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    Everyone's favorite lunatics at SAR were chattering about an SR5 level rumor predicting a professional level A9 camera soon. SR5 means absolute certainty. Normally I'd just attribute this to a slow patch at SAR and nothing else. But maybe not. Truth be told, I think Sony has finally assembled all the pieces (High ISO, very good AF, high resolution, pretty good lens line-up) needed to launch a pro camera. Of course, chances are this is 6 months premature, but wouldn't it be something if they did launch a big old $4,000 pro model. I wouldn't buy it. But I would be glad that I could. See now I'm a rumormonger too!
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    Have not had a chance to even think about it between getting both GM lenses this week and a A6300 I'm too broke to even look. Lol

    Truth is I'm pretty damn happy with my A7rII right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Have not had a chance to even think about it between getting both GM lenses this week and a A6300 I'm too broke to even look. Lol

    Truth is I'm pretty damn happy with my A7rII right now.
    Yeah, it's getting harder to lust after the next camera when the one in your own hand is already pretty darn great. But it's still fun to speculate.
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    Re: A9 Rumor: Clickbait or Possible

    They started the rumors concerning a coming A7r3 or A9 about 4 days ago. And I was wondering when it would spill in here too. Apparently this Sony forum is becoming slow, since that took several days.

    The first rumor was issued on the 4th April and was only SR3. The "lunatic" insinuated it would gain a 70-80 MB sensor. I thought the MB number was the bait. But I had the same reaction back in 2013 when a full frame E-mount was rumored, so I could well be wrong on that count too.

    Anyway, I'm not interested in such a resolution. It would eat too much resources both in storage and processing : my new computer is already striving with the 42 MB of the A7. And I'm perfectly happy with the A7r2. I'm more interested in new lenses than in new bodies.

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    Given Sony's track record of pumping out new models, I think this is entirely possible.

    The "new car smell" has hardly worn off one, when the next one is in the showroom.

    Still hoping for more high quality smaller lenses rather than SLR plus-sized bazookas.

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    Didn't the SAR a9 rumor start as a April fools joke on 4/1.... I know I saw it some where and in the end it mentioned remember it's April.

    Either way, I am like the others above in that the A7rII is more than enough for my current needs and wants out of this camera. No matter how much is written about how great this or that lens may be I am standing pat for the first time in a long time with the glass I currently have for it. I cover from 16-400mm with 4 great Sony G or Zony lenses and I have absolutely no complaints with any of it except it would be nice to have a E mount 70-400 to unlock all the potential this body can offer with use of a E mount glass rather than a adapted A mount.

    The GM's tempt me but we have all seen this first in - quietly first out transitions with new glass and early hype. I am sure it's a excellent lens but when I hear as good as one of the top rated fixed lenses that others literally raved about 5 days ago and waited over a year for then just from the laws of light transmission through extra field of glass and moveable glass no less my warning bells go off.

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    If it offers lossless RAW output, it would be interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DE View Post
    Didn't the SAR a9 rumor start as a April fools joke on 4/1.... I know I saw it some where and in the end it mentioned remember it's April.

    Either way, I am like the others above in that the A7rII is more than enough for my current needs and wants out of this camera. No matter how much is written about how great this or that lens may be I am standing pat for the first time in a long time with the glass I currently have for it. I cover from 16-400mm with 4 great Sony G or Zony lenses and I have absolutely no complaints with any of it except it would be nice to have a E mount 70-400 to unlock all the potential this body can offer with use of a E mount glass rather than a adapted A mount.

    The GM's tempt me but we have all seen this first in - quietly first out transitions with new glass and early hype. I am sure it's a excellent lens but when I hear as good as one of the top rated fixed lenses that others literally raved about 5 days ago and waited over a year for then just from the laws of light transmission through extra field of glass and moveable glass no less my warning bells go off.

    Being happy with what I have is a great place to be and a rarity in the digital rat race!!!!!!
    You have not been following the 24-70 GM test I posted . It will spank just about anything out there . This lens is special. This is coming from ME not some youtube idiot. I never seen a mid zoom this good ever, it has beautiful rendering. I pick up the 85 in 3 hours. Im serious I don't even like zooms. This one actually matches the hype. Although I did not create that hype but I did test the **** out of it and I never seen anything like it in a zoom. This is me talking.
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    Guy, as I said I am sure it is a excellent zoom and I made no direct reference to anyone individual evaluations but the physics of light transmission and distortion does have its realistic limits.

    As with the Batis 25 lets just see how long these zooms stay in everyone's quiver before moving on to the next best thing since buttered bread. It may be a have to own or then again it may be just another buyer craze and move on to something else. Time will tell and I am just extremely happy with what I have!

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    New 24-70
    New 85
    New a9

    All that

    Or cake

    Can't afford both.

    Hmm, $10,000 of new gear on one hand. On the other, a tasty three berry concoction with buttercream frosting.

    I need a moment.

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    Nice to hear!

    Lensrentals have a positive report on it, too. Lensrentals also found sample variation is good.

    Not buying, though. I don't need a 24-70/2.8, and the piggybank is empty after buying a7rII and three Canon lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    You have not been following the 24-70 GM test I posted . It will spank just about anything out there . This lens is special. This is coming from ME not some youtube idiot. I never seen a mid zoom this good ever, it has beautiful rendering. I pick up the 85 in 3 hours. Im serious I don't even like zooms. This one actually matches the hype. Although I did not create that hype but I did test the **** out of it and I never seen anything like it in a zoom. This is me talking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohnri View Post
    New 24-70
    New 85
    New a9

    All that

    Or cake

    Can't afford both.

    Hmm, $10,000 of new gear on one hand. On the other, a tasty three berry concoction with buttercream frosting.

    I need a moment.

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    Bill can you send some cake, I'm broke just spent 4 grand on glass and it does not digest well. Lol
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    If it's the size of the Leica SL I'm going to crack up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Bill can you send some cake, I'm broke just spent 4 grand on glass and it does not digest well. Lol
    Anytime you are in Los Angeles I will treat you to cake.

    Or a classic, old school burger and pie.

    Or really anything.

    I am leaving for Germany on Monday and bringing home gummies. Apparently, Germany leads the world in gummy bear technology.

    I hope to snag a couple of passable photos while I am there. Especially, there is a lovely castle near Munich that is calling out to me. According to Google translate the castle is telling me, 'spend a lot of money to get a picture of me that is not as good as the €2 postcard you can buy anywhere.'

    I must follow the voice ...

    The voice also tells me the 24-70 would be most handy. Maybe one will fall into my lap in Munich.

    I'm serious about LA though. If you pass through I will feed you. Or house you if you don't mind the company of lovely children.

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    From the replies here I guess a lot of Sony users are getting comfortable with the performance of the existing gear. Good. Sony may have to slow the upgrade schedule to once a year!

    Of course I did just get notification that my Loxia 21mm will be shipping early next week. So I guess there's still room for lens lust.
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    John ask a Sony A mount user how their upgrade schedule has been going............ Like the NEX and the a33/55 launches the early a7 series bodies experienced the same rapid progression through the first series. I think the upgrade schedule will level out to Sony's norm of 3 years between models versions or so.

    Glass lust is a terrible thing ....... especially on one's expendable cash(if anyone has that type cash any longer)

    I really liked the NEX7 form and function with legacy glass and Tri Nav but it has been a very long time since this body has gotten a upgrade (like never)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DE View Post
    John ask a Sony A mount user how their upgrade schedule has been going............ Like the NEX and the a33/55 launches the early a7 series bodies experienced the same rapid progression through the first series. I think the upgrade schedule will level out to Sony's norm of 3 years between models versions or so.

    Glass lust is a terrible thing ....... especially on one's expendable cash(if anyone has that type cash any longer)

    I really liked the NEX7 form and function with legacy glass and Tri Nav but it has been a very long time since this body has gotten a upgrade (like never)
    Jim:
    No doubt I remember how it felt to hear that my A-850 was the last of a dying breed. The last full-frame A-mount DSLR. I confess that I almost switched to Nikon. I think I'll always keep the a-mount 135 1.8 and 200 f4 macro lenses. But I've given most of my other a-mount glass to my son who has an A-6000. He's selling some of it to finance other lenses. Sony is a fickle mistress. But I'm starting to believe they'll get it right eventually.
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    As I don't have yet a FF e-mount camera, for the last week I've been following this rumor with great interest. If the "A9" is bigger and heavier, so be it. If it is 60,70 or 80 mp, so be it. If it goes up another $1K, so be it. If it can't do long exposures (several minutes) with ease and without damaging the files, it will totally fail for me, just as the A7R2 did.
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    Some years ago, I switched from Canon to a Sony Alpha A900: full frame 24 Mp (biggest at the time), and in body stabilization. I built up a lens system including 16~35mm f2.8 Zeiss ZA, 24~70mm f2.8 Zeiss ZA, 70~300mm Sony G, 28mm f2.8 Sony, Minolta AF lenses: 20mm f2.8, 50mm f1.7, 500mm mirror (only 500mm reflex lens to have auto focus and image stabilization via the IBIS), plus Tamron and Sigma Macro lenses in A mount. I still have all the above. I kept it waiting for a MP upgrade from Sony, got tired of waiting, and added a Nikon D800E system. Just last week I was pondering selling all my A mount stuff, to add to my A7RII outfit. Now I just might keep all the A mount stuff, just in case Sony delivers a high res IBIS A mount body.
    I also have a complete Pentax 645D medium format system. Makes no sense at all to have 4 systems; but I am a 79 year old retiree have one heck of a lot of fun.
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    Hi Dave in NJ. Having 4 systems makes perfect sense to me, owning Leica, Nikon, Sony, and Olympus cameras with lots of lenses! I am sure you enjoy your gear as much as I do mine. An A9 any time soon isn't necessary as my A7r2 works so well - but would be tempting anyway if it has been sufficiently advanced.
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    After visiting SAR and reading the two rumors and looking at the rendering (big dslr-type) camera I thought about the strong possibility for Sony to use this megasensor in an A-mount body.
    Also, if the camera has UNLIMITED raw bursts, then the camera can't have 70 or 80 mp's. Most likely something in the 50's. Unless Sony indeed has reach to alien technology somewhere under mount Fuji.
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    Some years ago, I switched from Canon to a Sony Alpha A900: full frame 24 Mp (biggest at the time), and in body stabilization. I built up a lens system including 16~35mm f2.8 Zeiss ZA, 24~70mm f2.8 Zeiss ZA, 70~300mm Sony G, 28mm f2.8 Sony, Minolta AF lenses: 20mm f2.8, 50mm f1.7, 500mm mirror (only 500mm reflex lens to have auto focus and image stabilization via the IBIS), plus Tamron and Sigma Macro lenses in A mount. I still have all the above. I kept it waiting for a MP upgrade from Sony, got tired of waiting, and added a Nikon D800E system. Just last week I was pondering selling all my A mount stuff, to add to my A7RII outfit. Now I just might keep all the A mount stuff, just in case Sony delivers a high res IBIS A mount body.
    I also have a complete Pentax 645D medium format system. Makes no sense at all to have 4 systems; but I am a 79 year old retiree have one heck of a lot of fun.
    Best to all...I enjoy this place, and have learned from it and posted some of my work here, which I also enjoy.
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    Eduardo, good points. There are a lot of things that could be improved in a FF sony cam.
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    John, I have 22 A mount lenses still....... only use the 70-400 with LAEA3with the a7rII. I have a a77II which lives with a 150-600 Tammy for wildlife and action. The a77use it in my studio for my product photography business. The a99, a33, Minolta 7D, Hasselblad Stellar, Sigma DP2m all basically collect dust. My NEX5 is my underwater camera and the NEX7 collects dust as do the 12 apc E mount lenses not to mention my legacy glass I used on the two NEX camera's in the past. If I was into selling gear "K-Jim" would be able to have a heck of a sale but I just don't sell off much anymore.

    The a7rII is doing most all the rest of my photography needs and wants and I am more than satisfied with the FE system I currently own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DE View Post
    John, I have 22 A mount lenses still....... only use the 70-400 with LAEA3with the a7rII. I have a a77II which lives with a 150-600 Tammy for wildlife and action. The a77use it in my studio for my product photography business. The a99, a33, Minolta 7D, Hasselblad Stellar, Sigma DP2m all basically collect dust. My NEX5 is my underwater camera and the NEX7 collects dust as do the 12 apc E mount lenses not to mention my legacy glass I used on the two NEX camera's in the past. If I was into selling gear "K-Jim" would be able to have a heck of a sale but I just don't sell off much anymore.

    The a7rII is doing most all the rest of my photography needs and wants and I am more than satisfied with the FE system I currently own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uaiomex View Post
    As I don't have yet a FF e-mount camera, for the last week I've been following this rumor with great interest. If the "A9" is bigger and heavier, so be it. If it is 60,70 or 80 mp, so be it. If it goes up another $1K, so be it. If it can't do long exposures (several minutes) with ease and without damaging the files, it will totally fail for me, just as the A7R2 did.
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    I only shoot long exposure with my A7rII. Daytime F8 ISO 100 16 stops ND for 4-5 minutes. Can you tell me what to look out for in regard to damaged files? Pretty happy with mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hausen View Post
    I only shoot long exposure with my A7rII. Daytime F8 ISO 100 16 stops ND for 4-5 minutes. Can you tell me what to look out for in regard to damaged files? Pretty happy with mine.
    Astrophotography may be ?

    And may be he has missed the last update allowing you to choose uncompressed raws and keep 14 bits.

    Or he may be referring to a known problem of the A7s known to astrophotographers : it can "eat" smaller stars with some settings.

    But anyway : that remark sounds a little weird and would need some clarification. May be it was said tongue in cheek, meaning he is not ready to update his camera..

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    I would be very surprised if an A9 isn't launched this year. I would also be surprised if the sensor isn't at least 60-70 mpx, possibly more. The next Nikon is supposed to get a substantial increase in pixels, which most likely means more than Canon, and Sony probably doesn't want to be left in the dust behind its ancient competitors apart from the simple fact that they are probably manufacturing the sensor for Nikon anyway.

    They also need to address the battery size issue sooner or later. While there are many happy A7 users around, the small battery is one of the most important reasons not to buy an A7 for those who don't. With the new, large lenses now on the market, a bigger body wouldn't be a problem. Rather the opposite if you ask me.
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    Jorgen(the following is not direct to you but to the battery comment I keep seeing from many), I will not dispute the battery life issue could be a slight annoyance to some BUT IF that IS THE ONLY reason some one refuses to buy a A7 well then IMO it is far better for everyone that they stay with what they have and never buy Sony. Personally, anyone that can't carry a few small lightweight batteries in their pocket and change them when needed must of been a really big head case when we shot roll filml!!!!! I can just imagine how cluttered with bogus puke Sony specific forums would get with whining about the tiniest non-issues from those individuals if we were unfortunate enough that they bought a A7 body.

    Just as a matter of fact I use my a7rII as my scenic camera and have it equipped with the battery grip and have yet to ever have to swap batteries in a full days shoot. Granted, landscape shooting is not a run and burn pixel genre but I don't see the a7 the most ideal frame burning bodies to buy from Sony for those kind of needs and wants either. We have "A" mount bodies for faster AF and higher frame rates that those sort of genre dictate and with battery gips their batteries last a very long time.

    I think the battery life issue is just one of those far over blown issue's like the ARW file compression was for naysayer's to hang a hat on (and a ever so small one at that) that in the real world are basically NON-issues. Naysayers will hang on to their equipment and throw stones at any and all things different and new that might challenge what they use.... just their nature. Remember a certain major brand user's and the beginning of the digital age? Or how about the "no one need more than 12mp" mentality they puked all over the web for years? IMO though all cameras are great today and it is very tough to find a bad one from anyone. Some manufacturers users are so single minded that it ends up crippling their vision and enjoyment of advancements in technology. I admit I am single minded with Minolta Sony products because I am too old and I have far too much $$$$$$ in gear to ever look else where(I am Minolta/Sony till I die good/bad/or otherwise) BUT I never go into the other manufacturer sites to either read-praise-or throw stones. I know I am where I will end and don't care what other companies have or don't have....... it is just that simple. Those mentioning the battery issue really need a life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DE View Post
    Jorgen(the following is not direct to you but to the battery comment I keep seeing from many), I will not dispute the battery life issue could be a slight annoyance to some BUT IF that IS THE ONLY reason some one refuses to buy a A7 well then IMO it is far better for everyone that they stay with what they have and never buy Sony. Personally, anyone that can't carry a few small lightweight batteries in their pocket and change them when needed must of been a really big head case when we shot roll filml!!!!! I can just imagine how cluttered with bogus puke Sony specific forums would get with whining about the tiniest non-issues from those individuals if we were unfortunate enough that they bought a A7 body.

    Just as a matter of fact I use my a7rII as my scenic camera and have it equipped with the battery grip and have yet to ever have to swap batteries in a full days shoot. Granted, landscape shooting is not a run and burn pixel genre but I don't see the a7 the most ideal frame burning bodies to buy from Sony for those kind of needs and wants either. We have "A" mount bodies for faster AF and higher frame rates that those sort of genre dictate and with battery gips their batteries last a very long time.

    I think the battery life issue is just one of those far over blown issue's like the ARW file compression was for naysayer's to hang a hat on (and a ever so small one at that) that in the real world are basically NON-issues. Naysayers will hang on to their equipment and throw stones at any and all things different and new that might challenge what they use.... just their nature. Remember a certain major brand user's and the beginning of the digital age? Or how about the "no one need more than 12mp" mentality they puked all over the web for years? IMO though all cameras are great today and it is very tough to find a bad one from anyone. Some manufacturers users are so single minded that it ends up crippling their vision and enjoyment of advancements in technology. I admit I am single minded with Minolta Sony products because I am too old and I have far too much $$$$$$ in gear to ever look else where(I am Minolta/Sony till I die good/bad/or otherwise) BUT I never go into the other manufacturer sites to either read-praise-or throw stones. I know I am where I will end and don't care what other companies have or don't have....... it is just that simple. Those mentioning the battery issue really need a life.
    Bravo Jim !
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    No battery issues at all for my NEX-5N, NEX-7, A7r, or A7r2.
    I like that these cameras use the same batteries and I have 9 by now.
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    Jorgen(the following is not direct to you but to the battery comment I keep seeing from many), I will not dispute the battery life issue could be a slight annoyance to some BUT IF that IS THE ONLY reason some one refuses to buy a A7 well then IMO it is far better for everyone that they stay with what they have and never buy Sony. Personally, anyone that can't carry a few small lightweight batteries in their pocket and change them when needed must of been a really big head case when we shot roll filml!!!!! I can just imagine how cluttered with bogus puke Sony specific forums would get with whining about the tiniest non-issues from those individuals if we were unfortunate enough that they bought a A7 body.

    Just as a matter of fact I use my a7rII as my scenic camera and have it equipped with the battery grip and have yet to ever have to swap batteries in a full days shoot. Granted, landscape shooting is not a run and burn pixel genre but I don't see the a7 the most ideal frame burning bodies to buy from Sony for those kind of needs and wants either. We have "A" mount bodies for faster AF and higher frame rates that those sort of genre dictate and with battery gips their batteries last a very long time.

    I think the battery life issue is just one of those far over blown issue's like the ARW file compression was for naysayer's to hang a hat on (and a ever so small one at that) that in the real world are basically NON-issues. Naysayers will hang on to their equipment and throw stones at any and all things different and new that might challenge what they use.... just their nature. Remember a certain major brand user's and the beginning of the digital age? Or how about the "no one need more than 12mp" mentality they puked all over the web for years? IMO though all cameras are great today and it is very tough to find a bad one from anyone. Some manufacturers users are so single minded that it ends up crippling their vision and enjoyment of advancements in technology. I admit I am single minded with Minolta Sony products because I am too old and I have far too much $$$$$$ in gear to ever look else where(I am Minolta/Sony till I die good/bad/or otherwise) BUT I never go into the other manufacturer sites to either read-praise-or throw stones. I know I am where I will end and don't care what other companies have or don't have....... it is just that simple. Those mentioning the battery issue really need a life.
    You are wrong Jim. Sony is in the camera business to make money. To make money, they need as many customers as possible. The short battery life of the A7 is discussed on camera forums all over the net and gives Sony negative publicity. One can always claim that it's a non-issue, but bad publicity means lower sales. However, I do know other photographers than myself for whom this camera is not on the shopping list, and where the battery issue is of importance. I also know photographers who have sold their A7 with a significant loss because they found that the battery life became to short to make the camera a practical option.

    My main camera for a couple of years was the GH3, a camera with much longer battery life than any A7 model. Still, battery life became an issue when travelling (I travelled with 3 batteries plus a GH2 with 2 batteries). With the A7, I would have needed 6-10 batteries. To charge that many batteries every night would mean carrying 2 or 3 chargers as well unless I would stay at the hotel room every night changing batteries in the charger. That's not my idea of fun, and I know it's not other travel photographers' idea of fun. Sports is another no-go, not only because of the battery life, but it's an important factor. You don't want to change batteries in the middle of the race, and it always happens at an inconvenient time.

    This way, Sony is excluding itself from several important markets, reducing their profit and the money they can set aside long term for product development. While they have released new cameras and to a certain degree new lenses at a breathtaking pace the last two years, they can't do that forever unless they make a healthy profit. The original Sony Alpha system suffered exactly that fate; less sales than expected leading to less profit leading to less product development leading to less sales and so on. Now it's mostly a dead system.

    While the A7 is a perfect camera for many photographers, it's hardly a runaway success. I believe Sony has around a third of the mirrorless market, and that includes all Sony models. The total mirrorless market is around a third of the size of the DSLR market. This means that their total share of of the exchangeable lens camera market is in the area of 8-10%. That's actually less than their share of the DSLR market when they were aiming for the top of there (I believe they peaked at 12-15%).

    For a corporation of Sony's size, a market share of less than 10% is probably totally unacceptable. If I were a Sony user, I would hope for some radical new ideas very soon to avoid that the E-mount goes the way of the A-mount; a good system with a limited future. I don't say this because i like to talk bad about Sony or other camera systems, but because I don't want to see this system fall asleep and die.
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    Jorgen(the following is not direct to you but to the battery comment I keep seeing from many), I will not dispute the battery life issue could be a slight annoyance to some BUT IF that IS THE ONLY reason some one refuses to buy a A7 well then IMO it is far better for everyone that they stay with what they have and never buy Sony. Personally, anyone that can't carry a few small lightweight batteries in their pocket and change them when needed must of been a really big head case when we shot roll filml!!!!! I can just imagine how cluttered with bogus puke Sony specific forums would get with whining about the tiniest non-issues from those individuals if we were unfortunate enough that they bought a A7 body.

    Just as a matter of fact I use my a7rII as my scenic camera and have it equipped with the battery grip and have yet to ever have to swap batteries in a full days shoot. Granted, landscape shooting is not a run and burn pixel genre but I don't see the a7 the most ideal frame burning bodies to buy from Sony for those kind of needs and wants either. We have "A" mount bodies for faster AF and higher frame rates that those sort of genre dictate and with battery gips their batteries last a very long time.

    I think the battery life issue is just one of those far over blown issue's like the ARW file compression was for naysayer's to hang a hat on (and a ever so small one at that) that in the real world are basically NON-issues. Naysayers will hang on to their equipment and throw stones at any and all things different and new that might challenge what they use.... just their nature. Remember a certain major brand user's and the beginning of the digital age? Or how about the "no one need more than 12mp" mentality they puked all over the web for years? IMO though all cameras are great today and it is very tough to find a bad one from anyone. Some manufacturers users are so single minded that it ends up crippling their vision and enjoyment of advancements in technology. I admit I am single minded with Minolta Sony products because I am too old and I have far too much $$$$$$ in gear to ever look else where(I am Minolta/Sony till I die good/bad/or otherwise) BUT I never go into the other manufacturer sites to either read-praise-or throw stones. I know I am where I will end and don't care what other companies have or don't have....... it is just that simple. Those mentioning the battery issue really need a life.
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    I agree that the whole battery problem is starting to sound silly. For casual shooters or even moderate professional needs, a pocket full of batteries is fine. I have five. For videographers and other power users there are already plenty of options that allow you to plug the battery port into a portable power pack that you either carry or hook onto the tripod or dolly. Plenty of professionals use the A7 cameras for every possible application. Now that video and stills have converged the solutions that videographers have used are available to everyone.
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    Jorgen I might be wrong in your eyes or even many you know but as a active buyer and user of Minolta Sony products since before Sony bought Minolta you sir are wrong. The battery issue is pure BS and nothing more than a extremely minor if any issue at all for still photographers. Video guys need to get a life and just buy a real video camera which I might add Sony dominated the commercial video market in for years.

    The naysayers can poke as many twigs as they can find at Sony technologies and find whatever make believe issues they care to drum up to justify their hardheaded thought processes. Sony product, or let's say it's developments and innovations, are here to stay and the old ways will go the way of the VHS and 8 track tapes soon enough as the hardheaded die off or have revelation about a new to them technology they now accept that Sony has been using for years.

    Sure Sony would like as many customers as they can have but I think they learned something about some crossover buyers with the ARW file issue that may of made them a bit happier about a slower market. Those that complained about the a7rII IQ shut up after the DXOmark rated it #1. The AWR compression guys got shut up after Sony offered no compression at all RAW's and I am sure they will soon shut up the short battery life garbage as well. But all the above issues in real life unless you do Astro photography (maybe Sony isn't the best tool they could buy for that genre) are nothing but extremely minor surface itches. The odd thing is.... We only hear the above complaints from new or non buyers not from the Sony Minolta rank and file. Guess we Sony users are just too dumb to know a good tool from a bad one and some how need others to point out the error of our ways. Sorry I am not one to go quietly into the dark or yield to others who for some reason feel I need their opinions. I don't!!

    I know for my manufacturing experience I took care of my loyal base and only slowly moved to look at issues from non buying cry babies; if at all. This worked extremely well for the 36 years I was there and would work today.

    I still say if A7 battery life is the only issue stopping someone from buying a A7 camera Sony and everyone who owns one is better off without that sale. I personally would help direct them happily to any other brand. One brand I can think of is full of arrogant self-righteous nut cases like this guy would have to be and he'd fit in just fine with them and their myopic views.

    One last thought about Sony and the battery issue. With the recent other two witch hunts Sony dealt with last this past year they may just be leaving this battery issue to block the door to other potential nick picks that these gotta have something to whine about non-buyers will find next. We did a similar tactic a few times and waited to release fixes with newer models. Sometimes it's best to give them an annoyance to dwell on than to let them find 6 new things to dwell on. Just a thought.... I would of done it this way after the ARW compression witch hunt.
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    If Sony is uninterested in market shares, you are probably right.

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    Here is a power solution described. I have it. But never needed it for stills shooting.

    http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3781291
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    With all this new stuff around, I feel like its permanently Christmas. Batis, G Master, A9, New Hassy H6 and rumoured compact version, Phase 100mp, etc I'm starting to get indigestion.

    Nonetheless, does anyone know if the rumoured A9 will use the A mount or E Mount? From where I'm standing, the E mount makes more sense, otherwise Sony would have to maintain another range of G Master quality lenses for the A Mount, which is plain daft.

    The only thing I don't like about the A7RII is its boxy industrial design and ludicrous menu system. Batteries are fine. I would imagine an A9 would take care of both issues (look to Leica for great industrial design).
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    Hmm, it's getting hot in here …

    Sony had to use a small battery to make the smallest FF camera possible. They also used the small E mount from their APSc cameras that also helped keep things more dainty. Both have their own issues, but both made the camera possible. You give up something to get something else … it's like a Magnum Derringer … small and powerful that feels like a you slammed your hand in a car door when fired.

    "Is that a pocket full of batteries, or are you just happy to see me?"

    Whether the battery life is an issue depends on what you shoot, how you shoot, and how much you depend on the various features available. I detest changing batteries in the heat of a continuous shoot. Monitoring power is just another distraction from the tasks at hand, and gnawing at the back of your scull is how low power can be an issue waiting to happen. So is swapping batteries when under pressure, at a dead run, or in a dark room … Murphy's law dictates that it always happens at the most inopportune time, and the specter of rushed user error is heightened.

    Given my druthers, I'd much prefer a slightly larger camera with more power available and perhaps better power management. Not a battery grip that makes the camera so much larger.

    Not a reason to skip getting one IMO, but not a non-issue for some folks either.

    I won't even get into the interface widely decried as the worst ever designed. I'd gladly forego longer battery life for a more intelligent and streamlined interface because it IS actually something that would assist the user do what they set out to accomplish. Let's lobby for that first.

    Oh, and smaller high quality lenses that do not require sale of a Kidney, or your left eyeball.

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    Sometimes I think these "leaks" are a form of marketing and maybe a way to gauge the public's interest in a possible new product.

    If anything, I'd want an FE outfit that's slender and more rangefinder-like, plus 2-3 compact lenses to go with it. I figure there's room for lenses which are more about character than state-of-the-art performance. I rarely shoot anything like action sequences, so unlimited burst doesn't mean a lot to me.

    Weight + batteries: Simple, offer a battery grip with built-in L-plate and a slot for a Makita tool battery: Problem solved! It's easy to add mass to a camera but a lot harder to add lightness.
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    Jorgen, I am sure they care about market share but they may care more about satisfying their targeted group of consumers. Sort of like a publisher that prints Bibles. There are lots of books sold of all types to all kinds of people but some publishers just try and do the best they can for their targeted consumer groups. Sony just might not want a consumer who's only reason to not buying a A7 is as silly as a battery life issue. Or one so dug in against change that they have a blue knuckle grip on their OVF's and will dig 6 miles down past all a cameras advantages to find something to cry about to justify their archaic norms and the tools they use. I have to ask how many other companies lenses can they use on their bodies and still have full function, AF, and IBIS with all of them??? To me this is a far bigger plus than battery life is a minus but hey I am a Sony customer what do I know?

    I have no coin in this game and actually could care less what anyone uses. When I read "sky is falling" intensity complaints about a (at worse) slight annoyance issue for some genre photographers like battery life stopping a potential buyer my BS alerts go off being as I own and use this gear for work and pleasure. I should really just say nothing and let them puke their complaints on the net so others like them also don't buy a7's and infest Sony forums with their obsurd thinking but ..... After seeing it 40-50 times my switch goes off I guess. I don't classify Sony hardware any better than any other manufacturers gear out there but then on the flip side it surely is no worse. There is a select group of photogs that use a specific brand camera who if I was Sony I would strive to not getting them as customers. Lower marketshares due to the lack of sales to that group would be a plus.

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    Jorgen, I am sure they care about market share but they may care more about satisfying their targeted group of consumers. Sort of like a publisher that prints Bibles. There are lots of books sold of all types to all kinds of people but some publishers just try and do the best they can for their targeted consumer groups. Sony just might not want a consumer who's only reason to not buying a A7 is as silly as a battery life issue. Or one so dug in against change that they have a blue knuckle grip on their OVF's and will dig 6 miles down past all a cameras advantages to find something to cry about to justify their archaic norms and the tools they use. I have to ask how many other companies lenses can they use on their bodies and still have full function, AF, and IBIS with all of them??? To me this is a far bigger plus than battery life is a minus but hey I am a Sony customer what do I know?

    I have no coin in this game and actually could care less what anyone uses. When I read "sky is falling" intensity complaints about a (at worse) slight annoyance issue for some genre photographers like battery life stopping a potential buyer my BS alerts go off being as I own and use this gear for work and pleasure. I should really just say nothing and let them puke their complaints on the net so others like them also don't buy a7's and infest Sony forums with their obsurd thinking but ..... After seeing it 40-50 times my switch goes off I guess. I don't classify Sony hardware any better than any other manufacturers gear out there but then on the flip side it surely is no worse. There is a select group of photogs that use a specific brand camera who if I was Sony I would strive to not getting them as customers. Lower marketshares due to the lack of sales to that group would be a plus.
    Why are you standing up in arms as soon as someone makes a mild remark concerning a possible disadvantage ? I feel you are like a Don Quichote : there are no Sony haters coming to this forum that I know. I see only pros and enthusiasts weighting the advantages and disadvantages of different type of gear. Personally I'm not disturbed by the fact that non Sony owners are sometimes visiting this forum. To me it just means that they are possibly interested by what Sony does. I think that they have the right talk about it just like the owners of Sony's cameras. The fact that you were always standing with Minolta/Sony is rather an exception here. Most of those telling what they use have gone through several kinds of systems; for me that increases the interest of their remarks.
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    Annna T in this paticular case it was more a "straw on a camels back" effect. As I said initially my comments were not directed towards Jorgen but at the comment "people don't buy a7's due to battery life". I see this a fair amount around the web and it is building like the ARW file compression did. Just got tired of it...

    I'll tone it down for ya Annna T ... It just caught me at the wrong time but it was not directed at anyone specifically but more of a general rebuttal to the not buying because of battery comment.
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    Annna T in this paticular case it was more a "straw on a camels back" effect. As I said initially my comments were not directed towards Jorgen but at the comment "people don't buy a7's due to battery life". I see this a fair amount around the web and it is building like the ARW file compression did. Just got tired of it...

    I'll tone it down for ya Annna T ... It just caught me at the wrong time but it was not directed at anyone specifically but more of a general rebuttal to the not buying because of battery comment.
    I'd go as far to say that people that let battery life alone stops them from buying a Sony had no intentions of ever buying a Sony. Battery life is about on par with every other mirrorless camera with Leica SL being the exception. I understand Jim's point on this and I agree that it's sort of ridiculous where there are some other bigger "deal breakers" in regards to Sony that lend themselves to a more credible argument.

    For instance if size was your primary and nearly only reason to get into Sony then your native lens selection is smaller until the system is further built out (although I like and need fast lenses.) If the menu system isn't natural for you to wrap your head around the. I'd understand (although I have no strong issue with it personally.) If you don't want an EVF only viewfinder then these aren't the cameras for you whether you go mirrorless or DSLT. If you primarily are a sports shooter and feel more comfortable with a pro DSLR then I understand not going with a Sony.

    Back to the battery life comments though, people decry battery life on Sony as a deal breaker but will praise Fuji or Olympus cameras with similar (or worse in some cases) battery performance by CIPA standards. Never mind the idea from many that Sony doesn't make "real cameras" and those type of elitist blanket statements are usually where I stop listening to a source. It's not really the difference of the opinion either. I have no problem with people voicing concerns or differences. Many people do that are Sony owners (including myself) but it doesn't always have to come from a place of absolute negativity.

    I personally like that the battery remains interchangeable between APS-C and FF bodies personally. I realize this may not be the case but I like that Sony seemingly has more respect for those that have invested thousands into their cameras versus those that in reality probably never will.
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    My first comment on this thread was actually meant to be a positive one: My hope that Sony by offering a more advanced A-series camera with a larger battery that would cater for a wider audience. Unfortunately, Sony owners seem to believe that their cameras are already perfect and cannot and/or should not be improved upon. I find that a strange attitude. My Nikon, Olympus and Panasonic cameras have lots of potential for improvement, something I don't fail to point out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    My first comment on this thread was actually meant to be a positive one: My hope that Sony by offering a more advanced A-series camera with a larger battery that would cater for a wider audience. Unfortunately, Sony owners seem to believe that their cameras are already perfect and cannot and/or should not be improved upon. I find that a strange attitude. My Nikon, Olympus and Panasonic cameras have lots of potential for improvement, something I don't fail to point out.
    No need to use a broad brush. The folks you are arguing (and yourself) enjoy the process. It is the same old arguments rehashed for the millionth time. Obviously some do not find it boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    My first comment on this thread was actually meant to be a positive one: My hope that Sony by offering a more advanced A-series camera with a larger battery that would cater for a wider audience. Unfortunately, Sony owners seem to believe that their cameras are already perfect and cannot and/or should not be improved upon. I find that a strange attitude. My Nikon, Olympus and Panasonic cameras have lots of potential for improvement, something I don't fail to point out.
    That's a very unfortunate mischaracterization IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiredArm View Post
    Back to the battery life comments though, people decry battery life on Sony as a deal breaker but will praise Fuji or Olympus cameras with similar (or worse in some cases) battery performance by CIPA standards.
    Nobody has claimed that the problem isn't universal for mirrorless cameras. The GH3/4 and NX1 have longer battery life than the A7, but it's still much shorter than that of a DSLR. This is the Achilles heel of mirrorless cameras for professional use; small batteries and higher energy consumption. There are good reasons why advanced DSLR cameras have large batteries. Or have camera manufacturers and photographers been wrong all these years?

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    Red herring argumentation!
    Please, see post #36.
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    Nobody has claimed that the problem isn't universal for mirrorless cameras. The GH3/4 and NX1 have longer battery life than the A7, but it's still much shorter than that of a DSLR. This is the Achilles heel of mirrorless cameras for professional use; small batteries and higher energy consumption. There are good reasons why advanced DSLR cameras have large batteries. Or have camera manufacturers and photographers been wrong all these years?
    No but the battery argument is suggestive that it is an exclusive Sony issue and the lone reason why some don't buy Sony. The fact remains that many shoot Sony professionally. Doesn't mean it's the right fit for everyone but if it doesn't fit then there's really no reason to continually tell people that it doesn't fit your style. Believe me... I can pick out an issue with every camera brand but it's an exercise in futility as it won't change many things about those brands of cameras.

    It's okay to want improved cameras, as we all do, but then I seem to remember an argument about the rate that Sony releases improved versions of cameras too. Soooo how are we supposed to take the scatterbrained contrarians seriously?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    My first comment on this thread was actually meant to be a positive one: My hope that Sony by offering a more advanced A-series camera with a larger battery that would cater for a wider audience. Unfortunately, Sony owners seem to believe that their cameras are already perfect and cannot and/or should not be improved upon. I find that a strange attitude. My Nikon, Olympus and Panasonic cameras have lots of potential for improvement, something I don't fail to point out.
    $3500+ cameras aren't for wide audiences really. You have people complaining that the lenses aren't cheap enough more frequently than not (outside the 28 and new 50) so I don't see a top of the line "pro model" as the one for the masses. It's no different than a D5 or 1Dx body.
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