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The optics of FE 24-70 f/4 are very much from ZEISS made by ZEISS, including the anti-reflective coating ... its just that the lens isn't all that good for the money they are charging, because of which some people speculate that ZEISS "only provide QC to Sony".

It's a bit more than a speculation.

I did some research, and Zeiss/Sony lenses are indeed designed by Zeiss, but in close collaboration with Sony, which is then the sole responsible for production and distribution. This means that Zeiss engineers are restricted to what Sony is able or willing to produce.

In fact it's not a contradiction that Zeiss will announce some manual focus primes for the FE mount. Those will be 100% Zeiss lenses like the ZE or ZF primes.

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Lenses / Re: Philosophical question about Sigma Lenses - Why?
« on: March 31, 2014, 03:10:24 AM »
Just out of curiosity thanks to a conversation in Marketing 101 - why would a company like Sigma create products for other brands, specifically lenses for Canon? I'm curious about the thought process that went into a decision by such a company to create accessories and devices for someone else's products since they already have their own line of camera bodies...

Sigma is the third lens manufacturer in Japan by market share, not soooo far away from Canon and Nikon. When Canon sells lenses to Canon users only, Sigma sells to Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Panasonic, etc etc.

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Unfortunately, The Sony/Zeiss 24-70 f/4 OSS lens has received disappointing reviews at both photozone and SLRgear.

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/24-70mm-fe-zeiss-gets-tested-by-photozone-and-slrgear-doesnt-meet-the-expectations-from-the-reviewers/
I read those reviews and that's pretty much what I feel about the FE 24-70 f/4 lens ... it is a good lens to have for about $700 (maybe $800 max, but no more) but for close to $1200 it is just not worth it, one might as well stick with the kit lens.

In fact I've read the kit lens is actually quite good for a "kit lens". Charging this premium for the Zeiss certainly makes people expect quite a bit more.

However, to my knowledge this is not a "Zeiss" lens. They only provide QC to Sony. In fact some new real Zeiss ZFE (or whatever they will be called) primes should be announced at the next Photokina.

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I would consider buying a flash that I can bounce off the ceiling if that's going to improve my indoor photos more than buying a faster lens would.



Yes, it will.

Buy a big one with a simple dome diffuser. Indoors, where the light can bounce pretty much everywhere, it gives a very nice and even lighting.

If you cant afford the Canon 600, try a 580 II used. Otherwise the YN568 and Metz 58 AF-2 are also very good. The latter is particularly good when used on camera because of the additional small direct light. But the Yongnuo is super cheap.

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Lenses / Re: Tamron 150-600mm AF servo issues?
« on: March 27, 2014, 05:38:11 PM »
No issue at all on 5D3.

Of course you should expect the AF speed of the 70-200/2.8

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Medium Format Camera
« on: March 25, 2014, 02:00:04 PM »
No... I'm satisfied with FF sensor size, and Sony sensor are great. I'd rather buy more lenses for a a7 system.

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The part about focusing performance in low light was really helpful.

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Lol?  :o

Now, Nikon, please make a DSLR in EF mount. That would be lovely, thanks.

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I haven't seen Sigma lens prices drop. They are very firm except for the rebates. I don't expect the price to drop unless the demand is extremely higher than the supply. My local retailer didn't even know of this lens. I don't expect a temporary premium price locally.

i have.

the 35mm f1.4 dropped 250 euro in germany.

Except that street price has never really been 1000 EUR

well as you can see in the diagram the street price was 999-950 euro for a while here.
then it dropped to 850 only to raise to 950 euro again.

amazon was one of the cheaper resellers who could really deliver the lens. 
i bought mine when it was 825 euro, in july last year.

today you can get the lens for 729-645 euro.
for 645 euro you even get a manfrotto 680B monopod with the lens.

so yes, there is quite a price drop with sigma lenses.

Except that you're comparing the highest price at launch with the lowest price today, which is not fair nor representative.

Launch price has been 899 EUR, quickly settled down at 850 or so. Most shops today have it for around 750 EUR, so the real price drop is 100-150 EUR and not 250 EUR or more.

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Weird categories because the Canon L is far from being the benchmark from an academic perspective.

It has a special rendering that people either love or not. If they don't, then it's a OPS and saying as good as the Canon 50 L is not a necessarily a compliment  :)

I think it will be 90-95% of the Otus. It will loose something on things like bokeh, coma, etc. But I think in most photographic contexts it will be almost indistinguishable, and with the advantage of AF and affordability.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Lens survey - your favorites, and your most wanted?
« on: March 23, 2014, 11:33:53 AM »
A good 50-ish mm f/2 would be a nice addition.

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(Just because I have not written on CR for many days so I felt I should write something)

The sigma lens will be priced at $999 (±$50) in USA.

I don't think you're too far off. I do expect the price to be 999 USD / 899 EUR.

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I haven't seen Sigma lens prices drop. They are very firm except for the rebates. I don't expect the price to drop unless the demand is extremely higher than the supply. My local retailer didn't even know of this lens. I don't expect a temporary premium price locally.

i have.

the 35mm f1.4 dropped 250 euro in germany.

Except that street price has never really been 1000 EUR. I bought mine very shortly after release for 850 EUR. Now it's 750, which is pretty normal I guess. The canon 35 is went from 800 at release to the current 500.

I expect this 50mm to be priced similarly.

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I don't remember where I read it, but some reviewer wrote "the a7 is not going to replace your DSLR, but the MkII could". I bought a sony a7 and I sent it back because I didn't feel ready to invest in the system. But the IQ and the size were so amazing that I might buy one again at some point.


I agree with Rienz. I think in a couple years time the situation might be very different. Sony has still a so-so reputation in the photographic world, but if/when Fuji will release a FF X system, then the whole market might reconsider its position. Canikon don't seem too interested, unfortunately.

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A very anticlimactic announcement after all the hype.

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