G'day! I've just finished watching the live announcement of the Sony A7 and A7r from Australia. Looks like the 36-MP A7r is a much more premium-quality camera in terms of its construction and control knobs and so forth, despite looking almost exactly the same as the 24-MP A7.
And how can I not like a camera that launches with a Zeiss 35mm ƒ/2.8, given that I went all the way through art school shooting almost exclusively with a Zeiss Contax 35mm ƒ/2.8 Distagon? Sorry, I'm very tired. It's way past my bedtime. Here are a few links if you'd like to jump into the line (queueue in British) (joke, not typo) or look at the shiny pics. We'll talk in the morning. G'night.
Sony A7 Digital Camera (24MP)
$1,698 Available for pre-order
Sony A7R Digital Camera (36MP)
$2,298 Available for pre-order
Sony A7 Digital Camera with 28–70mm Lens
$1,998 Available for pre-order
Sony FE 24–70mm ƒ/4 ZA OSS Lens
$1,198 Available for pre-order
Sony FE 35mm ƒ/2.8 ZA Lens
$798 Available for pre-order
Sony FE 55mm ƒ/1.8 ZA Lens
$998 Available for pre-order
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Mark Roberts: "So why are these cameras designated as Alpha (A7 and A7R) when they don't use the Alpha lens mount?"
Mike replies: According to Sony, "Starting from now, we're going to re-brand everything 'Alpha.' We're consolidating the brands. So no longer will you see the word 'NEX'" (source).
Art in LA (partial comment): "I love seeing the evolution of digital photography."
Kenneth Tanaka: "I don't 'eagerly await' cameras any longer. I don't generally follow product rumors, either. But these Sonys were exceptions. The extraordinary image quality I've been getting from my Sony NEX and RX cameras has quite unexpectedly* made me a fan and I've been secretly following pre-release gossip about them. (*I was a scoffer when Sony entered the camera biz.)
"And these A7 models did not disappoint me. It looks like we now have the 'Leica for the early 21st century.' Speaking of which...glad I decided to pass on the new Leica M. Good image quality, but not nearly as good as the Sony RX1. And what a costly and overly-delayed Frankencam! No thanks! So as the Aussie kids were introducing the A7 models in the dead of the U.S. night, my bleary eyes watched my right index finger click 'Buy.' I now 'eagerly await....'"