where's the landmark? :)
another interesting challenge but most people didn't bother to read ALL the rules. i was expecting every entry to have a "Landmark" as a title but WTH?!
i really like this image....this a probably a nude portraiture but looks very nice.
the host of this challenge should start disqualifying those entries that clearly do not follow the rules. why do people don't bother to read the rules? my concern is...the challenge might get full quickly by unqualified entries...does depriving others to join the challenge.
It us very obvious that there are people who voted down some deserving entries. Just looking at the top 10 images, I couldn't explain to myself how it happened that some were able to land in that circle. I suspect there was a vote crowding not just to get one image to the top but also to put down another image which was a top contender image.
I live in a place where people celebrate if the snow comes every year. But snow doesn't come every year. I travel rarely to snowy places because I'm tied with my job, so no chance for me to capture snowy images after the challenge was announced. It would be nice if there is no capture date rule. This would also mean members from tropical countries who happened to visit snowy places a year or two ago could have the chance to join the challenge. Creative snow photography can sometimes come from people who rarely see them.
being a landscape with clouds sucker myself...this one is really a deserving winner!
wutsurstyle: What are you guys talking about? This is clearly for Pentax and Sony owners with built-in stabilization in the camera body in the form of sensor-shift. Having a optically stabilized lens with an in-camera stabilization makes things worse. To answer a lot of your questions, it is Pentax and Sony owners of the aforementioned cameras that will buy this lens instead of the OS version. Think about it.
I whole heartedly agree, however, that the suggestion to make it same market price is foolish and a rip off. At the very LEAST, make it smaller, cheaper, lighter weight, or optically better. Optical stabilization is usually from a couple gyrating lens elements. I wonder if they just disabled the motor that spins them and left it inside (motor and gyrating lenses). What a low blow Sigma!
have you read the reactions here? most people who reacted are Pentax and Sony owners.
making it smaller that what it is now will make it even more expensive because it means totally new investment for facilities, equipments, tooling, , etc. But removing the unnecessary parts (OS) inside would mean less cost for components. But I suspect that Sigma's design is all integrated because they started with the OS design. This means removing the OS parts would make the whole lens inoperable. So they still probably have to put all the OS elements and components necessary to make it work.
RStyga: Tamron's 17-50mm F2.8 is an optically marvellous zoom, which is better optically than almost all 18-50mm/17-50mm F2.8 Sigma zooms and at a FRACTION of the Sigma lenses' prices. Sigma has occasional marketing black outs, SD1 being a major one; also, I still cannot understand why the superb 50-150mm F2.8 was discontinued.
Pentax Forum (other site) tested the 3 lenses and the Sigma came out on the top followed by Tamron and Pentax at the bottom. However, the difference between Sigma and Tamron was not significant. So Tamron is the best value for money.
standor: The biggest Sigma's advantage was HSM and OS.The biggest Sigma's disadvantage was high price.Sigma decided to remove it's biggest selling advantage and retaining the biggest disadvantage. ...and STOP produce the older better model in favor of worse new model. Why to buy this lens???? I'm interesting for it's reviews.... similarly I do not understand why SIGMA stopped production of good 50-150/2.8 non stabilized lens months ago and announced new OS version which availability is unknown ..... there is currently no sigma 50-150/2.8 on the market neither old nor new model.....
i absolutely agree on non-stabilized 50-150/2.8. they should just have continued making it. that lens has a compact size, HSM, non-extending, very nice bokeh and the price is just reasonable.
robbo d: Wow.....I am amazed at the hate mail these new products get, Lol.
Would have thought someone just took one of your favourite toys !!!! The Pentax Q has a rival for negative reaction here..........
Now I am looking to upgrade my glass from Pentax kit, so already have image stab in camera, like the quality of EX glass, cheaper than Pentax glass.....
Hmmmmm, am I missing something here, I would have thought it would be a definite option for someone like me????
Arent Sigma just offering a specific option for people with in camera stab?? Would have thought that was commendable, as you can get issues with trying to use lens stab at the same time.
Tamron has a non-stabilized 17-50/2.8 for Pentax mount for a much cheaper price....and based on the other forum (Pentax Forum) review of the 3 lenses, Tamron is a close runner up against Sigma.
no. i don't need it. i already got the non-stabilized Tamron 17-50/2.8 for my K5 for a lot cheaper price than Pentax and Sigma equivalent...and the tammy gives me 5-year warranty.
VeijoM: The GXR mount A12 -module would be ideal opportunity for Ricoh and Pentax to introduce the bigger Pentax mirrorless mount (not K-mount) that they are working on. Having option to use GXR and different Pentax mirrorless bodies for the same lenses sounds good and would support each other. And more importantly, Ricoh can now do it, why would they not?
best is K mount for mirrorless. just imagine using the limited pancake lenses that Pentax already has. the missing thing in Pentax is the compact and rugged mirrorless body...pancake lenses already exist.
so Ricoh will continue to make a very niche camera. where is my 16mp APS-C rugged mirrorless Pentax?
the youtube video shows that it has a metal lens barrel...that explains why it is heavy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq2tUftH-pY&list=PLAA1D023BD64500AA&index=1&feature=plpp_video
but the size is small compared to APS-C DSLRs. watch the video with woman small hands.
olakiril2: 920g for a 2/3"!Ok with a lens but still..
the youtube video shows that it has a metal lens barrel...that explains why: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq2tUftH-pY&list=PLAA1D023BD64500AA&index=1&feature=plpp_video
wow! 12mp from a 2/3 sensor with superzoom that starts from 24mm (equiv) and f2.8. if this camera has the fuji color characteristic on SOOC-jpegs that i was used to on my F10 and F11, i may consider buying this despite having already moved on to DSLR 5 years ago.
what i want is a fully articulated COMPACT but powerful flashgun...as an enthusiast, i don't want to carry a camera (Pentax K5) with a gigantic flashgun on top of it...it scares other people you know :)
jambaj0e: I really really like this, BUT.... I can't use it for studio fashion photography since it doesn't tether to a monitor/laptop =\
tethering is nice to have feature...but film photographers have been shooting in studio without even an LCD at the back of their SLRs.
Zoltan Csuka: Flash on the handgrip?! That is impossible and will no doubt cause a lot of issues. I still remember the Nikon 5000 compact (from 2001) causing end-less issues/complaints with placing the flash between the grip and lens. But this Ricoh is 200% worse. There must be total chaos at Ricoh to let something like this slip through.
the flash on my Casio z750 is on the right side and i never had any problem with it. the casio z750 was the best compact in its class when it came out 6 years ago.