PaulRacecar: I like the 300mm f/4. I have the Panasonic 100-300 - it is ok but it's slow and cannot be as sharp and well-adjusted as a prime. The price is very reasonable IMHO.
MK82 I never said "Prime is always sharper than zoom" I don't see that comment anywhere in my post. And what you said is true about sharpness. but there are compromises at every focal length in a zoom - distortion is often compromised, sharpness also in many cases.
Having read through some of these comments it is clear that DPR needs to hire these guys! They are so astute and full of knowledge - obviously more knowledgeable than the DPR staff writers. I'd much rather read an in-depth review written by any of these guys rather than the know-nothing DPR staff :D
By "Slow" I mean maximum aperture is slow especially at 300mm where it's most important. Sorry haven't looked at the 75-300 II. However it cannot be as sharp as a prime because of the zoom range. Zooms have to compromise at each focal length.
I like the 300mm f/4. I have the Panasonic 100-300 - it is ok but it's slow and cannot be as sharp and well-adjusted as a prime. The price is very reasonable IMHO.
Was planning to buy the T4i/EOS 650D, think I'll get this one instead. Latest model.
I was planning to buy the T4i/650D, now I've changed my mind and I'm getting this one instead. Why not get the latest model right?
I like that the camera can be controlled remotely with an iPhone. You can place it where you wouldn't want to go, and shoot from a distance. Sports and bird photography come to mind. Interesting and comprehensive reveiw, thanks guys!
Artur Kozlowski: shouldn't they be using Olympus cameras for the Olympics? 8^)
My thoughts exactly!
Those robots are trying to look cool using Canon 1D's and "L" series lenses. Couldn't they have chosen a less cool system? :)
I just received mine. It’s small, it’s light and the Auto WB is extremely accurate. It nails most ambient light perfectly (even in a school cafeteria). This is the camera to take with you on a hike. Put whatever lens on it you want, put it in a hip pouch and go. It’s also the camera to take with you on a family trip, or a kid’s soccer match or school play. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or a beginner, it’s an easy choice because of the price. The kit lens is all many people will need IMHO. The IQ is excellent, although the NEF files aren’t the best. You can always switch to M mode and take complete control of your exposure options. I like that Nikon included a +/- accessible next to the shutter release. Haven’t made a video yet.
The fact that the Nikon factory in Fukushima was decimated in the March 2011 tsunami is not lost on the Japanese government. I’m guessing they brokered a deal with Canon and Nikon to allow Nikon to have a distinct price advantage, along with a better product. Japan cannot allow an imaging titan like Nikon to falter in the world market. I think they shook hands under the table and said “Canon you let Nikon have this one, you’ll get your turn next." Just saying.
Thanks for the wonderful reveiw! I prefer the D800 for video b/c it auto-focuses. The only problem is that if the audio is quiet, you can hear a crackling noise as the D-800 focuses. I pick up the 5DIII more often for stills b/c it's so much easier to use and it feels better in my hands. I like the quality of the jpgs, and skin tones of the 5DIII. No surprise that both cameras earned an 82 score.
This the uncropped version.
I placed a large blue piece of cardboard behind the subject to provide an uncluttered backdrop, and to keep the wind down a little. Gitzo tripod-mounted 5Dmk II, Canon 100mm Macro.
Used a diffusion screen on this one also. Keeps the highlights from blowing out and creates a pleasant over-all illumination of the subject.
I call this "mosquito marsh" b/c I was being swarmed by mosquitos as I took this picture. Thank you DEET! I was only bitten once on a spot where I didn't spay insect repellant.
1600 ISO is still relatively noise-free with the Oly PEN E-P3. RAW processing makes it even less noisey. This is a sharp and very usable file.
The Oly 12mm f/2.0 is a pefect interior lens. It allows lower ISOs and captures the whole scene.
It's difficult to get a pet to pose properly. They get distracted easily and refuse to sit still. It's even harder to get them to look at the camera. Used the Canon 24-105mm L f/4, hand-held using the Live View mode.
I noticed the birds flying in the backround after I processed the photo and viewed it on the big screen. I love this photo because of the beautiful gradations of Orange into Black and the birds silouetted behind the magnificent tree.