color rocks. i am never a big fan of B&W, i believe its important to get color so that future viewers would know what color was the things present in the frame.
Reading specs is not photography. Using it is. There are many things to love about leica, despite the prices.1. DNG files, fully supported by Adobe. No inferior worries about when your raw files will be supported correctly2. Build that echoes quality. Its hard to be inspired holding a plastic. M, X2, Xvario feels solid to the brim. T indication only seems to be better.3. Lenses of stellar quality.
M /range finder is dated and doing middle composition and recompose is getting sillier by the day, but its lens lives on. T shows Leica is willing and able to break its own mould and move forward while setting example.
What innovation has canon and nikon did for the last 3 years? nothing. Half baked EOS-M and Nikon 1 are junks in comparison to what Leica is doing now. Nikon DF? they forgot the dials are supposed to make things more convenient, not confusing.Let there be light
can nikon and canon pls take some risk and come out with something at least...interesting...days of 1/2.33 is so dead.
dont blame me for being ultra skeptical of anything from H, after their double delivery of Sony's beauty contest version.time to move on....
carlos roncatti: Why the heck no photos with the guy holding the camera showing a position that he will take photos with it?
yeah , why. nobody bothered to hold the camera in actual usage position?
Jogger: Much much better option than the Pana GH4 where you need an ext recorder to get prores. The only thing missing is 12V power and XLR input, but, the GH4 doesnt have that either.
who needs stills when u can grab hi-res image from the video...
obeythebeagle: Image is everything, and Sigma will certainly put out a better product than the Merrills, which were remarkable. I greatly respect the concept of this amazing camera, but would be concerned that the Sony A7 line is now obviously a serious contender. Every generation, the consumer wins more.
its true, A7 is not a contender, well to me at least. i wished a7 had the same sensor ;-)
Kevin Purcell: The Sigma claim that the three layers are blue, green and red is just not true. It's marketing BS along with the 39MPx claim.
The probablility of a photon being absorbed in the top layer is highest for the blue, next most light for greenish and least likely for the red but all three do get some absortion in that layer. It's a desaturated bluish cyan.
In the middle layer a lot of the blue has been filtered (but not all) so that middle layer is a desaturated greenish yellow (some blue, some red and mostly green). The bottom layer is orangish red (mostly red, a little green and a very little blue).
To get to real RGB primaries you have to stick these (noisy) signal though a color matrix to remove the crosstalk between the colors (giving even noisier RGB signal out).
This is the major reason for Foeveon sensors poor high ISO performance (noise goes up quicker than you'd expect) and poor color fidelity (because your original primaries aren't very good).
Lets see, the 3 founders of Foveon :Richard Lyon, noted for inventing the optical mouseRichard Merill, royal photographic medal and kosar memoral award for Foveon ideas and inventionCarver Mead, Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Applied Science (CALTEH)
They should have just consulted Kevin and his great wisdom.
I owned the D4, M9 and various other cameras. i must get my eye check for liking my sigma output so much.
Zigmont: Finally, a camera without the trendy "retro" 1950's look! I'd buy one just for that alone. I mean after all, it is 2014. I want cameras to look like the future, not the past.
the same can be said of skeptics...until the pre-order stats comes out
Two wrongs don't seems to make one right
RobertSigmund: I have no doubt: this is a superlens. But the samples also show: FF cannot be replaced by 4/3. Even at F 2, a FF 85 mm lens gives blurrier backgrounds than this 42,5 mm lens at 1,2. Quite interesting!
blur is at 2.4 equivalent to FF, thats why. But bear in mind light gathering is still 1.2 :-)
sixtiesphotographer: Nice review and interesting results. I'd be tempted to get this lens, but I have an AF-S 60/2.8G Micro-Nikkor which I suspect is close to producing the quality and bokeh of this lens.
harold1968: To try and move away from Leica, one needs a f1.4 50mm lens that's sharp at f1.4.It seems that Leica is the only game in town with a well run second of the excellent Canon 50mm f1.2.Of course the Canon 85mm f1.2 is sharp at f2, and the Olympus 75mm (150mm) is sharp at f1.8 and the Nikon 85mm f1.4 is sharp at f2, but 50mm is that unique combination of a less claustrophobic view with thinness of field which can capture an artistic ideal for many types of photography, people and objects.Sadly this is not the Nikon equivalent I was hoping to mount on a 610 or 800E.Leica Summilux is still the king (and noctilux is still the emperor) and for them you need a M240. Oh well, bang goes the second car then ....
u dont need the m240. Sony a7,a7r has come into the world ...
maybe it was for the same reason why i paid for the 24 mm 1.4
the first thing that came to my mind was ...how are those leica m9s etc gonna cope up with this... its like 1/4 of the price and manual focusing on sony's peak focusing is just sweet...
Leon Lusignan: Sony's sensors s.ks again. I tried them both bad colors with bad corners and smearing.Only 2 ff sensors on market from D4 Nikon's and 6D from Canon's.In crops world Fuji is real one. You can see by yourself Kernocks test here:http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/comparisons/2013-12-leica-sony-canon/index.htm
ken says..iphone 5 dynamic range and tone ...soemthing along those lines, are better than any dlsr.....now...what was it ur referring to again...
Ben Raven: DPReview: Just a wee suggestion:
How about adding the D800E !!!
The Sony A7's just came out, and you've already got both of 'em on, as well you should -- but still NO D800E.
I, and I'm sure many others, would like to be able to compare the A7r with it's sister-sensor D800E . . . for all the far more than obvious reasons !!(as well as comparing the D800E to any other cam, of course)
Get on it, already ! What are you waiting for ?
hmm lets do the Sigma SD1 or even DP....well i guess that will kinda blow off the competition at low iso...
its hard to replace the iphone for casual shots. i bring around my ep5, have a d4 and i would use the exact tool for the types of shoot i want. Portraits outdoor would be d4 with the 85 and 24 1.4 lens. General high quality photos for tours would be the Ep5. But often the iphone is used for many candid and fast shots , love the new 5s multi shots.
The quality image from the iphone 5(s) is very usable for facebooks and such. The small sensor makes it crap for isolating portraits except for macro stuffs. The ease of use, IOS 7 photo streams sharing and non laggy response makes its my choice of "with me" for any non assignment. imho, android..(flame!) has a long way to go, no matter what spec they put out, the general ease of use and package just dont cut it.
Dan Wagner: Since I started as a pro photographer I often said that if magazines don't want to pay a reasonable amount for photography they should just publish without photos and see how that works. Also, it's always annoyed me that photographers get an inferior credit to writers, and especially those mags that bury the photo credit in the gutter. I don't diminish writers at all, and believe photos and words together are best.
they did line up for iphone...
panasonic, or (X) manufacturer.
Lets just release a really retro camera with 2 simple mode :
A)1. auto (and just set to auto scene dont even ask)or2. full physical solid dials for : shutter, iso and Aperture.
B)Instead of SD cards. Provide a side hollow compartment (where films are usually stored) and allow plugin of USB thumb/pen drive.
C)2 connectors :-1 ) connect to android2) connect to iphone
Forget the filters. forget the wifi. Forget whatever that is not needed.
Then just stop producing cameras for 2 years.