Marksphoto: Sony could stand on their head upside down to impress us. I own canon and nikon lenses and thus I can't and won't buy a Sony, they missed their train long time ago but thanx for the circus.
They would be far more ahead if they manufactured camera bodies compatible with my lenses, nobody is stopping 3rd party lenses to be made for my cameras, why is there nobody stepping up, we need some competition in 3rd party camera manufacturing.
Fuji used to make cameras for Nikon lenses, I would buy a fuji DSLR in a heart beat.
It is because of "sheep" mentality like that, that once you buy into a system you are kept hostage to the system, made to buy whatever crap your system throws at you.
No other industry has such vendor lock in like photography... And we have canon and nikon to "thank" for that as the ring-leaders of the scam.
We should aplaude products like the A7 (btw I am a canon hostage made to save until I can buy a 5d mkiii instead of having a choice to pick what s best in the market for my budget at any one time)...
PK24X36NOW: A lot of the usual BS here.
First, the equivocation of "what's popular in Japan" with "what will be popular in the rest of the world."
Next, the equivocation of the film-to-digital (or vinyl records to CDs) transition with the supposed "imminent replacement" of dSLRs with MIL cameras. Utter nonsense.
Oh, and the mother of all steaming piles - the assertion that MILs with mini sensors are going to challenge (ever) medium format for IQ! Sensors and "tech" can't outdo issues of optics and physics. Bigger formats will always have the advantage.
In order to replace dSLRs, MILs would actually have to be better than dSLRs. MILs are worse in many ways, like EVF that sucks compared to OVF (always will, all the "tech" in the world notwithstanding), worse battery life (always will be, since the EVF will need to consume battery power, unlike an OVF), worse handling, especially if larger format sensors are introduced (think soup can mounted on cigarette pack), second rate AF, ad nauseum.
I agree....... DSLR as sooooooo going to be run over by MIL cameras.... it's not going to be tomorrow but when it will come it will come down like a tone of bricks.... we've seen that with film and digital.... one minute digital was a toy next thing we know is that you couldn't but a roll of film in your a shop around your house even if u tried.
who wants to lug around all this kit when one could get 95% of the performance at half the size... not many.....
there is a saying in business about companies who want to make sure they'll be around for the long haul
"if someone is to render your product irrelevant, that someone had better be you"
so despite the big talk about SLR superiority, viewfinders, L series lenses etc. technology never ceases to amaze us. 10 years ago there were people were prepared to eat their hat the day that film was to be replaced by the then silly 0.3mP toy cameras.... of course the rest is history....
Canon and Nikon will follow.... or they will follow Kodak at the hall of fame of photography in the section of "companies that were". which might be just as well, the duopoly has milked punters for decades now, it is about time they faced some competition
Who took the jam out of your donuts Mike Davies?
one can be skeptical about something but your post is bitter like you don't want them to succeed....
I say best of luck.....