phoenix15: This camera deserves gold award. I can't understand DPR judgment.
I completely understand DPR judgment, because it is very carefully reasoned and very well weighted against the competition, which is equally very good. Which is exactly why it is difficult.
The "problem" is that here are no really bad camera systems anymore. They are all good, very good even. All offer performance and features we could only dream of roughly half a decade ago. And then picking "the best" out of a bunch of excellent options becomes (has to become) more of a personal choice -as correctly argued by DPR, "very specific requirements"- than a clear winner on specs and/or performance alone.
Interesting series, excellent pictures too in a rather difficult environment, as most factories are. Always fascinating to see how much precision, care and craftsmanship goes into precision mechanics and optics such as this.
Bravo DPR, Bravo Sigma!
A very pleasant and informative read - in short, an excellent interview. Yamaki-san clearly has the vision of a true leader, with feeling for the market and customer-focus. The man simply sees it sharp: very sharp. A breath of fresh air, such a outspoken and honest CEO. Companies like that have my respect and sympathy, and get my business.
Sympathy, and great respect for the considerable technical capabilities of Fuji. A properly customer-focused company too. Remember, these are the only guys that were good enough to design and fabricate cameras and lenses for, for example, a highly respected medium format brand such as Hasselblad. Not Nikon, not Canon - and I am saying that as a user of both systems.
These are the guys that design and supply world-class optics for all kinds of applications. Many companies do, of course, but few are so well attuned to their customer base these days. Good products is important, but the latter is a very good thing. It forces others (I'm looking at you, Nikon) to listen better.
exapixel: I don't know why DPR has to constantly bash Sony. Not a single Sony product was mentioned in this story even though all the cameras were mirrorless. You are all paid net shills for the doomed calotype vendors.
At least it is (was) full frame mirrorless.
It's (again) obvious that Sigma is on a roll. As expected, this is a very, very fine lens. Half the price of the competition, and better quality to boot. What's not to like?
It's a great time to be a photographer.
Fuji is doing some very, very smart things. They understand that great and relatively compact lenses, of excellent mechanical and optical quality, make the system desirable, capable and professional. Together with some wonderfully small yet extremely capable fixed-lens rangefinder-ish offerings they have exactly what many experienced users need and want.
Brilliant yet simple strategy. Makes one wonder why not all camera makers think that way.
Sigma is clearly on a roll. If recent releases are anything to go by, this will be one spectacular lens.
Beautiful design. Together with Oly's excellent glass, this should be one very capable camera.
Horshack: Very nice follow-up on the flare issue Rishi. Ever since you started contributing to the editorial content on the site the depth of technical information has increased markedly. I just wanted to say thanks and to let you know your contribution hasn't gone unnoticed.
I would like to second that. Excellent reporting and a pleasure to read.
Rather hilarious, that the Canon 1D X fared the worst, after all the furor on the web about the D750. Actually, I use both Canon and Nikon systems, including the Canon 1D X as well as the D750, and never noticed any problems with flare.
It seems to me that the conclusion that "this issue won't really be an 'issue' in all but the rarest of circumstances" is certainly valid. As is the case with most hyperbole on the internet.
Brilliant initiative by a brilliant photographer.
JaimeA: Reading the specifications we found out that this camera has NO image stabilization. Totally nuts if you like closeups, interior and night shots.
So what's the point? It has a 150-year old proven device instead, called a "tripod socket". It is very possible to make excellent shots in low light due to the lack of any vibration.
And if need be, use a tripod. Jeez!
rondom: This camera is excellent looking until you start shooting with it, and then it looks like a dog with an erection. The built in cap makes it even worse.One other point: I don't think anyone would be jumping up and down if they saw the lens performance before the built in digital lens correction kicks in.(Having said that I can understand the enthusiasm over this)
Who cares what it looks like. The results is what really counts. I own and use cameras that are pig-ugly, heavy, old-fashioned and cumbersome. But they do take stellar pictures.
Very impressive optics and camera. Can't wait to read the review!
yonsarh: Proud to be Made In Korea products.
Korea, and it's gallant people indeed have much to be proud of. There's nothing wrong with a healthy dose of respect and love for one's own country - even though doing so is not, according to self-proclaimed "progressives" (which they are not) politically correct.
Johannes Zander: Act of Genocide!Oh now, since it was the US it must be an humanitarian act of libaration in the name of freedom.
Tell that to the millions of victims of the Japanese imperialism of the time.
AlpCns2: I must say that Pentax is courageous to introduce such a rather specialized camera at this relatively competitive price point. It will be perfect for the fans of shallow DOF and fans of super-detailed landscapes. I can imagine that the IQ and resolution of stitched panoramas would be superb. Then again, who prints murals...
I would love to see a full review of this interesting camera. I wonder how well lovely old Zeiss Jena (P6 mount) lenses and (some great) Russian glass would adapt to this mount. Can we have a full review, DPR, pretty please?
Absolutely correct. But considering the shrinking market and the relatively small numbers these things sell in, I think it's courageous.
jackf00: Still neither Final review nor First impression review of the already shipping GH4 flagship from Panasonic.Shame on DPReview !!While most of competitor site of DPReview have already posted at least a long Preview or a Review, DPReview still don't go further than a single short and poor half page "quick summary" of the GH4 new Panasonic's flagship , three month after annoucement and now after it is released and shipping.What a pity !
Not first time for Panasonic products, as DPReview provided the final Review of GH3 only 7 monthes after announcement and 5 monthes after release !Same for GX7 and generally speaking for every Panasonic product !
What's the reason ? Come on DP Review, be more professional !
Maybe you should offer to help out to ease the workload? Maintaining a FREE service like this in a busy market is not easy, nor is it cheap. I'm sure they're working on it.
Quality takes time. Which is a very professional attitude.
jennyrae: it is fantastic lens for what it does and picture quality is amazing. period.
now stop with all nonsense about equivalence.
Caution: too many intelligent remarks is not allowed by the equivalence brigade. Or the sensor size brigade. Or the DOF fetishists. Or the UI "specialists". Or the IQ "experts".
Anyway... thank you for injecting some sanity.