D 503: The arrogance of Nikon towards the rest of the world is shown by calling it Nikon USA. Is there something wrong with us Nikon?
How dare that Japanese company Nikon call their US branch Nikon USA.
Black Box: It's really sad "most of them were never published". WHY, is a good question.
because there's only so many pages a month
stevo23: Why not? Makes sense, but...M43? Why commit to that? It has no future.
"m4/3" is a place that low performance makers can survive so it's quite natural Kowa starts from there. this is only the start."
How do you do this? Come here everyday non-stop to troll DPR?
pancromat: going to their website i don't see spotting scopes and binoculars. i see a manufacturer of high precision industrial and CCTV lenses. so they chose a few lenses off their portfolio which are capable of 4/3" and affordable, put on a MFT mount - thats it. no big invention, no "joining the MFT waggon".
Seriously? You've never heard of Kowa before? http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Kowa
Neodp: The f/0.95 only would realize its light gathering prowess if onto a superior comparable sensor (better DR, tonal, color sensitivity), no matter its size. Micro 4/3 is not there yet. It's too much a compromise. A non-compromising lens is no match. Then, there's less 3D looking bokeh blur, and its quality. Meaning, you should understand, the Bokeh is similar to f/1.8 on larger sensors. Not f/0.95. Not light I say; but the Bokeh. Which is not an F-Stop measure; but looks different depending on the crop factor at the same F-Stop, due to your relative focal angle vs. distances (you place your 25mm m43 where a 50mm FF would be for the same angle.) Composing that same angle, puts you into more DOF range, and that's less Bokeh in the [actual] differing mm of the different sized systems. The actual mm focal length does not change.
An equivalent focal mm is not the same as an actual focal length mm, in all of its photographic qualities.
Why do you assume that anyone who buys into a µ4/3 system doesn't know anything about photography or what they are doing?
Zoron: wow....X100s and omd-em10 cheaper-alternative killer
Not really- as this is a point and shoot, not interchangeable lens.
Photato: No PDAF points on Sensor it seems.The Autofocus more likely is Contrast Detection slow.I like the lens Focal range and apertures though.As for the Muti-aspect sensor, the emphasis should have been 16:9 and 3:2, and not 4:3.
The E-M1 uses PDAF for comparability of the old 4/3 lenses.
Jogger: Much much better option than the Pana GH4 where you need an ext recorder to get prores. The only thing missing is 12V power and XLR input, but, the GH4 doesnt have that either.
"some African tribe men can see three times higher frequencies or 10 times more pixels will be needed but 8K should be still good enough for mass media and the majority of applications for long time." you have finally gone over the deep end yabokkie- I have not a single clue what you're babbling about this time, and am even wondering why I'm pointing that out, as you pretty much live in your own weird world.
grock: I used to think the comments on indie music blogs were the worst, but photography websites are really catching up. So much freaking jealousy and pettiness. So many people here can't stand it if someone is successful if they have what are deemed to be less than perfect technical skills with a camera, or if their composition seems amateurish or non-groundbreaking. Photography exists so that people can look at and enjoy photographs. Guess what? If someone enjoys looking at a photo you took, you succeeded. Nothing else--the brand and cost of your camera, the artistic merit, the people paying for the photo, the post-processing, the lack of preparation, etc-- matters.
Indeed! I come to DPR less and less (and most photo sites in general) because of that. Or if anything- I come to read DPR's reviews and have to stop myself from reading any comments on anything.
wb2trf: Although the story naturally compares complexity of this camera to high end dslr's, the simplicity message is most relevant in the low end market. A tear down of the A3000 vs the d3200 would show how brutal is the problem for dslrs in the high volume low margin end of the market. Fundamentally all dslrs are of similar manufacturing complexity. I'll bet that the contribution to overheads from the sale of each A3000 at $369 is 2x that of the entry dslrs that it competes with, and the image quality is as good or better.
Nikon's situation is particularly untenable unless they get help from some external factor: they're wedded to an obsolete electo-mechanical design and they are dependent on Sony for their best sensors. Whatever they do, Sony can match IQ in higher margin lower cost product. They need to offer a professional mirrorless camera soon. I think they will do it, but maybe not soon enough.
"Nikon and Canon has a mirrorless cards up their sleeves which they did not use yet. Namely, EF and F mounts, which make a lot of sense for FF cameras, mirrorless or not. Canon also has another, the Dual Pixel AF."
They'll have to do better than that- also, FF is not the end all be all of everything photographic.
new boyz: Some say Sony or Samsung will never be able to make a good camera because they are electronic based companies, not photography based like the big two. This article reminds us that maybe an electronic company actually makes better camera, from hardware point of view. Now, where's the firmware update, Sony?
Sony is an electronics manufacturer... they could use a bump in their optics dept, which they've done with partnerships with Ziess + Olympus.
AndyGM: Hmm... I thought JK Imaging's gameplan was to focus (no pun intended) on the Chinese market, where Kodak is still a well known brand (and an American brand at that), and there is a lot of anti Japanese sentiment? The idea being to hoodwink the Chinese public into believing they are buying an "American" camera and none of that nasty Japanese stuff, when in reality they are selling either a modified Japanese camera made side by side in the same factory that said Japanese company uses, or a Chinese knockoff of something that was a Japanese idea in the first place.
JK imaging is an American company.
Peter Gregg: What a difference a day makes. The new images are representative of what I expect - and was hoping for - from this lens. It is pro level and the results certainly look like it. It seems on par in quality with the 85L II by eyeballing these images. Having both lenses in hand would confirm it, or show the deficiencies. The advantage of the 4/3 system is equal light as full frame with a little deeper range in depth of field. For most folks this is an advantage making full frame a disadvantage because of the razor thin depth of field. For most purposes this is a big plus, except for those that are looking for an ultra thin range in their DOF envelope.
This comment thread is why I come less and less to DPR. Camera people are one rung lower than youtube trolls. Comments need to be turned off on the front page- leave the comments to the forums.
jennyrae: does not appear worth $1,600.
jennyrae, you're not making much sense.
slncezgsi: From the samples I have seen I have no doubt about the IQ this lens can deliver - crisp & sharp. But I for some reason expected more in the DOF department.
If I were in a market for a fast portrait lens for m43 I would have hard time to pick this lens over the Voigtlander 0.95 one - if I would be able to get by without AF (I would, none of my cameras have AF :) )
"what else than cheating?"
You never make any sense.
Well... at least it comes with a lens hood.
J Yohan: 0.50m Minimum focusing distance is pretty amazing for that focal length.
that would not be the same focal length.
Although to be fair, Canon is usually a super conservative company with it's products, so I'm a bit surprised they made this.
I imagine there will be a phone app made by someone shortly that does this (if there isn't one already).
retro76: Interesting, you never see most of the caneras selected in public, yet they somehow got best gear ???
Yeah well most people who own a camera have never been to this web site, and virtually all cameras I see at Canon Rebels, random pocket point and shoots and cell phones.DPR really is an enthusiast site.
I'm not a Samsung camera user, but I'm a fan- I like an underdog... well... minus the fact they're the largest consumer electronics manufacturer in the world- their camera division is pretty under-dog like.