Sixpm: Just received this lens yesterday, it's amazing money for what it can do, the only thing that bugs me is the amount of distortion that is not corrected. I've used the distortion correction program on the Sony A7II and this removed almost all of it, meaning distortion correction is required during processing in Photoshop.
All that said, the sharpness at full aperture is comparable to Nikon 60mm at f2.8 and f8. The bokeh however is much better than the Nikon at f2.8, it's creamy and can be used as a portrait lens. It will work with A7II as a full frame with small amount of vignette which some may like because it creates drama. It can focus right down to 2:1 with great sharpness when stop down from full aperture.
Overall a very capable lens for the money.
Could you please share a link to the sample shots showing the distortion? It looks like an interesting lens for use in field. Also how is the overall built quality?
Chaitanya S: Is that 90mm Macro a IF and weather sealed lens? in that case I might just go for the Sony A7 and that lens for my carry around camera.
My current experience with humid climate is a mixed bag. Canon 100mm L , 17-40 L and Nikon 105mm L all had moisture condensation inside the lens(even after proper acclimatization) when using in high humid environment. Also one of the 100mm f/2.8 macro has developed problems with AF motor, 430ex flash wouldn't fire when connected to hot shoe(worked fine off shoe) and the LCD display of Sony RX100 had stopped working. Apart from these issues rest of the camera gear carried between the group of 8 to a trek during monsoons worked perfectly fine.
@Nordstjernen: I rarely use the camera in cold environment, but I use my camera gear mostly during monsoons in Western ghats. Most common problem I encounter here is the moisture condensation inside the lens on elements. Also while photographing butterflies, frogs and snakes having an internal focusing lens helps a lot. I am thinking of shifting to a mirrorless system due to convenience of lighter kit. Current choice is that of micro 4/3 but if either Sony or Fuji introduce a 90-105mm macro lens with weather sealing and Internal focus, I will shift to either one of those systems over micro 4/3.
Is that 90mm Macro a IF and weather sealed lens? in that case I might just go for the Sony A7 and that lens for my carry around camera.
Looks like a promising product for use in field in rains. I would like to know whether it is possible to use the drive even when inside the enclosure without removing it from the case like WD nomad?
judging by the price, older 300mm f4 lens is still going to sell like hot cakes. Although its an exciting announcement.
swhs: Something like the Seagate wireless plus looks more useful (not Canon specific) at least if you don't need to show photos on your TV nor NFC, and a lot cheaper.
WD makes a wireless passport which comes with SD card slot and auto backup feature. I find that more useful than this canon product.
mpgxsvcd: The Panasonic LX7 goes for about $200 on the used market. Even a used LX7 is a much better choice than any of these cameras.
@valitant: Panasonic might release new camera at their press conference in few hours time. lets see what improvements they bring to table.
Jim Evidon: "...Whats the difference between using this or just using a normal LED video light from say Yongnuo with 291 more LEDs and at the same time 12 times cheaper?And don't tell me the only difference is, that it "flashes" instead of being permanently on...."
You obviously know very little about high speed photography. Think light duration whether it be from the light source or from shutter duration. Both allow light to strike the sensor or film plane. 1/2M sec. shutters are not consumer available if at all. I suggest you bone up on photography basics.
@grafli: I have serious doubts about the claimed "10,00,000 Lumens" output of the said flashlight. just check 4sevens Maelstrom XM18 which has mere 15000 lumens of output. The size of light, number of leds and amount of power needed to deliver that number of leds to such a high output would be ludicrous.
joe6pack: Or you can just buy generic ones from eBay for 1/4 of the price right now. There is no lens on these things. And given they are extension tubes, the thickness does not even need to be accurate.
also the weight of supported lenses will vary with the material used for making those tubes in first place. so cheaper plastic tubes might be OK for the lightweight primes, for heavier lenses high quality extension tubes are a must.
Chaitanya S: This is exactly what is wrong with Sony. They keep releasing bodies(also they have bad habit of killing systems without giving a try) like a kid with loose motion. Only Fuji and micro 4/3 seem to be a serious mirrorless system with good selection of lenses and bodies.
There is nothing wrong with improving existing camera models with upgrades, but the rate at which Sony does it is wrong. They should concentrate on making more lens choices and maybe for camera series like A7/A6000 have a 3 year upgrade cycle instead of current 6months to 1 year. Also Sony have a long history of making proprietary technologies and then killing those off as the competing technologies were cheaper and succeeded commercially. Right now for Sony E-mount Sony has only released 27 lenses while they have released 28 bodies. I would like to see some good macro lenses, and tilt shift lenses before committing to any of the mirrorless systems.
This is exactly what is wrong with Sony. They keep releasing bodies(also they have bad habit of killing systems without giving a try) like a kid with loose motion. Only Fuji and micro 4/3 seem to be a serious mirrorless system with good selection of lenses and bodies.
Its a good thing that Olympus and Panasonic have slowed down their camera release cycle and a three years for a camera like em-5 is excellent. Also since dpreview has shared this rumour might mean they know something definitely exciting and cannot share with it readers as they might be under NDA. Still I didnt expect to read rumours on dpreview.
Finally definitive proof that unicorn is real. jokes aside the lens looks really compact in size, and can easily replace the 70-300L to be carried in bag as the main tele lens for long treks. I would like to see the reviews of this new lens before replacing my trusty 400mm f/5.6L lens.
Tommot1965: the snake images is pretty awesome ..such a shallow DOF and the eyes have it..
That is not a special image. Any herper will have hundreds of similar photos of snakes which dont even see light of the day as they are not special.
Chaitanya S: Finally a multi-aspect sensor from Panasonic. good looking camera.
@Menneisyys : I remember Panasonic GH2 was probably last of the micro 4/3 camera to use that multi-aspect sensor. I recall they had some issues with yield because of which they had to drop the multi-aspect in favour of conventional sensors. I really like the idea and have used it extensively on LX3.
Finally a multi-aspect sensor from Panasonic. good looking camera.
If I remember correctly, Canon was going to abandon the 7D name in future. Specs are really good, I would like to read how the sensor on this one performs compared to 70D. If there is a noticeable improvement I wouldn't mind getting this one over the 70D.
Tamron and Sigma have stepped up the game in recent years. Eagre to see how this lens performs compared to Nikon 14-24.
Any word on pricing or availability of the two lenses? That sports version if it performs better than Tamron and costs around 1500-1600$ mark its going to hurt sells of a lot of Nikon and Canon 80/100-400mm lens.