I think camera manufacturers thrive on selling high-margin lens, and sacrifice on the sale of body. That's why I chose Leica R bodies over Nikon's F bodies, when prices were compatible during analog days. Leica was simple to operate, and the Nikon's high-end line offered the latest and greatest technology for photo journalists, but the lens were noticeably inferior to Leica. Who cares if camera shoots like a machine gun, or if camera is equipped with multiple auto focus sensor, all I want is just one of two images that lasts forever. Who needs tens of thousands of useless images that will benefit hard drive manufactures. If a photographer cannot manually focus, nor set the proper lighting, then another hobby might suit them better.It's really unfortunate for photographer that neither Leica nor Contax no longer available to mainstream photographers, so we are dealing with constant upgrading of gears, which, in the end does not make any better image than our first digital rebel.
Nafees A Bazmi: can it beat D600 or 6D Full Frame price difference ??sony should consider FF in low price.
Soon or later, someone will beat $1,000 barrier, why not Sony? I actually prefer SLT design over conventional mirrored fake prism type, but their dull and over-priced lens offering is just unthinkable, unless they would offer full frame for less than $1,000.I just got Nikon's highly touted, some claim to be best optical lens (not in mechanical design) in the world for less than $400, but with Sony, I couldn't even get their crappy ancient 75-300mm zoom lens for less than $400, while Canon or Nikon sells equivalent lens for $100.
Kwang M Yi: Spec wise, sound more like D7000s than D7100...
Masses flocking to full frame bodies must have inserting good price pressure on crippled sensor camera, pleasantly surprised to see prices at $1,100, substantially lower than introductory price of D7000.
Sony with A58 seemed to outgunned this one, at half the prices, but Sony is driven by spec lovers and fancy ad campaign..
I was reading an article on newly developed sensor used on A58, some name I can't remember, Tri something, which offers much broader color gamut. I'm not sure which way it will affect the future of digital imaging market, but I'm sure it will be significant.This may be the one way for Sony to recapture market share, weakened by its highly over-priced and ancient lens collection offered to its customers, I don't know.
Spec wise, sound more like D7000s than D7100...
I got myself into a photography to capture something like lagoon image, starting with Nikon FM, F2AS.... just fabulous!
Two new full frame camera announced so far for 2012.Amazon has D600 as #1 seller, even before its released date, and Sony A99, no where in the ranking.... Nikon/Canon will prosper selling lens, and the Sony, its old customers, they're stuck holding onto mostly Minolta lens developed in ancient time, priced far more than its equivalent, latest and best offering from Nikon/Canon lens...How does Sony believe consumers can lured to invest on their system, when their ancient 75-300mm lens compare to Canon incorporating latest USM Motor, costing 25-40% more, or Nikon equivalent costing less than half of Sony brand?It doesn't and shouldn't be a difficult to simply dump its body, and just get the newer Nikon/Canon equipment.
T3: Finally we can put these silly "$1500 FF" claims to rest. FF sensors are still much more expensive to produce than APS-C sensors.
Manufacturer's retail price has nothing whatsoever to do with the cost of producing goods.
Kwang M Yi: What did Sony do for last three years?Nothing, other than copying themselves, make full frame out of super-expensive and unmarketable a77, and add another $1,000 to a price tag. Only positive thing I can look forward to is to see people dumping super-expensive lens. No wonder Sony's stock price is hovering at all time low....
Mr. CarverI'm so glad I found a Sony royalist. Would you care to buy my soon to be functionally obsoleted Sony lens? I'll let you have 70-200mm at $1,500, only for devoted Sony fan like you.... How is that sound, hmmmmm?
I gave up my Tamron 70-200mm, after found it to be completely useless on Sony body. It produced mediocre image, probably at par with Tamron 28-75mm or Canon 24-70L lens, but it hunts for focusing for too long, sometimes more than 5 seconds... Hopefully, they have remedy this issue with a motor, and kept old price of $800, not much more.
Nikon can read the market, and satisfy its consumers and previous owners. Wonderful.
What did Sony do for last three years?Nothing, other than copying themselves, make full frame out of super-expensive and unmarketable a77, and add another $1,000 to a price tag. Only positive thing I can look forward to is to see people dumping super-expensive lens. No wonder Sony's stock price is hovering at all time low....