cams ?
Who is it for ? Sony says : everyone. Is that you ?
Sum-Up : trail-blazing, class-leading, frustrating
- Leica M
The Good : fantastic status, rangefinder, compact size, manufacturing quality
The Bad : fantastic cost, limited to Leica fanboys
The Ugly : if you had substance, you wouldn’t need to talk about status
Who is this for ? If you have to ask, it is not for you
Sum-Up : the Red Dot rules…over other dots. Is your world a dot ?
- Leica SL
The Good : supposed to be a dream to use
The Bad : whenever you see « supposed to be » in « the Good » section
The Ugly : cost, weight, lens selection
Who is it for ? strictly insiders only
Sum-Up : a polarizer that is not a filter
- Leica T
The Good : Red Dot, status, manufacturing quality
The Bad : Sony sensor that cost 5x less 5 years ago
The Ugly : take your pick
Who is it for ? [deleted]
Sum-Up : senseless is indeed timeless
- Canon 5DIII
The Good : solid performer, the Canon system
The Bad : most of it is years old
The Ugly : Sony is eating its breakfast
Who is it for ? Canon lovers love it
Sum-Up : the Classic Coke of cameras
- Canon 5DS
The Good : peerless resolution
The Bad : just as old as 5DIII
The Ugly : a resolution graft on an old cam no more makes a new cam than the scalpel makes a woman younger
Who is it for ? for landscapers and Canon lovers
Sum-Up : The New Coke of cameras ?
- Nikon 800/810
The Good : breakthrough camera when it came out
The Bad : that was a while ago
The Ugly : replacement overdue
Who is it for ? boat anchor lovers
Sum-Up : still very capable, but an endangered species
- Pentax 645Z
The Good : great Sony MF sensor in supersize DSLR
The Bad : the rest is just a supersize DSLR
The Ugly : Pentax say they are alive, but…
Who is it for ? real men do it in MF
Sum-Up : significant substance, but no status