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Title: choices
Post by: Gordon McGeachie on September 27, 2014, 04:03:46 PM
I have an interview next week for a new better paid job, and have been given the go ahead to get a new (camera)Body.

Now the choices at the moment are

1)...A second hand A77 for £449 ( or £469 for one with 24,000 clicks)
2)...A new A77ii for £883
3)...A900 with grip for £899

I would love to go FF, and given my lens line up I am very tempted

but what do you all think?
Title: Re: choices
Post by: Faldrax on September 27, 2014, 07:31:03 PM
Is it the Sony VG with the A900,  or a 3rd party one? If the latter,  the A900 is overpriced (unless from a shop in ex condition,  low shutter count and good warranty)

I paid £630 (collected) a few weeks ago for my second A900, inc a 3rd party grip & 3 batteries!

If you can get one for a better price, the A900 is a great camera - but it doesn't have video,  live view,  etc. Central AF is good (particularly with fast lenses),  outer points less so but still OK.
Title: Re: choices
Post by: Gordon McGeachie on September 27, 2014, 09:01:32 PM
its the genuine article Faldrax........

just looked at warehouse express, they have 2 (body only) on sale at £799 each

one has a shutter count of 2,830 and the other has 4,703

as for video, don't really need it, or GPS, or live view
Title: Re: choices
Post by: chappo1 on September 27, 2014, 11:25:11 PM
My vote would be one of the A77s.  New ii if you can afford it.  EVF is the big unknown before you try it but once you do, you will never go back to OVF...john
Title: Re: choices
Post by: Chris82 on September 27, 2014, 11:37:47 PM
My choice would probably be the A77ii also. A900 is a good camera but the technology and sensor tech has improved so much in recent years. I do understand the draw to ff as since i moved to the a99 i have used my apsc cameras about 3 times in the 2yrs since upgrading
Title: Re: choices
Post by: CHOLLY on September 28, 2014, 06:37:48 AM
^^^^I too vote for the A77II.

I was just a couple weeks away from buying one when the Air Conditioning unit in my home went belly-up and needed replacing.

Gordon, as SOON as I recover financially, the A77II is mine... everything I have read about it justifies the purchase. ;)
Title: Re: choices
Post by: Morph on September 28, 2014, 07:47:59 AM
I was in a similar position, although I already own an A77. I am interested in seeing how much difference FF makes but I went for the A850 instead. They start at around £450.  I've already got several lenses to get going with it.   Im interested to see if / how FF benefits the sort of photography I do and this was a good way to see without having to spend nearly £2000 that an A99 would cost.
Title: Re: choices
Post by: REX (aka TG) on September 28, 2014, 05:38:15 PM
If you try EVF you will never go back...... :) A77II is the way to go

A77 II has some advantages over the A77

1)Control wheels lock by pressing the Fn button for 5 sec

2)Dial mode lock like on a99

3)Superior Autofocus module we don't know yet but maybe even better than Canon Eos 7DII

4)AF range like on a99. Is a must on sport for me. You can limit AF range of any lens.


Title: Re: choices
Post by: Gordon McGeachie on September 28, 2014, 06:34:54 PM
thanks for the replies guys, still mulling it over as to which option.

My heart says one thing, but my head says another.

decisions decisions
Title: Re: choices
Post by: Morph on September 28, 2014, 06:47:05 PM
Nice decision to have though always exciting getting a new camera !