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    Posted: 20 January 2022 at 16:20
I am looking into renting a camera and lens for a trip to Disney with my grandkids.   I don't want to bring my A-mount dinosaur, so I am thinking E-mount, but want full frame and a lens with flexible reach.

I was thinking A7-III and 24-105 F4 combo?.   Do you guys think this is a good choice?

The better question = where can something like this be rented for about 10 days?

I rented a lens once from lensrentals dot com but they don't seem to have a lot of available stuff.   Not interested in APS-C bodies.
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LensRentals and BorrowLenses are the usual suspects for getting gear delivered to your door.

In the city there is AbelCine, CSIrentals, ImagingWorldRentals. Adorama has rentals but I haven't used them. I think for these places you have to pick up from them, they cater to big orders for film rentals, but since there are a lot of films shot on photo cameras they have those also.

I think the a7iii has the EyeAF feature which is probably what you want, I'm assuming the 24-105 as a G lens gets all the AF features.
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I've never rented (and most likely never will) but it seemed to me that rental costs (plus shipping, insurance etc.) tend to be high enough for a longish rental that it might not be a bad idea to buy used and sell once you're done.

Or a pocket camera like a Sony RX100 - VII would work quite well for a family vacation.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 January 2022 at 17:48
I would not bother with the A7 III for rental, I would take something with the modern Real-Time Tracking AF, so, the A7 IV makes the most sense.

What doe you mean that Lensrentals.com don't seem to have a lot of stuff? They have the A7 iv (and III) and the 24-105G. And many more:
FE Lenses: https://www.lensrentals.com/rent/photo/sony/lenses/fe-mount-lenses
E-mount cameras: https://www.lensrentals.com/rent/photo/sony/cameras/e-mount

You have experience with them, why not use them again?

Unless your fine with bothering with buying and selling stuff like Sashi suggested.
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When I looked, I checked the box for "Hide out of stock", and the list got real small. Now when I do the same, the stuff is there. Ghost in the machine I guess.
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The A7III and 24-105 G OSS should work well together. It is not the lightest zoom lens. I always like the image quality I get with it.

All A7 cameras have Eye AF. The third generation bodies were updated to have Real-time Eye AF--basically means you can just use the shutter to trigger it.

The fourth generation have Real-time tracking, which is a much easier way to track subjects. It doesn't work that well on the A7RIV. It may work better on the A7C and probably works better on the A7SIII and A7IV.

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What's wrong with your A-mount dinosaur? Familiarity with your kit is usually a plus.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 January 2022 at 07:19
Originally posted by fxcarden fxcarden wrote:

When I looked, I checked the box for "Hide out of stock", and the list got real small. Now when I do the same, the stuff is there. Ghost in the machine I guess.
Might be timing.

Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

The fourth generation have Real-time tracking, which is a much easier way to track subjects. It doesn't work that well on the A7RIV. It may work better on the A7C and probably works better on the A7SIII and A7IV.
Real-time tracking works well on my A7r4 (and A6400) and it is an important reason I point there. But there is a learning curve for sure - maybe play with the settings until you have the right one for your use?

Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

What's wrong with your A-mount dinosaur? Familiarity with your kit is usually a plus.
True. I assumed fxcarden wanted something smaller, but an A-mount with one lens also is not that big.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote fxcarden Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 January 2022 at 23:53
It is an A-700 and my lenses aren't great ones. As this is probably a once in a lifetime trip for me (I'm not getting any younger), I would like to have the best images possible. Cameras have evolved a lot since the A-700 was king (for about a week LOL).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 January 2022 at 04:17
Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

What's wrong with your A-mount dinosaur? Familiarity with your kit is usually a plus.

I'll agree, to a point. I took my dinosaur for a walk around town with the SAL1650 . No video and a tilt screen would have been nice but was satisfied with the results. For a "once in a lifetime" photo op expedition with fast moving kids in dodgy light, it wouldn't be my first choice, not even my back-up.

Edited by LAbernethy - 25 January 2022 at 04:44
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