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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dodge Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 August 2020 at 17:08
Thanks for the recommendation addy! I was just doing some research on the Sigma after reading your post and have found what looks to be a very nice copy on Ebay for £299 inc Postage. Seller even messaged us to make sure we were aware it was Alpha mount! Seems a steal at that price so we shall see.
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Originally posted by Dodge Dodge wrote:

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There were always a couple of focal lengths I felt were missing though, which I doubt we'll ever see now, am I right in assuming this? Also, am I missing out on much, as a hobbyist as well as someone who uses images for our business, by not going mirrorless?

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Hi- great to see you back

Personally I don't see anything flawed with sticking with the a900 and some good A-mount lenses. The a900 was one of the nicest cameras I ever owned and was genuinely fun to use. It was simple, intuitive, tough and produced good images. I still sell prints from images I took with this camera.

Mirrorless is good if you want a) a smaller kit to carry around or b) need to shoot at higher ISOs (my a7Riii images at ISO6400 are nicer than my a900 at 1600) or c) sell really big prints where more MP is an advantage or d) need a cracking AF system for events or wildlife. The last 3 are unlikely to be compelling reasons for a hobbyist.

The problem is that switching isn't a financial zero-sum game. Especially if you want a similar lens lineup. So if you're happy with the gear you have and its letting you take the images you want, the a900 A-mount lineup looks optimal.
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Like many long-time A-mount users, I’ve been concerned about the future of the A-mount and wondering what I would do with all the Minolta and Sony lenses down the road if the A99ii turns out to be the last A-mount camera (yeah, I worried about this after buying the A900 and the A99 too). I absolutely love the A99ii and only regret not buying it sooner than I did but the A99 met most of my needs in the interim and I still like to shoot the A900 from time to time. Anyway, I recently bought an A7ii for a great price to use with my MF Rollei and Hasselblad lenses and, just out of curiosity, I picked up the Sony A mount adaptors for both my screw mount and SSM lenses. I’ve only had a week to try them out, but (maybe this is an unpopular opinion) but I think my A-mount lenses will serve me well for many more years even if my only option post-A99ii (a long way off probably) is E-mount cameras.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 August 2020 at 22:53
Originally posted by Jeff Pittman Jeff Pittman wrote:

...I’ve only had a week to try them out, but (maybe this is an unpopular opinion) but I think my A-mount lenses will serve me well for many more years even if my only option post-A99ii (a long way off probably) is E-mount cameras.


I suspect it is a popular option that is actually being used by many photographers.

Many people (like you I suspect) will have accumulated some nice A-mount lenses and they will still capture good images with adapters. If it meets your needs, then go for it.

Edited by wetapunga - 28 August 2020 at 04:34
a77ii- Sony 135/2.8 STF, 16-50/2.8, 70-200/2.8 G
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, Voigtländer 110/2.5, Sony 24-105/4 G, Sigma 100-400 f5-6.3.
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