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Sensor quality has become so good, any difference between the likes of 35mm, APS-C or micro four thirds is today redundant. Much greater is the quality difference between the different brand's metering and color processing, and here, in my opinion, Fuji with the film simulations comes out on top. Coincidentally, Fuji uses an APS-C sensor, so that's what's in my camera. But I'd choose the Fuji JPEG engine no matter if they used a different sensor size, as that processing and the film simulations are just so much more crucial to final image quality (unless of course you like to raw develop every single shot).

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2017 at 16:03 UTC as 178th comment | 2 replies

Very long telephoto --- *Check*
Fast focusing for action --- *Check*
Decently wide --- *Check*
Sensor with good DR / ISO --- *Check*
Lens good quality, brightness --- *Check*
Good video functionality --- *Check*

Ultra wideangle --- *No*
Thin DOF at 85mm, environmental portraits --- *No*
Can be made small, inconspicuous --- *No*
Very high brightness, indoors without flash --- *No*
Film Simulations, no need to use RAW --- *No*

Overall, this checks more boxes than any all-in-one camera before. But there are still needs that only an interchangeable lens camera can cover. Really exciting that Sony develops something like this though.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 13:18 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply

200mm f2, 100-400mm f5.6, all huge telephotos in this system... Where is our 100-300mm f5.6? Those of us who want a reasonably sized telephoto option are still left out in the cold by Fuji...

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 09:51 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies

Or just get a m43'rds Leica 100-400mm...

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 20:33 UTC as 92nd comment | 4 replies
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (165 comments in total)

An extra stop of light on the wide end isn't going to make the lens any larger, because the maximum physical aperture opening is defined by the long end. Come on dpreview, you should know such pretty basic lens tech facts.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 09:48 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2016 (99 comments in total)

It'd be a bit sad if a product of the old-style mirror technology with its accompanying upgrade-path lens selection turns out to be product of the year.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 12:18 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2165 comments in total)

We all know dpreview loves Sony, so of course this got the gold award. As a standalone camera body, it most likely deserves it though, but I never understood how the surrounding ecosystem, the lenses and other accessories, can be overlooked when reviewing a camera. After all, it matters a lot for all practical purposes, and Sony's neglect of their APS-C ecosystem is in my opinion appalling. Sony are clearly focusing on "full frame" lenses, but I refuse to be part of an "upgrade path", paying for huge, expensive lenses made for a larger sensor. It seems like Sony are looking to Canon and Nikon who have had success with people buying their APS-C cameras as an "upgrade path" with "full frame" lenses, but I never liked the way Canon and Nikon treated their APS-C customers as second rate, and I don't like it when Sony copies that strategy.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 19:56 UTC as 246th comment | 12 replies

Funny how owners of analogue-size "FF" equipment feel the need to bash every innovation that 4/3rds manufacturers put out. Come on, 800mm equivalent in that size? Who in their right mind wouldn't find that an intriguing option? Just an advice: If you can't be positive, or at least constructive, keep your mouth shut. Do you see 4/3rds owners flocking to the commentary field with negative comments every time a story is published about Canon/Nikon/Sony? Didn't think so...

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 18:37 UTC as 23rd comment | 17 replies

What's with the headline? "Oh, wow" ... "incredible AF" (before even reviewing the camera)? I thought this site was supposed to be unbiased...

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 20:54 UTC as 207th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a6000 Review (902 comments in total)

Make a smashing new camera with great performance, cripple some key features like the viewfinder and electronic level, now you've created an "upgrade path" to your essentially dinosaur "full frame" models. How do you still get a gold award? Underprice it a lot compared to competing brands, and even seasoned reviewers won't notice the crippling going on.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 17:20 UTC as 199th comment | 5 replies

Why doesn't anyone have the guts to make a 17-120mm for a dslr or mirrorless? That would be a dream standard zoom, but everything starts at 24mm only so you still need to carry a true wideangle

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 17:08 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies

I'd like it even better if it was called Noctilux like a real Leica. Panasonic should have demanded that. What's a "Nocticron" anyway??

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 16:05 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies
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peevee1: To put things into perspective. I bought 64" 3D plasma TV with all bells and whistles for less than that. I can buy a used car for less than that. I can buy a house in 3rd world country for less than that.

For the price of a Canon 70-200mm IS, you could buy two of those items. For the price of a (german-made) Leica Noctilux you could buy seven. Your point being......?

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 15:41 UTC
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SeeRoy: "Stereoscopic effect..." Hmm.
£1300... Double-hmm.
I'll stick with my Olympus 45/1.8, thanks.
to discount the lens down from £1500 to a bargain basement £1300. I'll still keep my Olympus 45 though.

Oh great, yabokkie is here... Weren't you banned?

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 12:40 UTC
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goshigoo: Spec-wise, it is even worse than fuji's one....except OIS

for $1600....it's better to get D610 + 85 f/1.8G
which is only ~USD $2000 in HK....

Point is, Barnet, this lens is not really overpriced. It's expensive, yes. Not everyone will be willing to pay for it. I'm not sure I am, though I probably will get it at some point. Regardless it's nice to know there is such a lens available in the system.

But overpriced it is not. Consider what you're getting: The brightest aperture available in an AF lens, for any system. OIS in an f1.2, a world first. Premuim, all-metal build. Supreme sharpness wide open (most likely), extremely rare in an f1.2. Silent AF that works just as well for photo and video. Also, you have to consider the system. m43 is (in my opinion) the most attractive system right now. People will pay more for a premium lens in a well-supported system with access to a range of nice camera bodies.

Look at the best lenses for Canon and Nikon. Pricing is just as steep, maybe even steeper. Look at Leica. Their lenses are not even AF, but many pay for them anyway.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 12:09 UTC
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parkmcgraw: 1 of 4

Are the lens reviews published by dpReview purposefully attempting to dumb down the readers, habitually 60% correct, or are the writers at dpReview simply and habitually working beyond their subject matter comfort zone and or technical level of proficiency?

This article being another disappointing report and or supplied text that arbitrarily disrespects industry established verbiage, thus convoluting the subject matter of optics and photography, apparently encouraged and or escaping past a management accustom to low performance standards (a.k.a. more apt at providing excuses for mediocrity and ultimately bad behavior).

1] "... portraits with rich stereoscopic effect ..."

No monocular system, forming a singular imaging upon a single focal plane, such that any given point on the focal plane sees an identical image (aperture), does not produce "stereoscopic effect" but rather the "perception of depth".

Not a review... Moron

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 11:31 UTC
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goshigoo: Spec-wise, it is even worse than fuji's one....except OIS

for $1600....it's better to get D610 + 85 f/1.8G
which is only ~USD $2000 in HK....

More whining. Just shut up and vote with your wallet.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 11:21 UTC
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Matz03: so I can get then new fuji 56mm and an X-E1 or just the panasonic? or a 6d and the 85mm f1.8 for a tad more? Pricing here is absurd

Well get the Fuji then. No need to whine about it in here. Guess you really want the Panasonic, right?

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 11:19 UTC
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Chanthis: $1600 for a m4/rds lens? LOL, there's one born every minute.

In a few years, when mirrorless medium-sensored cameras have 95% of the system-camera market, you'll realize how ridiculous your comment is.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 11:16 UTC
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slncezgsi: It will be very interesting to see how this lens will stack up against the Oly 45/1.8 (which is great and much cheaper and probably smaller and lighter). OK - there is 1 stop of a difference.

I personally think that it is great to have more choices.

But the price is STEEP for this one. With most of high end m43 bodies having built-in IS, having in-lens IS brings little advantage and just adds to price.

Kidding? Olympus video?? Really??? Have you seen Olympus video???

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 23:12 UTC
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