David Kilpatrick wrote:
I've read his replies to Pako's comments and requests for a sight of the 18-200mm shots. Pako is not correct in thinking the lenses are only mockups, the samples which no-one could even touch in Croatia (kept in glass case) appeared to have glass elements and a metal body, and looked like a final engineering mockup or prototype for photography purposes. I think there was in fact only one with the NEX, and one with the (wooden mockup) camcorder.
I know! there must be several working copies of the 18-200 -probably in different state of development. But no reviewer had stated even holding that lens (like the 3 bad copies of the 16mm f2.8 DPR got). I don't think there must be that many copies in Europe (or the USA btw) and if one disappear for a week from somebody's desk, everybody at the office will notice!
I remember been at the KM headquarters in NJ because I need my 7D to be fixed the same day, just in time they were launching the 5D. I was having a nice chat with Phil Bradon while the technicians worked on my camera and there were no way to have a look at the camera, that was locked in one of his doors -I didn't insist either because I knew it was useless: he will never show me that camera until it get officially announced.
Same situation when I spoke with mark Weir at the Photo Plus Expo last October: He didn't told me that Sony was about to launch a model that will compete with the GF1/EP1, but the question he asked me about why I was interested in a camera like this let me understand that Sony was coming with a camera for that market. I didn't insist: he was friendly enough and I know they won't tell me anything.
None of them are my friends (like Dazed and Confused's imaginary friend that lend him an imaginary E 18-200 lens) but specially if they were my friends, I'll never go to DPR post such commentary... I read that post when it was just posted and I was about to answer to the pretentious introduction (I am an experienced user of photographic equipment. blah, blah, blah) but at the end I got lazy and just go away and didn't pay more attention to it until David noticed the incoherence about the 2 zooms.
There have been more noise than usual at DPR after their NEX's review. People that haven't post in a while shown up and people from other forums took advantage of the situation too. DPR staff reaction was a little pathetic too: Magnus got them to say that if the 16mm was a bad kit lens unless they sell it for more expensive...