As someone who had no intent of purchasing this lens; but upon testing it out on the D600 I did end up buying it, sharpness was but one factor. To my eye (and in comparison to my current 50mm f1.4 G) this new 58mm was far sharper at the focus point at f1.4. The out of focus areas were rendered quite nicely and the way the photo is drawn by the lens is what attracted me. I rarely read MTF charts because, what/how I shoot, I often don't care or worry about the corners.
This lens has replaced my 50mm (I sold it the same day) and I will be happy to keep the 58mm and 35mm as my main shooting lenses. Heck, the 58mm may even replace the 85mm f1.4 D I still own.
DaveCS: Maybe it's me but the title of the DPReview post:NYT offers a look 'hometown' across the U.S. through the eyes of teens
Makes absolutely no sense. It needs, at the very least, an "at" nestled in there between "look" and " 'hometown' ". Sorry but while the photos are great title read not well when missing word thing (catch the drift?).
= You can "look there" and understand, without being told "look at there" or "look over there." Army drill sergeants bark "Eyes right!" =
Yes, that's correct, a person can say "Look there" or "Eyes right" as a command, and be understood. However, the last time I checked, in reading DPReview (or any other online publication for that matter) I am reading and not dealing with a person directly, hence the difference and the reason why the original headline did not make sense.
Maybe it's me but the title of the DPReview post:NYT offers a look 'hometown' across the U.S. through the eyes of teens
This would be interesting BUT, currently, SnapSeed has all I need from a mobile perspective. I honestly tried that mobile version of Photoshop and it was far too cumbersome. SnapSeed is a breeze in comparison.
DaveCS: Don't know if it's been mentioned before or not - I haven't seen it in the comments yet:
FYI - if you want a charger (external) it's going to cost you an extra $48 (plus any applicable taxes/shipping) since the GR, unfortunately, doesn't come with one :(
Mr Butler (thank you BTW for your continued reviews and work on this site :) )
The preview states the following:"The camera is charged via the USB socket, though it comes with a fast-charging 1A adapter."
That to me is "sort of clear" - as people may assume that "fast charging 1A adapter" = external charger
Again, please check the B&H site under "Whats In The Box" - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/965424-REG/ricoh_175743_gr_digital_camera.html
Compare that to the GRD IV "Whats In The Box" - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/822129-REG/Ricoh_175723_GR_DIGITAL_IV_Digital.html
An external charger is not included with the new GR.
Based on what I've seen via B&H the camera does not come with an external charger - unless there's an error on B&H's site. Based on "What's In The Box" - the camera is charged via USB - therefore you have to have the battery in the camera and the camera plugged into the USB adapter to charge the battery. There is/are external chargers available (both Ricoh and third party) but they will add cost to the camera. Just an FYI - not dissing the camera.
Don't know if it's been mentioned before or not - I haven't seen it in the comments yet:
ogl: The lens of Ricoh kills Nikon Coolpix A.
We'll see how it all turns out in the end. I have loved, so far, what the A can do - and specifically once you pop on a Nikon flash which is one thing Ricoh won't be able to handle with ease (Nikon's flash exposures are the best I've seen - it made me switch from Canon about 3-4 years ago). Good to have Ricoh back in the game - I wonder how long a review will take :D Cheers,Dave
Thanks for pointing this out Marike6 - this is very interesting - this is only a "Preview" as per DPReview's titling suggests so I wonder if something in their testing needs to be tweaked OR perhaps they have a poor Coolpix A copy.
I too loved the GR II and III (owned both) but I've since moved to the Coolpix A for my "carry everywhere" P&S - yes it was pricey but I'm pleased with the High ISO and IQ out of the camera. I too will await more testing before figuring out what to do because the one thing that will trump the Nikon is the Ricoh's ergonomics.
I have played with the camera at my local shop and, to be honest, I liked how it felt in the hand. I've been waiting for a "replacement" to the Ricoh GRD series (yes there's talk of a GRD V with an APSC sensor but I've seen no proof nor any firm confirmation from Pentax/Ricoh). I honestly thought Nikon was dumb for bringing this camera out - I've since changed my mind.
This camera has a lot going for it - not just great IQ as many have stated - the ergonomics (which is what led me to the GRD series in the first place) are ALMOST as good as Ricoh - I would say that the Coolpix A is second only to the GRD in terms of ergonomics. The sensor is ridiculously good and so is the lens on the A - yes it costs more but compare it to the Sigma DP Merills. This camera fits into my pocket has better IQ than my Samsung smartphone and I would enjoy using it. Those are 3 winning reasons right there to look at this seriously.
While Barbara Ann could have been more restrained and professional in her email exchange it is still theft. It is still wrong. Many people seem to feel that it is somehow "less wrong" because the image is online and "out there on the web" or "there wasn't any copyright attached to the image". There is no "less wrong" about theft. It is wrong period. My only question I had to Barb in her original post was this: If you are not interested in this contest because you felt it cheapens marriage and you don't want your brand associated with it - how did you come upon the presentation? (especially if what the radio exec claims as truth - that it only went out to aprox 10 clients)
Konica-Minolta called and they want their 2001 body design specs back . . . .
DaveCS: The sensor is the unknown variable here.CMOSIS has only been in the game since late 2007-early 2008.
Right now, I wouldn't touch this camera with a 10 foot pole.
I would wait to see some results out of that sensor before even considering that camera for my lenses.
I've owned, in the past (mid-late 2008) an M8 and it had to travel, after a week of playing with it, to Germany to get the sensor replaced - granted these where the old Kodak sensors that were just plain crappy. But it's that experience that kept me from buying an M9 and it may still keep me from this camera until Leica can prove to me that they've got their "act" together.
I currently love my film Leicas (two M7s) and their lenses but they have to produce something spectacular at a "fair" (relatively speaking of course) price for me to look at them for digital again.
The sensor is the unknown variable here.CMOSIS has only been in the game since late 2007-early 2008.
Marty4650: Hey... lets be honest.
A camera optimized for black and white photography is news.A "special commemorative designer edition" for $25,000 isn't news at all.
Leica is famous for grinding out special editions that only differ in two ways from their regular editions... "they cost a lot more" and are "very exclusive."
Dpreview needs to get off their Leica worship kick. These are just repackaged cameras, offering nothing new or innovative. This website should be about cameras, not about marketing methods of squeezing more money out of people who have too much money for their own good.
The only "news" here is that a few fools will order these overpriced kits.
"This website should be about cameras, not about marketing methods of squeezing more money out of people who have too much money for their own good."
You mean cameras that never get upgraded then? I'm not endorsing Leica (or DP Review) but basically every other camera upgrade path was not necessarily about being "new" or "innovative" - what about the Megapixel race (that seems to have now died finally.. thank God)? When those were coming out fast and furious with the only thing different being the number of MP they could squeeze onto a little sensor was that not a "marketing method"? Every camera maker does something stupid - be it Leica or Canon or Nikon or what have you. This is no different than any other brand.
heh.. I used this tagline on my FB and on another forum: "Leica, YOU are the 1% !!"
(but seriously, even for a relatively distortion free lens - based on the MTF chart - I think $7,000+ is excessive - this just means used Leica M glass will go up in value AND the "new" Zeiss m-mount glass produced by Cosina can raise their prices and STILL be a bargain) :D
I'm surprised no one's been (and DP Review as well) talking/posting about the new 50mm Summicron that was also released today... APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH - all for the low low price of $7,195 USD..... ya.. 50mm... f2... (mind you it's almost distortion free)
You guys can continue to b*tch, moan and complain about the brand (regardless of which camera brand you're complaining about) - I'm going out to shoot my film cameras.... :)
Aaron MC: I hope that Fuji keeps these updates coming. The ONLY thing keeping me from buying an X Pro 1 are the focus issues.
Ya.. I just think AF speed and saying AF is "good" or "slow" or "great" or "unacceptable/just fine" is subjective. Don't spend your money then - that's cool - just wait for the next iteration of the camera.. mind you... at that point you may compare it to something else.. and again claim it's "unacceptable" or "good" etc. :)