marike6: With all the "what for" complaining, nobody realized that 360 music and news videos all the rage now?
Björk: Stonemilker (360 degree virtual reality)
Blue Angels 360 degrees
The Nikon I Am KeyMission video looks way sharper, and better than both of the above videos.
@AbrasiveReducer Who knows why DPR readers are not up on pop culture? Technology challenged? They've never visited a little website called YouTube? They don't read the NY Times so they didn't receive the free 360 Virtual Reality glasses with their subscription? How should I know why camera fans don't know these things?
td_100: Nikon & Canon in denial, heads in the sand, these cameras are evolutions of old tech. I shoot A Nikon D800 and bought a Sony A7 to try and I now reach for that instead of lugging the heavy dslr. The Sony is far from perfect, but it's a big shame that Nikon are not using their great experience and technology to produce cutting edge pro and enthusiast mirrorless full frame cameras and lenses. Wake up Nikon the games moved on and your being left behind.
@MichaelK81 Mirrorless fans assume that everybody shares their desire for tiny camera bodies that become unusably front heavy anytime you mount a decently fast or long zoom on them. They also assume that people share their love of EVF lag and blackout. I've owned a mirrorless camera from practically every camera maker, they are sometimes fun, but never really satisfying as system cameras. And small size is a convenience for travel, but a major drag out in the field. I'll never give up my DSLRs and lenses.
ThePhilips: "Push the Boundaries" - or more of the same.
Frankly, after the NX1 and the 7D2 I have expected more from the D500.
@ThePhillips wrote: "Sony SLTs did 12fps with C-AF for quite some time now. The NX1 from last year - 15fps."
Lol. The Nikon 1 could shoot 60 fps back in 2011. Without having to flip a mirror up and down, Sony SLT 12 fps and NX1 15 fps are nothing groundbreaking. 10fps with a 200 RAW image buffer capacity for a DSLR is damn impressive considering the Canon 1DX shoots 12 fps of 31 RAW files before the buffer is full. The 7D II shoots 10 fps for 25 RAW files before the buffer is full. The NX1 shoots 15 fps for only 22 RAW images. Which is why DPR is correct when it says the D500 pushes the boundaries.
pictureAngst: Great to see Nikon innovating again - can only be good for the industry and for us
The original Nikon 1 had on sensor phase detect AF, a first for any ILC. Keep in mind that m43 and NEX had already existed for years before the Nikon 1. The Nikon 1 also featured 60 fps, another first. What were you saying about innovation?
Boss of Sony: Unfortunately DSLRs are only really for pros nowadays. Nobody I know wants to lug around a dslr anymore. Even my friend who has been a full time pro photographer for 15 years has switched entirely to Fuji with the x-t1.
@Boss of Sony Consumer DSLR gear is MUCH easier to sell on Ebay, consumer DSLR gear does much higher volume on Ebay than their mirrorless counterparts. Apparently not everyone is as lazy as you and your friends. :-)
With all the "what for" complaining, nobody realized that 360 music and news videos all the rage now?
Mike FL: As I mentioned early that before you give away $500 with Wenmei Hill, take a look if this one works for you:
"Cheap-Ass Bokehlicious Lens - Best lens you'll get for $20!"
Fujian has different FLs' lens with different aperture that down to f1.4. All about $30.
@Mike FL I've done one better than staring at YouTube videos, I've actually owned the Fujian lens. It's a converted CCTV lens which works (barely) up to m43 in 16:9. In 4:3 aspect, on APS-C, it vignettes like crazy. If you like dark corners, that's fine. If your budget doesn't allow for a proper lens, that's fine too. The Lensbaby Velvet will cover through Full Frame. The Lensbaby lenses are extremely popular with wedding shooters on FF. You'd never choose a CCTV designed for a MUCH smaller image circle in such a scenario. Never. The Fujian was all the rage in 2010. Because it was $30 some hobbyists gave it a shot mainly for video. For stills it's extremely soft, it vignettes even on m43, it has 5 aperture blades for ugly bokeh, and it doesn't give the same glow effect as the Velvet. If budget is your priority, $30 will buy a Canon FD 50 1.8, Helios 44-2 or possibly a Nikkor 50 AIS. All of them will blow away any CCTV lens, and all will cover all formats through FF. Cheers.
straylightrun: Nikon, quit playing games and just make a proper mirrorless system.
Don't need no stinkin EVF, no unnecessarily small body in a bison leather half case, don't need instagram and I want my vinyl records back.
Fujjian is a converted CCTV lens. Good luck getting it to cover the image circle of any camera above the Pentax Q. Vignetting free of charge on m43.
Tokina builds what could likely be another of their legendary, pin sharp UWA zooms but with a faster max aperture and people complain. Pointless they say. Another reason I stopped caring about this site long ago.
Azathothh: 14-20 mm ? Why not just build a 14 mm f2 prime? Pointless...
Because then you'd have only one focal length. And because Tokina are experts are building legendary ultra wide angle zooms. But if it's pointless for you, it must be for everyone else.
Serious Sam: Spends 1.5k $AU on ONE lens on a 16mp APSC system? PLEASE!!!
Add a $AU100 and That the ENTIRE cost of my new Nikon D5500 system. Body + Kit lens(only use at 18mm) and the three 1.8G(s)....
I know some people has money to burn but at least spend it on something has high retain value like Leica lens....
I am speechless.....
@kewlguy Did you bother reading the Lenstip review of this Fujinon 58 f1.2? Soft wide open, weak IQ at the edges of the frame until f/2.5 and a crop sensor lens that needs software correction because of heavy vignetting.
Fujifilm makes great lenses, but any who thinks this lens should cost as much as the all metal Nikon 85 1.4G FF portrait lens has very specialized needs. And I agree with Digimat that a Canon 6D + 85 f/1.8 or Nikon D610 + 85 f1.8G will give you better images results at a similar cost. I disagree with him that "small and stylish" are desirable features in a camera meant for work.
By the way, none of the f1.8 Nikkors need software correction for vignetting and some of them, like the $200 35 f1.8 DX lens are even sharp wide open. :-)
Thomas Traub: Aparture of 1.2 does not make sense in portrait-photography, because you get hardly both eyes sharp, if one eye is only 2 cm behind the other .. even with my 85/1,8 on my D610 the faces have to be parallel to the camera (although you get a great bokeh)
Nikon compared to Fuji:
D 7200 + 50/1,4 = 1.045 g weight and 1.264 €Xt1 + 56/1,2 = 845 g weight and 2.198 €
even with the 58/1,4 the 7200 is only slightly heavyer and cheaper than the Fuji-combo.
And Fuji does not have the advanced-light-system.Nikon has much more lenses, accessories and flashes....
The Xt1/10 are nice cameras but the equipment is not as lightweight as the difference of the weight of the bodies make believe.
If Fuji would offer cheap lenses with 1,8 (as Nikon does) the whole equipment would be much cheaper and lighter and than they would have an advantage in price and weight.
But with the very expensive and heavy lenses Fuji is no option for me.
But I'll keep it in my eye :-)
@brendon1000 Both the Nikon 50 1.4 and the Fujinon 56 f1.2 are crap wide open. The 56 f1.2 is even crap 1 EV from wide open and doesn't reach sharpness across the frame until f2.5 according to the Lenstip review, which clearly you haven't read.
By the way, what is a "modern sharp lens"? Is that an expensive APS-C lens that has trouble getting a sharp image across the entire crop sensor? Is that an APS-C lens that vignettes so badly it need software correction un-darken the corners? I'll take an inexpensive FF lens on a crop sensor any day over an overpriced focus by wire mirrorless lens.
tbcass: Why is bulky a con. I consider small size a con in many ways. If it's a con for some it's a plus for others.
"Bulky" is a con because DPR decided it was a con. In the real world photographers demand robust cameras with deep grips. These tiny fashion accessory snap shot cameras that reviewers seem to favor, are absolutely terrible to shoot with.
marike6: Boo. Hunting Bison for a hipster camera strap is way over the line. Shame on everyone involved.
Hunt or slaughter house, it's the same thing. Some of the conditions for these so-called "farm raised" animals are appalling. So some Williamsburg, Brooklyn hipster can have a bison leather strap for his tricked out X100s? How fitting that a site named Phoblographer would be involved with this venture. lol.
Leave it to the DPR to give a lukewarm review to a camera that equals, betters, and in many cases soundly crushes the competition feature and performance wise at this price range. GH4 level video performance at this price point, and this is the most enthusiasm they could muster? lol. If this were an Olympus 2012 style 1080p30 video performance, this would have been a gold award. But...
Boo. Hunting Bison for a hipster camera strap is way over the line. Shame on everyone involved.
Snapper2013: So what Review score will DPR give these new Canon camera?
80 and Gold Award or 84 and no award. And don't forget the old favorites "a bit bulky compared to an iPhone", "Live View AF not faster than a speeding bullet" and "no Auto ISO and EV compensation in Manual Mode".
kodakrome: Cameras keep getting better...and the complaints keep getting louder.Someday someone will make a perfect camera, and everyone in the world will complain about it.
Yes, companies are making absolutely superb entry level DSLRs absolutely loaded with features and near pro level performance. God forbid they should be missing questionably necessary features like Exposure Compensation in Manual Mode or have bodies that don't fit in our favorite skinny jeans.
Tom Frerichs: I buy a camera body after considering how I'll use it. I want a fairly large buffer, a reasonable burst frame rate, reasonable low light capability, decent image quality, and a good AF system. The D7200, which replaces my older but still serviceable D7000, met those needs.
I should explain that I have a fairly substantial investment in Nikon glass, so I wasn't interested in switching brands. I should also add that I photograph sports, primarily rodeo, and some "urban landscape" stuff.
The lower rating given here doesn't affect my decision at all. Sorry, but I'll take phase detect AF over contrast detect AF any time. And, contrary to the authors' assertions, I have more success with 9 point AF over the 3D version, possibly because there often is little color differentiation between my subjects and the backgrounds.
I don't care about video, 4K or otherwise. There were other "features" that were considered sub-par that I don't give a damn about. The D7200 does what I need it to do.
Don't worry Tom, DPR also gave the D7000, a class leading, even ground breaking APS-C camera at the time, an essentially average award.
It seems DPR has been shifting their focus away from the enthusiast and pro DSLR shooters shooters like you (users who make up the majority of their readers and forum users) for number of years now. Their reviews often emphasize features their mostly mirrorless fan staff values (small size, live view shooting, casual video shooting) and often downplay the bread and butter features like IQ, DR, AF tracking, handling in the field. IMO, this make their makes their reviews extremely unreliable for shooters like us.
Anyway, the D7000 was a ground breaking DSLR, the first APS-C camera to ever to produce a full 14 EV of dynamic range, great colors, lovely viewfinder, and handling. DPR's insistence that it was essentially a mediocre camera award wise was the beginning of the end of caring about their opinion regarding camera gear (no offense guys).