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Offline rappar

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New and need advice...
« on: June 21, 2014, 01:56:49 AM »
I have just sold my Nikon D700 and a rather large collection of Nikon Glass. Age and the airlines have caught up with me. I am tired of trying to balance stuff that goes into a 'carry on' bag. Then, when I get to a location, I love to wander. A D700 with lens or lenses in a bag gets heavier as the day goes on. So, as soon as things are back in stock, I will be the proud owner of a Sony A7R with a 55 F1.8, a 24-70 F4 and a 70-200 F4. Based on what I had with Nikon, I figure I have covered off what makes me happy.
I have purchased Gary Friedman's book and one other I found on Amazon to try and get up to speed on this terrific system I have bought into. This was NOT an impulse move but rather something done after considerable research. It seems to me that Sony is leading a charge in full frame DSLR cameras that the 'big boys' need to pay attention to or they are going to be left in the dust.
My question is simple... what else can I do to make this transition as meaningful as possible?
Soon to own A7R, 24-70, 55 F1.8 and 70-200 F4

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Re: New and need advice...
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2014, 07:04:29 AM »

My question is simple... what else can I do to make this transition as meaningful as possible?

To make the transition as meaningful as possible, read Gary's book, learn the system, ask questions here if you get stuck then go out and use the camera as that is how you will best get used to it. Just remember it is not a Nikon and you may get a bit frustrated, just persevere and you will discover in time that you have just entered the future of photography.

The old saying still goes, you take the photos, not the camera. However using a Sony A7R with a 55 F1.8, a 24-70 F4 and a 70-200 F4 should be an eye opener. Great equipment. Good luck and post some photos when you feel ready.

Sony A7, A850, A77, A700 || Sony>> 70-300G, 28-75 f2.8 SAM, 16-80CZ, 50 f1.4, FE 28-70 OSS, FE 24-70CZ f4 OSS, LA-EA4 || Minolta>> 300 f4 G HS, 200 f2.8 G HS, 100 f2.8 (D) Macro, 50 f1.7, 28 f2.8, 28-135 f4-4.5, 70-210 f4, 500 f8 Reflex, TC x 1.4 HS, TC x 2 HS. || Sigma 21-35 f3.5-4.2. || Tamron SP 24-135.

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Re: New and need advice...
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2014, 12:13:59 AM »
Welcome rapper- good to have you on board.  A couple of friends have not gone to quite the extreme you have YET!
They still have their big Nikon D700 and D800's but have bought little Olympus and Fuji's (no Sony's as yet) and take them more often than the big stuff.

My A99 with the Zeiss 24-70 is on the heavy side too and my next move like you will be to whatever replaces the A7R by then.

It is amazing how technology can sometimes blindside companies.  A few years back, us Sony shooters were bemoaning the lack of a serious competitor to the professional N's and C's but Sony stuck to their path.  As we all downsize, they are up there ahead of the pack.
I hope you have years of enjoyment with your new toys...john
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Re: New and need advice...
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2014, 07:29:21 PM »
Congratulations on your new Sony a7R with the associated lenses.

The only thing you need do to make the move meaningful is to go out in the field and take lots of photographs! The lightness of the Sony camera body and its compact lenses ensure this and will bring you years of enjoyment.

I am also owned Nikon cameras and lenses and while I have gotten rid of the majority of the glass, I decided to keep some for use with the Sony a7R. One lens I am fond of, is the Nikon 20mm f2.8 AF. I held onto that lens and purchased a legacy lens adapter to use with that lens. It provides an inexpensive way to get the wide angle perspective I like to shoot with. Another lens that I held onto is the Micro Nikkor 105 mm f2.8 MF lens. These older lenses had a second lease on life and are getting used on the a7R body. So, holding onto some of your Nikon lenses may be worthwhile--especially if you had an investment in some of their longer telephotos or their extreme wide angles.

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Re: New and need advice...
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2014, 12:32:40 PM »
Welcome Ron, and congrats on your new purchase. If you can afford it, get Leica glass in front. ;-)