Shan Som: I am a bird photographer. I use mostly Canon gears (1D Mk3, 50D with 100-400L). I also own a Nikon 1V1 with FT1 and 70-300 VR. The results of the Nikon combo often are better than my Canon counterpart. Advantages are:
1. Lightweight - can be taken anywhere without much fuss.2. Offers more range - 810mm/F5.6 eqv.3. No mirror flapping sound - does not alert a bird/ wildlife.4. Low cost of ownership.5. Small size is non-aggressive for birds/ wildlife.
I welcome the release of V3 and particularly the new 70-300 for 1 system. I expect superb focusing using all or selected focus points and better high ISO performance. Even 1V1 with a CX lens can beat any pro SLR system in focusing speed IMO. I also hope that the new lens offers super sharp results at 300mm. If the combo can even produce 90% of D4/1D-X + 500F4 results, i am for it. Why? Because it performs at a much lower cost, light weight, faster focusing, low noise making, non aggressive combo ideal for birds and wildlife.
Shan Som, really very interesting thread. Where is it possible to see some samples taken with your combination 1V1 and FT1 with 70-300 at 810 mm ? Thx. Jaka
vFunct: Right now the Lumia 1020 is the most important camera on the market.
People should throw away their dSLRs because they are useless junk compared to this.
VFunct, why make such a conclusions ? It is good to have good camera on phone if the DSLR or Rangefinder is at home. I made some photos I really like on iPhone, as it was with me in the downtown... I think for this mature pros was interesting experience to shoot with digital camera on phone as they never before tried digital))) relax man))
Shogun Fantastico: Just another misstep by Nikon. When will they learn not to build $4000 cameras when people aching for $1,854 cameras only have $600 in their domkes, no? When they learn to honor their market, I will await for a $721 camera with a 18-500mm f1.8 lens and a medium format sensor in a small body I can put in my kimono without obvious bulging and enter museums. I am crazy for pictures of beautiful light effects and brick walls. Nikon Picture Controls do this for me. Canon is way better, but I may sell it for this now.
I readed twice and did not understand what you were intended to write.
johnsaxon: I've been a pro photographer for the last 35 years. I don't care how many zones the metering system has, you still are only choosing a shutter speed and f-stop. I stopped even using meters after several years of shooting because I pretty much knew what the exposure was going to be. If I was wrong I would just adjust it up or down a little. You still have to use your brain to decide whether to expose for shadows or highlights depending on how you want to interpret the scene, etc. Frankly, it annoys the hell out of me that Canon would arbitrarily jack the price of the camera way up. My advice would be to buy a Mark II while you still can. Anything that surpasses the image quality of the Mark II is either way too expensive for the small quality improvement, or total overkill unless you're planning on viewing your photos at billboard size.
Well said, absolutely true.
John 3: This looks like Soviet era (heavy) industrial design.
This is modern nowadays.
Hi, thanks for the nice review but I do not understand why it is written, that EP3 output looks week in comparison with Panasonic G3/GH2. When you compare the test results of RAW/JPG quality with Compare With... the results are the same.