It's a bit strange to see people getting actually excited about this lens, as the major improvement over the old version is only the STM motor. They sure made nice optics back in 1987 (when this lens construction was first released) and it's still an ok optical formula, but it doesn't make me jump up and down in excitement. I also wouldn't say that it's good value, but the I think the price is appropriate.
Paul Verhoeven: Well, if somebody was waiting for IS, at least decent sharpness corner to corner wide open, internal focus, weather-sealing... you can continue to wait.
ondrejbobek, the MTF is identical to the old lens, it's optically tekee same.The old lens is even lighter (130g) and a plastic mount is just as good as a metal mount - read the comprehensive article by Roger Cicala: http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/12/assumptions-expectations-and-plastic-mounts
It's an OK update to the 50/1.8II, as focusing was the weakest link of the lens and the barrel of the lens included the integrated lens hood, which made the lens unnecessarily big. Personally, I would have liked to see the lens have either IS or improved optical construction, but even like this, the new model is a pretty sensible update.
The optical construction is obviously identical to the old version, which is shown in the practically identical MTF charts (slight differences are probably due to changes in coatings). How they managed to improve minimum focus distance is a mystery, at least if there is no degradation in image quality at the closer focusing distances. As there seems to be much confusion among readers about the optical formula of the lens compared to the old version, I hope DPreview will clarify the matter in a (near) future news article.
Ben O Connor: The only sad part is; last night Tampere's ice hockey team Tappara (Battle Axe) lost the championship.
And Oulu Kärpät becomes champion :)
Awesome photography. Hieno !
You mean, the nice thing is, Kärpät is the champion two years in a row ;)Great photography from Janne!
Niklas Ramstedt: Anyone else having troubles starting LR CC? I have LR 5.6 on the machine from before, and when I try to start LR CC noting happens. OS i s Win 8.1 64Bit.
Thanks .Sam, this should read somewhere in the news article to avoid this question being posted a 1000 times.
Exactly the same for me. I have Lightroom 5.7 and CC. I installed Lightroom CC and nothing happens when I try to start it... The old 5.7 does start normally. Using Win 7 64bit.
cptobvious: Is this what camera previews have become - camera companies giving out free vacations to reviewers? Olympus gives out free trips to Ireland and Bermuda, and now Samsung gives out Hawaii trips.
Certainly these cameras can be reviewed competently by just giving loaner review copies, but perks like these just smell like desperate attempts to influence reviewers.
I have to say that Mosc there has a pretty good point. Also, where are Samsung lens reviews?
Siem Reap area has some of the best opportunities in the world for magnificent root shots :) Great theme for a challenge.
The 35/1.4 looks tempting. Any info on the weight? 24-240 is interesting for a walkaround lens if performance is decent. I fear the macro may be overpriced. I'm hoping to see Tamron produce EF lenses in the future, like an SP 90mm macro.
JackM: The T6s's top LCD and rear dial basically make it a XXD class camera. Nice to see features trickling down. I remember when I returned a Rebel so I could save up for a 30D just for the better interface.
@NeezI agree. It's just that I'm a still photographer and accuracy means more to me than subject tracking. If I was a video shooter, it would be different.
I wouldn't say that 70D is much better value, because it all depends on what you need. I rather have my cameras as light and small as possible (I don't have HUGE hands so I'm perfectly comportable with 700D and Sony A7). I never need high fps. I also don't need 1/8000 shutter speed. I think 760D's Contrast detection AF sounds better (it's more accurate) to me than dual pixel AF. Hence, the 760D sounds like much better value to me. (Naturally, I wouldn't mind some weather sealing...)
Helmut Eder: Well - for me the smaller size is more important than a viewfinder - I'm glad they went this way.
Wye, I don't think these days anyone is left "hanging" :) at the moment I use Canon, Sony and Samsung cameras side by side. I get and use what camera serves me best and I presume that majority of consumers do this.
Anyway, regarding the viewfinder: that's the one feature that I've learned to appreciate over the years - not that I can't live without it (with small compact cameras), but I really like having it in any camera I use. Very handy for brightly lit conditions and increased stability.
It's truly mind boggling that some people try to turn the EVF into something that makes a camera worse! You get the viewfinder with Sony and Panasonic cameras, but you don't HAVE to use it! You can shoot to your heart's content with hands extended, camera shaking and disregard the EVF! It's not like you can't use the LCD if you also have an EVF... :D
It's a terrible idea to leave the EVF from a camera that goes to 600mm Or to any focal length for that matter! Anyone that is used to a dslr or a milc with with an EVF knows the numerous benefits that a viewfinder offers. And it really doesn't increase the size much a all. Cameras from Sony and Panasonic in this segment are going to be hard to compete against.
Peiasdf: Samsung still don't have SONY's packaging skill. For equal size and price, SONY fit in an EVF into the a6000. The only thing NX500 has over a6000 is 4K shooting. The BSI sensor turns out to be a wash against the SONY 24mp.
@pew pew: but noise performance and resolution definitely is.
Too bad this camera doesn't have an EVF. I would get it in a heart beat.
miles green: Guys, i'm from Europe and carry a "man-prurse" as you call it. But this is a camera bag for girls!!!
This is _obviously_ a camera bag for girls. So...what, girls can't be photographers? As a manly man photorapher, I don't see the issue here.
ArchiDeos: Nice Camera, can't wait to compare with other new Cameras.. But what happen to their pocket size design to compete with DSLR Cameras..
Well, there's smaller lenses, that were not advertised when the NX-1 was released. There are available for example the power zoom pancake 16-50, pancake fisheye 10mm f/3.5 and other pancake primes and also a light 45/1.8.
onlooker: With articulated LCD and built-in fill-in flash it could have been a contender. Both are items people have gotten used to expect in a compact. I feel the price will plummet on this one just like on so many other Panasonic offerings.
I am still hoping against hope for G7.
It's a real shame there's no tilting LCD, that's a big omission for many, myself included. Otherwise, this camera might be simply irresistible.
KameraFever: Dead on arrival. The 'me too camera'. For $200 more I can get the Bad Ass Panasonic LX100 with 4k. There are cheap RX100 I and II models everywhere. What happened to Canon's innovation? I guess they got too comfortable and got blind sided by the likes of Sony, Panasonic, Fujifilm, and Olympus.
There's actually more in favor of the Canon vs RX100's than one might think at first. There's the much better IS, longer focal length range, faster apertures, easier to operate (more responsive clicky wheel, EV adjustment wheel, etc) and also much better Auto ISO.
The best thing about this camera is the Auto ISO feature with the selectabale Rate of Change. This feature is already present on the S95 and I absolutely love it, because this way, you can take Image Stabilization into account with the Auto ISO, when shooting static objects. And because Canon's IS is so good, I have it always set on "slow". This way, my S95 (even with it's aged sensor) actually puts out almost as good image quality as my RX100II (Sony's IS is a much poorer performer than Canon IS). The G7 X should outperform the RX100's with the well performing and adjustable Auto ISO.
DouglasGottlieb: I wish they'd have added an exposure comp dial and weather sealing, but the GM5 looks really tempting. And the LX100 looks irresistible.
The thumbwheel is used for exposure compensation. Sounds like a pretty good solution.