Canon announced the 5D MkIII, today
So, both Canon and Nikon launch their FF cameras, for this round, within weeks of one another. It's March Madness, I tell ya.
Anyway... here come the London Olympics.
Long glass is all you need... the FF bodies are here... except... Where's the SONY? :rolleyes:
When you step back and look at it, Canon has stepped up and provided SONY's "replacement" and "alternative" for the a900, on the very same day, with the EOS 5D Mk III. That's "cross-pollination" if ever I saw it.
Man, this is not what I would have expected. Also, I have been hearing from some unhappy campers with regard to the a77. It still seems to lack the low-light sensitivity of the other manufacturers, specifically the Nikon. I guess all that complaining we did had little to no effect. Whatever SONY has up its respective sleeve better be one-heck of a "night-light." Oh well, it is not like we kept quiet. SONY can shoulder this continued failure, the users are just the victims. Again, Wedding Photographers have no incentive to make the migration to the SONY-system, since the no-flash rule is still in effect in many churches (or elsewhere) and somewhat "noiseless ISO-1600" is not just enough.
Prices... and specifications
Well, looking at what Canon wants for the new EOS 5D Mk III (body-only) is $3500.00
Nikon wants $3300 for the D800E
Based on that kind of market-price, I figure the SONY a99 coming in at around $2900-$3000 mark, but after seeing the a77 delivered at $1400, back in January... I figure it'll be double, like the a900 was back in 2007, compared to the a700.
Personally, I suspect it would be sheer lunacy not to produce an equally powerful ISO camera, at this higher-end price range, otherwise it is a total surrender and a non-compete. These kids, now-a-days, are not going to spring for the a99, if it does not at least MATCH-UP and compete. Vicariously observing, they have no investment to move them into the SONY market... unless SONY wants them in.
Let's face reality, here... $3000 is still a "serious" piece of change, if you can take the same crappy ISO 24.2 MP image with a camera for half the price. The image quality and low-light sensitivity simply has to be better than it was with the a850/a900 DSLR and it is confusing to think otherwise. With Canon and Nikon dropping their cameras into the market, now, SONY is completely free to release the a99/a950 specifications to the public and halt the apparent migration to the other two manufacturers, in anticipation of the upcoming FF camera, whatever kind they release. The sudden market movement is where this will fall apart.
I suspect a reasonable company would want to get people talking, since Nikon and Canon have finally provided an anchor-point to their product.
Originally Posted by Erad
Originally Posted by DWessel
Erad has made a stunningly good point... with the introduction and release of the $13000 500mm f/4 G SSM and the $1300 CZ 24mm f/2... those sound like a couple of "luxury cars" to moi.. and well-outside the limited reach of parent-funded, pimple-faced, high-schoolers grabbing up the "Rooz-touted" low-end equipment. I mean, excuse me, mate... but, what market is this? Call me "short-sighted," but I just do not see a $13000 500mm f/4 on the front of a NEX7... via a $250 LA-EA2 E-mount/A-mount autofocusing adapter. As if...
Originally Posted by Rooz
Contemplating all this is a mess.
Although, I still am of the belief that having a "menu-controlled IF/RF-equipped remote flash triggering" camera body would put SONY ahead of anything out there, but they're not listening. The odd-part is the amount of effort they put into the WPPI Conference, last week, only to wind up being the "odd-man-out," because of an ISO-issue?