Nikon in the last few years released a 24.5MP D3x. Canon Came out with 21MP 5D MII. With a press release Sigma announced that they would trump the two with a 46MP SD1. At first glance you might think that 46MP would be amazing and the possibilities that would be available would be second to only a select few those of Which would included Mamiya and Hassleblad. If that is what you though then you though correctly. Sigma for years has made 3rd party lenses that are superb and priced perfectly for the average consumer and professional photographers alike. I myself have a variety of Sigma lenses and have been absolutely happy with the value for the price paid and overall quality. Sigma unfortunately developed a bad reputation for their quality control issues and caused a black mark to be placed on their foreheads. Fast forward 10 years and they are among the best hand in hand with Nikon and Canon. Sigma has developed a number of DSLR cameras but none have created a stir like the SD-1. The SD-1 comes at a time when cameras are amazing. We have cameras with ISO of 100,000 + and can shoot full 1080 HD. While the SD-1 is not going to have video, it is not being produced for anything like it. The SD-1 is focusing on Fine Art Photographers and Studio Photographers that want an image with serious quality but do not need the speed of a D3 or the Video of a 5D M2.
It really does fit in a league of it’s own and will most likely be a huge hit in 2011.
46 megapixel 24×16mm APS-C X3 Full-colour image sensor
The 46 megapixel (4,800×3,200×3 layers) 24×16mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor featured in the Sigma SD1 captures all primary RGB colours at each and every pixel location, ensuring the capture of full and complete colour. Using three silicon-embedded layers of photo detectors, stacked vertically to take advantage of silicon’s ability to absorb red, green and blue light at different respective depths, it efficiently reproduces colour more accurately, and offers sharper resolution, pixel for pixel, than any conventional image sensor. Since colour moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required, meaning light and colour, generated by the 46 megapixel APS-C X3 direct image sensor, is captured with a three-dimensional feel.
Dual TRUE II image processing engine
The SD1 incorporates a dual “TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II” image processing engine which improves the processing speed and overall quality of the final image. The unique image-processing algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with richly graduated tones.
The SD1 adopts the TYPE I CF Card. This camera is compatible with UDMA Mode6, enabling fast processing of large amounts of data.
* It is not possible to use Microdrives and TYPE II CF cards.
11 point twin cross sensor
The autofocus system features an 11 point twin cross sensor. The shifted twin cross type sensor improves AF accuracy.
The Sigma SD1 adopts a lightweight yet solid magnesium alloy body designed to withstand rough use and shocks in harsh conditions.
Buttons and connections benefit from O-ring sealings to prevent dust and water getting inside the camera body.
Large, highly visible 3.0” TFT colour LCD Monitor
The SD1 camera features a 3.0 inch TFT colour monitor. This 460,000 pixel resolution LCD monitor benefits from a wide viewing angle, making it easy to check focusing and composition.
For most people the name Tokina does not ring a bell. For those in the world of photography that know the name they know that Tokina produces s high quality lens. While it may be argued that they are 3rd party and therefore are inferior, it has been proven that their lenses are by far the best deal on the market today. Quite simply their 12-24 and 11-16 have no rival for the price and quality you get.
Ken Rockwell states; in comparing the Tokina 12-24 against the Nikon 12-24:
“The Tokina is the easy choice among third party lenses. It’s the only one that feels solid and professional. It has the fastest focus, the fastest aperture and has the best handling of all third party lenses.
Get the Tokina if cost is an issue. If I didn’t already have the Nikon and didn’t have $1,000 then I’d buy this Tokina. The only way you’ll see any of the subtle optical superiority of the Nikon is if you’re one of those people who worry more about snapping test charts than making great images.
I prefer the Tokina because it’s the only $500 lens that feels durable and professional. It’s also faster in f/stop and focusing than any of the other third party lenses. The Tokina is the heaviest and feels great. You get your money’s worth. It feels like a well made solid lens and it is. It works well and handles well, too.”
In a nutshell, Tokina knows what they are doing. Yes you can spend the money and the Nikon or Canon lens that will cost you 2 – 4 times the price of the Tokina but let me ask you this, do you honestly think that you will notice the difference between the two?
Anyways, in July 2010Tokina released the AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX lens, featuring the newly developed SD-M (Silent Drive-Module). The lens constitutes of 15 elements in 13 groups and has nine diaphragm blades. The angle of view is 107.11° -76.87° and the minimum focusing distance is 0.28m. The overall length is 133.3mm, the diameter 90.0mm and the lens weighs 950 grams. The Tokina AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX is available for Canon and Nikon mounts.
This lens is one of the few lenses Tokina makes that is compatible with full frame cameras. Most of the newer Tokina lenses are design for smaller sensors and will not work with full frame cameras or 35mm cameras. They are obviously looking to get into a new market with this lens. Its biggest completion comes from the Nikon 16-35 f/4 and the Canon 16-35 f/2.8. While this lens is compatible with a crop sensor it would be equal to a 28-52mm lens. This actually does fit nicely in the lineup and should provide a decent wide angle lens. A few things the stand out right away is the lack of its ability to take filters. The Tokina features a petal hood that is built in much the same as the Nikon 14-24. This might not be an issue for some but I would prefer to be able to use filters.
A few key features of the lens are as follows:
NEW Silent DC Motor with GMR sensor
The 16-28 f/2.8 uses a newly developed silent DC motor that allows the lens to focus faster and more quietly then previous generations. The DC motor coupled with a new GMR magnetic AF sensor work together to increase AF Speed.
Ashperical and Super-low Dispersion glass elements
A new, 56mm in diameter, large sizes aspherical glass element is incorporated into the front lens group, while there are 2 more aspherical elements in the rear group. 3 SD super-low dispersion glass elements are also incorporated through-out the optical design to reduce chromatic aberration, give maximum resolution, more even brightness and distortion correction.
One-Touch Focus Clutch
Tokina’s exclusive One-touch Focus Clutch Mechanism allows the photographer to switch between AF and MF simply by snapping the focus ring forward for AF and back toward the camera to focus manually. There is no need to change the AF/MF switch on Nikon camera bodies and there is no second AF/MF switch on the lens for Canon, everything is accomplished by the focus ring.
• Focal length 16-28mm
• Maximum aperture F2.38
• Construction 12 elements in 13 groups
• Coating, multi layer
• Minimum focus distance .28 metres
• Angle of view 1.7011 – 76.87
• Reproduction ratio 1:5.26
• Focusing mode, internal focusing
• Zoom mode, rotary zoom
• Aperture blades .8
• Filter size, not applicable at present
• Lens width 90mm
• Lens length 133.3mm
• WEight 950g
Though the price tag is a little higher than some of the other Tokina lenses on the market is justified by its quality. The Tokina retails for $849 while the Nikon retails for $1100 and the Canon retails for $1500. It is one of the few lenses that is actually priced around the same as it’s competitors. One thing to point out is that the Nikon is F/4 while the Tokina is F/2.8. The Tokina actually has more light gather ability than the Nikon at $250 cheaper. In the end it is up to you to decide which way to go.
Well it has been nearly 2 years since Canon dropped the 5D MII into the world. The Canon gurus are at work again and leaks regarding the Canon 5D MIII have surfaced. Most wonder how you could make good thing better and behold the gurus have spoken.
28megapixel CMOS sensor. Achieved by introducing new technologies such as low-noise photodiode
Sensor Size 36.0 × 24.0mm 1.0x
Wide low-noise ISO sensitivity ISO100 ~ 12800 (extension L: 50, H1: 25600, H2: 51200, H3: 102400)
The six frames * Dual DIGIC4 / s provides continuous shooting
98 percent of the viewfinder field of view, magnification 0.71 times. With the electronic level
A high-speed AF system. Double Cross Centre, Cross assists 19 points – 26 points. 5 AF point selection mode, types of automatic. Advanced AI Servo AF
63-segment metering. 1920 × 1080 30/25/24 frame Video
Crop video feature. 10X SD, HD four times, three times in full HD
At this point this is nothing more than a rumor. You can read more on this here. Though unless you have a translator it might be tough. Enjoy.
Every now and then I see something so unique that is makes me want to try it. As it stands the fastest lens that I have ever seen would be The Leica’s Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95. It stands to reason that this lens is very unique and would lend itself to being something you don’t see every day.
Flickr member scenery_and_fish found a Kowa 65mm f/0.75 x-ray lens, and mounted it to a Nikon D90 using a macro extension tube and epoxy. The plus side obviously is that it is a .75 lens and for those of us that Know photography, “That’s FAST”! Ok now for the down side…the lens is fixed focus and lacks an iris.
While it would be fun to note that this would be a good lens to play with I would have to say it is more like a side show attraction at a circus in the end. The fact that the lens lacks the ability to focus is a big turn issue in of itself. I can live with the all the down falls accept this one. One work around might be using the lens on a macro slide rail type setup. While bulky it would give the lens the ability to focus..
Another key problenm to point out is the fact the lens an issue which appears to be bad spherical aberration, which makes sense. The faster a lens is, the harder it is to correct for aberrations. The only way to make an ultra-fast lens like this one work is to design it for a fixed magnification, e.g. 1/25 life size, which might be appropriate for chest x-rays. As you move away from the designed magnification, the aberrations will get worse. By the time you get close to life size, the aberrations will be bad enough to make the picture very soft. Combine that with ultra-narrow DOF from the fast lens and high magnification, and you get a soft in focus image and everything out of focus blurred into a smear.
Maybe In the end it is a big lens that will win any war in it’s ability to gather light but alas that would be the only war it would win.
Check out his Flickr photo stream for a gallery dedicated to to this setup. He definitely has some interesting pictures.
With 2011 on the horizon many Camera enthusiast are eager to catch a glimpse of New Technology to hit the market. Every 4 years or so Nikon brings a new camera to its Pro line. In 1999 it introduced to the digital world the Nikon D1, In 2003 Nikon brought out the D2, and just like the clock ticks, in 2007 Nikon Released the D3. With 2011 being the magical 4th year, it brings much speculation and mystery. One of the “big” new things in the camera world is the Mirror Less DSLR. A camera with all the power, functionality and interchangeable lenses backing it up would be something that would revolutionize the photography world. Or will it. Time will tell in determining what the future holds but the days of 80 megapixel cameras that have the ability to shoot at 40 frames per second are not that far off. Sony has laid the foreground to the non-mirror DSLR era and Nikon has recognized this and will have a camera to compete in the near future, of that I am sure. But alas for now we are relegated to prototypes and concepts both I have pictured below.
Nikon Has a “D4” in the works
The Nikon EVIL camera set to compete in the New Mirror Less ERA
On November 15th, in Shanghai, China, a fire erupted, apparently within construction materials and scaffolding surrounding an occupied 30-story apartment building under renovation. Sadly the flames spread to the building itself and soon engulfed the entire structure. Residence of the tower and workers constructing the building fled down scaffolding in an attempt to escape the smoke and flames. Unfortunately, 58 people were not able to escape, losing their lives while 70 more were injured in the inferno, which was contained after four long hours. A number of individuals are now in police custody, including unlicensed welders working on the tower. The Shanghai government has also taken responsibility for the fire and complete lax in safety. China has ordered a nationwide overhaul of fire-control measures.
“All images are courtesy of the Boston Globe”
I have been using this lens for a little while now but feel it is time to part with it as I have moved to a 50-150mm f/2.8
–hope this one gets here this time–
Anywho if anybody is interested I have it up for sale on ebay.