First full frame advise?

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Re: First full frame advise?

DarbinCo wrote:

The last full frame camera I owned was a Minolta 35mm film camera way back in the early 90's. I was out of it for a long time then purchased a 4/3rds Oly E-510 not even knowing what 4/3rds was. I simply liked how the camera handled and the lens options were good at the time. I shot it off and on for many years. I upgraded to the EM1 about 5 years ago after a trip to Yellowstone where I found the images I came home with didnt exactly meet my standards. This kinda revived my ambitions in photography. I have since upgraded MK-II about 2 years ago now. I currently have the 12-40, 40-150 and 300 pro lenses. My two interests are landscape and wildlife.

(Daytime) landscape and wildlife?

Keep what you have - the size (and cost) of longer FL lenses for FF will not pay off in image quality per se.

Overall, I am happy with it but I do feel the landscape side of my hobby may benefit from a full frame set up.

If resolution is your thing, then by all means, the A7R II is a great camera.

I am not one that needs the latest and greatest, budget wont swing that anyways. Ive seen the Sony A7R II has dropped in price enough to make it appealing, my thought was to spend a bit less on the body and more on the glass. I would probably pick up a zoom to start and then a prime and keep it at that for the landscape use.

Is the A7RII going to take my landscapes to a new level?

In resolution - sure.

In sharpness - not so sure.

In overall image (color, DR) - probably similar (daytime curves)

Am I going in the right direction here or should I consider something else. Keep in mind that my current Olympus will continue to be my go to wildlife/general use camera (nothing too awful serious) so there no need to enter that into the equation. I dont feel a need to spend that kinda cash to replace what I'm currently using. I dont sell images, I just like to hang a few on the wall.



4/3rds and FF are two vastly different formats. Where they overlap (same exposure), the 4/3rds will give you deeper DOF. If you stop down the FF to match the DOF, the DR/exposure will be more or less similar (equivalent exposure).

For (daytime) landscape, 4/3rds has sufficient DR to yield decent images.

FF can give you better DR in shadows (at cost of DOF), less noise if shoot at dusk or dawn (blue hour), wider wide angle (you are at 24mm effectively), and higher resolution if you print large.

That said, the A7R II is still a 'benchmark' camera, even today, especially for landscapes.

Will it be a complete new experience? No, not with your experience.

Will you take it into different directions? With a few more lenses, you very well may.

If your budget allows, consider lens options. Then consider whether or not the purchase is worthwhile. For (daytime) landscapes only it may, but not as dramatic as it would in other applications (e.g. a fast lens).

Wildlife - you'd want a long lens and a A9/A7R IV imho, which is mo' money.

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