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Old Dec 5, 2013, 7:26 AM   #11
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Thanks all for the suggestions.

I thought long and hard, and I have decided to go with the Sony. It's true that in the normal course of events I don't need massive prints, but for the edge cases (and they are often the most important ones) the extra resolution is important.

To be able to achieve the step up in quality as well as simplify my system, concentrate on what's really important to me and save a lot of carry weight, well those seem worthwhile benefits.

It's the worst camera of the 3 under consideration, but I think it will be the best for my photography.
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Old Dec 5, 2013, 9:35 AM   #12
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I've seen some photos from the A7R, and it's a fine camera. I hope it works well for you.
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Old Dec 5, 2013, 10:00 AM   #13
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good choice, imo. can't wait to see your impressions and some pics from your new camera - they could convince me to get one
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Old Dec 5, 2013, 10:15 AM   #14
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I have a fantasy that one day I'll be able to get to the finals of the annual Taylor-Wessing Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery.

Only 35 images picked from 5400 submissions. Haha, so not much competition.

But 90% of the images are submitted are >= 24x36.

I thought I had a decent entry this year with this one, but at 16x24 it was a bit small and wasn't really going to cope with a much larger print (X100 12Mp), still I would have tried if I'd realised how the submissions worked - I thought the winners would be re-printed, but no actually the print you submit goes on the wall in a frame, if you don't get through you get the print returned:



The winners can be found here: http://www.npg.org.uk/photoprize1/site13/index.php
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I guess that choosing the Sony gives you more than you'll usually need- which is better than getting caught short..!!
I'm sure you'll enjoy it... and a very nice shot above...

I take it the X100 will still be in regular use...?
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Beautiful capture! Love it!

Sounds like you sorted out where you want to go next! Be interesting to hear your thoughts on the gear!

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Well, it's all arrived. Took ages because by the time I ordered it both the lenses were out of stock. Finally though I took delivery of the A7R, FE35 and FE55.

It's going to be a big adjustment after using Canon DSLRs for 10 years and Canon SLRs for 10 before that.

I can say though that I'm seeing resolution out of the new system that makes my Canon 5D2 and lenses look like a P&S.

It's going to be an interesting ride. I'll post in the NEX forum with some thoughts as I go along.
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the extra res you're seeing 'aint the lenses

your old lenses are good for film, right? film = 54 meg

this digital is mostly 'smoke and mirrors'
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the extra res you're seeing 'aint the lenses

your old lenses are good for film, right? film = 54 meg

this digital is mostly 'smoke and mirrors'
You can scan a piece of film at 400 meg if you want using a microscope, but its mostly crud.

Usable detail on 35mm piece of ISO100 color neg film tops out at about 6Mp on a Coolscan. Maybe 8-12 meg on a drumscan. Velvia - maybe 10 meg and 15. But drumscans now cost $50 a frame.

ISO1600 - maybe 2 meg of usable resolution if you are lucky.

The rest is just high resolution noise.

So no. And didn't you hear the A7R hasn't got a mirror!

Centre resolution on some of the old film lenses though can be surprisingly good. The A7R is great with adapters, getting a whole new lease of life for a lot of the good old glass. But I'm not into that. I don't need a lot of lenses, just 3.

But most of the old lenses are no more better than the new lenses than vintage cars are better than modern cars.
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The a7R is a remarkable achievement, as are the fast FE primes, but as for using obsolescent lenses and lenses from other mounts, even the best adapters compromise image quality noticeably in the edges and corners. (See LensRentals: Sony A7R: A Rising Tide Lifts All the Boats?) And even the best adapters don't perform consistently well.

Yes, digital photography has surpassed what was possible with film some time ago, but cameras like Sony's a7R and Nikon's D800 and D800E push the image quality bottleneck firmly back into the realm of optics. And adding another set of mating parts doesn't help matters much.
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