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    Thinking of jumping ship

    So it is time for my annual "new camera" thread, been, what? A year?

    I've been thinking about a new camera for a while, and this time, I'm serious. Maybe. It's probably my last year here, so I am thinking of grabbing a new camera, using it on holidays etc and then take it home.

    In the past I've toyed with the idea of a Fujifilm X series (still like my XQ-1), another Nikon to make use of all my lenses etc, a Pentax K1 because...well because, but what has my attention at the moment is the Sony a7III. In kit form with 28-70mm would probably do me quite nicely. I can't think of a better choice. Cheaper, yes. Equal, yes. But for the money...having trouble.

    I'm pretty sure whatever I get next, will be mirrorless. Less bulk for a start.

    Thoughts?

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    Re: Thinking of jumping ship

    I went with the Olympus Em1 and the pro lenses. I have not regretted my choice for travel. Certainly a lot lighter and easier than carting my Canon kit around.
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    Re: Thinking of jumping ship

    The issue I find with mirrorless is once you consider pro glass, the weight of the system increases. I still use both DSLR, and mirrorless depending on the shoot, but I do tend to use mirrorless more purely for the fun factor.

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    Re: Thinking of jumping ship

    I actually carry my mirrorless...

    DSLR was something I would only take to places if I knew I wanted to take photos. I'm going to eventually fork out for some pro glass for it, which will likely have a similar fate to my DSLR stuff, but I find my A6000 with the 16mm prome lens works its way into my pocket very regularly.

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    Re: Thinking of jumping ship

    I have a Sony A7R11 and am happy with its performance and handling.

    I've been with Sony cameras both mirrorless and SLT for a number of years now and the only issues I've had has been with lens availability for the E Mount full frames. Sony FE lenses are quite expensive compared to some other makes and up until recently native FE's have not been available.

    That isn't an issue now, but you still need to mortgage something to buy one!

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    Re: Thinking of jumping ship

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris788 View Post
    I actually carry my mirrorless...

    DSLR was something I would only take to places if I knew I wanted to take photos. I'm going to eventually fork out for some pro glass for it, which will likely have a similar fate to my DSLR stuff, but I find my A6000 with the 16mm prome lens works its way into my pocket very regularly.
    Chris have a look at the Sigma 30 mm 2.8 before you spend big bucks on another prime. It performs very well on that camera. (Still using it on the A7)

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    Re: Thinking of jumping ship

    I did cast an eye over to the a6xxx series, as well as the Panasonic G5-9's. One thing pulling me away from Fuji, is I've never heard anyone rave about their video. That and quality issues with the ones I've bought. The Panasonic and Sony seem to have that sorted. But of course the Fuji's do take nice photo's which is 90% of my current use. Still, if it can do both...

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    Re: Thinking of jumping ship

    Quote Originally Posted by LJG View Post
    I went with the Olympus Em1 and the pro lenses. I have not regretted my choice for travel. Certainly a lot lighter and easier than carting my Canon kit around.
    Ya; gotta be better than that big Cannon you lugged around America lol

    Like LG; I have never regretting moving "down" to an Oly em1; but still fighting to 'wantahave' this and that lens . Only have 20mm Pana and 12-40mm pro lens but then I also do not have the sensor bunny dramas with changing lenses out in the paddock. There is always the lumix fz300 when I need a longer lens (F2.8 600mm)
    I would love to try the Oly 12-100mm f4 pro lens --- now that would be a great wedding snapper lens. Only around $15/1600 and well under a Kg! That is the real bonus of down sizing!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by closei View Post
    Chris have a look at the Sigma 30 mm 2.8 before you spend big bucks on another prime. It performs very well on that camera. (Still using it on the A7)
    Will do!

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    Re: Thinking of jumping ship

    thanks for the replies, thinking and looking...

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    Re: Thinking of jumping ship

    CFO has approved the budget so this could be a happening thing.

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    Re: Thinking of jumping ship

    Right, so finished my exam today, do went for a bit of a look...

    Found a good price on the a7iii, only to find out it has Japanese menus only. So I went to a bigger store, same deal, but they did have international version available (no stock though)...for an extra ¥20,000. (even a6500 was thusly afflicted).

    Suck my chutney, Sony.

    So back to square one. Choices are now anything that doesn't have a restrictive menu (Nikon, Fujifilm, Pentax, etc).

    I like the compactness of the Fujis, but every Fuji I've had has had some quality niggles. Great images though. Nikon saves me buying any new lenses, flashes, etc.

    Time for another beer while I think it over.

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    Re: Thinking of jumping ship

    LOL; you get one sent from Australia

    Just buy an Oly

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    Re: Thinking of jumping ship

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    LOL; you get one sent from Australia

    Just buy an Oly
    Don't worry, I have thought about both of those options. Really everything is on the table right now.

    There was a site with some firmware hacks for earlier models, but nothing updated for the a7iii.

    Staying with Nikon lets me keep my lenses, but... rumours abound that there will be some mirrorless cameras from them coming out late this year/early next year.

    But there will forever be something new on the horizon...

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    Re: Thinking of jumping ship

    Yep ; seems the old dslr mobs are going mirrorless to some extent -- just to make it more complicated

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanB View Post
    Yep ; seems the old dslr mobs are going mirrorless to some extent -- just to make it more complicated
    must be an advantage to having a mirror flapping around that I don't see...

    Only real contenders at the moment are Fuji, Olympus omd/pen and 810.

    or maybe a mirrorless twin lens kit for traveling light...

    haha too many options again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Q97 View Post
    must be an advantage to having a mirror flapping around that I don't see...

    Only real contenders at the moment are Fuji, Olympus omd/pen and 810.

    or maybe a mirrorless twin lens kit for traveling light...

    haha too many options again!

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    Got my latest Sony through grey importer with a shopfront in Australia but supplying out of Hong Kong. (Becextech) No complaints. Took a couple of weeks but that’s not an issue if you aren’t in a hurry and they were way cheaper than anyone else.

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    Thanks for the tip. They are only about $10 cheaper by the looks of it on the international version of the Sony. To be honest I could probably muddle through the Japanese menus, it'd just be nice not to have to. They seem well priced on D810's and D750's.

    Otherwise, Japanese made XH-1, XT-2 look decent, but $$$$ needed for glass. That alone will probably push me towards a Nikon product, plus I have mainly FX glass anyway.

    I think I am beginning to see why I hope through this every year... haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Q97 View Post
    Thanks for the tip. They are only about $10 cheaper by the looks of it on the international version of the Sony. To be honest I could probably muddle through the Japanese menus, it'd just be nice not to have to. They seem well priced on D810's and D750's.

    Otherwise, Japanese made XH-1, XT-2 look decent, but $$$$ needed for glass. That alone will probably push me towards a Nikon product, plus I have mainly FX glass anyway.

    I think I am beginning to see why I hope through this every year... haha

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    Why not go the whole way and get D850? 45 mp is impressive! My Sony is 42 mp and the ‘cropability’ is Amazing!

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    Re: Thinking of jumping ship

    D810 is probably the limit of finances. That's what made the a7 appealing, not too expensive (in terms of switching brands that is).

    I'll need to do a little more reading yet...

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