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It looks so much worse than the Sony 18-200mm lens, it's embarrassing. Why would Sigma even think of producing this lens, when much better lenses already available? Even if they sold it for just $100 it would be $100 thrown away.
Soon we'll have just three survivors: Canon, Nikon, and Sony. Hopefully Sony will buy Olympus and Fuji on firesale.
pew pew: Imagine a camera like the a6000, with A mount a bit bigger because the mount distance, but still small with all those minolta lenses available for really cheap, that would be perfect :d
Y'all with adapters are completely wrong: 1) there is no image stabilization with an adapter; 2) LA-EA1/3 doesn't use OSPDAF; and LA-EA2/4 has a design with translucent mirror, thus losing light and having poorer PDAF, and also adds a substantial weight and size. All those adapter solutions are pathetic compared to the native A-mount.
Francis Carver: Sochi -- it is like the Key West, Florida of the Russian Federation.
Only someone totally warped in the brain regions like "Vlad the Terrible" Putin would be wanting to and in fact able to sell this beach-side resort city as a site for holding the WINTER Olympics.
Of course, perhaps no international "non-profit" organization is more disreputable today than the International Olympics Committee. For enough money, they will do anything.
What is $51B to a guy, who controls all Russian gas & oil industry? This narcissistic lilliput can afford building Olympic premises even in the Sahara desert. Too bad for many Russian people who can't afford the basics.
dg90: Exposing another side of Detroit.
You are right, there are some commonalities -- both places could have been wonderful if they weren't destroyed by the ruling communists.
mcshan: Sochi can not be as bad as it appears here. The photos are nothing special but I suspect that was done by design. I would guess there is an agenda here. I have seen hell holes in many parts of the world.
"I have seen hell holes in many parts of the world"
You mean you've been to New York?
dpreviewblog: DPreview and politics? Strange combination.... IMHO
But politics is everywhere, it surrounds us just like an air. You can ignore it (self-delusion), you can distort it (propaganda), or you can report it (documentary).
Frank C.: Sochi is one of Russia's resort towns and we are shown pictures like this, not really the glit and glamour we are accustomed to in the west. But Russia barely has a national debt, not the nearly the 18 trillion of the US, so it's unfair to make comparisons. I wonder how things would look if they went on a spending spree and threw some money around. That picture of the cook with the fat electrical wire hanging on the wall behind has a lot of character, Russia's past can be seen right there. I enjoyed this series of pictures and honestly didn't expect anything different.
"I wonder how things would look if they went on a spending spree and threw some money around."
Who said the didn't! You just need to look at the Putin's and other oligarchs palaces -- the Saudi sheiks would be jealous.
Nikon is just as boring as Canon these days.
ThomasSwitzerland: Look on your right hand when you want to grab something. The camera has been built around this in a practical human way. New horizons open up when using new methods. The Sigma might be very unusual and conflicting with what we are conditioned to see and use.
Smart Sigma people have developed a totally new design to function. This demonstrates vision, strategy and progress. And I like their courage – we need more of this breed in our boring mainstream world.
I would like to pull this camera out and take photos. Because my right hand balances and operates.
@TomasSwitzerland "Look on your right hand when you want to grab something. The camera has been built around this in a practical human way"
Only if you are grabbing something with two fingers, like a dirty diaper.
Camera designed by Homer Simpson! His brother apparently works for Sigma.
It's a camera only the manufacturer can love.
km25: 24MPs is a little high for APS-C, I would rather give up a few MPs for better low light use. The 24MP is fine for the mass market, but I think most serious photographer would rather a better balance, leaving 24MP for FF. I fell as if 16-20MP is best for APS-C in all the noise tests I have seen.
In 2001 I got my Canon D30, and 3MP was top notch resolution at the time, and 4x6 were looking great. Then came high resolution monitors ...
If the AF performance is indeed what Sony claims, then the slaughter of DSLRs, SLTs is about to begin. I wonder what rabbits Canon/Nikon are going to pull out of their respective hats.
jeremyclarke: TOUCHSCREEN STILL MISSING
Of all the possible omissions this review could have, it's amazing that they didn't harp on the lack of a touchscreen. To my hands it was easily the biggest missing feature on the NEX 6/a7 and was justly pointed out in all the reviews I read of the NEX 6 (especially because the NEX 5x models had touchscreens that people enjoyed).
Without a touchscreen the fastest and most natural form of AF point selection is unavailable, in addition to the ways in which it can enable quick configuration of any setting.
All the OM-D models, including the obvious competitor to the a6000, the EM-10, have touch screens, as do the Panasonic cameras and Canons. Why haven't they fixed this problem in the a6000? It seems like low-hanging fruit.
It has nothing to do with cost cutting. It's a deliberate decision on Sony's part as they explained themselves. The cameras with EVF don't need touch screen unlike the cameras with LCD only.
jeremyclarke: COMPARED TO THE OM-D EM-10
- a6000 has no in-body image stabilization, EM-10 has 3-axis stabilization (not 5 like the pro models, but reviews indicate they kept the most important 3 and it still works the same 90% of the time).- 24pm instead of 16mp (Might give better IQ or might not, guaranteed to fill your hard drive). - Sensor size: Sony wins, bigger and almost definitely better. Do we need the difference?- a6000 has 1 top dial, 1 back dial, compared to 2 top dials on EM-10. I much prefer top dials (especially the top+front one) to back dials so you can maintain grip. - Dial configurability: probably none on a6000 like the NEX 6. EM-10 allows swapping of main dial function and you can assign a "2x2" button that temporarily changes their behavior (i.e. aperture+speed -> ISO+WB). Summary: EM-10 is closer to a7 than a6000 in terms of dials.- Focus peaking/zoom assist: Both have it, OM-D uses touch screen to make it much easier to move around the zoom point for assist.
It isn't really a shrink's office, nobody is interested in hearing your needs to justify to yourself why you have chosen a loser format.
sharkcookie: Is the camera able to shoot faster than 11 fps with locked AF?
Yes, it's called video.
plasnu: Dear Jeff Keller,
I'm wondering if you actually have touched this camera and write this review. Everyone who actually touched the camera except you seems to have very different opinion about the EVF from yours. It's pretty confusing...
No, really, VGA resolution? Welcome to 1980's. You can count all the pixels while framing. Not that XGA 2.4M is great, it's still low. I wonder how long we have to wait until we get at least HD quality EVF.
Now that Ax000 models run behind NEX-x models, we can only hope A9000 will be a definite improvement in all areas over the NEX-7.
EricoftheNorth: I am simply stunned by the praise the NEX 6 and 7 EVF gets. They far and away have the worst VF optics outside of $350 super zooms. Compared to pretty much any other EVF, pulling a the NEX EVF to your eye is disorienting and unnatural. The a65 and a77 are stunning, the NEX are blurry and finicky. If your eye is a few degrees off center, it's a blurry mess. Forget leaving the huge eyecup off to make it easier to get in a smaller bag, it's almost impossible to get the frame focused without it.
I manage a camera shop and watch people flip out about the alphas or the OMD series, but look through the NEX with almost zero reaction. Which means in my decade of sales experience, that it simply sucks, and they think they don't know what they're doing.
So I gladly welcome a smaller EVF if it will actually be functional without 100% perfect eye alignment.
No touchscreen though? FAIL.
That's one of the most ridiculous posts here. Not only it doesn't look like you have any of those cameras, it looks like you have not clue.