maaggyr: This gentleman should be dismissed due to poor video quality in Olympus cameras.
The Olympus video may be not as good as Panasonic GHx, but it is by no means poor.
Markol: What I don't get is pricing- The first 3 generations of PENs were sold at a 50% discount some 6 months after they were released, the P5 is still at the original price after 9 months, the PL5 dropped by less than 15% in much over a year. Compared to many competitors, they are just too expansive and the policy is confusing. I understand that for lenses, but cameras?
I remember looking at E-P1, and the street price for a new E-P1 in the US dropped no more than $100 until E-P2 came out.
bobus: I can can see all that and more in Tijuana.
And there are many more places where you can find ruin porn, trashy visitors, and kitsch. Unfortunately, this article makes it appear that the only two things to see in Sochi are the remnants of the USSR and the new Olympic construction. There are many wonders of nature around: mountains, caves, waterfalls, parks. It's upsetting that there's not a mention of things that are actually inspiring to see.
They are very good at telling nothing.
Thomas Kachadurian: Kinda depressing with the cold and music.
Did you miss the spring, summer and autumn shots?
JEROME NOLAS: Another lens that will make me a better photographer....and yes, that click, click, click drives me crazy!!! :)
It's a lens for video more than for photo. In video the exposure time is limited by your frame rate, so the extra aperture is much more important than in photo; clickless aperture is also important for smooth transitions – something that's not relevant for still photography.
Artpt: @DPReview, was there any press release given regarding compatibility with Olympus lenses?
Panasonic and Olympus still compete with one another, even though they share the mount. There are basic functions that work across all lenses, and then there are proprietary niceties, that are not critical, but can sway the customer to one system or the other. Most people use both Olympus and Panasonic lenses, so it's not really a big issue.
dgeugene1: Why do you keep saying a picture was made with a smart phone? It was made with a camera that happens to be in the same container as a phone...so what?
Because the image is made with a device, where imaging is not the primary function. This notion puts the contents before the quality of the pixels. We evaluate such images based on different criteria, than images taken with a purpose-built cameras.
Hallelujah! Now if they only made bracketing more accessible it would be really cool. Configurable control panel may be?
RichRMA: The cold reality about all these small cameras whether Sony, Olympus, etc., is that they will never be as comfortable to use or as easy to use as a full-sized (D300 or better) DSLR with a real grip, especially with larger lenses. Having owned more than a few, I an attest to that. They exist solely to be light and small, so carrying them around is easier, but not actually using them.
Comfort and ease of use are to a point is a matter of habit. For example, I find handholding my E-M5 with 100-300 zoom much easier than I did 5DMkII with a 150mm lens, because it does not feel like a seesaw in my hands. Setting a custom white balance is a lot easier on my µ4/3 cameras than on the 5D. Selecting a focus point with a touch screen is a lot easier, than by rolling a dial or pressing buttons. My friend with a nerve damage can't even lift a full sized DSLR, let alone hold it stably, especially with larger lenses. So the comfort of use is different for everyone, and even for the same user it changes with practice.
Those who wanted a square sensor so much can buy A7 now and shoot with APS-C lenses uncropped. Done!
kimchiflower: As a m43 enthusiast, I don't see the point of this lens at this price.
Shallow DOF is more of a benefit of these ultra-bright primes than keeping ISO low, but if I really wanted a thin DOF, I'd just by a camera with a larger sensor and save a shed load of cash.
@dimap76 but will be a 50 1.8 as sharp wide open as the Leica at f 1.2? I am not sure how the MTF results can be compared between different formats, but Lenstip based on the tests describes Leica as "brilliant" already wide open, while for the 50 1.8G they are writing that "fully useable results are achieved at f2.2 and above."
KrisAK: Here's an honest and somewhat goofy question, so everyone please take a deep breath...
Given the amount of in-camera correction that I understand is normal (and in fact one of the benefits of) m43 cameras, then isn't there a point of diminishing returns when it comes to stellar optical quality and the associated astronomical price?
The converse, I suppose, would be it's always best to start with the best image possible. But at some point do expensive improvements to the optics become, I don't know, redundant to downstream processing? (I said it was a goofy question.)
There is still a lot of division on the subject of computational corrections. I think this lens is targeting the really snobby users. It's great that there is a wonderful economy 45mm and this, hopefully super-stellar lens. This is an important FL, and getting all bases covered is a good thing for the system.
mpgxsvcd: $1,599 = Nope
Didn't you write in the Fuji lens discussion that you would pay twice the Fuji's $999 price for the µ4/3 version?
I am trying to find the K-3 review, but all the links lead to the "roundup" page, which gives even less information than the previews. How come there's not a full review for a contender for "the product of the year?" Or is it simply not linked to anywhere?
Robbie Corrigan: K-3 for me. Olympus is sacrificing the size advantage of the M4/3 system which irc was the main reason for it existing in the first place. DPR staff are big fans of the O-MD, practically raving about it in one of their videos so I will assume it has its merits. I personally think that it will be easier to get a cleaner, bigger print from the K-3, cheaper too.Lens wise, the Sigma Art series are becoming a force to be reckoned with in the optical arena, Kudos! I am however beginning to become disappointed by the size of these uber lenses.. 18-35, 35 f/1.4 from Sigma, 58 f/1.4 from Nikon, 55 f/1.4 from Carl Zeiss are stupidly big in my opinion. It feels like they are throwing glass and bulk as a solution to limitations instead of real optical design.
E-M1 does not sacrifice any size advantage. When E-M5 came out, there were a lot of complaints about it being too small for the intended use, and how natural and great it felt with the grip on. E-M1 simply integrated the grip, fulfilling this wish. It's is still a smaller camera than DSLRs in the same class, and the lenses still give a significant reduction in weight and size over DSLRs.
I think it's interesting the the photographer used a really shallow DOF, whereas the original photos are all deep DOF.
caver3d: So, maybe Olympus should sue Sony and Nikon for copying the Olympus retro OM-D design/look for their digital cameras. After all, Olympus came up with the first digital camera with the retro "hump".
May be Sony should sue Olympus: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/minoltadimage7/
paulski66: I thought Nano Crystal Coating was a Nikon-specific technology. I find it impossible to believe that they sold the rights to use this to Samyang. I'm confused...
I don't think that nano crystal coating can be trademarked, as it is a generic term that is being used in science routinely.
For me a social cam has to be shirt-pocketable.