Jimmy jang Boo: dpr writes...
"The X-E2 isn't a great all-rounder... Not so good for sports or action photography."
No wonder MILCs can't gain any traction against DSLRs. Even the latest greatest are handicapped.
My Nikon J3 can shoot 15 FPS raw + JPEG with focus tracking and up to 60 FPS fixed focus. It's easily on par with professional DSLRs, so mirror less can be used for sports and action.
retro76: It a shame I have used Canon since the original Rebel, but over the years I have watched other companies produce better sensors (such as Nikon) and have been disappointed that Canon hasn't updated lenses such as the 50 1.8, 50 1.4 and 85 1.8, 1.2. Canon is focusing on video, not still photography. Canon has lost me as a customer.
Yes, I know Nikon doesn't make it's own sensors, but it works with Sony and other companies on sensor design. Regardless Nikon has upped the ante over Canon. I am not interested in third party lenses, I know there are good options, but I am big fan of staying OEM when buying into a particular system (for various reasons such as compatibility, performance, resale value etc)
It a shame I have used Canon since the original Rebel, but over the years I have watched other companies produce better sensors (such as Nikon) and have been disappointed that Canon hasn't updated lenses such as the 50 1.8, 50 1.4 and 85 1.8, 1.2. Canon is focusing on video, not still photography. Canon has lost me as a customer.
Sir Nick of High Point: I feel like the primary reason that compact mirrorless has not caught on in the US, like it has in the rest of the world, is that Americans generally want to look like "real" photographers. We have this misconception that a big camera automatically makes you a professional, and with the disposable income that we have in the US, people simply go out and purchase a DSLR to impress their friends. Just go to a local park and look at all of the parents lugging around massive Nikons just to take pictures of their kids on the slide. It's silly. The Asian consumer understands the benefit of a smaller camera IMO.
It will take a few more years for mirror-less to become mainstream. Remember DSLRs ? For years only pros and advanced amateurs owned them. Now look around and every soccer mom and dad owns a Nikon or Canon DSLR. People in this particular market segment seem to be a few years behind.
Wow that was a very honest interview, something you don't see very often. I am impressed and will definitely take a strong second look at Olympus in the future.
The one thing I cannot figure out: Reviewers absolutely love Fuji cameras, but consumers do not - why is that ?
M DeNero: I see comments like "Wonderful controls!" and "Great ergonomics!" Pardon me for asking, and I'm not trying to be a wise guy, but is there really any benefit to these retro designs other than aesthetics? Modern SLRS have precision, customizable controls that mostly lie right under the finger tips of one hand. You can make adjustments without even thinking about it, while keeping the other hand on the zoom or focus ring. These retro designs seem to have nicer industrial design, but after handling several they seem very clumsy to me operationally. Please enlighten me.
Nope, the retro styling is beautiful but not practical IMHO - in fact I find on these smaller mirrorless bodies that the excess wheels and controls are just more accidents waiting to happen.
Peter Gregg: What a difference a day makes. The new images are representative of what I expect - and was hoping for - from this lens. It is pro level and the results certainly look like it. It seems on par in quality with the 85L II by eyeballing these images. Having both lenses in hand would confirm it, or show the deficiencies. The advantage of the 4/3 system is equal light as full frame with a little deeper range in depth of field. For most folks this is an advantage making full frame a disadvantage because of the razor thin depth of field. For most purposes this is a big plus, except for those that are looking for an ultra thin range in their DOF envelope.
@Barney, love you man, but asking why someone would take pictures at 1.2 - I can give you a million reasons. On a small sensor such as m4/3rds you can keep the entire subject in focus while achieving the type of shallow DOF you can only get on a bigger sensor. I have the Nikon 1 32 1.2 and all I do is shoot wide-open, to me that is the whole point of owning the lens. Stopped down just about every lens on the market (kit, prime, etc) will perform pretty close these days in terms of sharpness, color and contrast.
That being said I understand it was hard to find good pictures, I think people don't understand that during the day in the desert the lighting is harsh and very "unattractive"
Vlasty: And people complained Nikons 1 system 32mm was expensive. :/
I bought the Nikon 1 32, and to me it's a steal. A lens small enough to fit in the palm of my hand that shoots at 1.2, has superb bokeh, all metal build, metal focusing ring, nano coatings, and a SWM motor (that is dead silent !) and yet the smaller sensor allows me to shoot wide-open and nail the shot without any effort and the electric shutter that goes to 1/16000 allows me to shoot wide-open outdoors. This new Panasonic will surely be excellant as well, but you do have to pay the Leica tax and it's up to you if you think it's worth it. I had the Panasonic 25 1.4 and 20 1.7 before I switched from my OMD EM5 to a Nikon 1: the 25 1.4 had marginally better IQ (10%) so you paid a big premium for a little extra IQ ( though the 25 1.4 did have a premium build)
Maybe it's the gallery, but I not as excited as I once was.
I am glad to see so many companies entering into the 1.2 realm. Nikon did it first in mirrorless with the 32 1.2 (which I own). Now Fuji and Panasonic. Hopefully the need for speed continues. Can we get faster please :)))
peevee1: People deciding US prices for Panasonic lenses are simply incompetent. 45/2.8 macro for $900, 12-35/2.8 for $1,300, 35-100/2.8 for $1,500, now this one for $1,600? They are simply counting up, expecting higher profits with higher prices, like there is no competition out there?Somebody, please teach them about price-demand curves.
I just paid over $800 for the Nikon 32 1.2 for my Nikon 1 J3 camera. $800 for a tiny little metal lens for a system that will probably be dead in 2 years. Did it feel good spending that kind of money: No. Does it feel amazing owning that lens and shooting wide-open at 1.2 - yes, yes, yes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BarnET: Please tamron, tokina and sigma end this pricing madness in m43. We all know you can do it.
I like Tamron, Tokina, and Sigma, but at the end of the day they are simply the Ford and Chevy of lenses. They do the trick, get you want (and sometimes do it very well) and are priced reasonably. That being said once you have driven a really nice car it's no going back lol.
People have been paying big bucks for FF Pro lenses for years, and even bigger for names such as Zeiss and Leica. Do I love a bargain: absolutely, but when I want the best, I will gladly pay for it. If it is something you truly love and enjoy than money is no option.
Combatmedic870: Waaaaaay to expensive. Fuji for 999 and this for 1599.You could but an xe1 and the 56mm for that!!
But who wants a Fuji ?
completelyrandomstuff: Samples look excellent. Perhaps it will simply be a lot better than Fuji?
yes absolutely better than Fuji. You ever used the 35 1.4, horrible bokeh.
It's a shame Panasonic and Olympus do not produce lenses for other brands. Their lenses are superb, I just don't care for the m43rd sensor. Like other Panasonic lenses, I am sure this will be legendary.
Interesting, you never see most of the caneras selected in public, yet they somehow got best gear ???
dpalugyay: Merry CHRISTmas.
Merry CHRISTmas as well ! People are just jealous of anything that's popular, and anything that's popular they will attempt to ruin if given a chance.
justmeMN: The camera wasn't good enough to get an Award, but DPR should have at least given it a Participation Ribbon. :-)
I didn't get an award because it doesn't do video lol, you know the feature that every photographer secretly can't live without (rolling eyes)