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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 April 2024 at 10:42
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

A900/A850 sales were hurt by the lack of video. The only company that can pull of a camera without video is Leica. And be aware, a camera without video functions won't be cheaper, it in fact might be more expensive as a niche product.
Actually, there has been also couple other newer digital cameras without video: Nikon Df and Sigma SD1 Merrill.
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Re: "consequential cost of ownership": people worry to much. Any decent recent mid to high end computer should be able to handle 61mpx. I run a 2015 5th gen Intel i5 with 16mb DDR3 memory. It struggles with my A7r4 files, yes, but it is 9 years old! It just did fine with the 42mpx of the A99m2 and A7r2 - no complaints. Anything with a little more power and a little more memory should be able to handle these 61mpx files without problems. Apple M-processors are a little less memory sensitive, a M1/M2/M3 with 16gb can handle these files easily.
I wouldn't worry much about processing power either, although I have noticed that with the newer high resolution cameras disk space will diminish surprisingly quickly and that is especially true if I end up shooting with high frame rates (and α1 can do up to 30 fps). Of course, culling those pictures you don't need for anything could be one solution, but for some reason I am bit afraid to delete large number of technically ok photos, so I prefer buying more disk space instead...
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 April 2024 at 10:47
Ah, Hezu, I am an aggressive culler of photos.
A few hours at the beach, taking bursts of photos when the waves look interesting, can add up to 1000+ images very easily. I just select the best handful, and delete the rest.

I have the goal of keeping my photo collection to less than 2TB.
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Drive space is an issue with 61MP (and to some degree 42MP). Processing speed might not be too poor in an old machine depending on your software - Lr was running and would open big files on my 12 yr old PC with 8GB RAM, but - I can't remember all the details - I think it was running Lr 3.6, and the only way I could get A7R IV RAWs was to convert them to DNG, first. And it wouldn't run Windows 10 or 11... and it couldn't take .M2 SSDs. I built a new PC computer for about little over $1000 with a very new motherboard (expandable), 16GB RAM, 4TB in SSD storage, and Win 11. The killer was the graphics card, which might be a little cheaper today.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 June 2024 at 16:21
Dear All,

You may recall I posted this thread asking for feedback on choices to upgrade my camera a few weeks ago. The final outcome was that the 'no brainer' was the A7 RV for all sorts of reasons.

However - that also brought with it a change in lenses and/or the addition of the LEA-5 adapter as well to enable me to continue using my A-mount favourites. I spent a long, long time thinking about this as the main reason - as I mentioned - was weight. Julie - my wife - had started to notice that the day after spending all day out with my camera gear I was very tired and that she also thought the weight was becoming excessive (she wouldn't carry it!) so that was an important factor in all this as well. After my 'issue' with the leg infection from 2022 I've been left with much less stamina than I used to have so I needed to consider this aspect as well. And photography should be fun as a pastime!

I then bumped into a friend from work who I hadn't seen for years and he had gone through the same process; assessments, reviews, debate - then made a choice for much the same reasons as I - too old and too heavy (the gear; not me I hasten to add!) meant a big decision. He had his camera and a set of lenses with him - plus I had seen the results he could get - and the difference was revelatory in weight alone. A visit to a local camera store to compare and contrast set the decision. So.... what have I done?

Well - before the 'reveal' I will say that it is a change in system BUT I have not walked away from the A-Mount. In fact, I have kept the a77ii; the Sony 135/1.8 ZA, the Sigma 70-200/2.8 EX DG HSM, the re-mounted and 'chipped' Minolta-Rokkor 58mm/1.2 and a couple of other, minor lenses, as there will be specific circumstances (like the Hole Park thread I posted recently) where they will be the 'go to' choice for Garden photography (Julie described my 'affair' with those three lenses as 'irrational' but there you go...), so I will still be posting on here and, hopefully, be considered as still being an active part of the community. But I have had to move on.... so what to?

Well, I have gone in a completely different direction and taken on one of the new OM OM-1 D Mk II systems, complete with a range of lenses covering almost all my normal needs (12 - 40/2.8 PRO II; 40 - 150/2.8 PRO II and an OM ED 100-400/f 5 - 6.3).

I weighed the a77ii and the 135/1,8 when I was getting the gear together to trade in and those two alone weighed nearly 2.5 Kg; the OM-1 and the two smaller lenses combined barely weigh above that. A bit of a no-brainer really.

When I called a couple of retailers they were very positive about both systems but the clincher was also the file size of the A7 RV - yes; I know I could 'down size' the capture but that didn't seem sensible given that it is sold with a 60Mp native sensor?. It would also have meant the outlay on a whole new PC in the home as well - and I wasn't - at this moment - prepared to go and do that.

So. That is the deed. I will be learning a whole new system in the coming weeks but, as I mentioned. still happily posting and commenting on here in support of you all and, hopefully, will continue to be warmly welcomed. It is such a great site and source of information way beyond just cameras and lenses - and I've learned a lot over the years - that we need to continue supporting it. I hope that you all understand and accept this 'move'.

Oh - and I've already been out with the system - here's a few from last week at Goodnestone Park in East Kent:

1. Foxglove and Greenhouse



2. Spikey



3. Flint wall Garden



4. The Long View



5. Busy Bee


This is an almost 100% crop from the 12-40/2.8 which I find quite impressive!

6. Blue isolation



7. 'Game Of Thrones Tree Trunk'



8. Church Pew



The last two were with the 40 - 150/2.8 PRO II lens - a rather nice, compact (and light!) lens which seems to work pretty well.

Lots to learn but please, I won't be ignoring Dyxum any time soon!

Thanks for the attention and very best regards, Neil.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 June 2024 at 16:45
Thank you for the update, Neil!

And congratulations on your new camera and lenses! It seems like a sensible choice! Sony FE cameras and lenses, though they can be smaller and lighter than A mount gear, that is not always the case. That is why many chose to use the smaller 6000 series Apsc cameras and lenses.
Nevertheless we will miss you if you don't post results here! And btw, these photos from your new system look fabulous! TFS!

Kind regards,

Kelly
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 June 2024 at 17:10
Hi Kelly - thanks for the positive post and you really haven't lost me at all - I will still be on here! As for the A6xxx series, I did look at those but they really are too thin and lacking the 'feel' of a camera for me; I couldn't imagine me at brands hatch trying to pan with one of those if I'm honest.

And anyway - I still have the a77ii and a couple of gem lenses to use so it's not all bad news.

Take care and best regards, Neil.
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I hope you enjoy your new toys! All the best.

First shots look good!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alphaPDX Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2024 at 01:50
I'm a big fan of the 4:3 ratio for my images. I've kept my eM1 with several nice primes, the 14-140 Lumix and an old four thirds Zuiko 70-300.
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