munro harrap: Do you realize it costs as much as a Nikon D800? Have you got it figured too that the lenses are only just emerging and in size rival Nikon and Canon, and if you want to use the NEX or other lenses with an adaptor you have an awkward unfriendly and without AF (possibly), VERY expensive package on your hands. Of course, great to be able to stick your Nikkors on it, but pointless and absurd, since it is far too slow to use. This Sony takes ITs pictures- the shutter lag is so great that YOU cannot take YOUR pictures using either of these lovely new Alpha A7 and A7R machines. Yes, same problem with detail-smearing slow 5D MkII and MkIII, but if your subjects do not move you'll be OK.
They decided to make a SLOOOWW camera, so you be slow to buy it. It was their choice and they should be ashamed. Full autofocus 0.359/362 secs; manual focus lag is 0.261 secs , prefocussed lag is a scandalous 0.163 secs, down from 0.007 secs on their first mirrorless APS-C machine DSC-R1 (2005).
Funny how people need to spew trash on the internet to make then feel better about their choices....
TN Args: Came out at the right time, just as I was changing my main system for something more compact, and I nearly went for it.
Then I realized what a mistake it would be because, by the time you assemble a system, it's not compact or light at all. It's actually a mirage caused by too many photos of just the body and the new 35mm.
The various operational criticisms that followed were just the icing on the cake of non-purchase.
The 55/1.8 is the same size as the Olympus 75/1.8 and the 35/2.8 is the same size as the Olympus 17/1.8. Boohoo.
Clueless Wanderer: Had my eyes on a D800 for a while (funds not there yet) Then along came this A7r to draw my attention. It was looking like a real contender until.. The 1/160 flash sync speed is a deal killer for me.
You can take any Nikon lens and use it on the A7/R.
PerL: I think it is nice with a very compact FF and the IQ should be impressive. However, I can't see how it gets a higher rating than the Nikon Df, a much more allround capable camera with 10x the lens system. (I would equal the high res of the Sony with the low light performance of the Df)
The Df is a skinned D600 with messed up controls.
The A7/R is a revolutionary product.
Apples and oranges.
jvossphoto: Is it me or does the Olympus look the best in the low light 100 ISO.
That's just you...
Gottschalk: This makes me realise how good my OMD is! Hold up very nicely against the competition with bigger sensors. Couple that with the speed and I don't see any reason to jump ship...
This test is nonsense as each camera reports ISO differently. The OM-D's ISO 6400 is actually ISO 3200.
Nevertheless the noise performance of the OM-D is really good at high ISO. It's the dynamic range and color accuracy that takes a huge hit on this tiny sensor. I'd take more noise for better colors any day.
yabokkie: is it the top guy at Hassel loves Sony too much, or the top guy at Sony loves Hassel and Zeiss too much?
I feel sorry for those who work hard at Sony to find their children bearing rubbish names.
Isn't this the perfect camera for a troll like you?
The images of the EVF show a 4/3 ratio viewfinder display (with letterboxing), and then the size comparison shows a 3/2 ratio. Which is it?
These samples really don't look good.
Then again none of the DP Review samples look good.
jhinkey: Great, but how about a compact 50/2.8 to go along with that compact A7R? The A7(r) are very attractive cameras, but when you stick a 50/1.8 Zeiss on them the body/lens combination loses it's compactness that the A7R brings.
Sometimes you need an excellent f/1.8 lens and you have to pay the price in size and weight, but for many situations f/2.8 works just as well and with the high ISO DR of today's sensors there is not that much of a price to pay.
This is the reason I have a 50/1.8G AND a 45/2.8 AI-P for my D800 - the 50G is great for low light, but it's not very compact while the 45/2.8P is super compact and gives me very very good performance and f/2.8 DOF is fine. The 45/2.8P lives on the D800 because it makes it far more portable.
I use the 20/1.7 Pany on my GX7 (roughly equivalent to my 45/2.8P on FX) because the combo is so small and the 20/1.7 is a very very good lens.
I guess there's no money to be made in compact f/2.8 (or f/4) primes for FX these days . . .
What are you talking about? The 35mm f/2.8 is a compact prime. And I'm sure this is not the last f/2.8 prime for this system.
Spectacular. This confirms the DxO findings.
I'm happy Sony is following the OM-D route by releasing high quality primes from the start, even if they are significantly more expensive than standard Canikon offerings.
As an owner of the 55/1.8 and 35/2.8 I couldn't be happier and I've begun the process of selling all my Nikon lenses.
I cannot wait for what primes Sony/Zeiss have in store next. I've been playing with the Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA and Sonnar T* 135mm f/1.8 ZA with adapter at the camera store. Those lenses are amazing...
Joel Pimenta: The poorman Otus...
Or better: the baby Otus.
This lens is considerably smaller.
G1Houston: Still most people will be quite happy for a very good 50mm f1.8 lens, like the one from Nikon or Canon, priced around $200 and weighs no more than 200g to go with this relatively inexpensive and light weight full frame body. This is how you can capture the market to build user bases to the point of no return, which is why Nikon and Canon are still holding on to most of their customers b/c SONY did not make it easy for most to switch.
58mm is also an odd focal length for FF, too long as a walk about normal lens and too short for head/shoulder shot. Is 58mm supposed to be a compromise to be between these two extremes? Any way, I don't understand it.
As a Nikon user I agree that these inexpensive 50mm lenses are sharp enough for most needs. However, these cheap 50mm lenses have terrible rendering and downright ugly bokeh. They are so mediocre to the point where crop alternatives render far more attractive images (Fuji 35/1.4 and Pana Leica 25/1.4 come to mind).
As the A7/R is competing with Fuji and Olympus, it makes a lot of sense for Sony to start with a very strong 50mm-equivalent, and a miniature 35mm-equivalent.
There's no doubt in my mind that Sony will follow with a cheaper non-Zeiss set of primes in the future.
0MitchAG: This just goes to show the u4/3 Panasonic-Leica is way overpriced! Isn't it silly that a Panasonic lens should cost more than this, on a smaller system? By all means the PL is great, but I'm sure glad I didn't pay the asking price.
The PL25 is priced just about right... look at comparable alternatives:
- Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 DX: $200, ugly rendering, soft.- PL 25mm f/1.4: $500, good rendering, quite sharp.- Sony FE 55mm f/1.8: $1000, excellent rendering, one of the sharpest lenses on DxO.
You get what you pay for.
Mazhe: Zeiss, I thought you said you were too good to do things for APS-C systems? :)
Thas was Leica...
fmian: More regurgitated Bayer filter trash from a company that's clutching on to it's camera division with its last dying gasps.Nothing to see here unless you want yet another new camera that will hopefully take a good photo for you.
Fuji fanboy troll..
... doesn't it hurt to see Fuji abandon it's rangefinder designs in favor of an OM-D clone?
AndreSJ: NX30E-M10FUJI XPRO/ XT1SONY NX7 (replacement coming soon)PANASONIC G6
Things are heating up, what should one get????
A7/R if you want the best.
Fuji if you're a hipster.
Olympus if you want tiny lenses.
LukeDuciel: Iti'll be tough choice between Sony A7(R) and Fuji XT1 for me.
A7:+ FF- Operation & Ergonomics; Lens choice and quality.
XT1:+ Design and operation- not FF
the IQ should be on par between the two.
I use D800 (same sensor as A7R) for work and own X100S (same sensor as XT1) Both of them can produce image that turns into amazing prints. The dynamic range and low light capability is definitely on par (kudos to Fuji, fighting FF with APS). I have not used A7, but from the reviews, the IQ is sufficient for me.
Sony's logic is always bizarre. I used to use NEX, sold because of the stupid design. RX100 is a keeper, but still leaving a lot of improvement wanted. On the other hand, I picked up the X100s naturally without hitch
People keep saying that FF means larger lenses, but then go to Steve Huffs website and look at the tiny Zeiss FE 35/2.8 destroying the huge Fujinon 23/1.4.
Zeiss, Leica and Voigtländer all make small, high quality full frame lenses that are available on the market right now.
You can get that Fuji camera - basically a glorified D7000 with proper lens selection - and forever suffer the itch what if you had full frame... or you can just get the real deal.
framed1: Fuji have nailed it. They really are the "Apple" of camera manufacturers.
If this little guy's performance lives up to its spec sheet it will romp over the OM-D E-M1 with its unfortunate "bridge camera" styling. Heck, this little beauty might even sway on-the-fence FF shoppers.
If you are serious wouldn't this make them the "Samsung" of camera manufacturers? This is obviously a clone of the highly successful OM-D...
cheddargav: As a wedding photographer, I just want someone to give me 2 of these, the 23 1.4 and 56 1.2 for 2 weddings and I can compare it to my Canons. If the AF and overall performance is on a par with the 6D, I'm in
The AF on the 6D is not that spectacular...