acidic: My 24mm 1.4 can also do 35mm 1.4, and everything in between. It's called Crop Tool.
Thank you everyone for pointing out how useful this particular lens is. I was wrong all along. I will order this lens now, as you all have explained in great detail why I need it.
I will buy this when factory refurbs are available on ebay for $69. So maybe in two months.
I can simulate a 35mm image taken @f/1.4 by cropping a 24mm image taken at f/1.4. Photoshop -> make selection -> Lens Blur. Heh.
Average User: Size of lenses doesn't really detract from the A7 series...especially the A7r for the reason that there are high quality 1.8 primes like the F1.8 55 and the F2 28 that are quite small...admittedly the fast zooms are going to be much bigger, but with the number of pixels, zoom gets to be less important because there are sufficient pixels to crop and still get really good images. It's also a little dumb to say that because you have to carry a big lens for a particular purpose, you should always have to carry it and you should also always have to carry a big camera body. There are things my D750 does better, but as a light versitile camera for scenery type uses night and day, the A7r has been awesome and the A7RII will be even better.
I'll take a 14/25/45 trio on a mft body, and.. oh wait I already have, and my back is happy.
Parallax1: I've noticed how over the past 2 years I've found myself more and more without my D800 with me, mostly because of the annoyance of carrying such a big camera with me.
In dedicated shooting situations, I still take the D800 and 70-200, but I find myself more and more settling for the phone because of the convenience factor. I've been looking at MFT, but the Olympus bodies are annoying replicating the viewfinder bump, making the bodies too big.
This article really has me hitting the preorder button on Amazon. My last hesitation is that it seems like all of Sony's focus is on using Canon lenses, it does not seem like there is any discussion about using Nikon lenses on the sony system - guess the adapters aren't there yet?
Besides the belabored to death 14 bit (which is a huge and curious issue) the things that would cause me to switch would be a good nikon lens converter and a pancake lens (protrusion about the size of the handgrip)
You haven't looked at enough MFT bodies if all you are concerned about Oly's viewfinder hump.
"That can mean the difference between an in-focus vs. totally out-of-focus shot when you're shooting with fast primes, where it's critical to nail focus on precisely the right feature on a face."
"with fast primes" should be replaced with "at wide apertures."
That is all.
@RichardBalonglong - The perspective of a 24mm can be made to be identical to a 35mm if cropped appropriately. Same with digital zoom. The perspective only changes if camera to subject distance changes. Go ahead, try it.
My 24mm 1.4 can also do 35mm 1.4, and everything in between. It's called Crop Tool.
Nerd alert! (I am referring to you, dear DPReview readers).
Mister Roboto: 16 cameras with microscopic sensor each worth $400 bucks. No thanks!
@Mr Roboto,You do realize that the results from the GoPro array will allow you to see crops of the entire fov at high resolutions. Crop the Kodak footage into normal perspective and you will have low resolution garbage.
Wait until the adult video industry gets a hold of this.
rialcnis: The full frame killer.
Every wedding videographer needs one.
No need to hire a videographer when the bride and groom can each wear one of these at the ceremony.
Are you seriously suggesting that a single Kodak SP360 will have the same or better IQ than an array of 16 GoPros?
Earth Art: I like how Art is shooting more for journalistic integrity than for creative value. It allows him to be published in magazines like National Geographic. None of my photos would ever be allowed in Nat Geo as I shoot for emotional impression and artistry rather than journalistic documentation. In other words, I probably use too much Photoshop and modern techniques for their standards. :)
"Wolfe digitally altered about a third of the book's images, including the cover shot of a herd of zebras which has become by far and away his most popular and biggest-selling image. It was 1994 and digital imaging was an emerging technology. Wolfe-who cloned individual zebras for the famous zebra herd shot -employed the computer to correct an image of a mass of animals where invariably one animal would be wandering in the wrong direction, thus disrupting the pattern he was trying to achieve. "
miles green: why not use a single Ricoh Theta to get that 360 degree spherical coverage? ;)
When a Ricoh Theta spherical image is cropped to a "normal" point of view, the resulting resolution will leave lots to be desired.
Ok, I just saw the promo video on their site, and this thing looks pretty fun for the enthusiast who wants to document their adventures. Lots of comments about narcissism and what not, but if that's what the market wants (it is), this is a very clever device. I mean, just take a look at the variety of GoPro mounts geared to those who want to capture themselves in action.
I could see wedding photographers utilizing this too. Unlike a phantom or other drone, the photographer can use this and his handheld camera simultaneously.
RichRMA: Ah well. I see the money difference (U.S. to Canadian) has caught up with us. I got my E-M5II for a U.S. equivalent of $900.00, and for a while, the 12-40 and 40-150 pros were par priced. But the party is over!
I recently got the Oly 75mm when the exchange was $1USD=$1.25CAD. It was on sale for $799CAD, which came to just under $600USD. A great deal indeed.
Papi61: Maybe a way for Getty to acquire a huge stock library for free? ;)
More info here:http://grants.gettyimages.com/docs/2015_Terms_Getty_Images_Instagram_Grant.pdf"Intellectual Property: No materials and ideas contained within the application will be used by Getty Images, or grant judges for any purpose other than the grant review and selection process and for publicity (as outlined below)."... and ..."Publicity: Each grant applicant allows Getty Images the right to use his or her name, likeness and biographical information, as well as the right to select and use portfolio images in connection with any and all Getty Images and Instagram promotions and publicity, including the website and exhibitions of the Getty Images Instagram Grant program.
"Important notes: There is no fee to apply to the Getty Images Instagram Grant and applicants retain all copyrights to their imagery submitted for the judges' review. "