Interestingly enough the Sony NEX 7 is giving the Leica M9 a run for it’s money in several categories of significance, and that’s saying something as the M9 has a full frame sensor and costs multiples more.
I have to admit that makes me a smile a little as there has always been an element of snobbery among certain of the Leica crowd….kind of like that tomato tomawto thing.
I view this as a leveling of the field of affordability, and that’s a good thing.
Leica makes excellent lenses and cameras, no denying that, and have for quite a while, but as I understand it Leica has also “rebranded” lenses, or maybe it’s better to say they’ve had lenses made for them by Cosina Cosinon.
Having just acquired a Sony NEX 7 in trade for a little work, a project I can do at home, I am impressed.
With the addition of an adapter(s) I am able to use my vintage lenses – if that weren’t so it would have been a game changer
The NEX 7 is a step ahead of it’s comparable competition having upgraded the sensor to a 24 mp APS – C , the most in it’s class, some are calling it the best APS – C sensor in ANY camera, factor in the addition of multiple features that move it beyond an entry level camera and the bar has been significantly raised.
Resolution is an eye catcher, if you have a good lens some might actually refer to as it nothing short of amazing, I wouldn’t argue such an assessment.
My copy of the NEX 7 is used, body only, but came with all that was original to it when first purchased – box, charger, battery, software, etc.
There are only very minor signs of usage and you have to look for those.
In all honesty I haven’t been much interested in mirrorless cameras as they have until recently come in the micro four thirds sensor variety, and small has never been a selling point for me.
Additionally when the brand SONY, Samsung, or something similar was attached to a camera or lens I thought well, they make fine flat screens but cameras?
Now I’m not a pixel peeper, don’t run chart tests and all that, what it comes down to is what I see, whether a lens or camera meets a personal standard and something I like.
The NEX 7 fills those requirements in spades , and while I could niggle on about it doesn’t make coffee for me in the morning along with a wakeup call it does what a camera is supposed to do, does it very well, and that’s all I ask for.
In the short time this camera has been in my possession I can only liken it to opening a box of Cracker Jacks and finding a hundred dollar bill rather than a sticker or a transfer.
Gone and done it to myself….thinking some Cracker Jacks would be good along about now and there probably aren’t any within miles.