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Topic ClosedYour Primary Camera January 2018

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Poll Question: What do you regard as being your primary camera?
Poll Choice Votes Poll Statistics
49 [35.77%]
24 [17.52%]
12 [8.76%]
11 [8.03%]
10 [7.30%]
5 [3.65%]
2 [1.46%]
8 [5.84%]
6 [4.38%]
1 [0.73%]
4 [2.92%]
2 [1.46%]
1 [0.73%]
1 [0.73%]
1 [0.73%]
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 March 2018 at 16:50
I have an A58, A900, and a 5D, plus lots of film cameras. The s/h A900 I got last year cost a lot more than the new A58 did in 2014, which replaced an A390 that was stolen.
Of all these cameras the A58 is by the far the most used, and the most useful. I like the A900 and want to use it more, but (slightly disappointingly) there are too many things the cheaper A58 does as well or much better, eg:

- smaller, lighter, and fits in bags where the A900 doesn't.
- much more battery life (at least 3x)
- EVF shows setting effect in real time
- focus peaking and magnify for MF lenses
- digital zoom which is useful on prime lenses (I like framing my pics as I take them)
- tilting LCD for low/high viewpoints
- built-in flash
- better low-light performance/sensitivity (but same DR)
- has natural ISO100, useful for fast lenses.
- takes SD cards (okay, so does the A900 with an adapter)
- quieter shutter with EFCS
- makes a good partner with the dinky DT lenses.
Miranda F & Sensorex, Sony A7Rii, A58, Nex-6, Dynax 4, 5, 60, 500si/600si/700si/800si, various Sony & Minolta lenses, several Tamrons, lots of MF primes and *far* too many old film cameras ...
 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 February 2018 at 21:45
With most of my photography being landscapes and seascapes at the moment, I'm almost always shooting with an A7r on a tripod. That's made the move to an IBIS body less compelling, and 42MP isn't a significant jump from 36,
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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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2018 at 20:25
My main camera varies, more so now more than ever. I got tired of waiting for the A77III and picked up an A580 and A850 just to satisfy my own curiosity as to which is better; they're my current main cameras.
BTW if anyone wanted to know what I think; the A850 is nicer to use but the A580 is a better performer. If Sony got around to a firmware update for the A850 (the a700 is on v. 4) I'm sure that would change.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2018 at 18:41
My main camera is now the A7, since I got it late March last year it has taken over 50% of the pictures in my my LR catalog. 81% of those have been with manual lenses, so I consider it my "digital back"
Pls. all vote for the April Foolishness exhibition here All members can vote!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2018 at 10:45
Now open for voting...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 February 2018 at 15:01
Above are 15 options, with the Alpha selections arranged by how they came out in the last Primary Camera survey (Jan 2017) with the exception of the a7 entries which are divided differently to last time and the addition with them of the a9, as that seemed a sensible place to put it.

Please indicate which group of those shown above your primary camera fits into (your primary camera is probably the one you would reach for most often for photography, but the actual choice of which camera you choose as your primary is entirely yours).

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

Sometimes the dividing lines between categories can be a bit indistinct – as with last year, I have made the division on type (DSLR, SLT or ICLE), size of sensor, whether the camera is ‘Premium’ or not (no criticism intended of non-premium cameras - some of our best photographers use them) and for the a7 variants, what generation they belong in. I think I have most models covered in the descriptions, but if I have missed your camera out, please add it to the category that seems most appropriate and let us know the details in a posting. So:

if you get one of the (just announced) a7iii cameras or a (currently hypothetical) a7Siii to use as your primary camera, it should go in the "3rd gen full frame ICLE" category
or
if you really want to put that RD-175 down as your primary camera, it would probably fit best with the 5D/a100-a580 category as it was a sub-frame SLR based on a mid-range analogue body
while
the RD-3000 should probably go in as a Non-Alpha DSLR
(but where you actually put any of these is up to you).

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.

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



Edited by Bob J - 27 February 2018 at 10:44
 



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