I'm hoping there might be a Photoshop ninja out there who is actually competent to do this—I've tried, but I made a hash of it. I was wondering how we could tell how big the Sony A900 is just from the pictures, and it occurred to me that if one were to take the frontal picture of the transparent flagship camera at Masterchong (fifth picture down) and superimpose it on a frontal image of the A700 (or perhaps just their outlines), matching the lensmount rings in size, you could tell the relative sizes of the two cameras. Anybody up for this? Anybody got both the skills and the time to waste? I know this is camerasturbation, but I'm curious, for one.
I tried, but succeeded in making a ridiculous mess. (As I'm fond of saying, what I don't know about Photoshop could fill a book—and, in fact, does.)
Terry Lawhon's side-by-side comparison
Keep in mind that the A700 is a mid-sized camera—about the size of the 40D, not as big as the D300 and certainly a good deal more compact than the "big dogs" like the 1D Mk. III and the D3. Bear in mind that the hands holding the A900 in masterchong's pictures look to be a woman's, which would make the camera look bigger, and that the frontal photo of the transparent A900 is taken just slightly from above rather than dead straight on. I dunno, looks to me like the A900 is going to be pretty close to the size of the Nikon D200/D300/Fuji S5. Of course it could also be "thicker," i.e., deeper.
There's a more straight-on picture of the transparent prototype here. (Thanks to Carsten K.)
If anybody else tried it, send 'em along. I'll post them. My email is in the right-hand column, where it says "email me." Thanks to Michael and Terry. —MJ
James K.'s outline version (click to see larger):
Antonis Ricos's shadowed version:
Kevin McLoughlin (above): "I used the image of the A900 from dpreview which is more square on in view. Matching exactly the lens plates and their screw holes indicates that the A900 is not that much bigger than the A700."
CODA: Thanks to everyone who participated and contributed here. I think we've done this up proud, so I probably won't be posting any more of these. But this has been very educational; I don't care for huge cameras, and it looks like the A900 is going to be well within my comfort zone. Good to know. Thanks again. —MJ