Sony A900 and Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 in the Wild

by on September 5, 2008

in Sony

As usual, the eagle-eyed forum posters have dug up the inevitable – someone using the Sony A900 and Carl Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 lens in the wild.  While gaffer tape covers up most of the markings, there’s no mistaking this combo.

What say you?

[DPR via Xitek]




1 Portia September 5, 2008 at 9:26 pm

Who, in God’s name, wants “live view”?!?! That’s idiotic, especially for a DSLR. I’m sorry, but this feature is not even on my priority list, much less a “must have”. And it uses a lot of power. Any of us who have used film SLR’s in the past do not require “live view”.

2 Big Bill September 5, 2008 at 11:48 pm

I agree with Portia on this one…

It’s something like that expression; what were once habits are now vices…so when was it that some marketing weenie decided that we needed this “live-view”? At first we all thought “what a novelty”…now it’s a “must have”. C’mon people…
The next one coming is “HD movie” feature…soon this will also become a “must have”. Bollocks!

3 G September 6, 2008 at 1:56 am

Have you used live view on a dslr? Just asking…

I wouldnt say its a must have, but it has its uses. At this point if u have one camera than can do it and another that cant it feels incomplete. Therefore its a “must have” if u already bought into the 40D or 1d mk3

4 Mal September 6, 2008 at 5:03 am

Interesting – I can see a small top mounted display. Many have said it is ugly but that camera looks beautiful to me. What say you?

5 viking September 6, 2008 at 6:34 am

I also agree with Portia: it’s an unnecessary feature on a DLSR if the screen is fixed to the back and cannot tilt. However, on my Nikon Coolpix 5700, the screen is hinged and can tilt. This has been useful for taking photos with arms outstretched above my head.

6 jwylie September 6, 2008 at 9:07 am

I think this is a marketed ‘leak’ The photos are taken with…a Sony A700. This stinks of a viral leak to promote the camera.

7 Biff Strokenoff September 6, 2008 at 9:18 am

I think SLRs should be hard to use with a minimum of user coddling.

Live View, Movie Mode, etc need to be REMOVED. not improved.

while we’re at it, i can has split prism focus screen?

8 bailpaul September 6, 2008 at 12:51 pm

To me, who longs for a Leica full frame or simply a light weight canon1/nikon mini full frame for street shooting, this thing looks like five pounds of lead and glass.

On the live view, I must say it can become addictive for former medium format shooters who used rollei twin or hasselblads.

9 Candyman September 6, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Ten years ago photographers said that digital cameras are toys for children and go out of fashion in a couple of years. THE RAEAL PHOTOGRAHERS USE FILM! Today everybody is using digital.

So with “live view” and “HD movie” feature. They are very useful. Never used a 6×6 old Hasselblad or Rolleiflex?? They have live view too.

I recently purchased a Fujifilm Finepix S100FS. It has live view and movie. Very great camera! Not for action or beautyshots, but a very nice piece of machinery to record everything you are in and interested. Now I usually take MORE vodeo than still photos! The world changes and the way you see the word changes too. Video tells more than a picture without soud!

If you are in graphic arts, you don’t need video. Everybody else needs.

How I know, here are some of my cameras:

Today I have even more cameras. Mainly I use Fujifilm S5. I prefer the filmlike “sound” of the camera. No yellow and red in the highlight areas.

I am planing to buy this Sony A900. And hope that it has the filmlike “sound” and split prism focus screen (for my big manual focus Pentax lenses)? And wait until it has the video option.. ;) to buy the following model.
Finepix video (awful first time amateur), taken by persons not used to handle the camera. But better is coming. I see the future in still/video cameras.

10 Peter Lombardi September 6, 2008 at 3:24 pm

That lens makes me feel all tingly, :D

11 Eric September 6, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Me too Peter. Me too.

12 Peter Lombardi September 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm

I’m glad somebody agrees, ;) haha

I can’t wait to see how the images look coming out of this camera and the lenses they have. I’ll definitely have to rent one at some point, just to play.

Thanks for posting this Eric.

13 Eric September 6, 2008 at 6:21 pm

That is not a 16-35 2.8, it’s a 24-70 2.8 lens.

14 Eric September 6, 2008 at 8:08 pm

@other Eric – I disagree:

15 seyDoggy September 7, 2008 at 12:41 pm

look at the size of the prism! Big prism, big light. w00t! Minolta/Konica/Sony users will once again see big, bright light!

16 ray September 8, 2008 at 2:23 am

This is viral marketing at work!

17 Bo Persson September 8, 2008 at 6:53 am

Canon has Live View and I have not heard of any complaints. I do agree that this camera looks very heavy.

18 Susanne September 8, 2008 at 9:07 am

LiveView is completely unnecessary on a dslr. I have it on my digital compact, but that hasn’t got any optical viewfinder. :o) Sony also has liveview on the A300 and the A350. That’s one of the reasons why I chose the A700. ;o)

19 Greg Roberts September 8, 2008 at 9:54 am

Susanne, Could you explain the logic behind buying the α700 over the α350 because the α350 has an extra feature that you don’t plan on using? What downside to having liveview were you concerned with?

20 Gustav September 8, 2008 at 11:39 pm

Portia: On the really old (1960-70s) film SLR:s I remember you could remove the top prism part and look right down on the mirror from on top, much like on a Hasselblad. I think you could call that a live view of sorts don’t you?

21 moire September 9, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Its the lightest FF camera around! only 850 gram (with no battery)

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