Bokehlicous! The ability to shoot wide open portraits at 1.4, have them be sharp, and costing under $900 is understated. Many photographers will flock to this lens.
JackM: This contradicts the raison d'etre of the X100.
If I want 50mm I'll just carry my 5D3 with 50/1.4. It will be about as portable, and much faster. Don't most X100 owners also have a DSLR or some other system camera? Or I'll crop, or move forward.
I'm not sure why one would buy a camera for "DSLR quality in your pocket" only to then make it un-pocketable.
I'd rather put the money towards another camera.
Well I'm an X100s owner. I for one will buy this teleconverter to use a 50mm focal length with leaf shutter sync-speed... what other DSLR can do that? None.
Secondly, it's like carrying an extra lens. An X100s and a teleconverter is a lot less bulky and lighter than a DSLR and I have a 5d Markii.
Simply put. The x100s and the 50mm teleconverter is the ultimate travel kit.
The real reason to buy this lens to have a 50mm equivalent with leaf shutter flash flash sync. That is the reason alone I will get the teleconverter.
KameraFever: Lol! It will also shoot 4k 4:2:2 10bit ProRes straight to SD card and have 16 stops of Dynamic Range. They forgot to mention it being a transformer. It takes pictures by day and fights Megatron when off duty.
And look at that off axis OMD Legacy lens attached.
Lol! It will also shoot 4k 4:2:2 10bit ProRes straight to SD card and have 16 stops of Dynamic Range. They forgot to mention it being a transformer. It takes pictures by day and fights Megatron when off duty.
Wow! This seems very interesting. I wonder if the capture can be made into one final raw file. No need for graduated ND filters with this.
I think Ansel Adams, the creator of the zone system, might just come back from the dead just to use this.
Luckily Nikon won't live or die on the 1 series. It just seems very difficult to balance price and image quality on a 1 inch sensor system. Enthusiasts seem to want a little more 'pop', dynamic range, and bokeh in a small system. Olympus and Fuji deliver in that regard. Like everyone has stated a Soccer Mom is not going to pay this much for a Nikon 1 when there are a bunch much cheaper options out there.
Meanwhile, Nikon and Canon are unwilling to fully commit themselves to high quality crop sensor system line-ups (meaning full range of high quality crop sensor lenses). Neither has a wide standard prime yet while fuji and olympus have put out the 23mm 1.4 and 17mm 1.8 respectively. That's just one of the many examples.
I guess eventually the Big 2 will buy into the crop mirrorless/crop sensor future as it's THE FUTURE. But I would like to see it sooner than later.
elf kerben: This camera have some impressive specs, but in real life mostly it will fail, like the v1 or v2. The limitations you will always see first if you take it out for some weeks. Also the removed always some good stuff from the previous model to the next, the you don't have only one really good lens the 32mm 1.2.
So were are the 24mm f1,8/ - 50mm f1,4 - 85mm f1.8, 135mm f2- equivalent? Where are the SMALL and LIGHT lenses? This would really a plus for the N-System. Look to Fuji, in a short time the released more good stuff, than Nikon in 15 years DX. This is serious and it near the users of small systems.
It also never a professionell series because its crippled always in ergonomics, no future firmware updates. At the Nikon N-system you have always the feeling you will be melked and please buy our next model .. and some new batteries. :)
burnymeister: I think people are missing the point on this camera. $1200 isn't that bad when you consider what you're getting. For under $3k you can get a system that covers the focal range of 18-800mm with pretty good features and small enough to fit in a backpack.
How is this not a great thing? 800mm in any other system will either result in a horrible unbalanced mess or $11k just for the lens and will be so heavy you won't hike it anywhere. This is the first time I'm interested in the 1 series. I think Nikon's finally coming through.
The 800mm zoom market is for bird watchers, mom and pop sports shooters (although the price is a bit too high), and creepy peepers. All markets are quite small considering the cost.
KameraFever: Nikon creates another mirrorless fail.
The value I place on one of these cameras is at max $500. Beyond that point there seems to be much better image producing cameras with generous bokeh.
And their portrait lens(32mm f1.2) in just ridiculously priced at $900. Nikon just doesn't get it. A 45mm 1.8 Olympus can be had for $400. I got my canon 85mm 1.8 for $350 ( a ton more glass).
If you really care about size then just get a sony rx100 II. Otherwise the OMD em10 which is not much bigger.
I don't understand the purpose of nikon's mirrorless system considering their price point. No bokeh (expect for overpriced 32mm) and poor high iso. I don't care about fast focus if I can't get the image look I want.
Nice informative post philharris. I glad you added your constructive thoughts to the conversation.
Nikon creates another mirrorless fail.
mwstebbins: I'm still waiting for an updated Sony R1, so as someone said how about the Sony RX1, but with an excellent, fast (2.8 or faster) 24 to 100+ mm manual fixed zoom, plus a fully articulated touch screen. With all of the current shooting modes (RAW, in camera HDR (While saving the RAWs), sweep panorama, etc., etc.) Excellent battery life. And a GOLD STAR rating from DP Review! :-) Malcolm
I would love that too. Unfortunately the lens would be too large. Have you seen a SLR 24-70mm lens? It's enormous and heavy. The only way to manage to keep full-frames compact is to use fixed lenses. But that is not entirely bad. Many great photographers only used a few fixed lenses their entire life.
lol. Yes, the dpreview GOLD STAR!
Two cameras I would like to see:
1st - Throw in a true 36mp full-frame foveon sensor into something like a nikon D800 and let it roar. This would rival Medium Format for resolution in the studio. Sigma does not have the resources to design, execute, and bring to market the polished camera bodies we see from nikon and canon. It's like having a great engine with no car to put it in. It doesn't matter if the foveon sensor can't compete at high iso if the main purpose is optimal resolution. It's no different than shooting with velvia 50 in the film days. But could you imagine the resolution?
2nd - Somebody needs build a no frills full frame rangefinder with the ability to take m mount lenses at a price point of $1500 or less. This company would make an absolute killing. No need to get fancy. It needs to be four things: simple, solid, low cost, and manual. The Leicas are out of this world expensive. I'm thinking something more like a digital voigtlander or ziess ikon.
The good news is as the market becomes saturated with full frame DSLRs the prices will start to come down on the new and used. Crap, you can get a excellent condition 5d mark ii now for $1500.00. A 5d can be got for $750.00. Maybe next product cycle some company will sell one for $1500 new. Then as everyone tries to become a wedding photographer and photography implodes, there will be mass hysteria as the world gets sucked in through it's vortex.So yes the D600 does look better than the 6d, but that's ok. If the market shows people prefer the D600 then 6d prices will drop. The important thing is that there are plenty of full frame options for your liking.
Yes. Make something sexy and charge for it. That pricing reflects that if your willing to drop nearly 3k on this sexy camera, then you will be willing to drop another $900 on accessories. Complaining about the price is like complaining about not being rich. I would like to be able to buy a brand new BMW, or Honda Accord for that matter. A small replacement part on a German car is double to four times the average rate on a normal car. My point is the camera is not meant for average Joes like myself. Really, we are only mad because we want one. Poor me.
Price aside, This camera is finally sony's first venture into making a serious photographing instrument. All the NEXs and Alphas are nice, but this new camera is camera designed for a real photographic pursuit. I would love to have one, but I can't afford it. But I do think sony pushes the industry toward making better products with the RX1. There are a crop of photographers out there that want a small, quality, no bulls**t large sensor cameras with excellent prime lenses. Kudos to son for the RX1. I won't be buying it. But hopefully everyone else will catch on and we will get something similar in the future for cheaper.