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?
I don't mind these articles at all. I don't mind Eric Kim either. What I do mind, is that DPreview has been slacking in the "review" part of this website. There are a ton of cameras that need reviewing. Get to work!
People buy a P&S camera to shoot raw? Why?
Jonathan F/2: Dpreview scores are definitely tainted. The D800 and 5Dm3 get the same score? So despite having 36mp and being $500 USD cheaper, you guys feel the 5D mark III is equal to the D800? The cons for the D800 are more like niggles, while the cons for the 5Dm3 are issues of concern. And even stated on the 5Dm3 review itself "Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category." Yeah right.
@ Photo nuts, why does your profile say you're based in the United States? Last I checked, the USA has the same $3999 price tag across the country.
@ Kane Joseph - I agree, it's probably better to just abolish the numerical system and stick to the award system. If the cameras were reversed specs-wise I'd still question DPreview's scoring system. So this isn't a Nikon vs Canon issue, this is about DPreview getting their scoring straight.
Dpreview scores are definitely tainted. The D800 and 5Dm3 get the same score? So despite having 36mp and being $500 USD cheaper, you guys feel the 5D mark III is equal to the D800? The cons for the D800 are more like niggles, while the cons for the 5Dm3 are issues of concern. And even stated on the 5Dm3 review itself "Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category." Yeah right.
After looking at all those samples, I see nothing that couldn't be shot with modern mirrorless cameras with fast glass. My OM-D looks sharper, produces nicer colors and works great with adapted fast lenses.
And there is nothing discreet about a Leica. They stick out like a sore thumb and puts a big "steal me" sign on anybody who has one around their neck.
plasnu: Better dynamic range than 5d3?
WTH are you talking about? The D2H/S, D3/S, D700 & D4 sensors are all Nikon designed sensors. Who cares where they fab them.
3enson: I wanted to ask dpreview, does this new d3200 has built in focus motor?so there wont be limitation on other nikon lenses... thanx..
You can mount AI/S MF glass on the entry level bodies. You won't get proper metering, but if you know you're light you should easily be able to meter in your head. Focus confirmation still works with these entry level bodies, so you won't be at a total lost. Also MF glass that is chipped will work just fine.
YouDidntDidYou: Olympus is running at an operating profit has strong cash flow and funds to last until 2016.Olympus imaging have had a rise in sales in many other countries part from Japan.
Michael "the donut" Woodford said: 'If they [Olympus] move in that direction, what happens to Olympus's camera business?" Like he ever cared and knows anything about photography or it's consumers.
"Olympus whistleblower Michael Woodford is being pursued by Hollywood for the rights to make a movie " who's going to play him, who's going to be the love interest, is it being shot in 3D????
Woodford is a little man with a Napoleon complex.
Woodford should be arrested as well. He probably was in on the whole thing and bailed when things got hot.
topstuff: DPR seem to have marked the camera down because of its relative position in a more crowded market compared to , for example, the NEX range.
I think the thinking from DPR is a bit muddled here. Perhaps they spend too much time with the camera on a test rig rather than out in the field.
As a NEX5N user, I recognise that while the sensor quality is high and potential IQ is great, the effectiveness of the camera for mixed, family use ( surely its primary role ) is negated by its relatively poor AF and weak lens selection.
M4/3 does not seem to have the same weaknesses - with this Panny and the new Olympus EP3 having much better AF than the NEX and a larger choice of lenses.
Therefore, when weighting these factors, I find it hard to reconcile how the Panny is "marked down" compared to the NEX.
NEX5N does not deserve GOLD while the GX-1 gets Silver IMO. They each have advantages and disadvantages that neutralise each other and IMO should have the same score.
If that's the case, NEX should be marked down for lack of lenses.
The problem isn't that photojournalism is dead, it's that the news itself that is fundamentally flawed. No one bothers to ask the hard questions or do the legwork to tell the real story.
ChrisKramer1: We have been here before. It was called 4/3 and this is also 4/3 just smaller (but not by much). Behind all the schnick-schnack lies the same hobbled sensor that blows the highlights worse than a compact. Call it what you like, dress it up how you like. It is nothing but 4/3 and will suffer from the same problems that made that line of cameras a failure.
Who is going to spend 1,200 euros on this when they can have a Pentax K-5 for with a similar body size, clearly more rugged build, better grip, a high-quality optical viewfinder, bigger sensor, massive dynamic range and far more lenses - at a far more reasonable price - for 900 euros?
By the way, when is DP Review going to give us the Samsung NX200 review?
Why buy a Pentax when you get an FX Nikon DSLR and have access to every F-mount lens in it's full 35mm glory?
Anastigmat: let's hope the reorganization gets rid of whatever obstacles that have so far prevented the marketing of a full frame model. With Sony working on its second generation full frame model, and Nikon bringing out its 3rd generation full frame, Pentax needs to start working, or it may be condemned to doing what Olympus is doing: putting old wine (M43 sensor) in an older bottle (a camera body that apes the OM series inelegantly).
I shoot Nikon FX for work, but when I'm not working I bring my Olympus M43 camera pretty much everywhere. Output is just as good in most circumstances and with the OM-D coming out, I think I'll be reshuffling to have part of my work photos on the Olympus. FX is big, bulky and a pain to haul especially around the world. An M43 kit is very compact while capable of excellent results.
Who cares if the Washington Post uses an HDR image. All US news is corporatized filtered media anyways.