W5JCK: My Sony a7 original cost me half as much as the 5DS and it still out scores the top of the line Canon! Glad I dropped Canon and went with Sony.
^^ Completely untrue. A LOT of pros are now ditching Canon and Nikon and moving to Sony A7s, A7r.
If you can't handle its quirks doesn't mean no one else is willing to work with the quirks.
I personally shoot with an A7 and A7 II professionally and while there are advantages to me using a 5D mk 3 the fact that I am limited to shooting with the viewfinder only limits me. If Canon releases the new 5D mk IV with dual pixel tech and a tilting screen I may think of shifting. But then they will have their same sub par sensor which again will stop me from moving.
LastChance4U: I DARE someone to say something negative about this work. I double dog dare you! Fantastic work! 10/10
@Buzz - EssexAsh could be the worst photographer on earth but he is still entitled to his opinion.
We don't need to be directors or actors to critique the latest blockbuster nor do we need to be exceptional photographers to like or dislike someone's work.
Even I find the photos good but nothing great. Not because the photos are bad (they aren't) but its just that such photos don't interest me. As simple as that. Not a knock off on the photographer but down more to individual tastes.
Dazzer8888: Great stuff, photoshop used only to enhance an already well chosen composition, no sunsets, lightning strikes or beautiful horses needed..........
Well you still need beautiful buildings to shoot. Most buildings pale in comparison to the ones on display here.
RStyga: Do not state the price, DPR, some people suffer from heart problems... FYI, an eBay seller currently sells the IQ160 model (the digital back only, that is) for a mere 28000 Euros (about USD 31500). Add to this around 3000 USD for the body and another, say, 2000 USD for a lens. How many Pentax 645Z+std lens can on buy with this "modest" amount of money?
^^ Well thats upto you. I have no use for Medium format. But those who charge the big bucks for photography services feel they are worth it and they are the ones who buy it. Not amateurs like you and me.
When it comes to the highest levels of performance you always pay a high price for the incremental level of performance.
For example the Nissan gtr is one of the fastest production Road cars available right now and you need to pay a lot lot more in order to get a slight increase in performance . Same with this camera.
agaoo: Too many issues since it came out. I feel lucky I switched to mirrorless system and left my old-time favourite Nikon.
To be honest mirror less has also had issues. Shutter shock on the A7r, orbs on some fuji cameras etc
JaimitoFrog: I don't buy Japanese cameras not made in Japan. One of the reasons I avoided Nikon when I started shooting dSLR more than 10 yrs ago. Nikon's entry and enthusiast level bodies were not from Japan, but Canon was.
I have had 4 camera bodies and 9 lenses so far. And the body that failed twice was made in Japan and the three lenses that failed was also made in Japan. All the Thailand and Chinese lenses and cameras work fine
^^ That's specific to the Sony A7r camera not the A7. And yes Shutter shock is an issue but if you know where it occurs most, you can avoid it. Not an excuse at all but its a workaround.
In fact the A7, A7r, A7 II are all work around cameras. They all have quirks that you have to live with if you are a discerning photographer.
The Canon pro cameras like the 5d mk 3 and 7D II are superb cameras and AF, responsiveness, tracking etc are all noticeably better than any of the Sony cameras.
Everytime I rent a 5D mk 3 for weddings I get stunned by how responsive it is.
Not to say my A7 and A7 II are slow but 3 seconds boot up time and micro lags all add up.
That said I am happier with the A7 and A7 II IQ and their lighter weight (more so for the A7 than the A7 II). Every gm weight reduction here and there all add up when you are shooting the entire day.
Hopefully the new A7r II will be more responsive than its predecessors and close the gap even further between mirrorless and DSLRs.
zodiacfml: Because the launch price was not in touch with the current market. The current change puts it similarly to an a6000, but that comes with an EVF, better AF, and better video. Still, it seems that the a6000 is a better buy.
A modest launch price should put it at $100 more than the GR.
Previously, I suggested a 24MP Sony sensor for the GR2. Yet, I realized it doesn't add value, only to improved the 35mm crop mode feature and will make the camera a bit slower due to the larger files. High ISO improvement is not practically huge.
Actually the Sony has a pretty nice 20mm f2.8 compact prime that works pretty well. Plus the mp differences will make up for the slightly sharper lens on the ricoh. The only reason to go for the ricoh will not be iq but for a different shooting experience. It's a more integrated product while the Sony a6000 is a more mass market product and will not handle the same as the ricoh
Tom Caldwell: I don't agree that you should ask Panasonic to dumb down the G7 to suit less experienced users. Less experienced users with no intention to learn will simply set the camera to auto and leave it there anyway.
Dumb the camera down and it will still be used on auto whilst those seeking to improve will have less functions to explore and learn from,and those who would like an advanced camera that is physically smaller (we do exist) will give it a complete miss.
More involved camera users are not all looking for a substantial size camera in order to demonstrate our expertise. The larger the body the more status for the photographer?
Anyway the G7 is already too large - give me the GM1/5 and to heck with my street cred .... ;)
^^ Just like the older Samsung NX500 ?
MikeFairbanks: Isn't the point of the micro 4/3 sensor to be a small camera? I feel like I'm missing something when I see a DSLR with a sensor that small.
^^ Yes a lot of Americans prefer bigger cameras as they have bigger hands. However a lot of Asians prefer smaller cameras and lenses. I personally loved my old mag alloy A700 DSLR camera but my hands used to pain after prolonged use. It died prematurely and I didn't like the Sony A77 which I felt was too noisy so I went with a small A55 camera. I enjoyed my photography much more after using that camera as it was lighter.
Zoron: I know I need both lens to improve my photography.
Well if you are shooting birds with a 18-55mm lens then yes it will improve your photography.
However if you are a street photographer then these lenses may not suit your needs.
VREN: Nice to see, but conservative speed for not so conservative price.
Honestly Nikon and Canon will never truly support APS-C since they will want people to upgrade to 35mm sensors and the correspondingly more expensive lenses.
If you wish to truly stick to smaller cameras and lenses then mirrorless is the only way to go. Pentax also makes mostly APS-C lenses if you need an OVF but most Pentax lenses IMO are small but slow and outdated designs.
Fuji I feel is the best system for those who need a compact APS-C system with Samsung about tied neck to neck.
Sony is 3rd as they seem more interested in supporting their 35mm system like Nikon and Canon.
Why bring in Pentax in this argument ? Compared to the Nikon 16-85mm this lens is faster and only slightly more expensive than when the 16-85mm was first launched at. (Can't compare discounted price now).
Charlie Jin: Canon, I will buy 15-85mm F2.8-4.0 if it is under $1,200(and if the image quality is as good as the original one).
I think he means the 15-85mm f3.5-5.6
ZeneticX: note that all this tests are done on pre release model and fw
it's still a whole month away before the camera is released. with such promising results on a prototype, imagine the production model with minor issues ironed out
^^ Thats simply false !
A prototype could have a few differences to the final product like an extra button or some features missing but changing the sensor is a HUGE difference.
Valen305: That continuous eye-AF is amazing! I tend to miss focus on about 20% of shots with the a99 + 85mm CZ.
^^ Try shooting at f1.4 85mm.
Maxlam76: Cheers !This type of technology has been available with Olympus MILC for ages. Face detection, left or right eye... Nothing new, maybe just for the people that have only been interested in DSLR for the last five years.
^^ Of course the m43 system has plenty of lenses but with this tech more Canon users can consider the A7rII for their needs. Especially those who have an existing lens line up.
Currently if they moved to mirrorless then they would lose any option of even half decent AF.
LukeDuciel: "What I like so much about shooting with Fujifilm cameras that use this sensor is the minimal amount of fussing I need to do with my images in post. "
I cannot agree more.
I use camera raw. Its a very nice software and does everything I want. I go into Photoshop to further process the photos. I have saved up 30-40 different actions which allow me to tune the photo to my taste. And lastly I use Nik Filters which is a Photoshop only product.
I tried Lightroom but it just doesn't cut it for me. Too slow to load the files especially if I wish to zoom in. Photoshop I find is far faster.
The point is people like to do things they are used to. Buying a camera and finding that you have the change what you did earlier only because your software doesn't work with only this camera model is not something nice.
alouette: this Lens is a remake of the legendary FT Zuiko Lens ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD.
The Zuiko lens was announced together with the E-3 back in 2007. I guess the successor of the D300s is not far anymore :-)
Name one with an f2.8 - f4 aperture. The only lens that comes close is the Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 which is 26-105mm lens.