Should I get an A7?

Started Aug 17, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Rjansenbr2 Regular Member • Posts: 392
Should I get an A7?

I have just sold my Nikon D610. Loved the image quality, but found it too bulky to carry around (especially with the excellent, but somewhat heavy, Sigma 35mm 1.4).

I am now shooting with my good/old/trusted OM-D EM-5, which is excellent, but I am already missing the extra quality of the FF sensor.

What I´ve learned comparing the OM-D with the D610 is that, in the end, I prefer mirrorless cameras to DSLRs. The swivel LCD is very convenient and I love the EVF, seeing all the information and the fact that what you see is what you get is excellent. And, of course, the smaller size.

I shoot mainly family pictures, many of my 1 year daughter and also travel pictures. Face detection is something that became a huge plus for me, helping a lot taking pictures of my daughter. I guess it should work very well with the A7 (sony is usually the king of those gimmicks!).

Given the current sony line of lens, I may get the kit lens (28-70), plus the 35mm and the 55mm. For my style of shooting I´d be fine with the 55 only (maybe adding something wider later on), but I would get the 35mm for its small size (and despite its smaller aperture).

From what I´ve read, I can see the following drawbacks in comparison with the Em-5 (and similar m43): limited lens line (and generally bigger lenses); no in camera image stabilization.

Are there other drawbacks I should consider?

Is the A7 the right camera for me?


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Olympus E-M5 II Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 R Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8 +2 more
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