laueddy: Now, I want a 14mm for my 645Z
That sounds like a fair exchange ;)
I'm worried; there are more than five consecutive positive replies from commenters on DPReview below. Isn't that a sign of the apocalypse?
Oh, right, I get it - my router's been hacked, and someone's playing a practical joke on me! Ha ha, very funny!
They are really good photos though :)
I wonder whether these bags secretly send all your information to the government ;)
>" the X-Trans sensor should be well-suited to native monochrome capture"
Surely *no* CFA would be best for monochrome capture? More light hitting the sensor, at more sensel positions. No CFA would mean greater sensitivity and greater resolution.
The only advantage would be if you intended to colour filter the results either in camera or post capture - even then it would be only a win if you were using green sensitivity. If you wanted to use the blue or red channels, you'd have better results with Bayer.
I accept that green channel mimics conventional B&W film, but I'd be looking for no CFA for preference.
OK, so how many people looked at #7 and checked out the lines on the field to see whether the lens was front or back focussing?
> "Masaya Maeda - Chief Executive of Imaging Products ... tells us he's saving up his own money to buy one"
If even your Chief Executive can't readily afford one, you know you've pitched the price too high!
Jim: Rhetorical Question: I wonder how much better the G3X image quality will be over an SX50HS when compared at 600mm and below? Especially so, since the SX50HS can be had for $200. Maybe it's just me but I am not seeing the value proposition here.
I know you said rhetorical, but I can't help myself.
As you know, the G3X has a larger sensor, and a higher resolution sensor; so I would expect the image quality to be higher overall - assuming both lenses perform adequately. Of course if you want something cheaper and that might fit in your pocket the SX50HS might still be your best bet...
It's just another choice on the Price vs Pocketability vs IQ graph. Personally I think it looks interesting; but I'll reserve judgement until I can try it.
sneakyracer: Wow. Impressive. Canon's Lens Department, unlike their sensor department, is cutting edge. Mad props to them.
In all fairness to Canon, does your favourite sensor department have a full frame 50MP sensor shipping?
I reserve judgement on the performance of that sensor, pending reviews, but it's currently the highest resolution sensor on the market...
Dr_Jon: Amazing stuff... working out what I'll have to trade-in to afford one... the left kidney never seemed much use... (Well, the 14mm f2.8 is perhaps a bit more likely.)
Unless you really need AF and electronic aperture control, give the Samyang (etc) 14mm f/2.8 a go. Mine's impressively sharp, and at a price the fraction of the Canon one.
OK, I haven't tried the Canon 14mm, but my Samyang's sharper than my 17-40f4/L at 17mm.
Anastigmat: If these cameras are aimed at landscape photographers, they should have built-in GPS, because the landscape photographers often take pictures where there are no roads, no buildings and no identifiable features. A GPS reading would allow the photographer to pinpoint the location of the camera from the EXIF data and return to the same places months and years later. Hope that Canon will include a built-in GPS when the time the camera arrives in the market place.
Conversely I don't want GPS in my camera; as it always seems to eat batteries wholesale...
Lan: @DPR: Go on, tell us; how many times did you have to beg Sony to make that headline happen? Or was the pun always there, just waiting patiently for its day in the pixels? Anxious minds need to know ;)
@DPR: Go on, tell us; how many times did you have to beg Sony to make that headline happen? Or was the pun always there, just waiting patiently for its day in the pixels? Anxious minds need to know ;)
I shall be interested later; or perhaps not decided. Tentatively. Possibly in 2015.
Honestly, that has to be nearly the most pointless press release in the world - it would have won the crown, but for the Hasselblad Lunacy ;)
Lan: I don't mind coverage of the video features of a camera, but please can you stick with reviewing things in text/stills? Video is just so slow and tedious to watch IMO...
Pun intended ;)
Does this take any time to script/act/produce?
Is any time spent marshalling thoughts?
Does it require any manpower to edit into usable form?
Is any time spent setting up lighting?
Configuring the camera?
Do you spend time answering comment threads from whiny users? ;)
If the answer to any of those questions is yes; then I hate to say it, but it *is* taking up time that you could be spending on something else instead!
Of course if you all do all of this in your own free time, then by all means carry on ;)
I don't mind coverage of the video features of a camera, but please can you stick with reviewing things in text/stills? Video is just so slow and tedious to watch IMO...
Nope, this clearly isn't the lens to choose if you photograph pine trees. The CA means that the colour is completely missing some of the pine needles - go on, admire the blue needles near the top left of the frame.
This would make an amusing companion to an X-Trans sensor though ;)
Howard111: Frankly I'm pretty impressed. I would have bought this had I seen these examples in the summer - opting instead for the Panasonic FZ1000. OK, not perfect but very very good for such an amazing zoom length. At 300mm, I copied the original size into photoshop and sharpened it a little bit, and I reckon it would have been as good, probably better than my Nikon 18-200 (only) zoom.But there you go - I'm still very pleased with my FZ100!
Edgar, for an opposing view, did you look at the pine needles shot? I'd moderate that enthusiasm a bit. The CA is so strong that the pine needles are entirely the wrong colour in places - see top left!
The big cat is also not happy with her purple eye liner ;) The CA is so great in places that the colour fringes of the CA are overlapping each other! (see OOF area to the left of her)
I'm not even sure that all the kings horses and all the DxO team's men could put that colour back together again ;)
h2k: Why not mention the lens' s widest apertures in the headline or at least in the text?
Possibly because no one would be crazy enough to use it wide open? ;)
Spectacular CA! I love the purple eye liner it's given that big cat ;)
The bokeh to the left of her is particularly unpleasant - I don't think I've seen jangling colour in bokeh before. Fixed colours yes, almost striped, no. Pine needles are clearly not the strong point of this lens.
I know you have to make compromises to get such a large zoom range, particularly in this size and price range, but there must have been better compromises than this?
Why do lens manufacturers not realise that most people want a long zoom so they can take pictures of something at the long end of that zoom range? Most of these lenses have terrible long ends - sadly this lens wouldn't appear to be an exception to that :(