tecnoworld: Incredible what you can do with an obsolete, small sensored, low end camera. Really good! Bravo!
I also still use my A2 now and then, it is just such a great all in one package. It is just the sensor which is mediocre by todays standard, and the autofocus is slow. But the design of the camera is really great, with all the controls, buttons and switches. I sometimes wonder how great this camera would be if equiped with a modern 2/3" BSI sensor and modern image processor.
I fully agree, with the exception of one thing: the A2 was by no means a low end camera in its time. This photo really shows that photographers take pictures, not cameras.
Camera now on pre-order here in the Netherlands. € 499 body only and € 699 with the 18-55 F3.5-5.6 SAM II lens.
Well done and a deserved #1.
Trivia: this plane was responsible for the demise of the battleship Bismarck.
photomedium: Seems like the 'perfect' camera would be something in between a DSLR and a mirrorless. The question is it easier to get there by altering the DSLR or the mirrorless design?
Yes, but that is not the case for everyone. As always, use the right tool for the job ;-)
The light loss is 1/3 stop with the latest SLT camera's (A77-II and A99), big deal. Added size? The smallest SLT cameras that were made (like the A33 or A55) are around the same size as e.g. the mirrorless A7.
This "in between" exists and is called SLT ;-)
This photo is my personal #1 in this challenge.
Well deserved #1.
cjf2: I really liked this one. It deserved to place higher.
I suspect it did not score so well because it is not a typical bokeh shot.
There are some seriously great photos in this challenge! I will definitely cast some votes.
Bummer, no Sony A-mount version.....
Introverted Pirate: I don't understand how with a 110mm lens you can take a 655mm photo. Is there something I am missing?
The 110mm does not refer to the focal length in case of this telescope, but to the diameter size. De focal length is 655mm (as indicated)
J A C S: Another evidence that dSLRs are dying!
Exciting lenses, IMO. The talking points address exactly what I want from fast lenses, well at f/1.8 instead of f/1.4: low vignetting, balance between resolution and bokeh, low CA and VR! Not to mention the price. Waiting to see real world samples, Barney is probably busy now.
The Tamron site has some nice samples.
LOL, obviously I did. That's what you get when English is not your native language. :-P
Why is this a sign that DSLRs are dying, since all the mounts that these lenses are produced for are DSLR mounts.
shademaster: The 540g is what really reminds me I'm happy with my 85g 30mm Samsung NX pancake. It's not as effectively bright (f/3 effective vs. f/1.8), but hey, for 6 times the weight...
And the Sony DT 35mm F1.8 I have is only 169g, but that is no comparison either, since it is APS-C only.
mike_j: Why A mount without VR - why not FE with VR for all the E mount users.
Tamron (unlike Sigma) has a license from Sony for the A-mount system, so they do not need to reverse engineer.
nikheat: Yes, but still no mirrorless A-mount!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
@MacroBokeh:Yes, you are correct, you would get a camera that would have a lot of empty space because of the A-mount flange distance.
So, a much better idea would be to construct a DSLR like E-mount camera with the new OSPDAF, same look and feel as the current A-mount (like the A77-II and A99), and include an adapter that allows the use of all A-mount lenses without restrictions. For that, you also have to put a screw drive motor in either the camera itself and forward it through the adapter or put it in the adapter. I personally would prefer to put the screw drive motor in the camera and to have a simple adaptor.
The problem with the A3000 is that it looks like a small DSLR, but it lacks almost every control you would expect on a camera like that. On the other side, it can take really good pictures and it is cheap. But if I had to buy a camera in this market segment, I would buy an A5000, because it is much more compact and has the same great sensor.
I think nikheat means is a A-mount camera like now, but without the SLT tech, using on sensor PDAF. Much more autofocus points, no more micro adjust required and no more light loss from the SLT mirror.