dash2k8: Love or hate his work, Photoshop is a staple in today's photo industry. If you've never touched up a picture in PS, the pity is on you. Yes it's always better to get everything right on camera, but we all know from experience that is never truly possible. Some people use PS a little, some use it a lot. Who cares as long as the results are great?
I recall a 15-year-old girl from Europe who posted food pictures on 500px. She had a Canon 1100D and a kit lens (18-55? Forgot), but her pictures looked like things done in studio with expensive lenses and big lights. In the end, it's the results that count.
Photographers who complain about PS should make sure they're not using any artificial lighting, otherwise they'd be hypocrites for modifying the actual lighting conditions and/or color temperature. Use a big aperture? That's not natural, either. Who sees things with such limited DOF? This is an industry of art. Let each person create as he wishes.
Even before these critics heard of Photoshop the masters have been editing their photos in the darkroom.
My niece owns an XA1 and coincidentally also owns an Instax SP1 printer. She is having a ball with it. Not a major update for Photogs but for consumers like my niece, this firmware update hits the spot.
JDThomas: I like the fact that the lenses are starting to get bigger than the cameras. Everyone is always going on about how they want a light compact camera, but then they insist on having these enormous fast lenses. Where's you're weight savings gonna be when your lugging around a 90mm f/2?
No way around it, you want a fast lens, prepare for bigger lenses. I would bitch about it if it was the only option but you still have the lighter and smaller primes and the rather nice variable 18-55mm zoom to choose from. At least if you want to go big and fast you can do so.
Under The Sun: Competition only brings good things to us the consumers.
Your statement is true if the criteria is based on price war alone. Certainly you know that many good companies successfully compete through new features and innovation to their product instead of just lowering their price. The price cut is just Sony's ad hoc solution to Panasonic's challenge, perhaps because Sony simply wants to clear inventory so it can put out its own 4k bridge camera probably at a higher price point.
Competition only brings good things to us the consumers.
Carlos Loff: That is all very lovely but is not worth the ridiculous price difference
Nikon, and also Canon, are playing a dangerous game and folks are getting fed up cause they forget they are not monopolies
A DANGEROUS GAME
Prices are always up there on sticker but the prices will go down overtime. There will be deals and sales later on but if one want the latest and greatest now then the early adaptor must pay the price.
Vignes: Comment on about standard Japanese mfr philosophy... That's the way they have approached the market for years. That's why we get good quality products unlike the western folks who once a while come out with new products with many bugs. I'm happy that we have this variance to choose. You should try non Japanese cameras then...
Apple is also known for this. Look at their Macbook Air range. From crappy cover priced ultra portable to ultra book industry standard. Thats why we should never buy the first version of anything no matter the hype.
Iconel: Although there are some improvements, I can't help think that the DSLR development opportunities are flatlining and all manufacturers make only incremental improvements in their product lines. What happened to really innovative stuff? I really appreciate manufacturers who listen to what photographers need and are doing with their equipment and try to make innovative products. D600, D700, D800..they are just different shades of the same thing. A disappointing effort.
New product launches always remind to just forget about the incremental hardware improvements and just take more pictures with my old camera to try to push my composition skills rather than chasing the banal technology comparisons.
I think its somewhat a natural trend among most folks getting into photography to go from point and shoot to DSLR for the upgrade in IQ. Then once they get tired of their heavy DSLR, and become more knowledgeable, dabble in smaller system/mirrorless cameras.
rondhamalam: LoL.... trying to EXAGGERATE small changes for the marketing :D
Indeed, much to do about nothing.
"How important is video to your customers?
It’s becoming more important. For example we’re speaking to professional photographers who are telling us that their clients are demanding more and more video as well as stills."
Wow, some lip service. It would be nice to have some halfway decent video on my Xt1.
The 10 Worst College Majors
No. 2: Film, Video And Photographic Arts
I know very financially successful folks who do not even have a high school education because their families were so poor. Its harder to start off the real world without a degree but it still very possible to do well in life.
My photographer friend who has been in the business for 25 years told me that he has been taking writing courses in the local university and learning to do video because his new employers expect him to not only take pretty photos but to write articles and shoot video for his assignments. He is actually doing quite well.
Photographers are still needed but it seems the market is now demanding a larger skill set beyond photography. I guess its no different from other careers where one must continue to grow and learn to keep up with the times.
Ralf B: This lens definitely needs controlled backgrounds for its bokeh characterhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/masters.galleries.dpreview.com/2897503.jpg?X-Amz-Expires=3600&X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Credential=AKIAJ7ICBHXPIPPMTNCQ/20140529/us-east-1/s3/aws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20140529T115209Z&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Signature=a835a6936ab75fd16bb32e0232442f2daeee86d8a132a904c164540ac3e80dc5The Sony FE 55/1.8 appears as having much smoother bokeh. I prefer the CZ 135/1.8 for my Sony Alpha A mount FF for its combination of sharpness matching this lens a n d silky smooth bokeh. It appears as much more forgiving if you cannot avoid a busy fore/background.http://kurtmunger.com/sony_135mm_f_1_8_carl_zeissid266.html
Yep different focal lengths for different applications.
starwolfy: Nothing beats a leica summilux f1.4 asph.Cheaper than an Otus, way smaller and way lighter than both Otus and this Sigma lens. The only thing this Sigma has for it is better value per dollar and autofocus. Its a very good lens but I still cannot accept weight a size compromises you have to make to enter dslr world. The biggest joke is when u compare an Othus to the Leica Lux...it looks like a serious joke from size.
Indeed for that price we should expect no less. Makes us all wish that all full frame cameras had lenses the size of Leica glass. Still Sigma is still the more practical purchase for the rest of us.
TWIZEEL: just wonder if I'm alone here who dont care those curves ? Make shooting guys, stop to be addicted those beauty S : )))
The "Real World" card may be cliché by now but does not mean it is less true. I agree with David, my experience resonates with his.
Its really funny that when someone blurts out I won't buy that becuase its made in China everybody screams racism blah blah blah. Yet made in Russia is evil reincarnate? What up with the double standard?
I know it is probably not there yet but to be able to adjust missed focus in post just like white balance would be amazing.
km25: It has a AA filter, good for movies bad for stills. Low light king, yes until some else comes out with a FF 8mp camera. The world, grasshopper, needs balance. The Sony pendulum singes massively to the other side of FF madness. The best camera they have come with is the RX10. It does what it should well.But just think, Sony makes their next camera for stills, mostly. 18-20MP. Good low light with usable resolution. And they have more then two lens for it, with a loon bin adaptor. I am not just saying this because I am a Fuji Fan Boy. But if I take out my X-T1 I will have three things going for me enough resolution to create fine image, fine dynamatic rang, low noise and accurate color all in good balance. I will have excellent optics to use. The camera will have a good level of performance. Give me that Sony, I will think about jumping ship. Balance Grasshopper.
So you think that 12mp is not usable resolution?
Paul1974: What about the weight? I don't like carrying 1kg of equipment on my holidays travel.
Its probably more of a studio camera.
Charles Joseph: It's reassuring to come to the realization that politicians in other countries aren't any brighter than they are in the US
Oh they're not dumb. They are just using their intelligence for their own ends.