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Offline Chris82

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Only gone and done it
« on: March 03, 2016, 07:10:01 PM »
 I have been humming and hawing for quite some time now about what to do in terms of my gear for my Landscape photography. After testing the water and getting a rather good trade in price for my A99 including an additional bonus i bit the bullet and have bought myself a Sony A7rII. There was no way i could have bought one without getting just over 1k for my A99. I will for the time being be keeping all my A-mount Zeiss and G glass to use with it via the LA-EA3 adapter and i will use the FE70-200 on my A7II or vice versa. It should arrive tomorrow or Saturday and i can get testing and will post my findings.
 I felt a piece of me was missing when i posted (mailed) my A99 and i was a bit unsure if i was doing the right thing, now i'm excited to get my new camera and get out with it to see if it lives up to the hype.

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Re: Only gone and done it
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2016, 09:35:02 PM »
Congratulations Chris.  I have been eyeing off the A7RII as well but first off will probably be a replacement for my wife's ageing A55....john
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Re: Only gone and done it
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2016, 10:55:50 AM »
From what I read it's a great camera, enjoy :)

I'm still holding out for an A99 replacement - which will either drive down the price of s/h A99 to the point where I can justify one, or will be good enough to justify the (much larger) cost of buying new.

I am very tempted to get an A6300 + LAE-A3 when that is available, both as an upgrade to my A6000 (which is great) but also to take the role of backup body from the older of my A900's.

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Re: Only gone and done it
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2016, 09:18:01 PM »
Congrats Chris. From what I have been reading the A7rII is a superb camera, I doubt you will regret it.
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Re: Only gone and done it
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2016, 09:59:43 PM »
 Thanks everyone, it arrived today and i got the batteries charged up and have set it up (custom buttons) identically to my A7II so i know every button and it's functions without having to "think" about which camera i'm using.
The eye AF is rather good and much better on the a7rII than it is on the a7II although not available with my A-mount lenses via the LA-EA3 so only works with my FE70-200 at the moment.
The evf and rear screen seem like a bit of an upgrade too, with the evf being much cleaner and sharper.

I'll do a bit more testing tomorrow and I have a trip planned for Sunday morning for some more serious pics so will see how it goes.

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Re: Only gone and done it
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2016, 03:43:00 PM »
You wont be disappointed Chris - although I can understand your feelings about trading in the a99. I'm sure you'll love the detail you will get from the 42 mp sensor and also the colours although battery life is... um... disappointing. Still, there had to be a compromise somewhere :)
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Re: Only gone and done it
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2016, 05:18:44 PM »
 Thanks Frank, i'm sure i won't regret trading the a99 in and the new camera will more than live up to my expectations. Im aware of the battery life being rather poor as this is also the case with it's little brother the a7ii. I have 4 batteries at the moment but may have to invest in another 1 or 2 just to be on the safe side when i go away for a few days.

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Re: Only gone and done it
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2016, 07:19:40 AM »
a good move I'm sure. I have considered doing something similar but personally at my age weight is the issue and unless I changed my glass-16-28/2.8CZ, 24-70/2.8CZ, 70-200/2.8G, 100/2.8M to the lighter lenses I would not be achieving what I need. Big dollars as you know to replace body and lenses so for now I can only envy you. My campervan was burgled over Christmas and as always if I'm not staying in it I remove all my camera gear though they got everything else. I've full replacement insurance, what a shame I'm too honest. look forward to seeing some pics
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Re: Only gone and done it
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2016, 01:28:59 PM »
 I have managed to shed a bit of weight from my kit over the past 2 years or so changing to mirrorless. About 2kg in total but it depends what i choose to stick in the bag. Once i get the flare issue sorted out with my 16-35mm and filters i'm sure i will be more than happy with it. I have managed a few images without flare during my head scratching testing and the image quality is exceptional. In a different league from the A99, i just need to tame it and get it consistently.
Plan is to keep the CZ16-35mm ƒ2.8 if i can sort out the flare issue
Keep CZ24-70 ƒ2.8 until i can afford to upgrade to the 24-70 ƒ2.8G Master and benefit from eye AF etc,
70-300mm G i will probably trade and buy the Zeiss 55mm ƒ1.8 at some point,
70-400mm G i will keep
Zeiss 85mm ƒ1.4 Planar i will probably trade for either the Batis 85, 90mm macro or the 85 G Master. Batis is most likely. Again for Eye AF etc
Add Loxia 21mm at some point and or the wider batis prime if it ever materialises.
Voigtlander 15mm , 12mm and 10mm look interesting.

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Re: Only gone and done it
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2016, 08:20:46 PM »
A99SW?
There are people who actually think LENS stabilization is better than sensor shifting!