Shift your paradigm... and embrace true power
David... I am holding the cash for the "proper" device. I and many others are a market, my friend. Just because there are the children-of-the-credit generation running around, buying this and that, as soon as it hits the shelves, on a whim, does not mean the rest of the masses are satisfied. Many artists and pro-level people who have been waiting for just such a device to be constructed and delivered. Over and over, year after year, the "dream list" continues... and they delivered THIS... in opposition to a camera with the "real punch" for the professional.
Originally Posted by David Metsky
Peter... when they add the "pro" features, I may reconsider the additional $3000 outlay. Right now, it is too darn expensive to pay that kind of coin for not REALLY what I wanted. Let's get the COMPLETE camera built... at least once. They can do it.
I made it very clear than an over-sized a77 is just another silly lack of vision, hardly a pro consideration.
Just make the multitude of legacy Minolta shooters truly happy, for ONCE. I mean, can you imagine the reception a camera system this capable would have gotten at Photokina and CES? No one would have gone to Canon or Nikon, with this kind of COMPLETE TOOL available, especially since the ISO-hot shoe is back on board. All their lighting attachments would be "compliant." Then, as a future point of interest, add in the advanced-ISO connectivity to provide even more menu-control to your RF-trigger/controlled flash groups. I know it would have captured my consideration.
The "intense interest" might have even spawned additions in A-mount glass, for these migrating users, including tilt-shift and longer-reach optics. I like that part, too. But no, all we have is an over-sized a77... and a little bit more. Again, it comes down to limited thinking, with no real incentive for others to hop the fence. If they did not come for the a77... the a99 still is not enough punch.
Addressing Rooz's comment... the, hey look here, mate... I've been shooting and experimenting with photography for thirty-plus years. I think I know what I want in my rig. Other opinions do not have to be the rule for me or anyone else, when it comes to creativity or consideration. I know what I find important... and the solid additions I want to see. Pretty plain and simple, really. I have put it out there, regardless of your estimation of its value. Echoes of how nice it would be to have these little additions resound in many postings responding to these ideas and desires. I also figure, hey. if it doesn't work, who cares? They can forget it or advance it in the next iteration. Just put it in, ONCE, and see what happens! Your lack of imagination should have no bearing on the possibilities. It's a big old world... move along.
A complete "wireless" camera control system is entirely possible and I suspect it would revolutionize the entire way we now do things... for the better. Pieces are already out there... all I want it to have them in my grip, all the time, and standardized within the menu-system. That's the "professional" package, in my opinion. The a99 is the prototype that simply needs to be completed. Can you imagine (I know it's a reach, mate) just how awesome a camera it would be with these simple additions made to it? Who would ever go back to Canon or Nikon with an imaging-weapon this potent?
To SONY I say, thanks... but, uh... go finish it up, now. In for a penny... in for a pound. The 'old, invested market' says "Deliver the knock-out punch."