vbuhay: On the Sigma II video at the 45 sec. frame shows an employee glueing 2 lens elements by hand with out any tooling???? Wouldn't that cause decentering from on unit to another? How do you insure its centered???Surely this method could not be that precise!!!
Vbuhay, obviously you appreciate Sigma's quality or you would not have purchased 4 of their lenses (I have one, a 28-105 purchased years ago for a film Nikon). Given this, why are you suddenly concerned about their quality NOW, after watching a five minute promo video, when you have the output of your own lenses to provide concrete proof of your satisfaction?
Lea5: It's the little things where you can see god's art at best.
A saying from Andrew Carnegie I read years ago seems appropriate here: "a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still."How does it harm you that the poster believes in a Creator? He definitely was not attempting to push his religious views on you personally ... can't you just appreciate that he appreciates these stunning images, albeit in a different light than you, without beating him up for his beliefs?
Sergey Kostrov: Impressed by 60x optical zoom and it is clear that the 'Zoom War' continues.
>>...Viewfinder resolution: 202,000
It is really too low.
>>...Sensor size: 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
A pixel size is ~1.34 microns and I look forward to seeing real images taken with the camera.
If youve used a 1Mp EVF you'll never want to look through a 200Kp EVF again. FZ200's EVF is fantastic.
Sbona: Leica lens? There is a Leica symbol in the body, but not at the lens.
It's the Lumix "L", not the Leica dot.
tkbslc: Or you could put a $100 Takumar 50mm f1.4 on a NEX......
To say it's a stop darker and then in parentheses say f/2.8 is wrong.
Yes, f/1.4 is a stop "darker" than f/1.0. But it's still got the same gathering capability regardless of format. A 4x5 view at f/1.4 (assuming there could be one) would shoot at the same shutter speed as an f/1.4 micro 4/3 lens with the same ISO and lighting.
The f/2.8 equivalence is in DoF, not light gathering.
Just a Photographer: I would never trust my data to be stored on a single card as most often its the controller failing and not any of the datablocks itself.
This solutions provides only false feeling of safety - Beware!!
Both replies here just support "Just a..."'s point. Backing up a CF card to another partition on the same card is not backing up at all - if anything happens to the card, both the original and the "backup" are both lost.
Backup strongly implies the ability to retrieve from a separate store if the original store is lost.
Peiasdf: Wow, at $6000, that's a great deal. Shut up and take my money.
Doesn't matter what Leica make. It is going to be 40% over priced.
No, if it's just a re-badged Panasonic it's 40% (or more) overpriced.
I'm bothered by the phrase, "... the photographer’s own vision ..."
A fine art, or commercial photographer has a "vision" of the kind of effect she wishes to create with her images. Photoshop all you want - you are not attempting to depict reality.
A photojournalist, however is on the scene to help the rest of the world understand what was going on in the moment. She is an interpreter of reality, and just as I would not want a language interpreter changing the words of a world leader by using his "vision" of what the leader could have said, I don't want a photojournalist altering a photograph any more than absolutely necessary.
If the photographer remembered a high-contrast, primarily grey battle scene but the camera showed lower contrast with more color, adjust the image to fit what you remember was accurate. But don't change it to fit your "vision" of what a battlefield scene should look like - that is dishonest.
The menu grid for HDR mode Notes says "Available in JPEG and TIFF modes only" but the available Image Quality choices are RAW and JPG.
Where is the error? Does this camera support TIFF too, or should that be "Available in JPEG and RAW modes only?" - which means there really is no limit?
marike6: Good job, but I can't understand the conclusion about the OLPF considering that in the RAW Studio scene the D7100 image shows better sharpness, most obvious in the Lira note, the purple and green fabric, for example.
The D7100 image also shows superior micro-contrast than D5200 images.
Still it's good that the D7100 received the Gold Award that the D7000 should have gotten a couple of years ago.
What's that? :)
Roland Karlsson: This is not a matter of Copyright. Its a matter of fraud, or not. Making more copies of a limited edition. The photographer claimed that the new prints were another series as he used a new technology. Personally I have no idea, and I think I agree with those that claim that the photographer is taking a risk by possible alienating himself from his potential customers. I also think it is kind of cheap to do it. Being a famous photographer, I think he can take a new image and print it.
Here is the nub of the problem. Did Eggleston stipulate on creation of the dye-sub limited edition that he would never reproduce the image again? Or did he simply make the dye-sub 11x17 run a limited-edition printing of the image? My hunch is that he was pretty clear, and Sobel should have known, that Eggleston meant the latter.
And people whine about black and white.
Wheatsack: Aperture ring.....Yes ???????
It's a "G" lens. It's not going to have an aperture ring.
Chaitanya S: hope Nikon's quality control doesn't screw this camera like they did with some of their previous cameras. My experience was terrible with Nikon products in past.
And ... how many Nikon products have you owned? Or Canon? Or Konica, or Hasselblad, or any other camera brand, so you (and we) can put your "terrible" experiences in context?
A comment such as yours is not credible without specifics.
facedodge: You can buy still Kodachrome on ebay and amazon.... just saying. Not the last roll.
You may be able to buy it, but you won't be able to get it processed. I just checked the Dwayne's Photo web site and they stopped processing Kodachrome Dec 31, 2010.
Jack Simpson: If not already mentioned ... uh oh, proof reader fail :o "More expensive than other super zooms (though none have comparable lenses)" ..... should be "none have a comparable lens" :) Other than that, a nicely written piece :)
A lens that is f5.6 at max zoom is not comparable to a lens that is f2.8 at max zoom.
Jákup: Great review.
Been trying to get a fz200 for a month now, it keeps being 'sold out'.
Where are you shopping? In the US, just this minute (1pm PST) it shows as "in stock" at B&H.
olivier_777: I'm surprised that in such a review the lens performance is not systematically tested ; this is for me the most important aspect of the camera. How does it perform at 25, 35, 50, 100, 200, 500... Wide open and at optimal aperture? Resolution, contrast, astigmatism, bokeh, flare, distorsion, shading, you know... The resolution test or studio test at one focal lens and one aperture only tell us nothing there.
"That level of detail... DSLR reviews."
Why is the performance of a zoom lens relevant in a DSLR review? Since you can switch lenses, any discussion of lenses in any DSLR review is by definition nonsensical.
DSLR quality reviews should be performed with a single lens, preferably a high-quality 3rd party one with samples for each mfg. This allows one to test the camera, not the lens.
If one wants to review KIT lenses sold with DSLRs, do separate lens reviews on multiple cameras - or on one specimen of the brand reserved for all such reviews. The same kit lens is typically sold with many models.
For cameras with fixed lenses such as this FZ200 it makes sense to test the performance of its lens at its shortest , normal-lens equivalent, short- and long-tele and longest length. Perform the same test for all peer cameras at zoom settings providing the same angle of view - that will provide an objective measure of the system quality - which I would assume is what anyone wants to read.
PLShutterbug: Good review and validates my own experience. We bought the Nikon P510 early in the summer about a week before the FZ200 was announced, and used it until early September. Glad Costco has a great return policy. As a lifelong Nikon user I am very pleased with what Panasonic has done with this camera:- the 1.2MPxl OVF should have had more prominent mention in this review. It is SO MUCH SHARPER than any other OVF I've seen.- The diopter correction in this camera is far superior to the P510's. Nice, crisp images in the EVF were one of my first impressions.- The constant F2.8 lens really helps with any telephoto situation.- I like Panasonic's implementation of the left-side manual focus lever much better than Nikon's (where you must set the camera to MF every time you want to use the lever). Unfortunately MF with any of this class of camera is not well advanced - I'm constantly focusing past the sharp point.- The RAW support is great.We have been very pleased with the camera overall.
Note that while I wrote "OVF" at the beginning I wrote "EVF" later. Gimmea a break - everyone makes typos at some point. Unfortunately I don't see a way to edit my post.
I bought the Nikon at Costco while on a short vacation because I was impressed by the zoom specs and we had been thinking of a replacement for our three-year-old P80 anyway. After some use I realized its shortcomings - despite the long zoom reach the rest of its execution is sadly lacking. I mentioned Costco's generous return policy only because I'm relieved not to be stuck with the P510 until my next upgrade. To my knowledge Costco doesn't sell this Panasonic model so the point is moot anyway
I bought the Panasonic at Kenmore Camera, a local Seattle-area shop. They offered a generous return policy as well but I'm well past that now and have no intention of moving away from this camera for quite some time.
Good review and validates my own experience. We bought the Nikon P510 early in the summer about a week before the FZ200 was announced, and used it until early September. Glad Costco has a great return policy. As a lifelong Nikon user I am very pleased with what Panasonic has done with this camera:- the 1.2MPxl OVF should have had more prominent mention in this review. It is SO MUCH SHARPER than any other OVF I've seen.- The diopter correction in this camera is far superior to the P510's. Nice, crisp images in the EVF were one of my first impressions.- The constant F2.8 lens really helps with any telephoto situation.- I like Panasonic's implementation of the left-side manual focus lever much better than Nikon's (where you must set the camera to MF every time you want to use the lever). Unfortunately MF with any of this class of camera is not well advanced - I'm constantly focusing past the sharp point.- The RAW support is great.We have been very pleased with the camera overall.