Prairie Pal: Comparing to Nikon 70-200 f/4 (because I own it and I also shoot Oly MFT).The Oly 40-150 is:1mm wider / 18mm longer / 30grams heavier (although I assume that includes weight of its tripod collar which the Nikon spec does not).So if (IF) Oly's IQ through the entire zoom range is as good as the impeccable Nikon 70-200 then we're getting one heck of a good zoom lens with 100mm extra reach in only slightly bigger footprint.The list price is less than Nikon's list (Nikon's list does not include tripod collar).For me, Olympus's two 2.8 zooms now are all I need for back packing, hiking and traveling (and the primes can be added to the bag if necessary). DOF between the two lenses would be equal (I may stand corrected), but after all I think a lens like this is appealing to landscapers who are rarely looking for sliver slim DOF.It looks like a rugged lens too.EDIT: I forgot to mention: retractable lens hood! Function button on lens barrel!
deep7: it's not theory for me: I shoot with both 5DIII (plus several L lenses) and GX7+GM1 (mostly with the small fast primes). I find myself using the micro 4/3 system more and more, but use "equivalence" all the time, and it very much bears out in practice. F/2.8 in FF and f/2.8 in mft are very different things (a 2-stop different thing...) No need to feel threatened: each system is a different set of compromises, which is best for you is your call. I'm finding more and more that mft is, most of the time, the best compromise for me.
And a sensor with the same technology and twice the area has the same signal-to-noise ratio at one stop ISO higher. By definition. (So you can shoot both with same depth-of-field, same shutter speed, and same image quality - assuming the lenses are equally good wide open, of course.)
iudex: Man it´s huge: http://www.43rumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/E-M1_SLV_leftside_M4015F28_BLK_LH76_BLK_HLD7.jpgBut I guess it is not possible to make a 300mm eq. lens with f2,8 any smaller and it is perfectly within the competition of fast CSC telezooms:Fuji 50-140/2,8: 995g 72mm filter threadOly 40-150/2,8: 880g, 72 mm filterSamsung 50-150/2,8: 920g, 72mm filtee.
Haven't tried myself (I'm always skeptical of such claims until I try first hand), but many say that for tele range OIS works better than sensor shift.
John C Tharp: It's hard to directly compare MFT lenses to those of larger formats, so bear with me- we should really be comparing this new Olympus to Sigma's 120-300/2.8.
While I agree that a comparison with Canon's 70-300L results in a similar field of view and a similar level of DoF control, what really matters is shutter speed. And for the sake of calculating exposure this lens is f/2.8, like the larger Sigma.
John: No, increase ISO in the larger sensor for equivalent images (same dof, same shuter speed, same-ish signal-to-noise ratio). Please do make the effort to read the article. I have both a 5DIII and a GX7 (plus GF1 and GM1), and use more and more the micro 4/3 gear. The equivalence arguments are correct, but it shouldn't make you feel threatened - it's just a different set of compromises, better for some (including, most of the time, for me).
nopicleftbehind: When I look at the survey 0 own it and several people had it. It makes me wonder out of those 8 people, none of them kept it.
No need to insult people, nothing devious about this: it just happens that it's rather easy to click on the 'I own it' button by mistake, and then when you try to correct the mistake you can get yourself listed as 'I had it'.
burnin: I'm still waiting for a feature that will eliminate all those horribly lame vertical videos you see everywhere nowadays.
Ideally we'd get an oversized sensor but that would add cost, so I'd vote for the camera app automatically cropping to square when the phone is vertical in video mode.
Tempting, but 1.2 kg... Would need to factor in the cost of a gym membership.
Darren Lee: this would be great...if im on vacation and just finished a full day taking pics or video...i can dump the files to this while relaxing at the hotel and then insert the card back into my camera ready for the next day....USB 3.0 is fast enough even...only need to bring a couple of 64gb cards and i'm set...never need to bring my laptop anymore.
Mario G: that's equally true if you're only storing the photos to your laptop while traveling (i.e. without taking along a backup drive), as most casual photographers do. Even if you do take along a backup drive, unless you have a fast and affordable data connection, you can't do off-site backups, so there is still a risk (e.g. if all your gear gets somehow lost or stolen). I guess you could take two of these drives and do two rounds of saving for each card before wiping. Or take enough cards for the whole trip and keep that as a second copy in addition to the drive. I usually take a MacBook Air plus external drive, and upload a selection of my best images so far to Zenfolio as I go along whenever I have a good connection. But no solution is risk-free: you have to figure out your own tradeoff between safety and cost/weight/hassle, and this is going to be different for everyone.
Re. crossing fingers, should be able to check from smartphone before wiping the card.
b534202: Backup and reader in one. Very nice. Weight?
350 g (0.77 lb), from WD's website.
D1N0: Great and how were the German's supposed to know they were leaving a zone?
I believe that the point of the signs was to avoid conflicts between the troops of the different occupying countries, especially Military Police. At this point, Germans were free to move about between zones without any restriction, the signs were not for them (hence only small print in German).
waxwaine: Dusty old sad man will hate this new DSLR: "this is not what they teach me must be a camera" he could say.
I don't dislike people who dislike cameras, but I also don't dislike people who dislike people who dislike cameras. I don't dislike waxwayne. I do like visiting threads about new cameras that come in any color other than black and silver. It is reliable amusement.
RichRMA: The 85mm f/1.4 lens under its various distributor's names is only $300.00 or so. I wonder why a 50mm would be almost $640?
By the time this gets to US street price, it'll probably be USD 400 or less.
kadardr: They have to make damned sure that this is at least as good as the Sigma 1.4/50 Art lens. Otherwise there is no point.
I think price will be a pretty big point for a lot of people. By the time this gets to 'street price' it'll probably be half the cost of the A. It does have to beat the image quality of Canon's 50/1.4 and likewise to sell in each mount but, at least for Canon, that's not much of a challenge.
Ben Stonewall: 4K video?
More like 16K, not 20K, but that would require pixel shifting the sensor in each video frame, which would likely create all sorts of interesting artifacts. With the 50MP (8272 x 6200) you're limited to a disappointing 8K (the horizontal resolution).
monkeybrain: Does anyone else suspect that this model is really to introduce the new slightly larger design that can later accommodate a larger sensor more easily?
...and I wouldn't be surprised if a good evf takes up more space internally than the simple and smallish tunnel ovf in my X10 (still lovely, but not often used since I got the GX7 and prime and zoom pancakes).
steve_hoge: Do we know that "Classic Chrome" is intended to be a pseudonym for Kodachrome and not Fujichrome?
I expect that if it was for Fujichrome they'd call it Fujichrome, since they own the trademark.
km25: The camera is a $500.00 with a nice f2-f2.8 zoom lens. It is for grabing quick shots. The cameras that have large sensor have larger price tags, so why have a 1" sensor when one may have a APS-C. Point is how does it work for the person shooting with it. I would have only hoped the movie side of the camera would get better.Oh that $500.00 price tag in 6 months or so, will be $449.00.
The RX100II doesn't have a viewfinder. The RX100III is a good bit more expensive.
I expect and demand 8K!
The title of the captions seems to be a leftover from the previous installment: "Readers' showcase: Landscape photography"