Peli01: What annoyed me about this firmware update is that we were not told in advance that it would prevent third party batteries being used. I e-mailed Nikon about this but got a very unsympathetic reply. I used to love Nikon but this year I think they are losing the plot, not to mention customers, in view of this and the D600 fiasco!
I understand that they specifically say in their documentation to use the Nikon battery. So, I suppose they aren't going to go supporting the third party ones or issuing warnings to people who didn't heed their instructions.
dom33: I'd like to see reviews of 2nd party lenses.
Feel free to use any of these lenses at your parties ;-)
elgoog: I just got my new A7R or ILCE-7R. Would anyone have a link to the FULL "help guide" by Sony? Believe it or not: it's not where it is supposed to be, and Sony helpdesk says...may take weeks to get in on the right website.Coming from years and years of Canon, I do need to ...well...RTFM.
The A4R Manual? http://download.sony-asia.com/consumer/IM/4478729112.pdf
Not sure if there is another "help guide".
allegretto: Don't know it this has been noted, but;
1) Please note that the RX-1 also has two wheels and an Exp Comp dial on top. I'm not sure why folks continue to ignore this. If you don't agree, pleas go back and look at the camera. Your photo makes it difficult to see
2) After you put that large adapter thingy on, much of the size an weight advantage evaporates it seems... Worse it puts the y-axis center of rotation out kind of far as well, increasing the polar moment. Not good ergonomics unless you feel it balances better. Not sure how it could, but I've never felt it, you folks have...
There's quite a few people who want to print big, or shoot for clients who want to crop small.
Nukunukoo: Nice. Just wished they included sensor shift OIS.
@ justloveshooting: I am sure she can even spell "species" too. We better watch out. ;-)
Charles Bowers: Of the 4 reviews I've read you are the first person to say that the a7r focuses faster than the a7. Now I'm confused and wondering what to do since I was convinced that, for street and walking around usage, that the a7 was the better choice. When you did your testing were you hand-holding or on a tripod or both? Your comments have brought a pause in my choice and left me a bit confused.
@technotic, Mr. Bowers is looking for an answer to a perfectly logical question, not some silly politics.
I haven't done a proper comparison test myself, but I picked up from this review that there were some unexpected (possibly perceived) issues with the A7 that the reviewer notes to check out further.
peegee: What about acoustic NOISE?! These cameras are both very *loud* in use. (I tried one) - that is important to people, and should be clearly mentioned in any review. The discreet street shooter might think this is the perfect stealth camera, but it most certainly is not!
Yes, I know it is Focal Plane shutter, not leaf, but it is one of the loudest Focal Plane shutters out there. And there is no 'Quiet Mode' in the menu. (there should be, Sony...). Its a real shame they have not acoustically damped this like others do/have.
@peegee: Loud for which street?
I've tried these out and, while they are louder than some cameras, it is not likely to be a problem for most people. In fact, some of the others who have tried them out referred to the "reassuring" or "proper" sound from the shutter.
I think you may find the silent camera you are after in a spy store!
HarrieD7000: Like most android gadgets this will be shown the first week after it is bought and then life a life in a cupboard.
@NewForce, I know many who have gone from being Android "gadget" super fans to being iPhone and iPad super fans. So not really sure if there was a point in there somewhere. If there was, it can be made both ways.
Boerseuntjie: Does Samsung still make cameras?...LOL, they should stick to washing machines and phones
Wow JWest, you really haven't changed my mind there with your personal preference mixed with an acknowledgement that DxOMark shows the Sony to be better.
Actually, JWest, Samsung do not make the best mirrorless cameras in the world by a long shot. But I suppose you needed something to hit back at the original poster.
@dccdp: Roland is correct. Do try and keep up.
The difference with Sony is that they are actually quite good at making cameras.
Wye Photography: $1,600, don't forget you'll get some things for free like...
Hacking, malware, security leaks, bugs, trojans, spam, and that rather convoluted, disjointed, ill devised OS Spamdroid. But hey, if that's your bag then go for it. It's nice to know Samsung caters for those who can't use real cameras and real software.
(tongue firmly in cheek)
Queue up people to insult the poster about being an Apple fanboy, an iSheep, an iSomething, even though you have no idea what phone they have. Oh, there's a comment already, great.
@austin design: Sure, there is a reason they sell well. It could be "their ability to consume cupboard space", to be joined by another one six months later.
David Ziff: I had opportunity to use (borrow, not own) the original X100 and loved the look and feel of the camera. However objectively it only scores 73 on the DXO Mark sensor tests. That's the same as my Nikon D90 from three years ago. The X100 low light ISO score is 1001 whereas the 5D Mark III is up around 2390 and the D800 around 2923. I'm not suggesting science should diminish anyone's love for a camera as that's a personal thing. The camera I'm fondest of was the old 2.8 medium format Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex. Objective sensor ratings might only be one factor in a person's photographic preference. May I ask my fellow readers here if sensor ratings -- whether from Popular Photography or DXO Mark or ? -- have a bearing in evaluating your next camera purchase
@ Cane: Yes, they do. All reviewers tend to use comparative associations with products above and below the subject of their review. I have seen reviews of family cars that make direct reference to performance against what could be called "super cars".
thomas2279f: Good write up- how come you haven't review excellent Nikon D4 or the excellent Canon 1d MK X|
Good points all round. Agreed.
We'll agree to disagree on the brown leather on a black camera body. It's tweed jacket over a football top to my eyes. No offense if anyone reading this is decked out like that. :-D
Cailean Gallimore: It's amusing that everyone who has an X100, or X100S, are saying how much they like the camera, and all the people who are saying they dislike the camera don't have one. Jealousy, maybe... Lol.
It would be kind of unusual for people to choose to use a camera they don't like just to justify comments about its shortcomings ;-)
I would think that most people here take a good look at cameras before they spend money on them.
Just in case you are interested, I have this camera from a previous assignment but don't use it now, as it is not a personal favourite. That doesn't mean it's a bad camera. Nor does it mean I'm jealous.
I think jealousy is usually reserved for higher price levels anyway... most people who really want this one should be able to get it. If they are as happy as the reviewer with it, that's all they need.
davids8560: I dunno. The X100s' 35mm lens reminds me of the year 1935, when, as everyone knows, the great T.E. Lawrence of "Lawrence of Arabia" fame died in a motorcycle accident in the English countryside. It's kind of a deal breaker for me.
I'd much prefer a 64mm lens, because 1964 was the year the animated cartoon series "Speed Racer" made its television debut.
@ davids8560, your local photo retailer better have their Wikipedia open at the 'on this day' section when you bound in to buy a new lens :-D
Vizio Virtù: I'll never understand for what reasons people are so enthusiastic about these crappy mirrorless cameras. OK, they look nice but image quality - especially skin tones and skin texture - is so bad.
To get the quality you are after, you may have to drop $50,000 on a quality medium format system. But even Phase One are working on improvements to their medium format systems that sell around that price.
@M Lammerse: Thank you.