dbm305: What does "support for fast AF mean"? Is it something separate from support for the new 70-200? Could it be a general AF speed upgrade, or perhaps enabling AF in the faster burst mode?
Unfortunately it seems specific for the FE70200.
aftab: a7R is an excellent camera. But, shaking up the market? That sounds a bit too out of touch with reality. None of the latest cameras, including big guns like 5DIII, D800, 1D X or D4, has shaken up the market. Camera market is virtually same as they were few years ago. a7R even doesn't count.
What's it like living under a rock?
bobbarber: I have a comment on the "performance" discussion on this thread. I do not own this camera, nor do I own a FF Nikon or Canon. But I do own MILCs and a DSLR.
DSLRs are snappier and more responsive. No question. However, in other ways they are less capable. For example, you get much better information in the viewfinder of a mirrorless camera, and you can do manual focus much better. It is no contest. When you can do a 10x zoom on a subject at a wide aperture, you can nail the focus every time. This is handy for very fast lenses, or macro shooting, etc. If the argument is, "DSLRs can do that too, in live view," well, yes they can, but only slowly. Very slowly. And only on the back screen. So even performance is difficult to define. This camera might perform better for some people, in the kind of shooting that they like to do, than the corresponding DSLR.
Eventually CDAF will be more faster and more accurate than PDAF. EVFs will also outperform OVFs. We're still not quite there yet though.
Digital Suicide: Fuji guys, stop toying around.Just install a lens mount on the next gen X100SS.
^ Why do you need to build a whole new system for leaf shutters in the lens? Why can't you just make a new lens with a leaf shutter for any of the existing mirrorless mounts?
abortabort: I think DPR should have included some actual coverage of the LA-EA4 Alpha adapter. Adaption of lenses in covered more properly in other reviews by DPR and despite the SLT adapters being available for a couple of years are seem mostly to have been ignored.
This adapter isn't 'just' for adapting lens mounts, it actually adds significant functionality to the whole camera, by adding a second AF system (with motor drive supporting the mount fully going back 30 years), it actually converts this mirrorless camera into a fully fledged DSLR (DSLT). That is not only quite an achievement, it means that cameras like the A7 and A7R become convertibles - One camera to cover many use cases. No longer having to choose between buying a mirrorless or a DSLR.
Is it perfect? Is there confusion about what it is for? This is why some in depth coverage by DPR on what it IS for as well as how well / badly it works is more important than the assumption 'it's just another clunky adapter'.
The LA-EA4 is just as LA-EA2 with the tube bigger for FF. It uses the old outdated Sony a55 PDAF system that was designed for crop sensors (focus points are bunched up in the middle and are confined to the APS-C field). Getting entry level dslr focusing functionality on an enthusiast FF camera with a rehashed adapter doesn't deserve coverage IMO.
BasharAlaeddin: I would have preferred and been more excited to see an 85mm equivalent. I was going to sell my X100S and buy the XE2 or the new XT-1, and this doesn't change my decision. I'd prefer an inter-changeable lens to a fixed.
35mm to 85mm is too much of a compromise. And if they were going for the best IQ at 85mm then it would of been probably 3-4x larger as well.
pwmoree: I am no engineer, but can they not make a body that fits both the E and A lenses without having to use an adapter?
@wictred You need the physical space that makes up the flange distance for a-mount lenses. It either needs to be in the body (moving sensor) or outside of it (adapter). An adapter makes more sense as you can take it off when you need to and don't unnecessarily carry the extra depth when you've goe an e-mount lens on.
No point? If they implement it properly, it will just be a simple tube that you attach onto the body that will provide full super fast PDAF for all a-mount lenses. An extra adapter is hardly a beast if done properly.
ProfHankD: I think this draws a pretty clear APS-C vs. FF line: we're paying about $1K for the bigger sensor in the A7 (give or take minor tradeoffs like poorer EVF vs. no flash). Honestly, I doubt the $1K difference will be justified by IQ, because it sounds like the new 24MP APS-C sensor gets about a stop higher ISO, and the only IQ difference between my NEX-7 and A7 is +1 stop dynamic range for the A7. Basically, the big difference is just crop on old lenses... and as my article http://www.dpreview.com/articles/5881382628/old-slr-lenses-full-frame-focal-reducer-or-aps-c discussed, a $150 focal reducer does great things for that while cropping just before the often-too-dark FF corners.
Incidentally, the a6000 seems to retain the shutter button placement from the NEX line, which is better than the A7 placement. Overall, some nice design tweaks... and I couldn't care less about the PDAF stuff. ;-)
You sound like someone desperately trying to justify their buying decision.
joexu: Hope Sony will introduce a e-mount version of the 70-400mm
^ Believe it or not but you can actually switch lenses when you want.
Why would it have to be as big as an SLT? If they could fix up the focus speed and get it to work with the LA-EA1/LA-EA3 so it's as fast as the M43 bodies, a hybrid E-mount and A-mount camera could be as small as a NEX-3n with adapter.
RichRMA: The laws of physics haven't changed, and no one has made a really good zoom lens with a zoom range over over 5x.
Do you even enjoy taking photos?
It's funny going through the comments and seeing how many people are so easily threatened by this lens.
samfan: Well if they can pull off a 16mm , why wouldn't they rather make a decent 16-100 or something?
All these superzooms are rather tiring. 'Either get a crappy megazoom or deal with prime lenses' seems to be a message of the day. What happened to good zooms with moderate range and moderate speed? Not pushing the envelope much lately.
Sony already has a 16-105mm.
caissam: Hm, I wonder why people who are looking für the best quality are buying a dslr and add such a superzoomlense which lowers the picquality to an just very average level?!
Far to much glass.
I tried an 18-270 Tamron and 18-200 Sigma and sold it. The Tamron shows lots of faults (CA, fringing, vigneting) and was very soft on the long end so that I did not use it above 200mm. Only between 24 and 150mm it looks quite ok, but not outstanding.
I prefer an 17-70/50 sigma or maybe an 16-85 VR.
FYI it's possible to change lenses on a DSLR. Those who want this lens don't have to permanently attach it to their body. That's the whole point of an interchangeable lens body. Want a huge zoom range but give up on a little bit of IQ, mount this. Want high quality but give up on zoom flexibility, mount a prime. No one ever said ultrazooms have prime level IQ. It's all compromise.
Sony e-mount please.
Gesture: The quote from the CEO is more embarrassing than the product. The world's supply of self-respect keeps diminishing.
This camera is aimed squarely at people who don't just love taking pictures - but love taking them in real style!!!
naththo: You need to watch out for vignetting at lower f stops like around F1.8 or F2 or F2.8 or so. That is very good lens I must say, very high level of sharpness but distortion is fairly significant that may be common through Sony lens even incorporated with Zeiss glass. I found that Sigma lens has a lot less distortion when combined with Nex 7 to compare to Sony fixed focal lens. Sony need to improve in manufacture over lens to have less distortion and vignetting that would be nice if they do so.
naththo, you're drunk. go home.
mpgxsvcd: The Olympus E-PM2 is about $200 after you sell the lenses it comes with. The only advantage this camera has over it is WiFi. Not worth 3x the cost.
^ The PEN cameras are not supposed to have built in EVF. That's like buying a motorcycle and then complaining it only has 2 wheels and it should have 4.