"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:
You can see the back of the camera and more spec here:
From the back, you can see very smart button designs, ISO dial in 1/3 stop (Nikon, take note!), and the dials are multifunctional and the back is clean without too many buttons. Nice.
"We're slightly surprised by Sony's strategy here:"
I think we can see a pattern now with SONY's lens road maps. When they introduced the NEX, they had the 16/2.8 as the "walk around" pancake lens, which is too wide. Only recently they introduced a "portrait" lens, but it is 50mm, again too short. The 55mm for the A7 is too long, but perfect as a "portrait lens" for the NEX, but the two NEX lenses mentioned above seem perfect for the A7. I think the lens designers for NEX and A7 must have gotten their assignment folders mixed up. What do you think?
The 35/2.8 is the only lens that can show off the compactness of the camera, a key design/marketing feature. However it is f2.8 and priced at $800. A key reason for this "slightly sueprising" decision, I speculate, is that it will not make the R1X look too overpriced. Is there a photographer in SONY in charge of the lens road map?
PerL: So this almost prototype with a native lens line up of about 3 lenses, with 2 sec upstart, AF and frame rate suboptimal for "catching the moment" receives about the same score as the Nikon Df (81 vs 80), a much more refined, capable and mature product (and BTW is the smallest, lightest DSLR - not the D600 or 6D as the review said). And the A7 receives a "Silver Award" which the Df apparently did not deserve.
"much more refined, capable and mature product"
This is describing the Df? And what new ground did Df break?
"The cameras continue to offer Auto ISO in Manual exposure mode, with one dial controlling shutter speed and the other setting aperture. At this point, the ability to change intended image brightness using the exposure comp dial becomes really useful."
Exactly! In the m4/3 forum, many people have been asking Olympus and Panasonic to do the same thing. While many people get the importance of this, there are always a few who question why we need auto-ISO and EC when we are in "Manual" mode. For these people, please take notes!!!
JohnLL: Can anyone confirm (or not) that this camera will also work with the regular FX lenses that have an aperture ring, and if so, is the aperture controlled by the ring or by the camera?
When using a Xf lens, how do you assign one of the dials to control shutter speed? For example, by default, in A mode, one is set to control EC while the other Aperture. How do you over ride this when the aperture control on the lens is set to A? Conversely, what do you do when a Xc lens is used on Xe or X pro? I am surprised that the review did not cover these.
Coliban: What a beautiful camera.
And a straight forwarded User-Interface: ISO-dial, Speed dial. Exposure Compensation and the aperture ring on the lens. It is really the same UI as with an analog camera. That was no too complicated, to discover that a UI which was good for our hands and minds during the last 100 years, is somehow still the UI which we can handle. Although evolution is fast, it is not so fast to change the function of our hands within a period of 100 years.
In some way i am a Nikon fanboy and i wonder if Nikon is able to a) produce a Df2 which is a really full analog-wise digital camera and b) if Nikon is able to abandon this N1 nonsense (through my eyes) and build a high quality APS-C compact SLR-Style mirror less camera like the coming Fuji X-T1. If Nikon do this step, it would be an serious rival to Fuji on that area. I would like to see such a Nikon. Only my dream
What is a N1?