DPReview should've limited the submission to one image per user.
Gorgeous compositions and faultless techniques. Nikon should be paying Mr. Sanyal for these shots. Another great incremental product from Nikon as usual, but I wouldn't replace my D610 with it. Hopefully we will see a 36 MP sensor in this lighter form factor soon. I love my D800, but it's a little heavy to run around with for wedding events even with smaller zooms like the 24-120 F4 attached. There's no replacement for a 36 MP sensor when you need to cram 70 people into a wide shot under less than ideal lighting and then have it printed four to five feet wide.
Thomas Karlmann: DPR: Can you please insert a photo in ALL your reviews showing the AF sensor array? Thank you.
Assuming we are looking into the camera's OVF horizontally, the vertical coverage of the 6D's sensor array is about 1/3 the height of the OVF, spreading from the centre AF point. The diamond shaped array is slightly wider, almost covering 2/3 the width of the EVF, but just almost. Shooting vertical portraits with extreme DOFs (like using the 50mm F1.2 L wide open) can be tricky, because the furthest points of the diamond AF array misses the subject's eyes (under normal compositions) a little too much. But to be fair, the 5D Mark III's high density AF array is not that much spread out either, especially when compared to Canon's APS-C EOS bodies.
I don't mind carrying a bulky (D)SLR system, and truth be told, I love the image quality of large-sensor cameras, and having as many physical controls as I can possibly gain instant access to using my thumbs and fingers, but, I question the logic in assembling (D)SLR bodies and lenses that weight more than concrete blocks. Photographers come in all shapes and sizes, and most of us are not built like Vin Diesel or Dwayne Johnson. While I'm sure the DF series will attract alot of interest and buyers, I'm more interested in what Nikon is willing to do in the future to make their (D)SLR bodies and lenses lighter.
Amazing price for an APS-C ILC.
All of a sudden my 16GB SandDisk Extreme Pro CF Card is starting to feel really small...
wantailai: sorry to intrude, but has nikon solved d800 QA bugs for latest batch and afterwards?
I've been waiting forever for Nikon to fix the annoying green cast on their D800's color LCD display.
When I went to pick up this model from a local store, the first unit they took out of the box had white stains on the rubber grip. They had no idea what's wrong with it, but put it back into storage nonetheless and brought me a second one and it looked fine so I took it home. But after checking the serial number of the unit against Canon's database, my unit is indicated as affected by this "defect". It's been 10 days and I haven't seen any whitening on the grip yet nor have I experienced any allergic reactions to it, but since we do not have the same kind of exchange policies as Canon USA over here, I can only hope the grip stays black for as long as I own this new body...
The serial number on my Canon 650D body is 048031004102, so if your 650D is anywhere near this number (assuming the product S/N runs sequentially), you might want to check and see if your 650D is affected.
dand5100: MM819, or anyone else -- I bought the a57 last week, and want to get a 18-200mm, or 18-250mm telephoto lenses .... do not want to change lenses etc, plus i am partial to 11-14x. How does, or what would you recommend regarding which lenses to get -- Sony, Tamron, or Sigma lenses. Sony's is $550 for 18-200mm, and $650 for 18-250mm.
I appreciate any input from this board re; which lenses and why, and price .. regards.
PS -got the a57 last week at Best, and downloaded the new firmware .. waiting to take it outside after i get a 18-200-250mm. I have the 18-55mm kit lenses, but need more telephoto for type images i like to shoot. A57 is awesome quick focus, and exceptional video & audio .... way way superior to the video on T3i or Nikon 5100 which i wanted to buy, but waited.
PS2 - thanks to you folks who posted info that Best had the a57 April 16th -last week. Got mine on 17th after Sony posted that the firmware was online to download. Regards.
Hi dand5100, I've been using the Sony SAL18250 since my first Sony DSLR, the A350 around 2007/2008, the Sony SAL18200 is quite difficult to find because the 250's extra reach (although not by much) made it so much more attractive to people looking for a very flexible walkaround lens. I believe Tamron has a 18-270 zoom for minolta mount, at around the same price as the Sony's 250. What I can tell you about the 250 is that it is a very good all-around zoom, considering its impressive zoom power, and in terms of both CA and distortion supression, and sharpness. Granted, at 18mm things will look somewhat distorted, but from around 30mm onwards, the lens is almost distortion free, with sharp images from the center to the corners, all the way up to 250mm with very little CA. The smaller apetures however mean you won't get much bokeh unless you do some extra framing work (and putting your subjects really close to you, the lens can lock focus at 45cm from the sensor at all focal lengths).
Douglas F Watt: agree strongly with TalkingTechy on the zoom in and out functionality. Amazed that this wasn't fixed in the latest firmware re-write. Even the early firmware on the A55/33 had this feature. Don't get why it was left out??
Anyone with any thoughts about the flash exposure issues being rectified in 1.05?
Hey Douglas, unfortunately, the flash exposure issue was not addressed at all with this update. My shots with external Sony flashes are still seriously overexposed when my ISO range is set to the widest. I'm currently still sticking witih full manual control of both ISO and light output whenever I'm using either a single external flash or remote groups of flashes,
At first glance, this guy actually looked like a wax figure. Good thing the minor blemishes on his skin surfaced clearly under the original file. Great saturation and amazing details.
Amazing sensor-lens combination. The A65, like its sister A77 may not give great JPEGs at very high ISOs, but under plenty of light, its pixel packed sensor can see so much more than any current APS-C imager. Sony proves that you don't need to sell a kidney to capture this much high quality data. The wallet friendly DT 18-55 SAM is simply amazing.
What really amazes me is the fact that the DT 18-55 SAM lens, the bundled lens that come with almost every APS-C Sony DSLR / SLT is capable of resolving so much detail even when mounted over the A65's 24 MP imager. Good job Sony!
Poss: A major manufacturer finally makes an appropriate "lower" MP sized full frame sensor camera with improvements where it counts the most (DR, ISO, AF)
You know... the kind of camera the silent majority of working pros will buy and the vocal minority of people, who'll never actually get one, will endlessly cry about.
It only took what... 5-6 years since Canon's last great FF pro body?
I'd take lower resolution sensor with better low light performance over high resolution sensor witih mediocre low light performance any day (although Nikon gives us both options in the D3S and D3X). I wonder what would Nikon come up with to top this?
bigbritdaveg: Thanks for the quick reply, from which I gather that for overall IQ & noise control the A580 is best, sadly mirror slap (i understand the A580 is noisey) & lack of availbility & support (no firmware updates), leads me towards the A55, currently available & supported (firmware 2), for less than £530 I do wonder if the 24mp A65 will produce better photo's thru the entire iso range, I would imagine it'll be very close to what you found on the A77. Size wise your comments are very welcome, as I feel the A55 is a little small, Sony have no plans to replace the A580, I regularly shoot at Iso 1600-3200 with my A500 as I don't have many fast lenses and i believe the A580 is even better. So armed with your knowledge & experance; if you were looking to replace an A500 for general photography & quite a lot of football action, what would you go for ?. The A77 is way out of my price range, the A65 is "just" affordable.
Oh yes I keep forgetting that the A580 has a way higher price tag than the A55, almost around A65's. As for the spare battery, I've only used the Polaroid compatible brand for about 4 months, but this compatible battery has received mixed reviews. May be safer to get the original. The A55 is quite an energy hog (even with the latest firmware which supposedly reduces power consumption), especially compared to the A500 / A550. You will notice the camera can only run as long as 60-70% of your A500 after full charge.
You're very welcome, I have had the chance to use the A580 briefly but didn't get to own it, but I would have to concur that the A580 along with the A550 both have very loud mirror slaps. I agree with you that most of these A5XX models do not get firmware updates at all. When I parted with my A550, it was still running on the original firmware V1.00 it came with. The A55 has however been updated numerously to even include new functions. I believe the A65 (since it shares the same sensor as A77) will suffer in IQ as you climb up the ISO, the A77's 24 mp sensor performs quite decently at ISO 1600, but in my opinion, not as good as the A55 at ISO 3200. If you need to shoot fast action mostly at high focal lengths, you are definitely better off with a translucent model like the A55 or the A65. But if you want better IQ and can stand the noise of the camera (and slightly slower focusing between shots), the A580 is your best option.
bigbritdaveg: I have an A500 & desire an upgrade, I'm considering the A580,A55 & the A65, given that high iso performance (iso 1600+) and IQ is important to me and the apparent bad showing that the A77 put in,on the noise front, would I be right in thinking that the slower A65 (which apparently has the same af module as the A55), would be below the A77 on af tracking etc, and very similar to the A55 ?. I.e if you wanted an upgrade knew what the A77 (the better camera), was like would it be a A580, A55 or A65 ?.
With the limited time that I have spent with the A65, the A65 behaves and handles like an upgrade to the A55, with almost identical dimensions and buttons and weight. I've had the A55 for almost 8 months, and in that time, the A55's AF performance in continuous burst, to the best of my recollection, is actually on par with the A77. It can never really achieve 10fps (due to its inability to achieve focus that quickly), usually hovering around 6-9fps but the burst can last for almost 37 frames. The device then chokes for around 50 seconds after I release the shutter. I would imagine the A65 would have the same AF performance as the A55, but with the added resolution of the sensor, and most likely better buffering (for the added file size). The A65 also supports wireless lighting ratio control not found on the A55. Between the A580, A55 and A65, the A580 however has the best low-noise performance, only outperformed by the new Sony NEX-5N.