Why is the A7 selling cheaper than the A99 ?

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kartikjayaraman
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Re: Why is the A7 selling cheaper than the A99 ?
In reply to jjcpa, 7 months ago

I agree that the FF Zeiss lenses do cost a lot. And the choices for A mount FF are limited (old Minolta glass excluded) . But what is interesting is E mount Zeiss lenses are coming out cheaper (eg 24-70 f 2.8) and 15 more lenses are coming in 2014. Plus Rokinon and Samyang might also build more E mount lenses for Sony. By over pricing the A99 (IMO) Sony is trying to really push the E mount system and making people adopt it over the A mount. Whether or not its a good thing is subjective, but it does means a lot of cash for Sony in terms of volume (not a bad thing from a company's point of view).

I may think differently but sensor image quality is one of the key things to a camera and the A7 and A7r are the champions in the Sony line. Yes the A99 is there but sill behind. As I mentioned earlier, the other features are subjective as everyone wants something over the other.

jjcpa wrote:

After intensive research, I decided to grab a used NEX-7 for $600 (Cdn) from local craigslist. I love A99. I went to Sony store couple of times to try it with Sony Zeiss 50mm --- Good color, solid body, in-body stabilization, flexible LCD. I can accept $2000 for the body, but the lens (Sony Zeiss 50mm and 135mm) I am interested in are way over my budget. Also I can not use C/Y Zeiss which I am using on my 5dII and NEX-5N (unless Leitax). I am happy with my current setup except fixed LCD on 5D II and no EVF on NEX-5N and no in-body stabilization on both. Hopefully Sony will put in-body stabilization in the future version of A7/A7R. The cycle of new cameras is much shortened these years. I will focus more on taking photo instead of swapping cameras. Thanks, JJCPA

eawhitcomb wrote:

Do it jjcpa!!! Last year I sold all my Canon gear and got myself the A99. I absolutely love it. When I had my Canon I would always be watching to see what was coming out next and I'd always get the next upgrade. With the Sony I find I don't really even pay attention to what cameras are out there -- I am perfectly content with what I have. The image quality from my A99 far surpasses anything I ever got out of my Canon (keep in mind, though, that my Canon was a 60D -- not full frame). I feel like I finally found the camera that is the perfect fit for me.

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