Why I like this image: The big amount of white is like telling us a story of innocence!
The Milvus MF lenses seem to be an offer to pros in the studio or on location (with an assistant). These lenses are too heavy for travel or landscape photography. The 50mm weighs about 900 gr.! As to IQ the 21mm and the macro lenses are on top of the line.
Having studied all the data sheets provided by Zeiss it's the Batis line where you get the most for the buck. It's the best package for mirrorless IMO. The lenses are top in IQ, weathersealed, and half as heavy as the Milvus lenses. But Batis lenses are AF lenses.
Due to volume and weight these lenses are primarily designed for studio photographers!
It's an interesting insight into the world of advertising and photography. I didn't know of Caesar Lima till now. His studio works seem to be O.K. - in technical respect. But images like these could have been made decades ago already, there's nothing new or special in them, or am I overlooking something? Of course, you can't criticise a commercial photographer for doing what his clients want him to do. And his success speaks in his favor. Nevertheless, Caesar might be looking for new inspirations when he's been pursuing a 365 project and takes a camera with him whenever he leaves his studio. A photographer like him is expected to be both craftsman and artist; he can't afford to run out of ideas, for the competition never sleeps.
It's all in the right moment - a great shot!
Looking at this comparison of pictures and persons you wouldn't think that about 46 years have gone by. Congrats!
Thanks for sharing the personal story behind it!
Rodger Kingston images in the showcase and the information that he uses an X10 and an X20 made me curious about his book (mentioned at #10). The title "Searching for Edward Hopper" has somewhat of a marketing trick: There's the cover photo that quotes the famous painter, with a number of pictures following that might be seen as Hopper style; other pictures let me think of Walker Evans. Overall, the book contains a mass of pictures which are just good if not great snapshots. By the way, in Part II, #28. Morning Coffee, Belmont, MA 2007, there's a picture of Stephen Shore's "Uncommon Places" on the table, if I'm right!
Well, Rodger, I'm not an expert on selling art, but I guess, there are too many (good) images in just one book. Maybe you had better done with a book containing not more than about 35 pictures and an additional print; later on a second package of that kind (and a third one?). Nevertheless, your photos stand for a capable photographer!
Cal22: The high resolution mode of the OM-D E-M5 II is really fantastic as everybody realizes who checks the studio test scene out (in comparison with ff cameras). The caveat with this mode is, you have to use a sturdy tripod and your object may not move otherwise it gets blurred.
Well, I remember an Olympus representative saying (here on Dpreview), their engineers want to build a 4/3 camera that allows to shoot in high resolution mode at 1/80th sec (which means handheld). The technical problem and its solution has certainly to do with sensor size. Since Olympus and Sony go together in some respect I could imagine Sony to launch a 1inch RX with high resolution mode at 1/125th sec.; the IQ would be equal to an APS-C sensor. Let's hope for such a capable compact at the next Photokina!
No, I haven't!
I suggest taking the studio test scene (in full screen mode) within e.g. the Samsung NX1 review. Compare the IQ of the NX1 and of E-M5 II (in High Res. mode) and of Sony A7 II or A7 R.
Concentrate on the playing cards in the upper part of the studio scene and therein on the middle card (jack of hearts). I'm sure that will convince you! You can also change from High Res. mode to Normal in order to see how huge the difference is.
Are we at the eve of a revolution? A Sony RX 100 model will likely be the first camera providing that great IQ handheld - with Olympus 4/3 cameras following. Soon photographers won't carry a bulky DSLR around anymore unless they have to.
The high resolution mode of the OM-D E-M5 II is really fantastic as everybody realizes who checks the studio test scene out (in comparison with ff cameras). The caveat with this mode is, you have to use a sturdy tripod and your object may not move otherwise it gets blurred.
Cal22: Samsung should offer an EVF as an accessory: Many potential customers will turn their back to this interesting camera because you can't buy an EVF!
You're right as to the NX100! But nowadays EVFs are way better than they were in 2010, and if Samsung want to be regarded as a serious camera maker they'd better not ignore the various demands of serious photographers. The NX1 might be a good camera, but its SLR-style is not for everybody. I had hoped for a capable alternative, the NX500 unfortunately can't be because of its lack of an EVF.
Generally I'd prefer an external EVF over a built-in one because the latter is a bit uncomfortable for a lefteyer who I am. And since I like composing with my eye at the vf, I'd rather buy me an Olympus PEN (with VF-4) than an OMD.
Samsung should offer an EVF as an accessory: Many potential customers will turn their back to this interesting camera because you can't buy an EVF!
Kudos to Samsung! They clearly want pros to defect to their NX system, and with the NX1 and the new 'S' zooms they might succeed. (However, the advantage of mirrorless - less bulky and less heavyweight than SLRs - gets lost a bit with the camera/lens combo in the video) Be aware that Samsung do it all themselves, as to development and production, whether it's sensor and processor or camera and lenses!
I'm hoping, though, for the new sensor/processor in a (stabilized?) NX400, slim and lightweight, and eventually an optional EVF for flexible use in landscapes and travel. As to the lenses: More high quality lenses (especially wide angle primes: 12mm/20mm or 14mm/24mm) and good third party lenses would certainly be appreciated by many customers who aren't content with the current lineup of Samsung lenses to choose from.
He did it again! :-)
BTW, King Ludwig was king of Bavaria.
If these shooter's photos here aren't as compelling as you wish they were, don't blame the photographer. He proves the G1X II can be a companion for the photographer on the go. I doubt that all these grumblers here bring better images home. David's photos are OK, in my view.
I'm not saying, that the camera shouldn't be delivering better IQ. But I'm not competent in this respect. Though, the main issue with the G1X II seems to be of a different kind, IMO: A fullframe DSLR doesn't have to look nice, it may even look ugly, because it's presumed to be a tool for the pro; it's about the same as for the smaller DSLR's for amateurs who emulate the pros.
But the market for mirrorless cameras is different, customers here are 'enthusiasts' and more or less narcisstic people (hence the selfie rear-screens!) who won't carry a camera that looks old-fashioned or heavy-handed like the G1X II does.
My advice to Canon: Pay regard not only to improving your cameras but also to the look of them!
Cal22: Go to the LX100 First Impressions Review where the lens design is to be seen (compared to the lens of the LX7). You can see there that Panasonic has changed the AA filter on the LX100's sensor: It's quite a bit thicker now!
We know lens design must be matched with the AA filter, otherwise sharpness in photos will be more or less reduced. The samples in the gallery now could make you think that Leica designed the lens not knowing of the AA filter in the LX100 has been changed. It's not really thinkable, is it?
Panasonic has the production line, as far as I understand, after Leica designed the optical construction.
@Menneisyys: Maybe massive distortion correction is needed for the small sized zoom and that's causing noise.
On Imaging Resource they compare crops (LX100/RX100 III/L7X) and the LX100 performs clearly better. It's confusing!
Go to the LX100 First Impressions Review where the lens design is to be seen (compared to the lens of the LX7). You can see there that Panasonic has changed the AA filter on the LX100's sensor: It's quite a bit thicker now!
Panasonic LX100 and Sony RX100 III are rivals. Compare the samples in both galleries: Do the Panasonic samples look like having superior IQ?
Menneisyys: A little bit oversharpened, with discernible color noise (blotches) in the asphalt even at ISO200. Which (the latter) is a pity, given that the lens seems to be producing great results.
The leaves high above in the tree, the edges of the building or the lamp post right hand - there's no oversharpening as far as I can see. Maybe even a little more sharpening could be worth a trial.
The pictures in the gallery here seem to be a bit on the warm side, which might be common with compacts nowadays.
The noise you're speaking of is probably due to the built-in automatic distortion correction.
We may expect the Leica lens to be performing well, but should not expect any lens to be capable of exceeding the limitations of MFT!