Fab! at first impression.
Gothmoth: is there a reason why you only report updates and new versions of some software and ignore others?
there are hundreds of HDR apps... yet you report only updates for some... but then ALL updates for these apps.
also i reported that there is a great new RAW converter: PHOTO NINJA.
yet nothing in the news about it.
and PHOTO NINJA is really a APP that should be mentioned in the news....
From your follow up reply I believe you already have your answer - DPR were sent a press release by the manufacturer and they were not sent one by the makers of products that don't feature.
At least that's usually been the answer given by DPR staff to similar questions I've seen here in the past.
s2eves: If we assume the minimum focussing distance is actually 0.41 m (41 cm), the the conversion to inches - stated in brackets - is incorrect.
I puzzled over that for a few seconds too.
I think it's a typo - should be 1.36' (although I calculate that 41cm = 1.345 feet so the MFD may be very slightly longer than 41cm)
bradleyg5: The problem with distortion is when you have subjects in the frame at different distances. If you have someone standing near the camera and someone 10 feet back, there really isn't a way to truly fix the perspective issue, the person near the camera is still going to be vastly larger than the person away.
Basically I want a version of this that also incorporates magic, giving me the perspective of a longer focal length with the framing and camera positioning necessitating a ultra wide.
Since perspective renderings were first invented.
Perspective is a 2D distortion of 3D reality - parallel lines do not actually converge. Things further away are not actually smaller than the same things nearer to the viewer.
Perspective is a convenient distortion that presents an illusion of distance. So convenient that we rarely thing about it as a distortion.
peweuk: I wonder if Sigma have done a deal with the Olympic Organisers to allow this.
The Olympics committee has special legal 'powers' to insist that any photographic or video content of anything that involves the games is removed from public view. This definately includes imagery taken at the games, but the 'grey' area is how far beyond that it goes.For example the two words 'London' and '2012' whilst OK individually, cannot be used together as 'London 2012' in anything that can be deemed 'commecially beneficial'. This competiton is 'commercially beneficial to Sigma.
Private individuals have been warned that to put images of the games on social networking sites is prohibited - so how are Sigma going to publish the results??
Unless of course they have paid vast licensing fees to the Organisers.
The big problem for this competition is not what camera you're allowed to use, but that any photos taken in Olympic venues ‘cannot be used for any purpose other than for private and domestic purposes'. A competition probably doesn't fall under 'private and domestic'.
So, according to a Sigma spokesman talking to Amateur Photgrapher magazine when quizzed on the matter:
"[Sigma] are inviting you to submit pictures showing the people, the build-up and the atmosphere from outside the arenas - together with local sporting events inspired by the Games."
sroute: Great job, looks and sounds great in HD.
Oh yeah, the NEX-7 just looks... perfect. My expectations keep getting ratcheted higher. Please stop teasing me, I don't believe I've been this excited waiting for a camera debut... ever. Highly irrational I know, and yes, I have one on order sight unseen which is also equally irrational.
Here's to hoping your detailed review also includes a look at some legacy lenses. It would be most useful to scores of prospective users to have a look at some manual ex SLR lenses as well as rangefinder variants (like the Zeiss ZM 25, for example) and how they behave, and how focus peaking and magnification behaves for those of us who are not already NEX users.
Yep. I'm mostly interested in using the body with manual focus glass (a lot of Canon FD lenses in my case) so that's something that would grab my attention.
Conversely, AF speed isn't a major concern to me for the same reason :-)