Serious Sam: Lens is often loved or hated. As far as I can remember, hated many lens…..2.8 FF zoom for its weight, Sony Zeiss prims for its price, etc….. I had never question a lens fundamental existence until this one comes along. The exact reaction is HELLO!! YOU SERIOUS??
For its price, I can get a Nikon 35 1.8G, on the wide get a Tokina 2.8 UW zoom/ Sigma 24 1.8. This combination is much more flexible.
At such a short focal variation and only F2, what is Sigma thinking??
^^ Yes you can and it does work. The problem is that I have 3 bodies so if the lens works fine on one body there is no guarantee it will work on another body.
My friend did that as he had only one body. However he used the lens on a rented body and it just didn't work and he had to shoot MF the whole event. So he got rid of the Sigma immediately.
The Sigma is fine for casual work and if you use just a single body. However for pro work Sigma is not worth it unless you really need that extra sharpness.
^^ The issues I saw with a 35mm f1.4 was bad but manifested itself mainly wide open and near infinity focus. The dock doesn't help with that unfortunately. Only a few photos would be shot using such a scenario but for work purposes I couldn't spend so much money on something that can give issues right from the start.
Are you serious Serious Sam ??? :P
There is a reason Sigma sells a 24mm f1.4 and a 35mm f1.4 lens.
Perspective changes depending on the focal length you choose.
I use a 24-70mm f2.8 very often in tandem with another body with a 85mm.
Since I have an 85mm I rarely use the 24-70mm beyond 50mm.
This Sigma is actually what I really need but I have been burned by Sigma AF issues so for work purposes I wouldn't consider this lens.
How many f2 zooms do you know off ? :P
You can get 3 lenses for this price but you will lose the convenience of a zoom. Nikon lacks a 24mm f2 prime lens and the 24mm f2.8 is a whole stop slower.
ImageAmateur: I have tried quite a few converters. Then I tried Capture One.
Glad I did. LOVE it.
Colors, tonality, contrast, out of box and with tweaking are wonderful.
Colors especially seem much easier to control than in some other software. And when one batch processes with some other software, often the preset made in one image does not translate well onto other images, with some other RAW converters, colors especially and contrast.
With Capture One, presets made in one image of a shoot translate 'honestly' to other images, even if those need tweaking, but I get what I expect from the preset.
Cant say enough good about it.
If I had to do it over, yes, I would like to think that I would have just bought Capture One from the beginning for its price and saved on others.
But then, I would not have learnt what I did in others and would not appreciate now, just how good it is.
Try it, you may like it. I LOVE it.
I might be missing something here but there is no executable file for Nik. Its a plugin and there is no standalone version.
Marcin 3M: My silly question: with so-many-megapixels camera isn't it better (in most situations) to shot with 24/1.4 and later crop to get 35mm perspective (well, even with some "shift" ability).
I crop all the time in my work. However a 24mm lens and a 35mm lens have a different purpose in my book and the two are substantially different for me to have both focal lengths covered.
safaryan: I moved to Olympus OMD EM5ii from shooting Nikon (both full frame and cropped bodies) for a couple of years. I also purchased the Sony A6000 at the same time to try, which instantly became my everyday camera. I loved Sony so much that researched and bought the new Sony A7ii with some nice native lenses. My dilemma is that although I love the Olympus OMD EM5ii and think that's one of the best cameras I have ever used in terms of performance, I have never been able to achieve the same IQ and sharpness I get from Sony A6000 with a cheap 50mm 1.8 lens (I have Olympus 12mm, 25mm, 45mm, 60mm Macro, 75mm, 12-40mm PRO). Is it due to the mere sensor size, user error, or am I missing something here? I'm considering on selling my Olympus setup to offset the Sony A7Rii purchase, which I tried and loved. Does anyone have EM5ii image samples that showcases its "legendary" IQ?
Its probably just the case of more megapixels to work with.
@ImageAmatuer - I did a little research and found nothing to substantiate your claim that Nik Filters work with CI 8.
If you have any links or data on how to do that it would be great.
As per Nik Filters website they only support Adobe products for now.
My main grouse with anything other than PS is the lack of filters like Nik Filters. I use Nik Filters a LOT and I have yet to find anything as useful in other convertors.
If they ever come out with a standalone version i may consider some other converter.
Good stuff ! Surprised he lugs around a D800E as a travel camera but that 28-300mm is not totally replicable in a mirrorless space unless he goes to m43 land.
BlueBomberTurbo: Probably the new Sony M4/3 sensor. If so, M4/3 just got a huge boost in IQ.
^^ Where did they introduce them simultaneously ? The A7r was introduced months before the A7s and even then the D800 had the same sensor in the A7r which was launched a full 2 years before the A7r.
Top Dog Imaging: I hope the DPR team re-shoots the studio scene from the Olympus EM5 II. Instead of using a PanaLeica lens, a more accurate representation of the camera's capability would be to shoot with a Zuiko 45mm f/1.8, 75mm f/1.8, 25mm f/1.8 or one of the Pro f/2.8 zooms.
^^ They shoot with the approx 50mm equivalent lens in the m43 system. The Panaleica 25mm f1.4 is a pretty sharp lens by f5.6. Don't think the 25mm f1.8 will beat it and since they require 50mm equivalent then that omits the 45mm and the 75mm.
I do hope that Dpreview team will start using Otus lenses on the Canon and Nikon FF cameras. Right now their aging 50mm f1.4 lenses are not up to the task in the face of the competition's newer lenses.
The 36 MP sensor is much older than the 12 MP sensor. Compare the 12 MP sensor to the new 42 MP sensor, normalize the results and see the differences.
And the 36 MP sensor still beats the newer 12 MP sensor in DR.
zakaria: Wow aps/c camera beating ff at costless price! Is it fair to compare a small sensor against a big one? But yeah lt is Pentax that can do it with no problems.
@naththo - Please read what the OP said. He was comparing to FF. NOT the D7200 which is APS-C.
The only time the K3 can match FF is with pixel shift which requires multiple photos and thus is less useful in most scenarios.
You must be referring to the pixel shift tech which while great doesn't work on moving subjects which reduces its effectiveness greatly.
justmeMN: The Panasonic GX8 body is roughly the same size as the Canon SL1 /100D, a big size for a small sensor. (The former is actually wider.)
The SL-1 is small. But once you add lenses...
@tedolf - There is nothing really to lose with more MP other than space on your HDD.
If you crop a bit, MP matters a lot.
Joe Ogiba: DPR : Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 makes leap to 20MP
Really ? So DPR thinks 20mp is a bigger deal than 4K. My Sony QX1 smartphone camera also has 20mp with a larger APS-C sensor but I would prefer it had 10mp with 4K.
Oops ! Sorry. Yes you are correct.
Your Sony QX1 has a much smaller 1 inch sensor. NOT APS-C.
And 4k is no longer a headline feature as almost every new camera launch has 4k now.
I doubt that. Current sensor tech is reaching a plateau. Even the stacked sensor in the RX100 IV performs about the same as the original RX100. Every new sensor is bringing marginal improvements.
Unless Sony has done something very different IMO this will be at best a marginal upgrade in IQ.
Of course more MP will shut up some of the "We need more MP" brigade.