Buying an APS-C body instead of new lens

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GF Regular Member • Posts: 282
Buying an APS-C body instead of new lens

I own A7 M2 and a 24mm f1.4 GM. I found that in some situation, the lens is a bit wide. I am considering to buy a 35mm f1.4. After seeing the APS-C mode, I am thinking of getting a APS-C body instead of the lens. The reasons are as follows:

1. Body is cheaper than 35mm f1.4 lens

2. Have a backup camera.

3. Weight is lighter than the lens.

4. My other lenses (16-35mm & 55mm) focal length increased.

5. Higher resolution compare to my A7M2 crop.

Any drawbacks? Please share your idea.

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rjjr Forum Pro • Posts: 14,768
Re: Buying an APS-C body instead of new lens
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15 years ago I was contemplating adding a digital camera for work purposes to my MF and 35mm film systems. I didn't feel like spending the thousands of dollars on a FF digital body so I decided to try an APS-C body since I didn't know if I would stay with digital.

Over time I found the APS-C rig being used more than my film rigs mostly because it was much more convenient to process, print and deliver digital files than film based work. I found that APS-C suited me for the vast majority of the work and I could always rent a FF digital body if I felt the need so I never bothered to purchase a digital FF body.

For me, another benefit of renting digital FF when I felt the need was I could get the latest and greatest body and lenses without tying up a bunch of money in purchasing technology that changes somewhat rapidly.

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The Ryantist Senior Member • Posts: 1,165
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On APS-C you will lose an apparent 1 stop of DOF (approximately). So the 24 f1.4 will look more like 35 f2.

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Trollmannx Veteran Member • Posts: 6,680
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GF wrote:

I own A7 M2 and a 24mm f1.4 GM. I found that in some situation, the lens is a bit wide. I am considering to buy a 35mm f1.4. After seeing the APS-C mode, I am thinking of getting a APS-C body instead of the lens. The reasons are as follows:

1. Body is cheaper than 35mm f1.4 lens

2. Have a backup camera.

3. Weight is lighter than the lens.

4. My other lenses (16-35mm & 55mm) focal length increased.

5. Higher resolution compare to my A7M2 crop.

Any drawbacks? Please share your idea.

The Sony APS-C cameras are a bit less user friendly than the FF models (fewer wheels and buttons and somewhat limited menu options).

Have the a6300 mostly for the opportunity to go compact and light, but also to add some resolution to my 100-400 + 1.4x TC (resolution increase 1.5x linear, 2.25x by area compared to my A7III). Handy option when wanted or needed.

However, would not replace my A7III with any APS-C camera.

The idea makes sense.

JpGomez Regular Member • Posts: 496
Re: Buying an APS-C body instead of new lens

GF wrote:

I own A7 M2 and a 24mm f1.4 GM. I found that in some situation, the lens is a bit wide. I am considering to buy a 35mm f1.4. After seeing the APS-C mode, I am thinking of getting a APS-C body instead of the lens. The reasons are as follows:

1. Body is cheaper than 35mm f1.4 lens

If price is factor, then get Samyang 35mm f2.8 instead its bargain - PRO

2. Have a backup camera.

No back up camera if you get new lens - CON

3. Weight is lighter than the lens.

Samyang 35/2.8 is ultra light, perfect one lens travel - PRO

4. My other lenses (16-35mm & 55mm) focal length increased.

No second body to mount with - CON

5. Higher resolution compare to my A7M2 crop.

Keep full A7M2 resolution - maybe a tie here

Any drawbacks? Please share your idea.

Sorry looks like a draw.

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MFiftysomething Senior Member • Posts: 1,006
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Sounds like a plan; a lot of people have both (i have) -main drawback is A6000 style bodies are ergonomically compromised.

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QuietOC
QuietOC Veteran Member • Posts: 4,187
Re: Buying an APS-C body instead of new lens

GF wrote:

I own A7 M2 and a 24mm f1.4 GM. I found that in some situation, the lens is a bit wide. I am considering to buy a 35mm f1.4. After seeing the APS-C mode, I am thinking of getting a APS-C body instead of the lens. The reasons are as follows:

1. Body is cheaper than 35mm f1.4 lens

2. Have a backup camera.

3. Weight is lighter than the lens.

4. My other lenses (16-35mm & 55mm) focal length increased.

5. Higher resolution compare to my A7M2 crop.

Any drawbacks? Please share your idea.

I prefer the image quality of the A6000 to the A7II. If I had liked using the A6000, I probably wouldn't have considered the A7II. The A6x00 series has very different controls and handling to the A7II. They are another system that happens to use the same lens mount. Don't consider one a backup. Get another A7II or maybe an A7RII for a backup.

For me lighter lenses are nicer than lighter bodies--like the little Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 which is cheaper than a used A6000 body. As already pointed out, cropping the 24/1.4 is not like a 35/1.4. It is more like F(35/24*1.4) => F2.

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rjjr Forum Pro • Posts: 14,768
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MFiftysomething wrote:

Sounds like a plan; a lot of people have both (i have) -main drawback is A6000 style bodies are ergonomically compromised.

I don't find the A6x00 series to be ergonomically compromised at all, but then again, my first 35mm camera in 1968 was an Argus C3. While I found the Argus to be ergonomically challenging I soon learned to use it efficiently.

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