louisjaffe: As owner of the Sony-badged E-mount Tamron 18-200 used on a NEX-7, I have to echo the previous comment: How lousy will this new super-zoom be? The 18-200 is only passable at wide-to-mid angle settings, and unusable at tele for any serious work.
It's generally accepted that superzooms are not the tool for "serious work"
vesa1tahti: Nikon owners don't need to wait. They already have the superb Nikkor 18-300mm superzoom.
2mm on the wide end of the range is the equivalent of about 50mm on the long end. This is a significant expansion in focal length range vs an 18-300.
Now this truly is a lens for everything. 25.5-480mm equivalent on Canon.
pulsar123: Minimum aperture f/40 (I guess at the longer end)? Wow. Why would they do that? Crop sensor, f/40 aperture means totally blurred photo, probably like from a cheapest cellphone. Even f/22 is way too small for crop sensor: anything smaller than f/16 results in unacceptably soft photos (due to diffraction effects; this has nothing to do with the quality of the optics).
Any superzoom I looked at had some very disappointing shortcomings in the image quality department. (During optical design, one has to sacrifice IQ a lot to get to that huge zoom range.) Let's see if Tamron will surprise us with this new lens. If the IQ is reasonable (comparable to cheap kit lenses, like 18-55mm) across the whole focal length range, this could become The travel lens for crop shooters.
It's just to allow the same number of f-stops range at both the long and wide end.
thx1138: $600 for a freakin' 1.4x TC is ridiculous. Street price needs to be half that.
Pretty insane, isn't it?
At the top of the article it says " Buy on gearshop for $2800" and it links to the A99!
Made me chuckle.
Heaven is for real: This camera is way overboard but I am appalled with so many attacks against Sony from Canon and Nikon photographers.
Francis Carver: Wow, yet another "fixes lens superzoom" -- just hat the world has been waiting most anxiously, I suppose.
But this one from Oly and Hardy is so bad, the poor lens' aperture can only be coerced to open up to F6.5 in tele setting. What good is THAT? Particularly when shooting video?
The "dot-line" gimmick is totally ridiculous -- you have to pop up the little flash just to use it, so where are you supposed to be looking at here, anyhow -- dot-line, EVF or LCD screen? Two out of three? All three?
I make mine "none" or "neither," and save $399 in the process as well.
I must give it to Olympus -- they are constantly trying. Just rarely succeeding.
Check out wildlife samples from the Canon SX50 on flickr. It's a lot of zoom and lot of image quality for the price.
And why am I trying to "focus Toronto"? That part didn't make a ton of sense.
tkbslc: Pretty impressive.
However, what about all the other photographers who don't have the money or need for the absolute best? A $400 50mm f1.4 is fantastic for most of us. A7 is a pretty cheap FF body. Seems like a handful of $400-600 primes would be in order.
Sorry, but I disagree that the extra 5mm suddenly lets this lens act as a 85mm portrait lens.
You are forgetting that it's a 1200mm equivalent zoom!
And look at the competition? Canon SX50 is f6.5 at 1200mm, too.
Complain all you want, but you can't ignore the fact that you really can't get this kind of reach on an SLR setup without a $10,000 prime lens or using enough teleconverters to drop your aperture into the double digits
tkbslc: How come Canon can build a $250 22mm f2 with a metal body and sharp optics, but Olympus wants double that? (3-4x given the current $125 street price of 22mm). And the Canon 22mm is nearly half the length of the 25mm.
m4/3 has some great lens options, they just all seem priced about double what I'd expect.
So you are implying a smaller imaging circle costs more to design and produce?
historianx: Hot shoe cover! Woot!
99 cents on ebay for any camera! Double woot!!
peevee1: Sounded nice until... No GPS - no sale.
Where is my TG-3?
your phone is on all the time so it can update gps. Cameras get turned off 1 minute after taking photos.
21mm, huh? Might be attractive for those looking to stay dry, too.
Digitall: Let me see, I can buy:
Oly 25/1.8 for €399
Pana/Leica 25/1.4 €408
€9,00 difference do not make me stop thinking about the Leica. The Oly. lens seems to have quality, these are my first impressions, however I am waiting for tests and comparisons. However I think Olympus is pulling much the price of this lens.
Even at the same price, those on OLympus bodies probably want the one that has auto-corrections in body.
Okay, well, 35mm are typically 50-100% more expensive than 50's. :)
More importantly they are about the same focal length and aperture with about the same flange distance.
"dot" tracking is exactly what you'll be doing as your bird at 1200mm equivalent FL will be nothing more than a dot in that pop up viewfinder thing.
Peter Del: I am looking forward to seeing pictures taken with the 9mm, to see how much distortion there is. The angle of view is 140 degrees as opposed to the 7.5mm Samyang, which is 180 degrees! My 9-18 is 100 at the wide end.Peter Del
fisheyes have a wider angle of view for the same focal length based on the light projection of the lens.
BorisAkunin: "Pricing for the new electronic zoom 14-42mm lens is $349 / £299 / €399"
Seriously? We've gotten used to $=€ pricing but this is ridiculous!
$349 / 1.328 (average exchange rate in 2013) * 1.24 (highest VAT in the Eurozone)= 326€
It is $399 at BH Photo, so I'm guessing it is a typo on the price.
With your equation, $399 works out to 375 Euro.