I still can't understand why they've launched this lens. There are a lot of 100mm 1:1 macro lenses out there already, and many of those are quite affordable too... Those competitors often include auto apertures, autofocus, and image stabilizers.
A 2:1 macro lens would have been interesting, but this is just perplexing.
I'll concede that the geared version might make some sense for macro videographers, but how many of those are there?!
jkrumm: I'm looking forward to the day we all wear copyrighted detection chips, surgically implanted (and linked to our bank accounts). Then when we look at or listen to copyrighted material we can be accurately charged for the priviledge. It's unfair that so many people gaze upon copyrighted material for free!
Careful, you'll give Apple ideas ;)
So, the question is - does the new HDR video mode use the Dual ISO trick from Magic Lantern? That tends to be moiré prone...
I guess the noise levels in the highlights and shadows would tell you what it's doing.
win39: Kind of disappointing. Look at the green foliage. The Nikon looks like green fog. Not sure what is going on there. Even at base ISO. I suspect the Sony looks superior because of higher default sharpening on the JPEG. Seem like dpreview could devise a sharpening target so that all their test cameras could be adjusted to the same actual sharpening before a comparison is made.
Compare the same sample but in RAW; and you can see that it's definitely a JPEG sharpening/NR issue. There's just a lot more fine detail in the RAW, of course there's more noise too, but that's not as objectionable to me...
From the website:"each entrant grants to Marwell Wildlife a non-exclusive irrevocable license to reproduce, publish and communicate to the public by any means and exhibit their awarded image(s) and copies of their awarded image(s) in all media throughout the world in relation to the competition and the exhibition including but not limited to all use in the context of: - Judging the competition. - Display in the exhibition. - Inclusion in Marwell Wildlife magazines and/or similar. - Inclusion within Marwell Wildlife websites and social media channels. - Inclusion in promotional, press and marketing materials associated with the competition and/or Marwell Wildlife.- Inclusion in any merchandising associated with the competition and/or Marwell Wildlife.non-refundable entry fee of £10 is payable for adults by credit or debit card and up to 5 images are permitted per competition entry."
nandbytes: As for image quality comparison I'd liked a more apples vs. apples comparison with other 1" sensor cameras. Its better than other smartphones with smaller sensors (duh! big surprise!)
I'm not sure that's fair though; the fact is - it is a smartphone. Hardly fair to compare it against much larger and in many cases more expensive devices.
That said, Spencer's done just that in his link above ;)
Shaken, probably because you were shooting at f18. Why did you take it at f18?
I can understand you were after motion blur with the panning shots, but that doesn't work when they're coming towards you like this.
Very nice RAW results; disappointing JPEGs.
Assuming these are JPEGs taken with the camera defaults; the JPEG engine seems to apply too much NR at base ISO, and the sharpening appears to be excessively wide radius and clumsily applied. Standard JPEGs in other words ;)
Lan: Adobe, please add support for Magic Lantern's Dual ISO mode.
Except that they're not the same thing at all.
Dual ISO changes the sensitivity of the sensor on alternating scanlines. So for example the odd numbered lines are exposed at ISO 100, whilst the even numbered scanlines are exposed at ISO 1600. Net result; significantly improved DR compared to a standard Canon sensor.
Those files need special processing, which is something those controls don't address at all.
Yes, ISO invariance would be nice, but we don't have it yet, so in the meantime I'll make do with dual ISO ;)
Adobe, please add support for Magic Lantern's Dual ISO mode.
If Adobe are listening; a feature I would really like is native support for Magic Lantern's "Dual ISO" RAW files please. Thank you :)
Mike FL: The zoom seems has BAD QC issue as always:
dagobah: It doesn't appear to be distortion correction; or if it is, it's being applied to both images - I just downloaded both the native SooC JPEG and the ACR JPEG, and the distortion is the same in both.
The ACR JPEG shows jaggies that are not in the SooC JPEG. Also the colour resolution appears better in the ACR JPEG. It looks like there's some minor NR being applied to the SooC JPEG.
I also prefer the colours from the ACR conversion, as the edges are better defined. Which I guess clinches it; it's NR!
naththo: I had just come to the same conclusion myself; in JPEG the concentric rings at the corners are noticably softer than the competition; a disadvantage that vanishes in the RAW image.
I was initially wondering whether the ISO100 JPEG sample was slightly shaken, but it's the same at ISO200 - JPEG soft, RAW sharp.
Bernard Carns: Was I reading the specs right?8k is somewhere near 35mp?The Blackmagic URSA mini 4.6K is almost 12MP (pretty close to the A7s) and it can record 4.6 raw internally and has a global shutter, 15 stops DR and takes Canon lenses....hmmm.Add autofocus and flash.Who needs an slr anymore?
Perhaps someone who wants to spend less than $20,000 on a camera? You can buy a Sony a7R for a tenth of that price...
ISO 100-SAM_1542 appears to be noticeably less sharp on the left hand side; any idea whether the lens is slightly decentered or if the camera twisted during the shot?
From the way the distortion appears to radiate from the centre, I'm guessing it's decentered...
I guess those 28MP APS-C pixels are demanding on the glass you put in front of them!
Lan: Lovely composition and a well deserved 1st place; those are some very nice ties.
As a matter of interest, who makes the tie at the top of your photo?
Thank you for the info!
I do love ties... and I love photography. This shot makes me wonder why I haven't taken any pictures of them myself. Maybe this will be the inspiration :)
Lovely composition and a well deserved 1st place; those are some very nice ties.
If they'd made it native 2:1 that would have been interesting...
No lossless RAW? No sale!