Josh152

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Josh152: I've been waiting for a modern 105mm but this is disappointing to me. I would have much preferred f/1.8 or f/2.0 and the smaller size, weight and price tag that comes with it. Also no VR is really disappointing as well. There are times I wish my 105 f/2.5 AI-S had it. It's very useful on my 24-85 and no f/1.4 is not a substitute since it doesn't' have enough DOF a lot of the time.

@lars
Well I could live with the size, weight and even price of the f/1.4 if it had VR. In fact with VR I would really want this lens instead of just being "meh" about it.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 21:35 UTC
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Lars V: Hmm 105 sits right between 85 and 135... thinking I could swap out my 85/1.4G, 85/1.4D and 135/2D DC for a 105/1.4E. Intriguing. Looking forward to actual critical reviews and third-party samples.

Yeah for primes on FX I use a 105mm and my 180mm and never feel like I need anything in between 105mm and 180mm or 50mm and 105mm. 85mm has always felt too short to me. More like longer standard than a telephoto.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 21:32 UTC
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madecov: Lot's of complaining, mostly about price. I think it's great Nikon introduced something new and not just a re fresh of something already in the line.

My biggest complaints are no VR and the weight. The price as expected but I was hoping for VR at least as that is my main con for the 105 f/2.0 DC. I wouldn't have minded f/2.0 if it was necessary so I could have VR. But Nikon is trying to win the aperture arms race instead of making balanced lens with sensible compromises. Oh well.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 17:56 UTC
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EdwardBingo: It will be interesting to see the AF performance when wide open. I hear lots of complains about AF accuracy from 85 1.8/1.4 users, that has become an issue with hi-res DSLRs.

The trouble is at f/1.4 you can have such shallow DOF that simply moving the camera a couple millimeters when you press the shutter can make you miss focus. Unless you are testing with a stable tripod and remote release a good target under bright lighting you can't make any claims about AF accuracy at f/1.4 and be taken seriously IMO. What the High res DSLRs did was show people their technique was not as good as they thought but people just want to blame the gear rather than admit it.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 17:44 UTC
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Thomas Kachadurian: I'm not a nikon guy, but this is the first really ground-breaking lens news we have gotten in a while.

Just throwing all sense of balance to the wind and making a f/1.4, non stabilized boat anchor of a lens is not ground-breaking lol. Sigma has been doing that for a while now. But at least Nikon has weather protection so I'll give them that.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 17:36 UTC

I've been waiting for a modern 105mm but this is disappointing to me. I would have much preferred f/1.8 or f/2.0 and the smaller size, weight and price tag that comes with it. Also no VR is really disappointing as well. There are times I wish my 105 f/2.5 AI-S had it. It's very useful on my 24-85 and no f/1.4 is not a substitute since it doesn't' have enough DOF a lot of the time.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 17:29 UTC as 27th comment | 6 replies
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Quisquis: So they took the one part that crashed Google Glass, and made an entire product out of only that?

Good luck.

LOL I was thinking the same thing.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 14:07 UTC
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tabloid: And what of the 'near' future.
I suspect that the next step will be to build a camera into a contact lens.

I remember many years ago somebody said to me, that very shortly cameras would not use film. I thought to myself 'Yeah right'.

and then the camera will just in your eye or your entire eye will be the camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 14:06 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: Will Sigma replace the part that gets scratched?

@dansclic

You're talking nonsense about it being sigmas responsibility. Its the consumers responsibility to buy compatible products. One of the risks you accept when you buy third party after market accessories, I.E. Sigma lenses, is that they might not be compatible with future bodies for hardware or software reasons. If you don't want to roll that dice buy Pentax lenses for your Pentax camera. It's that simple.

Sigma can't help it if Pentax changed the camera design in a way the broke compatibility with lenses that have already be manufactured and sold. Sigma doesn't have a crystal ball and Pentax is not going to help Sigma steal their lens sales.

In fact Sigma is make a great show of customer support on this issue. Sigma says they will retro fit current lenses which is all they can do and is really great customer support. Sigma would have been well within their rights to make you buy all new lenses instead of letting you retrofit the current ones.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 14:30 UTC
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Caerolle: So a short, even-slower-than-usual macro. Should be $200, not $300, I think. But a nice part of the 'fun-sized/priced' M system, and fits the concept very well.

Caerolle,
This lens, like most macros btw, is meant for macro work period. IF someone wants to try to use it for something else then it's not going to be as well suited for it as a non macro and/or faster lens depending on what the person is trying to use it for. If said person then tries to say the lens is too slow because they are using for something it was not designed and optimized for they are being silly and/or ignorant at best and just looking for an excuse the deride the lens at worst. This lens is a pure bread macro lens designed to be cheap, fun, and easy to bring along and easy to use. The leds on the front make that obvious. For a lens like that f/3.5 is fine and not a negative at all.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 19:58 UTC
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EthanP99: Plastic mount plastic mount plastic mount plastic mount.

Which wont matter at all for who this is for.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 18:45 UTC
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Donnie G: High IQ, lightweight, compact size, easy to use without the need for any additional accessaries, cheap to own, and most importantly, fun for photographers of all skill levels to use, carry, and experiment with. People who have never considered buying an EOS M body will buy one now just to be able to use this lens with it. This is how you sell interchangeable lens cameras. Watch the sales figures and learn from the master. :))

lol the EOS M is not and was never meant to be a "professional system." If you want that buy a 5DIII or 1DXII or maybe a 7DII. Those are Canon's pro cameras.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 18:41 UTC
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Caerolle: So a short, even-slower-than-usual macro. Should be $200, not $300, I think. But a nice part of the 'fun-sized/priced' M system, and fits the concept very well.

There is nothing worng with f/3.5 or even f/4 for a macro lenses. Most of the time you are stoppoing them way down anyway. All f/2.8 on this lens would do is make it bigger and heavier and therefore far less appropriate for such a small body for very little to no gain for most photographers. You have to look at a lens as a whole package including what it is meant for and the camera it's going on not just the max aperture or as many do, sharpness, to determine what a "good one" is.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 18:33 UTC

Great now all Nikon needs is the ability to set AF fine tune values for at least 3 different zoom settings and at least 3 different distances for each zoom setting for the same lens.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 03:02 UTC as 80th comment
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Jozef M: What is a 'kibosh'? If you write for an international public, dpreview, use general English, please.

Why? In less time than your absolutely silly post took to write you could have googled it and found out what it means. Same goes for any word. You might even manage to learn something new that way.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 07:54 UTC
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Josh152: I generally prefer 105mm and have been looking at getting the 105mm f/2.0 DC but this is really tempting me due the the VC, better coatings, and weather resistance.

Maybe lol. I'm also hoping Tamron will release one of theses SP f/1.8s in 20mm.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 17:51 UTC
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Josh152: I generally prefer 105mm and have been looking at getting the 105mm f/2.0 DC but this is really tempting me due the the VC, better coatings, and weather resistance.

Yeah my real problem is the lens I really want, A modern f/2.0 or f/1.8 105mm with built in motor, stabilization, weather resistance, and modern coatings, doesn't' exist lol.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 03:27 UTC
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Serious Sam: Like many had pointed out the pricing/marketing people in Tamron is on drugs. I will stick with my Nikon 85mm 1.8G (cost me a little bit over us$400).

Well like I said it's a balance. It is heavier because it has a metal barrel instead of plastic like the Nikon. It would be even heavier with the same level of build quality and f/1.4. Going for f/1.8 is probably why the Tamron is able to have the metal construction and still have a reasonable weight not much more than Nikon f/1.4. Just look at how heavy the similarly built sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART is and that is a shorter focal length. The 85mm version will undoubtedly weigh even more.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 18:37 UTC
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Josh152: I generally prefer 105mm and have been looking at getting the 105mm f/2.0 DC but this is really tempting me due the the VC, better coatings, and weather resistance.

Well the samples I've seen the 105 dc is more than sharp and contrasty enough for me. Plus I love the way it renders a scene. I have the 105 f/2.5 AI-S which I love. The 105 DC seems like it will be very similar IQ wise and I want something that's faster than the 105mm AI-S and has AF. The thing with 85mm is that it just feels too close to 50mm for me as part of a set of primes. It's more like a slightly longer standard than a telephoto.
My tentative plan for primes is to have the 20mm f/1.8g, my 50mm f/1.8g though eventually I might replace it with he Tamron 45mm f/1.8 vc, the 105mm DC and the 180mm f/1.8D. A 135mm lens would be too close to the 180mm but too short to replace it.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 18:22 UTC
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Serious Sam: Like many had pointed out the pricing/marketing people in Tamron is on drugs. I will stick with my Nikon 85mm 1.8G (cost me a little bit over us$400).

Being factually correct is not being a fanboy. I don't even own a Tamron lens. People are confused by the price because Tamron has done something with their new SP f/1.8 primes that a lot of people haven't really understood yet judging by the comments about price.

Unlike Cannon, Nikon, and Sigma they have made high end, pro quality primes in the 35mm-85mm range that are f/1.8 instead of f/1.4. Presumably so they can include all the high end goodies like weather resistance, high end coatings such as fluorine, 9 aperture blades, metal construction, better MF, VC, good bokeh, ect without having lenses that are some combination of being huge, extremely expansive, and heavy as a boat anchor.

This lens and the others in the range are designed to be a better balance of features,size,performance and price than what other manufactures are offering in their high end/pro ranges. The price makes sense when you understand what this lens is trying to be.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 03:31 UTC
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