StephenL: When will people realise there is no such thing as full frame? m4/3 is full frame to an Olympus user. Yet to a Pentax 645 owner, a Canon 5D sensor is tiny.
What is now referred to as 'FF' has the largest lens catalogue and had the largest lens catalogue for the last 50 years probably. And largest lens catalogue usually coincides with largest market share in the ILC market. APS-C created an exception to that rule by creating a hybrid system using a flange distance and lens mount from a 24x36 mm system with a smaller sensor meaning people were able to use lenses designed for larger sensors very easily.
lacikuss: When you offer purchasing advise, like in this article, I'd recommend to narrow your comparable cameras based on customer segments and not on sensor size, which is pointless.
If I'm a video enthusiast, then I can't agree with your D750 top recommendationIf I'm a landscape enthusiast then I can't agree with your D750 top choiceIf I'm a sports & wildlife shooter, then I can't agree with your D750 top choiceIf I like light camera for travel, then I can't agree with your D750 recommendationIf I have a limited budget, then I can't agree with your D750 recommendationetc.
High-end Camera is an obscure and very subjective matter.
Please learn some marketing fundamentals and start focusing on your customers preferences rather than the obscure technology that manufactures use to trigger desired features that most of the time true photographers hardly ever need.
If you offer enough categories, eventually every camera will will in at least one. How meaningful that is, is another question (the European awards for 'Best xxx of the year' follow that pattern).
And a lot of people aren't wedded to one category only, they shoot a wide range of subjects and thus a camera which is pretty decent in all categories is likely the best choice for the majority of photographers.
Do you have to be on a boat to get that shot?
Cheng Bao: "Based on CIPA standards. Compensates for angular shake (pitch and yaw). Measured using a Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA lens, with long exposure noise reduction off."
Wondering what the long exposure noise reduction to do with IBIS cipa rating.
Noise reduction can affect acuity, the impact of shake might be measured by measuring acuity.
VirtualMirage: DPR, I feel that was a poor choice of words to say that the A-mount is "Not Dead Yet". It labels the brand with a negative stigma, one I don't think is warranted. Your headline implies that A-mount is dying or will be dead instead of reassuring that A-mount is alive and the focus on the mount is on fewer models that is focusing on a higher end clientele.
As we have seen so far, their product release cycles have not been longer. The release between the A77 and A77II is far shorter than it was from the A700 to A77. We could assume it will be the same with the A99's successor too. When there are fewer products to release, there will naturally be fewer announcements.
Now it would be nice to see more lens or flash announcements. This latest announcement is a good sign.
VirtualVirage:You have very much confirmed my impression of a sad state of affairs.
mpgxsvcd: You guys do realize that the more controversy there is in these reviews the more clicks Dpreview gets, right? They have no incentive to put out an article that everyone says “Yup I agree” and then goes about their merry way.
They have been posting articles lately that attract attention because they are controversial and we take the bait. Personally I like it this way. I like the controversy. Others may not though.
Do you realise that your comment says more about you, than about DPreview?
If news organisation aren't allowed to make puns in their headlines anymore, then we've arrived at a very sad state of affairs.
Beckler8: Like all the haters here, I too think this is pretty stupid. It's a luxury image camera. But then admit that Rolls Royce and Rolex are ridiculous as well. At least this camera is a rebadge of a great model, whereas those two examples are badges of nothing.
Mark,the car manufacturer Rolls Royce (now a subdivision of BMW) has long parted ways (41 years ago) with the jet engine manufacturer bearing the same name. Besides the name and maybe a logo nothing much still connects these two companies.
Rolls Royce engines are based on BMW engines. The Bentley Continental GT is based on the Volkswagen Phaeton platform.
FocusBogus: This Alpha series has a problem: A7, a7, α7 or Alpha 7?
My suggestion is that it should be named to "Alpha", like Cyber Shot. No more hassle with α.
Simple, it is called the Alpha A7.
noirdesir: Doesn't the iPhone 6 camera sensor offer the same: on-sensor PD AF & one-shot HDR?
I never said they were the same, just that they use the same technology (PD AF, one-shot HDR).
ozturert: I'm impressed with the fact that there still exist people who say "I see no point in spending money on a MF camera which has a smaller sensor than real MFs. Real MFs have ... sensor".Go and buy whatever you like. Why whining here? Trying to prove something? This is the king of price/performance cameras with excellent body, DSLRlike ergonomics, good UI, state-of-the-art AF system and nice lenses (not the best, but still very good). If you like bigger sensors, go and buy a camera with a bigger sensor and use them.
I didn't mention the mirror, I mentioned only the mirrorbox. Out of three elements I mentioned I was wrong in regard to the viewfinder (that was just a guess on my part seeing how in digital MF differently-sized sensors and even film backs are supported by the camera, the integrated nature of the 645D/Z naturally removes such constraints). And while a couple of lenses have been designed for a smaller image circle, the vast majority of lenses has been designed for a larger image circle (one can argue that most of those lenses aren't any good on digital anyway but no-one has made it yet).
When I read stacked and on-sensor PD AF, I only care about PD AF because stacked like BSI isn't tied to any clear sensor performance improvement. Thus, for the actual user of a camera what matters is PD AF and the rest is effectively technical implementation details.
And I stand corrected on the iPhone 6 being first. But why doesn't the article (the part written by DPreview) refer to these two smartphone families (Galaxy and iPhone) as already having PD AF?
I was just pointing out that headline feature of this sensor is on-sensor PD AF. Which was also the headline feature of the iPhone 6 camera. And this is only the second time that this feature has been implemented on a phone camera sensor. Why is that not worth mentioning?
I didn't say the sensors were the same, I merely said that the iPhone 6 sensor offers the same headline features (on-sensor PD AF & one-shot HDR) as this sensor (obviously with a different resolution).
Doesn't the iPhone 6 camera sensor offer the same: on-sensor PD AF & one-shot HDR?
Put it like this: It is suboptimal to get a mirrorbox, viewfinder prism, and lenses designed for a larger sensor. You are paying for and carrying stuff you cannot make use of.
Suave: Surprisingly reasonable price. Looks like someone at Canon has learned his lesson.
120-300 mm f/2.8 + TC, not so great indeed at f/4 and f/5.6:http://www.lenstip.com/342.4-Lens_review-Sigma_120-300_mm_f_2.8_APO_EX_DG_OS_HSM_Image_resolution.html
Cane: How come 3rd party manufacturers outside Sigma and Tamron can't make an AF lens?
Plus there is the question of licensing or reverse-engineering the software protocols via which the lens communicates with the camera. Licensing is probably out for Chinese manufacturers and reverse-engineering requires constant keeping up to date and issuing firmware updates.
Kinematic Digit: I refuse to buy or recommend any Lacie products anymore. They have one of the worst failure rates of their products out there.
The service support doesn't exist with them with issues, and in certain cases (such as out of warranty), they will advise people to buy a new product for 15% off instead of repairing problems that have been well documented and mentioned by other including on their own support forums.
NEVER BUY A LACIE PRODUCT until they have fixed their QA issues, warranty issues, and put in place a proper after warranty program.
And you have data that show that the sales numbers of WD are 20x higher than those of WD? HDDs do fail which makes such Google results rather meaningless as one will find results for every brand. And the term 'failure rate' does not imply worse than the competition, every HDD product range has a 'failure rate'. 'Failure rate' might co-occur with 'best', 'worst', 'highest', 'lowest'. Already the fact that you think such a Google result has any meaning, doesn't create confidence in your ability to estimate the relative reliability of different brands.
Whenever I read something negative about LaCie it comes from people have a zeal to make sure the world knows about it. Hardly a group of people whom one would trust to evaluate things objectively.