Too bad expensive name brand lenses don't make better photographers. I'd rather buy Sigma Art glass over something outrageous like the Zeiss Otus.
Bob 1: I read the text and I'm immediately excited... expecting to see what $4,500(+) worth of new, top-end, photographic equipment can really do. You (DPR) really know how to burst my balloon. I'm a photo hobbyist and an active equipment consumer. These snaps only tell me that my Canon M, yes my $400 close-out w/22mm kit lens, can take snaps which, IMO, look as good as these on-line samples. Personally, I don't want to see photos like I might take.... I want to see sample galleries taken by professionals who know how to bring the best out of top-end equipment and without PP, color or otherwise... Amazon, are you listening?
I have read DPR reviews and forums for many years, prior to actually signing up. Overall, the reviews are usually very informative.... and I love the forum discussions. I just wish a little more planing could be put into new equipment sample galleries :)..... like the videos with DPR staff and a pro showing how the sample photos were made.... GREAT!! HAGD, Bob
Check out Korean camera/electronics review site: popco.kr
They probably do the best review sample images that I've seen of any camera site.
Why are all the shots focused on the nose? Seems a bit gimmicky to me.
I wish Nikon would make some AF pancake lenses like Canon's 24mm and 40mm STM lenses for DX & FX.
I like Fuji, but they need more budget options. I might need one or two top tier lenses, but I don't need my whole kit to be composed of super fast lenses. A couple f1.8, f2 and/or even f2.8 primes would be fine. Sigma's DN lenses would of been great.
Eric Hensel: I'm amazed at the number of people that wonder where the cheap FE lenses are. Why would you use cheap lenses on a modern FF sensor?
You guys are spouting nonsense. The majority of all those lenses I mentioned have been released within the last 5-7 years and can either hang or out resolve the current D810 36mp sensor. The Nikon 20mm 1.8 G was just released this year! Not to mention a lot of the old film era lenses still work perfectly fine on modern DSLRs. I haven't even mentioned the 1.4 prime lenses, access to top level Sigma Art/Sport series glass and Nikon trickling out Phase Fresnel element (PF) lenses that reduce weight and size nullifying any practical size advantage of mirroless full frame.
I use Sony, Nikon and Olympus and appreciate what they all have to offer, but I have to call out hyperbole when I read it. On top of that, does Sony offer 5 year warranty service to their lenses in the US or offer pro level repair services for working pros and free rentals while your gear is being worked on?
Nikon has the budget oriented 20, 28, 35, 50, 85 1.8 primes. The 18-35, 24-85, 70-300 budget zooms and the 16-35, 24-120 and 70-200 f/4 VR semi-pro lineup just to name a few. Pair any of those lenses to a D750 and you have an A7II killer right there.
I wouldn't mind getting this and some good quality Voigtlander glass!
Is it me or does that front dial look incredibly cheap?
RStyga: Where is the review DPR??
Oh well, in the meantime here's the review by the masterful Ming Thein (in two parts):
I'd switch "masterful" with "sleep inducing" as I find his photography way boring!
I had an A7 and returned it. I love mirrorless, but all the great advantages of the format go out the door with the bigger sensor in terms of both camera and lens sizes. If someone wants to go FF, I think they are better off getting a FF Canon/Nikon and any of the Sigma 24/35/50 Art lenses.
Not very impressed by this lens especially for the price. For the cost I'd rather get a Helios 40-2 85mm 1.5 with that dreamy swirly bokeh.
Horshack: Q: If you had to convince a first-time camera buyer to invest in a D5500 over - say - a Sony a6000, what would you tell them?
A: I think the optical viewfinder is a strong point of our SLR system. This allows users to be able to take pictures as they see [them]. This is our competitive advantage. Of course mirrorless is smaller, but our SLRs offer other advantages, such as our family of lenses and accessories. The D5500 is a great introduction to SLR photography.
With an OVF you can take pictures as you see them but the resulting pictures may not look anything like what you saw if the exposure, focus, WB, color profiles, etc.. aren't what you expected, problems all solved by an EVF. So I suppose it comes down to personal preference - either a more accurate depiction of what you see when looking through the camera vs what you get in your actual images.
At least in in North America, I think mirrorless will take far longer to knock DSLRs from their top position. I've noticed most young photographers will opt for a DSLR first as opposed to a mirrorless camera and use their smart phone as an auxiliary camera. DSLRs are just cheaper and more readily available. Not to mention the plethora of lens options available in both Canon and Nikon mounts.
EVFs are nice, but they clip highlights and get choppy in low light even with the latest tech. OVFs still have lots of advantages.
I'd like to meet the engineers behind the Df.
Saying that, I really wish Nikon would make some AF pancakes like Canon.
Nice Photoshop illustration work on display.
Nothing beats my reusable grocery bag and a sweater for padding as a camera bag!
I like how Sigma used to be the brand people used because they couldn't afford the first party lenses, to being the brand that actually excels in beating the first party lenses at an affordable price!
Love my Sigma 50 Art and 120-300 Sport! Amazing lenses for the money and performance!
J A C S: "With no mirror action and no mechanical shutter in electronic shutter mode..."
Does the OM-D E-M5 ll have a fully electronic shutter (2nd curtain) or his comments are about future cameras?
There is nothing preventing the mirror in the dSLR to stay up with similar high resolution implementations.
" He said that resolution lost to camera shake in DSLRs reduces the advantage of having more pixels."
Unless you shoot with an electronic shutter, which is what you do with the Oly anyway for higher res. That was a really cheap shot.
I shoot both M43 and with a Nikon D800. While the D800 results in better all-around photos, the window to attain those nice photos is smaller. With my OMD, I can shoot in ridiculous low light scenarios, stay quite portable and carry a full kit for travel. M43 won't replace high res DSLRs, but I find the entire system to be far more flexible.
Olympus is one of the most innovated photography companies in the business. Olympus cameras aren't top of the class in any one area, but they're just very good and fun all-around! Their engineers are some of the best out-of-box thinkers!