Thom Hogan's review of the A7/A7r

Started Mar 10, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: I don't think he is wrong, exactly
In reply to tex, Mar 12, 2014

tex wrote:

So, I think he says some things that are real. I definitely want an untouched raw file, don't you????---let's hope we get something like that in the coming firmware update. I know it means much larger files: _I don't care. I shoot slow. I knew what I was getting into when I bought a 36mp FF camera.

Yes! Sony made this mistake before (A700), and for some unbelievable reason they made it again...

Where I think there is a problem with the review is the comparison to full size DSLR's .

Well, he tends to speak to the Nikon audience (or at least from the perspective of a Nikon user). That is probably out of habit, and I think people expected it on However, when he created he may have needed to make more of an effort to shed his Nikon roots...

However, the other reason for the comparison is that the D800 is the only real competitor to the A7R. Clearly, he has to compare them--and he's right when he points out that the D800 has better IQ. For some people the portability of the A7R, and the ability to use legacy lenses, outweigh the better IQ of the D800. I think he made that point (although as someone who has a large collection of Nikon lenses it isn't an important point for him personally). But as a landscape photographer--one of the primary reasons to use a 36MP sensor camera--he does not understand the IQ compromise of Sony's lossy RAW compression. I don't either, unless someone is doing some intense backpacking and needs as light a kit as possible--or someone has a large collection of Leica lenses...

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