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| p.1 #17 · RUMOR and FANTASY: Sony A9r without EVF |
After using the RX1 with EVF I am always conscious of it and the inherent fragility of the arrangement - to the point of buying a bag that can accommodate it standing upright.
It's made easier by it being a fixed lens camera. An ILC needs something much more robust as you handle the camera much more often in many more ways, in the course of tripod use, using larger lenses, adapters, battery grip, etc.
The RX1 adds tilt which is nice but given the needs in the 'functional specification' of the a7 cameras this is an excellent way to proceed. It needs a more industrial strength approach than the dainty RX1 deal. And Sony got the EVF exactly right, IMO, for these reasons:
. it's well-positioned for left and right eyed shooters,
. the rubber eye surround is larger and better stabilises against the eye socket,
. the EVF enclosure is exactly above the lens axis,
. there is good front relief for TS lenses and adapters at the front,
. it permits the use of a bright large LCD in a still tiny body,
. it's well-integrated and well-protected.
There is a deeper market reason to get the EVF right - this is Sony's main chance to win over the DSLR user group to EVF usage - they are a demanding segment and would not take to a peripheral or less robust arrangement.
The grip, which looks large is virtually identical to a standard DSLR grip apart from height. It is so good you read very little about half cases..and reviewers feel confident enough to wave it around one-handed.
I understand that people have favourite configurations, may like clean lines that can look better than they feel, and can be vain about how a camera looks to others. Also that Sony, as a innovator, is a juicy target for some folks to chuck rotten fruit at..but they do have a solid grasp of industrial design. This one is ergonomically sound at the DSLR level and is ready to go.