This is a brilliant lens. Olympus has done a splendid job of creating a super telephoto lens that delivers the size advantages of µ43 with uncompromised optical performance. Add in additional IS and you have a package that is not matched by any other comparable lens.
The price is steep but this was never an item that will ship in huge numbers. They deserve their due.
NeilJones: Complete overkill. Sony a7r ii can achieve similar results at a fraction of price. With most images being web based now, who needs a 100mp!So silly.
I think the key aspects for this are the CMOS sensor large enough to bring fast, high DR images to MF. FF 35 is excellent but the MF "look" cannot be duplicated easily. 100MP is a side effect of a sensor of that size.
Peter Hurley is cut from the same cloth as Chase Jarvis. Very handsome charismatic guys with photo skills and great work ethic.
For both, their charisma and good looks are the far more important factor in their success than their photo skills.
We love watching these videos because they are so likable and cool and we feel that they like us despite our overweight, dorky selves. We feel that if we just changed a few things in our lives we would rock the photo world.But in the end it is those gifts plus crazy hard work that got them where they are. Congratulations.
RStyga: Good video. Great reminder that MP is not an important factor in digital photography once a minimum MP threshold is reached; 16MP is plenty.
But people still say they need more.
Irrespective of the price they ask, the history of MF pricing of the premium brands has always been high.So you don't want to pay the price, hooray.
Thanks for sharing.
Reactive: Isn't this a classic case of a solution looking for a problem? I wasn't aware my existing UV filter's tiny weight was a problem - it's insignificant compared with the lens weight. I wasn't aware it needed to be 10x stronger, as I've never been stupid enough to smash it against objects. I wasn't aware it needed to repel water and oil, since an occasional clean with IPA keeps it spotless. I wonder if Sigma will charge 'Art' prices for their completely clear glass filter? If so, they should move into homeopathy. Perhaps their next product will be a military-grade nuclear-hardened titanium lens cap?
You may be unaware of the need, but you know that Sigma is very aware of the large base of GAS-afflicted consumers just waiting to strut into their camera clubs and fora with their latest bit of gear that makes their cat pics just that much better.
tkbslc: What about the new RED Raven. 4.5K/120fps camera with APS-C size sensor and 16.5 stops of DR! Starts at $6k
16.5 stops of DR. I don't know whether this is true or even possible but I am puzzled why no one has questioned this claim.
This means real value for money despite the price.
Winner of the "Because we can" and "Manly lens" awards of 2015.
Happy to see it made but note that this will be a amusing footnote in lens products. Bokeh whores will be able to argue all day with this one.
Might be great might not.
The problem is the highly unlikely possibility anyone will take notice and adopt it.
J A C S: Nice color and rendering.
This shot is a moire fest from a sensor designed to prevent moire:
I would see more with my 5Dmkiii
PeaceKeeper: More expensive than a brand new m3 with summicron on release(adjusted).
Technology today is a hard comparison to the technology that originated in the 20's. The automotive industry helps illustrate this when they note that, adjusted for content and technology, cars have not really risen in price as much as one would think.With cameras, the entire replacement of the guts of the camera with electronics unthinkable 40 years ago,it is similar despite the nominal function of photographing.
Sickheadache: I am waiting on Sony's A7Rlll with 60mp, bigger body, 8fps, and Pizza Oven.
I refuse to consider it if there is no dishwashing option.
Photomonkey: So. is the D/SLR shape public domain?
BTW, talked to a GoPro exec and they agree with me that this is the cheapest publicity they can buy. They noted that they have patents on the cam that predates Polaroid by a couple of years.
So. is the D/SLR shape public domain?
Mike Sandman: Most cameras now come with wifi and an app for controlling the camera remotely. If you have a camera with wifi, the manufacturer probably offers an app for controlling it from a tablet of smartphone. So you can use Tether Tools products that make it possible to mount your iPad or other tablet on a swivel attached to your tripod. The cost is around $150, and you don't have to worry about cables. (But wifi eats batteries...).
@straylightrun, I often have my camera remotely located that precludes a cable. Yes it is inferior to a wired connection but it beats no connection.
Camera Wifi DOES stink. Short range, buggy apps and the inability to upgrade or replace the hardware.This is intriguing to me but the wifi of the CamRanger is currently use is rock solid. And wifi is what I need. LV on CR is poor but I rarely need it for my work.
Photomonkey: The IQ is fine for the range of photos 99% of people are going to shoot. I agree that the DR falls short of the competition WRT +6 stop push but to be realistic, when you are in that situation you are screwed already.
If you are a pro using this camera (or any camera) you are in control of the exposure and if in studio, the lighting. If you are an enthusiast who appreciates Leica cameras and lenses you will be happy using it in a manner that optimizes IQ. If you are a hobbyist shooting JPGs you might as well be using a phone.
This camera is not and never will be for sports or birding. Nor will it be used for weddings. But there is still a universe of photographers who will feel the value proposition of the camera, naysayers be damned.
The Sony does offer excellent value. The Leica clearly does not for you. And while there are those who will buy it for vanity there are those who will buy it because it is the platform designed for Leica lenses. I use Canon and I am very happy with it despite the fact I am supposed to loathe it because of its outdated sensor. So while for some the Leica falls short, for others it still has appeal beyond vanity.
My point is that the IQ will work just fine. The images of the ultimate camera on earth will look almost identical to an image made with a phone when used in the typical ways they are today.That is : the web and small home printers.The fact that one may see shortcomings of any file from any camera on a monitor in PS at 800% is meaningless except for those who live by this solitary pastime.Pro or not, no viewers will be able to see a thing between this or any camera in normal viewing.Michael Reichmann demonstrated this several years ago when he printed images from a Canon G7 and a Phase One and a group of seasoned and picky photographers could not reliably distinguish between the two.Thus the choice comes down to how the camera handles, what lenses it offers and how it helps or hinders the user.
Satyaa: I am not a pro, nor an MF enthusiast, but I have always felt that this camera and its lenses were priced higher than they should be. I feel the same about this plan.
If the product prices (as well as this plan's) were lower at least a third (or even more), I think that there would be a wider market.
Lot of enthusiasts who are saturated with the 35mm FF cameras would then turn to MF... all they need is a landscape lens and a portrait lens. I am not arguing who needs it or who would benefit from it, but those reasons won't stop enthusiasts from buying :)
Actually the demand curve for DSLRs is not any sort of straight line. It is a common error to say "If they lowered the price, they would sell a lot more."
At some point a price drop will not sell more units simply because there are just not enough people who want a specialized product.
The other consideration is that with a lower price you have a lower profit which then needs a much larger increase in demand than what often materializes.
Lastly, if we follow this logic to its conclusion, EVERYTHING should be really cheap and we would all be rich.