I gather everyone whinging about this lens has seen sample shots that make all the exotic glass it contains seem a total waste of time?
I appreciate the argument about having a smaller system for casual use though as I have a hard time dragging my Nikon system around much of the time. I feel a lot more relaxed with my K-5 on the car seat next to me than my D800e with 70-200 and grip attached.
I'll keep an open mind on this lens until I see test results.
SushiEater: Hmmm....Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 OS has exactly the same optics as 120-300mm OS Sport yet Sport scores higher. DxO can't be trusted and here is the proof.
@SushiEater I'm sorry but I've been unable to locate the info you requested. I just can't find any further references to one of the elements having a change in RI and glass type.
One has to wonder why the new version is so much better optically but that could just be because they ground each element to a higher standard.
I just got one of these (along with the new 50/1.4 ART) and haven't needed to use it yet. I have two bodies and I am assuming that the Sigma tweaks, per the dock, are body specific, which may not be all that much of a drag unless you mix up the bodies and they require different settings.
But it's quite obvious, from comments in the article about how tedious the process is, that Sigma should have added a mini USB port to the actual lens so that testing could be done whilst attached to the camera.
@ SushiEater I read that they changed an element to a different RI glass.
Sigma changed one of the elements to a better type of glass hence the improvements.
FujLiver: A great lens and I will continue to buy the Art series but why is no one making a lightweight 50mm. I will get this one for "wide" portrait work but it's too heavy to stroll around with.I want a nano coated version of the Nikon 50mm f1.4 with an aspherical element. No more weight but it would be a big step up.
Take a look at Lenstip charts and you'll see that the Pentax DA*55 is now the 3rd best "50" going around. It was "the best" up until the Otus and now the Sigma. From f/1.8 on it's as sharp as a tack (leaves all the Nikons for dead) and has contrast to die for. It can have a somewhat nervous bokeh wide open but by f/2 it's smooth as silk.
I'll be selling my current Sigma 50/1.4 (that I currently use on my D800e's) for the new "Art" Sigma though (unless I get carried away and opt for the Zeiss) and will definitely be keeping my DA*55 for my K-5 and K-01..
smafdy: Why would anyone buy this or any camera when they can have a smart phone that does the "same thing."
It does, via the flu card connection to your iPhone. ;)
I can't wait to get my hands on one of these babies.
Jogger: The next jump in FF resolution will be 54mp; that combined with high-performing, modern lenses will keep a lot of people in the Nikon/Sony camp.
Yes but Nikon will probably try to counter this camera with a 54MP FF sensor.
My k-5 outperformed my D800e tonight shooting the lunar eclipse - I hate the D800 pink Amp Glow with a vengeance. There's a tool for every job and sometimes the best ones aren't the most expensive.
I'll consider selling one of my D800E's and a couple of lenses for one of these 645Z, I only hope we won't be waiting another 6 months for a Pentax review though.
D800x ring a bell?
Underdog 3000: Too bad it's not available for Pentax. This with the K-3's sensor and IBIS would make for a great portrait rig.
Yep, the DA*55 is a gem.
gdfthr73: It Just drives me nuts. So many amazing full frame lenses for the K mount camera and no full frame K-mount camera exists. WTF
I suspect Ricoh already has a FF sensor being tested in a K-3 body (at least) and probably a mirrorless one as well.
Give them 12 months and they'll definitely have a FF out there.
bossa: I'm at a loss to understand why Metering and Focus are represented as one in the graphic summary. Last time I looked these were two different functions of a camera.
Why is the mobile sensor in this camera not listed as a Pro? The sensor of the K-5 & K-3 series of cameras can:1: Sensor Shift allows stitching small panoramas without panning the camera2: Turns EVERY lens into a limited Shift Lens3: Vibrates to Self Clean dust4: Map bad pixels5: Automatically correct for tilted horizons6: Sensor can track the stars using the O-GPS for Astro shots7: Check for dust on the sensor and display a graphic on the rear screen with dust indicated on a white representation of the sensor.8: The K-3 can anti-alias the image to overcome moire where required.
These (and other ) Pro's are conveniently left out or undervalued in their importance in this review IMO.
Oops! I didn't mention that the sensor also does Optical Stabilization (OS, VR, VC or SR)
Why isn't all that a "pro" and if not then why isn't it listed as a con?
Maybe DPR just forgot.. like I did ;)
Zvonimir Tosic: The GR, then Pentax K-3, and now — early next week — a 645 Z. Ricoh indeed proves they are one of the most exciting, yet most understated camera manufacturer today.
Funnily, not a word about the 645Z on the DPR news page anywhere, despite the official teaser running for a week already on all Ricoh Imaging websites, and despite rumours that the 645Z may be the groundbreaking new camera that will redefine the meaning of the MF and image quality in general.
But, many other photography "news" are presented on DPR, including "possible announcement of a firmware update from Sony", or a "possible lens patent from Apple", or a "Mini M" from Leica (which was not mini M at all) ... are all readily presented for digestion and anticipation.
Good point. The low price of the new 645Z is making my eyes light up and I'm seriously thinking about selling one of my D800E's and a few lenses to get one.
I'm at a loss to understand why Metering and Focus are represented as one in the graphic summary. Last time I looked these were two different functions of a camera.
Dpreviewmember: it's just me or the OMD M1 jpegs, up to iso 3200 & 6400 look nicer than K3 and X-T1 in the image comparison tool, contrary to what the review conclusion says.Is it referring to Raw ?
I never look at the jpegs and immediately switch to the RAW settings in the test scene comparator.
I would have thought that the wireless flucard, that allows use of a phone or tablet as a remote, would have replaced the need for a tilt screen and added some value.
This camera deserves at least 85% IMO.
turvyT: This is not a post. It's just some words of my ongoing post. My post will be posted shortly, after pondering some editorial decisions. I'm short of staff lately, but I'm working at it nonetheless.
It's a preview of a post. :)
EthanX: 823 comments, excluding mine.
A PREVIEW 5 MONTHS AGO OF A CAMERA THAT WAS RELEASED 6 MONTHS AGO AND NOW A TRICKLE OF A REVIEW THAT WILL TAKE HOW LONG TO COMPLETE? (oops! CAPS LOCK)
Of course they'll score it against newer releases as well and it'll get less of the respect it probably deserves.
I also "love it" when reviewers compare prices of newly released cameras to the current street price of one that was released a year earlier. WTFP?
PS: Is this still a preview? DPR probably think so because they're not sure how many people, if any, have actually bought a K-3. ;-)
EJPB: This is adorable. That little purse reminds me of the purse my grandmother used to smack my elbows off the table.
Q7 basic kit= $400Q7 Premium kit= $1000The look you give yourself when you walk past a mirror and see you're carrying a man purse= Priceless
Yes and you can even take a keepsake of that special moment with the camera. ;)
Rumor has it that Nikon is about to release a D300 replacement called a D9300 (I'm not sure if that's an April 1st joke that came late).
I wonder if that camera will get a full review before the K-3 review is finished. DPR could well have been playing with a pre-release version of that camera and have been working on a review of it for a few weeks for all we know.