SonyAlphaRumors (Almost) Got it Right

So, even though it wasn’t the A7 III or the A7S III it was an A7 series camera that came out yesterday.  And even though I really don’t need 42 megapixels for my file size I must say I am sorely tempted to buy this sucker.  It’s coming out at the end of November so I’ll pay attention to the reviews (and maybe rent it first to make sure I’m a good fit for it).  Basically, they’ve taken the A7R II and added a lot of the good stuff from the A9 to it.  It doesn’t have the enormous AF coverage that the A9 has but the AF capability is said to be close to the A9 performance.  It’s got a 10 fps mechanical shutter, dual card slots, enhanced high ISO capability, enhanced auto-focus modes, larger buffer, improved video options, a joystick, touchscreen AF placement and a lot of other fantabulous stuff.  It sounds pretty compelling.  Well, I was hoping for the 24 megapixel sensor of the A9 in a slightly less capable package for a lot smaller price tag but this A7R III checks every other box.  Could this be photog’s next camera?  I wouldn’t bet against it.  Stay tuned friends.  I’ll share my thoughts as the reviews come in but it sounds really interesting.

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I suspect that I’m responsible for the RIII intro since I just bough an RII. I think Sony has it in for me, they introduced the A6500 about a month after I traded my 6000 for a 6300. For me, the A7 series Achilles heel is the sheer size, mass and cost of dedicated FE lenses. I’ve got two, a Sony 90mm f2.8 macro G series and a Sont 24-70 f2.8 G Master. The combined cost was about $3400 but, when storing the lenses, I have to keep them separated. This because the combined mass would, like two neutron stars,… Read more »

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Don’t get me started on Adobe. I was perfectly happy with my copy of PS 6 but for Adobe in their avaricious wisdom wouldn’t allow updates to Camera RAW to allow it to read files from any camera more recent than around 2015. The workaround was a PIA but it is Camera RAW that is the must-have, IMHO. I appreciate the tip on creating gold from the gravitational merger of Sony lenses but that would require storing the lenses several light years away to keep me from being rendered into random quarks by such an energetic event. Transportation costs would… Read more »

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“I guess if these astronomers are going show some return on our government scientific research funding they should start figuring out how to detect enormous chunks of neutron-star-collision-ejection-gold.”

How ’bout a really big catcher’s mitt at L5?

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I thought that one of the first actions of the Obama administration was to retask NASA as a Muslim outreach agency. Bringing, as a byproduct, an entirely new level to the phrase, “non sequitur” .

Cosmic bumper cars, huh? I like it. If there’s some way to turn it into a sport and bet on it, it’s a sure fire winner!