As it turns out, I wasn’t!
As I mentioned a few posts back, I had been looking at and thinking about a new camera. Eventually, I decided it against it. However, I still like to look. So, I was looking at the Sony A7R III, which is a full-frame mirrorless camera. Initially, I thought: How cool is that? Then, after looking at all of the glowing reviews, both in the written word and on video, I noticed that every one of them had huge lenses on this smaller camera. I mean, giant Canon zoom lenses. I thought: What’s the point in that – I mean, why get a small camera and a big lens. It rather throws off the balance and, furthermore, isn’t the purpose of a mirrorless camera supposed to be in the reduction of size and weight? Surely, I must be missing something, right?!
As I thought more about it, I thought about the image circle and the size of the sensor. In order to have that larger image circle, the rear element has to be a bit farther away … which means, unless they can overcome physics somehow, that the lens has to be longer in order to throw that circle. Ah, ha! That explains why all of the lenses were so long. Then, I thought: Surely, I’m not the only one who notices this, and I wasn’t.
Off to the Gulag, I went, er, uh, Google:
why have such big lenses on mirrorless bodies
Here’s a great article where this guy rather rips it apart at the seams and says, in words and pictures, how big of a mistake it was. Mistake? Who knows? They have folks clamoring to buy it, but, to me, it rather defeats the purpose.