bobbarber: I like these Fuji cameras. I like this system. It just seems a little pricey to me, even though the lenses are first-rate. If I were starting, and didn't have to start over to go with Fuji, this is a system I would take a close look at.
The problem with Pentax (well, on of them, anyway) is that it does not offer a DSLM solution to its customers. The K-01 was a great opportunity with unique characteristics but the company seems to have abandoned that road. The Q system is simply not good enough for anything but certain types of street and travel-light shooting.
As tough as the crowd is, I'm sure everyone loves your reviews.
I'd like to share an idea. Time & budget permitting, I was wondering if you guys would entertain the thought of including a 'Tips and Tricks' section for the particular camera - the best settings and uses for certain types of shots (portrait, landscape, night time, increase in body sharpness to prevent, etc).
Now I know this adds an additional layer of work and time - but no other review web site does this (and probably because it would be so exhaustive) but since you guys already do a pretty comprehensive review, you guys might have insights that others may not. Could help and differentiate it from the other websites that do exactly the same thing.
Just a thought,4054
@ R Butler
On the same note, I do second the need to reduce the review time ASAP. I'm sure the readers would not mind a smaller in length review, perhaps even dropping testing certain less-essential but time-consuming aspects, all in favour of delivering reviews for more cameras in less time. For instance, exhaustive testing of JPG output parameters might be an overkill when RAW shooting bypasses them; after all, most JPG shooters are not that demanding.
Just a suggestion.
RStyga: I think Pentax 645D is still the cost/performance king *by far*.
@nicolaiThe advantage of MF is primarily enlargement tolerance. I've seen how a significant number of "professionals" think and work and what sort of "contracts" they run. So, please, spare me the fancy BS argument. What 645D enable a photographer to do is equally good and very much cheaper than the Hasselblad offer. There will be photographers who will benefit from the Hasselblad's established system but a great deal of them will be equally fine with the Pentax.
I think Pentax 645D is still the cost/performance king *by far*.
I will extend it to 60 entries. It's time consuming to check a large number of entries, especially when 1/5 of the original entries were violating the rules.
Please read the rules carefully before submitting an entry!
It seems that the reason for not reaching its estimated value was the lack of image stabilisation.
RStyga: A new brick on the block. I can't see this DSLR having much marketing success outside the professional photographer's community.
A professional camera need not be a brick, though.
The 16MP MFT sensors have been refined since first announced but I remain skeptical of the MFT as a system. I own and use MFT cameras and find this system very flexible and efficient. However, I'm not sure that Olympus and Panasonic will manage to keep a steady progress indefinitely given the physical limitations of the MFT sensor.
A new brick on the block. I can't see this DSLR having much marketing success outside the professional photographer's community.
So, is there a straight response to the question: how does A7/A7R perform in the frame periphery with WA Voigtlander M39/M lenses?
I would like to urge participants to vote based on artistic and photographic merit not self-interest otherwise the result will be self-cancelling.Thanks
This not the photo of the year. Whatever it is, it is not that. Personally, I think it has really catchy elements but it is not award-deserving. Hail, politics and "free" market...
I'm not sure what DPR is reporting but based on -at least- the test scene, the moire A7 and especially A7R produce is very much present and catastrophic. The RAW images are so ruined by moire that you must be either blind or biased to ignore it.
(sigh) This is one confusing piece of camera gear. I don't understand the egonomics of the design, and I can't see what is the technological progress on the new sensor besides, perhaps, monochrome photography. It emanates the "aroma" of Sigma's marketing dept. and makes me very nervous. Sigma can do much better and I'm still hopeful.
Another inexpensive, superb cost-benefit offering from Zeiss for the portability-constraint DSLM market. Only that it is not.
You can take a colour photo and convert it to B/W, film or digital, that is fine.
dynaxx: I have searched the specifications page carefully and the rest of the First Impressions review but you seem to have omitted any opinion on the naming of the Fuji image processor.
I found "EXR Processor II" a little dry and cryptic for my taste but the reviewer's opinion is always more credible than a humble amateur such as I.
I had assumed this would be part of every review since it was "writ large" in both the recent Sony A7 First Impressions and Final reviews that the reviewer objected to the name Bionz X.
All I crave is consistency.
I think proprietary technology is carefully named by the company's marketing dept and can be a big deal (from a marketing point of view). It might sound completely outrageous and stupid, but some people do get affected in their decisions to buy or not by the names of certain technological features of a product.
Funduro: Oh boy, locking knobs, lots of them. Watch Kai from DigitalRev go nuts with snarky remarks like he did with the Df. BTW Kai doesn't whine about knobs on very expensive Leica's though.
Kai's "reviews" are not reviews but -occasionalyl- entertaining clips about cameras.
I think DPR is right not to give the highest score on A7. There are quirks and issues to be addressed. I personally have complained about some of these. This does not detract from the fact that A7/R are groundbreaking products (save the repulsive logo at the front of the camera).