Michael Ma: Is that necessary? I can get similar results with one macro lens...I'm calling this bogus. Try it yourself with a single macro lens.
Is it necessary for me to drink my own urine?
No, but I do it anyway because it's sterile and I like the taste."
Nismo350Z: It won't be long before mirrors are finally obsolete in the digital age as other major brands will surely follow suit. Bravo to Sony for adding a milestone in camera history.
@Tom Nokin: The mirror produces a very high quality but at the same time a very imprecise view of the picture you are taking.
The framing, colours, dynamic range and depth of field are often different from what is actually recorded on the memory card.
The Electronic viewfinder produces a much more faithful representation of the digital image, if that is "artificial" it's because digital photography is artificial.
Feels like I've seen these all before... haven't the exact same images already been featured on DPR?
3systermuser: this is definitly overpriced in any sense , Leica S is not real MF , it does not even allow us to swap backs.the real digital MF is called Phase One , I do not even consider current digital Hassel Blad as real MF system(it is not Fullframe MF).anyway, this lens should be priced around 3k , think about even the large format or real MF Rodenstock lenses cost only 4 -5k , so people who are not collector or brainwashed Leica name lover never pay this kind of money for just 37.5 mp camera system using gens behind Kodak CCD.in fact , this camera does not resolve any better than the cheap Nikon D800E, Lloyd proved it, if you do not believe this , go Lu-la or Getdpi MF forums or even better go directly to Lloyd's site, he compared the Zeiss 135mm APO for F vs Leica 125mm f2.5 for the S , and the Zeiss was sharper.
that said , I love my Leica M 9 , and I think I will get the M240 soon with the 50mm f2 APO, the new 50mm f2APO is a great lens , with exquisite modern barrel design.
The Hasselblad H4D-60 has a 54x40mm sensor, so it's not just phase. The S2 is rather small to be calling itself medium format though.
RichRMA: When they tried this with the Hubble Space Telescope (correction of optical defects via computer) they got only marginal results. It took a new set of corrective optics to do the job. You can't "create" results in resolution using software, you can only approximate.
Actually you can "create" results in resolution using software, if you know exactly how the image was blurred. However imprecise knowledge of the blurring operator and noise in the image limit the amount you can recover using this technique.
tkbslc: Seems pretty expensive for such slow lenses.
You're paying for aesthetics and build quality as well as optics, to get anything similar for F/EF and you have to look to Zeiss
drummercam: The Pentax Ltd's: Fabulous IQ, meticulous aluminum machining and build quality, compact form, distinctive hoods, APS-C optimized, one 49mm CPL fits all, and a dedicated case that will hold at least 4 of these lenses if you choose to have it. All 5 of these lenses needed no upgrade necessarily because they were excellent already, but they are nonetheless worthy of the effort. The bokeh improvements are probably considerable in at least two of them, and it is in keeping with the Pentax tradition that perfection in these already nice lenses was something yet to strive for . . . and deliver. Complaints about such highly distinctive effort from Pentax leave me cold. This kind of work is why I've stayed with Pentax for 40 years. I'm glad I have only 4 of the original Ltd's. It leaves me the space to own the last one in this new incarnation, and I'll be yet again an early adopter of a Pentax lens (and one of the new flashes).
N.B. I really can't predict what Pentax are going to do format wise - as they're the manufacture of the world's smallest format interchangeable lens camera (the Q) and also the worlds largest format all-in-one DSLR (the 645D)
Ignore that, don't know what I'm talking about.
A lot of these images represent people just doing what they love, and that includes the photographers too, many of whom probably don't care about the rights they're giving up, not everyone wants to live in that world, they just want to take photos.
It seems I can't access the BBC article because I'm from the UK...
markie_jan61: Sorry to see two personal attacks on G3User. Regardless of his opinion, let him express it without being disparaged by anonymous critics. --
Ad hominem attacks also decrease the SNR...
The Photo Ninja: If I buy a lens, it better work without me having to buy a dock to fix it.
The problem might just as well lie with the camera body. At least Sigma is offering the means to fix it, wherever the problem lies
MayaTlab0: I don't understand what this kind of product does better than other existing devices. Operationally, I really have a hard time figuring out the competitive advantage of such a device. It's like making a smartphone less pocketable or a camera less ergonomic.
Reusability. Why carry a large high resolution LCD screen on the back of your camera, and another large high resolution LCD screen on your phone?
Performance of recent fixed lens compacts has been very good on account of being able to place a large rear element right up against the sensor. What you lose is flexibility, meaning you have to potentially carry more than one of these cameras to cover different shooting scenarios (e.g. a DP1 Merrill for wides, a DP3 Merrill for closeups and a Ricoh GR for low light). This approach would allow you to carry several "lenses" each with it's own optimised sensor, and simply use your existing phone as a screen/storage.
The best part is that WIFI and NFC are open standards, leaving the door wide open for an enterprising third party to manufacture a purpose designed grip with high quality electronic viewfinder (a feature missing from almost all fixed lens compacts to date)...
fotonix: F0.7 - amazing. I am surprised that with the massive jumps in optics and materials in the last 50 years nobody has bothered to create something like this on a commercial scale. There was a 50mm f1.0 at some point - now rare and you need adapters to use it. How about Canon or Nikon (or .. Bonus!! both) make a 50mm f1.0 or better. I think would pony up some cash for that.
Current digital sensors/microlens arrays can't accept the light cone from an f/1.2 lens, let alone f/0.7, so the extra speed will go to waste.
There are plenty of ancient lenses that are unmatched today in terms of performance, for example the Kodak Aero Ektar - there may have been massive jumps in [some] materials, but there have also been steps back in terms laws forbidding the use of certain materials, such as lead, or in the case of the Aero Ektar, radioactive thorium!
Tan68: I suppose it could be used as a manual focusing aid but looks like it decided to focus on the split ring.. It may be an artistic effect?
Interesting how the meaning of the word 'hack' has changed. A hack-job used to be a mostly ham-fisted attempt at something. Of course, people hack into computer networks and file storage. This context reads like he modified something. Hacked... At one time, 'mod' would have been used here. 'Hack' does sound demanding and daring...
I don't believe the author is describing the fellow's handiwork as a hack-job. I have read 'hack' used in similar contexts and even when no real construction was involved.
I hacked my belt by punching another hole for an extra inch girth. I hack every t-shirt by tearing the irritating labels off the collar. I hacked my car by replacing the air in my tires with nitrogen. Just doesn't feel right. There is no glory in tearing off labels. Well, a mattress is hardy game. Removing the mattress label is daring.
The image you see on the focus screen is flat, so that's exactly what you want the smartphone to focus on. That's why you can get the DOF of a 35mm sensor using a smartphone, you're not really looking through the lens, but at an image projected by the lens.
Frank_BR: No compromises… except for high price, great weight and size, and lacking of autofocus and image stabilization.
If they designed a so big lens for a camera with 36 MP, I wonder what will be the size and weight of a Zeiss lens for the 100 MP cameras that will come to the market in the next few years.
The design brief was to produce a lens that would enable full resolution of 36MP sensors, not to specifically design for 36MP at the expense of higher resolutions. Designing a lens for a 100MP sensor would also "enable them to use the full potential of such [36MP] cameras"
In any case system MTF is the product of lens MTF and sensor MTF, improving either will improve system MTF
rb59020: That's 1,265.00 US Dollars, or 1,987.00 Euros or 6,421.00 Quid ;-)
No Sony E-Mount? NEX users can't catch a break.
I think you missed the joke in the original post, that the UK price is always proportionately much higher than the US price!
MediaDigitalVideo: When does the Lantern Light go on @ Canon ?
There's a difference between what you product can technically do, and what your product can do reliably enough to enable the feature without unleashing a massive technical support burden.
vodanh1982: I'll pull the trigger immediately if it can do 4k in 5 mins
jkoch2 There are at least three good reasons to want 4K recording even if neither you or anyone else has a 4K monitor:
1. Downsampling 4K to 2K improves image quality substantially2. Recording at a higher resolution allows you to crop the footage and still produce full HD.3. Green screen work and effects compositing look a lot better when done at a higher resolution and downsampled.
jhinkey: Sigma is rumored to have the 135/1.8 sometime this year AND Nikon has a patent on a 135/1.8 IF AFS VR and likely will come out with this lens in order to compete. So it's good that we'll all have some choices in the fast 135/2 department somewhat soon.
The Zeiss 135/2 certainly looks outstanding and the lack of AF does not bother me for what I do - outstanding wide open performance across the entire frame is what I like to see (just like the 100/2 MP).
Light Pilgrim - you're thinking of the 18-35 f/1.8, which admitedly is only one number away from the 135 f/1.8!
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