Ironically I just bought a new Sony lens (35/1.8) for my trusty NEX 5N on the same day as this announcement. I have been assuming that Sony was bound to produce a great next-generation "back" such as the alleged a7000... The article doesn't go so far as to say they will stop innovating in the APS-C line, but it does give me pause. Maybe I'll switch to Fuji after all, for the long haul.
Dimitris Servis: Hydrophobic
No, hydrophilic, I think. Hydrophobic would make water bead, whereas this makes it spread thin.
The Squire: Just shows how much Apple has changed in the last 10 years.
Their business was built on niche markets, particularly media, creative and agencies. The creative users propped up their core Mac business, when everyone else was using Windows.
Today, their market is primarily kids downloading apps.
Right, including everyone on this thread, obviously
Joed700: Major differences that really matter when it comes to choosing between APS-C or FF is the DOF. If shallow DOF is a must for you, FF is the only way to go. For example, my Fuji XF 56mm f1.2 can produce shallow DOF that's equivalent to an 85mm F1.8 only. Most people don't realize that 56mm f1.2 (85mm equiv) is somewhat misleading. It should be read as 56mm f1.2 (84mm f1.8 DOF in FF). A typical DX lens with an aperture starting at f3.5 at 16mm can give you max shallow DOF of a 24mm @ f/5 in FF. By the time you get to f5.6 at 55mm, you would have the same DOF as a FF 85mm @ f/9. Camera manufacturers should label their product as such: 16-55mm f/3.5 -5.6 (24-85mm f/5 - f/9 DOF in FF). Anyone who's serious about isolating their subjects will think twice when they see the DOF equivalent--f/5 - f/9....
This is definitely the main envy I have of FF, having committed to APS-C mirrorless. By compariso, resolution or low-light performance are rarely a significant issue for me. [Edit: added second para]
MPA1: If it had been possible to make FF sensors at reasonable cost when the first DSLR's came out, APS-c etc would not even exist. They were only made for that reason - full frame cost too much and/or wasn't possible in the quantity required.
Personally I would like to see all non-FX DSLR lines discontinued and the removal of huge amounts of confusion and duplication as a result.
You are not representative of the whole market for high-quality photo gear. I, for one, have no interest in carrying a camera and lenses at FF size. Or even an APS-C SLR. My mirrorless APS-C camera + 3 lenses can go everywhere with me.
ttran88: All marketing money and physics are leading to full frame, the consumers will follow.
Evidence for that claim?
marc petzold: Nice Info about that particular picture background, i was happy to read it,more of that, please. That composition looks very good to my eyes.
Apart from that, the Canon 16-35 L II Lens wasn't that good reviewed at lenstip, for example:
Canon EF 16-35 mm f/2.8L II USM11. Summary
solid, sealed barrel, excellent image quality in the frame centre, chromatic aberration sensibly controlled, only slight distortion, taking into account the focal lengths range, low astigmatism, low vignetting level, very quick, silent and accurate autofocus, lens hood and a case included.
unacceptable image quality at frame edge in the aperture range from f/2.8-4.0, average work against bright light, bad price/quality ratio.
Erez, I have learned a lot from your articles. Thanks for sharing. By revealing your uncropped panoramic, you open up an interesting discussion of composition. I hope you don't mind: I downloaded your photoshop comp and made an alternative crop that, to my taste, creates a compelling context at the edges. I'd appreciate it if you would take a quick look and comment on why you preferred to remove this context? Please let me know if you would prefer me not to post a crop of your work, and I will remove it - I certainly don't mean any disrespect. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwM3NbOCw4HcS1dpVGJ6aFdGMFk&authuser=0
G1Houston: Please add built-in flash and touch screen (with touch AF) to the next version of the A7, and put a bigger battery in. In terms of battery life, the Nikon D750 rated with the flash on can shoot 1200 shots ...
Agree re: Touch. I use a NEX 5N and love the touch feature for selecting the focus point. I'd really miss it.
The Winners are winners! Hey, DPR, isn't it about time your photo viewer offered a full-screen mode with lots of pixels and prev/next nav using arrows and arrow keys... like basically any self-respecting photo journalism site? It's painful squinting at these (on a Retina MBP) and I'm sure we're missing a lot at the res offered here.
Marcus Beard: This doesn't solve the main problem which is the non-destructive edits that most of us Aperture users have done over several years and tens of thousands of images. Fingers crossed that Photos.app will allow this
Indeed. Am I right to say that Lightroom will import rendered images (post-processed versions) because it can't replicate Aperture's effects?
Nicolas, thank you for reminding me why photography and cycling are both such great things to do... and even better together! I find your work - both the output and how you do it - inspiring. You've demonstrated that while "the journey is the reward", a more intimate approach to travel also leads to great photographic outcomes, not just technically but in meaningful human terms.
(unknown member): 'With a bicycle and a humble attitude you can travel to the heart of a culture."
I wouldn't call it "humble" to think you can actually "travel to the heart of any culture" just because you are on a bike. I'd call that naive and rather arrogant.The photos, I'm sorry to say, are also nothing really special.
Also, if you haven't already, please check his larger portfolio before writing off his work: http://www.nicolasmarino.com/gallery
dtssounds: Your landscape photographs are great, but sorry to say, your people photographs are not on the same level as your landscape. Not that they are not good, they are just not great enough when compared to your landscape photos. But I admire your adventurous heart and wish to seem more of your next travels.
If you haven't already, you should check his portfolio - it is great. Whether or not the photos are technically the ultimate (I can't say) they are wonderful portraits of people in very different worlds that us DPR readers.http://www.nicolasmarino.com/gallery
As a NEX user, am I just paranoid or is Sony basically giving up on developing any more small lightweight E-mount lenses for APS-C size cameras? They seem to be so far behind Fujifilm in terms of lens range and performance, and their roadmap is all bigger FE lenses.
b craw: Well executed, thus charming vignettes of domesticity. Some are perhaps overly-familiar motifs - pensive child through window, something out of natural context (dog) in a photo bag, etc. - but I doubt that these endeavor to be cutting edge in terms of concept or visual outcome. They are nice, and I suspect, compelling to a large portion of the viewers here.
"not in the same league of Sally Mann's work" - call me ignorant but I much prefer these - they have soul and are delightful. By contrast Sally Mann's work seems arty to a fault.
Barney, thanks for the great article! I absolutely consider the iPhone to be a serious camera for this use case. I have been taking hand-held panoramas for literally decades, and I have always sought out small and light cameras so that I will actually have the camera with me when the panoramic opportunity reveals itself. My first panos were shot on a Yashica Samurai half-frame film camera circa late '80s, where I hand-cut a series of prints with an X-acto knife and taped them together to get the pano. I extended this habit into earlier digital cameras using stitching software. When I bought my Sony Nex-5N, I was thrilled with its panoramic mode... until I started to use my iPhone 5. The ability to capture a spacious scene with the camera in your pocket greatly increases the chance that a panoramic image will be born. I've also found that in good light my iPhone is as good or better than the Sony for my needs. The increase in quality in the 5S is impressive and noteworthy.
Paul Janders: Only in the art world can you bastardize someone else's work and be rewarded for it.
uh right - that's a large part of how art functions - by re-interpreting what has gone before.
(unknown member): Originally I was impressed by the images but the more I looked at them the more critical I have become. I think the worst one is "Migrant Mother" followed by Lincoln. It was a rainy day in Southern California and I'm not understanding the blotchy golden tone the Swedish "artist" decided to use. I had to redo the image and I think it looks much more natural.
I like your version. Why the antipathy to the other artist. She is an artist whether you like her work, or not. As are you. And what's with the "Swedish" epithet? What's your problem?
Paul B Jones: Not opposed on principle to this skill-requiring project but except for Anne Frank I don't see the colourized versions as adding anything of value to the world over the original black and whites. In fact, they look a bit like over-cooked HDR efforts.
@babalu - that is the first substantive criticism I have read in this thread, and now you call it out, I agree it's a mistake.
Zvonimir Tosic: A parody. In fact, this reminds me of the scene from the "2001: A Space Odyssey" film (yes, it was film-ed): An ape recognises a new tool. Ape grabs it and smashes everything around with it. Feels powerful, uses that tool to play, to kill prey, to kill other apes.
There is a fine line between "arghhh, I can do it", and "ought I do it?", which ape cannot recognise yet. People of 70, 100 or 150 years ago, didn't have tools we have today but they had vivid imagination to compensate and that is why those old images worked so well. Today, it seems the opposite is true.
So compared to the original "2001: A Space Odyssey", this is colour parody is same as "2001: A Space Travesty".
What, exactly, was destroyed by this creative act?