Haven’t posted since Wednesday. Not much interesting or relevant has happened since. The photographic world (well, mine anyway) is sort of hanging still and holds its breath until Oct 16th, which should bring some major novelties in terms of Sony mirrorless bodies (I dare not say NEX anymore, since Sony has been totally schizophrenic in its camera naming scheme and nomenclature lately).
Wait, didn’t I just have this baby, like, last week ? Well, obviously. Time flies in a worrisome manner once you’re a parent.
So, what do we know about the yet to come Sony A7 and A7R, Full Fame mirrorless cameras ? Well, we know one is 24mp and the other 36, the former costing +/-1600€, and the latter 2200€, body only (those are rumor prices, by no mean certain). Both will allow current APS-C E mount lenses to be used both in “crop” mode and in FF mode, with vignette attached. This is great news as I really hoped for that.
The one not so cool thing about the coming A7 is the form factor. While the NEX 7 had a widely acclaimed and praised form factor/control set, Sony decided to fix something that wasn’t broken and give us an Olympus OM-D shaped camera instead. Sony if you were a guy, I’d kick you in the nuts for this. HARD.
So what would I need that new camera in the first place ? Well, let’s make clear the fact that I don’t really *need* what. Equally limpid is that once I’ve seen it and learned the complete specs, chances are I very badly want one…
So my current cameras are perfectly capable tools. Very capable, actually. The flaws and shortcomings they do have (lens selection, vastly imporvable AF…), I doubt the new bodies solve them. But they will bring full frame to the table, and that’s to be considered thoroughly. I had several FF cameras in the past. 2 Canon 5D, 2 Nikon D700, and 2 Canon 1D MkII which, while not being true FF, came closer with their (amazing) APS-X, 1.3 crop factor crop (my preferred format of all, truly, which is probably why Canon chose to drop it altogether, lol). FF does bring its own 3D look that is more easily seen than explained with words. I personally love it.