ChrisH37: What happened to the Panasonic 150mm 2.8? Killed off due to the Olympus 40-150 2.8?
The lack of fast-ish telephotos is puzzling, if ever a system was ready made for it then you would think M4/3 would be it, particularly as there are now a number of DSLR style bodies with decent grips.
A 200mm f4 would be nice, for example.
One day there will be an FF 800/13 zoom, or an APSC equivalent both of which of similar weight and size to this lens. Then we will have multiple choices to work with. Until then, these arguments are academic.
ThirstyDursty: The DFD feature could be good for automating macro image stacks. Rather then using a macro slider or manually moving focus...it could do it automatically with no gaps...then choose the start and finish frame and stack in post.
Assuming no focus breathing, which at macro distances could be a problem.
You kill my 150/2.8. I kill your 300/4 back.
Zeisschen: It sounds like a much more simple but at the same time higher resolution approach compared to the Lytro. The difference is, it won't capture just one shot but a short video sequence. That might matter for moving subjects.
Rolling shutter could also be an issue there, but eventually Panasonic sensors are als fast enough like Sony stacked ones to eliminate it.
Good point. And you cannot just make exposures with the lens in continuous focus motion. The lens has to stop at each point to expose a frame, then move to the next point and expose a frame, etc. CDAF lenses are good for this king of thing, but good enough to which point?
CrashMaster: The way technology is going the photographer will be in danger of being made redundant.
This could have been said when almost every technological development was made in cameras and lenses, and yet we still have photographers today, more of them than ever. Specific skills become redundant, but hopefully not the artist.
Peter Heckert2: This might be the end of PDAF and mirror technology.
Not necessarily, the focus distance sweep might miss a moving subject, i.e. it ends up chasing the subject a few paces behind always throughout all the individual images with the subject never in focus.
Shiranai: So far this technology as well as light field technology is still inferior to real bokeh captured by a lens.Afterward bokeh calculations always struggle when it comes to difficult and detailed objects like branches or semi-transparent objects. Light field bokeh has still problems with artifacts, resolution and IQ is rather low.
I'm looking forward to Panasonics approach but I think there has yet to flow a lot of water down the river till we see any major breaktroughs. And even then, people will still prefer lenses for their analogue and retro look.
I don't know about Lytro, but this technology of sweeping through the focus range with a number of individual shots does give 'real bokeh' caused by the analogue properties of lenses.
The Straw Man: Well looks like 711 people figured out that a stupid law like that could put a dent in big money businesses like tourism. It would really put a damper on vacationers not being able to actually post photos of where they're traveling.
No you don't need to nab everyone, or anyone. Just go knocking on the doors of 'American giants' like Google, Facebook and Wikipedia which this law is ostensibly targeting. Amazon, and by extension DPR, probably also qualify. Much simpler solution. However these giants have 'the people' on their side this time...
Don Finch: So does this mean I can go to Paris France in September and not have to worry about being thrown in prison for taking pictures of my favorite place on earth?Just looking for clarification from a Paris resident on what to expect.
In many cases taking pictures is not illegal but using them commercially without the agreement of the copyright holder might be. So arrest in real time is extremely unlikely.
DavidKennard: Pretty good, but still missing a few things:Fully articulated LCDUSB3Global shutterBuilt in teasmade
You forgot uncompressed real RAW.
Marty4650: The new G was worth waiting for!
This looks like a lot of MILC camera for the money. I hope they sell a ton of them.
Very promising to those waiting for the GX8...
Paul Verhoeven: Do they preannounce the firmware 1.5 months ahead to prevent people from jumping to E-M1 or NX1?
Right. Was unfamiliar with Fuji practices. The other examples cited were all cameras, and not FW. For cameras, there may be a case for trying to estimate the market - announce something and then get dealer feedback and even pre-order data so as to tune/plan production etc. FW does not seem to have this motivation.
Nothing wrong with improving, but announcing an FW update this long ahead of time is rare. So asking why and finding a sensible answer is normal.
wetracy: A flash unit is not a gun. Stop calling it that!
It's remarkable what can get called guns. At airport security once they confiscated a laser pointer from me calling it a laser gun.
AngryCorgi: Did I miss the test of the cycle time? I would have thought that would be included in a review. Surely I read past it without noticing it.
I did not remember seeing it either. That makes the two of us.
Mark Alan Thomas: Here’s the link to the Lightroom 6 Standalone version which Adobe has basically hidden from customers:
Click “edit” to switch to upgrade pricing.
Yes - I can confirm that this works.
mpgxsvcd: That lens looks great. However, the picture looks fairly noisy for ISO 400.
Exposure +0.35 and shadows +50 in post. Noise is probably from trying to compress the dynamic range when the shot was taken to preserve highlights as much as possible. The original scene must be extremely contrasty and, for any ISO, noise would be unavoidable in such circumstances unless you stack.
How could banning it to be sold to a foreigner and leave the country provide additional time for study? The seller, whose financial interest is being negatively affected by this ban, is more likely to open it up for studies by an organization that proposed the ban? If they were this cooperative to begin with, surely a ban like this is completely unnecessary, and only unnecessarily puts them in a mock-enemy position? I thought state robbery of private interests were completely opposite to what this government stands for. So much of this does not add up. But of course government decisions are not required to be logical.