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Old 11-11-2018, 09:11 PM   #1
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Sony A7II for starters?

Hey everyone, i've recently picked up photography due to my work requirements. I've worked with full-frame DSLRs and I really love the amount of light I'm getting with a full frame sensor.

I'm deciding to purchase a mirrorless camera for myself, and looking at the SONY A7II. Not the A7III because i do not want to spend that much.

Is the A7II a wise choice at this point of time? or are there other mirrorless cameras worth looking to buy? Budget <$1.5k
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Old 11-11-2018, 11:27 PM   #2
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Budget only for body? What about lens?
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Old 11-11-2018, 11:43 PM   #3
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Budget only for body? What about lens?
Exclusive of lens. My plan is to buy 35 1.4.
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Old 21-11-2018, 09:41 PM   #4
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A7II is a good buy for beginners even for today, solid sensor and have IBIS. Just get more spare batteries.
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Old 28-11-2018, 09:10 PM   #5
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Sony now have promo for it

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Old 28-12-2018, 05:25 PM   #6
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My friend got a Sony A7II and hardly use it because he can't afford good lenses. Why not use an APS-C camera instead? I'm using a Sony A6300 and everything that comes with it (lenses, gimbal, etc) is so much cheaper since you're on a budget. And it's smaller and shoots 120p videos. The A7II can only do 60p. Plus, battery lasts longer. The only ONLY drawback is the smaller sensor.
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well the consolation is he can still use "cheap" APS-C lens on his FF A7ii (in cropped mode) but that really defeats the purpose of utilising the FF sensor.

also he has IBIS over your A6300...
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Old 01-01-2019, 01:16 PM   #8
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why settle something lesser than full frame? TBH, with how technology move now.... APS-C will die out to full frame in maybe the next 5-10 years?
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Weight is also a factor to consider. FF is a lot heavier than the APS-C system. FF cost a lot more too ( Glass and accessories like a good tripod)

I moved on from Sony Nex C3 to A6000 then finally on A7iii and can really feel the extra weight on FF. Maybe becos. I'm using the 24-70f2.8 GM. (vs a 1670f4 CZ when I'm on A6000)

It's very obvious Sony is focusing on FF, there have not been a new APS-C lens for the longest time. So FF is the way to go, if u dun mind the weight.

Budget a good tripod too. A Gitzo series 1 is good enough imho. I bought a series 2 right from the start and I did not use it much becos of the weight

If u r considering APS-C, u can get away with perhaps a Gitzo series 0, which cost a lot less too

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Exclusive of lens. My plan is to buy 35 1.4.
looks like TS want a bokeh machine with FF

really can consider apsc with good bokeh lens.. and even cheaper
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35mm is a bit short to get a good background blur. Of course can be done, but not easy
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get a 85mm f1.8. a bokeh beast at an affordable price.
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looks like TS want a bokeh machine with FF

really can consider apsc with good bokeh lens.. and even cheaper
well TS is already sold on the FF sensor so yes i would also start with the A7ii instead of the A7iii the 600+ vs 100+ phase detection points looks like i'm missing out on alot over 3years of technology advancement
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well TS is already sold on the FF sensor so yes i would also start with the A7ii instead of the A7iii the 600+ vs 100+ phase detection points looks like i'm missing out on alot over 3years of technology advancement
A7ii is a pretty good if not shooting really fast moving scene. Low light is definitely better than apsc in my opinion. Heck I even tried it with Sigma apsc lens, it's pretty sharp if your are not printing in very large format.

In fact I might just get the body to go with my smaller apsc lens :laugh:
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I was interested with a7 III but the price still high.

If one day a7 IV came out would the price drop same as a7 II ?
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