26 November, 2014

Sony A7 family - a brand new day.

Australian Ugg Boot factory, Gold Coast, Queensland

As you may remember, I've been critical of the pressure toward full-frame cameras. With the latest, high-quality APS-C and four-thirds sensors, the 
benefits of the larger full-frame sensors didn't make much sense (for non-professionals) against the increased size and weight of those cameras.

Times they've been a changin'.

The opening salvos came from Sony with their  RX1 and RX1R. They're full frame, but have fixed lenses (excellent, but fixed) and lack built-in electronic viewfinders.

But now there's the Sony A7 E-Mount family.

While a couple of millimetres taller, the Sony A7 family members are smaller than the Panasonic GH-4, smaller and lighter than the Olympus E-M1, and in the ballpark on size with the Fujifilm X-T1.

Soon there will be an A7II, with 5-axis stabilisation. Imagine that.

I've always preferred the "rangefinder" style to the DSLR style of cameras. But these are just tools — the means to an end — the images that we want to capture. Almost every aspect of photography is loaded with compromises. It's a mistake to forget that.

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