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Sony's new Alpha 7 II mirrorless camera launching in the US next month, starting at $1700

  1. Just a week after first unveiling the Alpha 7 II, Sony has announced that the mirrorless camera will be available for purchase in the US on December 9th. It will be priced at $1,699 as body-only and $1,999 with an FE 28-70mm, f/3.5-f/5.6 OSS...

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,514   +2,060

    All thats left to do is install Android 5.0 on it then you'll have a camera phone to die for.
     
  3. JakeT

    JakeT TS Member Posts: 74   +20

    Geez my Olympus cameras have had tilt screens since 2003 on a P&S and since 2007 on SLRs. 1/8000th of a second, been doing that since 07 on my E3 and now on the E5. Sony isn't the innovator it once was.
     
  4. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,609   +295

    Obviously the tilt screen and 1/8000th aren't the show stoppers in it's specifications (although many mid level DSLRs have 1/4000th as the fastest shutter speed).

    The Nex series of cameras followed by this transition to full frame mirrorless camera bodies have been innovations. The previous Nex series featured APS-C sensors the same as mid level DSLR cameras but in a much more compact size(most others were micro 4/3 sensor cameras which is a smaller sensor again) They now have the same size sensor(35mm film equivalent) as pro level DSLRs in a much more compact body, and with the A7II they have in body stabilization in the same small body (a little bit fatter). If you look at the main players Sony are one of the Full Frame players that are actually innovating. Canon are still relying a little too much on name alone. The every day or so I read about another videographer switching from a Canon 5DMKIII to the Sony A7S model due to its small size, weight and amazing low light performance. To say Sony isn't innovating in their camera business is very uninformed, and they supply Nikon with sensors, and quite a few of the smartphone manufacturers.
     
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  5. JakeT

    JakeT TS Member Posts: 74   +20

    Thanks for pointing all that out, I'm informed now. I'm actually getting rid of my Oly gear for a FF and I'm still not absolutely sold on which brand/model, what with everything going so fast in the mirror-less camera world. Weight is now a top priority for me and I may just go mirrorless if I can find something that suits my needs.
     
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  6. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,609   +295

    The article was also a little short of pointing out the actual true innovations Sony has made with this model. There were rumours that the IBIS that Sony have implemented was licensed from Olympus but in fact it's now been stated that it is of their own design from scratch. Only problem with making the step up to FF is that you lose the benefit of M43 with smaller lens designs. I personally went from Nex to A7 (hence why I'm as informed about it) and some of the lenses aren't that much smaller/lighter than a standard DSLR. With that said I have a 70-200 F4 that is much lighter than my friends Canon 70-200 F2.8 L series lens. Obviously for F2.8 the number of elements or thickness of them is different but the weight difference between his Canon 5DMKIII with the 70-200 F2.8 on it compared to my A7 with 70-200 F4 is hard to believe. I now understand why so many photographers complain about neck/back ache from carrying these big heavy cameras and lenses.

    If I had to go for one of the major names I'll be more tempted by Nikon's latest offerings. The D750 looks like a great offering without going to top of the range D810. Shares more in common with the D800/810 than it's lower sibling D610, but lower price.
     
  7. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,609   +295

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