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    Posted: 24 October 2022 at 13:25
I have a Maxxum 7D that I got a while ago to move up from my 5D I got back in college. I am looking to upgrade and get something from this last decade but want to retain all of my lenses. What is a solid A mount camera for an amateur like myself that enjoys taking photos of kids sports and family outings.
 



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i would suggest getting the a77 (ii) or an a68. these are kind of teh upgrade from the sony a700 wich wass the upgrade from the 7d.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 October 2022 at 14:21
You'll be buying used gear now as Sony have dropped A mount .

I would recommend an a77ii as first choice , then an a68 .
You'll be in for a real eye opener with either of them !

You don't mention budget , but if your budget doesn't stretch to them , then look at the earlier a77 or a65 .

If your lenses were full frame and you have a big budget go for an a99ii or a99 .

The Sony E mount cameras ( that is where Sony went with interchangeable lens cameras ) can use A mount with the correct adapter .

If you want to go this way , let us know and we can give you a run down on what combination of camera, adapter and lens works best .
But you would need to say what lenses you have ( screwdriven or SSM/ SSM ) and your budget.
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Good day to all! Just my experience after needing to replace my A mount camera. After much helpful advice from the nice folks here, I decided to go with the A7MK2 and the LA-EA4 adapter. Couldn't be happier with my choice, the camera is incredible. Regards to all...Art
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Thanks for the replies! I have a variety of Minolta lenses, many are older versions and a few tammron. I am thinking my budget would be in the $500-600 range. I saw an A77 (not the ii) with a few lenses for $450 locally.

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The A99m2 is the best A-mount camera, but it is expensive.

What lenses do you have? I assume APS-C (mainly) and then I'll say the A77m2 is a really good choice. Good AF for kids sports, much better low light results then your Maxxum 7D.

The A68 has the same basic AF system, but it looks like having a less sophisticated AF algorithm. It also has an older sensor. Love the articulating screen of the A77m2, though the tilting screen of the A68 is fine. All in all the A77m2 is the better camera, but if money is tight, the A68 is a good alternative.

Edit: like to add, these cameras will have a steep learning curve!
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Here is a rundown of my current lenses.

Minolta AF 50mm
Minolta AF 35-105mm
Minolta AF 35-75mm
Minolta AF 18-70mm
Minolta AF 135mm
Minolta AF 80-200mm
Minolta AF 7-210 Beercan
Tamron AF 75-300mm
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The A68 has the same AF algorithms as the A77II. The A68 sensor seems to perform a bit better than the one in the A77II. Maybe just the processing is better. At least at ISO 100 the A68 is a little better. To get similar dynamic range from the A77II you have to use ISO 50.

The A68 has a unique control arrangement that is unlike any other Sony interchangeable lens camera.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 October 2022 at 18:41
Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

The A68 sensor seems to perform a bit better than the one in the A77II.
Not according to DxoMark, their measurements show the A77m2 sensor to be better. Only at iso 100 the A68 has a slightly better dynamic range, but at higher iso's the A77m2 is better.

@OP: you have enough full frame lenses to consider full frame, like the A99. But it probably is more expensive and the AF of the A68/A77m2 will be better.

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You could try a used '900 as well, the beast!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 October 2022 at 20:14
I had a 7D, nice camera. For a recommendation for an upgrade I would suggest the A77 the marginal AF improvement of the mark 2 isn't worth the price premium. I still have and use the a700 which is your direct step up, again I would recommend it over the a850 or a900, the increase in sensor size isn't worth the price premium. I've compared my 24MP full frame a850 images to my 24MP aps-c A77 images, I can't tell a difference. The a68 & a65 were of a lesser build quality. The A99 is also a good value.
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Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

... I've compared my 24MP full frame a850 images to my 24MP aps-c A77 images, I can't tell a difference ...


I'd expect to see slightly more noise in high-ISO photos on the aps-c.

I'd expect to see slightly-narrower DOF & more bokeh at wide apertures on the FF.

Otherwise... agreed. 24MP is 24MP, and the FF fetish is overblown.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 October 2022 at 21:49
For the same generation sensor, full frame sensors are about a stop better in low light. Having said this, I would not use the A900 over 1000iso (1600iso emergency) while the A77m2 is fine at 1600iso and useable at 3200iso.

I can see the difference between full frame and APS-C - but let us not start a equivalence discussion.
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Originally posted by neilt3 neilt3 wrote:

You'll be buying used gear now as Sony have dropped A mount ...


This, to me, is the biggest issue (speaking as an A-mount shooter).

I am keenly aware that modern cameras are computers... their electronics WILL die faster than did the mechanical beasts of yore. So every dollar I drop on the A-mount is, inevitably, a lost dollar as the unsupported system slowly fades... parts no longer available, updates no longer available, etc.

I also look with some longing at some of the new lenses coming out... Tamron 35-150/2-2.8, 50/1.2GM, etc.
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