The Photokina experience ...
There is a sincere level of discord in the ranks of the DSLR owners and Rooz's inferior contention that "everyone else" will be happy with the crappy.
I simply figure it needed to be voiced.
You can either appreciate it for what it is ... or go about your way, it makes no never-mind. :rolleyes:
There are those who simply stay-the-course and patiently wait for SONY to right the ship and ignore the pressures to be an also-ran. We shall see what we shall see ... :D
Photokina offered a quick peek into what has been transpiring for the past twelve months, since this video-inbreeding began. Hopefully, we are seeing the end of such efforts and its rather pointless existence and image-corruption will be terminated before insidiously infecting the Full Frame experience.
Again ... it is the upper-end that needs true protection from the design ... not the APS-C cameras. They were abandoned by "true-believers" when the α850 was released as a lower-cost invitation to improving your photography. By-cracky, they did deliver.
I suppose when Canon and Nikon can get their offering under $2000 ... it may be interesting. I would not hold my breath. ;)
Welcome to the world of SONY, Dead ... watch carefully.
You need to bear in mind ...
DSLR sales really are not the important aspect of the CAMERA SYSTEM ... it is lens sales.
The DSLR body is only a small part of the overall system. I mean, I still have my five Minolta film bodies from 1985-1989 ... they did not need replacement, so it would have been odd for me to buy another one. If they were using my purchases as a gauge ... well, Minolta would have gone belly up a long time before 2005.
Now when it came to accessories and lens ... there, my friend, was the true market.
SONY is really making this hard to build a reliable system, because every time they release a camera, they discontinue and quit supporting the older one ... you have to reinvesting nearly $1000 worth of supporting accessories to "make the camera whole." Well, after two or three times of doing that CRAP, people are sacked and out of available cash. They cannot even buy a new lens, because all the money went out replacing the "usual" components for the new body. :rolleyes:
Chances are, you will need to buy ALL the accessories at the same time you purchase the camera ... otherwise, you may not be able to get them, except through the likes ebay or some camera shop. This is just a sad fact.
I feel this is amazingly stupid ... and making it hard to find solid ground upon which to build a system. :mad: Eventually, people just throw up their hands in total frustration and quit the product. SONY has to count on the initial sales to the NEW customers, because the poor treatment they give their RETURNING customers is reprehensible.
Darin, look at it this way: A new $1500 DSLR body w/ vertical grip is a serious "sit down" with most couples. That's even w/o any additional lenses. Now, here comes SONY with a new DSLR ... and it has not even been a year since the old one was purchased, you can no longer get some parts for the camera, because they quit stocking it. So, there you sit with the MAIN portion of your system ... neutralized by the very company that built it... waiting to have ANOTHER 'sit down" with your spouse to explain why your first DSLR is no longer ... usable. Would you not like to be a fly-on-the-wall for that choice exchange?
Or how about this: You finally got permission from the S.O. to go ahead and buy an α560 body ... to replace your "aging" α350 ... and then here comes SONY ... "BUUZZZZZZ ... no α560 for you, USA ... we need their sensors for the α33 sales. You now have to wait an additional 6-months." Okay, now you are left with your decaying year-old α350 and your spouse giving you that ... "and you had to have it so quick, because ...?"
What is SONY doing to its customers? Worse yet, what the heck are we doing to ourselves? There is a lot to be said for a stable Full Frame camera system. Namely, the extra $3000-4000 in body-cost that each of us can keep in our bank accounts, as SONY is undergoing anal/cranial inversion.