tarsus: $1200 for a 2x zoom? Take a couple of steps and save yourself a ton of money.
At these wide angles (15mm is 100.4 degrees and 30mm is 61.9 degrees), you more then double the distance, can be quite some steps... I hope you have the space. For a nice mountain range you would have to move back a few miles
Al_10D: Still no portrait lens, like FE 85mm F/1.4 and 135mm F/2? Still no F/2.8 zooms? Way to go, Sony, make more bodies!
The quality of the 135 on a-mount is a brand enhancer, imo they should get the 135/1.8 to FE with priority. May not be cost effective for them though and how much are they willing to invest for brand name...
samhain: I just can't take any full frame system that doesn't have a 50/1.4 seriously. That should've been the FIRST lens they released. 85/2 or 90/2 should've been 2nd.
7 new lenses later and still no dedicated portrait lens, with the only 'fast' lens being a wide angle?
The only lens in that entire lineup that's even halfway appealing is the 35/1.4, and that's a focal length that I've never felt the need to have a lens faster than f2.
I just don't get Sony cameras. Every new product, I'm left feeling the same way: Close, but no cigar. One of these days they'll nail it.
@Samhain, You rather have a 50/1.4 less excellent wide open gradually improving when stopping down over a 1.8 at insane quality at all apertures? For all the issues with the lineup people may have, I find the 50mm range is the one area that is worth buying into the system with the 55/1.8.People have different needs of course, but for me http://3d-kraft.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=151:adorable-50s-otus-noctilux-summilux-hyperprime-sonnar&catid=40:camerasandlenses&Itemid=2 tells the story. That 55 is pretty impressive next to the holy grail Otus
Joachim Gerstl: As much as I love the design of the 1.4/35 I think a 2/35 would have been the better option. Now you can decide in-between a slow and small 35 or a super fast but fat and big one.2/35 would have been a very good compromise to keep size and weight reasonable.
I bought the nex-7 at launch with the 24/1.8 Zeiss without a kit zoom as I (partially) was hoping for a proper zoom lens, it took a little long to get the 16-70z but it was a blast to use with just the one lens, the converter offering my other lenses was used only once. So yes, some people do buy into a system a bit early, but only if camera A offers what they want, and not for the 50 odd lenses at exotic prices they would never buy of camera B which does not do all they need to begin with (too heavy and bulky for example). Now if camera B suits your needs that will be the way to go
Btw, I don't decide in the store, I decide ahead of time, which I think most people do for camera's in this range. People have different needs, there is a market for fixed lens pro grade camera's so what is the difference, with Sony FE you get a chance for some more options in the future... just don't hold your breath :)
Frank C.: That dumbed down 1/4000 and 1/200 x-sync is hard to swallow nonetheless
HowaboutRAW: I'm not saying the a7mk2 is a better camera, by all means I like the D750 spec over it and image quality at higher ISO is also no discussion point nor is AF speed (that compressed raw is overstated though, over 100k craw images here and I am yet to spot an artifact).
Key thing is that Nikon is tuning back features on its own camera's for distinction and their competition stopped doing that.
FYI, Minolta's have had HSS (high speed sync) since 1993 so up to 1/8000, but somewhat limited from 1/250 upward. Flash was the one area where Minolta ruled for a long time, not that that prevented them from going down and being gobbled up by Sony.
HowaboutRAW, I think the mistake from Nikon is that its cheaper Sony rival a7 mk2 does have a 1/8000 shutter speed and 1/250 flash sync. These two values have been used to distinguish between top and sub top models since the 70's I think, but I doubt it is the right thing to do in this age.
HowaboutRAW: 463 comments, and not counting this one, two or three mention the fact that the camera is ONLY available in Japan for now.
But an A9 after announcing a professional support network... highly likely
AksCT: I recall paying $500 for 500MB Sandisk CF card, which was the fastest and largest CF at that time (it is listed at $31 on Amazon today).With increased speed, the bottleneck of buffer-disk transfer can be resolved and the limiting factor would become sensor speed and disk capacity. This would be wonderful for those needing to do high-speed full resolution long sequence.
I remember paying 490 NLG (about 230 euro) for a 20 MB harddrive... it would not even fit one of my 24 MPix shots today :)
Love the sandbagging vote... (mild frustration growing slowly).
bajanexile: I own the Sony ILCE-7R and experience wobble with the Sony FE 70-200mmf/4 OS lens. I strongly suspect that the Plastic Shim/Seal is there as part of the weather sealing design to prevent the entry of moisture. You probably need to be aware that its removal may make the camera system less weather proof. I don't take images in the rain so it is not an issue. Regarding fitting the Fotodiox Tough E-Mount, I would suggest cutting a clean lens cleaning tissue to a size such that it can carefully be placed inside the opening above the sensor, preferably not directly on to the sensor. You want to avoid at all costs dropping the screws onto the surface of the sensor. Common sense and some care will suffice. If you are one of lifes ham fisted individuals then forget it. I have mine on order and will report the efficacy of "the fix" in due course. Steve
You can also unscrew these type of things from below, so the screws fall away from the subject. If you don't have a clamp you can use a tripod pointing the camera down.Assembly is a bit trickier, but with the cam facing forward instead of down it is doable and a lot safer if you want to minimize risk of sensor damage.
My favorite one, guess I have a weird taste according to the ratings :). Thanks for sharing!
beautiful image, but I'm not seeing the nameplate if that is at all important
Got me thinking, how much would I pay to have a lens tested professionally before buying it and only getting top of the line samples. Would be worth about 10% of the price to me on top of retail
Darren Lee: Will these work on the NEX bodies? or A6000? i'm sure vignetting will occur, but at least i can use them before deciding to upgrade to A7 or whatever comes out in a year or two.
You willmost definitely NOT have vignetting, these are full frame and cover an area significantly larger than the sensor in the a6000 or other nex camaras. You will carry more glass than needed, but these should be pretty good... lets see the reviews :)
duartera: I've been shooting with my a700, for the last 6 years. I shoot mainly landscapes, indoor low-light situations, and infrequent indoor/outdoor portraits. When the a77 initially came out, I couldn't justify upgrading since I had no issue with my camera. However now that the M2 is coming out, I am thinking about it again. For those of you who have shot with both the a700 and a77, how would you compare the high ISO performance between the two? Even though have regularly pushed the a700 to 1000-1600, as we all know, it suffers BIG time and I must use heavy PP to get decent images. I have heard very mixed reviews about the low light performance of the a77. Would you consider the low-light performance upgrade between the a700 and a77 to be worth waiting for the a77 prices to drop even further? Or go with M2?
I'd go with the M2, the extra high iso for the M2 will help, the a77 is not bad but its also not a high iso animal if that is important for you.I had to get used to the noise of the a77, the a700 is a lot cleaner out of camera and at pixel level, part is due to the higher mpix count. With the right post processing settings in LR it is a joy to work with though.Even though I kept my a700 as a backup I have not shot a single shot with it since getting the a77... that EVF is so much easier to work with for almost anything I personally do.
Tricky one, looses GPS, AF assist light and gains the unwieldy ISO hotshoe (meaning replacement of my 58), but wifi (if it tethers), a new sensor and AF may be enough to counter those :S Hopefully there will be apps to record GPS via wifi on a smartphone.
CameraLabTester: An opening of f2.8 will not render both the fire and the distant pinpoint light as sharp.
A smaller aperture was used.
At F2.8 on 16mm:
Subject distance 4 mDepth of field Near limit 1.72 mFar limit Infinity
I don't see the issue about smaller fstop.
Striking image, we should do a lizard contest soon, it would do well!
Withdrawn my entry, it was not a Chameleon even though my guide at the time indicated it. Thanks for the feedback Merops!
Cetonid, I had it in my own library with Chameleon tag and title... I guess I was too easily convinced and never looked it up.
Rawmeister: Lets see a serious review on the Sony FE 70-200 f4 OS.It costs 1500 smackers. More than the legendary Canon IS version.
One would suppose it's an even better lens.Pffftttt.
I'm not holding my breath over this vapourware that should define the usefulness of the system. All the other Zeiss for Sony products have been only so-so. Why should things change now, er I mean in the future?
so-so Zeiss lenses for Sony??? have you seen the 55 and 35 reviews? Ah well, enjoy your Sigma camera RM