These are great, thanks for sharing.
Kwick1: Am I the only one that absolutely hates the new test scenes? So dark, drab. Tough to find areas to compare easily.
I like the fact that the new scene it is physically flat, but I miss the highlight parts and deep shadows of the old one. The new scene is unfortunately flat also when it comes to light. I find that with the old one the differences between cameras were easier to spot.
Just so … amusing :)
Indeed a 20-50 or even 20-70 would have been better, but this lens still covers very relevant range and in a compact package. At the same time just 2x zoom should allow for very good optical quality. It would be IMO logical if a 50-150 (give or take) lens would follow.
arhmatic: I have a dumb question -Why are sensor sizes always measured in inches?
Most if the world is in metric. Including manufacturers. But even for people using inches in everyday life is hard to calculate fractions and compare sizes... I am a US architect, using inches daily, ALWAYS preferring to see millimeters...
see here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensor_sizesand the reason for strange sizing here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_camera_tube
0.85x viewfinder and focusing screen optimised for manual focus and it could be VERY interesting ...
Elaka Farmor: or a FF X200 with 5 axis stabilization :-)
Then ask for a bigger edoscope when you are at the doctor's next time :D
misha marinsky4: I repeat:
I challenge DPR to a double-blind print test; this Zeiss vs. the Sigma 50/1.4.
Four aperatures: 1.4, 5.6, 8, 16. Print size 16x20.
This would actually be interesting to see.
I do not think that this item wants to be a luxury item. Sure it is pricey as the design is complicated and the tolerances are most probably tighter than for other Zeiss lenses to meet the image performance.
I think this lens is supposed to say - "we at Zeiss can do the best lenses out there when it comes to optical performance"
Whether you need or even want this lens is entirely different question. And I agree that very few photographers need this lens. Similarly as very few photographers need Leica Noctilux ;)
I do not really need a rain cover and the rocket blower is too weak in my opinion and I use small A6 sized notepad instead of tablet, but still find the list rather reasonable.
I have the previous version of the Manfrotto aluminum table to tripod - it is awesome. Small lightweight and very stable - best friend when traveling with a TLR (or a digital camera with swivel LCD). It even holds a normal sized DSLR with not too long lens perfectly stable.
And I keep telling myself to finally have those business cards made. One day I will ... :)
This is, AFAIK, the first relatively affordable digital camera - beyond the 2/3" crowd - that can be taken under the water without bulky, heavy & expensive housing. I do not say this often: "Well done Nikon!"
Just concerning the fine detail in the M1 captures vs E5 - I am not really seeing here much of difference - contrary to my expectations. It makes me wonder as the M1 does not have AA filter and the E5 does.
slncezgsi: Maybe I am mistaken, but I find the sharpness (micro-contrast) just OK.
The OOF blur looks a bit funky.
OOF loos indeed good in the butterfly image, but in those where the background is not blurred as strongly it looks ... strange. Look at background the gorilla image or the flamingo image. I am wondering whether those are aberrations, or the effect of the X-Trans sensor.
In general I find these photos flat.
Maybe I am mistaken, but I find the sharpness (micro-contrast) just OK.
Glad to hear Ilford is doing well. Most of the BW films I shoot are from Ilford. I hope to be able to shoot it for a long time.
I really appreciate that these are actually some great photographs and not just PP-ed stuff (there is quite some PP, but it just underlines the outcome). Thumbs up for Red Bull and their jury and congratulations to winners
Ricoh could finally put their act together and bring us something that would not just dissolve in the grey masses of compacts. Apart from the forgotten GXR and the new GR there is not much Ricoh could be proud to have their name on - at least when it comes to new cameras. And as a GRDIII owner I am really sorry to say this because the UI and design of this little camera is just great.
Sorry for the rant, I guess I need to take it more easy ...
Looks sweet, actually. May even be usable :)
What is actually the real point of this product? When I buy a lens I do not expect to spend time 'fine tuning AF' or some similar nonsense - the lens should work out of the box!
Lucas_: Looks fantastic, I really like the "clean" design! I wonder how it compares with the new Zeiss/Sony Planar T* 50/F1.4 ZA SSM.
Lucas, the 55/1.4 blows the 50/1.4 out of the water at large apertures.
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