Photokina 2012: Sony Stand Report
On the Sony stand all the talk is about full frame. The RX100 is still generating a pretty healthy buzz, but it's sitting next to the RX1 in the Cyber-shot section, so is understandably a little outshone.
The RX1 is attracting quite a crowd but the only samples are behind glass. Occasionally one of the presenters will take to the stage to explain the camera, but there's no opportunity to handle it, let alone take any test shots. There are sample videos playing to whet appetites and exploded models of the camera on view, which help to make clear how complex an engineering challenge the RX1 was.
That isn't the case with the SLT-A99 - examples of which are numerous. A row of the cameras is lined-up, showing their live view images on flat screen displays, with acrobats and a trapeze artist providing opportunities for exploring the camera's autofocus and movie capabilities. Further 'round the stand are more examples, looking comfortable buried in the middle of video shooting rigs.
Finally there are opportunities to explore the NEX-VG900 full frame video camera. All the cameras are fitted with A-mount adapters, given there are no full-frame E-mount lenses. The use of E-mount gives plenty of room to use adapters for other mount lenses, though.
While we were there, a delegation from Carl Zeiss arrived to see whether its E-mount Cine lenses would work without vignetting on the VG900. Since its designs are essentially full frame lenses with a long throat to extend the lens away from the mount, it seemed likely that they'd work, so long as the throat wasn't too narrow (which it might have been, given the expectation that it would only be used with APS-C/Super 35mm sensors). Sure enough, the CP2 50mm T2.1 Macro could be racked through its focus range without any shading appearing in the preview image.