Excellent review. Just need a few more to be able to put measurements (especially MTF) in context.
Vicariousgeorge: For that price, I'd just as soon grab the Sigma 70-200 2.8 OS for $150 LESS. I've actually used the Sigma before, and the particular copy was ridiculously sharp.
Considering the collar is ANOTHER $200+, you really aren't getting all that much for your money for an f/4 lens.
This should be around $1000 - collar included.
What you are also not getting for your money is "Weight". The primary reason people asked for this lens.
I am surprised noone is commenting on the new flash. This is a great pocket flash for 5D as a fill flash and remote commander.
VJVIS: BORING, Next...
Apart from bringing down the price of other mirrorless cameras, this is a total waste of time, money and effort, but I am quite happy the prices of other mirrorless cameras will come down.
+1. I am drooling for $300 cheaper OM-5 :)
lacreed: Lol - this camera is not designed for you lot. They will naturally come out with a consumer model first - that is after all the biggest market.
If you are an enthusiast shooter: settle down, stop moaning and wait for the next one ;-)
+1. Just wait for the next shoe to drop :)
Ha ha ha. Canon does not have a new sensor ready, so it is buying time with firmware refresh!
Nevertheless it is a commendable move. Instead of slapping a new camera on users with meaningless changes, this firmware while extending 7D life, does not leave existing 7D owners in cold.
I hope that they follow this trend on other cameras too.
Does this mean that the new 40mm will not work on 5D Mark II until a firmware update is provided?
col·lage [kuh-lahzh, koh-] Show IPA noun, verb, col·laged, col·lag·ing.noun1.a technique of composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated with one another, as newspaper clippings, parts of photographs, theater tickets, and fragments of an envelope.
What is described here is image stitching/panorama, not collage.
renato: All 3 examples above are terrible. The first one - the shadows are not controlled at all, and form a bad pattern (lots of bumps on her dark side). The second - just washed out, and flat, no lighting work presented. The third - the main light is positioned too above and too aside - resulting in a larger nose than could be.
Yes, you can use just one key light, but then you have to be able to master a shadow pattern. If you can't - then stick with a large reflector and fill the shadows, just a touch, so it is not looking like black holes.
The problem is not the use of One light, the problem is in the way these pictures are taken. What is the use of demonstrating a technique, if the technique only results in poor photos.
Zafar Kazmi: Sorry to say, but these images are not impressive at all.
I did not read the article. A book is judged by its cover. Looking at the images, I am not impressed and I passed.
The title images should be examples of what could be achieved, not what should be avoided.
Sorry to say, but these images are not impressive at all.
Great! DPReview gives Nikon D800 a solid 'B-' ! What does Nikon has to do to get a B+?
Some people just can not be pleased.
bankebrett: When that great photo opportunity arises it is always nice knowing you've got the biggest badass camera in the world at home. And that you could probably take a great picture had you brought it along...
http://camerasize.com/compare/#290,155Not to mention the size of the lenses...
I don't understand why people would spend so much on a camera with such limited applications. Camera of the past. But it sure takes nice pictures of test charts.
Plenty of people take large cameras and lenses with them. This includes pro photographers and many non-pros. I carry both an m4/3rd and 5D.II kit with me.
jackpro: At wide open all cameras end up equal go figure! http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/03/d-resolution-testsexcept the D700
that is because the lens is soft wide open and has become the limiting factor.
Interestingly the Mark III shows color moire in the same place as did Mark II, indicating that both share the same weak AA filter.
D800 does not show any moire. Looking forward to D800e to see how it compares to the other weak/no AA filters.
I support team m4/3. I say Go Oly Go and go Pana Go.
APS-C is just not for true compacts.
Alfonso Bresciani: holy cow the battery grip is expen$ive ..why??
There was a survey report a few months ago which said that people were willing to pay more for Nikon branded products. I think Canon took that report to heart, and is now pricing everything high to prove it is a better brand :(
Zafar Kazmi: Unless the sensor IQ knocks the ball out of park, this is pretty disappointing in the context of D800.
There is more to IQ then low light performance.
Unless the sensor IQ knocks the ball out of park, this is pretty disappointing in the context of D800.