tinzi1: The Tamron 2470 has marvelous optics WITH vc that could be had for $1000. I don't see why anyone want to purchase this even at $899; at $1200, Tokina's really daring to see this world full of morons.
Another issue with the Tokina is the 82mm filter size which means most people who use 77mm filters will have to spend more $$$ to buy filters to support the lens.
^^ You obviously haven't used a lot of Tamron lenses. Their 90mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8, 17-50mm f2.8 and 24-70mm f2.8 VC are all superb lenses. Of course there are plenty more Tamron lemons out there but the above lenses are very good performers.
Tokina generally makes good lenses but they have had a few lemons too.
Mk7: Too, big, too limited and too expensive for what it is. IMHO, omitting the pop-up flash from so many of these mirrorless models is a mistake. I'm sure it's one factor contributing to low sales.
I love a pop up flash if only to act as a commander. However that isn't my primary condition to buying a camera but pretty low down in the list of my requirements.
Roland Karlsson: I think I see a pattern. Wide angle and clouds, and something in the foreground :)
I am a two bit landscape photographer and let me tell you finding the right mix of elements and a great sunset are a lot harder than it looks. You have to keep visiting locations again and again to make sure the light is just perfect.
pdelux: great Idea, I expect this to come to M4/3s cameras too without the additional app just built into firmware. Also what about some Voice control, just for shooting instead, maybe too much to ask..... would be handy just to say "shoot", without any additional apps.
Yes since most cameras have built in mics it should be easy to come up with some sort of rudimentary voice command system.
stevo23: Useless - very limited and hobbled. Can't center focus point, very limited set of function available.
Clever and great idea, but I wouldn't pay money for it. Frankly, I don't know why they have to make apps like this that limit the camera so much.
Don't use it then ! :)
No one is forcing you to use it.
I however have downloaded it on both my Sony cameras. I tried them out and find them very useful. Of course ill prefer my wireless remote but there are times I forget to bring it along and in such cases this app is brilliant !
win39: For on tripod shooting it is hard to improve on a wireless remote(Nikon 1) for ease of use or the versatility of a remote control wifi phone app that also lets you change settings and view your subject on the phone and trip the shutter remotely(Fuji).
^^ You haven't tried with the Sony wireless remote. It works just fine with the apps when I try it.
jonl9: I tried to download the app, but kept getting a connection error #D.
The camera software is at 1.20
I tried all the menu options for USB Connection.
Did you try downloading it via your camera or from your PC ?
It worked fine downloading it on my A7 and A7 II via the camera.
Sign in first though.
Sir Punk: Thanks Sony that's just what we needed, two lenses for millionaires!
^^ Mirrorless is NOT Sony !!!
You want cheap mirrorless try m43. They have much smaller bodies and lenses.
Mirrorless can be both cheap or large and expensive.
Pieterbaan: The APP does not support Bulb on my A6000, what is a key thing for me for this APP. I ask everybody here who use this APP to fill in the enquette on the Sony playmemory apps site and ask for Bulb mode in this app, that would be a great extention.
Sorry I don't think I was clear. The bulb mode support in the APP only works with the A7s and A7 II. It DOES NOT work on an A6000 or my A7 camera. :(
Bulb mode shooting is available only on the A7r and A7 II.
For sure there must be some issue preventing the feature from working on say my A7 or the more expensive A7r.
Cytokine: Traditional designs for fast 85mm lenses use very heavy and large glass elements that are not easily matched with IS systems.
Zeiss may Have done this using the latest " extreme" high refractive index glass. they used to be owned by and probably are still part of Schott, Germanys (the worlds) most respected glass company.
This special glass will be extremely hard and require special coatings, which Schott are very good at. This hardness can be complex to grind, so they may have developed a moulding process that can shape this type of glass which may have no liquid phase.
To answer my earlier question why no f 1.4.? Probably there will be but it would be very expensive.
I can't even afford this f1.8 lens. The f1.4 version would probably more like $1800+
Great ! Let me get them cheap ass L lenses.
Sergey Borachev: These prices just ensure that most people continue to go to M43. I really doubt how much better quality, if any, you can get out of this Zeiss 16-50mm than the smaller, lighter and much cheaper Panasonic 12-35mm or Olympus 12-40mm
Yeah, thanks, I can stop looking at Sony cameras from now on, since they are still making good quality lenses only at such prices. So long!
^^ Very good point. People who buy these expensive lenses also fall in that 99% figure. :)
joe6pack: You know what would be an even better idea? Sony opens up the App store and API to 3rd party developers.
That would really really be useful. I don't mind paying a few $$$ for really useful apps.
bakhtyar kurdi: They have another clone for the Canon EF 50mm 1.8 II long time ago, the only difference in appearance is the name of Yongnuo instead of Canon, it is $70 new, while the original Canon is $90http://www.ebay.ca/itm/YONGNUO-YN-50MM-F1-8-Large-Aperture-Auto-Focus-Lens-For-Canon-EF-Mount-EOS-Camer-/151499022046?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item23460b9ede
^^ The optical forumlae is different along with the aperture blades. The Yongnuo isn't as sharp as the Canon lens wide open.
linzdoctor7d: Sony why can't you add remote shutter release work with your Apps instead of this! If I want to use the Nex 5T with the Apps Multiple Exposure, Time Lapse or Multi Shot there is no option in the menu. I must therefore shake the camera by pressing the shutter button.
Yes wired remote shutter isn't available but it has an IR receiver so you can use remotes like the original Sony wireless remote without any additional cables.
Fogsprig: It looks unpredictable, but kind of useful, so kudos to Sony.P.S. I dream of making a photo with an eye's blink to make myself a shutterlord! :D
You need to manually activate the app or else it wouldn't work. And once you turn off the camera the app is no longer active. And it works pretty well. I have downloaded and tested it yesterday.
Only not very happy that bulb mode isn't supported on my A7. :(
CanonKen: To those who don't like it...realize it is FREE. I'd rather have the option rather than no option at all. Nice to see Sony put this out. Further, they are selling the compactness of their E-mount cameras, and this could eliminate an accessory (granted, a small one) from your bag if traveling light.
^^ You need some patience for sure but what the heck its free and it works. Tried it on my A7 and was happy with the app. Well worth it.
Have you tried with a wired remote. I don't use any of these apps so cannot comment on their usage.
@dark goob - Thats a bit harsh. Does Canon or Nikon offer any sort of support for their older customers via apps ? This app works with even the NEX5N with the optional EVF which is an older camera than the NEX 5T.
Plus Sony charges money for apps like the Multiple Exposure and Time Lapse which linzdoctor7d bought.