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russbarnes: The point of including Flourite is to make the beast lighter, just as they have done in the super-teles. But this is a 100g saving, making it somewhat moot. No doubt part of the price premium here is for "improvements" like this but given there is basically no weight difference at all to the VRII version I think Nikon are going to struggle to justify anything other than marginal improvement all round. I was looking forward to the possibility that this was going to be closer to 1KG when Nikon Rumours announced the inclusion of an FL element but it now seems my expectation was wildly optimistic. All of this just adds up to disappointment. The spectacular f/4 version is still the lightweight king.

And the f/4 lens doesn't have the stupid backwards ergonomics of the new f/2.8!

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 14:54 UTC
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Dr_Jon: Focus/Zoom controls the other way round to the previous version? That should make for some fun moments!

"Redesigned Nikon 70-200 F2.8 arrives with improved optics, electromagnetic diaphragm..."

...and lousy ergonomics, that are opposite from every other constant aperture pro grade zoom Nikon makes. Ugh!

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 14:27 UTC
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obsolescence: My old Gitzo aluminum tripod is sturdier than my new Gitzo carbon fiber tripod of the same size (but it's also quite a bit heavier). For critical high res shots, I use the aluminum one.

I don't even see the aluminum Systematic Tripods any more. Have they discontinued them? Definitely disappointed, since I prefer aluminum (more sturdy, more rugged, won't break if you step on a leg, more weight to balance big lens/camera combinations).

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 12:48 UTC
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jl_smith: These new Nikons look awesome, but this problem is one of the major reasons I love shooting mirrorless. I haven't had to worry about AF accuracy for years now.

No, tracking is NOT only advantage of DSLR. Many simply don't want a laggy, battery sucking, headache inducing EVF as opposed to an OVF, period.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2016 at 17:36 UTC
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CameraLabTester: *[whispers]*....

Psst, Nikon... there is a better way than all of this crap...

Get rid of the reflex mirror.

[saves more money on spin doctors]

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Better to deal with an OCCASIONAL need to fine tune AF than to deal with a crappy EVF, poor tracking AF, poor battery life, etc. Thanks but no thanks.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2016 at 16:46 UTC
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PNad: whats up with all these mirrorless posts? Oh yeah such ancient tech, a dslr lololoolol

Im sure you will see plenty of pro photographers shooting the upcoming olympics with mirrorless.

@Joe_Leads Why should the majority of photographers care what MILC users think? That's more like the question you should be asking...

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2016 at 16:25 UTC
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Everlast66: It would be a very interesting move if Pentax could adopt Sony E mount, not sure if Sony would be willing to share it though, but will get a experienced partner in their competition with better populated M4/3 system.

Would be great to see Pentax legendary Limited lens series re-designed for E-mount and they will be able to gain some existing mirror-less market straight away. Plus a body or two with Pentax ergonomics would be interesting to see.

Japan (where small size is particularly valued) is not a predictor for other markets. Nor is there any evidence that any increase, anywhere, in MILC sales is being "taken from" DLSR sales. DSLRs have experienced market saturation, that's all. They still outsell MILC by about 4:1 worldwide, even in a down market. Cherry picking individual country stats doesn't change that.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 22:42 UTC
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nathantw: I'm really impressed. But, how well does the Tamron perform at 14mm? For those that say it's only one mm, look at the comparison photo. That one mm was the difference between seeing the top of the Space Needle and just seeing the support structure.

Congrats to all 6 of you. All kidding aside, 15mm as a minimum focal length on an ultra wide angle zoom was a big deal when Sigma introduced it - in 2001. In 2015, they should be starting with 12mm or less, even if it means making an f4 lens instead of an f 2.8.

Maybe they'll bring out a 75-150 "telephoto" zoom while they're at it. ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 22:21 UTC
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RichRMA: One thing about FF; if the edge definition of my m4/3 Olympus 12-40mm was as bad as either of these two lenses, I'd return it.

@RichRMA you need to read my post above again, since it appears you have completely missed the point. It makes no difference what you "chop off," since the same issues apply unless you chop off everything but your subject.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 22:11 UTC
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nathantw: I'm really impressed. But, how well does the Tamron perform at 14mm? For those that say it's only one mm, look at the comparison photo. That one mm was the difference between seeing the top of the Space Needle and just seeing the support structure.

Should read 12-24 (typo)

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 14:18 UTC
On article CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview - "small office, big factory" (194 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: "Mr Yamaki tells us that even though his company loses money on cameras /.../"

They shouldn't have gone after such a small niche market.

After all, color deficiency only affects about 8% of men and 0,5% of women.

Personally, I think the dumbest thing Sigma ever did was to make a separate, proprietary camera mount for Sigma DSLRs. They should have just made Sigma DSLRs in Nikon and Canon mounts, which would save them from the cost of producing the lenses in another separate mount, and would make their bodies more successful as "special purpose" additions to the Nikon and Canon system buyers (who would be much more likely to buy Sigma bodies if they could use the same lenses for them vs. having to buy and carry entirely different lenses for the Sigma bodies).

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 17:35 UTC
On article CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview - "small office, big factory" (194 comments in total)
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matthew saville: YES, Sigma please give us a 14-24 f/2.8, NOT a 10-20mm f/4! (full-frame)

Although, personally as a lightweight traveler, I'd much rather see a ~16-18mm f/2 that accepts front filters, than a 14-24 2.8 if it's going to weigh anything like the Nikon or Tamron...

No, please DON'T squeeze out the wide end of your wide angle zoom! Wider is OK, I'd take an updated 12-24, but an 11-24 or maybe 10-24 would be even better! F4 is perfectly fine, don't have to have f2.8 (but wouldn't complain mind you). Just make it a sharp, low distortion lens (and make the zoom ring turn clockwise to zoom IN, please - as well as keeping the zoom ring close to the body and having the focusing ring toward the end of the lens, not the other way around). ;D

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 17:27 UTC
On article CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview - "small office, big factory" (194 comments in total)
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estarkey: Excellent interview! I would pay north of $1000 for the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 in an OS, micro four thirds mount. If they mad one with a built in speedbooster so they could mostly use their current design and speed this thing up to f/1.2, I'd certainly pay $1500.

That would be "Nikon DX buyer;" 18-35 is an APS-C lens, not a FF lens.

As far as the range goes, no argument - the 27-52.5mm FF FOV equivalent range is way too small, and neither wide enough nor long enough to make it interesting. Basically a good perfromer in a range (particularly where positioned) that is much too narrow.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 17:19 UTC
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alouette: great Comparison!

Would be nice to see a comparison with the FT Zuiko 7-14mm F/4 attached at the E-M5 Mark II using the hiRes Mode at 40MPix (Jpg) or 64Mpix (Raw)

Which means the "hiRes mode" is meaningless unless you shoot maybe indoor pictures of "still life" subjects, since everything else has moving elements - clouds, trees, grasses/vegetation, etc.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 15:21 UTC
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nathantw: I'm really impressed. But, how well does the Tamron perform at 14mm? For those that say it's only one mm, look at the comparison photo. That one mm was the difference between seeing the top of the Space Needle and just seeing the support structure.

@Dianoda, BJN it doesn't matter, because there's a 24-70 in the bag to "perform" at 30mm. If your widest lens is 1mm longer, you're missing some AOV. From 24-30mm you're just duplicating coverage of other lenses you already have.

Tamron should have made a 12-14 rather than a 15-30.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 15:17 UTC
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RichRMA: One thing about FF; if the edge definition of my m4/3 Olympus 12-40mm was as bad as either of these two lenses, I'd return it.

@RichRMA "Edge definition" is the most overblown issue in photography. You have been conditioned to believe it is important by those trying to convince you that you "need" to buy new/different/better equipment. Just what is there in the edges of your images that makes or breaks the image?! The vast majority of the time (about 99.99%), there is NOTHING in the frame "edges" (or in the "corners" for that matter) that is important to the image. Furthermore, the vast majority of the time what IS in the frame "edges" is NOT in the plane of focus - which means it's not going to be sharp anyway, even if you have the "sharpest edge to edge lens" in the world - unless your images are pictures of test charts or brick walls and your subject is perfectly aligned with the image plane.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 14:29 UTC
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Marcin 3M: It's time for Sigma to refresh their's 12-24.

Yes, and unlike Tamron, they should put the zoom ring and focusing ring in the right places. ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 14:07 UTC
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Everlast66: For any other manufacturer I'd say it is a bad idea to re-introduce a FF DSLR line now, when mirror-less cameras are aggressively eating into DSLR sales. Especially that the FF lens line has not been maintained for a while. I almost feel they' should've rather created a new FF mirror-less system rather than going back.

However, I feel Pentax have the most loyal customer base of the big three DSLR makers and I think they will not be affected as bad by mirror-less rise. I certainly hope they succeed as there is something likeable about them that's lacking in Canon and Nikon.

MILCs are not "aggressively eating into" anything. DSLRs still outsell them by nearly 4:1, and any reduction in DSLR sales has everything to do with market maturation/saturation and little to do with MILCs "replacing" DSLRs, which they are not. Hype does not equal reality.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 17:16 UTC
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Everlast66: It would be a very interesting move if Pentax could adopt Sony E mount, not sure if Sony would be willing to share it though, but will get a experienced partner in their competition with better populated M4/3 system.

Would be great to see Pentax legendary Limited lens series re-designed for E-mount and they will be able to gain some existing mirror-less market straight away. Plus a body or two with Pentax ergonomics would be interesting to see.

A fly in the ointment - people that actually want a MILC as opposed to a DSLR will have already purchased one from one of the many players fighting over this minority market long before Pentax could waste is resources jumping into the same miniature market space. So why would they bother?

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 17:13 UTC
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Aur: hopefully they can keep it light enough, even though I like the pentax crop, they are all 200 grams heavier than the comparable canon equivalent for whatever reason (200 grams of weather sealing? sounds weird)

Sony A7 II full frame mirrorless = 599 grams, that is less than most of Pentax their crop DSLR

...making for a nice FRONT HEAVY, uncomfortable to hold and use lens + body combination. With a battery sucking, inferior EVF. No thanks!

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 17:09 UTC
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