davids8560: Is this tool sort of like the Big Lens iPhone app? It makes your iPhone images appear to have bokeh.
Obviously it's not.
Artpt: Would DPR consider reviewing more target waterproof cameras....like the Intova Sport II or even the Go Pro Hero+ Black in their upcoming round up?
The convergence of photo and video abilities is already showing in your traditional camera reviews. In as much as some may shun video, it is part of our growing technology.
More selfishly, I plan some snorkeling shortly and these camera are a real interest.
Thanks to all.
RichRMA: In 1994, Olympus released an iPod device called the mRobe. They had an ad on the Superbowl . The product was a good one, better than most at the time, but it wasn't a success. I hope they do better with this divergence from their normal path.
ageha: The lenses still look like designed by Panasonic...
Wow, you remember the whole NV series? I don't apparently.
Anyway, both grips' front faces are parallel? I think I never saw another camera body with a feature like that before the NEX appeared. It simply can't be, it's as unique as the rectangular display or the round dials.
Not just one, it was a whole series of devices.
pwmoree: So 1000 euro equals 1390 usdollar. Why is this lens 39 percent more expensive here in Europe? The 390 $ difference almost buys you a plane ticket to the USA to go and get one and have a weekend in NY included..
Nobody pays customs.
Seriously, just because the Leica has two dials next to each other? The cameras don't look alike at all on that posted photo. Yeah sure, both look like cameras.
The Leica's body looks more like a copy of Samsung's NV series: http://www.fotopolis.pl/media/obrazki/NV10bisPrzod.jpg
Ralf B: This lens definitely needs controlled backgrounds for its bokeh characterhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/masters.galleries.dpreview.com/2897503.jpg?X-Amz-Expires=3600&X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Credential=AKIAJ7ICBHXPIPPMTNCQ/20140529/us-east-1/s3/aws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20140529T115209Z&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Signature=a835a6936ab75fd16bb32e0232442f2daeee86d8a132a904c164540ac3e80dc5The Sony FE 55/1.8 appears as having much smoother bokeh. I prefer the CZ 135/1.8 for my Sony Alpha A mount FF for its combination of sharpness matching this lens a n d silky smooth bokeh. It appears as much more forgiving if you cannot avoid a busy fore/background.http://kurtmunger.com/sony_135mm_f_1_8_carl_zeissid266.html
Nope but who cares...
Minus all the buttons. Not really...
Fortunately the VAT standard rate isn't allowed to be lower than 15% under EU law in any EU state. :)
In the end it doesn't matter, demand will be higher than stock. Prices are just arbitrary numbers, they aren't related to the product value in any way. Sigma is simply trying to get the highest possible price out of your pocket like any other manufacturer. :)
I guess the quality is OK for a 1/2.3"...
ThePhilips: Pana produces real nice P&S.
I wish I have started with Pana and not Canon.
Why does it matter? It's a P&S, not a system. You can switch anytime.
Yup, throwing the CZ 135/1.8 in here is pointless. If I'm looking for a 50mm I don't care about 135mm.
Jahled: I've never bought a Sigma because some people say there is no guarantee they will work with future models of the camera brands they are reverse engineered to work with. I've also heard to many people bemoan the 'Sigma lottery,' of getting a nice copy of a lens. I expect a 'nice copy' of a lens on my first purchace from Canon, and bar one in 2007, have always got one.
Is this me missing out on some lovely glass though?
If it stops working with a future camera body, simply update the lens firmware. That's possible for decades.
In Singapore the lens is actually only US$800 in stores and that includes the 7% sales tax. :)
MarshallG: I know it's a lot of work, but I sure wish you'd taken some of those test images side-by-side with the Canon 50mm f/1.4. It would make it far easier to decide whether this expensive lens is worth it.
As it is... I have a lot of respect for all of the work (you did an excellent job), but the result are a lot of "take my word for it" accolades, and it's hard to see for myself if the praise is justified, because there's no baseline.
I don't think it's worth it. The EF 50mm f/1.4 just isn't sharp enough especially in the corners. Why even bothering doing a comparison if they're worlds apart?
Bill T.: This new lens can almost compete with a 35 year old 55mm f2.8 AIS Nikkor for sharpness and CA! I think I'll keep the 55 and buy a tripod to cover those rare f1.4 moments.
The Nikkor isn't very sharp for an f/2.8 prime to begin with.
Scorpius1: The fact we even compare Sigma to Zeiss now shows how far Sigma have come!!Well done Sigma,
I'm more looking forward to a lighter and more fall proof polyvinyl carbonate version at 2/3 the price. :)