lorenzo de medici: Rishi is a fine photographer, and optically the lens appears to be excellent. I'm just not a fan of close up portraits, or wide angle shots with a shallow DOF. So while I commend Sigma for producing a unique product, it's not one that I would buy or use.
@thebustosThat's a common misconception. The phase detection AF only 'sees' a certain aperture that it's designed for. Most AF systems only see at f2.8 and at f/5.6. The brighter viewfinder is definitely an advantage, of course
This is great to see! Messing with AF micro adjustments on various lenses and bodies is a major PITA. I shoot wide open with many different lenses and getting accurate AF is still an issue, despite all the advances made. Measuring AF on the image sense takes care of all this once and for all. To see how advanced Sony's AF is in terms of subject tracking is very encouraging. Of course there are still a few things Sony has to catch up on when looking at it from a whole system, but the pace at which Sony has been working on it is impressive.
Excellent review with lots of useful information!
Two very interesting lenses that I have been hoping for.
Paul Petersen: I am sorry but I really wish sites would put a blackout on people shots on railroad tracks. These are most often taken illegally trespassing on railroad property. This trend has resulted in many fatal results and near misses.
Paul, as I have written in the caption, these tracks are definitely not in use. They have just not been taken out because the city doesn't want to waste money on it. There is a physical blockage so no trains can be there.
Thanks to everyone who voted and commented!
Let me order already :)
quote from the review "... when focusing manually with most Nikon SLRs you have to remember to set the aperture to F1.8 before entering live view, as they're incapable of adjusting the lens's diaphragm during viewing."
Definitely not true for Nikon cameras and lenses in general. Just tried it with my D800 and 85/1.4 and it works just fine adjusting the aperture in live view. It even works with old mechanical link aperture lenses (like the AF DC Nikkor 105/2)
Maybe it doesn't work with Sigma lenses, but that is then their incompatibility.
ArcaSwiss: What's film ?
@inFocus You mean the movies that are shot on digital cameras, processed in a 100% digital workflow and have plenty of CGI in the visual effects scenes which make up 80% of the movie? That kind of 'film'? :)
CFynn: So now we know. DPR editors read Nikon Rumors too
Sure, after you saw it in Nikon Rumors you started to do research. :)
utomo99: If it is retro style why it did not use AA Battery ?AA Battery easier to find everywhere
for the same reason cell phones don't use AA batteries. Lithium is 3 times smaller and lighter than AA at the same capacity. Electricity to recharge a battery is easier to find than a store that sells AA batteries.
skytripper: Instant photography is like instant coffee: Not too terrible if you've never tasted the real thing.
What is 'the real thing' in terms of photography?
Octane: I would visit 'connect' more often if there was actual journalism, not this. Once again, a quickly thrown together page using a subject that hopefully getting a discussion/controversy going, trying to generate some traffic here.
@chj There are several websites and blogs that cover the mobile device market with excellent articles.
I would visit 'connect' more often if there was actual journalism, not this. Once again, a quickly thrown together page using a subject that hopefully getting a discussion/controversy going, trying to generate some traffic here.
One slight problem I see is that all of these elements are made from synthetic dies and materials. While they are colorful, they are no what nature offers in terms of color. Yet the majority of subjects we photograph are nature and of course people (natural skin). A printed photo of a person is a very reduced representation of what real human skin is like in terms of colors, shades, how light gets broken, absorbed and reflected to create it's unique look.
Of course I'm aware it's impossible to have a real person be part of a test scene that has to be 100% constant over years. OTOH I know from owning about 20 different digital cameras over the years that some cameras produce wonderful looking photos from artificial colored scenes, they do poorly when it comes to resolving very fine differences in colors and shades which is key for natural looking scenes, especially when it comes to portraits (and landscapes).
Again, I don't really have a solution, but something to think about.
so many experts here that all know better how to run a large company. LOL
GPW: The market is swamped with to many DSLR in a manufactures lineup. Nikon for example has the D3100,D5100, D7000,D7100, in DX lineup. If Nikon had ONE enthusiast DX and ONE pro DX that satisfied the two classes, that would save a crap load of money right there. The technology is there to make ONE excellent enthusiast camera to satisfy everyone from the beginner(auto settings) to the advanced user(manual settings), eliminating the unnecessary saturation of the market. Same goes for pro DX.
Expert right here! LOL I'm sure you know better how to do business than Nikon.
hea: I remenber my uncles back in the late 60s, 70s, most people who bougth SLR/Rangefinders, both pro's and amateurs, expected to stay with the camera and lenses for 10-15 years, have no need to be upgrading every year or two.I bougth my first DSLR a D40 6 or 7 years ago, still is functioning well, I made an upgrading only recently, a D7100, in the mean time I had no need to upgrade, and I think I will maintain my D7100 for years, If not is broken accidentally.
Yeah that was 50 years ago. The world has changed.
As you say, you are not a professional any more so getting exactly the shot needed or required is not the top priority any more. The much more convenient way of shooting with smaller and simpler cameras makes more sense to you now. That makes sense. I'm exactly the same way. I'm a full time professional. When I work, 'convenience' is not the point. It's all about getting the shot right so I use my SLR and a lot of different lenses and lighting gear. Once I'm done with work and shoot just for fun I use my phone or maybe my compact. I think the same is true for enthusiastic amateurs. They want to get the shot right, they don't mind the extra size or weight when doing that. They love photography and love using their gear.