The fact that this camera is able to use all the glass from the past 50 years is a sure indication of how Nikon has ripped off its userbase.
They could have made it such that ALL NIKON AF cameras made up to now be able to use the older glass, but they chose to force their supporters to buy new lenses - if this is not greed then I don't know what is.
CFynn: I'd like to see a shot of the focusing screen
Yes, does it cater for manual focusing? That's the issue.
spidermoon: but where is the aperture ring on the lense ? This camera is mainly for people with lot of old manual Nikon lenses.
"The vertically-mounted front dial controls the aperture when shooting with Nikon's G-type lenses that don't have aperture rings."
This is a lens Sony users have been shouting for for a long time but now Sigma has gone greedy and removed the OS. Which means that a whole market segment that wants to use this lens on the FE or Nex E mounts with LA adapters will have no stabilisation.
Perhaps they should simply bolt on an FE mount with stabilisation and watch it take off. It'll give the 24-70mm f/4 Zeiss a fair thrashing since that lens is priced at $1000.00.
So here we have a team of highly intelligent engineers work together, using the latest equipment and techniques in technology to create a very complex piece of equipment - which just so happens falls far short of the capabilities of the eye of the dragonfly.
The eye in the dragonfly is connected to an unbelievable control system which allows it to keep track of parallel flying insects and keep itself perfectly synchronized in order to fool the prey that it is not pursuing it.
So how does the dragonfly get to get it's eyes and control system together, all by the mindless, random machinations of biological mutations?
Me thinks it's a bridge too far. But then, your mileage may vary.
About the tech itself- great stuff! The possibilities for applications are almost endless.
noegd: Would be interesting to see how this new 24-70 f/4 compares to Nikon's 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 (which in practice is no different than f/4 constant).
Maximum RR of the Nikkor is only 0.22x, but I'm not sure how many people would use a 24-70 for macro work.
MIght be more interesting to see the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 VR......this should be announced soon....
beautyintheeyes: April fool's joke?
Maybe it's because they don't have to....?
bimmerman: Wait a minute, did they say zoom type is extending??? Meaning the length of the lens changes when zoomed??? Oh no!!! say it ain't so Nikon. Why can't they make one like Canon? This is going to be a dust pump!!!
I think you're the only one who sees "extending" anywhere. Doesn't show up in the "find" function of IE. except in your post.
Looks to me like this is a result of Nikon's competitive spirit. So Canon users should be doubly thankful for that competition.
Canon was totally content to chase the sale of high price lenses by limiting the sensitivity.
Now they have to provide a feature that was available all the time but that's been suppressed by simply not enabling it.
Even the Nikon D600 has sensitivity to f/8. Competition is good!. Long live competition!
This lens is basically overpriced. Perhaps it's to compensate for the potential loss of super FAT profit that might disappear if or when they try to introduce f/1.8 versions of the 35mm and 24mm lenses.In my opinion, there's absolutely no reason why the lens should be so much more expensive than the 50 or 85mm f/1.8 G lenses.Perhaps someone would like to chirp in on that. OK, it's so late in the game most people interested in this kind of lens have long since moved on.
I have a difficulty understanding how one can compare different sized files to each other and expect to get reasonable answers. The MKIII files are so much smaller than that of the D600 one has to wonder if / how noise and sharpness has been changed from the original.
fastprime: Can someone explaing/expand on what he meant when he said:
"With this camera you can focus at a combined aperture of F8, which isn't possible with the D7000."
When the maximum available aperture is f/8. For instance if you use a 2x teleconverter with say the 200-400 f/4 lens, you end up with a maximum available aperture of f/8 instead of the f/4 that that lens supports without the teleconverter.It does not refer to the fact that lenses can be stopped down to f/8, i.e. you choose a setting of f/8 for the lens.
You have to be a Lunartic to buy this at this price. Sorry, couldn't help myself.
Make Believe: Where is dpreview getting this wrong information from? The camera can shoot at 10fps not 6fps LOL
A99 can do 10fps WITH FULL AUTO FOCUS. I'm not sure that the A77 can do that. You can check it up.
No sweep panorama shooting? REally strange.
I second GRAFLI: Why on earth didn't they put Windows 7.8 or even Windows 8 or Android on this phone? Whatever the stupid reason - probably political infighting in the company - I hope they put the same camera or better into the Lumina 950/1000 with dual core processor and Windows 8.
Same old f/6.3 at the long end - I suppose it's to keep the size small and the costs down, but it's really so boring. Nikon has already shown the way as others have mentioned already.
Problem might be with the single SLD element - unless they've performed miracles, the image quality will suffer at the telephoto end, no matter how one tries to stop down. If they really wanted to improve image quality, 3 SLD elements would have been much better.
I suppose the lens is aimed at a market segment that doesn't care THAT much about IQ.
Then there's the shortchanging of Sony and Pentax customers - they don't get to have an alternative to their in-built stabilization system, yet have to pay the same money. This is just greedy on Sigma's part.
Jefftan: Although sensor is much smaller than NEX (about 1/3 size) it is:
and the NEX sensor is not. May help overcome some IQ loss to sensor size
" 1.0-inch type Exmor® CMOS sensor "What's with the "1/3" you mention? Don't understand that.
Sony's going to struggle to produce enough of these babies! The image quality seems off the chart for such a high megapixel count. Then to top it off one can capture a 17Mp still whilst shooting video without interruption. I can just see version 2 (RX120) coming with a tiltable LCD.
"i'm running under w7 , but it's slow"
One should remember that since this is "free", it has been deliberately crippled so as to prevent people from using the trial instead of buying the production version. The old adage of "it's not optimized" is really a joke. Software has to be really badly written for it to not run fast on modern machines, and frankly the days of such badly written software are long gone. One can be sure they've checked out the algorithms before they released the beta - otherwise they'll have a devil of a time trying to get the beta to be production worthy.