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When my a77's screen died and the EVF started to act up (after a fall down a flights of concrete stairs in a parking garage). I picked up an a850, a68 and a580 to tied me over till the a77III was released. The a850 is nicer to use but the a580 was a better performer. When the a580 broke sliding off my laying camera bag (8 inch height) I started looking for a new camera. Comming to the conclusion that the a77III is not to be, I oped to take advantage of the a mount flight and picked up 2 new old stock a77s and a lightly use a99; all at a deep discount.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 August 2019 at 17:19
Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

When my a77's screen died and the EVF started to act up (after a fall down a flights of concrete stairs in a parking garage). I picked up an a850, a68 and a580 to tied me over till the a77III was released. The a850 is nicer to use but the a580 was a better performer. When the a580 broke sliding off my laying camera bag (8 inch height) I started looking for a new camera. Comming to the conclusion that the a77III is not to be, I oped to take advantage of the a mount flight and picked up 2 new old stock a77s and a lightly use a99; all at a deep discount.


I'm surprised your a580 broke after just that small fall .
I had mine on a tripod doing a night shoot in Chester with a CZ 16-80mm attached .
Disaster struck as the camera and tripod fell over down the big stone step and landed camera first on its back .
I thought that would be that lot scrapped .
Picked it up .
The LCD screen protector was cracked ( did its job ) .
And that was it .
Camera not only still worked fine , but the little bit of back focus it had with that lens was now gone .

I wouldn't recommend this method of adjustment , but I was amazed that it still even worked .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote balacau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2019 at 10:58
I've been reading through this discussion and in this instance I'd be tempted to start investing in e-mount. My reason for thinking this is that if the OP has only one a-mount lens, it's not like they will have to replace lots of glass. By all means use the a37 until it finally stops working but I'd be looking at what the e-mount has to offer. If for no other reason then to get semi-familiar with what products are offered and what the features of each model are.

I'm almost in the same boat myself really although heavily invested in a-mount glass, although I'm my case I already have an a68 after previously owning an a350, a580, a55, a57, a58 to finally the a68 which in my option is the best of the lot. A future investment in e-mount for me is very likely and with a local price drop on the a6400 already happening, I may be able to save a bit of cash too. No such luck with a deal like that on the a6500 though.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote uncleclive Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 December 2019 at 19:03
This reply is a bit late of course.

I used Konica-Minolta 5D's until a couple of years ago. These were made up until about Spring 2006.

Their batteries were not compatible with any other type, So I replaced them with an A37 and an A390. And these don't use the same batteries as each other which is a nuisance.

My opinion for what it's worth is to buy another, good A37 now, and maybe some more batteries. It's difficult to find GENUINE new ones - ebay is full of "genuine" batteries which are actually fakes. I sent a "genuine" one to Sony who assured me it was fake. However, DURACELL equivalents aren't counterfeited, and they are good. And cheaper! But they probably won't be available for ever.

So, buy the best used A37 you can and some more batteries.

It's nice to have two bodies anyway - it saves lens-changing.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 December 2019 at 21:23
Originally posted by uncleclive uncleclive wrote:

My opinion for what it's worth is to buy another, good A37 now, and maybe some more batteries. It's difficult to find GENUINE new ones - ebay is full of "genuine" batteries which are actually fakes. I sent a "genuine" one to Sony who assured me it was fake. However, DURACELL equivalents aren't counterfeited, and they are good. And cheaper! But they probably won't be available for ever.
I find it hard to believe that it would be really hard to get genuine NP-FW50s as Sony uses these batteries in large number of cameras: pretty much whole APS-C E-mount lineup apart α6600, first two generations of α7 series and RX10 series. Thus any reputable store selling any of these probably also offer the original Sony batteries. Sure, if you want genuine and cheap batteries then that can be little more challenging and perhaps it might be indeed good idea to pick a version by some other reputable brand like Duracell.
If you want to use this battery type on a A-mount camera that is sort of dead end since α37 is the last one of such beast and already somewhat dated model.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote onsplekkie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 December 2019 at 21:27
I would recogment using something totaly different (maybe even brand). So many 'systems' availible these days on secondhand markets (digital), complete with lenses + options.
My friend wanted the move to a smaller system, coming from DSLR-style, bought a Olympus OM-D5II with his favotite prime focal lenght lenses (1.8/45 & 1.8/25). He's a very happy man after a few months, called it "refreshing it's photography".

If you wanne stick with Sony, and your lenses are now A-mount (and we all know that lenses makes your images 'shine' (or not), I loved the IQ of the A57, my trusty workhorse camera for some 3 years before moving the (smaller A7s).

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