PeteGrady: It helps to have really attractive models. Using anything shorter than ~28mm becomes really challenging with everyday people. These look good in part because of the models, and even then I think some miss the mark. It's good to urge photographers to break from their comfort zones as long as there are sufficient alerts to where the problems can crop up. Rishi does a bit of that and I'd like to see more...like how sensitive this style of portraiture is to moving the camera above or below the subjects eyes. It can get exaggerated VERY quickly. Ultimately I'm more impressed by his use of light.
"Those were just metered for the face" - what is the exposure compensation needed if metered for a white person's face? What about black and brown people?
That brunette model looks a bit like Gal Gadot.
Dester Wallaboo: I heard a saying once from a photographer I highly respect: "Amateurs talk about gear. Professionals talk about composition. Masters talk about light."
“When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning. When artists get together they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine.”
― Pablo Picasso
Why don't you make an option to "like" the features/ articles? Just like the way we "like" the comments.
To me, the greatest feature of this camera is continuous eye tracking autofocus. I am happy with the image quality that I get from my 6D, but I really wish my camera had this capability. I would love to capture candid portraits with shallow DoF. Even in case of posed portraits, I would be able to concentrate more on composing and lighting, whereas my camera would keep on focusing on the eye of the subject.
DStudio: Since some here are raving about the Sony A7R II in comparison, I went back and reviewed the gallery again. I remember I especially liked the photos of the girl looking out the window.
Too bad, they would have been even better with this camera.
The Sony is good, but it's not even in the same class as this camera. Not a single one of those photos compares to the better photos here. These simply have better dimensionality. The photos look and feel more like the actual items, rather than just photos of the objects. These are the nicest quality photos I've seen in a DPR gallery in a while.
There's really no trick to seeing the difference. Just take your analytical, rational glasses off for a moment. Instead observe and feel the photos as you go through them. Don't try *too* hard; just notice that most photos don't have quite the qualities these do. Perhaps some purists will prefer other Leica models, but this Leica glass is still capturing something special that most others miss!
Well, what I am seeing here mostly is wide angle shots with very shallow DoF, which gives an illusion of 3D ness. I can't understand why that feel cannot be replicated by other cameras and lenses. There is no Leica magic here.
lorenzo de medici: Rishi is a fine photographer, and optically the lens appears to be excellent. I'm just not a fan of close up portraits, or wide angle shots with a shallow DOF. So while I commend Sigma for producing a unique product, it's not one that I would buy or use.
@Rishi: I too like wide angle portraiture for the reason you mentioned. But I would not shoot with wider than 35mm though - 24 mm looks too wide for me, but of course it is a personal preference. And I feel that wider angle portraits make female subjects look cuter (instead of model-like) and gives overall an intimate feel. For those interested, here is a flickr group for portraits shot with 35mm lens on full frame (not my photos): https://www.flickr.com/groups/35mmlensportraits/pool/
supersport100: Too bad, my Canon 5D III can't do it. It's 2015 and the established manufacturers never got it done. The most comprehensive overall system don't help if the eyes are out of focus. Sony must have seen this lack of competence and saw this as a huge chance.
Focus on the eyes, sounds so basic.
Hey Canon, can you now start learning from the competition, please?
And here: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d810.htm
"Auto AF-Area Select: Finds the face even if it's not in the center and even if it's not the closest thing. (Actual view through viewfinder; pretty sharp, eh?) I didn't select this AF area, the camera did, and it tracks all around the finder as the subject moves.
When the face is close enough, it is smart enough to focus on the closest eye all by itself, which is perfect!
It even thinks this smart and this fast if I'm behind my subject. Here the D810 sees and focusses on the nearest eyelash:"
From here: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d750.htm
"Ryan plays a flight simulator(photo)See? Dead-on AF in dim light at f/1.4. The AF system is smart enough to find that eye and nail it.
AF Auto-Area Select uses face recognition to find the subject's nearest eye and focus on it automatically. It really works, and will find the correct eye on which to focus and ignore closer objects that are covered by the AF sensors.
Here's a typical example of how the Auto AF-Area select sees right past a distracting, closer, brighter central foreground object and focuses on the subject's eye instead, all by itself:(photo)This is a huge help for people and family pictures. Instead of having to stop and jockey the AF area selector manually, I can let the camera find the eyes and take care of the focus so I can concentrate on my subject.
(photo)Crop from above.Again, focussed automatically right on the eyes, not bad at f/1.4 at ISO 1,800. My D750 found the eyes, focussed, and I shot. Easy!"
AFAIK, both D810 and D750 has eye detection AF. Don't know about D610 though. No DX sensor Nikon has it.
Didn't Sony just missed the opportunity to have exclusive Zeiss AF lenses for their mount? They could share their AF specifications to Zeiss and could have Af lenses for E mount. As both Nikon and Canon do not have AF Zeiss lenses for their mounts, this could be a huge advantage for Sony.
£1499.99 / €1459!!!? I dont even find 24-70mm range useful, as an f4 lens it could be at least 85mm on the long end IMO to be useful for portraits.
IcyVeins: Great job Canon. You've made your final Rebel DSLR and now you're killing off your customers so that they don't switch over to Sony and Nikon once you've closed up shot on Rebels for good.
@ ImageInstyle: If it was made in Japan, it would be radioactive :)
skin tone looks very beautiful in this photo!