After many many photos with the magnificent Panasonic GF-1, I have finally made the decision for higher IQ and (slightly) bigger sensor. This could only mean the Sony NEX-7. Or the Fuji X-Pro1 actually but I found the Fuji a little overpriced and too bulky.
Of course, first issue I’ve run into has been reported all over the internet: too few hi-end prime lenses! The default zoom lens is really quite pathetic.
Below you will find some size comparisons of the NEX-7 with kit lens (18-55mm) against the GF-1 with the 45mm/1.8 (wonderful lens!). Another comparison is with the Sony A-900 which has the same resolution as the NEX-7, i.e. 24 megapix – unbelievable! (To be fair, the A900 has a full-frame sensor, whereas the NEX-7 is APS-C). I will really miss the stunningly fine lenses of the micro four thirds system, most of all Panasonic’s 20mm/1.7 pancake but also the Olympus 45mm/1.8.
However, in the meantime I got myself the Voigtlänger 40mm/1.4 (manual focus) with a Leica-M adapter (Novoflex). This combo is both lightweight and gives you acceptable IQ and depth of field (thanks to 1.4 aperture, although I’d rather go for f2.0 on this lens). Manual focus really takes some time getting used to but on the NEX-7, thanks to “focus peaking”, is made quite easy.