veroman: In the 15+ years I've been shooting digitally, I've shot with nearly every species of digital camera, from 2MP full frame to 2MP point and shoot; from 24MP APS-C to 24MP full frame, etc. I've also shot with a very wide variety of lenses, including full frame lenses on cropped sensor bodies.
Bottom line: if highest image quality is the goal, then full frame or medium format are the routes to take, no question of it. As good as my micro four thirds gear is, my full frame Sony A850 is significantly better. No contest.
As far as full frame lenses on crop bodies goes, the writer left out the important fact that full frame lenses on APS-C bodies provide superior sharpness and clarity at the edges of the frame. After all, you're only using the center to mid-edges of the full frame glass while, with a dedicated APS-C lens, you're using the whole glass, edge-to-edge.
There are other aspects of this topic that weren't touched on in this article. I'm sure other posters will mention them.
nerd2...Canon EOS D2000
To all...click on olympusbioscapes.com for more fascinating photos & videos. A whole new world in there!
bobbarber: Number 10 is not identified.
Click on olympusbioscapes.com for the explanation. Also, be sure to watch the video.
Light Pilgrim: In my opinion, the problem of Sony is the lack of lenses. Personally I find nothing to be excited about so many new camera bodies from Sony is there is no portrait lens to compete with 35 mm, 50mm or 85 mm in the F/1.2-F/1.4 range.
Professionals will have the same issues with A9.
What Sony will do good is landscape photography, but not portraits.
EthanP99 — small-minded comment. We do not all have the ability to manually focus (e.g., macular degeneration).
Rob Klein: I am really curious if the FZ1000 can be effectively used to shoot college and high school sports? Namely, football in poorly lit high school stadiums at night or hockey in less than professional rinks. Anyone used this camera for those purposes or something close that would tell me if this is a wise choice? I freelance for a major city newspaper shooting high school and college sports and need the reach of the zoom on this, as there is nothing comparable in the Fuji X-T1 lens line at present.
PS Geneva — That's good info for Klein.
Something that helps me in low stage light is a monopod with a snugged ball head — reduce unnecessary movement at my end. Not the same problem as very fast action, but, if you have one, it's worth a try with or without the ball head.
Rob Klein — What do you currently use? The X-T1 has got to be a great choice…but! the long lenses…not here yet. Do you have a long lens from your current system that can be adapted to the Fuji? Buy a used, useful lens now & sell it after a Fuji lens is available? This does not sound like a good solution, but, maybe a good tele-extender might work for you?
Rob Klein — re my earlier post...too many vague statements.
Stage work — Theater light can be quite bad; especially off stage center. As for clubs…often downright terrible. Your newspaper will likely not want anything shot above 3200 with an FZ1000; noise leaps in at that point.
Photographing dance…not too different from photographing sports. Same comment applies to the very active musician; some figuratively do vigorous calisthenics on stage!
Re weather proofing; reference here is to the time-honored use of plastic bags & rubber bands. Your needs will definitely vary here as football games can continue in some rather nasty weather.
As for doing as much in-camera as possible…will your newspaper be wanting your shots immediately? If so, that jpg is your ticket while the raw file is for later use. This is also why I will crop in the camera via digital zoom. FYI—the FZ1000 must be set for jpg-only if DZ is wanted, so, changing the image quality functions as the DZ off/on switch.
MediaDigitalVideo — no, no video at all.
My FZ1000 is used for stage work — dancers & musicians in performance & back stage. After two major 3-day Jazz festivals — both with indoor & outdoor stages — & many other club/stage gigs...the FZ1000 could do the job.
As for weather proofing, I'll just do as I have done with my cameras for 50-some years.
The 400mm reach plus a 1600 to 3200 ISO should be good.
I prefer to do as much in the camera as possible, so do use the digital zoom (in camera cropping) to "800mm." Set one of the function buttons to switch between 'raw+jpg' & 'jpg' to quickly turn DZ off/on. Just a thought.
CanonKen: So if you did a shorter exposure (1-5 seconds), what would the result look like?
Probably normal. I've not seen any shift in ±8" exposures.This is with Canon 50D, Fuji S100FS & Lumix FZ1000
ZorSy: Is everybody today low on coffee? It may have only 1.2MP, the same as my first digital camera years ago - but look where we are now. Sanrky comments coming from people who in most cases rely on the same Sony sensor technology? If you cannot see this as a step forward, bad luck. In no time some of this will get into larger sensor cameras and more MP - and that is newsworthy. It's just a bit further from the nose some cannot see past.
1.2MP is 4x larger than my first digital camera...0.3MP!
Will a quick release plate block the FZ1000 battery/SD card door?
AbrasiveReducer: Great video but it's amazing how this has grown from something that was easier to use than Photoshop, to what it is now.
I started with Ps 2.5...look at it now!
Video looks very useful. Physical problem here...must be able to watch the video in 10-15' intervals. Can it be downloaded & saved to my computer (Mac)?
All...outstanding photographs. Speaking as a photographer of dance & musicians — Jay Jenner (#15)...beautiful...simply beautiful.
CameraCarl: Once again, lots of new cameras but only two with viewfinders. My wife (who is not as serious a photographer as me) won't even consider using a camera that does not have a viewfinder. And after struggling with the Panasonic LX3 and Canon S100 in daylight and bright sun, I will never buy another camera that doesn't have one. I can't figure why the manufacturers do not realize this. Why do they think photos ought to be taken at arm's length?
Using the LCD in a low-light place (e.g., theater) is like pointing a flashlight at your face.
Camediadude: Thanks, now this is what I'm talking about! More books, please (even though I can't currently afford quite so many treasures! At least, it goes on the 'wish list' for now..
local library maybe...