People who read my posts here know how much I respect Michael Reichmann's opinions, specially when it comes to photographic industry vision, equipment field reviews etc...
But there is a point where I've always been in complete disagreement with him: MFT enthousiasm.
Don't get me wrong, when
Michael "promoted" Micro four third, he was right IMO. Because that was the only serious proposal in what was a desert land.
None of the Sigma DP saga or Leica X could be taken seriously compared to MFT.
This, is exactly what I thought will happen soon or later.
I had an Olympus E1, and was a sort of fan of FT...but then, I read at that time an article of MR here: http://luminous-landscape.com/reviews/came...lympus-e1.shtml
and as a current FT user, I was aware of what Michael was pointing.
When they did MFT, I was sure that history was about to repeat again soon or later, this time yes, later than sooner but here we are: Sony's first quick fire.
And IMO, they got it right in the middle.
The MR's comments about FT actually happened.
Example of this surrealist situation.
Competent Olympus E3 body is sold today at 1500 euros.
FF top level Sony Apha 850 is sold at 1650 euros... no need more explainations.
The promised land of FT was: size will be reduced, IQ will be optimised for digital, and price will be kept low: none of these factors where true.
The promised land of MFT was exactly the same, the only difference is that they started in an empty space in that niche product.
Yes, they where the very first and they did a sort of well done rescue of their FT system with this nice alternative.
But the terrain was already a minefield.
Does not take too long to see that Sony's design is offering a smaller gear, a bigger sensor with the overall increment in IQ, specially in low light,
at a price on par with the MFT. Very very attractive option really.
The MFT empire is now about to decline, exactly like what happened with the FT.
I won't be surprised even if Oly won't survive that blow in the next 3 years.
This NEX 5 is the first MFT "killer". More wolfs are about to come to the feast soon or later.
Can't wait the Michael's review (if there will be one) about that Sony.