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Discussion in 'Other Systems' started by RT_Panther, Dec 12, 2011.
Why did I know this was a Panther post?
Good choice IMO.
I don't even own a NEX system.....
That being said, didn't the E-P3 win a "Camera Of The Year" award from another venue? :smile:
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.
How do you know this
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.)
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.
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! ).
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!
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.
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 ...
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:
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" .
Totally different subject, but Wheels Car of the Year does a damn fine job...
If you notice,
Since I've sold my NEX system, I don't post anymore.....And also, I "pimp" Samsung & Foveon too....
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:
Forget what the bloggers and the pundits and the other fanboys say - let's start our own discussion about what the Camera of the Year is!
If it was "Best camera body of the year" I would agree with that.
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.