So much whining from armchair photogs. The reason these guys need high end equipment is due to the rigors of their job and the modern demands of new media. Granted there are excellent amateurs, the difference between a pro and non-pro is the ability to deliver satisfactory images to clients and publications on consistent basis.
My take...Sony was actually infringing on Aptina's patent portfolio, but since Aptina's a smaller company and any legal wrangling would be financially draining against Sony, it was just easier to make a cross-license agreement.
If it was the other way around, I'm sure Sony would sue Aptina into oblivion!
What's the big deal? A mirrorless camera like an E-PM2 is just as big as an iphone, you can slap on interchangeable lenses, and if you want the instagram look, you can attach a 15mm f/8 body cap lens and achieve the same results. Camera phones are gimmicks for hipsters and PJs trying to act cool.
tgutgu: What a clueless company!
They still don't what Europeans and Americans demand!
While the competition has focus peaking for more than a year, they offer lame excuses for not implementing it.
It looks that the GH3 was prematurely released, probably due to the success of the E-M5: lousy EVF and no resources, i.e. time for developing an image processor, which is able to support focus peaking.
Who needs focus peaking when Micro Four-Thirds has the best mirrorless lens line-up?
"We have to explain that it's not just a case that a bigger sensor is better - you also need to consider size and lens quality - that's a very difficult message.'"
The M43 primes are no joke, the native 12, 25, 17, 45 and 75 are all top quality. I'd still go DSLR for heavy duty pro-use, but the M43 line-up is more than enough to satisfy high end amateurs or pros who want to go light.
That article was 5 minutes I'll never get back of my life.
All these DN lenses are meant for an APS-C sensor. On M43, they're totally worthless.
Jonathan F/2: Doesn't Sigma use a 1.7x crop factor for their sensors? This 50mm would actually equal 85mm. Perfect portrait length.
I wonder if this 50mm 2.8 will be their next DN lens to accompany the 19mm and 30mm? On M43, 50mm would be a 100mm and that's a pretty good portrait length.
Doesn't Sigma use a 1.7x crop factor for their sensors? This 50mm would actually equal 85mm. Perfect portrait length.
Can you guys hire some decent photographers? These are the most uninspiring photos ever.
undergrounddigga: I have also voted for the OM-D, however what this poll or perhaps the 2012 market shows how important Sony became!
If we look the major/best camera releases this year (5DMII, X-Pro1, N D800/E, OMD, Pan GH3, K-30, RX1, RX100, A99 and NEX6 (would swop this with A57) and perhaps Leica MM), from these 11 cameras 7 have Sony sensors. Not only that, but Sony is represented by 4 cameras of their own. They have been by far the most innovative this year.
And if I look at the near future (2013), I predict a similar year for Sony. Whilst I can't really see anything really revolutionary coming out from Nikon or Canon (we will probably get an updated version of the same old recipe: i.e.D800 or D5MIII). Hopefully I'm wrong in this.
I'm not a brand follower. I'm interested in what's best/suits me most from the market. For this reason, I would love to see, something awesome from each one of these companies.
Sony should get the sensor of the year award! ;-)
marco1974: "pansy whining"? Is this what you think of not being willing to stand for blatant corruption?
My take is he used the information to manipulate the situation for his benefit. This was nothing but a power play on Woodford's part.
Woodford ain't no whistle blower looking out for the well-being of his fellow co-workers. He's just another corporate opportunist looking to gratify his self-indulgent ego.
I'm more interested in the results from the E-M5 & 17mm 1.8 in the sample gallery! :-)
Snooze...I thought this website was for still cameras?
JohnyP: Love the shape, love the controls and flash mount...Hate small sensor, low res EVF.
Something with such a good design and should have had a bigger sensor. Something with such a small sensor should have been a flat pocketable P&S.
Umm, resolution doesn't matter as much as refresh rate. That's why the Olympus VF-2 looks and does better in low light in comparison to the NEX-7.
I still don't see the appeal of this type of lens. If weight is such a concern, get a 180mm 2.8 AF-D.
Simon97: I like the new design. It has an actual grip. No more pinching a flat box between the fingers. It is proportioned that way due to the small size. It looks big, but if you have seen how small the kit zoom is, you know the camera is pretty small. Nikon listened an got the main functions out of the menu and into dials and buttons. Now you can customize!
People afraid of the smaller sensor have not seen images from raw. High ISO noise is less than 4/3rds. Less noise than some older APS-C and about a stop behind the current APS-C sensors. Of course, the new sensor performance remains to be tested.
Don't take my word for it. Go here http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikonv1j1/18 set ISO to 1600 and compare the shadow areas vs other cameras.
Finally, you will never get a kit zoom or tele lens nearly as small with 4/3rd or APS-C.
You're comparing the old 12mp sensor to the Nikon 1 sensor. The new 16mp sensors coming from the E-M5 and E-PL5/E-PM2 is on par with the NEX-5R.
Snooze...wake me up when Sony sends one of their camera/sensor engineers talk to DPreview. Marketing guys just spout the same old babble.
Jonathan F/2: I miss Phil Askey's sample shots. At least you get proper people photographs every time he took pictures of his wife/gf. What's up with these samples? Who gets a fast 70-200 2.8 equivalent lens and then goes off shooting land/cityscapes?
Dpreview, you should go check out this Korean photo site which did a much better preview on the 35-100 and a proper one at that with a real model!
I'm not complaining, but a few people shots should always be included in any sample set. Especially a lens like this which will most likely be used in such a manner. My Panasonic 45-175 X lens can shoot good landscape/cityscapes, but a fast lens like the 35-100 will definitely excel for people and portraiture.
I miss Phil Askey's sample shots. At least you get proper people photographs every time he took pictures of his wife/gf. What's up with these samples? Who gets a fast 70-200 2.8 equivalent lens and then goes off shooting land/cityscapes?
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