Gameface wrote in post #13809275
I hear this talking point all the time. I love when people compare brand new cameras with cameras that are almost 3.5 years old. The nex-7 is sexy, but comparing it to a 5DmkII is just moronic.
It's pretty useful, though, if you're like me; a 5D2 user looking to downsize. I know a lot of people in the exact same position. And while the NEX-7 has comparatively poor high ISO performance, pixel-level detail (the most important aspect for me) is astonishingly good for such a high-density APS sensor.
Personally I'm sick and tired of packing the 5D2 and lenses in my carry-on bag and then lugging them around on my shoulder while shooting. I love the camera to death and I love the lenses I've got, but while the images I get are worth the trouble, it's a lot of trouble. The thing about it is that to me, it's really just a platform for high-resolution, high-detail pictures (and occasionally low-light stuff). I don't care about the AF, or the ergonomics (no different from my old 40D aside from a few new firmware features), or the build quality, or anything else...just the RAW files that come out of it. The NEX-7 seems like a capable replacement for that platform - at 1/4 the volume and 1/3 the weight.
That's why I don't even mind the idea of putting big SLR lenses on it. If I buy one, I'll probably keep my 35-70 for a while just because I know that even if it looks ridiculous, it'll produce fantastic images. The problem is buying a $1200 camera knowing that there are virtually no worthwhile autofocus options for it, small or otherwise. It's not an idea that fills me with confidence.