I think the simplest(but does not necessarily practical) method of making light field camera is to pair a regular sensor with a TOF sensor. Capture everything with f8 of higher, then blur the desired out of focus area using depth information supplied by the TOF sensor.
Barry Goyette: I think whats not being answered with all this focus on Dynamic Range and SNR is "does 14 stops of DR produce a photo that LOOKS BETTER than one taken at 12 stops. Sure I get that the Nikon/Sony will let you shoot directly into the sun while you focus on your tulips...but when I look at that shot....I see a very strange looking sky, which is where most of that DR is being utilized. I shot some tests with the 5dsr today in stupidly backlit situations and was able to get very satisfactory results exposing for the highlights and pulling up the shadows. The shadows had a bit of noise in them sure, but at this resolution, who flipping cares...you're never gonna see it won a print shy of 24x36.
But here's the thing, when I maximized these images with their paltry 11.7 stops of DR, frankly...they looked a little fake to me. They looked a little like DPR's tulip photo...(HDR anyone?) My question is this. Would stuffing 2 more stops of DR into that shot make it look any better?
Out of camera = no. But more DR is better for post-processing. If you do it correctly, you can get the less DR look from sensor with wide DR.
Cytokine: Why only 1.8 on the 85mm? That and the low price for a Zeiss Zeiss Probably means moulded optics. Average bokeh but probably very sharp and good resolution. No f1.2 or even f1.4 but that means there will be little if any CA or Locas. But Canikon can do this better for a lot less.
Sigma can do this better for a lot less.
uzman1243: Does this have OSS?
The 85mm does.
Cytokine: Traditional designs for fast 85mm lenses use very heavy and large glass elements that are not easily matched with IS systems.
Zeiss may Have done this using the latest " extreme" high refractive index glass. they used to be owned by and probably are still part of Schott, Germanys (the worlds) most respected glass company.
This special glass will be extremely hard and require special coatings, which Schott are very good at. This hardness can be complex to grind, so they may have developed a moulding process that can shape this type of glass which may have no liquid phase.
To answer my earlier question why no f 1.4.? Probably there will be but it would be very expensive.
Very expensive, heavy and huge.
white shadow: Interesting development. Lets wait for a test report from Photozone once these lenses become available in the market. Maybe DPR should do one earlier.
Finally, now I can consider buying a Sony full frame mirrorless camera.
Just like one of my friend... he bought Sony camera just so he can autofocus a ZEISS.
Lassoni: Dynamic range doesn't look to be very strong in the first 3 pictures. Wonder if they were taken with something else than a sony sensor?
European made sensor, mind you.
Too little, too late. I will be too happy to be proven wrong though.
ttran88: I'm a current K5iis and A7 shooter and if this FF camera comes with an EVF I will make this my next camera. Almost certain will come with a Sony sensor, same as D750 with Pentax pixie dust. I wonder if the 3 FA limited lenses will go up in value now?
Maybe for FF k01 variant.
Hugo808: Why do we need 40mp again?
new boyz: 16mp to 40mp? The sensor has to shift more than half of its length to get that.
Aha..sub pixel-width shift. Instead of expending exposure area, they crammed more pixel into the existing area. Clever.
16mp to 40mp? The sensor has to shift more than half of its length to get that.
naththo: Can Sony add feature to all camera with RAW Lossless non compression?
Well, what do think about Nikon compressed RAW? Better than Sony's? I think so. I'm afraid Sony will only add useless extra bits for an uncompressed raw as I believe the real available data is already somewhat pre compressed. But technical aside, they should offer uncompress raw just to silence the critics.
Infared: I REALLY like the idea of the camera. The sensor, the 5-Axis etc. It's still the lack of dedicated AF lenses that stops me. It is priced really well too.Makes me crazy!!!! LOL!Could the Sony A7 II please mate with my Canon 5DIII and make a Love Child that we all want so bad. LOL.
I don't even have a single lens native to E-mount. Just saying.
gulffish: How can 15 folks have had a camera not yet released?
sknippen: Every brand has it's pro's and con's. What matters is how you deal with the pro's and con's. I bought a sony system a few years ago and i love my camera, other people love their Canon, Nikon, Pentax, fuji, etc...DXO measurments give an indication of the sensor performance, but at the end it is the picture what counts. One can take horrible pictures with a 5000 dollar system and the other can take fantastic pictures with a phone camera...
Great post from a fellow Sony user.
GabrielZ: Nice upgrade, it would of been nice if they had added 4K video capability too.
Patience my friend. You'll get it in 8 months. Hahaha.
DavidsfotosDotCom: Why so much less than the 7D MK II?
Don't get me started... hahaha.
georgec: What's wrong with SD card? Not good enough? Why new format again?
I don't know, but I think there's a technical limitation(architecture or things like that). It's good enough for most consumer, but XQD is not for general consumer.