"We don't see the smartphone as the enemy"Agreed Mr. Maeda...your enemies are Sony, Olympus and uninspired product development...
I wonder if Peaking Zebras would have been a patent infringement?
munro harrap: I was put off Olympus and Fuji's little machines for the same reason as the NEX sony equivalent s- the lenses. If you bother to look at downloadable samples you can see why everyone is trading theirs in. (Look at the LCE and Park cameras sites) These zoom lenses need enormous correction at wide-angle. This correction destroys the border resolution, and my concern for full-frame mirrorless is that the same will apply for wide-angle lenses. AS there is no mirror these lenses are cheaper and easier to design and make (yes Leitz!), but as mentioned here, they are being underdesigned to maximise profits and photographers suffer as a result. You are not paying less, for the new Sony A7 lenses you are overpayingl. On paper the tests pass muster, just (see Photozone.de or the Optix Pro site), but notably the squished mashed appearance of the photographs themselves (the only thing that counts) escapes tests, but not our eyes.Or can I not see for the tears?
BALDERDASH! I don’t who you are and I have no knowledge of your work but here are two very well respected and published professional photographers whose work and ART produced with the a7R has not been, in the least bit, affected by your ridiculous assertions. Trey Radcliff: http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Brian Smith: http://briansmith.com/blog/ I suggest you spend less time pouring over downloaded internet samples and pick up an a7R and shoot with it. If you have even the slightest bit of talent, you will be extremely pleased with your results.
Donnie G: Many of the comments here would suggest that the "Big 2" camera manufacturers are not listening to their customers. Ridiculous! Listening to their customers is how they got to be the "Big 2" in the first place, and over 97% of their customer base have taken the position that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Meanwhile, a very vocal, but unprofitable, 2-3% customer minority feel that Nikon and Canon aren't paying them enough attention, because the companies refuse to ditch their profitable businesses in order to chase the most recent "next new thing".
Sony, Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic are desperately trying to establish a profitable and loyal customer base of their own, so it makes sense for them to invest 100% of their effort into that "next new thing" in the hope that maybe one of them might turn a profit with their camera business someday. Will enough of the "Big 2's" unhappy 2-3% switch to these other guys? Maybe, but, it hasn't happened yet.
@ Donnie G: Hey man, your time machine is broken. Here in 2014 "if it ain't broke, don't fix it got replaced by: "if it ain't broke, BREAK IT!"I think your percentages are way out of line and while this kind of thinking may have played a decade ago, its archaic today IMO. What happened is one and two fell asleep at the switch and now they have to play catch up on a very slippery slope – pursuing instead of being pursued…not a position they’re used to or comfortable with.Sony’s new FE and RX full frames (as well as Olympus OM-D E-M1) have captured the attention and adoration of main stream pro photographers, something they had not previously been able to accomplish. I don’t believe that either of the big 2 felt the least bit threatened by any other manufactures up and to the point when the A7R was introduced. I guarantee the boys and girls at Canikon R&D are burning the midnight oil now though.
I’m not interested in anything these four talking heads have to say. IMO they should be fired immediately and replaced with new blood. And if I was on the Nikon board I’d be recruiting their replacements from Sony, Olympus, Fuji and Sigma.
ski542002: Interesting camera, but very specialized for ultra-high image quality. Low light focusing issues, and shutter vibration make this camera a one-horse pony for the shooter that knows how to mitigate these issues. Not optimized for handheld shooting. I am very surprised that a mirrorless camera, with no mirror-slap to worry about, would have such huge vibration issues coming from a shutter. The M240 is about the same size and doesn't have these issues. I don't shoot Nikon (Canon & Leica), but I've heard the same vibration issues to a lesser degree with the D800.
Your assessment sounds like its coming from someone who's been pouring over the forums and not actually shooting the camera. Try shooting with it, if you have even the slightest bit of talent you will be extremely pleased with your results, handheld or otherwise. If you're a novice then yes, there are better choices for you.
photog4u: Shaking Up The Industry? Hell YES!: Seems to me that the outstanding features and performance of the OM-D E-M1 allowed it to score 84 Gold despite its tiny M4/3 16mp sensor…I do agree with this assessment BTW. That said; my impression is that that this site, for some strange reason, doesn’t score Sony’s new e-mount FF cams (and RX FF for that matter) similarly. It’s almost like their saying “Don’t get cocky Sony; you’ll never be taken as seriously as Nikinon, no matter how innovative you are.” Scores are always 2-4 points lower than they should be IMO, especially when you consider the complete lack of innovation from the industry’s one and two… Con’t:
Con’t –Shaking Up The Industry? Hell YES!:Yes I agree, AF, battery life and a few other niggles should and most likely will, be sorted with the next version or firmware or both but certainly as with the OM-D’s off sets, doesn’t Sony’s FE deserve the same consideration and sliding scale scoring curve? The A7R is innovative and MOST importantly produces amazing photographs that many pundits say is the best available, rivaled only by Medium Format. This site should stop coddling and pandering to Nikon and Canon and give these amazing FE cameras the scores they deserve; 87 Gold for the A7R and 82 Silver for the A7. By raising the bar, this site might just be able to influence One and Two to start innovating again.
Shaking Up The Industry? Hell YES!: Seems to me that the outstanding features and performance of the OM-D E-M1 allowed it to score 84 Gold despite its tiny M4/3 16mp sensor…I do agree with this assessment BTW. That said; my impression is that that this site, for some strange reason, doesn’t score Sony’s new e-mount FF cams (and RX FF for that matter) similarly. It’s almost like their saying “Don’t get cocky Sony; you’ll never be taken as seriously as Nikinon, no matter how innovative you are.” Scores are always 2-4 points lower than they should be IMO, especially when you consider the complete lack of innovation from the industry’s one and two… Con’t:
Wow...she owns the light!
AshMills: Cor. anyone would think this site was owned by a major online retailer. Not that content has been changed recently in the runup to christmas....
Yeah to infer that this site would ever attempt to do something so obviously self serving is preposterous...shame on you Ashmills! :)
The Ricoh GR belonged in the Leave the DSLR category. Egregious oversight but not at all surprising...
How do you not put the Ricoh GR in this list?
Tord S Eriksson: Well, I was impressed by the ease the camera handled colours in low light, and the very subdued noise, no matter what setting! The rest (choice of subjects, and so on) wasn't so impressive.
Oh, I wish you had had Steve Huff to take the photos, someone with a little imagination, outside the box. 50 pictures taken in neon light doesn't say more than a handful, but some portraits, close-ups, in short something interesting, had been appreciated!
The photos of the Jack Daniels guy going through the motions made my day, while those of our four-legged hoofed friends were the worst I've seen in a long time!
Well Tord...CONGRATS! ...you win A**H*** of the week. Well Done!
chlamchowder: Looks ok, although it seems like some detail is lost to noise reduction even in the base ISO shots. Moving up the ISO scale, it still seems like the JPG engine should be doing a better job (because modern full frame sensors are so good that anything below ISO 800 is basically considered low).
It would be more interesting to look at processed raw files without noise reduction applied.
The 35 FE looks darn good wide open (Jack Statue). Very promising...
It looks like it was dipped in puke. A terrible stain on an otherwise impecable camera. Ri-Blad or Hassel-coh :)
I don’t envy the crew here at DPR at all. They have a responsibility to try and keep people interested in all of these other mundane announcements that coincide with the JUGGERNAUT that is Sony. I mean REALLY? FULL FRAME, no AA, amazing EVF, fast AF, 1/8000 shutter AND accepts third party glass maybe even M glass! 36 monster pickles! Did I mention FULL FRAME ?!? ILC! COMPACT! Wheww… what an undertaking the boys and girls here at this site have. And the manufacturers are not helping with red cameras, 58mm primes and firmware…yawn. All I can say is Sony brought a 1000HP Super Charged Big Block to this race whereas everybody else is bringing there ’74 Pintos and Pacers with 87HP 4 bangers IMHO. WAKE UP INDUSTRY! START INOVATING! YOU’VE BEEN RESTING ON YOUR LAURELS AND REPUTATIONS FOR WAY TOO LONG! SACK UP!!
The to-it double entendre has been played...its old. Let it go.
bossa: I'd like to see a test of the D7100 up against the D800E in 1.5x crop mode because I'm wondering if I could squeeze some more resolution out of my 300/4 & TC-14E II combo with any real quality. I end up using my D800E's in 1.5x crop mode for birds and then end up cropping some more - without a 600mm lens there's only so much cropping you can do.
PS: It'd be nice if DPR finished the K-5IIs review before the K-3 comes out ;-)
I can certainly understand how the Manchurian program worked so well...
I tested (2) 35mm lenses on the D7100; the Sigma 35/1.4 Art FX ($900) and the diminutive Nikkor 35/1.8 DX ($200). I was surprised that the Nikkor was nearly as sharp (you must pixel peep to see the difference) and rendered colors identically to the Siggy. The Sigma a bit more contrasty. The Nikkor combo is so much nicer to shoot with...with the Sigma attached, the rig feels like an anvil. Bokeh from the Nikkor was very nice as well. Not too shabby for 1400 bucks...