Rishi Sanyal: Have any of our readers spotted any samples elsewhere showing F22 sunbursts from this lens? The Canon 24-70 F2.8L II sets an impossibly high bar for sunstar rendition, which'll be important to landscape shooters considering this lens.
@role_of_72, the 14-24mm has pretty good sunstars. Here's a photo with mine @ 14mm f/13:
Thanks for the images. I immediately went looking for any that are suitable for gauging edge sharpness and centering quality. Image #1 (wide shot of woman on phone) @ 67mm f/3.5 has the edges near within DOF and the edges look promising. Image #3 (wide shot of fighters) @ 24mm f/2.8 looks even more so - the right extreme edge with the white brick looks excellent - the left edge looks worse (couldn't find anything sharp except for sliver of floor) but the shot appears taken with a slight right-to-left orientation so it's hard to say for sure.
If every camera maker focused on software things would get a lot better for users.
Better to keep the camera's actual performance a mystery (ie no reports from actual owners vs Nikon-selected enthusiastic pre-owners) than to have the camera start entering the mainstream and possibly hinder the pre-release buzz (and sales), esp in regards to expectations for High ISO performance.
If the 24-70 performs as well as the Canon but I can find a well-centered copy then the A7rII will become my main landscape camera.
Horshack: DOF looks pretty deep in this video, equal to about 3-4 seconds of motion of the car. This is based upon how much of the road appears to be in focus at any point in time.
@JACS, that looks more like motion blur than being OOF.
Thanks @sibuzaru, looks impressive. The pigeon stays about the same distance from the camera so it's hard to evaluate AF engagement but the tracking looks impressive.
Classifying it as a promo video doesn't affect its applicability unless you believe Sony rigged the demonstration. I'm taking the video at face value, no different from any other source, which again includes comparing the DOF vs competing models in order to discount and compare its performance to other models.
It's a demonstration of video tracking from the actual camera - what else would we use to quantitatively evaluate it? We have tracking examples from other cameras so they can be compared. Part of that evaluation includes comparing the DOF used to see how wide the AF tracking envelope is.
That's fair but consider Sony is the source of the video, presumably so that the camera's tracking performance can be discussed as we're doing here.
lol, how so? If it can track as well as the NX1's video AF then it will be very impressive. Here are some NX1 samples:
DOF looks pretty deep in this video, equal to about 3-4 seconds of motion of the car. This is based upon how much of the road appears to be in focus at any point in time.
sierranvin: I question the writer's headline and editors' judgment in giving it a pass. In business, profit is a superior outcome to the mere churn of sales volume, and a 20% profit increase year over year is surely a success. The headline's main message is one of failure. A sloppy reporting job to present such a fundamental disconnect between headline and facts of the story. BTW - Sony's overall corp. profit for the quarter is up 33% year over year. They're not going away any time soon!
@Kiril, it's specifically revenue growth. Unit sales is just one way to achieve it. Another way is to sell higher-priced units, which is a viable strategy provided total revenue still grows (ie, you can sell fewer units but the average selling price must increase commensurately to increase revenue). The scenario Revenant described is a higher average selling price but not high enough to offset the drop in unit sales, thus decreasing revenue. Admittedly the distinction I'm making is small but relevant when evaluating the health of a business.
Well-stated Revenant. Increasing profits is a good thing but if revenue isn't growing along with it then it's hard to sustain that profit growth.
An after-life camera would be cool as well.
sh10453: Next week I should ask the boss for a minimum of 18% raise so I could afford to pay for my Nikon lenses. I probably would get fired.Wait .. I don't own any Nikon gear, fortunately.But, generally speaking, I think 18% is too much of an increase.
High end glass by any manufacturer is becoming far from being affordable by the mainstream photography enthusiast.
Ironically this is exactly what Abenomics is trying to achieve in Japan - force companies to increase wages by trying to induce cost-push inflation.
Horshack: I'm guessing it wasn't socially acceptable to attribute the price increase to the real source - the decrease of the value of the yen.
@0MitchAG, Nikon has moved a good amount of production overseas, both as a currency hedge and also for lower wages.
Andreas Voigt: "The company cites pressures from increasing costs of raw materials for the price rises,...."
Unless Nikon has been so unfortunate – in anticipation of further price hikes - to sign long term contracts at the peak of raw material prices, citing raw material prices to justify price increases is probably just nonsense.
Somebody in this thread mentioned high rare earth material prices… well, rare earth prices peaked in 2011/12 and have been in free fall ever since.
Increasing the prices of lenses and cameras (trying to set higher prices at the introduction of a new model) is probably nothing but a desperate move to compensate for the declining camera market.
And this disturbing trend is not unique to Nikon. Sony has been one of the first to increase the prices with each new model (RX100 series, a7 series)
Except Nikon has to buy those raw materials using a currency that has dropped vs the USD by 50% over the past 3 years.
The raw materials to manufacture the glass are imported. According to Canon it requires over 100 separate raw elements.
The Bank of Japan just announced negative interest rates. This means Japanese citizens now have to pay for the privilege of the banking system borrowing their money. Strange times indeed. This will cause the Yen to drop further, which means higher prices for Japanese citizens purchasing imported products and domestic products made from imported materials.