Replacing my Sony DSC F717


I am trying to choose a digital Sony camera set-up to replace my wonderful but failing DSC F717 camera.

I am very satisfied with the picture quality of the F717, and put that largely down to the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens.

I am very interested in the Sony NEX 7 camera, butI have read bad reviews about the 18-55 lens that is included in the package. I would like to have a zoom similar to the F717, and am currently looking at the Carl Zeiss 16-80 Alpha lens (as that is more in my budget than the Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar 24-70!) - with which I would need a lens adapter like the Sony LA-EA2 A Mount Adapter.

Am I silly to go for the NEX 7 if I want to start out with these lenses?
It does seem kind of strange to buy a new camera and then straight away buy a lens adapter for it!

I am attracted to the styling and smaller size of the NEX 7, and do not mind if the lens looks strange on the camera. Other cameras I have used recently are the Canon Powershot G9 (which I do not like - bad picture quality!) and the Olympus E-PL2 (which I liked a bit for its picture quality).

Will I lose lens quality by using the lens adapter?

I am a graphic designer who takes alot of photographs for personal and art use, and I have become very attached to the picture quality of the F717.

Many thanks

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Total comments: 2
By Vulcanrider (Nov 20, 2011)

I can't help you much in your decision but I also own the 717. I migrated to the Panasonic GH1 in May 2010, but man I love that 717!

Among the top reasons for the GH1 was the articulating LCD screen. The 717 spoiled me for shooting at odd angles, low and high and to the side, and I resolved to have that ability again.

Best to you in the search!


By Doc_Holliday (Nov 19, 2011)

I am seriously thinking of this camera too. I use Leica M lenses and this seems to be answer. However, it seems the Fuji is offering an EVIL (or HVIL) camera in February. Quality loss is not a problem, it seems, with adaptors of this sort. Keep your powder dry, read as many reviews as you can and give the NEX 7 a test drive at your camera store.

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