Karl Persson: "Sony emphasizes its compact and lightweight design and indeed, the lens weighs in at a svelte 186g/6.6oz." Size 60x66 mm, according to spec.
The Nikkor 50/1,8D AF is 38x63 mm and weighs 155g. And that´s a DSLR lens.The old Nikon E series 50/1,8 is smaller still.Just as the new Sony they have 6 elements i 5 groups.
Small and compact when it comes to FF Milc is like unicorn. Just stuff of dreams. Even the 50mm f/1.8 lens is bigger than equivalent Slr lenses
Old Cameras: 50/1.8 = good, $249 = great!70-300/4.5-5.6 = good, $1199 = are you out of your minds?
250$ is too high for a 50/1.8 lens.
Another upgrade, seriously Sony should slow down with upgrade cycles. Its a joke of a consumer electronics company releasing upgrades every couple of months while after sales service is no where to be found.
Chaitanya S: "Extremely short macro working distance" cannot really be a con, this is a wide angle macro lens and not a 180/200mm macro lens for crying out loud. Only idiots will purchase a short focal length macro lens thinking its going to give them large working distance. This lens is similar to the Canon's MP-E 65mm Macro, a specialist piece of kit not to everyone's taste.
I didn't compare it to MP-E 65, read my statement correctly. I just stated that like MP-E 65 this Venus lens is a specialist lens and not everyone who will be purchasing it will appreciate it or be able to take full advantage of. I know the problems involved with close focusing macro lenses, I have a MP-E 65mm in my bag and lighting is a headache at the max magnification.
10cm working distance is fairly standard for macro lenses with focal length of around 60mm. Like @raketman posted please do take a look at photos by Kurt taken using this lens.
"Extremely short macro working distance" cannot really be a con, this is a wide angle macro lens and not a 180/200mm macro lens for crying out loud. Only idiots will purchase a short focal length macro lens thinking its going to give them large working distance. This lens is similar to the Canon's MP-E 65mm Macro, a specialist piece of kit not to everyone's taste.
After having used my friends Maxpedition Mongo S-Type Versipack with Tenba camera insert couple of months back. I know its a very expensive solution but one thats far better than these messenger type camera bags from the point of view of organisation and discretion.
Why use that pre historic 18Mp sensor? Other than that this camera might sell well in Indian market amongst the people who purchase slrs just for improvements over compacts.
If there is no cross patent agreement, it seems like either Sony or Samsung have ripped off Canon's patent and we might have a court battle in coming days.
Those memory card pouches have been available for ages now. I remember a friend of mine got one of the CF/SD combo back in Jan. Pretty decent card wallet.
Pricing is going to key, if it comes bundled with Air1 Commander and is priced reasonably then I am considering this for macro photography. I know a lot of my friend are interested in this flash.
Zoron: Pls tell them to work on new 24-70 F2.8 AF VC.
@John : he probably means an asthetic and electronic upgrade to SP series which would mean compatibility with usb dock.
juhab: The 90mm macro's minimum focusing distance of 13.9cm/5.5in seems to be measured from the tip of the lens, not from the focal plane. http://www.tamron-usa.com/F017special/index.html says that the minimum object distance is 0.3m (11.8 in).
Is this kind of spec trickery common or did I just misunderstand something? I've just recently become macro-curious.
That 13.9cm is the working distance i.e. when you are the shortest focusing distance of the lens(30cm in case of this lens) the distace of subject from the front of the length. There is no trickery of specs going on. Working distace is a crucial(for shy bugs and dangerous animals) parameter when doing macro photography. You can easily calculate working distance of the lens from specification table. Woking distace=Minimum focusing distace-(Flange distance+Length of the lens).
Realeyes: Anyone notice how close in dimensions this new Sigma is to a Leica SL? So what? Well, this camera ticks a lot of my boxes: a decent size body - not small and puny like most mirrorless cameras; APS-H sensor - whilst not as large as FF, a nice compromise; built in EVF; good range of high performance lenses that cost less than the equivalent Canon or Nikon lenses.
The issue will be how flexible the sensor is. The Foveon sensor is not famed for its high ISO ability. But this is an auspicious product launch. Let's see what the image quality is like... And the price, of course.
+1 with your thoughts. I would have liked to see some other camera mount used as there are hardly any tilt-shift lenses for SA mount and many landsacpe shooters would love this camera for their use. Also I hope sigma has designed a large sized battery for this camera.
there were a lot of complaints about text on dials peeling off for i40, lets nissin has fixed that. other than that tiny issue, i40 was brilliant flash for macro photographers. looks like i60A might just take that crown if its priced properly. waiting for price details and availability.
It seems like those 1in sensors might be saving grace for compact camera market. Some really good compacts released in last couple of years have been using sensors of this size and now competition is heating up.
Chaitanya S: So we keep seeing more and more adopter for E mount and yet no decent native lenses for E mount. Whole argument about size advantage went down the drain that sex toy inspired G master range was announced. even bigger sting in rearside for the E mount users is the price of that range for mediocre lenses. Also advocates of small sized camera don't mind carrying around "heavy" SLR glass around.
@Rocky Mnt boy: My issue is with amount of BS Sony Fanboys give Slr users over weight when they are using adopted slr glass. This beats the purpose of small camera system when they themselves are hogging around big slr lenses as 1st lenses are mediocre or lacking selection. Look at Fuji X system they offer good selection of lenses and concentrating efforts on developing good glass for users of X system.
So we keep seeing more and more adopter for E mount and yet no decent native lenses for E mount. Whole argument about size advantage went down the drain that sex toy inspired G master range was announced. even bigger sting in rearside for the E mount users is the price of that range for mediocre lenses. Also advocates of small sized camera don't mind carrying around "heavy" SLR glass around.
thanks to the leaks, that sigma 50-100mm was a known entity and has dampned the shock value of press release.