Thom Hogan's review of the A7/A7r

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tex Veteran Member • Posts: 6,956
Re: I don't think he is wrong, exactly

stuntmonkey wrote:

tex wrote:

So it is here: comparisons against DSLR's are not entirely appropriate, any more than comparing them to m43 format. The difficulty is, there really isn't a populated object class for these cameras----there isn't anything to compare them to. Right now they are black swans.

It's not a comparison to the DSLR, it's a commentary about the comparison to the DSLR. When Gizmodo runs articles titles like "Why the DSLR is Dead" etc etc, then the current state of the discussion is fair game. An experienced shooter knows the difference, but you can't talk about "serious mirrorless" without running into "Is it as good as DSLR?"... even if that question has less meaning than it seems that it does.

mmmmm, I don't think so.  And who cares what Gizmodo says?

Or to put it another way, if Canon/Nikon are 80% of the market (in NA at least) then why shouldn't the A7/A7r be compared to DSLR's.

Because it's not a DSLR.

As a sales effort, if it doesn't have something more to give than what people already know, then why should it exist? E.G., how can one talk about the benefits of the A7r without spelling out exactly how it's better than a D800?

It is only "better" in terms of size.  That's it, in this iteration.  In all other respects the D800/800e is a better device with the exception of the EVF, and that is a highly debatable point.  In some ways an OVF is far better, in some ways an EVF that is decent is an advantage.

Hence, the comparisons are unavoidable and valid, even if they can lead the conversation astray sometimes.

Again, I strongly see it as apples and oranges. YMMV.

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