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Topic ClosedYour Primary Camera (Jan 2016)

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Poll Question: What do you use as your primary camera?
Poll Choice Votes Poll Statistics
48 [25.81%]
37 [19.89%]
19 [10.22%]
17 [9.14%]
4 [2.15%]
9 [4.84%]
9 [4.84%]
14 [7.53%]
4 [2.15%]
13 [6.99%]
4 [2.15%]
1 [0.54%]
0 [0.00%]
4 [2.15%]
3 [1.61%]
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    Posted: 09 January 2016 at 18:00
Above are 15 options, with the Alpha selections arranged by how they came out in the last 'primary camera' poll (Jan 2015).

In this one the a7 options have been broken down a bit to give more detail about how people are taking up the second generation cameras and to get an idea of the split between the basic and specialist variants.

Please indicate which group of those shown above your primary camera fits into (a primary camera being the one you would reach for most often for photography).

Please note that available space on the line for options limits the descriptions we can put down: because of this we have used ranges of model numbers where a complete list would not fit and where we say NEX3 or NEX5, we are including all the lettered variants.

If you use a particular variant of any of the available options which you think should be listed separately (large format film, or 4/3rds digital for instance) please let us know in a posting below and if there are significant numbers we might break them out into their own category in future polls.

Note that you can only vote once in this poll!
So choose carefully...



This is part of a survey we run every once in a while to check on what the membership's cameras of choice are. It will stay open for about 3 months.

Another poll is open to let you specify your backup cameras (you can vote more than once in that one).
 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 January 2016 at 17:27
It would be useful if you were able to change your choice in the future. Knowing me I will have changed my cameras 3 times in the next 3 months
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 February 2016 at 21:18
It would be nice to be able to replace my gear at regular intervals but as a pensioner on a limited income, I have to keep what I've got, an A350 with several lenses including the old Minolta 35-70 f4, the Tamron original 90mm macro and a Sigma 70-300 as well as the two kit lenses that came with the kit. I have used Minolta gear for years and still have (and use occasionally) my first Minolta 7000i. I had a 600si which was stolen and the insurance allowed me to 'upgrade' to a Sony A350
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 February 2016 at 22:17
The A68 will have two dials.

Edited by QuietOC - 01 February 2016 at 22:21
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 February 2016 at 23:35
I suspect this has been suggested before, but it would make more sense to me to allow more than one "primary." To me primary means a camera I use almost exclusively. I think of backup as meaning used only when the primary is not unavailable. Or always the second choice.

I use two different models regularly, because each is clearly better for different specific tasks. I do typically shoot more images with one, but I use them equally often, that being almost every day. I think of neither as primary or backup, but rather as assigned different jobs.

I am assuming that the actual interest of the poll is what cameras are in regular use, rather than which one is used "more" even if the difference from number two is small. If that is correct, then more than one primary makes sense. To avoid vastly different interpretations, you could clarify for example that a primary is used at least 25% of the time. Or a different number.      
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 February 2016 at 10:14
Originally posted by analytical analytical wrote:

I suspect this has been suggested before, but it would make more sense to me to allow more than one "primary." To me primary means a camera I use almost exclusively. I think of backup as meaning used only when the primary is not unavailable. Or always the second choice.   

Um, Analytical, don't you think that maybe you are being a bit too, er, analytical? It's only a survey, not a life insurance form. Just pick one! Nobody will really care if the statistics are out by *one* vote.

EDIT: Okay, maybe *one* person might care
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 February 2016 at 12:25
Make that two. I agree with analytical and had the same thought when I cast my vote. I picked the a99 because that's the one that gets the most use lately, but then there are days when the a77 is needed so that's the primary camera for the day.
But I also think that the one vote only option is a good one and people will select their most used camera, if we allowed two votes it would skew the numbers and make it hard to interpret what people prefer to take to the field.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 February 2016 at 13:06
A77ii here... and this pool reminded me that I also have A200 that I haven't seen for over a year now... its funny how fast you forget about things that you borrow to friends.
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Well, if it's bigger than 23x16mm, then it is huge!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 February 2016 at 09:10
My main camera is the A900.
It is the best camera I have ever had.
I especially love the viewfinder!
I also love the size of this camera (I am quite tall and therefore have quite large hands).
My nose does not touch the 'joystick' when I look through the viewfinder…
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 February 2016 at 23:03
Okay.
I went with the a900. That's because over the last 12 months it has been my primary camera.

What caused some reflection is in the last 2 months my primary camera has been the a7R. Partly because I've only had it for two months. Partly because I'm shooting mostly landscapes and travel shots currently, and it fits these needs better.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 February 2016 at 18:23
I refuse to pick one camera as primary as I do use three cameras quite a lot: α77 II probably gets the most shutter actuations since I use it with telephoto lenses to shoot birds (and occasionally other subjects), while α7R II I carry most frequently and then there are times when my weapon of choice is α99.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 February 2016 at 21:21
A7ii/LA-EA4 most of the time, A65 with 400/500mm for birds/critters and Nex5N with 16-50mm collapsible for pocket camera. Different gear for different jobs.
Contax RF, Minolta7000i, Sony A100, A65, Nex5T, A7ii, A6500. 2 many lenses, mostly ordinary Minolta & 3rd party A, MC/D, other mf, vintage Vivitars & cats, LA-EA2,3,4 E16-50&55-210mm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 February 2016 at 21:34
My a900 and Nex-6 have been replaced by a6000 and (again) a700.
The a700 and a100 are there to stay as the last 2 Sony dslr's in use.

Prime camera's are more and more becoming the e-mounts.
So a6000 a.t.m.



Edited by Paul07 - 17 April 2016 at 10:06
α7RIII 24-70G 70-200G SY35/2.8 SY45/1.8 85/1.8 ~~~ RX10 IV ~~~ Nex-5 16-70/4 ~~~ α100 50/1.4 24-105 ~~~ HX60V
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2016 at 17:22
a77 for now, I try to rent the a99 whenever I can because it's great, and I'm very eager to try out some of the a7 series
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