JackM: Wait, there are fools in Europe too? American media had me under the impression that Europeans are so much more sophisticated.
many americans have settled in Europe.
Chaitanya S: I would like to see Pentax introduce a new 100mm macro with IF and SDM. This is a good addition to Pentax lineup so when their FF body is released there are good lenses to choose from.
@Simeno1: So you mean to say all the macro lenses on market extend beyond their specified length when focusing to 1:1? Could you please enlighten me how: Canon Ef-s 60mm f/2.8, EF 100mm f/2.8, EF 100mm f/2.8L, EF 180mm f/3.5L; Nikon Micro AF-S 60mm, 85mm, 105mm, 200mm; Sigma 105mm OS, 150mm OS/non OS; 180mm OS/non OS; Tamron 60mm, 90mm VC, Tamron 180mm f/3.5; Rokinon/Samyang/Bower 100mm f/2.8; Olympus Zuiko 60mm; Panasonic Leica 45m, 30mm; Sony 30mm, FE 90mm; Samsung 60mm; Zeiss Touit 50mm; Fuji 120mm(upcoming) lenses work? or do these lenses have some kind of magic that makes them focus internally?
I would like to see Pentax introduce a new 100mm macro with IF and SDM. This is a good addition to Pentax lineup so when their FF body is released there are good lenses to choose from.
So this update is going to made available only to 2 cameras: A7S II and the A7R II. while rest of the Sony camera users are basically left in void. Even the recently released A7 II users aren't getting the update.
Everlast66: I do not understand Sony strategy here. I am not criticising this new A7SII camera and I am sure it is very welcome for a small group of people.
But a far larger group of Sony customers have been crying for couple of years now for an update to the A99, also the A6000 or NEX7 and E-mount is still lacking lenses, especially APSC format that we've not seen announced for years.
Instead we see the new-ish A7S, that's just over a year old, updated and on top of this at a ridiculous price in Europe. What are they thinking.
@Chris Gibbs: Has sony ever sold any film camera(stills) or do you remember them selling any optics related products? Cameras or optics ain't at the core of their business model. Sony is an electronics manufacturer and not a camera maker, sure currently their sensors are the best in business. The rate at which they release new cameras onto market is a sign of a electronics manufacturer and not a camera maker. These electronics manufacturers flood the market with new models every year while dropping prices of old models dramatically. (sadly micro 4/3 manufacturers are also following this trend). I would much rather see camera upgrade cycles slowed down to 3-4 years rather than willy-nilly every couple of months. Having native lenses is much more convenient than adapting glass from other systems, sure it can help save money at first but then they add to the bulk to camera bag rather than reduce it as the marketing departments like to brag in Press release.
You are forgetting one thing: Sony is an electronics giant not a camera manufacturer. This electronics manufacturer reflects in the way they have absurd camera upgrade cycles also the way they drop camera prices before releasing a new camera in few months time, and very little lens choices to choose from. Also they are seem to be banking on the fact that users will be purchasing 150-200$ adaptors to use lenses from SLR systems. Compared to Sony E, Fuji X and micro 4/3 have comprehensive lens selection options for users to choose from.
uniball: Paying for the looks. Another Lacie, though more reliable.
I had no idea about the poor quality control for Lacie products. I am only interested in G-Drive Ev ATC from the G-tech as it looks like the drive that can take some abuse in field. Usually I prefer to get 2.5" hdds from WD and get a cheap enclosure to fit it in. So in case the enclosure fails I still have a working SATA drive without losing all the data. From what I know the HGST even though is a subsidiary of WD it is still an independent entity and their quality of drives is still good. I just don't know how the enclosures are made.
ludwik123: What about making lenses for m43 & nikon 1 series ?
Zeiss in their quite a few previous press releases had already stated they won't be making any lenses for formats smaller than APS-C in mirrorless systems.
Lacie is owned by Seagate where as G-Technology is owned by HGST. In my expirience HGST drives are little better in terms of reliabilty than Seagate.
Any word about the pricing? also Tamron has chosen a very interesting ID for these new lenses.
Gosman: Holley Moley! They are expensive! More than the B+W.
I would stick with B+W filters given a choice. Hoya will bring down the price of these soon, if the sales are disapointing.
Chaitanya S: I know there is a big market for a lens of this class. Still I would like to see canon replace that pre-historic 50mm macro with a new macro lens.
@dleemans: Sigma 50/70mm macro lenses have been discontinued for some time now. Infact I have older Sigma 50mm macro lens with me which I had modified for newer cameras. Also Canon Ef 50mm, Sigma 50 & 70mm macro lenses all have a extending barrel which makes photographing frogs, small flowers and bugs a big headache. I dont care about the noisy Af motors as much as internal focus is critical for my work.
@88SAL: that 65mm macro is a specialized tool, it cannot do a infinity focus and you need elaborate setup(focus rail and lighting) to get the best results. Canon currently lacks a good full frame 60mm macro lens in their lineup.
I know there is a big market for a lens of this class. Still I would like to see canon replace that pre-historic 50mm macro with a new macro lens.
Chaitanya S: I am still wondering why Olympus didnt use a built in flash onto the Em5 mk II when Em10 series of camera get it. Its far more convinient than having that separate unit. Also its nice to see olympus sell the grip units which helps a lot in improving the ergonomics of these fairly small Om-d series of camera.
@abortabort: I don't think its related to weather sealing, as there are Pentax cameras that are weather sealed and have a built in flash. Built in flash is plain convenience compared to an external one.
I am still wondering why Olympus didnt use a built in flash onto the Em5 mk II when Em10 series of camera get it. Its far more convinient than having that separate unit. Also its nice to see olympus sell the grip units which helps a lot in improving the ergonomics of these fairly small Om-d series of camera.
I really like the design of that Whistler bag, but damn its expensive. Even price for the photosport BP is too high, but it easier pill to swallow compared to Whistler.
That 200-500 is really tempting at that price point. I hope it has decent performance as most birders I know will buying that lens to replace their 300 f4 + 1.4 Tc lens.
Jonathan Siegel: Flickr is still, in my opinion, the best photo sharing service on the net. There are a lot of other services that have a similar offering, but their UX and UI are dated and most are not mobile friendly. I was saddened when the Flickr community fought back against the changes to the interface and service, a lot of complaining. When you put the old version of Flickr side by side with the latest version, there really is no contest. The latest version of Flickr is a really slick design with good support. Flickr was the gateway for me to really start learning more about photography and meet other photographers to learn from them. It's so much better now than before.
one of the biggest issue with new flickr is that it is very slow to load even on a decent internet connection.also another issue with flicke being that yahoo has taken away the google and facebook login options. hence the outrage over the change in interface. unless yahoo fixes these performance issues, I am not going to use flickr.
Chaitanya S: Some good improvements, but for me personally missing built in flash is a bummer. While trekking I really like to pack light and dont need more stuff to pack in which I might lose. looks like the Gx7 is going to stay in bag for quite sometime now.
@electrophoto : I bought the Gx-7 as it was small enough to carry for trekking in Sahyadris. I already have a SLR kit for macro work, but while trekking GX-7 was really easy to carry and while standing on side of mountain cliff or while in forest I don't want to fiddle with mounting external flash. Its just convenient having a built-in flash.