"We have met our enemy and he is us." Canon hasn't released any bodies worth a damn for a few years now. One begins to wonder how they still manage to sell anything.
Eigenmeat: ACR is still a blurry mess compare to OOC JPGs.
Truth is, for the few Fuji cameras that it supports, Aperture produces much better results when rendering fine details and textures. This means Adobe simply didn't do a very good job with their demosaicing.
photogeek: Should have been f/1.8 at least. If Nikon can do it for $200, I'm sure Zeiss should be able to do it for $400. $700 for an f/2.8 lens with vignetting and less than ideal sharpness is ridiculous, no matter how you slice it.
@zodiacfml: not by much. Nikkor is only 67g heavier, and looking at the actual glass components in it, it should be possible to make it much smaller without changing the optical formula. Canon 50mm f/1.8 is only 10g heavier, and only very slightly larger.
Should have been f/1.8 at least. If Nikon can do it for $200, I'm sure Zeiss should be able to do it for $400. $700 for an f/2.8 lens with vignetting and less than ideal sharpness is ridiculous, no matter how you slice it.
darklamp: Ignoring the weird body, it seems counter-productive to reduce the one advantage your system has over very other.
The only advantage is a Foveon system is that it does resolve all the channels at it's full resolution. It makes no sense to compromise that.
It looks like a nightmare to handle, but I suppose we should wait to see one tested in the wild.
Let us hypothetically assume that two rays of red light fall on the same red layer sensor. How exactly will a Quattro sensor spatially resolve them?
And in particular, it doesn't make any sense to resolve _blue_ at full resolution, since the eye is the least sensitive to the luminance frequency of blue. But that's just physics, blue is the first color removed by Foveon as light penetrates the sensor, since it has a shorter wavelength. Foveon always had great blues. It's all the other colors (such as, for instance, skin), and incandescent lighting (which contains very little blue) that were problematic.
With their recent achievements in lens design, it would make sense for Sigma to abandon Foveon, and either design a decent conventional body, or get out of making cameras altogether.
"now only captures its full, 19.6 million pixel resolution in the top layer, with lower two layers capturing 4.9MP of information each"
Grabs popcorn, heads over to the Sigma forum.
No doubt it will also "offer" record levels of complex distortion, CA, and blurriness in the corners.
Good thing I didn't sell my 60mm f/2.8 Nikkor D when I got off Nikon. AF is useless at close macro range anyway.
photogeek: You can thank the stubborn US consumer for the resurgence of these viewfinder humps and huge camera bodies. Folks seem to think that if the camera is not the size of their head, and it doesn't hurt their neck, the image quality has to be worse somehow.
Personally, I think Sony NEX (models with a viewfinder) offer the ideal form factor right now. They're about as small and light as they can physically be without sacrificing the hand grip, tilting screen and built in flash. And that's the proper way to do it, now that we're not constrained by the the size of the prism and mirror box.
tkbslc: Sony's lenses are pretty small and light, compared to their APSC DSLR counterparts. Also, NEX series cameras don't feel as cheaply built as Fuji. I agree about the user interface, though, Sony could learn a lot from everybody else there, but then they're just continuing the proud tradition with that: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyCtaciiM8Y
Fuji is a photographic company, but unlike Sony, their marketshare is so small, it doesn't even end up in marketshare reports. So who's "winning" is up for debate right now.
You can thank the stubborn US consumer for the resurgence of these viewfinder humps and huge camera bodies. Folks seem to think that if the camera is not the size of their head, and it doesn't hurt their neck, the image quality has to be worse somehow.
I predict that at this price, they'll sell three, maybe as many as four of these.
Sony better hurry up with their lens lineup. If Fujifilm cameras had an articulated screen I would have switched already. No articulated screen - no deal, though.
photogeek: Ever since Samsung ripped off the iPhone, I can't view their products as anything other than a cheap rip-off.
The lens is not _out_ yet, and you're already declaring it the "top" offering. Fanboy much?
Why not just get the real deal? Canikon/Sony/Oly/Panasonic - all make great cameras. Why buy half-assed POS ripoff from Samsung for which there aren't any decent lenses?
Ever since Samsung ripped off the iPhone, I can't view their products as anything other than a cheap rip-off.
I wish it was available on T-Mobile. Gonna have to wait until AT&T exclusivity runs out. Looks like the next year will be the year of really big-ass phones. Apple will come out with a 6" one, too.
Lab D: Well over 1000 people have voted for the E-M1. Everyday another full frame owner posts about making the switch it seems.
I still don't get the point of it. It's almost twice the volume and price of NEX6 and has smaller sensor to boot.
Sony NEX-7 still, even though it wasn't released this year. Made me unload all my Nikon gear.