justmeMN: Another mirrorless camera featuring a DSLR Envy Design. :-) Since you can't beat them, try to look like them.
Why? Should Porsche stop making cars that look like original 911? Once you get a good design - you keep using it and only make incremental improvements.
slncezgsi: I guess the camera companies just need to lear that they potential market size in not going to grow in the near future and lear to make profit on sales that they have. It may mean that will will not be seeing a re-design or update to each and every line they produce (and keep adding new lines). It seem like they are trying to over-develop each other - and that costs money, money they do not manage to recover. All this mirror-less burst (new cameras, lenses) - look how much was accomplished in just few years - now probably need to take on a bit more relaxed pace with less investment costs. The tough part will be to communicate it to the consumer who got "spoiled" by the quick advancements and logically expect it to continue. Many shooter skip 1 or 2 camera generations, because they come all to fast and it always pays to wait for the next & better one.
Similar "strategy" (or rather lack thereof) has been seen in DSLR market with probably even worse effect because there was little to improve from DSLR XY_V1 to DSLR XY_V2 to begin with.
Interesting times ahead of us - camera makers may need to change their strategy to survive in the long term.
I guess the camera companies just need to lear that they potential market size in not going to grow in the near future and lear to make profit on sales that they have. It may mean that will will not be seeing a re-design or update to each and every line they produce (and keep adding new lines). It seem like they are trying to over-develop each other - and that costs money, money they do not manage to recover. All this mirror-less burst (new cameras, lenses) - look how much was accomplished in just few years - now probably need to take on a bit more relaxed pace with less investment costs. The tough part will be to communicate it to the consumer who got "spoiled" by the quick advancements and logically expect it to continue. Many shooter skip 1 or 2 camera generations, because they come all to fast and it always pays to wait for the next & better one.
Francis Carver: Wow, these will be like the 99th M4/3 lenses with these same focal lengths.
Manual single focal lenses like these must be dirt cheap to make -- which may explain why there are maybe 2 or 3 decent zoom lenses altogether for the Micro 4/3rd form factor.
Dirt cheap to make? Not if the lens is highly corrected and is made to high mechanical standards. Look at the diagram of the 25/1.8 - that is not a simple clone of double-gaus design. And look also at the distortion numbers. Very low.
Frankly I have no idea what is the target for Kowa with these lenses, but I would expect high quality (which will came with high price I would guess).
The film duplicator is going to support also medium format films, hurra! I really need that sort of accessories so that I do not have to send ALL of my films out for scanning even if mostly I only need decent pre-views (the good ones are then scanned with better quality of course)
The Sigma is a little surprise to me, but why not. It shows how highly regarded (overhyped maybe?) is lens speed today - in spite of the huge advancement in high ISO performance. But I must give it to Signa that it went to direction other did not dare (or bother).
Pentax must have done something right if they managed to beat Nikon and Canon by such a large margin. But maybe it is that Nikon and Canon users care less ;)
Zeisschen: I feel Sony is going to release nothing than outstanding lenses for this FF E-mount. The myth that Sony is not good at lenses is truly a myth for people who used A-mount Sony Zeiss and Sony G glass. These new FE lenses are so incredibly lightweight as well, much lighter than they look like. Product design couldn't be better as well in my opinion. This will be a winner system for sure, not for everyone, but for people who want to travel light but don't want to make any compromise with sensor size and picture quality. Pair this with a little RX100 in your pocket and you are set for almost everything...
It is to be remembered that while Sony produces the lenses mentioned here, the optical design comes from Zeiss, as do the requirements for quality control. And on top of that - Sony really is expected to produce excellent lenses on their own too - after all they have taken over the Minolta which had some excellent lenses in their line.
FriendlyWalkabout: @DpreviewDxo also reviewed this lens on nex-7. I don’t understand how it can get a phenomenal 29/36 mp resolution on the A7r while only getting 15/24 mp result on the Nex 7. I understand the nex 7 has anti aliasing filter, but it wouldn't make that big a difference would it? I see the very cheap canon eosm 22mm lens scores a relatively better 13/18 mp. Please help me understand.
I am not 100% sure I understand the DxO rating, but I would expect anti-aliasing filter to eat away substantial amount of effective Mpix resolution. At the same time - the Nex7 has larger pixel density than the A7R (though not by much).
One way to another - the 55/1.8 seem to be an excellent lens with lovely rendition. I just hope that more Zeiss primes with this quality are coming for the A7/A7r cameras.
Glad to see more Zeiss for mirror less cameras, but I personally think that longer focal length like 80mm (or even more) would have been more useful for a macro lens.
Very nice photos - well seen and taken. But I do think that the PP (only in some of the photographs to be honest) takes part of the tangibility away and makes them feel a bit unreal for me as a viewer. Still - the PP is tasteful, just not my cup of tea.
I would love to be able to take photos this nice AND be able to do this sort of PP.
I am only wondering why it is not full frame at this time of the year.
I do like the top view. I expect price to be comparable to E-M1 - or a little bit more.
Jogger: What is this "film" that they speak of?
just google it
Pity that the lens is just a single element one. This keeps the camera in the 'loom' world. Doublet or triplet would make the camera much better image taker and not just a cool gimmick.
But I do appreciate the project.
I think this is a VERY valuable comparison. Thank you DPR. I would have loved to have access to an article like this when I was buying a ball head for my carbon tripod (some 4 years ago). I ended up with one of the first versions of Photo Clam (ball size 36mm) and while not perfect it could hold (reasonably balanced) lightweight 4x5" setup. I still have and use it.
Some people use black tape on Leica to hide the name. You can use white tape here - it will serve the same purpose even if for different reason :)
I would not expect much from it, but the body shape looks actually quite nice.
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 :) )
Samsung has managed to put a tiny sensor into a huge camera. Most companies have tried the other approach lately. Thumbs up for Samsung for thinking out of the box :)
peevee1: To put things into perspective. I bought 64" 3D plasma TV with all bells and whistles for less than that. I can buy a used car for less than that. I can buy a house in 3rd world country for less than that.
that must be the most ridiculous post in a long time, my hat if off (which you could also have for less than that). Now I will not be able to stop think what all YOU could have for less than that :D
Once released there will be crowds trying to prove that this lens beats the Zeiss Otus for a fraction of the price (and half the weight) and potentially blaming the failure on AF :)
... I really am kidding here ...