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eliehbk: Anyone has any clue to the pricing?
I think that Sigma has learned its lesson. And, it has likely recovered at least some costs of development in that they use these sensors in their lens testing module - perhaps a big part of their vastly improved and now pretty much close to top (small) of the industry variance, at least in Roger Cicala's testing.
lem12: Interested to see how real life images would look from these new cameras. Especially landscape or colorful nature scenes at base ISO's. Just have a feeling that the smaller sensor one will start at over 2000K or somewhere very close.
I am thinking that the images of the APS-C will be similar to those of the fixed-lens Quattros, which are similar enough to the Merrills.
Martin Ocando: Why they simply created an adapter for APS-C lenses? Like Olympus did with the 4/3s lenses? What a way of restricting your lens options.
I have to say, I would have loved it if they had some way to use Canon mount on Quattro, because I have excellent Sigma lenses for Canon that I wouldn't want to give up (ie, I'd love that 35Art on both the APS-H Quattro and the Canon 6D, without having to get two).
I hope that Sigma remembered to put in a socket for remote wired / wireless triggering. These are low ISO cameras, great landscape cameras, born to be used on a tripod. My Merrills are tripod cameras much of the time.
PLEASE, SIGMA...........BETTER AND MORE STABLE SOFTWARE (SPP upgrade). Maybe SPP runs stably on other operating systems, but on Mac 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, it (last Merrill version of software 5.5) is a disaster.
Grip and control ergonomics and the viewfinder/LCD/electronic viewfinder quality and operation are key to the user experience. If a camera is too small to grip, too big to grip (or too heavy or poorly balanced), controls don't fall easily to hand, or the viewfinder isn't bright enough (big enough, for EVF acceptable lag), the user won't take it out as often. I am a big fan of buying in a brick and mortar store where one can handle the camera.
Buy a Sigma Merrill for $500.00 new if you want a non-interpolated-pixel camera for B and W.
maybe it is 2014
Nice photo of an unusual subject.
moimoi: Thanks for this article again. It always nice to hear feedback from other 35mm fanboys (I am one of them).
This new 35mm f/1.4 II is on my wishlist.
PS: The photo with the cowboys/hats is fantastic. It has a Magnum feel!
I do like this FL, and have the Sigma Art 35.
D200_4me: I like a fixed focal length lens now and then, but if it comes down to a situation I can't control and I want to get the shot, a zoom is the best tool for the job. Can someone make great images with only a 35mm lens? Sure...obviously. But that person will obviously be limited to what he/she can come away with. It all depends on what you're willing to accept. If you're subject is 100 feet away and it's not possible to get physically closer, a 35mm is not the right option. I guess that's already common knowledge though, so don't say "tell me something I don't know". :-) For the new(er) shooters though, just be careful not to mistakenly believe a 35 or a 50 or 85 is ALL you need because someone posts great photos from a prime lens. Use the right tool for the task at hand.
On the other hand, one may be looking harder for shots that work well with the prime, rather than just take the obvious shot with the zoom.
The latest hunter's gadget is the hand muff on a belt. Put a chemical hand warmer or a zippo in the center zip open pouch, and keep hands (and maybe a long wired remote or a radio remote) in the muff. Interesting idea for those times when one is shooting a stationary target (nest) or an occasional event from a tripod.
I'd like the set-up too, but I must say that a nice crop like the 60D and EF 400f/5.6L is actually fun to hand-hold and shoot birds in flight.
An old-fashioned recurved wooden bow! I hardly see these anymore - deer bow hunters are using cross-bows mostly.
Oh yes, the Learn-to-do-a-pelvic-exam dummies.
Some of the Voigtlander lenses are terrific, some are merely good. Some of the Zeiss non-Otus lenses are terrific, some are merely good.
This shouldn't be a big surprise. The Japanese make a substantial fraction of the world's medical optical imaging instruments as well.
also, because some straight folks get their knickers in a twist if they see same-gender couples in public displays of affection - holding hands or arms around waists, kissing, the uncontroversial stuff straight people do in public. The easily offended can just skip the photos of gay PDAs.
The #1 photo is reminiscent of one from Russia (with 2 men) that won a world press association award.
Eurasian Tree Sparrows, I see. Convivial creatures, they are. I am rather fond of them, they are my town's (St. Louis, MO, USA) #1 birding attraction, having been imported from Germany in the late 1800s and having settled only within 50 to 70 miles radius from St. Louis.
There's something to be said for buying a $499.00 Sigma Merrill Foveon sensor camera with fixed prime lens (color sensor, but all color info at same photosite, unlike the Bayer array) and doing B&W conversion. Sure, it's a Foveon sensor, so you can't run it at ISO6400, but at the old ASA/ISO 100-1600 range that was the B&W film standard, it works well - and the lenses are excellent too.
Adjustable torso length or multiple sizes would be nice. I am awaiting my Kickstarter copy of the women's size Loka-equivalent, Kickstarted about 6 to 8 months ago.