Thematic: Canon is not a match for the likes of the Nikon D750 or the latest Sony sensors, the 1D X II is a step forward for Canon, and performs better than the Nikon D5 in this regard.
High ISO performance remains stagnant, falling behind the Nikon D5, and showing no benefit over the higher resolution Sony a7R II at common viewing size.
Very interesting findings. Thank you!
Not only you save $500, but you get higher performance in lenses.
BSandu: I really love entering any Leica-related subject just for the comments. Always makes my day :)The sad point is that there are still "photographers" who buy such crap.
Leica's stuff cannot be classified as crap until DXO Mark stamps it. So far, DXO hasn't touched any of Leica's lenses. I wonder if Leica pays them off to keep the Leica myth alive.
AlanG: Can it pause for a couple of minutes after shooting 36 exposures? That's a feature I need.
Guys, I would patent all these ideas before Leica reads our comments here. Who knows, Leica may want to hire/partner with us...
Better yet, how about if you have to change the battery after every 36 shots and make the batteries look like film...
Canon, just buy sensors from Sony...
Joed700: Finally, DP shoots photos for the lens' intended purpose. Great!!!
le_alain & Alex Kooistra - I agree with both of you. For some strange reasons, DP photogs (in the past) like to shoot random stuff like a wire running between two telephone poles, pixs of green leafs....check out their 85mm f/1.4 Sony lens review. I was just trying to be sarcastic on my original comment. I'm glad other people also noticed this sort of things. Most of us come to this site looking for lenses to buy, but if they don't shoot photos for the lens' intended purpose, why bother writing a review article.
Finally, DP shoots photos for the lens' intended purpose. Great!!!
aris14: I think that someone has to clean these windows...
That's because they can't find cheap labor in space.
Did Nikon sponsor all the photo equipment for NASA? It seems like NASA's been using Nikon equipment since Nikon F3....
Karl Persson: "Sony emphasizes its compact and lightweight design and indeed, the lens weighs in at a svelte 186g/6.6oz." Size 60x66 mm, according to spec.
The Nikkor 50/1,8D AF is 38x63 mm and weighs 155g. And that´s a DSLR lens.The old Nikon E series 50/1,8 is smaller still.Just as the new Sony they have 6 elements i 5 groups.
+ Rishi Sanyal - excuse me for getting back to you late..didn't check my message til now...Anyhow, no, I did not reduce the Sony file to 20mp. Instead, I adjusted the zoom at 66.7% for both Nikon and Canon 6D while the Sony A7rii at 50%. All images were shot at f/1.8..At this stage, just by visual inspection, looking at all photos side by side, it was clear that the Sigma produced the sharpest image followed by the Sony 55mm.... Unfortunately, I no longer have the Sony setup...I would love to try out your suggestions.
Dp, I don't get it. With the new Sony 85mm f/1.4 review, you didn't even bother with all these close up portrait shots, just bunch of random stuff... And now with this 50mm, there's close up portraits all over the place, which something I really appreciate. What's going on here?
@ steelhead3 - You got a good point there! Another way of looking at this is that between the top 6 performers (Sigma - Canon), everything else in between is overpriced!
@TrojMacReady - no one is arguing the fact that the Sony outperforms the Canon STM, even in my own tests. The Canon STM sucks from f/1.8 to about f/2 where as the Sony is sharp edge to edge starts at f/1.8. However, if you look at the size and the cost of the STM, I say Canon did a pretty good job. Anyhow, this whole debate is about whether you can produce the best 50mm and keep the size under control...my observations tell me the answer is no, both Sigma and Otus proved just that...
@ TrojMacReady - Yes, DXO data is one thing. What I didn't review on my earlier comments is that I did the comparisons myself: Canon 6D + 50mm STM + Sigma 50 Art; Nikon D750 + 50mm f/1.4g and Sony A7rII + Sony 55mm f/1.8. Same subject shot at f/1.8. Although the Sony A7rii is at 40+mp, it lost to the Sigma Art in sharpness w/Canon 6D at 20mp, The Sony is a tit bit ahead of the Canon STM but not by a huge margin...the Nikon f/1.4g was a piece of sh_t! Bare in mind that you paid over $1000 for the Sony and 1/10 of that cost for the Canon STM. There, any questions?
@ Rishi & Yanko - According to DXO's sharpness tests, the best 50mm is the Sigma ART f/1.4 followed by the Otus f/1.4, they are huge! Sony's 55mm f/1.8 ranked #5 followed by Canon's 50mm STM, both scored at 29. While the Canon STM is smaller and only $125, the Sony 55mm f/1.8 is bigger @ $1000. As far as Leica is concerned, it's nowhere to be seen...Pershaps DP can do a series of 50mm's side-by-side comparisons between Sigma, Leica, Sony, Canon... Opinions are one thing, but stats speaks for itself.
Even mirrorless technology cannot change the law of physics. If you want the lens to perform, you've to add more glasses. The best 50mm's out there are huge, the size equivalent to an 85mm. No mirrorless is going to change that....
I wish Dp would allow you to remove a comment after you've submitted it. I accidentally submitted a comment twice and I can't remove it....
+Mister Joseph & LegacyGT - You may consider the Nikon 50mm f/1.8g. It performs way better at f/1.8 in terms of sharpness and bokeh compared to the AF-D. DXO still rates the AF-D higher in terms of sharpness, but if wide open is important, the f/1.8g is your lens.
Yahoo had the glorious dates, and I think it's time for them to go. Yahoo have been aggressive using dirty tactics to hijack users' browsers w/o their permissions is really annoying, and it doesn't help their PR....
So where is the MTF chart for the new 50mm f/1.8?