Sony’s 2 New Cameras, A7 RII & RX10 II, Puts Me In A Quandary

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by Anura Guruge

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Well, to be fair and honest, it is what I class a ‘nice problem to have’. I don’t really need to get another camera. So just on the basis of that I can get rid of this quandary. IF I am not going to get a new camera, to replace the cheap, $375, refurbished Canon T3i I bought last year — I have no ‘problems’ to deal with. And maybe that is really what I should do. Plus, given that I am far from rich I really shouldn’t indulge in two ‘expensive’ hobbies — the ol’ British cars, though all rather cheap, still requiring me to write checks.

But, I have to say, woW, wOW, WOW.

I have kept an eye on the Sony mirrorless Alpha range for the last 9 months or so. I even got to take some pictures with one when we were at ‘Four Corners‘ in April. I volunteered to take the picture of visitor — straddling the ‘Point’ — and he had a new Sony Alpha. It was neat.

The Sony A 7 RII appears to be incredible — but at $3,500+ way more than I am willing to pay for a camera. I don’t really see the point of spending more than say $1,700 for a camera + lens for what I want to achieve. Anything more would just be for show and that doesn’t have that much appeal.

I had kind of settled on a Pentax K3. When I was growing up Pentax was the choice of professionals. I can’t remember whether I have ever owned a Pentax BUT the name appeals to me. The K3 is one heck of a camera for the price. It will do everything I want it to do and its price is coming down (daily).

RX10M2_right_bgwhBUT my real dilemma is the new Sony RX10 II.

It is not a DSLR and it is mirrorless. Its ONLY negative, as far as I am concerned, is that it is FIXED lens and I, by getting the Canon T3i, had hoped to get back into interchangeable lens cameras. But, I am really not that much into swapping lenses. It is a pain. I only have two lens right now and I am kind of fine with that.

In reality I might be better off with the RX10 II or possibly even the OLD RX10 since taking videos, to me, is a necessary evil as opposed to something that I crave to do.

Well it is nice to have options in life. 

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