D135ima: Sony continues to compete with DSLRs. Its good... maybe. But many users want mirrorless cameras with compact optic. Dear Sony - Please do not forget to compete with APS-C mirrorless systems. People want more lenses like 35 2.8 and 28 2 and even much smaller
Compact optics only works with wide–to–normal lenses. The shortcuts to smaller telephotos are diffraction/fresnel optics.
bfrankpoto: This is going to sound mean, but I don't care about film simulation. I can't imagine many professionals using that on a regular basis. I would love to hear if this is something that could realistically be considered as a replacement for dSLR gear. The viewfinder issue is troubling. Sounds like using a 70-200 equivalent may not work very well.
Do your research.
fedway: For anyone who's become a photo enthusiast/hobbyist only over the last 5 years or so, without any legacy habits or equipment, the question is why a dslr? It seems the only reasons are: if you need AF in continuous shooting mode to track objects fast moving longitudinally or erratically, single battery life and ovf. And of course, a whole slew of budget AF lenses.
I would also add physical robustness. Whether that's ergonomics – for those of us with large hands – or the bullet-proof build of cameras like the 7D. (I hope Sony and Fuji put a bit more attention into these aspects.)
visionaer: Sadly Apple is doing the same with all new products. They dont care about the Pros anymore.
It's my work machine. Currently to the tune of 8,000,000 CPU cycles per year. (The machine on my desk is the aforementioned 8-core NMP. That machine is used for small-scale testing, writing papers, data visualization, software development, etc.)
The machines in my research lab are 3 MacPros, 2 iMacs and 1 Mac Mini.
@just a photographer, I give not two sh!ts about CPU performance.
Reliability, OS and overall architecture are what I seek. My "compute machine" has 67TB of memory, 16,848 Haswell E5-2680v3 processors and 80 NVidia Tesla K20X GPUs.
The MacPro and MBP are great. The iMacs... incredibly unreliable.
The number of MacPros and PowerMacs I've bought are upwards of 20. The number that failed - 1. I've bought 5 iMacs. All but one have failed. Over heating, display dirt, motherboard replacements.... Never again.
My 8-core new MacPro is perfection however.
Horshack: A better question to ask is if Mac power users should ever hitch their workflow bandwagon on an Apple software product, considering how Apple has a history of abandoning their advanced users (Final Cut, Aperture, etc...)
If you're a Keynote user you saw this happen 2 years ago. To ensure that Keynote on MacOS worked smoothly with the iOS version, Apple turned Keynote (and Pages) into dumbed-down crap.
This software is a barely-adequate replacement for iPhoto.
It's truly horrible for serious work/organization.
Photos - sucking and blowing since the public beta.
Glen Barrington: I wish this company and this camera well. But is this REALLY gonna sell in numbers large enough to last more than a year and get a few collectors excited?
It might function well enough to spur other manufacturers to explore this quasi-rangefinder focusing mechanism, (I'd love to see something like this in m43s, it could revitalize the moribund Pen line, for example); but I would be very surprised if this particular camera was in any way successful.
Lytro - deck chairs on the titanic...http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4731017117/lytro-plans-to-shed-jobs-as-it-shifts-focus-to-video
Konost - the bad thing is that this is so still born we won't get to see it fail.
Lytro is not far from failure. At least in the consumer space.
No. It will not sell...
Peiasdf: That's some expensive 70-200. It better be better than Canon's IS II version to warrant that price.
Edgar_in_Indy: I hope this camera finally starts to put pressure on Canon and Nikon to offer IBIS.
It's so obvious that not offering IBIS is just a way to get more money. I can't believe they've been able to get away with it for so long, but apparently their customers have been happy to double-dip, and to buy larger, heavier, more expensive, more complicated lenses, with more possible points of failure, and with compromised optics vs non-stabilized designs.
And the the fact that Sony's IBIS can be combined with optical stabilization is very exciting. I've been speculating for years about whether that would be possible, so I'm glad to see somebody implementing it. I can't wait to see how it performs.
holy bullsish and obfuscation.
Does anyone know Sony's rating?
How long have you been paying attention? My A700 AS mechanism died. Check the old Sony SLR talk (A-mount) forum. You will see instances of AS death.
The life of the shutter on the 7D, 7D2, 5D3, etc. is between 150K and 250K actuations.
What's the combined life of shutter+IS mechanism. How many actuations? If you don't know, don't make up hyperbolic b.s.
tesilab: But does the shutter still make a loud "clack"?
Yes. Loud as it's always been.
Highly unlikely that is the reason. Probably has more to do with (a) number of IS lenses, (b) rating of the parts for number of shutter actuations?
What's the life of the mechanism in the Sony?
Calvin Chann: Yet another Sony body. Why am I not surprised?
Holy dumb statements!
Take that Leicaphiles!!