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    Posted: 26 December 2018 at 10:49
Hello everybody.
I have a dilemma, as I am invested in both Sony E and Sony A lenses...
Got an old (preview zoom not working) A900 house with :
Minolta 28-135 ; Sigma 50mm macro ; Sony 50mm f/1.4 ; Sony 70-300g ; Sony Zeiss 135mm f/1.8

Also have A6000, A7r and A7riii houses with :
Voightlander 15mm ; Batis 25mm f/2.0 ; Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 ; Sony 90mm macro
The Sony Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 is my favourite lens so I consider adapting it with la-ea4 adapter.
But with the la-ea4 adapter one only get 15 focus points in the center and no eye af.
I do some wedding jobs and photograph my children so id really prefer eye af on portrait lens, but cannot afford having two 1000$+ portrait lenses.
I tried to sell the Sony Zeiss 135mm f1.8, to get the Sigma 105mm or 135mm, but have not been able to sell it in 2 months, seems there is zero interest for A mount lenses in Norway now.
Is there any place I can sell the Sony 70-300g and Sony Zeiss 135mm and if so how much can I expect to get for them?
I even considered selling the a7r3 and lenses and get a A99ii instead, but how much better is the A7r3 compared to the A99ii?
Would REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUGGESTIONS, recommendations, ideas. THANK YOU!
 



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If you look at the sales forum here on Dyxum selling A-mount lenses is very slow (to non existent). I've been able to sell two of my A-mount lenses (out of a list of 10+) for relatively low prices in the last 6 month

Taking them to a shop that does 2nd hand in exchange for a new lens is a possibility, allthough my feeling is they don't offer high prices. Certainly not for A-mount stuff that is Minolta or out of production. Sony stuff that is still available new doesn't fetch more than 1/3 of the new price. So it's either take a loss or keep using it.
If you don't mind the bulk and weight the A99ii is a good option, much better/lighter/quieter/smaller than the A900 and very capable camera where the only downside vs. the A7riii is the loss of half a stop of light, which I find negligible but not everybody agrees with me on that
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Originally posted by tantrix tantrix wrote:

Hello everybody.
I have a dilemma, as I am invested in both Sony E and Sony A lenses...
Er, I hate to be picky, but you state you have a dilemma but then you don't state in any direct or succinct way, exactly what your dilemma actually is. In a sentence or two, what precisely is your dilemma? There are plenty of this larger membership who would be happy to advise you I'm sure.
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I know shops in UK that'll buy your lenses for either cash or credit. Isn't there any such shops Norway?
Some of these shops may even accept trade-in from EU/EEA countries. If you are interested I can list a few.

While that means you get less money, something is better than nothing.
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Originally posted by tantrix tantrix wrote:

Would REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUGGESTIONS, recommendations, ideas.

I can offer one comment: The best way to get value out of A-mount gear is to use it. Selling A-mount gear is inevitably a losing proposition with the possible exception of the rare, exotic stuff.
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The A99m2 is a much better camera then the A7r2, the A7r3 is better then the A7r2 but I doubt is can meet the A99m2 qualities.

There is little interest in A mount lenses. You might be able to sell them to the shop where you buy your replacement lenses. Else, like Syber says, use it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Aavo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 December 2018 at 20:33
I think your dilemma is, that you gladly give up one of systems as you do not need both.

If you evaluate a-mount advantages and you are ready to carry bigger and heavier gear, including travelling, then you have no dilemma - sell your e-mount as mistakenly obtained gear.

But I feel you are interested in e-maount. If so, use a-mount lenses you like via adapter. 15 focus points let you use your a-mount lenses greatly, as for shooting not moving subjects you can manage with central area. A-mount Zeiss 135/1.8 is superb lens and of course, Eye-AF can be great, but not mandatory. I'd sell the other a-mount lenses for what I get and buy e-mount zoom suitalbe for my needs.

You have few e-mount houses already and this is advantage - you can keep 2 different lenses mounted under your hand.   


   
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

The A99m2 is a much better camera then the A7r2, the A7r3 is better then the A7r2 but I doubt is can meet the A99m2 qualities.

There is little interest in A mount lenses. You might be able to sell them to the shop where you buy your replacement lenses. Else, like Syber says, use it.


Cant quite agree with you there. I prefer the size and image quality of the riii better especially the size. But yes for most there close. If it was me I would not throw a lot of $ into a mount. Id either get a used a99/a900 just for That 135 or cut your losses

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It's a common issue. You just have to look at it as money already gone and what is the most cost efficient way to get where you want from here.

I would say buy the 85/1.8 for e-mount as a workhorse stop-gap and keep on trying to sell the 135 - in the meantime using it occasionally as a specialist DMF (or even MF) lens for special portrait shots when you have time to set up the focus. Then if you can sell the 135, the 85 will be easy enough to sell and you can get your desired Sigma.

The reason I suggest this is because you might find it works as a solution for you permanently and,even if not, it spreads out any financial pain you feel. The 85/1.8 is great value and capable of producing great images. It's also pretty compact, meaning you have a nice, fast portrait lens with you more often.

There is no really good solution for you. Fact is you hung on to the 135 for too long.
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I'm not a wedding pro but I think the gear you have is ill-suited for the job.

Every wedding pro I've ever met used a zoom for his/her standard lens. You don't have a suitable one in either system. Primes are absolutely fine for a second wedding shooter where you can pick some nice shots, but to cover all the list stuff you surely need a zoom.

My advice would be to try and think clearly about what you want to do (best to do that while out walking IMHO) and then when you get home (or in a cafe somewhere) make a list on a piece of paper of the different use-cases and the gear you need, then decide whether you can meet that most easily/cheaply/compactly/whatever in A or E mount.

I could not possible afford to replace my A-mount lens gear with E-mount, but I went for Nex 6 and the little 16-50 to get a decent small camera for casual trips. If I was going to do more portrait work, I would buy an A7MI and fork out for one decent prime for it (Okay, maybe two!). The R range are overkill for that and the S range do things I don't need. Your situation may well be different, of course!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 December 2018 at 10:15
Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

I'm not a wedding pro but I think the gear you have is ill-suited for the job.

Every wedding pro I've ever met used a zoom for his/her standard lens. You don't have a suitable one in either system. Primes are absolutely fine for a second wedding shooter where you can pick some nice shots, but to cover all the list stuff you surely need a zoom.
There are prime only wedding photographers here on Dyxum that are prime only. I think immediately of Richard Harris, but there are others. You do not need a zoom to do a wedding.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 December 2018 at 10:23
Originally posted by C_N_RED_AGAIN C_N_RED_AGAIN wrote:

Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

The A99m2 is a much better camera then the A7r2, the A7r3 is better then the A7r2 but I doubt is can meet the A99m2 qualities.

There is little interest in A mount lenses. You might be able to sell them to the shop where you buy your replacement lenses. Else, like Syber says, use it.


Cant quite agree with you there. I prefer the size and image quality of the riii better especially the size. But yes for most there close. If it was me I would not throw a lot of $ into a mount. Id either get a used a99/a900 just for That 135 or cut your losses
did you ever use the A99m2?

I did not say he has to buy one, but the OP asked. I have the A7r2 and the A99m2 is much better. Size difference is not that big. But we had this discussion before

E-mount for sure is the future, but as long as you have the lenses, A-mount still can be used. In the situation of the OP, I think using the 135/1.8 as a manual focus lens makes sense and if you want AF, the LA-EA4 is a possibility.
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Taking your advice and perspectives into consideration I think the best option overall is to get the La-ea3 adapter. With that i can use the SAL70-300G ssm with a7r3 (not sure if the eye af will work though?) and the 135mmf/1.8 manually.

If I need fast or eye af for portraits I can use the 90mm f/2.8 macro or the 55mm f/1.8 for now. And in wedding situations where zoom is convenient i can use the 70-300mm with a7r3 and minolta 28-135mm on the old a900 house. I used that before and it works ok. My wife is always with me as backup shooter, and i use 2 camera bodies so I don't need zoom lenses that often.

Thanks for your advice!


PS: Now I just got an idea that is the SAL50mm f/1.4 gets usable eye af etc with the la-ea3 I can sell the 55mm f1/.8, that I'm not that impressed with anyway, and use the SAL50mm f/1.4 on the a7r3 instead



Edited by tantrix - 03 January 2019 at 01:28
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Originally posted by tantrix tantrix wrote:



PS: Now I just got an idea that is the SAL50mm f/1.4 gets usable eye af etc with the la-ea3 I can sell the 55mm f1/.8, that I'm not that impressed with anyway, and use the SAL50mm f/1.4 on the a7r3 instead

The SAL 50/1.4 is screw drive, so you won't get AF on the laea-3.
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