"a7R II is one of the most talked-about cameras of the last year" ? Nope, it takes a very honourable second place. The most talked-about camera of this, last and all other years is the Pentax FF DSLR!
falconeyes: The difference in base ISO between the Typ 246 (Monochrom) and Typ 240 allows an interesting estimate of how much light the Bayer filter blocks, on average for white light.
It is ISO 320 vs. ISO 200, or 0.678 or 2/3 stops.
Part of this is due to the fact that not all green, red, blue esp. is weighted equal by the human eye. I.e., one must discard some photons to emulate the human eye's color vision (as one must discard all photons outside the human's visibility spectrum). Which means it can't be avoided in a color sensor. This should be the reason for the 2/3 stop difference above which probably is the difference in sensitivity between a green and a white sensel.
But another part is due to the fact that e.g., only half the pixels in a Bayer sensor receive green.
Both effects combined mean that an optimized sensor design which discards as few photons as physically possible, may be about 1.5 stops better than Bayer sensors.
A DxO test of both cameras may give us precise numbers.
What's wrong with Pentax K5 II vs K5 iis dxo tests? It does show that the AA filter doesn't change much if at all.
ulfie: Pretty sharp with el cheapo kit zoom lens. Slap on the Panny 20/1.7 and you could lacerate your eyeballs.
Yeah, this Panny 20/1.7 toy is amazing even with the old E-PM1. IT should be the perfect match for the E-PM2 or GM1.
phips243: Surprise, Surprise! As every year the winner is a picture related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And it goes without saying that there is no chance in hell that it ever would depict the Israeli side of the story. But I guess, rockets fired at Israeli civilians from beside a kindergarden in Gaza don't make as "good" news as children killed in a strike on those same rockets...
@ricky There is probably equal amount of violence at both sides (otherwise, one of the sides would have already won, don't you think?). Israelis are just more efficient when it comes to defend their children, you'll have to admit that. Anyway, do you know the ratio between the number of Americans killed in 9/11 to the number of Al Qaeda/Taliban fighters that perished in Afghanistan together with their kids and wives?
mkandil: congratulations for the wining photo.Also it can be a daily photo since isreali crimes never end in that region !
@mkandil Your argument doesn't make any sense in the context of your country being in the middle of the conflict while Jordan and Egypt are not. Yet you call them ridiculous... I feel sorry for your beautiful country which was called Switzerland of Mediterranean before you let Hezbollah to turn it into hate mongerers nest.
@JuanInsurrexit You wanted some photos from the other side?
There are other muslim countries sharing a border with Israel. Yet, they are nor occupied, neither attacked. I am sure your people can learn a couple of things form Jordan or from Egyppt which could help your country to stay ouf of the next conflict (a hint - how about signing a Peace treaty with Israel?). And by the way, people of both Jordan and Egypt do support Palestinians, yet both countries are officially in the state of PEACE with Israel.
ogl: HAMAS puts the rocket launchers near civilians homes. They also make "human shield" from kids and women. HAMAS hates Israel more that they love their children. The winining photo is too much post processing. And too politically committed.
Our society is sick if the photos of dead children are at 1st place.
@Maloy Not sure what your point is ogl simply rephrased a famous quote from Golda Meir: "Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us". She also had another famous one -"What bothers me most is not that Arabs kill our children, but that they force us to kill theirs".
While I feel sorry for loss of innocent lifes, the role of journalists in the conflict is questionable. Here is the remarkable work of a young Italian photographer named Ruben Salvadori. Ruben's project "Photojournalism Behind the Scenes won Milan's prestigious Photodreaming Contest organized by the Forma Foundation.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_Dx9LjnQOY
Well, that's what you get for supporting a side which is engaged in active military activities against another country. That's the way it works, pal, whether it is wrong or not. Just check the history - Mussolini's Italy, Japan in 1945, Talib's Afghanistan, etc. they all failed victims of their own choices. Perhaps, your country should do best to stay away from the next conflict it doesn't belong to...
Pat Curley: I also have some difficulty with challenges which promote uninvited intrusion into peoples’ privacy, particularly telephoto shots taken at moments of intimacy even if they are in a public or semi-public setting (where one’s expectation of privacy should be limited by the setting). In saying this, I am not advocating a total prohibition on photographs of couples. However, the photograph of the couple in the pool is, in my opinion, inappropriate. I doubt the photographer has their consent. I would be less than happy if the young, clearly identifiable girl in the shot was my daughter or my sister. If I had come upon the scene portrayed in the shot, I would have felt compelled to leave my camera in its case out of respect for the privacy and dignity of subjects of the picture.
My feelings on this matter are deepened because voyeurism can be implied from the title of the competition (I Spy…), the advice given by the host (“Be careful not to be caught…”) and his rules (“You are a spy”)
@Pat Curley: "...the photograph of the couple in the pool is... inappropriate... I would be less than happy if the young, clearly identifiable girl in the shot was my daughter or my sister"
I am not sure if it is the photographer to blame for hurting your feelings. The couple clearly enjoys the chances of "being" caught as a part of their love game, so why would you feel less than happy about a photo of your daughter having fun while enjoying being herself?
The American taxpayer has just paid $6 bn dollars for the elections. That's almost $2000 dollars for each of the 3 million likes. I think I could get a cheaper deal.
ForeignerOnEarth: The single focal lens could be much better than this one is. Nothing sharp at f/2, bokeh is not O.K. and by smaller aperture the edges should be better.
Are you sure it's the problem of the camera and not of the DPR rendering engine? Check the originals instead.
Why? Not saying the old one was good, but this layout really sucks!!!
MrTaikitso: Where is my comment? I hope DPreview didn't remove it because it contained witty British humor. If it was, I plan to close my account and stop supporting this site immediately after many years of patronage and constructive dialog - with humor inserted when the opportunity obviously invites.
If this is repressive socialism now spreading to our favourite photog site, we have something to worry about. It's called dystopia, and it appears to be spreading everywhere.
My comment was removed too. I guess marking jokes as "inappropriate"gives some people the same feeling as getting a "Like" on a social web site. I guess we'll see more censorship from social networks mob in the future, so get ready for your flickr account to be closed for posting a photo that upsets a couple of most active bigots.
Nishi Drew: Nikon Creates D600 and tempts other users to switch systems.Canon creates 6D to prevent their own users from switching.
That sums up this party, and who's at the center?
Brilliant summary :)
Just pictures was already mentioned in the Comments, however it is worth mentioning again and again :). It is simply the best viewer for photos from all photo-services, flickr, Faceook, Picassa, etc.
locke_fc: What I don't get is why all manufacturers insist on releasing 50mm lenses for APS-C bodies.The 50mm has all reason to be for FF, as it approaches the normal angle of view. In APS-C though, it's pointless. The equivalent 75mm is neither here nor there: too short for portrait, too long for walk around and general purpose shooting.
So why this fixed mentality that APS-C needs a fast 50mm? I don't get it. Anyone looking for a portrait lens on cropped sensors would better served by a 60-70mm lens.
> Anyone looking for a portrait lens on cropped sensors would better served by a 60-70mm lensOr by the 50-135/2.8 for the combination of the IQ and flexibility... Unfortunately it is more expensive $238
il_alexk: Well done, congratulations!!!!!
You well deserved it :)http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1036&message=41537063