'Both the A7 cameras feel somewhat like Russian cold war manufacturing discovered plastics.'
'Now, let's admit that there are a number of great divides in the cult of the camera world. There are the linear rationalists and on the other side of the tug-o-war rope are the artists. One group loves metrics and provable performance while the other loves the feel and the user experience. No question which side I come down on. A camera can have all the rational stuff under the hood and still be a totally loser to operate. That would be the a7r.'
'Bottom line? I just can't bear the thought of buying that camera. What do I gain? A few more megapixels over my a99? But do I even get that if the recoil of the Howitzer shutter smudges away all of the sensor gains?'
'The people who love that camera are the ones who are willing to put it on a thousand dollar Gitzo tripod and then weight down the whole assemblage with bean bags. Well, I don't know about you but I spend a lot of time shooting hand held and shooting on the very edge of what might be possible. Just not going to happen with the A7r. You'll need some time to get it to focus. You'll need some time to stabilize the system before initiation and you'll need a lot of time to work with the files to get the same color you can get out of the Olympus product used in an almost cavalier mode.'
'I won't belabor the whole point. I read a post on Luminous-Landscape.com by a respected fashion photographer who wanted to buy the A7r based on the hype and went into a store to try one. He ended up walking out with an EM-1 and I'm pretty sure I would too. In his estimation and based on three "real world" tests he ran the EM-1 didn't just handle better in a direct comparison, it also trounced the more expensive camera (discernibly) in image quality and it was far ahead on usability.'
'My favorite example now is the tactile and handling differences between the Sony a99 and the A7. The former flows while the later punches the time clock and sits dead in your hand.'
Now this is what I'm talking about. Complete and total garbage from someone employed by one of Sony's rivals. ('I was supposed to be in the Samsung booth but before the show started I walked over to the Sony pavilion and played with the product.') It's so completely and utterly inaccurate, biased, prejudiced and looks so like the work of an obviously paid stooge that I'm not even going to start to deal with the fact that it's an almost 100% a pile of c**p. It's by a blogger I used to respect but who is slowly but surely flushing his reputation down the toilet. And I have no intention of saying who it is. I absolutely refuse to give this imitation of shill tripe any further hits by posting a link.
I will however take issue with the worst example of this piece. - 'He ended up walking out with an EM-1 and I'm pretty sure I would too. In his estimation and based on three "real world" tests he ran the EM-1 didn't just handle better in a direct comparison, it also trounced the more expensive camera (discernibly) in image quality and it was far ahead on usability.' This is absolutely the worst of the photographic internet and could have been written by any blinkered venal fanboy on one of the worst of the chattering camera fan forums. It is in fact completely untrue. The E-M1 does not in any way shape or form 'trounce' the image quality of the A7r or A7. The writer, under normal circumstances, should be ashamed of writing something like that, however in this case, pride, dignity and any notion of writing an honest appraisal seems to have gone out of the window (I wonder why?). And I'm not asking you to take my word for it either. There are lots of samples of both cameras circulating on the internet. See for yourselves. This might be a good start.
Now this comes from a post giving a 5-star 'award' to the E-M1, a camera the writer admits he doesn't own. It does of course have an affiliate Amazon ad at the bottom of the post for a camera. You guessed it, it's the E-M1. This is Ken Rockwell type pontification of the worst kind. The fact that it comes from someone who is a top class photographer and used to produce well thought out, useful and honest blogging makes it all the more shocking. However I guess it shows that everybody has their price.
It is quite simply one of the worst pieces of writing I've seen for some time and from someone who is a professional photographer, though he seems to be adding to his income by other means these day. I just hope he got well paid for it.