Image: Fuji X-T1, XF 18-55 f/2.8-4.0, 23mm at f/5.6, 1/5 sec,
hand held at ISO 6400.
The answer is a definitive maybe, it depends what your after, just fun images like the above one, then no, a large format print for your wall at home, that depends on the light. Hand holding a camera in low light takes a lot of practice to get sharp images and you still need high ISO's to get there, so we still have a ways to go.
Cameras like the X-T1 with image stabilized lenses are getting us close though, even with the slowdown in sensor technologies, its just a matter of time. However there are images that will always require a tripod, long exposure's just can't be reproduced in Photoshop and I'm a big fan of long exposure's, whether they are a few seconds or 20 minutes.
Image: 5D Mk III, EF24-70 f/2.8L II, 24mm, f/7.1, 8 sec.
A direct response to the Nikon Version ? It will be nice to have IS in a wide angle lensbut I would still like to have an f/2.8 lens in this focal range, lets see how it performs, its 25g lighter than the EF 16-35 f/2.8L II that's a plus.
Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 16–35mm 1:4.0
Lens Construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
Diagonal Angle of View: 108°10′ – 63°
Focus Adjustment: Inner focus system
Closest Focusing Distance: 0.92 ft. / 0.28m
Filter Size: 77mm diameter
Max Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.3 x 4.4 in., 21.7 oz. / 82.6 x 112.8mm, 615g
Having fun with abstract images, shooting a grove of Alder on the way up to Bridal Veil Falls I have a whole series now on abstract trees, its a little different each time I shoot, because of light, but it can be a fun exercise trying to get the right amount of camera movement to make the image blur just the right amount.
Getting the shutter speed right is key to getting this type of abstract image, I shot at f/11 to slow the shutter speed down in to the range of 1/6 to 1/4 of a second.Then I moved the camera either up or down as I depressed the shutter button, trying to keep the motion of the camera as parallel to the trees as I could. The green just comes from the surrounding foliage.
Lytro announce a new version of their Light field camera, with a 30-250mm
f/2 lens, that's right f/2, the technology is very interesting, but their last camera and sensor proved only a gimmick from a photographic standpoint, this
may change that, they look like they may have something on their hands this time around.
From the Lytro site:
Capture a deeper picture.
LYTRO ILLUM’s 40 Megaray customized sensor, with Lytro’s
patented microlens array technology, unlocks the ability to capture the
color, intensity and direction of the light rays flowing into the
camera. This allows you to create imagery on a truly experiential
canvas. By capturing and harnessing the power of light field,
photographers can portray not just a cross-section of reality, but an
authentic, interactive window into their world.
Custom-designed 40-megaray light field sensor
8x optical zoom lens (30mm-250mm equivalent)
Constant f/2.0 aperture across the entire zoom range
1/4000 of a second high-speed shutter
Extreme close-focus macro capability
Combination of tactile-controls and smartphone-class, articulating touchscreen
Dimensions: 86mm x 145mm x 166mm; 940 grams
Hot shoe supports all leading flashes
It needs to be ergonomic and fill a niche, or carve out a place of its own with something beyond mini video, which is what it appeared to be before.
I did not see a place that it would be useful before, lets see if they are bringing more of a game changer this time around.
Pre-order at Lytro for $1,500 20% off with Pre-order
I have always wanted to go back to Yosemite, but I was kind of disappointed on this trip, perhaps I have seen to much of it in pictures ? at any rate the next time I return, it will be to the upper part that is less traveled, Tuolumne Meadows above Yosemite Valley, it has the beauty, less crowds and the wilderness feel that the lower valley lacks, a winter stop in the lower valley might be nice, if there was plenty of snow.
Upper Cathedral lake and the entire upper basin would make for a great trip on the way over to the Eastern Sierra and a trip up in to the Whitney Portal and Convict lake.