iAPX: Impressive new additions to Sony Alpha 7 lenses, they are incredibly capable with awesome sensors and they deserve the best in terme of lenses.
The sad point is that their smaller size/weight being mirrorless will be offset by the lens size and weight, I don't see the point to go mirrorless if at the end of the day, your bag is the same size, as heavy and as expensive than a full frame slr?!?
I have an A7 and I fully agree that the Zeiss lenses for FE are way over priced.
AKH: The D750 it is great for the price and it is nice with "only" 24MP, but it cannot touch D810 for ultimate image quality.
The D810 has these advantages: - Better ergonomics (grip). - AF-on button. - Focus system is top notch with focus points spread over a larger area. - Color depth is almost a stop better on the D810. - Much larger buffer for continuos shooting. - Shutter speed up to 1/8000s. - No AA filter. - Base ISO 64 compared to ISO 100. - Shutter life 200.000 versus 150.000. - Round eye piece which I think is nicer. - 15 MP DX-crop versus 9MP on the D750.
The D750 has a few adavantages which are mainly: - Tilting LCD. - Low light AF down to -3EV versus -2EV. - WiFi (don't care the least about it) - Some would say 24MP versus 36MP and I agree. - 140 grams lighter.
Don't agree on the d750 grip, it feels too small and cramped. Maybe a little like the grip on the d800. Besides larger color depth the d810 also has wider dynamic range - possibly 1/2 to 2/3 stop.
csn: I downloaded CNX-D mainly for the D750 raw support. I was also hoping that it would improve on CNX-2's sluggish performance and less than optimal usability on the Mac but unfortunately this was not the case. I run a nearly brand new MacBook Pro (retina display, 2.3 GHz core i7, 16GB RAM) with multiple external displays. The performance should be blazingly fast; however, CNX-D is sluggish and moving the app around the displays is a drag, no pun intended. I love Nikon cameras but I wish they stopped making their own imaging software and would just support 3rd party developers. I mean, how long do I have to wait until DxO Optics Pro 9 will support D750 raw files?
You must surely never try Lightroom. Capture NX2 is lightning fast in comparison. Well, this is for a PC, don't know about apples.
I really don't worry about this issue. It is only 1.2 crop mode and at long exposures. I may send in my D810 for the fix at a suitable time and only to preserve its resale value, if I sell it at some time which I'm not sure I'll do, because it is a damn good camera.
Peter K Burian: I am also testing the D810 and it is a fabulous camera and performed well during BMX races and a cycle road race. The 5fps drive speed is better than 4fps, but still a tad slow.
In my view, it's the kind of camera I would want as an extra body (to the D4s) when shooting aspects at an event that do not require high speed drive. But I still wonder why 36 megapixels would be required for most sports event photography. (Why buy a 36MP camera to shoot 9MP RAW files?) Of course, it's not billed as a sports photography camera and would be ideal for wedding photography, for example. (I know several wedding pros who use the D800.)
You are welcome Guy and you are absolutely right about the batteries, just forgot to mention it.
AnHund: "This is good news, although for D800 shooters it might leave a slightly bitter taste in the mouth (there's really no reason why the D800's JPEGs couldn't look sharper, too with tweaked firmware)."
Despite a nice and fair review the above statement is complete nonsense imho. The jpgs can be very, very sharp from the d800, but I'm not sure who would ever shoot jpegs with any of the D8xx series, well yes, I think Ken Rockwell would :-)
@ecube - I think I learned a lot from KR, but one thing I would suggest, is never to shoot jpegs only (like KR always suggests), because that limits your possibilities of changing your images at a later time.
"This is good news, although for D800 shooters it might leave a slightly bitter taste in the mouth (there's really no reason why the D800's JPEGs couldn't look sharper, too with tweaked firmware)."
starwolfy: Before talking about isos people should learn what a correct exposure is. I shoot iso400 film hand held at night with no tripod on a 55 years old film camera. Look at my results on my gallery (just night examples of what I do, me who is just an amateur).
iso 400.000. Is it what you guys need ? Really ? Really ???
What a joke.
Well, you can't use ISO 400 for indoor sports events.
AKH: It is a very nice move by Sony, but I think it would have been better with 2 versions of the camera, one for videographers and one for photographers.
I'm mostly interested in photography and don't care much for 4k video when recording is only possible via an external device.
I also guess that 12MP is fine, but 16MP would have been better in my opinion.
Looking forward to see some full size images including high ISO images in low light. Strange that Sony did not publish some full size images together with the announcement of the camera.
Nope. I'm not interested in a 24MP camera.
Very interesting interview. Thanks.
Richard Murdey: Just back from the local Bic Camera store for a quick hands on. The dpreview crew were spot on with their criticism of the design and (perceived) build quality.
Where my D200 feels like a solid metal bar, the Df feels tinny and strangely delicate. It is surprisingly light, which is arguably a good thing - but it does not feel "solid". And the top plate dials! At least the shutter speed dial rotates unlocked through the manual settings, but the ISO and even the EV is locked at all settings: every change requires a press-and-turn routine... or for the PASM dial, lift-and-turn. I found it drove the picture taking process to a screeching halt: You are basically locked out of the camera whenever you want to do anything more than adjust aperture/shutter speed.
Finally: as I suspected and dpreview already noted: its too big, its unbalanced and the grip / shutter button is simply the wrong choice for a camera of these dimensions. What works for an small MF dSLR doesn't work on a FX dSLR.
Same on Nikon F4 and many other pro Nikons. The Locks are there to prevent accidental changes.
AnHund: He must have been running down hill but still falls the other way - is that likely? It also looks cloudy, but there is still a big shadow behind the man..hmmm.
Sure. That could be an explanation. Still think it looks a bit odd including the position of the rifle.
He must have been running down hill but still falls the other way - is that likely? It also looks cloudy, but there is still a big shadow behind the man..hmmm.
iShootWideOpen: The 1" Aptina in my Nikon V1 was not very impressive. I know it's only 1" but the Sony RX100 has done a better job with the same size sensor.
Having owned both I like the V1/J1 output better than the RX100. The Nikon 1 is also a system camera with much better lenses available than the the fixed lens on the RX100.
Hmm, washed out colors in the night shot and the distorted face of the woman?
I agree that it is nice to go light on a bike and sometimes hiking, but generally DSLRs are just so much more versatile and a APS-C DSLR with a good lens (let's say 35mm) is a lot lighter than your hiking boots. Also the extra weight will give you some healty excercise :-)
Btw. on my the last holiday in Prag and Italy/Piemonte 3 out of 4 people were using DSLRs. Besides DSLRs I only saw P&S cameras a few Nikon 1s, a single OMD and then of course some people using mobile phones which are only usable in good light.
I think the reason for using a DSLR is obvious because you get the best value for money.
And Barney, you can't be serious about the noise - a D3200 for instance is actually not noisy at all.
Johnsonj: Fast apeture at f 2.2. Koooooool
f/2.2 is f/2.2 regarding light no matter the crop factor.
AnHund: A silver medal is ridiculus. The image quality you can get out of this camera is outstanding. Wonder if you set it to macro mode - in good light the AF is very good. Check reviews by Ming Thein, Ken Rockwell, Steve Huff etc.
@R Butler. Sure, you can stand by your rating, but many will disagree with you including me.
Sensor and lens is outstanding and AF is very good in good light for this type of camera and that is what matters.
Regarding the AF it is of course not for sports photography, but for instance face priority AF works very well even in dim light for people.
A D4, D3, D700 etc. will of course be light years better regarding fast AF, but they are not pocketable.
For me it is a dream come true having a pocketable high quality APS-C camera without AA filter and a fantastic lens.
@Dennis. It was just to point out some other reviewers. KR often has some good points and so does Steve H. Do yourself a favour and read Ming Theins review which is a real world review by a pro photographer.
A silver medal is ridiculus. The image quality you can get out of this camera is outstanding. Wonder if you set it to macro mode - in good light the AF is very good. Check reviews by Ming Thein, Ken Rockwell, Steve Huff etc.
As a Nikon shooter I'm using Capture NX2 which is absolutely excellent. It is really a pleasure to use partly due to the very intuitive U-point technology, so I wouldn't dream of using Photoshop.
I have also been using Acdsee for years, but the Nikon RAW editing is just so much better with Capture NX2.
Timmbits: f1.2 is impressive... until you consider it's for a small sensor nikon1 system. then the actual aperture becomes a f3.2 equivalent. this is the sort of lens that could do lots for MFT. but the 1 system starts off so handicapped, one wonders what's the point, since it's target market is amateur enthusiasts getting their first IL system.