JT986: I will buy one if they make one for F-mount.
It won't work on F mount. Its designed for mirrorless cameras only. Won't work on ANY DSLR let alone Nikon DSLRs.
AlexBakerPhotoz: Very nice to see the whole workflow and thought process so fully explained. Most people just don't know what a professional photographer actually does and how much thought and expertise goes into making one excellent image. Thank you for your generosity in sharing this is such detail.
Fully agree !!! :)
joe6pack: Before I install it, can someone tell me more about this software?
How big is the installation? I don't have Lr or PS.
Are there services running in the background even if I don't run the software? e.g. DRM, Update, etc
Review on Amazon isn't so exciting. I understand this is FREE but there are a lot of harm a bad software is capable of doing.
@Joe - Read up sarcasm. :P
Honestly its a perfectly valid question and I enjoy sarcasm but in this case it was a bit uncalled for. Not everyone wants to support DRM and other crappy stuff software companies do.
William Koehler: A handy specification to include would be maximum video clip length(time).
Most cameras can record a max of 29 minutes video to avoid the higher taxes dedicated video cameras attract.
srados: I hate electronic viewfinder.When I look into, my eye focus on the grid on the screen...from what the screen was made off. #1 reason that keeps me away from Sony.
You should give EVFs a second change. They are getting better and better with every iteration. I HATED the EVF on my A55 when I moved from the beautiful pentaprism viewfinder on my A700.
I don't love the EVF but I don't hate it either. I no longer go wow when looking at FF viewfinders anymore and I have gotten accustomed to the advantages of the EVF . Shooting with an OVF camera now seems wrong somehow to me.
JerryKraut: Nice camera. Pity I have given up on autofocus. My subjects are mostly static or slow-moving. Don't see the advantage of draining batteries. I can see why sports or other action photographers need AF - and why most of them use Canon cameras for their purposes, though.
I am neither a sports or action photographer but I always appreciate better AF ! :P
I don't know any photographer who isn't a pro who uses MF only with DSLR so I am not in some minority.
Banhmi: I'm pretty irked that they reduced features from the original a77.
Specifically, I actually really LIKE GPS now, even though I originally thought it was pointless.
They even removed the switch between spot, center weighted and matrix metering.
GPS removal I can understand as they would have had to make different models depending on where you live as for instance the Russia model of the A77 didn't have GPS as they use GLONASS.
But the AF assist beam and the control switch for metering would have max added $50 to the cost. Not sure why they removed these two minor but useful features in their flagship APS-C camera.
sandy b: Lets see, best 24 mp sensor, class leading AF, advanced carbon fibre build, a real optical viewfinder, Excellent FPS for its class, access to the best lens lineup, upgrade possibilty to the best FF camera lineup.
Nothing exciting here, it must suck because its a Nikon.
@Sandy_b - Point accepted. Dpreview's test is dead wrong it seems.
Please read the review. The buffer has 6 JPEG files. If you have any different info please post the links.
Yes it probably tracks focus better but not by much. And the no of screw drive lenses is not insignificant.
How is 11 point AF system with 1 single AF point which was first used 7 years ago be considered class leading ? :P
Pentax and Sony offers have better AF systems here.
Excellent FPS ? The K50 has 30 JPEG buffer vs a class leading 6 frame JPEG buffer on the Nikon ! :P
No AF support for Nikon AF-D and AF lenses (a first for any system where an AF first party lens won't AF on their own camera).
I agree sensor is good but this camera is nowhere near class leading.
GodSpeaks: This 'might' have been interesting back in the days of film (ie: last Century), but today?
Honestly I never like the IQ of film. I very much prefer a 35mm FF camera to film any day. :P
Its a personal thing I suppose but I am not fond of the grainy film look.
mosc: DPR, did you miss that optical viewfinder thing on the top? All the mirrorless cameras you list don't have viewfinders! The D3300 is an APS-C sensor (a good one at that) with a viewfinder. Compared to an A6000, it's priced pretty well (D3300 is $150 cheaper). If you're going to compare it against mirrorless cameras at least note that an mirrorless with a viewfinder will set you back at least as much.
You really want a reason not to get this camera, talk to people about the old A65. Same sensor, cheaper, built in wifi (and GPS if you're into that), full coverage viewfinder, faster shooting, etc
Lets not forget that at $348 you can buy 2 of them for a little more than the price of 1 D3300. :P
MiraShootsNikon: 24MP crop sensor + secondary mirror phase-detect autofocus with no fine tuning = recipe for disappointment.
^^ I would wager there would be plenty of people using this type of cameras with a 50mm f1.4 as its a pretty inexpensive lens.
Reinhard136: just about class leading sensor ? so which apsc sensor is better ???? I am not a Nikon fan, but aren't you getting a camera that with the same lens will take the same photo as any of its 24 mp "big" Nikon brothers ? in a very compact size - at a fraction of the price - from a brand which automatically gets all the nice independent lenses, like the new 16-300 ? and giving away a handful of rare to use features ? Sounds like gold material to me ????
Well for starters it cannot focus will all Nikon lenses out there which is a pretty poor point.
Second Nikon has been screwing around with 3rd party compatibility for some time now. Its possible in future they may find a way to make 3rd party lenses completely incompatible. (Extreme case but seeing what they are doing now its not impossible).
And lastly Nikon seems to be pretty dead when it comes to innovation. They haven't come out with any really new feature in the last couple of years. Canon was in the same boat but they were the first to come out with some very useful Wifi implementation in their 6D. And their dual pixel tech is also very very useful for those upgrading from P&S cameras.
I think a Silver award is justified given the high IQ of this camera but not a Gold.
Photography is a hobby for many. Some people love tinkering with old film cameras. I have tried film and the experience is very different than using a modern DSLR camera.
To be sure it wasn't my cup of tea but I can see the charm some people may have.
Its like those people who use love tinkering with old bikes. Performance wise a cheap Honda 250cc might outperform any of those oldies and give far less vibrations with a far higher fuel efficiency. But the charm of riding an older heavier bike is something you can't get from a lightweight Honda.
Reinhard136: If you have a sony E mount, would you be better off buying the Canon mount version, which has the VC, and using the E - mount / Canon adapter, which I think gives full functionality ? - or is that clunky for some reason ?
The Metabones Canon adapter results in pretty slow AF but yes you will get IS.
Conversely the Sony version will offer pretty fast AF but no IS. :P
Ben Stonewall: Is there an adaptor that'll allow the use of Sony lenses?
No. Sony lenses lack an aperture control so you cannot use them except wide open. So no one has designed such an adpater.
LensBeginner: Cons:1. never shot jpg2. ditto3. that's a problem with lenses, not camera4. true. But it's a camera, not a videocamera5. true
...not many cons there, are there? ;-)
I am referring to a 'zoom' lens. A 560mm or 300mm lens are good for birds but not for wildlife. The 560mm is not a lens I would mention is the same sentence as a 100-400mm or 80-400mm lens. :P
The 300mm f4 lens is a good option but its a prime and hence a bit restrictive.
The 645Z seems to be an awesome camera by all accounts. The high ISO capabilities alone are amazing. But as an upgrade path there is one issue - None of the existing Pentax lenses will work with the new body.
I will concede the lens lineup hole is not as great as I thought when I wrote that post but generally there isn't too many lenses in the current Pentax line up that I care for honestly.
And judging by the state of sales of Pentax I am not alone.
gdfthr73: It Just drives me nuts. So many amazing full frame lenses for the K mount camera and no full frame K-mount camera exists. WTF
@robbo - Yes its true many pros are getting smaller systems for less serious work but their main work is generally always done with FF or MF.
And if I really need small I would rather get a Fuji or Olympus m43 system than a DSLR. The m43 system current IQ is ridiculously close to APS-C now.
And their primes are even more compact than the primes from Pentax.
And I disagree that APS-C has caught up with old FF cameras. Maybe the 5D MK 1 but the MK II and D700 are still better than current APS-C sensors. Its not just high ISO performance but general IQ that is better. I have generally found FF images to 'pop' more than APS-C photos.
Valeriu 64: Congratulation Ricoh, and team Ricoh - Pentax for your succes.Pentax K-3 is the best APS-C DSRL at this moment .
God , bless you
^^ Look at the DPreview test and see how many OOF shots they got while tracking. Tracking focus is one area where everyone other than Nikon and Canon lag behind.
I myself am a Sony user and while for static subjects I am happy with the AF, for tracking ability my friends basic 60D is much much better.