Advice for a frustrated Alpha (A65) owner?

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Advice for a frustrated Alpha (A65) owner?
Dec 23, 2013

I'm starting the (long) process of saving for a camera upgrade, and am not sure what to do given the apparent decline of the A-mount ecosystem.  I left Olympus 4/3 in favor of Sony when the A77/A65 were new, primarily because I didn't want to continue to invest in 4/3 when m4/3 appeared to be on the rise.  I'm afraid I made the same mistake with A-mount, as E and FE mount seem to be the hot new thing.  Now I'm left trying to decide if I should be moving in the direction of an A7 (and its descendants) or the NEX line (which I know will be renamed, but you know what I mean...).  Heck, the OM-D E-M1 and the m4/3 "Pro" lenses look pretty compelling!

I used to shoot mostly landscape and travel, but now that I have two kids, much of my photography is indoor/low-light.  I have never been a fan of flash, so being able to keep a reasonable shutter speed indoors is important to me.  My A65 makes that tough.  The noise is problematic anywhere over ISO400, which is a shocking disappointment to me (part of the reason I left 4/3 was for the greener pastures of the larger APS-C sensor).  I love some of the benefits of SLT, like the 6fps capture and EVF, but I realize I am missing a lot of images due to slow shutter speeds or unacceptable high-ISO noise.

Sorry for the long intro!  I guess my question boils down to whether I should be looking to make the jump to FF.  I was never willing to carry a big FF body, but the A7 is a new breed.  The hype says that a FF sensor would help my indoor photography, but the compromises in terms of lens cost and size are two concerns.  Most of my shooting now is with the excellent 16-50mm F/2.8.  I guess I would gravitate towards the Sony 24-70 F/4, but am worried that going from a 2.8 to a 4 is giving up a good bit of the advantage of going FF in the first place.  Am I misunderstanding something?  (Canon's F/4 L lens is at least a 4x zoom range, though I admit the Canon F/2.8 L is twice the price and twice the weight of the Sony!)

Has anyone else here been in my position?  If so, what did you do?

Thanks in advance for any input...

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