Great to know how the pro work and have a good understanding why pro level cameras have to be built the way they are. It would nice to see some of the still photos that they love so much in the videos though.
justmeMN: People flock to buy anything that has an Apple logo on it, so this is bad news for camera companies.
I think the key feature in a phone that really needs to be improved is battery life. To USE a larger sensor, to increase frame rate, anti-sake, 4k video etc, may require a more energy-hungry processor, which all things being equal needs more juice to run. I want my phone to be a good phone first. I want it to be small and fit easily into my pocket, super battery life, fast and reliable wifi confection, … etc. The phone feature is way down my list. Not very one thinks of a phone as a camera first.
Jaythomasni: See where is Apple searching..in the back doors of Tokyo and Taiwan..This is called poaching for Japanese talents...Many Western companies are doing it lately ..Computer panels. .Microsoft surface makers are all Japanese or Asian engineers.They will get some one with money...With all fanfare of apple phone phone and camera..all internals are sony or some Taiwanese company..made in China...market as their product.
This poaching business is really spoiling the traditional legendary camera makers and their business..Fact is Japanese craftsmanship and engineering is superior none can build one by poaching.why poach let the Japanese companies survive with their skills.. they survive not by hi fi English speaking business men..but by pure talent..please don't buy the whole electronic industry..leave them alone..... do what you are good at...software...leave the hardware to the people who are good at it and don't spoil their heritage ,
Agree with tkbslc, considering the fact that global shipment of cameras is down, and, with the exception of Canon and Nikon, many are losing money.
In case you haven't noticed, the market for low end "traditional" P&S cameras has already collapsed. I think fundamentally a smartphone is still a phone. Adding too many features making it too complex to use and drain too much processing and battery power are counterproductive. There are many outstanding pocketable large sensor cameras which will always be better choices for taking better pictures.
fakuryu: Well if Sigma did infringe on Nikon's IP when it comes to IS, then why not if there is a basis for it. At least Nikon is not pulling off an Apple by suing better phones because of the shape or color.
It is easy to come up with a rectangular tablet with a single button to control everything? All of you have thought about it and just did not have time to build one? In the court evidence against Samsung, Apple showed the pre-iPad tablet built by Samsung, it looks much more like a game console with two bulging ends with many buttons for the hands to hold. Once iPad showed up, their tablets became perfectly square with the same single home button in the middle. Did you all forget how MP3 players and Cell Phones look like before iPod and iPhone showed up? More importantly, the law suit was never about just the look, but functionalties.
Nukunukoo: One wonders if Nikon deliberately programmed the firmware of their newer models to break Sigma's AF performance.
"Apple did the same with third party chargers for thier ipads and iPhones."
No, there were reports that fire broke out when people used 3-rd party cheap knock-off chargers to charge Apple products. Apple offers these people a free exchange for bad products not made by them. Apparently Apple has also now made it difficult for cheap improperly built chargers to come on the market in the first place.
"Another small change worth mentioning is the camera's ability to use the Auto ISO feature while in manual exposure mode. "
This is new? Even my D90 can do that?
" Its single command dial feels a touch limiting for the camera, and one more function button would have gone a long way"
Yes, in particular, it is odd that the +/– function cannot be assigned to even this Fn button. This function is lost when the camera is in M-mode when the +/– button is used to control shutter speed. Thus if you also enable auto-ISO in M mode, you cannot fine tune the exposure, the way you can with other Nikon cameras with two dials.
Also, not clear from the review is whether it is easy to un-intentionally change the AF point when the camera is carried one-handed. Because the camera is narrower, the palm of your right hand rests on the 4-way control pad that moves the AF point, and this pad is not lockable. Hence it is very easy at least with earlier D5xxx cameras to move the AF points around without you knowing it until you raise the camera to "capture the moment."
Marty4650: Stanton has brought a new element to the equation, something much more powerful than better gear or photographic skill.
He brings empathy, personality, and a genuine affection for his subjects that make his portraits so meaningful.
This is so much better than those stealth street photographers who take photos of homeless people with telephoto lenses. Stanton walks right up to them, engages them, and listens to their stories.
This man is a real artist.
HowaboutRAW, you are still here? Have you bought the SONY A7 yet? It won the Silveraward!
viking79: It really is a wonderful lens, and given that the light transmission is about the same as the Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 it is a bargain price, and resolves far more detail than that lens. At least the Nikon is good if you want "character".
"If you want the nicest rendition of out of focus areas, and/or want to do a lot of night urban scenes with point lights, and don't mind the price, the 58mm Nikkor is a good choice."
See the whole thread here: http://photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/00cLa4?start=0
In short the Nikon is not designed to be sharp edge to edge but to work well rendering smooth bokeh in night photography when point light source (a bokeh killer) is common. It is a very specialized lens, thus the very high price, with features that cannot be easily measured by shooting charts.
tkbslc: Pretty impressive.
However, what about all the other photographers who don't have the money or need for the absolute best? A $400 50mm f1.4 is fantastic for most of us. A7 is a pretty cheap FF body. Seems like a handful of $400-600 primes would be in order.
The only way for most of us to justify the cost is that if you buy this lens, as well as the 35/2.9, you do not have to buy a 50 and 85mm lens, as the 58mm can more or less do head/shoulder half body shots that we encounter more often on a daily basis. Of course SONY must have thought of this so they made the 35/2.8 almost as expensive, while the new Nikon 35/1.8 is "only" $600.
G1Houston: Still most people will be quite happy for a very good 50mm f1.8 lens, like the one from Nikon or Canon, priced around $200 and weighs no more than 200g to go with this relatively inexpensive and light weight full frame body. This is how you can capture the market to build user bases to the point of no return, which is why Nikon and Canon are still holding on to most of their customers b/c SONY did not make it easy for most to switch.
58mm is also an odd focal length for FF, too long as a walk about normal lens and too short for head/shoulder shot. Is 58mm supposed to be a compromise to be between these two extremes? Any way, I don't understand it.
Indeed the newer AFS version of the Nikon 50 mm lenses have better bokeh. Even the current Sigma 50/1.4 at about $450 has spectacular bokeh.
Still most people will be quite happy for a very good 50mm f1.8 lens, like the one from Nikon or Canon, priced around $200 and weighs no more than 200g to go with this relatively inexpensive and light weight full frame body. This is how you can capture the market to build user bases to the point of no return, which is why Nikon and Canon are still holding on to most of their customers b/c SONY did not make it easy for most to switch.
G1Houston: Richard, in your final review, please tell us:
1. Can we use EC, in M-mode when auto-ISO is enabled?2. In Movie mode, set to M-mode, can we use auto-ISO?3. Is there any banding issue with the Pan 20/1.7?4. Can the 3-axis IBIS be used during videos?5. The video quality in terms of lack of artifacts. I can live with 30p as long as the footage is of reasonable high quality that is sharp and clean.
"No Exposure Comp in Manual, I'm afraid."Panasonic is even worse since they don't even enable auto-ISO in M-mode. I wonder why, since auto-ISO is already implemented in other modes. Are there any technical reasons why auto-ISO/EC in M-mode are complicated to add or is this just ignorance on their part?
Thanks. Hopefully this can finally convince Olympus and Panasonic how useful this feature is.
Retzius: I know all the Olympus shooters think they have something to complain about but you don't. At least Olympus actually creates lenses, announces them, release them, and continues to provide you with usable products.
Meanwhile, in Nikon land, we have been waiting for a wide angle DX prime lens for about 10 years or so. That right, not an improved lens or a better lens, just A LENS period.
Meanwhile, in Nikon land, we have been waiting for the D300 to be updated for about 6 years or so. Thats right, SIX YEARS.
Meanwhile, in Nikon land, this years updated camera bodies are the same ones from last year just without a OPF filter. The Liveview still focuses slower than an 80s camera, there is no live view histogram, you can't change aperture while shooting video because that would require a new part, and the viewfinders on the low and midrange bodies are like tiny tunnels.
If you want the right to complain, come to Nikon land. There is much to actually complain about :)
This is why many of us start to buy m4/3 cameras!
Richard, in your final review, please tell us: