Now everybody listen to my impersonation of a famous DPR commenter:'It is really a 75mm-f/4.2 lens. Manufacturers are such cheaters.'Thank you ladies anf gentlemen.
sean lee: Hi, Guys. I have a question. I am not professional photographer. Just like to take pictures.
Now I am using Canon t2i with EF 50mm F1.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 and Sigma 10-20mm. I am satisfying with their IQ but I want to have little smaller body in retro style. I was waiting if canon announce retro style SLR so I can keep the lenses I have now, but I don't think canon will announce and I am tire to keep waiting.
If I switch to Olympus E-M10 or Panasonic GM1, am I down grade or up grade? or just same grade in IQ? Thank you,
peevee1: Your claim that micro 4/3 sensors perform better than full-frame is, to say the least, outlandish. It made my day. Thank you.
Hi, Sean.I'd say it all depends on your definition of 'IQ'. You'll find little difference in most parameters, but the m4/3 cameras will possibly show some tendency to clip highlights and a bit more noise. I'd say the Olympus will perform marginally better in this respect. You should also be prepared for a 4:3 aspect ratio, rather than the 3:2 you're used to (you can always crop the pictures, of course) and, more importantly, you'll have a slow and erratic autofocus. (Trust me: I've been using m4/3 since 2011.)All in all it will be a step sideways, except if you really crave retro that much. If I were you I'd be saving money for either the Sony Alpha 7 or the Nikon Df. They're way more expensive than the cameras you're considering, but you'll have better performance in all respects and, in the case of the Nikon, a proper viewfinder. If that's too steep for you, you'll be fine with either of the cameras, but I'd recommend the Olympus for its better ergonomics and integrated viewfinder.
Gordon W: No RAW, no deal!
Right. Don'buy it, then.
ManuelVilardeMacedo: "Aside from it's questionable build quality""Its", not "it's".Illiteracy is taking over. Maybe most don't care, or maybe I'm just being picky, but where will it end?Grammar aside, the Benro and Induro ball heads seem to be little more than OEM, made in China products that can be purchased under other brands for less with only slight differences between them. One of those brands is Triopo, which appears to be a polish-chinese venture. Worth checking out for its good price-quality ratio.
My apologies to Mr. Westlake and the article's author. It was really not my intention to offend or insult anyone. I'm just worried about the careless way people write nowadays, that's all. I concede it might have been just a typo. Otherwise it is a nice, thorough and informative article which I read with great interest - especially as I've found a bargain carbon fibre tripod and (separate) ball head from Triopo and am planning to upgrade the latter some time this year.(@sandy b: that "definately" was on purpose...)
jtan163, your definatey right. You're reply is suburb.
"Aside from it's questionable build quality""Its", not "it's".Illiteracy is taking over. Maybe most don't care, or maybe I'm just being picky, but where will it end?Grammar aside, the Benro and Induro ball heads seem to be little more than OEM, made in China products that can be purchased under other brands for less with only slight differences between them. One of those brands is Triopo, which appears to be a polish-chinese venture. Worth checking out for its good price-quality ratio.
ManuelVilardeMacedo: Inane. If this is all Canon can come up with to counter smartphones' rising sales, I fear for the future of their camera division...
Stop embarrassing yourself.
I'm not going to step down to your level by responding to insults. It's not your fault that you didn't get proper education. I pity people like you. Try to get a grip on yourself.
Did you think before replying? 'Countering' is not the same as competing. And your obvious Canon fanboyism is no excuse for being rude, sir!
plasnu: LOL. This is a typical ultra strange product from a big company based on the marketing research results. A few months ago, I remember Canon was using rainbow color to promote their first N concept camera without even knowing the rainbow is the iconic color for the minority against the big power like CANON. So cynical. I love to see N concept Powerpoint presentation materials, which should be full of jokes and myths!
What makes you think they do any marketing research?
meland: Sadly some of you sound like the usual smug experts who comment mockingly on anything that isn't aimed at the 'photographic elite'.
Faced with the threat of camera phones what would you prefer the camera manufacturers do? Try something new, or roll over and die?
Remember if manufacturers can't replace the volumes of camera sales already being lost to phones, then as a consequence the reduction in turnover means the equipment aimed at you is going to have less spent on future development, will certainly become more expensive, and may even cease to exist at all.
Although I resent your tone when you mention the smug 'experts', you're mostly right. Yet this is most certainly not the camera that will invert cameras' sales tendency for Canon.
Inane. If this is all Canon can come up with to counter smartphones' rising sales, I fear for the future of their camera division...
Superka: ____________________!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!________________________________FILM (and its grain) IS MORE ABOUT SCANNER (and its light source), NOT THE FILM!!!!!!! LOOK AT:6300dpi scan, Velvia 100f, Fuji TX-1, Hasselblad X5 scanner.
Dean, thanks for the input. I'm light years behind you in what concerns photographic knowlege, but my experience tells me any ASA 100 film will do great night photographs with the camera mounted on a tripod and set at, say, f/8 and 2,5". (Incidentally, that's also what I do with my digital camera: I keep ISO as low as possible to avoid noise.)
dave_bass5: Can't see the point of this really. Why not compare what modern tech can do? Show people how well (or not) a modern DSLR stacks up against a modern smartphone. No one buys those old DSLRS anyway, so what relevance does it have.?Slow news day by the looks of it.
I'm lost for words...
Superka is right. Scanners induce a grain pattern that's all too similar to digital noise. I've noticed it in scans made with an Epson V750. On the other hand, colour transparency and high sensivity colour films aren't the most widely used, making me doubt the validity of the comparison: the average 35mm shooter would normally use Kodak Tri-X 400 or Ilford FP4 for black and white and Portra 160 for colour, thus getting less grain. And it's no surprise for anyone familiar with both film and digital that film cameras capture a lot of detail.Re. the smartphones, comparing them with a Nikon D800 is too unfair for devices which are used for their convenience rather than for extreme image quality. However, it must be said smartphones' image quality has come a long way and has made (comparatively) greater progress than digital DSLRs.
qwertyasdf: I guess, without question, combo of the year =Pentax K3 + Sigma 18-35
O...wait...the Sigma doesn't come in PK mount ;)
"I guerss, without question"How articulate.
Great. A bunch of people who probably never experienced either of these cameras giving their well-founded opinion on them. I expect a record-breaking number of comments...
belard: My 2014 resolution:
Ditch the word 'phablet'.
Partially yours,The World
Roland Karlsson: Do Nikon provide a split image focussing screen for this camera?
No. It is clear from the review. Shame...