pfzt: can somebody please explain to me how the pancake zoom works? i'm not familiar with those kind of lenses. thx.
The zoom mechanism itself is motorised, and controlled by a large rocker switch on the side of the lens barrel - see the third picture above.
Treeshade: Body type: Ultracompact? I think it should be "SLR-style mirrorless" like A7
Duckie: How can one vote across different mounts and categories? Do the high volume low cost lenses win just by sheer numbers?
By definition, any winner of a poll is going to win 'just by sheer numbers'.
RichRMA: In the final analysis, the OTUS is the best lens, if image quality is your primary motivator. However, Samyang should have been on that list and I suspect the reason they aren't has something to do with advertising.
The reason Samyang aren't on that list is nothing to do with advertising. Out of interest, though, which specific lens did you have in mind?
alenis: I have a questions for the experts. I own 5 old (60s-70s) Nikon lenses: 105 f2.5, 35 f2, 24 f2, 55macro f 3.5, 200 f2. Questions are:1) are those old lenses still good, compared to the new ones? Does it make sense spending 2700$ to buy the DF, just to be able to use them?2) Is it possible to use them (with obvious limitations) on a Canon Dslr (400d)?
Thank you very much in advance
It's entirely possible to use these lenses on a Canon EOS 400D, but the limitations are so severe that it starts to look distinctly impractical. Most importantly, manual focus with a viewfinder that small isn't much fun, and won't be sufficiently accurate for shoot them wide open with any confidence. The lenses also have to be manually stopped down for shooting.
In general, it's far easier and more practical to shoot old manual lenses on mirrorless bodies than it is on SLRs.
TerryBoyd: I am keen to hear that I may be able to use some of my old Zuiko lenses, including a treasured 50mm F1.2 (!) Can you confirm that the old OM lenses are adaptable? This could well be a selling point for me I guess, since lens availability is rather limited at present.
Yes, you'll be able to use all of your old OM lenses with an adapter.
Al Valentino: The Fuji 14mm is worthy of note. Not simply because it is sharp as a tack but also because as a wide angle lens it is nearly optically perfect distortion wise, not software corrected.
Yet another lens that was announced in 2012, and therefore not one we felt we could include in 'Best Lens of 2013'.
User3435305410: Andy, thank you for all your info and help. On the Olympus OM-D E-M1 can the camera generate immediately after shooting a playback of the image you just took without pressing any buttons (like Nikon)?
Thank you for your help!
Yes, it can. It's configured in the Setup Menu (spanner icon), 'Rev View' - you can select how long the just-shot image will display from 0.3sec to 30sec.
S a m i: Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A would have won this poll fair and square.
Agreed, it would probably have won last year it we'd held a poll for lenses.
Couscousdelight: Seeing such good rate for the Oly 14-40 is a little disturbing for me, and this is why :This lens is maybe excellent, but Oly didn't try to control distortion anymore, they just remove it within the camera with a lens profile and post processiong, and frankly, this is odd.Other brands didn't correct distortion with a lens profile and post-porcess, but with a better otical formula...
All mirrorless systems use the modern approach of integrating software distortion correction with the overall optical design. It's not just Olympus by any means.
Sean65: No sigma 35mm?
These votes are nonsense. You can't reveal the results unless you vote which mean you have to vote for products you're not even familiar with in order to see the outcome which is kind of skewing the result.
Why don't they just say what did you buy this year?
The Sigma 35mm was announced in 2012. This poll is for lenses announced in 2013.
DigitalWalnut: No Sigma 120-300mm Sport?
The Sigma 120-300mm Sport was announced in 2012. This poll is for lenses announced in 2013.
coso dp: No EOS M with its super attractive price and image quality? Come on
The EOS M was announced last year, and is therefore ineligible for this poll.
mpgxsvcd: Why IS in a super wide telephoto lens?
For use in any situation where you might want to use shutter speeds slower than you can comfortably hand-hold. With wideangles, this might include:
1) Shooting interiors of buildings
2) Shooting landscapes in fading light
3) Using slow shutter speeds to add motion blur, e.g. to water
Of course it's useful if you shoot video hand-held.
Albino_BlacMan: The 24-105mm should be compared to the Nikon 24-120. The Canon lens is pretty well respected. The Nikon lens seems to bring a little more controversy so that's probably where the Sigma will steal sales from
We'll aim to compare to the Nikon 24-120mm f/4 when the Nikon-mount version of the Sigma becomes available.
Jogger: Exactly how large is the market of hipsters with FF DSLRs?
Almost exactly the same size as the market for the Nikon Df... (*ducks and runs*)
jaygeephoto: Just need a little help understanding this system; this is an APS-C camera?So the 23mm would give an angle of view of a 28mm or 35mm lens? - compared to that of a full frame (24X36) camera. Sorry in advanced for my lack of knowledge on this.
It's an APS-C system with a 1.5x crop, so this 23mm lens has the same angle of view as a 35mm on full frame.
webrunner5: Is it just me but I don't see even one picture in the samples that are REALLY in focus and none that have what I call PoP.
It's probably just you. What exactly do you mean by 'PoP'?
Mike99999: I don't understand why everyone is raving about this lens. Judging from the sample pictures the rendering is awful. I *strongly* prefer the images I'm seeing from the Panasonic 20/1.7, the underrated Olympus 17/1.8 and from the new Sony Zeiss FE 35/2.8.
Seems like a repeat of the highly overrated Fuji 35/1.4 which is basically a rebadged Sigma 30/1.4 which nobody wants to admit. Behind the scenes Sigma is an OEM for many major brands, and Fuji is definitely one of them.
So ignoring, for the moment, that the XF 35mm F1.4 R has absolutely nothing in common with either version of the Sigma 30mm F1.4, which lens do you imagine the 23mm might be based on?
manulvu: Could you verify the exif data once again, please..
The EXIF data is correct