Best camera for vintage manual focus lenses?

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jbase New Member • Posts: 7
Best camera for vintage manual focus lenses?


My 46th B-day is coming and I am looking for a camera buying advice. I currently own a Sony A6400 and a Nikon D7000. I bought the A6400 about a year ago to shoot table-top 4K videos (I run a Youtube channel on electronics). Then for some reason I got interested in vintage lenses, watched some Youtube reviews and, like many of us, started collecting them. I have about 30 items at the moment, mostly Soviet, Nikon and some Zeiss.

Since I got these lenses, I figured: apart from my video experience, maybe I should try taking some photos? (funnily, I was never actually interested in photography throughout my life -- but now I am!). But soon I found out that APS-C does not allow using these old lenses to full potential, another thing, the cheapest and best ones are the 50mm's (think Helios 44), yet if you're out for a 35mm of comparable quality, prepare to pay at least $300.

Another thing, I really love the look and feel of DSLRs, however focusing on the D7000 is a hit-or-miss game, 70% of images end up poorly focused. Yes, I love the Sony's focus peaking feature, however the resolution of its EVF is way too low compared to Nikon's optical VF. Also... Having used the A6400 for a year... whenever I grasp it, it still feels like a toy, not a real camera to me.

So, I came up with the features I am absolutely looking for here:

- Focus peaking and focus zooming in the viewfinder

- Better EVF resolution than A6400

- Full-frame

- Nice feel that at least reminds of a DSLR

- Preferably smaller flange distance (for better compatibility with M42 and RF lenses)

Considering all the above, It appears my choice is Sony A7R4 (the only one that has a better VF compared to A6400). But that camera is $3000. Not that I cannot afford it, but it seems a bit absurd to pay that much for a hobby? Provided, I absolutely do not need other "amazing" Sony's features, like fast multi-point AF (actually, it gets "amazing" only with $2500 G-master lenses that I do not plan to buy whatsoever; with kit lens AF is pretty much ordinary).

Am I missing anything here? Doesn't make much sense, but is there a DSLR that has focus peaking in the viewfinder (transparent LCD maybe or projected)?

Thanks for reading.

Nikon D7000 Sony a6400 Sony a7R IV
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