ecube: As I recall, Sony was the first to offer [essentially] digital camera in 1981, the Mavica. In 1995, I used Mavica to document field work. I'm not sure but it seems that Contax was the lens used by Mavica. Around 1997, I tried Minolta D'Image at a traveling Minolta trailer. The so called "Minds of Minolta" merged with Konica and years later, Konica-Minolta was purchased by Sony
Why bring this up? Contax, Minolta, and Konica had GREAT lenses for SLR. Minolta, Canon, and Nikon produced GREAT Japanese lenses that competed with the best of German lenses since the late 1940s. I don't know when Sony stopped using Contax but I assume Sony owns all the lens design and technology pf Minolta and Konica. That said, I am puzzled why Sony seem well behind Canon and Nikon in producing lenses for their DSLR
On an "aside", the best Japanese lens I ever owned was the Takumar lenses from Asahi Optical Company, aka Pentax. That was in the mid-1960s
Be free to correct any of my errors
This is the patent Minolta filed.
vmwelt: Hi all, I'm interested in FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS lens - does anyone have the info on the filter size (i.e. 72 mm etc)? Thanks!
If you look at the photo of the lens a bit harder, it says 72mm.
Boss of Sony: Sony FE lenses are seriously too expensive. If Sony wants to sell the A7 series, they should drop the lens prices down to realistic levels.
Canon 50mm f1.4 = $400Canon 50mm f1.8=$150....Sony FE 55mm f1.8 = $1000
Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM = $600Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM = #200....Sony FE 35mm f2.8 = $800
Canon 17-40 f4 = $800...Sony FE 16-35 f4 = $1350
Canon 28-135mm = $500Sony 28-135mm = $2500
As an amateur, I would be interested in buying an A7 camera if it wasn't for these ridiculous prices.
You are comparing two systems at two completely different maturity stages. Many people are using legacy lenses with these full frame cameras. Try to mount a Canon FD 50 f1.4 on a 5D MKIII :P
ZeneticX: GREAT. Now how about some aps-c lenses ? sony could show some love for a6000 after the popularity it gained last year
Just out of interest, what lens you are hoping to see for the APS-C?
The pursuit of better equipment is not necessarily an important part of the pursuit of accomplishment in photography.
The 28mm is quite interesting and compact too.
I think we need to thank mirrorless camera manufacturers who 'sabotaged' Canon and Nikon marketing myth.
Of course, gratitude to DPR as well for being impartial (i.e. not raving out 'affordable' full-frame cameras).
Thoughts: I would not recommend any one to buy a DSLR cameras that has no in-body autofocus motor.
For anyone, who wants to learn photography but on budget, Nikon entry DX series offer poor choices of lenses. You will have to upgrade the camera body to 7k series or go all the way to full frame to be able to access a larger pool of lenses, some of which are really compact and affordable. There are many youth, students out there who are not able to go down this route. As far as I know, Nikon is the only company does this to their entry level cameras. Not nice!
I would not recommend any one to buy a DSLR cameras that has no in-body autofocus motor.
Any other companies has come up with such idea?
If not, this is innovation from Canon.
tecnoworld: D750! The only dslr that made me...want a dslr again!
Around the same time I sold all my Nikon gear and bought a mirroless camera. No regret whatsoever.
I guess you have left DSLR camp? :)
JohnEwing: "No touch screen" is actually a point in its favour.
er... because less is more?
Mssimo: No phone camera of the year?
Exactly, considering DPR's effort to promote DPR Connect and mobile phone photography.
Sony fans, vote! It is your duty!
bluevellet: I've considered the Pentax 645Z. I think Pentax did a great job making the price reasonable (for medium format) and coming up with a decent amount of lenses, particularly how niche this product is,
One major hurdle is (almost) no retailer presence. Even online, it's hard to find and I have to go abroad for it. I'm not comfortable buying something this expensive without even a test drive.
I mean, just look at DPR, no link to buy it anywhere.
It is sold out everywhere
ARB1: May be time to sell my D800 with all its lenses.
Do go to a shop to check if you like EVF and how the camera is handled.
Call me greedy, imagine a new A7s plus IBIS.
Many legacy lenses are becoming even more expensive. Not good...
Only 5 g gold has been used.