abortabort: Two points that I think have been missed, not only here but in the A7 review as well:
1) Why do you set C1 or C2 as focus magnifier? C2 is clunky to get to (as you say) and C1 is too close to the shutter button. After extensive playing with different settings I now do not have a 'focus magnifier' button at all! You simply don't need it on the A7/R. Why? I shoot a variety of lens types on the A7, this includes native lenses, A-Mount lenses (LA-EA4), EF Mount lenses (with Metabones adapter), MD mount and m42 mount. Now because I shoot a number of different lenses which have differing capabilities in AF on the A7, from very good (native and A-Mount) to very poor (EF mount) to non-existent (MD and m42 etc) I wanted a configuration that worked for all lens types, rather than reconfiguring for manual and AF lenses every time.... TBC
2) Is that this is an article that discusses third party lenses, but seems to only focus on older completely MF lenses. I would think an article like this should be a bit more comprehensive, so wanted to add an important experience with some 'other' third party options, namely EF mount lenses with Metabones adapter.
One of DPR's criticisms is the focus magnifier using third party lenses, so I would like to point out that EF lenses that have distance encoding (most of them) support auto magnification when you turn the focus ring, so no '2-press' required, turn the focus ring and it automatically zooms in. It also supports focus distance scales on screen as well as FL indicator when using zoom lenses. These three things make a huge difference to using third party lenses on the A7/R....
So what do I do instead of focus magnify? Simple really, I set the middle button (the one in the centre of the 4 way navigator) to 'Focus Settings', I then have C1 set to AF/MF Toggle. The really cool thing about this is that or one, when in AF mode using an AF lens pressing this button allows me to quickly move AF points using the navigating buttons, turning the dial on the other hand allows me to change AF modes, from wide area, to spot etc.
But where it gets even better is that when in MF mode that same button automatically becomes focus magnifier! So no wasted button that has no function when in AF mode, it switches automatically depending on what lens you are using and whether you are in AF or MF modes - This is very very handy and in a FAR better position than the C1 and C2 buttons as you can very quickly access the other relevant features to pressing the button, such as moving the magnify box or changing focus points, plus no chance of slipping on the shutter half-press :)...
Two points that I think have been missed, not only here but in the A7 review as well:
abortabort: Two points:
1) Who says this has anything to do with iOS? I know DPR like to bury their heads in the sand as they wait for iOS as a platform to mature enough to run proper photo editing apps that there are already tablets that run full LR, PS etc which get completely ignored because there is a new app that can apply some crappy filters to crappy JPEGs. 2) But since when,have you been able to buy apps or subscriptions through a third party website? I may be wrong but this does not seem like it is iOS related to me.
@ Basalite - Maybe, but Metro is considered 'mobile'. However some other comments have suggested that this is for the cloud component which could work out to be for iOS, so makes my comments partially redundant. Still don't understand why DPR refuses to accept that there are already great Photographer tools on the market and that we should all patiently wait for iOS to catch up.
@ iammatrix - A dubious claim if ever I saw one, so you think Android and iOS are going to replace Windows, the largest installed user base in the world? Yeah no, not any time soon. Windows tablets have been around far longer than either of those systems and will continue to be for a long time. I think what you are referring to is Windows RT, which may very well happen, but mostly because there is little need for such a system with low power Atom,processors available that don't limit your application choices.
Bill Rees: I've been a Mac user for quite awhile now. My first, OS X machine was an original 12" PowerBook G4 and I currently have a 2011 15" MacBook Pro but I'm about to switch back to Windows.
The big gap in the Mac lineup is the jump from the iMac to the MacPro with no reasonably priced desktop in between. Macs are great but I think Windows 8.1 is just as capable. I use both every day and you can run Lightroom and Premiere Pro on either OS.
The Surface Pro is my ultra-portable of choice.
Here here, yet DPR completely ignore the Surface Pro as a tool for photographers... But lots of coverage of the iPad...
abortabort: Cool article, but like I commented on Connect a while back with articles on the iPad Air release, but not a single mention of the Surface Pro 2 released around the same time. You guys (well connect) talk a lot about weak iPad 'photo apps', but don't look at more serious photography tools as the Surface Pro 2?
These tablets are by far the best 'photographers tablets' ever created and not a peep from you guys? I am a Mac user from wayyyyy back, still are my main workhorse machines, but a fully fledged i5 tablet with 4-8GB RAM, fast storage, 1080p IPS displays, capable of running proper pro editing applications and the kicker - Wacom digitiser making these a mini-cintiq for the road... This type of machine is the ultimate photographers companion device for editing on the road (same specs as the air, about the same size/weight, but better screen, touch screen and digitiser).
Hi David, sorry I wasn't talking in comparison to the MBA, the Surface and MBA are very similar machines internally and really only their form factor is different. I was raising concern over the huge pile of coverage DPR and Connect do on the iPad, but nothing on the Surface Pro, which for photographers would be a far more useful tool, like your MBA is - But with added Wacom support and a better display (both of which are very important to photography tasks).
justin23: A lot of people bash apple macbooks, but seriously, only in the last year have laptops been available that matched some of the specs of the macbooks especially the resolution of the 15" pro retina. And its not like these new laptops are cheaper anyway.
Just searched on the Fujitsu lifebook whic looks great buts its the same price as a similarly specced macbook (in Australia), however it is new and looks good. ish it was an option 2+ years ago when the only laptop with greater than a 1920X1080 screen was made by apple.
@ Just a Photographer - I don't know about you, but I have been using Macs a longggg time and ever since the launch of 'apps' on iOS (then iPhone OS) they have been going backwards, to the point of making them SO user friendly that you can't use them! (ok exaggeration), but stop with the uber friendliness of them, they can be simple and advanced... But Apple just want them to be simple.
Cool article, but like I commented on Connect a while back with articles on the iPad Air release, but not a single mention of the Surface Pro 2 released around the same time. You guys (well connect) talk a lot about weak iPad 'photo apps', but don't look at more serious photography tools as the Surface Pro 2?
Oh and Macs have had 1920 x 1200 displays for ages as well, I have an old work 17" that has a 1920 x 1200 display from at least 4 years ago. However my current work 13" rMBP is a 2.5K display.
Because text is the same size on a 'retina' Mac as any similar other mac, just your images, videos etc are finer detailed. More importantly they are a very good IPS panel, which until pretty recently were a bit of a rarity in ANY laptops (they were around though, I had a couple of Thinkpad workstation laptops that had them and were great, but definitely NOT cheap either). 1920 x 1080/1200 on a PC can be a bit awkward, but certainly can be fixed to be reasonably comfortable with the built in text zoom abilities. Though LR everything is still tiny on my editing tablet.
470g seems kind of light for the Sigmotus, can you guys confirm that it feels lighter than say the 35mm f1.4 Art? Really looking forward to this lens :)
vladimir vanek: Oh yeah, Samsung, of course! For those who want to look like a pro and argue who has more megapixels... I would write the max. zoom with even bigger numbers on the lens and so that it is visible when holding the camera by any of the grips. Oh, and what about putting something like "DUAL GRIP" on the box? See? There are couple of marketing flaws to be updated...
DUAL GRIP in big letters running along both grips! Yeah that would make this at least 14% more awesome and give it like a million kudos points :P
jenbenn: What I dont lie here, is that optical superiority always seems to come at the cost of a huge increase in size and/or weight. The Sigma 24-105 is also quie a bit bigger and heavier than the canon 24-105, which I find already at the borderline.
This is btw not only an issue with ISgma. Canons recent 35mm f/2 is alot bigger than the previous version.
The Canon 35mm also has IS, where the old one does not, as well as USM.
Timmbits: Sony couldn't have shouted any louder that they are feeling the competition from the low end of Samsung's NX series (NX1100/NX2000)... surprising, coming from Sony, that they would so blatantly acknowledge the legitimacy of a competitor's product (especially Samsung, of all), right down to matching the resolution (setting aside the 16mo and 24mp sensors they already use in the nex lineup).
It's always about Samsung with you. Sony haven't 'copied' one damn thing from them. 'Blatant acknowledgement of competition'... Sure, whatever.
Anfernee Cheang: I don't like aXXXX. I like NEX-XXI don't like 460K LCD.I don't like no touch screen.I don't like no scroll wheel.I don't like USB 2.0.I don't like no in body IS.I don't like no all of above but price is still high.I don't like no replacement for F20AM flash with new shoe.I don't like Sony made NO innovation, made NO step forward.
Sony made no innovation, it doesn't mean the world come to the end, but means I need to wait more time.
I am using NEX-6.I am using NEX-C3.I am using 1018, 1650, 18200, 35/1.8I want 85/1.8I want 1650/2.8I want 70300GI want more and more and more.
You don't like this because:
It has no touch screen? Your cameras have no touch screen.It has no IBIS? Your cameras have no IBISIt has USB 2.0? Your cameras have USB 2.0Which replacement of the F20AM? This flash is available in ALL the Sony shoes. No innovation? This is the entry model, it gets 'trickle down' features. I just do not get people... I really don't.
ryansholl: ANOTHER BODY?!
JESUS SONY CAN YOU NOT DO ANYTHING RIGHT?!!
Did I about cover it?
You forgot IBIS ;)
BarnET: Please tamron, tokina and sigma end this pricing madness in m43. We all know you can do it.
Sigma Art 35mm f1.4 on a cheap FF trounces anything Panasonic has released to date for $43M. Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 performs better than Olympus $43 14-35mm f2. Sigma,designed the best performing lens on $43M - the 75mm f1.8. Want a rethink?