Mirai Dorloba: Why no full frame version?
I'm sure they will when the market becomes large enough. Right now APSC and MFT have the largest market share.
Cane: I assume these are manual focus only?
Probably, they are manual. They may not be for everyone, but if someone is looking for supersharp well made optics for not a lot of money and doesn't mind manual focusing, they should be a nice addition to the camera bag. I own their 8mm f 2.8 lens for the Fuji X mount and it's a wonderful, if little used lens. Little used only because it's 8mm.
In shopping for a replacement for my iPad v.2, I settled on the Fire HD7 because of the price point and features. I never regretted the purchase. I still use the old iPad occasionally because of the really big screen, but the Fire HD7 is, IMO, as good as my wife's iPad mini and a much lower price.
I'm glad to see Amazon continue to expand the Fire line. In all other respects, I am an Apple Mac user.
www_zeeshan_de: Good pictures. Without overused photoshop effects.
There is a great temptation to over saturate and otherwise over-manipulate images, I would agree. However, when you look at most of the prized images published in the PSA journal and other publications, it does make me wonder to which side of culture and art I belong. It seems that image "pop" sells and the winning images have it. Subtlety is being increasingly lost in arts, literature and last but not least in politics and communication. Nevertheless, Welling's images are wonderful.
acidic: Nice stuff, but probably half of the images don't belong on DIGITAL photography review.:-)
acidic, "...so I could shoot a few rolls of the Velvia 50 I hoarded early in the last decade..."
You showed more foresight than did I.
acidic,Why do you say that? Just curious.
Image #4 and #10 are the most interesting, while all are beautiful. I had to really study #4 to realize that there was an owl plain as day and not just a picture of a tree trunk. #10 really illustrates nature cruelly at work. It is a truly great shot.
SimenO1: A 50mm f/1,9 equivalent lens without AF that probably is somewhat sharp around 50mm f/5,6-8 equivalent, just what the MFT people needed. :p
rpm40,Your comment is noted and it's tough to disagree with it. However, for really critical focusing, manual focus is still the most accurate; not enough to make a difference for most of us, but there is still a difference. Frankly, I think they came out with manual focusing in order to put a probable quality lens on the market at a low price point. Well, enough of this. I must return to listen to my crystal radio set and put more ice in the bucket for my air conditioner.
Lassoni: Meeh, for bokeh and shallow DoF, I'm sure the 75 f1.8 does better job. Not really sure if 50mm equiv. has ever been "that good" focal length for anything
To Jon Schick,I had the 20mm Lumix and it was a wonderful lens. I sold it and bought the 25mm Summilux. It has a slightly narrower fov, but this lens is really outstanding.
KameraFever: $400 for a f/0.95? I hope I'll be pleasantly surprised by it's performance;however, I doubt it considering it's price. Sharpness probably suffers at the wide end. But who knows? I'll cross my fingers.
I'm sure @ $400 he is referring to a used price for a fairly old cine lens. Schneider lenses have been among the top performers for years; not quite up to some Zeiss lenses and most Leitz/Leica lenses, but still top drawer. Actually it sounds like a worthwhile project and probably entails some deep and lengthy searches in shops that carry used motion picture equipment. Thanks to RichRMA for the suggestion.
50mm is the standard focal length for 35mm cameras that closely approximates normal human vision in terms of perspective. That's why it is considered the standard lens. Most people, me included, prefer 35mm for street shooting as long as you don't get too close to the subject. WA lenses like 35mm distort badly when close up.So, don't knock the 50mm lens. As a matter of fact, if you want extremely large apertures for low light photography, a 50mm lens happens to yield the lightest and most compact package. That is probably why most lens manufacturers prefer that focal length.A 75mm lens is considered an ideal portrait lens because for closeups it flattens facial features rather than distorting them.
So please be sure of your facts before launching into a criticism.Whether or not this particular lens is any good remains to be seen pending it's release and evaluation. But if it is anywhere as good as my Rokinon ( Chinese) 8mm lens, it should be very good indeed.
Aw, just when I wanted to take my Cape Ann Red shack with the lobster traps on it like everyone else has done. I guess there goes my Old Faithful shot, too.
DStudio: Since some here are raving about the Sony A7R II in comparison, I went back and reviewed the gallery again. I remember I especially liked the photos of the girl looking out the window.
Too bad, they would have been even better with this camera.
The Sony is good, but it's not even in the same class as this camera. Not a single one of those photos compares to the better photos here. These simply have better dimensionality. The photos look and feel more like the actual items, rather than just photos of the objects. These are the nicest quality photos I've seen in a DPR gallery in a while.
There's really no trick to seeing the difference. Just take your analytical, rational glasses off for a moment. Instead observe and feel the photos as you go through them. Don't try *too* hard; just notice that most photos don't have quite the qualities these do. Perhaps some purists will prefer other Leica models, but this Leica glass is still capturing something special that most others miss!
to Steven R. Rochlin,I know from personal experience that manipulation goes only so far.There is no way to make a silk purse out of the proverbial sow's ear. I find that I need to do less with good Leica images than with some of the others. Perhaps bump up the color a little according to taste, play with shadow-highlights tool a little, adjust the exposure as needed and crop to taste. But manipulation will never make a lousy shot, Leica or otherwise even an acceptable one.
Thank you. You had no problem seeing what I was trying to say. There is more to images than smoothness, or lack of. Any decent econo-camera today can produce a decent image at ISO100 or 200. But to produce texture or a sense of texture at any ISO and to control inevitable noise artifacts to resemble tight patterned film grain is special. You only get that with special attention to sensor and firmware parameters and really excellent lens glass and formulae. And if some others can't see it or appreciate it, well that is their problem and they shouldn't be fooling around with anything other than an average camera with an average kit lens.
See my response to DStudio below.
I really cannot understand the carping of those who claim that the IQ is no better than an NEX-5N (which I used to own and loved) or as someone claimed, a Canon Nexus. Give me and the other readers a break. Alert: I own both the Leica M9P as well as the Leica X2, but have no intention of ever purchasing the Leica Q since what I already have produces excellent 13X19's; as large as I ever intend to print.
However, if those readers would reexamine the gallery images at normal expanded size and then apply the 100% loupe of images @ ISO 800 and 1000, they should see that the noise closely resembles fine grain film with a very tight pattern. Is it noiseless at these ISO settings? No. My Fuji XPro-1 is noiseless well beyond that point. But noise is not the the main issue. It is how the noise is dealt with.
These images take digital to a whole new level. From the noiseless ISO 100 to the well controlled fine noise @ ISO 1000, bright colors in RAW and great contrast, I am very impressed.
I really don't see the advantage to this device. It is larger and heavier than a simple tripod plate such as the standard Acra. You can buy several Acra type tripod plates for the cost of this device and simply leave them on your camera.I'd rather leave the Acra plate on the camera (s) than this overbuilt monster.I'll pass.
Hey guys, lighten up. The article clearly states that the images are a simulationand not actual photographic images produced by a "Modulo camera". So why the ignorant comments about the quality of the image? At this point it is a theoretical paper and it awaits practical application. If it works in practice, it could be a real step forward toward solving the range of light problem in digital photography. As things now stand, HDR can produce some very unpleasant results and too many photographers over process HDR to the point of unreality which for some weird reason frequently gets high praise which occasionally is undeserved.
Well, if I ever get tired of taking pictures with mine, I can always use it as a weapon.
Further comment responding to YorkM who said: "...The M9 owner was lucky because it is a range finder, otherwise the mirror related parts might be damaged. Also, the owner put case on it without caring how it is inconvenient to see the picture and setting by rear display, or the case may have a rear screen see through function...."
The rangefinder assembly is full of a moving mirror and other delicate moving parts and is probably more sensitive to serious blows than a DLSR. It's no secret that the Leica M series is built like a tank. Still the owner was very lucky.
As to the case, if I'm not mistaken, it looks like the one by Artist and Artisan which like my own Luigi leather case is open on the back giving full access to all controls and screen. That half case probably was important in saving the camera from further damage. Don't leave home without it. I never do.
Mr. Stagram and Mr. Ashton have too much time on their hands and it looks like it was a slow news day at DP Review.