There does seem to be quite a big difference in the resolution of images taken in the studio set up at low ISO. With the Canon 5DIII and Leica the writing on the side of the Baileys bottle is mush. With the D800 you can almost make out the words. With the Pentax 645 the words 'selection Amsterdam' are clearer. Perhaps It would be useful to have a reference shot taken with something like a Leica S2 or Hasselblad incorporated in the test procedure ?
Francis Carver: http://blog.abelcine.com/2012/04/09/fujinons-new-19-90-t2-9-cabrio-35pl-zoom-lens/
The new Fujinon CABRIO zooms launched at NAB this week make this German import a non-event at any price, let alone at the crazy $20,000 price sticker they think they will get for it here in North America. Keep in mind that Zeiss Compact Zoom is covering FF 135 image circle, not Super 35 that the intended audience is likely using as their sensor.
Looking at this truly unique CABRIO convertible design, and then looking at the other cinema lenses makes one can appreciate the genius of Fujinon over these other old-school type players. You can use these two new Fujinon CABRIO zoom optics w/o the servo handler as regular cine-lenses, or convert them to totally all-power controlled servo zooms, truly amazing. Fresh ideas from Fujinon -- nothing much new or exciting from the other players in this niche, unfortunately.
Actually I do. I worked for Panavision for 6 years and I'm a focus puller working in the film industry.
So.. Despite the wider image circle the Zeiss is cheaper by $18000.
I don't understand what you mean. Super 35 coverage is 24.9 x 18.7. FF 135 is 36x24mm
Download the 900 Mb MP4 file and take a look at the stuff after sharpening and grading. It's excellent.
Octane: All the complaining here won't make any difference. You are not going to change how Nikon is pricing their products in some regions. Especially when there are different taxes and import duties in place. It's speculation what really happened. I highly doubt Nikon made that change after looking at Canon. They would have increased the price everywhere, not just in one small region.
The only thing that is important: what can you learn from it?
For me that's pretty simple. Buy now before Nikon adjusts the price up in my region as well. Buy NOW!
It's irrelevant if it's personal purchase or business. Import duty at EU rates and UK VAT are payable on non-EU imports over £14.Of course, you could ship it from the States with a lower declared value.
The best policy though is to wait a bit. There are plenty of International dealers selling stuff on UK ebay at near US prices.
nofumble: Wow. What's kind of business Nikon is running? eBay?
Actually, total online business in the UK is higher than Germany as a percentage of GDP.
maico: It's worth remembering most pro photographers are VAT registered and can reclaim the 20% VAT. The D4 at RRP (before any dealer discounts) would be £4408 GBP.
I have a feeling Nikon USA will quietly put the D800 price up 10% in the near future.
U007. You keep two books. Charge VAT to VAT registered businesses and the other for cash jobs. Any receipt with VAT content is reclaimed. Allegedly.
It's worth remembering most pro photographers are VAT registered and can reclaim the 20% VAT. The D4 at RRP (before any dealer discounts) would be £4408 GBP.
Henrik NJ: I'm excited to see what will happen to the rest of EU.
In Denmark D800 is listed at DKR 17995 - 18745 = UKP 2023 - 2108In Sweden D800 is listed at SEK 24990 = UKP 2341In Germany D800 is listed at €2899 = UKP 2424
It can't only be in the UK they have made a "mistake" on the price if that's their excuse, it will be in the whole EU.
Henrik NJ, Denmark has the highest tax rate in the World. Last time I checked it was over 100% on cars ! Also high on some luxury goods. What is the tax rate on cameras and does your Danish figure include it ? ?
mapeters: As a technical consideration, tests designed to measure to sensor qualities should probably have the 100% magnifications taken closer to the center of the frame, avoiding any inconsistencies arising from corner sharpness (Canon/Nikon/etc. likely have sightly different performance depending on various factors...such as lens 'A' having better center performance but lousy corners, and lens 'B' not hitting the nyquist frequency but still being more or less uniformly sharp). Also, where possible, using an excellent 3rd party lens available for multiple lens mounts (such as the Zeiss Makro-Planar 2/100 or 2/50, depending on the standardized focal length used for the test) would further avoid lens related losses of objectivity. Testing with the sharpest part of a lens and if possible, using the same lens, is the best way to have accurate results. In short, test the sensor, not sensor + a myriad of subtle variations that combined can result in imprecise concussions.
Something I was wondering about was how dpreview focus the lens. Lenses without floating elements change the point of focus as they are stopped down when working at close distances. Critical focusing must be done at the working aperture at close focusing distances like the test set.Unless they are using flat field process lenses or macro lenses field curvature will also mean the edges and centre point of focus are different.It's not good enough to say the depth of field at f8 will cover this. I work as a focus puller in the film industry and have found depth of field tables inaccurate for critical work.
Watch this brilliant short film. At the end it shows the ISO and lens the Mk III was using.
Nathebeach: To you naysayers, take a look at IMG_0363 (inside the airport terminal).ISO 1600 and at full zoom, and not a lot to complain about. Nice.My Olympus Pen Mini cannot do that unless I go down to 400 or better and then hand held is out of the question.
I wonder if that photo is fresh from the camera or if it was processed. Is there a way to find out?
It's Fenchurch St. railway station. Not bad if it's hand held at 1/15
I hired a S2 and 3 lenses when it first came out. The results were superior to may usual Canon gear which includes L series lenses.I'm not sure why people are saying not wide or fast enough, for a medium format lens a 30mm f2.8 is excellent.Compared to Zeiss motion picture lenses the price is good.