historianx: I have the 18-35 F1.8 ART lens. While optically good, Ive had it less than 6 months and am already getting dust specks behind the front element--and this is from almost exclusively studio use. As with all third party lenses, I question how well it will hold up over time, compared to my Nikkor and Zeiss lenses.
yes Zeiss is third party, but I have zero issues with obvious internal dust or other build and quality control problems on my Zeiss's compared to Sigma, et. al.
And I use my Nikkors and Zeiss's in the studio as well, and no dust creep in those lenses, compared to the Sigma.
One thing I will say about my 18-35 tho: One of the smoothest zoom rings of any lens Ive ever owned, even moreso than my 24-70 F2.8 Nikkor.
I have the 18-35 F1.8 ART lens. While optically good, Ive had it less than 6 months and am already getting dust specks behind the front element--and this is from almost exclusively studio use. As with all third party lenses, I question how well it will hold up over time, compared to my Nikkor and Zeiss lenses.
ThatCamFan: No thanks, wheres the rumored micro four thirds super-zoom?
uh that would be 4/3rds superzoom. Like the clowns that use the term "micro 4/3rds sensor." No such thing.
historianx: Why bother? I have the FZ200 and my GF uses it because it's simple with a killer lens and decent pic quality, at least for what she snaps. And for video it does the job nicely. She thinks my Fujis are too "wonky" (which is true) and my Nikons as "too complicated" (haha).
And which model panny bridge has the 1" sensor mounted? Been thinking about that as a possible replacement for her.
Why bother? I have the FZ200 and my GF uses it because it's simple with a killer lens and decent pic quality, at least for what she snaps. And for video it does the job nicely. She thinks my Fujis are too "wonky" (which is true) and my Nikons as "too complicated" (haha).
Teru Kage: Nikon, how about issuing the troubled serial numbers so we can avoid buying a lemon? Not everyone has the luxury of checking online before buying.
I bought mine new from B&H in late May. It is unaffected.
jonby: There is much excitement amongst photo enthusiasts following rumours that Nikon's forthcoming release will be the much-anticipated 'working' full-frame model. Reputedly in development for years, an industry insider revealed that its release has been delayed due to 'sub-optimal market conditions,' but that, 'we feel the market is now receptive to the idea of an issue-free camera'. Launch is slated for November.
More typical hobbyist forum BS. Every Nikon I have works flawlessly
drivecancel: No flare. No shutter problem.
haha me too
bernardly: Canon and Nikon are sleeping and Sony is going to EAT their lunch!
DPR: home of stupid statements.
RealEyesRealizeRealLies: Should pros be wary of committing to Sony?
Canon releases their big sensor in a pro-centric body first.
Nikon releases their big sensor in a pro-centric body first.
Sony gives their best sensor to Nikon first, three versions, then releases their own plastic mount a7R with best sensor.
But pro Amount users are left out. Forced to change system just to keep up.
Not judging here... no opinion expressed. Just stating the facts.
Should pros be wary of committing to Sony?
yes. Pros want real cameras not Play Stations masquerading as cameras
junk1: If the image is downsized to match other cameras' resolutions, it ought to have more DR than any other full frame or smaller sensor. Why wouldn't it? It has the latest and greatest tech.
I hope a new micro 4/3rds sensor comes out soon with these improvements.
there is no such thing as a m4/3 sensor. It's a 4/3 sensor
Joed700: It would be nice if Sigma would add weather seal feature to their Art series lenses. I didn't think the weather seal feature is such a big deal until I went to Slot Canyon...
Agreed. See my post above about dust getting into my 3 mo old 18-35, and not even in a dusty environment. BQ is still suspect, compared to my Nikkors, and if Sigma sealed the lens = more $$
I have the 18-35 F1.8 Art for Nikon. While it is a fast decisive and accurate focuser on my D7100, and the optical quality and rendering is quite good, in less than 3 mos of ownership there are already numerous dust specks under the front element that weren't there when I bought it new. And this is in mostly indoor studio work, and very little outside shooting (been too wet around here since Ive had it for dust issues). So it shows that while third party lenses are good options, their build quality is spotty at best. Caveat Emptor.
zsedcft: This thing should have 2 card slots. Most professionals will not buy this if they can't have in-camera backups, it is not worth the risk of losing client photos or even once-in-a-lifetime shots.
I can't even consider this camera because of that one omission and it is annoying. I'm sure that it is cramped inside the A7rii body, but they need to find space for a second card.
Dual card slots are a basic requirement for any part time or full time professional to have in a camera. Wont even consider one without two slots.
Mescalamba: Wonder if they wake up and just make mirrorless.
I mean, without cutting camera apart. :D Sure thats possible.
Battery life is bad enough as it is, an EVF would make it worse.
tinternaut: I keep looking at the older models, which can be had very reasonably. My understanding: Bloody awkward to use, bloody awkwarder to process the files, but the pay off is potentially approaching medium format IQ?
tinternaut that's an accurate assessment. That and battery life power was terrible. All that information drained them fast, at least on the DPMerrills
worldcup1982: i once had a foveon camera...the 4.6mp version...it was a good camera under the right circumstances (eg: sunlight with iso 100)other than that the camera was awful...AF, buffer and etc...on the other hand, great resolution, easily compared to 10 mp bayer cameras...
but in the end if the camera (any) frustrate your workflow, your way of shooting, you end up getting rid of it...
a good niche camera...
You mean the 46mp Foveon sensor correct? I had a DP3 Merrill for a spell, fantastic lens but the RAW workflow was just whacked, that Sigma Photo Pro was downright awful.
Can't even supply a hood. Pathetic, Fuji.
Rod McD: This lens will be appreciated by photographers whose priorities are for speed, but is perhaps too big and heavy for many Fuji mirror-less users who migrated to the system for a small light kit. At 550gms it's only 30gms lighter than the 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 zoom. With the Australian dollar in free-fall, our local price is probably going to hit $1400. I'll be keeping my CV Apo Lanthar 90/3.5
Perhaps now that Fuji have released their road map's big fast lenses, they will develop some of the smaller sealed lenses that so many people want. A sealed 35/2 is already on the road-map for this year. Hopefully they'll offer similar small lenses in a range something like 16/2.8, 23/2, 55/2 and 85/2.8. All sealed and with an aperture ring please.
They already have a 23 F2, It's on the X100/S/T.