When North Korea copies the Otis...that's when I'll be surprised and take notice.
What is up with Canon?
They introduce this new-fangled camera that does not even shoot raw. The folks I work for need exactly this capability, don't have any idea what it should cost. They think RAW means food that is un-cooked. They're not giants like Ansel Adams or Ken Rockwell but they like the concept of this camera.
And to top it off, Canon is already on their list of approved vendors, meaning they can buy Canon immediately, whereas they would have to go through a 90-day procurement procedure if they wanted something from Panasonic.
These are really stunning. What a beautiful part of the world.
Pedro Moreira: Contrary to what people are saying here, Yongnuo 50 1.8 its a very good lens for half the price of the Canon one.Yes, it has noisy autofocus but with very good acuracy, better than Canon!It even has better bokeh since it has 2 more blade than Canon has! (5 vs 7)
Could it be that the level of consistency and quality control on Yongnuo lenses is such that no two are exactly the same, therefore test reports are meaningless? Hmmm…….
We need a 19-page analysis from DxO.
Cane: Why knock off a $250 lens?
Because a lot of people around the world need a cheap standard lens. 50mm is too long for an APS camera and 28mm would have to sell for more.
AlanG: The AF in my Canon 16-35mm can't be repaired due to the part being discontinued. So here's hoping that Yongnuo's clone AF parts can fix my lens.
Does this give you any idea why the Zeiss lenses don't have AF? It's not because of perfectionism or cost; it's because they don't want to deal with problems like this.
This lens can be discarded if it stops working. Or even if it doesn't.
This is obviously intended for the "institutional" user--school, government agency, insurance investigator. Someone who who wants all-in-one capability with no extra pieces to carry, nothing else to buy. No need for the procurement guy to get multiple bids on memory cards, card readers, etc. All included and ready to go. Not for artists or photo enthusiasts and frankly, not a bargain either.
Edgar_in_Indy: Hmm...$115 AND it has autofocus?
In the past when I've wondered-out-loud why Zeiss doesn't broaden their appeal and usefulness by adding AF into their great lenses, people on here have claimed that adding AF would be too expensive, because of having to reverse engineer the AF system and/or license AF technology. So much for that argument...
With AF, lenses for each mount are really different and each has potential problems. If not now, sooner or later, when a new camera model arrives. With manual focus there's not much going on except changing the lens mount.
jukeboxjohnnie: I don't understand the market for this lens you choose a great brand like Canon or Nikon to enjoy the best optics or flash they produce and then go for a cheapo copy inferior accessory like this? I wouldn't have this for free....
You can sell a ton of these cheap lenses but there's not much money in it because they still need to be assembled and tested. They are helpful in moving bodies when someone on a budget buys a camera but can barely afford a lens.
Canon and Nikon would do well to contract with a company like this (if they don't already) to make the low priced lenses, so they can concentrate on expensive stuff that makes money. Same for cheap flashes.
digiart: I may be wrong but it looks like Apple is yet again copying other companies technology...
Patents are like intellectual property. It's significant when Apple gets a patent because they have the money to pursue violators. Otherwise, it does not matter who actually had the idea first, except for trivia contests.
sgoldswo: It's a pity they went for speed with the wide angle, which will have made it bigger. An F2.8 that was smaller would have been far more interesting. It's time manufacturers for Mirrorless systems stopped trying to compete with DSLRs and focused on there strong points such as smaller wide angle lenses (due to the short flange back distance).
I have to ask; why use a 25mm lens if your goal is to isolate the subject from the background? Isn't this what interchangeable lens cameras are for? (And the Leica lenses discussed here are all small enough so they're no burden to carry.)
Not a big fan of adapters but if they are simple enough, they usually work ok. But when I look at all the pins on this Kipon, I think it's asking for trouble. But we'll see. If the AF is reasonably fast, maybe.
Heck, Sigma and Tamron have trouble getting lenses to work on the cameras they're designed for.
TheDman: Will all the whiners please switch to Capture 1 already (like you keep threatening to do, but don't) so these comments sections can actually discuss the new product and not be filled with complaining about something that happened 2 years ago?
There are two different trains of thought here. One is "do I really need to upgrade again? Is there sufficient value and why do I have to pay for life?"
The other way of looking at it is "Adobe has just come out with a new version. Quick, download it, before somebody finds a bug and they fix it." Both views are equally valid.
GaryJP: Funny that Adobe and Apple hated each other so long, when they are increasingly becoming mirror images in terms of imposing their will on consumers.
Here's another way, albeit unintentionally, that Adobe has lent Apple a hand. I have one of the first MacPros (early adopter = fool) and the latest OS it will run is 10.7. To be fair, the MacPro has gone longer without obsolesce than any of my cameras.
Karl Summers: It's downloading now as I type this. The subscription plan really is the way to go!
Whether by design or lack of other options, it seems Adobe is making Photoshop less and less necessary. Of course, with a subscription, you have to pay for PS anyway.
What happened to the 100+ year print life?
Nice shots and very interesting story. The birth of the penguin photo industry.
Maybe things will start to settle and the companies who are best at making sensors will stick to that, and the companies who have traditionally made cameras and have large consumer bases will stick to that. Sony has wisely realized that with the number of cameras they sell, there is more money in selling sensors than any advantage to having a superior sensor that you have to buy a Sony camera to use.
Very impressive. This guy can call himself fantastic and he's right. Besides seeing things in a new way, it's nice to see something that really makes use of the abilities of modern digital equipment.