CanonKen: Wow! If they can keep the quality/variation in check, this will be a winner. Remember, the only reason to buy this lens is the ability to shoot between 1.8-2.8. If the lens doesn't perform 'well' (for being wide open) there, then what is the point (other than bright/easy manual focus)?
Stopping this down to f/4 will be like stopping most zooms down to f/8!
Thanks, very helpful reply.
BingoCharlie: Do note that it's not stabilized. Not a huge issue at these focal lengths, but something to consider.
I don't understand your last sentence.
Do note that it's not stabilized. Not a huge issue at these focal lengths, but something to consider.
Münchhausen: Just do it in PENTAX mount, Sigma! Come on!!!!!
Uh, they are doing it in Pentax mount. Re-read the release. ;-)
For anyone who's curious, existing 3.X Expert users can upgrade to 4.0 for $39 through their client account.
I look forward to DPR posting discount offers from Olympus, Fuji, Sony, and all the other camera manufacturers. Or is this just a Nikon/Canon thing?
ArchSaturn: Why do I cynically expect this to turn out to be a Panasonic GX1 with a red dot on it and an inflated price tag. (or maybe the new GX2)
Leica selling a rebadged Panasonic?? Madness.
abortabort: I can't decide what I feel about this camera. On the one hand it measures favourably with the X100S in the E-P5 + 17mm + EVF kit, where it pips the X100S by having interchangeable lenses, WiFi, tilt display and 5-axis IS. I would also wager it has better build quality and 'feel' - as the owner of both an E-P3 and X100.
On the other hand, that is just a butt-load of cash to spend on a Pen. I bought my E-P3, at about 9 months after it was released, with EVF and lens, for $400! They aren't exactly known for holding value.
I will be grabbing the VF4 for sure though!
X100S is great if you only want one focal length forever.
retro76: I love my OM-D, but I have longed for a smaller Canon SLR. The slow focusing of the OM-D, poor controls and menus, and smaller sensor (DOF) have been things I have had trouble moving past. Looks like the OM-D is going up for sale !
Maybe he missed this part of the preview. "The focusing speed of the updated hybrid phase and contrast-detect design remains unchanged, which unfortunately means that it still lags behind current mirrorless cameras from Sony, Olympus and Panasonic."
topstuff: It's all a bit "meh" is'nt it?
Is it just me or is it really hard to get enthusiastic about these shapeless black plastic lumps?
Good IQ is a given. But then you get great IQ with a NEX, or M4/3 or whatever.
Other manufacturers are starting to make cameras which are covetable. They are nice objects to own.
Canon don't seem to get this. All their products are so darn plasticky and dull and generally hard to love. At the leisure end of the market, this matters IMO.
I hope all these people who hate beautiful cameras are driving around in black Toyota Corollas. Because otherwise they're a bunch of hypocrites.
If your E-M5 is focusing slowly, you should send it back to Olympus for repair.
BingoCharlie: There's already a very nice version of this camera available: the Pentax Q with the 01 Prime Lens. Same size. Great design. Demonstrated quality. Similar pricing. Plus you have interchangeable lenses so the camera can grow with you. Hard to see why someone should choose this over the Q.
Right. Clearly nobody should be comparing these two diminutive, prime lens cameras since the Q weighs a whole 84.5 grams more. What was I thinking?
There's already a very nice version of this camera available: the Pentax Q with the 01 Prime Lens. Same size. Great design. Demonstrated quality. Similar pricing. Plus you have interchangeable lenses so the camera can grow with you. Hard to see why someone should choose this over the Q.
The Nikon is impressively small.
Camera size comparison with X100S, Coolpix A, RX-100, and NEX-3N: http://j.mp/YNSpQJ
Nice looking files, but plenty of advanced compacts could deliver the same in the hands of a skilled photographer. This camera really is impressively small, but it's also overpriced. It would be more appealing if it were either cheaper or more special. Give it an f/1.4 lens that can deliver really dreamy rendering. Or cut the price to $699.
ccclai: Why not compete with X100/100S directly with 35mm F2?
If we don't use 35mm equivalent, then we also have to know the sensor size when discussing different cameras and lenses. That's a colossal pain.
_Federico_: Pointless camera.RX100 is way ahead.
Canon and Nikon compatcs are outdated.By a good margin.
Then I agree, the Nikon is overpriced in Italy. Here it's $649 versus $379.
It's almost half the price of the RX100.
Surely this is the first in a line. 28mm now. 35mm and 50mm to follow, similar to the Sigma DPMs?