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Doug, I wonder if the Thumbie stick-on thumb grip might be better?
But I can see it becoming a love-hate relationship, primarily because of the seemingly thick electronic layer between me and the final image that is difficult to circumvent. This is primarily the AF as noted above.
Another irritant is if the camera is asleep and I bring it to my eye (using the EVF), the camera wakes and turns on the LCD display and does not detect my eye at the EVF. Invariably it means losing a couple seconds to figure out what happened.
this is how i've felt about every autofocus camera/lens i've every used, and the reason i turn AF off as soon as i pick up a camera.
can the camera be set up so that it switches between evf and lcd at the push of a button rather than automatically? the lack of ability to program such a button is my main annoyance with the NEX-7.
I tried a few menu options reassigning buttons, but couldn't seem to find an option (might not have looked hard enough) to get what I want, which is a dedicated "AF-ON" button at the back of the camera near where my thumb rests, which also switches off AF activation from the shutter release button. I don't like having to half-press the shutter button to lock AF.
Regarding the EVF, same deal. I looked around a bit in the menu options but didn't see anything. Again, I could have missed something. While the eye activation is OK, sometimes I didn't have my eye close enough to the finder and it would suddenly blackout and switch to the rear display. I much prefer how my GXR lets me toggle it with a button over the rear display.
Romneythor: I'm also a longtime 1D series user and do find the RX1 a touch on the small side. But it's still usable and I think other aspects of the camera make up for minor UI problems; primarily the lens. It's brilliant, IMO. The sensor is also really nice. The more I play with the files, the more impressed I am with how malleable they are. That said, I don't think high ISO noise is anything better than I'm seeing with the 1DX, based on RAW files with LR4 NR at the default setting. The RX1 is going to look grainy at ISO 3200 and 6400+ but the colour is quite good still at these ISOs. Having never used one, I'm not sure how the X100/X100s stacks up in comparison. But if you're after street type work, or anything where you might need follow-focus AF, the RX1 might pose some challenges, as I discovered photographing the very active 2.5 year-old son of a friend.
Ming & the future of Sony NEX: I wouldn't be surprised to see the NEX system mutate to suit future market demands. It's not like Sony have a huge lens lineup in place, nor are many very expensive or catering to the higher end market where there might be more sensitivity to things such as lens mount changes, forwards/backwards incompatibility... To me NEX still feels like a bit of an experiment. And for us looking simply for a body on which to adapt other makes of lenses, I don't think it really matters so long as those can still be adapted.
I've been really impressed with what Olympus has done with lenses for m43. Same with Panasonic. Images I've seen in those threads are definitely no worse than any other format. But, I've been a bit underwhelmed when viewing full-rez m43 files. Often there is a P&S sensor undertone to the images that I just don't see from APS-C and larger. That said I recently viewed some 20x24 prints from the GH3 and would never have guessed (though the photographer/printer is highly skilled both creatively and technically).