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Your Primary Camera January 2018

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Topic: Your Primary Camera January 2018
Posted By: Bob J
Subject: Your Primary Camera January 2018
Date Posted: 23 February 2018 at 15:01
Above are 15 options, with the Alpha selections arranged by how they came out in the last http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/your-primary-camera-jan-2017_topic123728_post1471833.html#1471833 - Primary Camera survey (Jan 2017) with the exception of the a7 entries which are divided differently to last time and the addition with them of the a9, as that seemed a sensible place to put it.

Please indicate which group of those shown above your primary camera fits into (your primary camera is probably the one you would reach for most often for photography, but the actual choice of which camera you choose as your primary is entirely yours).

Note that available space on the line for options limits the descriptions that can be put down: because of this I have used ranges of model numbers where a complete list would not fit and where I say NEX3 or NEX5, I am including all the lettered variants.

Sometimes the dividing lines between categories can be a bit indistinct – as with last year, I have made the division on type (DSLR, SLT or ICLE), size of sensor, whether the camera is ‘Premium’ or not (no criticism intended of non-premium cameras - some of our best photographers use them) and for the a7 variants, what generation they belong in. I think I have most models covered in the descriptions, but if I have missed your camera out, please add it to the category that seems most appropriate and let us know the details in a posting. So:

if you get one of the (just announced) a7iii cameras or a (currently hypothetical) a7Siii to use as your primary camera, it should go in the "3rd gen full frame ICLE" category
or
if you really want to put that RD-175 down as your primary camera, it would probably fit best with the 5D/a100-a580 category as it was a sub-frame SLR based on a mid-range analogue body
while
the RD-3000 should probably go in as a Non-Alpha DSLR
(but where you actually put any of these is up to you).

Note that you can only vote once in this poll!
So choose carefully...

This is part of a survey we run every once in a while to check on what the membership's cameras of choice are.

Another poll is open to let you specify your http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/topic130870_post1528023.html#1528023 - backup cameras (you can vote more than once in that one).



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RBJ ~ http://tinyurl.com/h7uhozk - Moderation on Dyxum



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Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 27 February 2018 at 10:45
Now open for voting...

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RBJ ~ http://tinyurl.com/h7uhozk - Moderation on Dyxum


Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 27 February 2018 at 18:41
My main camera is now the A7, since I got it late March last year it has taken over 50% of the pictures in my my LR catalog. 81% of those have been with manual lenses, so I consider it my "digital back"

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Mind the bandwidth of others, don't link pictures larger then 1024 wide or 960 pix high, http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/picture-size-for-posting_topic114856_post1379537.html#1379537 - see here


Posted By: LAbernethy
Date Posted: 27 February 2018 at 20:25
My main camera varies, more so now more than ever. I got tired of waiting for the A77III and picked up an A580 and A850 just to satisfy my own curiosity as to which is better; they're my current main cameras.
BTW if anyone wanted to know what I think; the A850 is nicer to use but the A580 is a better performer. If Sony got around to a firmware update for the A850 (the a700 is on v. 4) I'm sure that would change.


Posted By: wetapunga
Date Posted: 28 February 2018 at 21:45
With most of my photography being landscapes and seascapes at the moment, I'm almost always shooting with an A7r on a tripod. That's made the move to an IBIS body less compelling, and 42MP isn't a significant jump from 36,

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a77ii- and some Sony/Minolta A-mount lenses.
a7riii- Zeiss Loxia 21mm, Loxia 35mm Loxia 50mm, Loxia 85mm, Sony 24-105mm, Sigma 100-400mm.


Posted By: Miranda F
Date Posted: 01 March 2018 at 16:50
I have an A58, A900, and a 5D, plus lots of film cameras. The s/h A900 I got last year cost a lot more than the new A58 did in 2014, which replaced an A390 that was stolen.
Of all these cameras the A58 is by the far the most used, and the most useful. I like the A900 and want to use it more, but (slightly disappointingly) there are too many things the cheaper A58 does as well or much better, eg:

- smaller, lighter, and fits in bags where the A900 doesn't.
- much more battery life (at least 3x)
- EVF shows setting effect in real time
- focus peaking and magnify for MF lenses
- digital zoom which is useful on prime lenses (I like framing my pics as I take them)
- tilting LCD for low/high viewpoints
- built-in flash
- better low-light performance/sensitivity (but same DR)
- has natural ISO100, useful for fast lenses.
- takes SD cards (okay, so does the A900 with an adapter)
- quieter shutter with EFCS
- makes a good partner with the dinky DT lenses.


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Miranda F & Sensorex, Sony A58, Nex-6, Dynax 4, 5, 60, 500si/600si/700si/800si, various Sony & Minolta lenses, several Tamrons, lots of MF primes and *far* too many old film cameras . . .


Posted By: QuietOC
Date Posted: 01 March 2018 at 17:26
The little A5000 is still my main camera. It is currently in my inner coat pocket with the Sigma 60 F2.8 Art on it. I actually get quite good battery life with it. That's one reason not to replace it with a higher end model. I do miss the A58 battery life. The A68 does seem to last longer than the A65.

I haven't gotten used to the A68 controls yet. I wish it matched the A58/A65/A5000 controls more. Three of the thumb wheel directional clicks aren't able to be used. I find the A5000 easier to control even without the Fn button/menu. I am not a fan of the new customizable Fn menu either. Sony UI is getting worse.





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Sony A7III HVL-F45RM LA-EA3 LA-EA4 MB-IV MC-11 EF-E II MD-NEX KR-NEX DA-NEX
Minolta Maxxum 600si
Pentax Q7 5-15 15-45/2.8 8.5/1.9 11.5/9 AF-P/Q


Posted By: adhox
Date Posted: 01 March 2018 at 22:53
Early days for this poll, but on current responses it seems that the memo about A-mount being dead was lost in the mail.



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A99ii + 16-35Z | 24-70Z | 24-105 | 70-200G | 100-300 | 70-300G
20 | 28 | 50 | 300 | 500
A6600 + 10-18 | 16-70Z | 18-135 | 70-200/4G | 70-350G | 200-600G
28 | 56 | 85


Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 03 March 2018 at 14:29
Originally posted by Atom Ant Oz Atom Ant Oz wrote:

Early days for this poll, but on current responses it seems that the memo about A-mount being dead was lost in the mail.



..but don't we use a lot of full-frame cameras!

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RBJ ~ http://tinyurl.com/h7uhozk - Moderation on Dyxum


Posted By: QuietOC
Date Posted: 14 March 2018 at 19:37
I sold my A5000, so I am back primarily in A-mount camp with the A68 at least temporarily.

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Sony A7III HVL-F45RM LA-EA3 LA-EA4 MB-IV MC-11 EF-E II MD-NEX KR-NEX DA-NEX
Minolta Maxxum 600si
Pentax Q7 5-15 15-45/2.8 8.5/1.9 11.5/9 AF-P/Q


Posted By: Winwalloe
Date Posted: 14 March 2018 at 20:22
Still using my a99 ; I'm surprised to see such share for a99/a99ii actually :)

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http://guenolephilippe.fr - See my webpage!
A-mount stuff, and few µ43 stuff.


Posted By: morph1970
Date Posted: 14 March 2018 at 21:56
Originally posted by Winwalloe Winwalloe wrote:

Still using my a99 ; I'm surprised to see such share for a99/a99ii actually :)


I agree still use my A99 as well. I thought I was one of the few left lol. be interesting to see how the poll ends.


Posted By: stiuskr
Date Posted: 14 March 2018 at 22:03
It's the new kid on the block factor, next year the a77/a77ii/a77iii trifecta might take the lead back. I went back and looked at the past polls and here's the top three for each year that I could find (% of votes)

2017-a99/a99ii/HV (22.3%) a77/a77ii (18.1) a900/a850 (12.5)
2016-a77/a77ii (25.8) a99 (19.8) a900/a850 (10.2)
2015-a77/a77ii (29.0) a99 (17.9) a900/a850 (15.8)
2014-a77/a65 (22.5) a99 (21.3) a900/a850 (20.0)
2013-a77/a65 (25.9) a900/a850 (22.7) a99 (21.4)
2012-Missing
2011-a900/a850 (35.7) a700 (25.7) a350/300/200 (8.2)
2010-a700 (42.8) a900/850 (24.3) a200 (8.8)
2009-a700 (44.8) a900 (14.2) a200 (12.3)
2008-Missing
2007-a700 (30.7) a100 (23.4) KM 7D (22.2)

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Rob Suits Jr.
a99M2 a99 a77 a700 KM7D|Min24/2.8 Min35/2 So50/1.4 So50/2.8 Min85/1.4G Tam90/2.8 Tam180/3.5|Tam17-50 CZ24-70G2 KM28-75D So70-200G1 So70-300G So70-400G1| SonyF60 AD200R2


Posted By: adhox
Date Posted: 15 March 2018 at 15:21
Originally posted by stiuskr stiuskr wrote:

It's the new kid on the block factor, next year the a77/a77ii/a77iii trifecta might take the lead back. I went back and looked at the past polls and here's the top three for each year that I could find (% of votes)

More than the new kid on the block factor - if that explained the results I'd expect to see E-mount on the podium at least once.

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A99ii + 16-35Z | 24-70Z | 24-105 | 70-200G | 100-300 | 70-300G
20 | 28 | 50 | 300 | 500
A6600 + 10-18 | 16-70Z | 18-135 | 70-200/4G | 70-350G | 200-600G
28 | 56 | 85


Posted By: SineQuaNon
Date Posted: 10 April 2018 at 00:02
Obviously the results of this poll are not going to precisely match with sales percentages, but I found it interesting that Premium SLT/Full Frame SLT made up 50% of the results, while ILCE only made up just over 30%

Either the Alpha mount crowd is representing overly heavy here on Dyxum, or E-mounts aren't blowing A-mount out of the water lately like we're lead to believe. This strikes me as quite interesting, considering the E-Mount started being pushed around the same time that all the earliest Premium SLT/Full Frame SLT cameras came out...

I respect and love the innovation that has been coming from Sony since it's adoption/absorption of the Minolta legacy, and the E-mount definitely has some interesting things to offer. I just hope polls like these are representative of the love that people still have for the Alpha-mount, and that Sony continues to provide updates/innovations for both mounts.

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A99ii / SAL2470Z / SAL135F28 / SAL70300G


Posted By: ADub128
Date Posted: 16 November 2018 at 04:16
I'm a rare bird here. I shoot my NEX-6 the most, for "everyday" shooting, then my A77ii is more the "backup". I prefer the smaller form factor for my walk around shots, but when I shoot sports, I grab the A77ii because I prefer the ergonomics.

I'm at the point where modern cameras are very good and don't upgrade until something breaks. I still shoot my NEX-3 from time to time, launched in 2010!

I'm not sure if I will go full-frame digital. I like the idea, but don't necessarily want the bigger bodies and lenses. I really want the A6500. I really wish Sony launched an A88 though.

Nowadays, when I want to go full frame, I grab a film body. I probably shoot a roll every two or three months. I really enjoy the "slow photography" process. I take so much more care when shooting film since it's at least $1 a shot ... film price + processing.

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A6400 | NEX-3, 6 | A77ii | A700 | Dynax 505si super | Maxxum 9 | SRT-101 | many lenses! | Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artwong128/ - @ArtWong128


Posted By: onsplekkie
Date Posted: 27 March 2019 at 20:25
Still gettin to get more of a feeling with my new (june 2018) A7iii. Love the IQ of the pics coming out of this camera. In lightroom you can realy go any way with these files, crazy!
The big but for me is the size factor. Compaired to the 1th gen A7 the camera got so heavy (the bigger size i can live with)

I use 2 AF lenses FE2/28 & 1.8/85 (20% of my shots in 2018). All other lenses are manual focus (80% of my shots in 2018))

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"take life as it is, not as you want it to be"


Posted By: adhox
Date Posted: 28 March 2019 at 08:57
Are we going to have new polls for primary and backup cameras as of January(ish) 2019?

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A99ii + 16-35Z | 24-70Z | 24-105 | 70-200G | 100-300 | 70-300G
20 | 28 | 50 | 300 | 500
A6600 + 10-18 | 16-70Z | 18-135 | 70-200/4G | 70-350G | 200-600G
28 | 56 | 85


Posted By: icameisaw
Date Posted: 02 January 2020 at 21:44
Or indeed 2020...


Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 02 January 2020 at 21:57
I shall turn my attention to this shortly...

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RBJ ~ http://tinyurl.com/h7uhozk - Moderation on Dyxum



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