Just Ed: Have looked at the camera twice (don't own one) and just can not imagine using it with a lens like the Canon L 100-400 or 400 DO or even the 70-200 f 2.8 (also Canon), just too small for that.
The evf flickered in both shops I tried it at (don't own it). Both had fluorescent lights and one also had a fair amount of daylight coming in from the store windows. Am presuming the evf reacted either to the low(ish) light level or to the source. While it did focus "fairly" quick under those conditions I can not image using it for bifs or indoor sports. It might however make a nice carry around camera with a decent compact lens for scenics and general photography.
An interesting design deserving of recognition, but the thing that bothers me is how the for profit mags and reviews are all hyping the A7/A7r with such similar superlatives. That doesn't mean it's bad, it just means that I don't trust the impartiality of the reviews. The latter is not focused at DPR.
Though, you do have the option to mount larger lenses if you want. However, you'll probably end up holding the camera by heavily supporting the lens rather than the body. Even for the 70-200 f4.0 FE mount lens, it already looks a bit big for the body.
I think ideally the camera in terms of size and ergonomic terms works best with probably lenses that fall with in the 24-85mm range. It would seem a bit unwieldy with long telephotos or fast (f2.8) zooms.
Sony does have the option of making slightly larger style bodies like the Sony A3000 to improve handling with larger lenses but I think that would slightly defeat the purpose of having the A7/A7r type cameras.
lbpix: It all sounds great except for the removal of the view mode selector button - I use it a lot on my xe-1. Does anyone know if It is possible to program one of the other buttons to change view modes?
Not at this point I think, there are enough people complaining about it that I think Fuji will probably put it in as a firmware update.
ManuelVilardeMacedo: Does a budget body make sense in a system where the vast majority of the lenses are premium?
I think that's why they released the cheaper zooms to go along with the camera. However, you do have a good point.
Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul: Hope for 18-55 f/1.8 OS!! Sigma do it!!! Please!!! :)
As much as I would like this (it'd be awesome), it would also be very large and heavy.
Peiasdf: Sounds good. My X-E1 sometimes leave me very frustrated when it failed to focus slightly backlit face 10 times in a row.
I understand your pain. I had this happen to me a couple of times. Try increasing the size the AF box, it might help a little bit.
PinPoint: When will the X-E2 coming? It is bad idea to get X-E1 right now?
I haven't seen too many rumors about the X-E2 but the newest firmware updates make me believe that it might come next year. No, though if you're U.S. based, it would have been better if you bought one while Fuji was having their body and lens discount sale recently.
panchoskywalker: I wish they'll come with equivalent lens for FF bodies.
That would be nice, though a FF version might be a bit larger
mike kobal: am I the only one who wants the 27mm pancake? 40mm equiv - just perfect.
No, though that particular FL is a bit lower on my list of needs. I'm leaning towards picking up the 23mm or 55-200 first. I think the 27mm will make a nice lightweight option though.
I like Olympony better
sharkfeeder: I was just whining about this on a different thread. It seems Sony has heard my prayers and responded. I'd prefer an f/1.4, but the 35mm f/1.8 means that my Sigma 30mm f/2.8 goes up for sale, along with that odious Sony 30mm f/3.5 macro. And at $450, if the 35mm f/1.8 is a decent piece of glass, it's likely to cut deep into the sale of the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 (which is perpetually out-of-stock anyway). Okay, maybe not "deep," but unless you absolutely need a 24 on this kind of camera, why pay more than twice the price. Good work, Sony. Now, let's see if you can actually deliver it in November, as stated, and not make us wait until 2014, which wouldn't be a huge surprise if past history is any indicator.
I would have also preferred that price. However, 35mm lenses are typically more expensive than 50mm ones.
edotgm: Does it allow in body usb-charging like the nex-f3?I would be surprised of the absence of such a useful feature :-(
From what I read, yes it does. "Other aspects that make the NEX-5R a great camera are its Creative and Fine-tune settings, Sweep Panorama mode, an optional multi-interface terminal, anti-dust technology and convenient USB charging. "
Combatmedic870: " Following our rather disappointing experiences with Canon's implementation in the EOS 650D, we are hoping Sony will come closer to realizing the promise of this approach."
I completely agree.....lets hope they dont screw this up.
Continuous AF seems to have also improved. I'm not sure how many they mean by a greater number. http://www.techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/digital-slrs-hybrids/sony-nex-5r-1093536/review/page:8#articleContent
Jens_G: I really really really hope Sony have nailed On-sensor PDAF.
It might be time for me to upgrade from the trusty old Nex 5 to a Nex 6, when that's released.
It looks promising from the previewshttp://www.thephoblographer.com/2012/08/29/first-impressions-sony-nex-5r/http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/29/sony-announces-nex-5r/
Dennis Linden: Where are the lenses?
I think those are coming with the A99 and Nex 6 release on September 12.
Claude474: When is the 5R going to be available for purchase?
I think it ships in October
It seems like the hybrid AF is faster on the 5R than the original contrast detect AF only on the 5N according to a lot of the previews. The engadget preview says it's around about as fast as the OM-D.
Jogger: someone needs to make an adapter that allows full electronic coupling with Nikon or canon lenses.
there is but there's no autofocus
burninggarlic: how about the battery life?
430 shotsSource: http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/sony-alpha-nex-5r/4505-6501_7-35426690.html
petrocan: why new lenses design from most manufacturer always have aperture ring removed??
Leave it alone please... Leave it there, I stilll like it.
Am I the only one??
If I have to take a guess, it probably reduces cost or allows them to make the lens smaller.
Davesnuns: So - I just bought the Sigma 85mm 1.4 less than 2 weeks ago. Still within a 30 day return window. Should I return and wait for the new Nikon lens - half the price but 1.8 vs Sigmas 1.4. I am ok with the additional money on the Sigma if worth the difference in price but this new lens is another option that did not exist 2 weeks ago.
Also, the bokeh of your Sigma should be better than this lens. However, we won't know until it comes out.