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straylightrun: Why can't Fujifilm make this a pancake lens like the Canon 22mm f/2? Is it because they intentionally made it big so as to not cannibalize their x100 line?

It is to have fast AF, not something the X100 series or older Fuji's are exactly known for.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 08:48 UTC
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PeaceKeeper: Appears the same as their other MF 14mm f/2.8's, but it seems it has one more aspherical lens. Old ones are "two ED lens elements, one hybrid aspherical lens element and one glass aspherical lens element", while this has "14 elements in 10 groups, 3 of which being aspherical and two extra-low dispersion".

I wonder how much of a difference it will make... I looked at the 14mm before I bought my 12mm f/2.0, and the distortion was horrific.

I really can't wait to see reviews/comparisons of these lenses, and I do hope DPR follows up on some of the release news.

@ PeaceKeeper - Are you dense?

"This lens has the element FAR recessed(look about 2.5cm to you? The difference between E-mount and most DSLR mounts?)"

If that is 25mm the lens would be ~25cm long.

"Call it whatever you wish, but yes, there is a space between the rear element and the mount. It's a fact of physics that the distance to the sensor(regardless of flange distance) needs to be maintained for a particular lens focal length. That is what focal length means."

Does that mean a 300mm lens needs to have 30cm between the rear element and the sensor? Try again.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 07:37 UTC
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PeaceKeeper: Appears the same as their other MF 14mm f/2.8's, but it seems it has one more aspherical lens. Old ones are "two ED lens elements, one hybrid aspherical lens element and one glass aspherical lens element", while this has "14 elements in 10 groups, 3 of which being aspherical and two extra-low dispersion".

I wonder how much of a difference it will make... I looked at the 14mm before I bought my 12mm f/2.0, and the distortion was horrific.

I really can't wait to see reviews/comparisons of these lenses, and I do hope DPR follows up on some of the release news.

Incorrect. There is no 'extension tube' on this lens:

http://www.samyanglensglobal.com/product/detail.do?SQ=36

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 00:21 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (397 comments in total)

A couple of things:

1. A7 II has S-Log2, so it isn't an extra feature of the A7R II.
2. How can you guys still be having difficulty 'accessing the AF settings'? Seriously?
3. What about the differences in viewfinder magnification (and optics)?
4. Differences in build / construction?

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 15:32 UTC as 68th comment
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noisephotographer: Dxomark is not reliable when it comes to smartphones. One should not pay attention to them. I wonder why dpreview mentions this as dxomark's reputation is very bad when it comes to smartphones. Sony's smartphones clearly have mediocre cameras as well as Motorola's devices.
It is likely that they get paid by Sony. Dpreview should not support this kind of advertising!

Yes I'm sure Phone Arena are more capable of reviewing camera performance than DXO, what were they thinking!

PS - Vast majority of the 'best' camera sensors / modules in phones are made by Sony, regardless of brand.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 01:24 UTC

I had a S5500, it was quite amazing in its day. It wasn't my 'first' Digital camera (that was a Fujifilm as well, a tiny credit card sized thing with an LCD that only showed battery life and shots remaining, plus had a pop out OVF that was part of the lens assembly and turned the camera on), but was my first Digital with manual control and closer to a real camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 13:03 UTC as 60th comment
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Hugh2017: Fuji should concentrate on how to get that X camera DLSR like. The lines should be blurred to the point that even if you had Nikon D5 or Canon 1Dx money you would still buy a mirrorless camera. Photographers that shoot fashion week, ones that shoot major league / professional sports etc..

Fuji X is a good system but if they can take a Nikon DSLR pull the mirror out and make it a Fuji X camera is that even possible and if it was why is Nikon or Canon not doing it, like yesterday.

I hate the DSLR but not many if any options when you need that performance.

@Doug - GS are very much in development, however they seem to introduce their own set of issues and photographers are usually not ones to take a step backwards for a step forwards when it comes to gear.

However something like the stacked sensor tech in the Sony 1" models would be a nice way forward until global shutters are ready, the performance boost there is very significant.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 00:07 UTC
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photoreddi: From interview:
> People are taking more movies now. In the past, maybe it was OK for us to release video that was not great, but now, the movie specification is one of the most important reasons why someone might buy a camera. Even if someone takes primarily stills. So the importance of video has grown and grown and we’re trying to make improvements. Hopefully video will be one of our strengths in the future.

From Richard Butler's "A Photographer's Intro to the world of video:
> Consequently I've found myself doing a lot of manual focusing, learned to really appreciate focus peaking and magnification during capture, and learned to loathe speed-sensitive focus-by-wire lenses.
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/0326094138/a-photographer-s-look-into-the-world-of-video/2

Are there existing lenses or plans for new lenses that don't use "speed sensitive focus-by-wire" designs? I could be mistaken but I think that all of my Fuji lenses are focus-by-wire designs.

They do have a few clutched Mf lenses that while still 'by wire' are a greatly proved design for MF. However this is limited to mostly wider lenses AFAIK, lenses like 35/56/90mm don't have this, but lenses like 14/16/23mm do.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 23:56 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: $1500 for a 50mm 1.4 WTH

"Canon 50mm 1.4 is even less I think. Can be crappy at 1.4 but so what, I can live easily with its results at 1.8 and keep the extra $1200."

Cool story.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 02:37 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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lecoupdejarnac: If you look at most of Sony's native FE lenses, they have a deep 'air gap' between the rear element and the mount that increases the registration distance. So most seem to be variations on old reflex designs, not new designs for short flange-back cameras. Smaller lenses may come in time, as companies start engineering for the small flange-back distance specifically. A few have appeared already it seems (loxia etc).

Bahahaha! Did some internet expert tell you that?

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 02:32 UTC
On article Sony prices 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS G Master at $2600 (211 comments in total)
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mezastel: Canon's 70-200/2.8 II is $2000. Why is this more expensive?

$2500 on release 6 years ago makes it MORE expensive than this is being released for.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 01:27 UTC
On article Sony prices 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS G Master at $2600 (211 comments in total)
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Xentinus: No doubt,this is an awesome lens.But a lighter and smaller 200mm 2.8 would be better for mirrorless system.You can buy a 200mm 2.8 Canon for 500 USD (used).
Sony has to do something,if they want to stay as the king of mirrorless world for a long time.

Not really sure what this lens has to do with the price of tea in China?

I happen to use and love the Canon 200L on my A7R II, but will also be buying this lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 01:25 UTC
On article Sony prices 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS G Master at $2600 (211 comments in total)
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Hugh2017: Both Nikon and Canon and Fuji X even are way less expensive. What make this so special to cost so much ? Maybe they cornered the market on FF mirrorless ?

Hugh2017: "math is hard" -2016

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 17:08 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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D200_4me: Feeling more and more happy about my D750 purchase every day ;-) Well, every day there's a news release like this. There are tons of great lenses at a great price for Nikon F mount. There are also some very expensive lenses, but the point is, you don't really need them to get great results.

Uhm, sorry, what!?

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 16:51 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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whyamihere: This lens is emblematic of what I find wrong with Sony: they make brilliant products that are marred by confounding business decisions.

This is, what, the 6th lens that covers this focal length from Sony and/or Zeiss? (I count 4 primes and 2 zooms.) Were users really clamoring for this lens? Why didn't they consider other focal lengths? Even if it's a high quality optic, does Sony expect people are willing to spend $1500 for a 50mm f/1.4?

There's also the question of branding. Why is this a Zeiss and not a GM, other than the blue badge and the T* coating, and perhaps the exclusion of the XA element that makes the bokeh slightly different? Should we expect yet another 50mm that is a GM, which will make for a 5th 50mm prime? Why can't Sony just make GM and G lenses while Zeiss just makes their own brand products? Right now, we have Sony G & GM, Zeiss Batis and Loxia, and Sony/Zeiss. That's 5 lens brands from only two companies.

Sony needs to pick a direction and stick with it.

"As for spending this much on a 50mm, speaking for myself I think my most used lens should be my most expensive one. I'd be happy to drop this much on a truly good 50mm."

Thank you! For once some bloody common sense around here!

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 16:47 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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whyamihere: This lens is emblematic of what I find wrong with Sony: they make brilliant products that are marred by confounding business decisions.

This is, what, the 6th lens that covers this focal length from Sony and/or Zeiss? (I count 4 primes and 2 zooms.) Were users really clamoring for this lens? Why didn't they consider other focal lengths? Even if it's a high quality optic, does Sony expect people are willing to spend $1500 for a 50mm f/1.4?

There's also the question of branding. Why is this a Zeiss and not a GM, other than the blue badge and the T* coating, and perhaps the exclusion of the XA element that makes the bokeh slightly different? Should we expect yet another 50mm that is a GM, which will make for a 5th 50mm prime? Why can't Sony just make GM and G lenses while Zeiss just makes their own brand products? Right now, we have Sony G & GM, Zeiss Batis and Loxia, and Sony/Zeiss. That's 5 lens brands from only two companies.

Sony needs to pick a direction and stick with it.

I'm sorry these things are so confusing, life must be very hard.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 16:46 UTC
On article Sony prices 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS G Master at $2600 (211 comments in total)
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Hugh2017: Both Nikon and Canon and Fuji X even are way less expensive. What make this so special to cost so much ? Maybe they cornered the market on FF mirrorless ?

"its a 2.8 lens not a 4.2. Says it right on the lens"

Also says right there on the lens "50-140mm"

People are so very smart around here.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 16:44 UTC
On article Sony prices 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS G Master at $2600 (211 comments in total)

No hands on photos / sample images DPR?

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 16:26 UTC as 24th comment
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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noflashplease: Another huge and heavy E-mount lens? Lenses of this sort appear to use long flange optimized SLR optical formulas with the equivalent of short flange adapters built in. You really have to wonder if Sony is designing lenses from the scratch just to be awkwardly large or if it's just old wine in a new bottle?

Either way, I really don't see a point to this FE lens? Why did Sony even bother?

And yet their SL lens is enormous. What does that tell you Mr Optical engineer?

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 15:42 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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villagranvicent: I love the argument of the size/weight mirrorless "advantage". Why 20 years ago zeiss was able to make superb and SMALL lenses like the Contax G series and now they have to weight almost 2-pounds!?

LOL

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 15:41 UTC
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