PIX 2015
Nordstjernen

Nordstjernen

Lives in Norway Molde, Norway
Works as a writer, photographer, teacher, artist
Joined on Jul 6, 2005
About me:

Life is the stangest I ever have been a part of ... I am eager to find out what photography is all about. But first of all I enjoy beeing with people, no matter political, social and cultural status. We all share the same basic needs and dreams!

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Nordstjernen: After I went from DSLR to Sony FF mirrorless my camera bag has shrunk to less than half bulk and weight without limiting my photographic projects. Now I can go ultra-compact when I want to, which never was an option with DSLR due to bulky and noticeable heavier cameras. The result? I am using my camera more than ever before!

Now I am looking forward to the 90 mm portrait/macro lens! Nice to see the other offerings too, which should strengthen the brand and system quite a lot. The FE mount is still very young, so I think we have to wait a few more years until all needs are covered - compact lenses, bright lenses, long lenses, ultra wide primes, etc.

JACS: Maybe, probably a bit, but not that much - I would have been stuck with more bulk and weight, and also a much larger bag with a DSLR system. So for me, mirrorless FF was a relief, with kilos saved when walking a lot around in the nature.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 06:53 UTC
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Nordstjernen: After I went from DSLR to Sony FF mirrorless my camera bag has shrunk to less than half bulk and weight without limiting my photographic projects. Now I can go ultra-compact when I want to, which never was an option with DSLR due to bulky and noticeable heavier cameras. The result? I am using my camera more than ever before!

Now I am looking forward to the 90 mm portrait/macro lens! Nice to see the other offerings too, which should strengthen the brand and system quite a lot. The FE mount is still very young, so I think we have to wait a few more years until all needs are covered - compact lenses, bright lenses, long lenses, ultra wide primes, etc.

JACS: Where did you get those figures from? My camera bag has scrunk with more than 2 kilos (> 2000 g) with a mirrorless system compared to the DSLR system with lenses with the same coverange.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 21:17 UTC
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Angrymagpie: I'm trying to understand why a super sharp 35mm f/1.4 would be a good thing.
A very sharp and fast standard FL prime like a 55mm is good versatile lens that could be used for portrait where details, sharpness, and subject-background separation are simultaneously important. A 35mm is not usually used as a portrait lens as far as I know.
I'm not criticising the lens of course, I'm just trying to understand its purpose and the advantage of trading off compact size for superb image quality and f/1.4 in the context of a 35mm lens.

Angrymagpie: The lens I used a lot was a Topcor 35 mm f:2.8. Years later I got a f:1.4 35 mm (had moved to a different brand), but I rarely used the brighter end of the aperture scale. So now I am pleased with the Zeiss 35 mm f:2.8 as the brightest lens for my A7. Others will for sure love the f:1.4 brightness! Still doing professional work, and I still find the 35 mm focal length to be more flexible than a 50 mm lens. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 10:44 UTC
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Angrymagpie: I'm trying to understand why a super sharp 35mm f/1.4 would be a good thing.
A very sharp and fast standard FL prime like a 55mm is good versatile lens that could be used for portrait where details, sharpness, and subject-background separation are simultaneously important. A 35mm is not usually used as a portrait lens as far as I know.
I'm not criticising the lens of course, I'm just trying to understand its purpose and the advantage of trading off compact size for superb image quality and f/1.4 in the context of a 35mm lens.

There might be a lot of photographers that do have a different perspective on this than you. I mainly used a 35 mm lens for full time professional news and reportage photography for years, also very often for portraits. An extremely flexible focal length for FF, from my experience.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 08:41 UTC

After I went from DSLR to Sony FF mirrorless my camera bag has shrunk to less than half bulk and weight without limiting my photographic projects. Now I can go ultra-compact when I want to, which never was an option with DSLR due to bulky and noticeable heavier cameras. The result? I am using my camera more than ever before!

Now I am looking forward to the 90 mm portrait/macro lens! Nice to see the other offerings too, which should strengthen the brand and system quite a lot. The FE mount is still very young, so I think we have to wait a few more years until all needs are covered - compact lenses, bright lenses, long lenses, ultra wide primes, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 07:26 UTC as 59th comment | 6 replies

Focal length is a given factor, but you could copare to whatever you want to make the spect more impressive.

So why not say 3000 mm focal length, equivalent to FF systems compared to aps-c! :-D

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 10:36 UTC as 48th comment | 1 reply
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nemark: SONY FF E cameras now need a quality prime in a 18-20mm range... But not as heavy and bulky as 1.4/35mm is. F 2.8 or even 3.5 should be enough for me.

Surprise, surprise! Sony already offer a very compact autofocus 35 mm f:2.8 lens - a Zeiss! A truly great lens, very nice for walk-around-work!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 21:18 UTC
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Nordstjernen: Some people can not imagine that keeping the left hand under the lens will balance about any lens without adding a bulky and heavy camera. I use my Minolta APO 400 mm f:4.5 with the A7 with no balance problems. But then, the A7 is about the same size and weight as old SLR film cameras.

Some people struggle even more to imagine that you can put a small lens om such a camera to get a ultra-compact FF system and use bigger lenses if bright apertures or longer focal lengths is needed.

But then, some people think that bashing makes their own brand look better.

Happy Jones - balancing the camera with the left hand is a well known strategy for a ultra-steady grip, using the fingers for manual focus, depth of fioel control and operating eventual on-the-lens buttons. Then your right hand is free for setting all kind of controls and pressing the shutter release button. Highly recommended! Works for all brands - also yours! Or you could use your right hand and the camera grip for your 400 mm f:2.8 lens ... lol!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 20:26 UTC
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Nordstjernen: Some people can not imagine that keeping the left hand under the lens will balance about any lens without adding a bulky and heavy camera. I use my Minolta APO 400 mm f:4.5 with the A7 with no balance problems. But then, the A7 is about the same size and weight as old SLR film cameras.

Some people struggle even more to imagine that you can put a small lens om such a camera to get a ultra-compact FF system and use bigger lenses if bright apertures or longer focal lengths is needed.

But then, some people think that bashing makes their own brand look better.

Happy Jones - ever tried to use your thumb and/or index finger for the on-the-lens buttons? For sure, no need for a third hand. Just using the five "flexible hot dogs" called fingers. Valid for all brands!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 20:00 UTC

Some people can not imagine that keeping the left hand under the lens will balance about any lens without adding a bulky and heavy camera. I use my Minolta APO 400 mm f:4.5 with the A7 with no balance problems. But then, the A7 is about the same size and weight as old SLR film cameras.

Some people struggle even more to imagine that you can put a small lens om such a camera to get a ultra-compact FF system and use bigger lenses if bright apertures or longer focal lengths is needed.

But then, some people think that bashing makes their own brand look better.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 19:40 UTC as 34th comment | 10 replies
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intruder61: Bold statement from Samsung considering not one of their cameras ranks in the top 100 in sales.

To Intruder61: The world is bigger than your neighborhoods, and Samsung is a pretty strong brand in many markets.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 11:53 UTC
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Just a Photographer: If this is what Sony produces for their A-series with e-mount then this whole system seems very unbalanced.

A small light weight camera with heavy and huge lenses. No wonder you will need IBIS to shoot with this system.

To Just a Photographer: I don't see that you critisise Sony (critical judgements supported by arguments or/and facts), just complaints.

Surprise. I use Canon too (mainly Sony tough), but would never act so rude that I went into the Canon forums to whine about Canon cameras and lenses, even less walking into Nikon terrain just to whine about cameras I don't work with or know well.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 21:33 UTC
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reinish: Just guessing, wont Sony introduce a new mount, before those are left from factory?

Didn't think of of the MF rumors - maybe a H mount (Hasselblad) ... :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 20:37 UTC
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reinish: Just guessing, wont Sony introduce a new mount, before those are left from factory?

A-mount, two lens series: aps-c and FF
E/FE-mount, two lens series: aps-c and FF

Why do you think there should be a new mount???

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 19:13 UTC
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abluesky: Why compressed raw Sony! Why!?

Sony offered several cameras with uncompressed and compressed raw. Then we could compare. Even for very demanding long exposure astro work I was unable to find any differences between RAW and cRAW. I have not seen others reporting differences, and for sure nothing that affects real world photography, even when the files are pushed beyond the indsane. Much smaller file size, increased in-camera processing speed and no visible loss of detail seems like a good compromise for me.

Edit: With some of these cameras there were sensor issues that affected low light work, but nobody was takling about this on Dpreview forums. Just a few of us had noticed (affected all cameras of certain models), since we were using our cameras for real world photography. Some found workarounds, others, like me, used other cameras for extreme low light work. cRAW was never a problem.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 18:58 UTC
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Nordstjernen: A lot of people here are saying that many of the lenses look huge. Is there any spesifications for the lens size and weight avaiable?

Yes, Alec, I know.

When I looked at the Dpreview pictures showing the new Sony lenses, I started to think: If there were more space around the lenses, would most people percieve them as smaller (and lighter). My point is that it is hard to say if the lenses are small or large until we know the figures. Also, the "feel" of large or small is relative. I went to the FE mount myself since I wanted a more compact system, and with available Sony FE lenses I reduced the size and bulk of my camera system to the half, compared to my previous traditionsl DSLR system.

Edit: With the FE system I can go very compact FF when needed, and larger - still much smaller than DSRL - when bright lenses are needed. My experience: I bring hte camera with me more often! ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 18:02 UTC
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Chaitanya S: Is that 90mm Macro a IF and weather sealed lens? in that case I might just go for the Sony A7 and that lens for my carry around camera.

Chaitanya S - I do not have real world experience with Sony gear in very high humidity climate, so I can't answer your question. But I would very much like to know how the gear fares under such conditions.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 17:48 UTC
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Just a Photographer: If this is what Sony produces for their A-series with e-mount then this whole system seems very unbalanced.

A small light weight camera with heavy and huge lenses. No wonder you will need IBIS to shoot with this system.

Funny, yes. People like "Just a Photographers" is here just to tell exactly what is wrong! Over and over again. This type of specialist, it looks like. :-D

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 15:15 UTC

A lot of people here are saying that many of the lenses look huge. Is there any spesifications for the lens size and weight avaiable?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 14:53 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies
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Just a Photographer: If this is what Sony produces for their A-series with e-mount then this whole system seems very unbalanced.

A small light weight camera with heavy and huge lenses. No wonder you will need IBIS to shoot with this system.

1) How do you balance your camera? Left hand under the lens and the right hand operating the camera? This is the most sturdy grip technique, and the A7 balances very well with everything form the lightweight Zeiss 35 mm f:2.8 to my nice Minolta APO 400 mm f:4.5 telephoto lens, often used with a 1.4x TC. Never had trouble with balancing the camera.

2) Your IBIS theory is wrong! A heavier system, if not too heavy, is easier to hold steady than a lighter system.

3) Have you worked with an A7 series camera?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 14:46 UTC
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