RedDog Steve: Hopefully Sony will not "gut" Olympus or dilute the name.Areas where Olympus has an edge or market share, such as the M43 for example, may benefit.
11 pct. means Sony is now the biggest shareholder in Olympus.
In the new Sony-Olympus medical joint-venture, Sony will command 51 pct. of shares and 4 out of seven board members ... and those majorities mean *control*.
MediaRing: Just remembered what happened to the Ericsson name after the Sony Ericsson tie up in cell phone business after a few years!
Sony Ericsson morphed into Sony Xperia ... now 100 pct. Sony.
BJL: The attempt to justify the price as due to material costs is surely a lie: a small chunk of burl wood or carbon fiber wrap does not come close to adding all those thousands of dollars to the price of a NEX7.
But the promise of all three cameras having "the same style" means that we have a woody RX100 and a woody A99 coming.
But if the profits extracted from *people with too much money*(TM) goes into at last getting a 21st century (CMOS with on-sensor ADC) sensor for its MF cameras, all will be forgiven.
There's already a pimped Sony A99 circulating. Sony RX100 could be the 3rd one...
These lenses come in mft, E and X mounts ... so what happened to Samsungs NX mount??
If only Sony had released these lenses with the first Nex-cameras ... so much critisism about the Nex system would have silenced.
Only news apparently is that price has been slashed.
I think DPR interpretes the press release incorrectly.
The statement from Olympus says nothing about any continuation of the 43 system (as suggested by DPR), it only says that Oly is working on a better AF solution for using 43 lenses.
Which may very likely be a solution within the m43 system (i.e. via AF measurement directly from sensor - Nikon, Canon and Sony sensors are able to do this already).
Nikon must have quite a pile of 10-30mm's left that they need to unload before they will launch a 11-27mm kit.
h2k: To the editors: Thanks for explaining the connection between sensor type and focus speed in your news article (see quote below). I hadn't been aware of that connection. Background explanations like that make all the difference to other sites which simply re-heat any PR they receive. It's good if you check your news with "the mind of an unexperienced reader" and add-on explanations and backgrounds.
===Quote from news article:If our suspicions are correct and it uses the excellent Sony 16MP sensor, this promises a lot both in terms of image quality and focus speed (the faster readout of the sensor helps contrast-detection systems to more quickly ascertain correct focus).
TrojMacReady: As a concept it's a bit like an A35 with its viewfinder, handgrip and fast PDAF removed. Oh and 35% weight added. :S
Quite a few losses to be able to use K-mount lenses.
jpr2: pros:- CMOS APS-C sensor;- SLR mount;- time-lapse capability;
cons (heavy, very heavy IMO):- no eye-level VF;- attention grabbing color schemes (not good for street at all)
Cons: Slow AF on most lenses.
luchs: Thats a smart idea. By using the exiting mount they had to make the body rather large. But new lenses can be built into the body and be small outside. And still old lenses will work.I think this looks much more like a tool than a NEX. But why is there no EVF or tilting screen -despite the large body?
@luchs: Good point about future lenses being built inside the mount to be smaller outside.
KonstantinosK: I don't think that's Newson's finest hour (who I find a bit overrated anyway...), but I kind of like it. I like the idea of multiple colors because it enhances the fun side of taking pictures. I'd love to see more wild color combinations, like in the K-r. Serious looking pros, look elswhere... But it looks only marginally smaller than the K-5, so what's the point? The NEXes must not worry, I guess.
It's sad to see design being used to cover up what is basically a very weak concept.
bobbyfuego: The camera looks really nice to me. And that it take that many lenses it's awesome. There wasn't such a camera 'till now. Others can use only 5-6 lenses.
I don't understand people complaining about the lacking of VF. After all it's a mirrorless camera it has big screen. If you want Viewfinder use a DSLR. Its simple.
Sony NEX cameras can use all Sony/Minolta Alpha glass via an adapter that offers full-speed AF. This camera can use Pentax-glass with very limited/slow AF only.
CFynn: No viewfinder? - they surely could have put an EVF in that fat body.
A K-mount module for the Ricoh GXR might be more interesting
Ricoh GXR plus K-module is quite another price level.
Mike Koo: You guys can call this camera ugly, but Marc Newson designed this. And people pay him millions to design their stuff. I personally love this design.
Designing a DSLR-thick mirrorless is no easy task. So Pentax had Newson to smear some very secondary design signals all over it (rubber, aluminium etc) ... but at the end of the day, this is still a DSLR-thick mirrorless with no viewfinder and sloo-o-oow lenses...
DSLR-size, no viewfinder and slow AF. Try again, Pentax.
Francis Carver: Dumbest thing I ever saw. Maybe at $39.99 it would make slightly more sense?
@Dodgebana: The NEX mount is already used on quite a few cameras - from $500 pocketcams to $1000 enthusiast level and then again on $2000 enthusiast level videocams and $5000 pro video cams.
Robin Sagar: Two weeks ago in Goa, I met an Israili Bird Photographer at Natures Nest. He was uning a Sony Video camera with a Singma 50-500mm Lenes. The lens had a NiKon mount and an adaptor to the Sony NEX format.
I guess that the sony NEX format is popular with adaptor makers.
Now is there an adaptor for Sony Alpha format to Sony Nex?
The Sony full-AF adapter won't help you much if you sit with a pile of Canon lenses.
Blake Willis: Given the lack of AF & the price it's fairly clear that this is targeted primarily at video professionals.
If Conurus & Metabones went to the trouble of building this, you can bet that there was enough demand to make it worth their while. Even at $400. If demand was validated at that price then there are certainly a lot of professionals out there that want to use EF-mount glass on Sony cameras. Mostly on their dedicated video cameras I'd imagine...
Don't forget that this means that the entire highly-coveted Zeiss ZE lineup can now be used on Sony cameras without any loss of functionality whatsoever (they're MF lenses anyway).
ZE/ZF manual lenses from Zeiss (manufactured by Cosina) are not available for Sony A-mount.Zeiss developed another line of AF-lenses - manufactured by Sony and with more zooms amongst them - for Sony Alpha.Two different things.