I applaude for the excellent choice of words! I'm sure Sony is happy they don't need to announce it themselves.
GodSpeaks: The Alpha mount is dead, it just is unaware of it's fate, so it has not lain down yet. The writing has been on the wall for some time.
At this point, anything new in Alpha is a token effort. Sony is all in on mirrorless, so it is only a matter of time before the official announcement. It is only a matter of time.
There will never be an official announcement.
TristanW: Very nice summary!
Of course,i can wait for studio test shoot to find out the answer. But i'm still wondering if gapless on-sensor micro lens design is implemented or not. Just because Sony store（online） US has listed out it as 3rd highlight.
In studio test, a7 has more color noise even comparing to 1-2 year older RX1R （from iso3200 /6400 &above）. Just hope a7II, launched in end-2014, can have at least 1-stop improvement.
ekaton: Waiting for the A7rIII with IS, silent shutter and touch screen.
It will never see a touch screen.
chj: To Sony (and all camera manufacturers)
Put a damn touchscreen on your cameras. It is by far the best way to choose a focus point. Anyone that says otherwise has simply not used one and is exalting their "skill" in getting around their camera's limitations. Technology trumps skill. You can't get faster, more reliable autofocus than my GM1 (unless you have another Panasonic). Don't tell me about workarounds. The GM1 nails focus more often.
OK, manual focus can get tighter focus on a stationary subject that's willing to wait for you to set up. But with that kind of time, ANY camera can get tight focus.
So stop listening to photo geeks that equate touchscreens with bad phone photos. On a GOOD camera, a touchscreen is an immensely powerful tool that has more impact on photos than pixel peeping details.
Feedback from DPR photo geeks is 0.005% of the market. The other 99.095% are using touchscreen phones. The camera market is shrinking, because you are listening to the wrong market.
Just add this damn $5 feature but I guess before Sony does it either Canon or Nikon will release a full-frame mirrors-less body with touch screen.
I like to get one... :/
ephankim: Why aren't all the lens prototypes (28/2, 90/2.8 G Macro, 35/1.4 ZA & 24-240) included in this report?
Yes, they are so professional they probably are.
tompabes2: Nice modern design! Finally someone is moving on. I really don't understand why we're still designign cameras as they were 30 years ago.
John McMillin: Just glancing at the front photo of the x30, I get the irrational impression that Fujifilm believed a large logo was a more important use of space than the OVF window.
Now I'm doubting their commitment to hybrid OVFs overall. If the XP1's replacement lacks that unique feature, my X-lenses will have no future for me.
The phone will be obsolete in a few days.
vFunct: This camera isn't for the idiot that needs a bigger sensor to get rid of noise and blur.
These are the same idiots that can't figure out how to get a good shot form their cell phone cameras, and whine that their photos would magically be better if they had a bigger sensor.
Best camera ever.
BillGarrett: I don't understand the effort put in to producing lenses like this for FF. Why (would a customer) spend all the money on FF and carry the weight and size of FF -- presumably all for the image quality of FF -- and then throw away so much of that IQ with the compromises inherent in a convenience lens?
Casual photographers who want an all-in-one lens should buy a well specified compact at 1/4 or 1/5 the price of a FF body + convenience lens. Or reevaluate the impressive IQ delivered by the latest generation of smartphones they may well already have in their pockets!
There are many of them out there.
ryan2007: It is clear Adobe is not designed by 90% of the people that use the software. We don't use it everyday for 10 hours a day forever. However, we may be able to spend the money to buy it.
I said and will say again it is bad business to make someone Rent software. Bad Bad Adobe!
Pirating is still faster, cheaper and more reliable especially for folks without a credit card.
(unknown member): I wanted to hate CC and the rental model--I really did. But I caved and bought into the $9.99 deal a few weeks ago when it was still a "special offer." I'm sold on it.
First: Photoshop CC is significantly improved from CS6, in ways many people don't talk much about. The Liquefy filter, for example, is much "smarter" in finding the contours you want to warp while holding those you don't. Less freeze masking required, much higher quality transitions.
Second: I think the Creative Cloud UI is fantastic. Installation was easy and fast; installing / removing / updating / syncing apps across my computers has worked as advertised--slick and trouble-free.
Third: the little bonuses aren't so little. Adobe Typekit web and desktop fonts are awesome. Love the client collaborative possibilities--comments, revisions, etc. with creative cloud storage. The Behance pro network is serious.
The whole thing strikes me as a lot of value for the price of one Subway sandwich or Starbucks coffee a month.
Two sandwiches or coffees a month? Not here in Singapore. :)
Prognathous: It's a trap!
Quote from Adobe's membership contract:
"The price of your one-year commitment (as reflected in the monthly installment amounts) may change for your next annual renewal, and we’ll provide you notice of a change by email"
In short, nothing but a teaser price. Get ready to pay through the nose as soon as you've created enough project files and can't properly open them by anything else. Good luck being Adobe's hostage.
It's not a trap, it's common practice and knowledge.
Elandreth: Fascinating! Maybe in a few years, interchangeable lensor cameras, like the Ricoh GXR, will become the new norm.
Not gonna happen.
Kyle Logan: To me, this converter as well as the wide angle one indicate that the demand is there for Fuji to focus on creating a wide aperture APS-C x200 or X30 with 1.5 sensor with a small 2-2.8 28-50 zoom. I've considered these converters, but after much thought I really don't see the point of carrying these around. Seems like they defeat the purpose and beauty of the x100x series in the first place. Perhaps it's just me, but if a want more flexibility in a small package, I'd probably just buy an X20 and hope that a future model has a larger sensor.
Frank C.: can't wait to see Sony kill the resale value of today's uber-expensive 'old school' lenses....and all it took was a lil ol' bending machine and probably some WD-40! LOL Lens manufacturers must have had their "uh ohhh..." moment by now ;_)
Your old lenses won't work with this curved sensor.
AndersSJ: Please tell me when you start 3-D printing the sensor directly on the rear surface of the rear lens element. No dust, no mis-alignment, no stray light, no ..... camera?
They already did that some years ago.