he guys, relax. Don't worry ... not about me, my private life or my pictures ... they are fine. If there is something to be worried over, then it's the future of companies like
[ups, they're gone, Sony took over what was left of them],
[ups, killed by Apple and Samsung; back to manufacturing finnish rubber boots again],
[ups, killed by Samsung and Apple] or for you older folk here
and next up ... Canon and Nikon ... both not unlikely to end up as next takeover targets for some Chinese government fund, Russian oligarch or indian moneymaker ... like
But I agree, let's cheer up a little and look at some nice images together.
So, what do ya think of these fellas here? They're the Sony A7/R development team. Do they look like it is "oh so difficult" to build a completely new camera?
Or do they rather look like they are having great fun developing a truly innovative new camera? And does solving a lot of technical challenges using some "out of the box thinking" make 'em smile? I have not yet seen a similar picture of Canon (or Nikon) camera designers and engineers ... maybe because they are kept chained to their lab desks in a Tokyo basement dungeon. Not being allowed to innovate but rather having to think all day long about how to hold back functionality and how to best marketing-cripple each and every "new" Canon EOS? Not many smiles there, understandably. Not much pride either. Look at the interview video with that poor Canon cinema head-honcho Mr. Onda. Cringing with shame when asked why Magic Lantern can offer Canon customers so much value that Canon is trying to visciously and greedily withhold from them. http://www.canonrumors.com/2013/11/from-interbee-interview-with-the-head-of-cinema-eos/
These Sony fellas ... well, read a bit here what they think ... http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/interview-with-sony-a7-a7r-developers-faster-lenses-are-in-development
And have a look at their new camera. No mirrorslapping any more. Not big and bulky, but small and light but still very solidly built. "Full frame" 36x24mm sensor. Better than any sensor in any old Canon DSLR out there.
Look at the size comparison ... unfortunately Canon 1D X is not available in this tool, but 5D III
Sony A7/R complete with viewfinder and FF sensor is not so much larger than the sadly-crippled Canon EOS.
Feel free to compare yourself: http://camerasize.com/compare/#488,312
It may be challenging to stuff an FF sensor plus assorted mechanics and electronics into a a big fat 7000+ USD/Euro mirrorslapper. These Sony guys managed to do it in a much smaller box, eliminating the mirrorslapper ... and had fun doing so. Creating the "first of its kind" new flagship mirrorless camera. Not at 7000 USD/€ but at *launch* prices of € 2099 and € 1499 ... even inclusive of 20%+ European VAT.
Actually, I fully expect to see the A7 body in some special offers at the "magical" € 999,- pricepoint any time soon. We are getting there already: http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/in-france-a7-for-eur-1-269-costs-less-than-high-end-aps-c-cameras/
And you know, to me at age 52 btw :-) ... this smells like the right spirit ... hell-raising ... all-out ... full-speed innovation ... maximum value for customer's money! It reminds me of something exactly 10 years ago ... you all remember it as well, don't ya ... THE DIGITAL REBEL ... Canon 2003 ... EOS 300D ... first digital mirrorslapper for less than a grand. Here we are again, 10 years later.
Canon? Last wake-up call! I consider it a shame for Canon not being the ones in the lead this time round. And I consider it a shame they are not even giving their customers existing unique-to-Canon technology in their 7000 USD/€ flagship cameras. Small, cheap but incredibly useful things, like a built-in radio speedlite RT-trigger or a super-intuitive eye-controlled AF-system.
So why should we be drooling over a 1D Xs sometime in 2014 which may have a sensor that finally catches up with what competitors have been offering for 2 years in terms of resolution and DR ... and little else, except maybe even more "video optimization"? Not very much compared to what Sony's got going at the moment, if you ask me.
Of course, things are not all fine and dandy at Sony either . A7/R are remarkable cameras in many ways but still fall somewhat short in a number of critical areas. Battery charge is dismal, AF is not fast enough for action shots, shutter is noisy rather than completely silent and there are not many native lenses yet. BUT, they were innovative and they PIONEERED something. Those fellas in the pic above are most definitely already working long shifts on their next, even better camera. They will likely get access to Olympus' 5-axis in-body image-stabilizer technology and faster Contrast-AF implementation. :-) http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sony-and-olympus-will-share-mirrorless-distribution-and-tech/
But most importantly: they look like they are enjoying innovation and are allowed to live it! I'd love to see some of that spirit at work at CaNikon. It would be good for us .. and even better for them. Good photographers like us :-) can take pictures with almost any gear. For CaNikon however it is about ... survival. :-)
PS: I have started selling off some Canon gear. Yesterday Sony A7/R have arrived were I live. I'll check 'em out this week. So I may have a little less time to post here. Not to wake up Canon and many here can go back to celebrate Canon high mass. :-)