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The Sony a7 III Has Been Finally Announced, BUT I Am Not Salivating Over It!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access “DPReview” post.


Click to access September 2017 post.


Click to access October 2017 post.


The only thing that truly appeals to me is the new sensor — and that was always going to be the #1 reason to upgrade from my current Sony a7 II.

All the other features, e.g., enhanced “Eye Auto Focus (AF)”, faster shooting rate, larger capacity ‘Z’ battery, AF joystick and 693 AF points, are really of marginal interest. I seek excellent AF but I no longer need LOTS of AF points or “Eye” AF. Most of the time I go with straight ‘Center Point’ AF — but also do a LOT of manual focus.

The two posts shown above from September and October really tell much of the story — and those were BEFORE I got my Google Pixel 2 phone at Christmas. During the last 2 months I used the Pixel 2 more or less exclusively! Yes, the cold weather was a factor. The Sony a7 II is not rated for ‘below freezing‘ temps. and I wasn’t going to take any chances since it is not exactly a cheap camera. But, the Pixel 2 is also so much easier to carry around. {SMILE}

My big gripe with Sony is the lack of ‘reasonably’ priced Full Frame lenses. What I can get from my a7 II in the end is gated by the lenses I have rather than anything else. So, just upgrading the body will not get me much — if any. Hence, my thinking about waiting for a Full Frame mirrorless from Nikon or Canon. Right now I am willing to wait. No hurry — for a change — to get another camera. {Smile}. I do have three cameras not counting the Pixel 2.


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There May Never Be A Sony a7 III; the a9 May Be The Upgrade Path!

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. From DPReview — where else?


I can see the ‘Munda Logic‘ in this.

IF you want to stick with 24MP resolution, as I do, then upgrade to the a9 — pay the HUGE price difference even if you do not ever need 20fps shooting capability or two card slots.

IF you need more resolution go with the newly announced Sony a7R III.

There is some rationale to this.

What I was hoping was an a7 III with the Sony a7 body, Sony a6500 sensor and maybe some firmware from the a9.


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The Newly Announced Sony a7R III Has No Appeal To I.

by Anura Guruge


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I love my fullframe Sony a7 II and plan to keep it forever (which in my case typically means ‘over 10 months’), but for my love and interests in the a7 family does not extend BEYOND the a7!

The a7R — the HIGH RESOLUTION monster — would be totally useless to me. I rarely print images. 99.9% of the pictures I take are for Web consumption — mainly here — and for that I have to DOWNSAMPLE anyway by a factor of at least 4!

That is why I will be hesitant to think about anything beyond my current 24MP — though I have a horrible feeling I might have to confront that somewhere down the road.

So 42MP is way outside my scope of interest.

The Sony a9, as I said before, rather than being a case of ‘sour grapes’, is also WAY more than I would ever need. I RARELY use continuous drive! Just don’t like it. I like to TRY and time my pictures. That is so much more satisfying. Continuous drive to I, is like post processing — something I detest. You take the pictures and then go back and see which ones came out ‘OK’. Not my cup of tea.

But, NOT a bad thing. I will stick to my a7 II and wait to see what the a7 III might promise.


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A Nikon Fullframe Mirrorless Will Sorely Test My Loyalty To Sony, Especially If There Is No Sony a7 III.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Both stories appeared in “The New Camera” on October 11, 2017. Link: thenewcamera.com


These two rumors that appeared on the same day, i.e., yesterday, severely tested me. I love my fullframe Sony a7 II BUT am hamstrung by the lack of ‘decent’ zoom lenses. That the likes of Tamron and Sigma does not have Sony E-mount FE lenses is very galling.

I have come to the painful realization that there is no point having a good camera, i.e., the Sony a7 II, if I don’t have DECENT lenses.

So, I will go with Nikon purely for better lens selection. That said Nikon will probably make a decent mirrorless camera — if not an outright good one. I do own a mirrorless Nikon and enjoy it very much — i.e., my Nikon P900. So, I can claim that I am not a Nikon mirrorless virgin either.

My only fear is that Nikon will make it a high(er) resolution camera. I really do not want a 50MP+ camera. But, I might have to reconsider that because I am really quite fed up with the Sony lens situation. And NO, I do not want to go the adapted lens route. Not my thing.

That the latest rumor is that Sony will again disappointed with the Sony a7 III just makes me even more convinced that Sony and I might have to part company in 2018.


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The Freshly Announced Sony RX10 IV — A Camera Looking For An Audience?

by Anura Guruge


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From “DPReview” ‘Buying Guides’ @ dpreview.com/buying-guides. Click to ENLARGE and read here.


Two other titles I considered were: “Nothing Here Nor There” & “A Rebel Without A Cause” (and camera aficionados will understand that).


Well this certainly was not the Full-Frame Sony a7 III that had been rumored!


Impressive camera with a HEFTY, $1,700 US, price tag. And that is why I am confused as to the target audience for this camera. At that price, albeit with a v. good lens with 600mm reach, it is at the high-end of the average enthusiast’s budget — and push comes to shove it is still a 1″ sensor camera, with a mid-range zoom. And that is problem.

If they had increased the zoom by even 50mm, to 650mm, then it would have made a bit more sense.

The Autofocus (with Phase Detect), the mind-blowing 24 fps and the touch screen are compelling — no doubt.

But, it is up against some impressive competition. That just a few months ago, DPReview in their “Long Zoom Camera” buyer’s guide went with the now, old-in-the-tooth Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is very telling. I had a FZ1000 and loved it. I considered the Sony RX10 II and found it not to be as compelling. And that DPReview then went with the RX10 II (with the shorter-range zoom) rather than the RX10 III (with the 600mm) zoom is even more telling. That to I, kind of sums it up. The FZ1000, with 200mm less zoom, is $1,000 cheaper! $1,000. That is a big difference.

So, that is my dilema. I like what I see. It could PROBABLY make a good ‘compact’ for I — in place of my rarely used, brand new Sony a6500. Yes, I do feel guilty sometimes. And I also have a Nikon P900 super-zoom with the 2,000mm reach!


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by Anura Guruge

Will I Get The Now Hotly Rumored Sony a7 III — Most Likely, BUT NOT Right Away.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. Graphic by Anura Guruge.


I am actually very happy with my 4-month old Sony a7 II. It is a delightful camera to use and I like Full-Frame! Who would have thought.

My biggest limitation is THE lens. I only have one lens for it — the Sony FE 24-240 (f/3.5-6.3). The image quality of that lens is NOT great and I struggle with that daily. I really will have to do something about that later this year — maybe for Christmas.

I know that I will eventually succumb to the a7 III because of the newer technology. And YES I will trade in the Model II.

But, I am going to wait. Two books I need to finish and publish first. PLUS, I am going to wait until I have taken 20,000 pictures with the a7 II. That is 9,000 more pictures as of today. At 20,000 I would have taken more pictures with the a7II than with any other camera I have ever owned.

If things go relatively smoothly we might be looking at April 2018. That is good. I would have had the II for nearly a year! Wow.


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Don’t Need A Sony a77 III — What We Need Is Sony a6500 Sensor In A Sony a7 Body.

by Anura Guruge


From ‘The New Camera’ on August 2, 2017. Link: thenewcamera.com/page/3/. Click to ENLARGE.


Sony mirrorless strategy Anura Guruge

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A Sony SLT a77 III will be a waste. While the a77 II is a nice camera it is heavy and chunky and does NOT have a dedicated EV dial. Plus it is NOT mirrorless.

I have both a Sony a7 II and a Sony a6500. The Sony a7 II is an absolute delight to use. Has two control wheels and a dedicated EV dial … PLUS a C3.

Going from the a7 II to the a6500 really is painful.

Would love to see the a6500 APS C sensor and innards inside an a7 body.


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