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As I have been using C-mount and Exakta mount lenses from the 1930's (and many other mounts invented more recently) all I can say is that mounts never die as long as there are adaptors (improvised or otherwise). Hail A-mount (and all others as long I can get them working on my A7xy).
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As I was using Miranda cameras from the 1960's regularly until around ten years ago, and the little Rollei 35 as well (and Zeiss folding cameras through the 1960s and 70s), I can honestly say that the availability of new parts has never been the slightest concern to me.
So I find this continual navel-staring argument about whether a mount (yes, lower-case a, as in 'any' ) is actually dead or not to be about as rewarding as the ones about exactly when modern art became entirely worthless.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 December 2019 at 16:48
Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

So I find this continual navel-staring argument about whether a mount (yes, lower-case a, as in 'any' ) is actually dead or not to be about as rewarding as the ones about exactly when modern art became entirely worthless.
+1, great analogy Anthony
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from the beginning Sony toke over Minolta they say Amount is dead A mount is still around if there will be not a new Amount camera i think my A99 mark2 will work so is my a900 and the Minolta 7d.they all still work when the a99 works as long as the 7d i am so old that i can fully relay on the anti shake.

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I took apart on non-functioning 50/1.7 and put the mount in a vise. After applying pressure, I am pretty sure it's dead. The rest of my lenses and bodies still work. Do I need to kill them all, or is it OK to keep using them until I decide otherwise?

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Work commitments mean I haven't really been doing much photography in the past year despite changing my main camera from the A58, sold, to the A7 with kit lens. Also purchased a Samyang 14mm F2.8 and LE-EA4 to use with my A mount lenses.

Quite a few are APS-C and the main ones I'd like to use are the Sigma 10-20, Tamron 17-50 plus a few others.

Don't have a whole lot of money so E mount glass is largely out of reach so I was thinking either NEX 7 or A6000 with the adaptor of maybe a A65 or A77.

I'm leaning towards the latter but which is better?
 



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APS-C A-mount lenses can be used on the A7 with the LA-EA4. Do you want to sell the A7?

I would recommend buying another A58, but if you want better image quality and AF the A68 is a good upgrade.

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Originally posted by jdb2jdb jdb2jdb wrote:

Work commitments mean I haven't really been doing much photography in the past year despite changing my main camera from the A58, sold, to the A7 with kit lens. Also purchased a Samyang 14mm F2.8 and LE-EA4 to use with my A mount lenses.

Quite a few are APS-C and the main ones I'd like to use are the Sigma 10-20, Tamron 17-50 plus a few others.

Don't have a whole lot of money so E mount glass is largely out of reach so I was thinking either NEX 7 or A6000 with the adaptor of maybe a A65 or A77.

I'm leaning towards the latter but which is better?


I'd suggest going fully native. adapters are rather bulky especially for smaller nex7/A6000 bodies. You won't really enjoy using it much. if you want to make use your lenses without spending much then look for a used A68.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 January 2020 at 13:39
Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

Originally posted by jdb2jdb jdb2jdb wrote:

Work commitments mean I haven't really been doing much photography in the past year despite changing my main camera from the A58, sold, to the A7 with kit lens. Also purchased a Samyang 14mm F2.8 and LE-EA4 to use with my A mount lenses.

Quite a few are APS-C and the main ones I'd like to use are the Sigma 10-20, Tamron 17-50 plus a few others.

Don't have a whole lot of money so E mount glass is largely out of reach so I was thinking either NEX 7 or A6000 with the adaptor of maybe a A65 or A77.

I'm leaning towards the latter but which is better?


I'd suggest going fully native. adapters are rather bulky especially for smaller nex7/A6000 bodies. You won't really enjoy using it much. if you want to make use your lenses without spending much then look for a used A68.


+1 But the best bang for your buck will be a mint A77. It's a more robust build.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jdb2jdb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 January 2020 at 19:16
Thanks to all for the replies.
Initially i was going to go with the A65, the A68 is a little thin on the ground with what I can afford, but I'm now leaning towards an A77 which I've seen.
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Originally posted by jdb2jdb jdb2jdb wrote:

Thanks to all for the replies.
Initially i was going to go with the A65, the A68 is a little thin on the ground with what I can afford, but I'm now leaning towards an A77 which I've seen.

I switched from an A58 to an A65, and for image quality it was mostly a step down--at least for noise and dynamic range. The older viewfinder isn't as good--shadows lack detail. The A58 and A68 evfs got panned because they have a bit less resolution and size, but in actual use they are better.

The A77 seems to be similar to the A65, except for better dynamic range at ISO 100 and the ISO 50 setting. You can still take nice looking pictures with these old cameras.
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Originally posted by jdb2jdb jdb2jdb wrote:

... I'm now leaning towards an A77 which I've seen.

It's all about personal requirements, and pretty much every model has something to offer. I myself haven't seen a need for anything newer/better than the A77.
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