KrisAK: My Canon AE-1 35mm SLR has a massive optical viewfinder...the biggest I've ever used. And yet, dimensionally, it's only a few millimeters wider than an A7 series camera, and actually a bit thinner. With a 28mm FD lens, it's remarkably portable.
At what point in digital camera history did FF DSLRs feel the need to bloat into their current form?
Why can't there be a digital AE-1?
DSLR borrowed the designs from last generations of SLR. As long as the mirror is there, it is hard to get slimmer.
Steve in GA: Interesting article, especially in the way it details how a pro photographer treats his equipment.
From now on when I am checking Craigslist for good, used photo equipment, as soon as I see, "owned by a pro photographer", I will look elsewhere.
The best is from collectors, if the price is reasonable.
Digital era brings tougher competition. Sad, an innovative company is out. It would be bad if we only face a oligopoly market.
That photo of the river is truly stunning.
Bacho: too soft lens i think for this sensor
Perhaps because it is a Sonnar lens ?
It is a win-win, DPR staff go out and have a fun, we watch a nice video of that. :)
fdfgdfgdgf: Endless pain from sony
The pain of waiting for D400 is quite endless...
Orcio14: OK, Mr Honjo, so when we can see SLT A78?
A77 II is barely a year and half old...
maxnoy: Is anyone else wondering why they would do a ff DSLR system now? The future is pretty clearly with mirrorless. This may be the last new dslr system ever. Why go down this route now?
Pentax has many FF lenses to be used with a FF body. Here we are, it will keep many happy.
Pentax/Ricoh is probably not competing to become one of the top two like Sony is doing.
All the sudden, all Sony mirrorless FF lenses seem very compact...
Wish Sony would use Contax T2's Zeiss Sonnar 38mm f2.8 one day. A bit slower, but absolutely tiny and would make this camera more compact.
Why Toi: Cool! But why doesn't it have an E mount with interchangeable lenses? So close.
Just wait and see, Sony likes to make small camera bodies with big lenses. A similar sized E mount camera will come soon :)
WordsOfFarewell: Sorry for I'm asking something this dumb, but can someone tell me what the potential customer base for this product is? I can't imagine any, I really can't.
It is never meant to be the one and only camera for any one. It is an addition to 'professional DSLR' or Alpha7 :)
It is clear, Sony is capable of make a tiny full frame A7RII (probably without IBIS).
Boss of Sony: What is the point of a lens without AF in this day and age? AF is one of the functions most photographers need more than any other.
It depends. I used a MF lens (Minolta MD 50mm) to take wedding photos last week. It went okay.
Valterj: Too expensive! What a pity!
4.000 € (body + zeiss lens) is too much...
Agree, Hope Sony will launch an entry level FF version one day.
A good sensor is all I am asking for.
21mm f1.4 sounds interesting for a APS-C camera.
Dimit: With Sony we buy NEW sensor,not camera.Whenever it remains the same,we skip.
With Canon we buy New body, not sensor and it sells.
Thoughts: It is interesting Sony do want to sell their cameras to legacy lenses users too. The beauty of an open system!
zkz5,It is all relative, isn't it? Some unknown Chinese firms develop adaptors that make A7 cameras auto-focus Canon, Nikon, Contax G lenses (the list may go on if there is demand). Can you find any more open system in photography?