write2alan: @Jermone Nolas: I think Sigma's designers are thinking differently. Be unique and stand out from the crowd and try to be functional. Try holding one in your hand and you will find out how it feels like. You can't judge a book by it's cover.
Totally agree. as long as it is functional and adds something diversity is a good thing in general. or: as long as the market for it is a profitable one, a company is smart to do this. I wonder how well it will perform and what the new sensor will bring.
Jorginho: I wonder..if they can detect blurriness. Can they also introduce a lower DOF with that same detection? If you can detect, why not use it so that side of the equation (""oit is difficult to get lower DOF with m43s) is gone too?SO make it an option: "low DOF shooting". If you wnt it and you like the efect, bokeh etc: keep it. If not, you can not use it or may be change it back later in post (when the origina info is stored in the file)...
Some programms are vry good at that too. So why not incoporate it in cam? There are lots of things you can do in post, like CA correction, NR etc. But doing it in cam saves time I think.
I wonder..if they can detect blurriness. Can they also introduce a lower DOF with that same detection? If you can detect, why not use it so that side of the equation (""oit is difficult to get lower DOF with m43s) is gone too?SO make it an option: "low DOF shooting". If you wnt it and you like the efect, bokeh etc: keep it. If not, you can not use it or may be change it back later in post (when the origina info is stored in the file)...
Artpt: @DPReview, was there any press release given regarding compatibility with Olympus lenses?
I thought they did not exclude other lenses in the future. As it is I think it is a pretty stupid move. Most certainly if they dare to do this in the G7 and other forthcoming cams. It is a sort of incopatibility within a system. Not a good idea, at least not at face value. But...we have to know the reasons why tthis is in order to come to some conclusion about Panny, Oly and the other m43 lensmakers.
fmian: More regurgitated Bayer filter trash from a company that's clutching on to it's camera division with its last dying gasps.Nothing to see here unless you want yet another new camera that will hopefully take a good photo for you.
Translation: "I want attention. ANY kind of ATTENTION!!
With 6619 votes and Oly at 33,1% and the nr2 at 20,0% we already know EM1 is the winner...
nicolaiecostel: Dramatic and expected from a hungarian photographer.
I liked those pics. If you want people to see something else what is stopping you from doing so?
greypixelz: Nothing to see here, just a selection of stereotypical "shockers" hand-picked for western eyes. I wish Mr. Tamas would put his talent to use in portraying his beloved hungary and the rise of neo-nazi parties, the rise of xenophobic state funded behavior, the re-instalment of neo-nazi cults (again, state funded!) for the war criminal sea admiral (for a country without a sea!) horty and other such warmongering personalities. I wish he would portray the 10% gypsy population of hungary; oh wait, he would not dare go among them as the neo-nazi regime currently at the head of hungary has orchestrated violent attacks through it's sattelite-organizations against the gypsy communities and has thus made gypsy communities in hungary isolated and reprehensive.
@ halfwaythere: why do you care what people think of Romania? People think Dutch are stoned in a coffesshop all the time, weed is used by everyone anywhere. NL is just like parts of Amsterdam etc. Really? Why should I care. I know who I am. I am not The Netherlands, I am not the stereotype some others make of the Dutch. I just don't mind at all. Why do you mind? You are not "Romania" are you?
Q halfwaythere: from all your words it is clear you do not know why he shot this. It seems a coincicende. I think you should try to find out more about him before passing any judgement instead of going to the generalisations that lead to the things most of us tend to hare ( I hope). Then you should not also have to ask the second question. You could have found out what he has shot where and when and whether Hungary was in it to and even, what he thinks about the populist rightwing gouverning his country currently...
@ greypixelz: Your reasoning is not based on any facts and is completely irrelevant to the subject. What I do or do not know is irrelevant too. This is a person who shot pics of parts of some country. If where he comes from has had a great influence, you should prove how that is. And if you say that it is so BECAUSE he is Hungarian, how are you much different from a HUNGARIAN saying some people are bad, stupid or backward becuase they are Gypsies, Serbs etc? Seems you use the same generalisations, based on the very same thing: ethnicitiy and or nationality.
Where he comes from, what his nationality is etc have got zero to do with the subject. He portrayed Romania or parts of it. And you think those are not representative and don't like 'em. That is all.
Altruisto: Ver sharp lens wide open, but I must admit I don't see that much separation than the Olympus 45 f1.8. I think the benefit is small in that regard.
It is one stop better. It is better.
jennyrae: does not appear worth $1,600.
I don't know how that appearance looks like. It is a lot of money. I think for 99% of the users the 45 mm f1.8 is all they need, this addresses a tiny part of the users. Pro shooters for portraits etc. Like the Zeiss Otus: 4000 dollar F2.4 lens. Fantastic and expensive to say the least.
Jorginho: Great fun reading here. We have not seen a test of the Fuji. we have not seen a test of the Panny (I saw a review). But we all know one or another is better, overpriced. We can't know that, we only now seem o know what we want to spend or not and cheaper is better if it looks the same otherwise. Is that so?
How about this one: Nikkor AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G. F1.4. better DOF than the FUji and surely the Panny. Must be great. Costs only 400 dollar! Who dared to say the Fuji was inexpensive? It is more than twice the price and has less doF control also....
How do Panny and Fuji score?
SunnyFlorida: Memo to Panny - Fuji 56mm F/1.2 APS-C lens is $600 cheaper, good luck selling these
The Zeis Otus 55 mm F1.4, not even F1.2m costs 4000 dollar. Do you have any comment on that. The Nikon 50 mm F1.4 costs 339 dollar. Instead of the Fuji F1.2 at 1000 dollar. The Nikon fits on the FF bodies, given better DOF. Which is what it is all about it seems. So the Fuji is expensive it seems..or it is cheap...or the Zeiss is overpriced...or the Panny is cheap...or or or...
And whose the fool buying a Zeiss Otus Distagon 55 mm F1.4 for...4000 bucks? No one here I think; they should sue Zeiss!!
Iskender: Hah, Panasonic releases lens, predictable train wreck in comments.
Something like half the posts make it sound like they'll stab you if you don't buy this lens. Like you *have to* pay.
Calm down, and pick another lens if you don't like it.
BarnET: Fuji stabbed with them. Sell your gear, get a D610 and buy a TRUE F1.4 50 mm lens for 40% of the Fuji price. 400 dollar. Done deal I guess.
b534202: I would like to see Olympus tackle this FL & aperture and see what they can come up with w/o OIS.
They haven't try to sell one MFT lens for more than a $1000, unlike Pany.
@ Jogger. We mean Oly. The designers of the SHG lenses. According to Reichmann there are virtually no equals to that lenses period. Nothing against Sigma, but implying that Oly somehow remotely needs Sigma is not doing Olympus justice.
Great fun reading here. We have not seen a test of the Fuji. we have not seen a test of the Panny (I saw a review). But we all know one or another is better, overpriced. We can't know that, we only now seem o know what we want to spend or not and cheaper is better if it looks the same otherwise. Is that so?
Combatmedic870: Waaaaaay to expensive. Fuji for 999 and this for 1599.You could but an xe1 and the 56mm for that!!
Fuji seems darned expensive. 45 mm F1.8 Oly costs 259 euro. So?