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'Popular Photography Magazine: NEX-7 Camera Of The Year'

Discussion in 'Other Systems' started by RT_Panther, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Why did I know this was a Panther post? :biggrin:
  2. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Richmond, VA
    Richard Elliott
    Good choice IMO.
  3. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    I don't even own a NEX system.....:biggrin:
    That being said, didn't the E-P3 win a "Camera Of The Year" award from another venue? :smile:
  4. Rudi

    Rudi Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 16, 2010
    These awards are usually meaningless. Much like "Top 10" lists, etc. Designed to sell that particular edition of the magazine, nothing else. Unfortunately, very little thought goes into selecting the winners, or the order of the lists, before these magazines are published.
  5. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    How do you know this :confused: 
  6. Bill

    Bill Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    Brisbane, Australia
    Bill (really)
    I've been reading the Luminous Landscape reviews, and the NEX-7 is a great camera. It's EVF is what the Panasonic should have.

    That Sony sensor, however, needs big lenses, and I went to m43 to get away from that. But clearly, there's some catching up for both Olympus and Panasonic. (Still love my G3.)
  7. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Too bad their 'camera of the year' won't be available in that calendar year. I played with a 5n and it was just way too small for my hands. If they made one that was bigger, I'd likely want it.....love the shallower DOF you can get easier with those big sensors.
  8. Rudi

    Rudi Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 16, 2010
    I have a couple of friends who are in publishing. They tell me the easiest way to get a magazine edition out the door is to make a "Top 10" list or "Gismo of the Year". I've heard the stories of how these lists get made up, and it usually starts with: "What the hell are we going to do for the next issue? Deadline is tomorrow!". I've even heard of a list being made as a joke (tongue-in-cheek), then ending up being published (with little modification) when another front page story was not finished on time.

    Reading these articles usually gives a good indication of how much or little thought went into them, and I haven't read a well-thought-out "Gismo of the Year" or "Top 10" list for quite a few years... That said, the few magazines that I was tempted to buy in the last few years, most of them have some kind of this on the front page, so the technique works, even on me. It's usually disappointing to read, but I still get interested enough to buy the magazine (I really should know better! :rolleyes: ).
  9. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    I got a chance to play w/ the NEX7 when a Sony rep was over at the Downtown LA Samys Camera (when I bought my GH2!!), and I gotta say, I really like it. Easy to use, looks great, very nice IQ, and that Tri-Navi control is awesome. Most impressive is the integrated EVF. It's everything that Pop Photo says it is, and in a rangefinder body.

    Where you at Olympus and Panasonic? Don't get left behind!! We need the Olympus Pen Pro and the Panasonic GH3/ G Pro like yesterday!
  10. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Understood completely BUT....
    I wouldn't apply this as a blanket assumption for all publications

    Case in point:

    Stuff Magazine nominates E-P3 as camera of the year
    Popular Photography (specialist magazine) nominates NEX-7 as camera of the year.
  11. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Well, the Stuff Magazine one is definitely questionable. The short writeup you posted only mentioned the AF speed, which if that's all they were going on, the GH2 or G3 deserved as the EP3 is only now catching up and the sensor is far behind either of the 16 MP versions.

    I subscribe to Popular Photography on iPad and haven't seen the camera of the year issue yet ...
  12. Rudi

    Rudi Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 16, 2010
    I wouldn't either, and will definitely stop assuming this as soon as I find a publication that puts out a well-thought-out Top Ten list or Gismo of the Year article. I promise! :smile:
  13. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    It's funny, you post most of the pro-NEX stuff here and the pro-MFT stuff on TalkNEX. Likewise for Nikon and Pentax Q. I can see why someone might think you're trolling, but as I see it you are an "equal opportunity defender of systems" :biggrin:.
  14. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Totally different subject, but Wheels Car of the Year does a damn fine job...
  15. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    If you notice,
    Since I've sold my NEX system, I don't post anymore.....And also, I "pimp" Samsung & Foveon too....:wink:
  16. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Forgot to add...
    And if I get my hands on the elusive PEN F or PEN FT, you'll see me pimping quite a bit more on film too....:smile:
  17. John M Flores

    John M Flores Super Moderator

    Jan 7, 2011
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  18. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    If it was "Best camera body of the year" I would agree with that. :biggrin:
  19. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    How much do you think advertising revenue impacts these "best of the year" issues? More than a little bit, I'll bet. It was well known in auto circles that you couldn't get the Motor Trend "Car of the Year" award unless you agreed to heavily advertise that you won it, which, btw, meant you were also doing advertising for Motor Trend.

    Aside from the fact that I sure wouldn't view Pop Sci as the standard of excellence in photographic publishing, I suspect there's more than a little bit of mutual back scratching going on.

    But all that said, I think the NEX-7 is a very good camera. But, like any other, it's not perfect and involves trade-offs. Whether those trade-offs work for you (or me) will determine if it's the "best" camera for me. At the moment, it's not.

    If I could get a NEX-7 with lenses as good and compact, and covering the same range as my 7-14, 14-45, 14-140 and 20, I might be very interested. Add in AF that works as well as the GH2 and I'd be even more interested. Give me those things at GH2 / Panny lens prices, and I'm sold.

    But none of those 'requirements' are met right now. I hope the GH3 offers a finder as good as the NEX-7's , and maybe another stop of DR and lower noise. Then the NEX really won't interest me at all.
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