#584. The Sony A9 is here. Is it time for me to start painting ? Or curating Google Earth photographs ?
So, there we are, Sony has just dealt a potentially huge blow to Canon and what remains of Nikon.
First, a range of native and non-native lenses that has probably seen no equal in photographic history. Now the mother of all bodies, if stats are to be believed.
So many AF detection points that a poor eyelash won’t know where to hide from sharpness.
So many frames at such a high shutter speed that celebrity sneezing will now be caught in unprecedented detail. We will soon be seeing Lady Gaga trip in detail that David Attenborough could only dream of.
Harder, faster, longer. Sony has built the John Holmes of digital photography.
I read the comments on all the blogs that relayed the press releases and my heart pounds with envy. Such joy. Such passion.
I read the comments and understand less than half of them. And can relate to far fewer still.
I read the comments and all I can think of are my long-gone Mamiya 7 and D800e. My Frederick Frank books. And walks in the hills.
Maybe this is just a post-climatic down. Maybe I no longer fit in a photographic segment manufacturers can afford to care about.
The reality is that I read the comment and all I can think is “who the hell gives a f ?”
Not that I’m complaining. My admiration for Sony’s determination to break all preconceived technological barriers is boundless. The A9 goes where no Sony has gone before. And its successor will make it look like a slow-witted cousin, well before the end of the decade. All this, just months after suffering yet another devastating earthquake. These guys are real life superheros giving the people what it begs for. In XXL spades.
Still, today, this tidbit was in the mail : This Agoraphobic Photographer Uses Google Street View to Travel the World.
Am I the only one thinking this is immensely more fascinating and droolworthy ? After the stats parade, basking in such raw talent really picked me up. Look, no camera.
No camera in the world is going to give you an eye that well-educated. That sense of style and place.
Unrelated, but related, my work recently has been making look closely at bots (AI, not lady parts). Few people realise how far these have come in influence-related circles. I’m wondering how long it is before a bot is crammed into a successor of the A9. How long before bots take better sports pictures than humans. Not that long, trust me. I’d bet my bottom dollar someone is working on it already. And we’ll have asked for it.
Just one photo today. It’s a 225% enlargement of the original and was taken at very high-speed, at f/8. Therefore it must be very good.