SKPhoto12: It is simple; FF lenses can not be small unless they are MF. Then Leica size lenses are possible, but otherwise, the present FF lense size is what you will get for the Sony A7 line. That is why there is no F1.4 lenses available so far. The faster, the bigger. The option is to use MF lenses like the Nikon or Minolta AI lenses or the Canon FE. If you want really small lenses on a small body, then go MFT. I did and I print 40x60 cm quality prints no problem.
@ MirrorlesspleaseIf you want to use zeiss manual lenses on the A7 cameras you can always use Zeiss M mount lenses or old Contax-Zeiss lenses with an adapter.
Anastigmat: I hope someone is brave enough to produce a DSLR that has a sensor larger than 24x36mm. Unlike film, a camera sensor can be any size, so there is no reason to straightjacket oneself with the 35mm film format. A mirrorless camera with a large sensor can still be compact because there is no need for the mirror box.
"a DSLR that has a sensor larger than 24x36mm"
Leica S system
...if you've got that sort of money
Galbertson: THANK YOU very much many of you understanding this camera from my many posted questions. This is, amongst its negative words a valuable forum.
One question unanswered...when using AI/AIS manual lenses, can I enter non lenses perameters in menu for my 24, 35& 105mm lenses at same time? And does it store this data, remembering which lens I attach to body? Or do I have to go back into non lens menu every time I change lenses. That would be a hassle, for sure.
If it is the same as other recent Nikons you can store the data for up to 10 AI / AIS lenses. You don't have to go into the menus each time you change a lens. You can assign "non-cpu" lenses to a function button and use the command dial to select the AI/AIS lens you have mounted. Takes only a second or two.
Because AI/AIS lenses don't have a CPU you do have to make the selection - but you don't have to enter the lens data each time.
Baggiebird8: I am new here but thought I would post my first impressions as I purchased a D750 last week. My previous camera was a D700 and before that a D300s. I used the camera properly for the first time yesterday at a Hawk Conservatory in both wet and dry conditions.
Image quality in RAW (not tried .jpg yet)MeteringAF options and settingsEase of access to menusLightweight (see below)Rear screen operation and display qualityBattery life appears better than a D800 that I tried, 800 images yesterday and 3 bars left on battery display
Not as robust as D700/D300s (not all mag alloy), however carbon fibre composite parts reduce weightBuffer size could be higher (not an issue for me but would be for pro-sports but they would be using D4S)Smaller top screen (but other display is great)
I tend to purchase a lot of my gear secondhand mint or close to where possible, but thought I would take a chance this time. I was put off the D800/E by the green screen and AF issues
Time will tell, but carbon fibre may actually prove to be be better than magnesium alloy which cracks fairly easily with impact.
JaimeA: Reading the specifications we found out that this camera has NO image stabilization. Totally nuts if you like closeups, interior and night shots.
Lack of image stabilization is no big deal. Many expensive prime lenses for DSLRs, especially wide angle lenses, have no image stabilisation. This camera should be much easier to hold steady at low shutter speeds than a DSLR . No mirror slap and the leaf shutter will have less vibration than a DSLR's focal plane shutter.
Also there is a practical problem. The OIS elements in a lens would probably need to be where the leaf shutter is. There is also some loss of IQ in a lens with OIS.
But if you really think you need OIS, there are plenty of other cameras that have it.
vkphoto: I would love to see Nikon taking similar approach by developing "no-frills" digital camera with no LCD, no AF, split screen, raw-only FM2.
They might if they thought they could sell them for $20K - somehow Leica are the only ones who seem to be able to pull that off.
gbvalli: It is not "The Essence of Photography": only "The Essence of Luxury", and, to me, fairly aimless .
I think cameras like this have a collector base - not a user base.
joyclick: why not put in a film cartridge and film transport levers and .....revive film photography a la fashion industry cycle?
The MA has a flash sync speed of between 1/30 and 1/60s - but they do throw in a couple of rolls of Tri-X
Anadrol: The worst is that Leica employees are currently laughing about the idiots that will pay 20K for that, well I don't have pity either for snobs that like to burn their money... they should rather give it to charities though, if they don't know what to do with it.
I suspect the people who waste their money buying expensive European fashion accessories like special edition Leicas have about as much real concern for the poor and suffering as Marie Antoinette.
WTF is "anthracite leather"?
Only ever heard of coal named anthracite, never a beast - and if it doesn't come from an animal it isn't really leather.
Is it just some expensive kind of Naugahyde?
pdelux: Only Leica could remove essential features (LCD) and have people applaud their Bravery. Whats next, lets remove the shutter button and just have a monocular.
Take your current leicas and turn off the LCD, and you simulate the same experience of being very annoyed that you cant review your images, just like in the film days.
Since most "special edition" Leica's like this will be bought by wealthy collectors who will hardly ever, or never, use them the LCD is certainly not essential.
1elementin7groups: Ha, hype about a new lens? Look at how many people already own it or had it! Looks like it has been around a while! ;>)
Yes, DPR should disable the "I own it" until a product is actually shipping - and the "I had it" until a few weeks later.
Thiom: Not that much smaller or more lightweight than the equally spec'd DSLR competition by Canikon. It eventually turns out as I always suspected: lenses for FF mirrorless are not going to be that much smaller than SLR designs as they have to deliver the same amount of light to the sensor.
The A7s are nice cameras for sure, but for traveling really light and compact regarding the entire kit as possible with APS-C mirrorless or MFT shooters have to confine themselves to relatively slow primes. If one's happy with that, OK. But when fast (zoom) glass is desired brace yourself for DSLR-like bulk and weight of the kit bag.
With zoom lenses they are unlikely to be able to reduce much size and weight from an equivalent FF DSLR lens.
With some wide angle primes they may not have to use retrofocal designs which should make them smaller and lighter.
But the body size does count too
km25: Snyc is at 1/200 and 1/4000 is fast enough for vast majority of photographers. Nikon F2s had a 1/2000 and snyc of 1/90..Nikormat was 1/1000 and sync of a blazing 1/125. And it all worked for everything from the sports to still life.
Why do you need to shoot wide open in bright light? You expensive f/1.4 lenses should perform much better with the aperture closed down a stop or two.
If razor thin DOF and bokeh is that important to you get an ND filter.
Dodi73: Hence, on my ideal DSLR, that might be really the successor of the D700 whenever it will come out, I would like- 18/20 MP max, there's plenty for me - I prefer high iso / dr improvements. - pro command dial layout, body and grip ( D700 and F6 are best for me ) - focusing screen dedicated for mf lenses (or for af lenses working in mf) or other focusing trick- 11 cross type points displaced as in D2x / F6 and all the rest where Nikon likes. - 1/8000s and 1/250s (why not trying 1/500s) sync flash? - gps - I don't want AA or OLPF, let me get the image as it is and exploit my lenses accordingly. Eventual moire it's my problem, not theirs.
What I can leave out - LCD- video capabilities - wi fi- anything faster than 8 fps - no need for me going beyond it.
A full frame sensor with only 18mp and no AA filter?
While you might not mind the moire and artefacts - many others would complain.
Jose Ernesto Passos: First:Copyright is retained by the author of the work of art. Not the owner of the equipment.
Second this picture became famous because it was a monkey's selfie.
If the owner of the camera says he took the picture, the picture will loose it is main reason for its popularity. Saying the truth, that is, the picture was taken by the monkey... The conclusion is ... wikipedia is in the right track.
That black macaque is making a monkey out of everyone.
Anyway Slater is getting a lot of free publicity and lawyers will probably be debating this for years.
stevez: B&W is traditional and so are chrome cameras. It should have been made this way at the onset.
So they could sell both versions to rich collectors?
I'm sure I'd love to use such a camera - but one look at their prices kills any lust.
VikingPhotographer: Back in the good old days of celloidfilm cameras nearly all the cameras of all brands was in "chrome" with black "leather", the black models came fx in Hasselblad because of small faults in the chrome, so in a way the were never first choice at the time. Then the black versions became popular for some press photographers and black became more popular, but it was still chrome versions that was first choice. At the time where plastic became more and more the most used material for camera bodies, then black became the norme, not because they were more popular, no because chrome was to diffucult to look nice in plastic ! I must admit that chrome plastic looks very cheap compared to real metal chrome ! But take a look at a Hasselblad chrome, it just look so nice ! The new - still much too expensive - Leica in chrome look cheap and depressed. At the price of a Leica, I would rather but a Fuji X-serie plus a Canon 5D, plus a Sony, plus a...
And if you want to shoot nice B&W, a good used silver Hasselblad 500 CM is a lot cheaper than a Monochrom Leica.
disraeli demon: It's a simple way for them to generate a small extra product line I guess, so fair enough.
A Monochrom sensor in a Typ-240 body though… that would be something.
I wonder what type of sensor that will have.