Sony A7R III or A7 III for adapted lenses?

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Erichimedes Regular Member • Posts: 117
Sony A7R III or A7 III for adapted lenses?

I've only just gotten back into photography after many years away. Although I use my camera for my small business, it's mostly for hobby use. I have a Sony A6500 currently that I love, and adapting manual lenses has become my favorite thing to do with it.

However, I'd really like to get a FF camera. All the lenses I adapt were meant for 35mm film, and I really want to use them on the format they were intended for. It's also very difficult to go wide with adapted lenses on an APS-C sensor, and I'd like to be able to use a 28mm or 17mm lens at the FOV that FF would render it as.

So here we go.

The two cameras I'm looking at are the Sony A7III and the A7RIII. Fairly similar, but with enough differences I'm not sure which way to go. The things I like about both of them are:
Form factor, controls, longer battery life, FF sensor, familiarity with Sony settings, IBIS, good low light performance and manual focus tools.

The main thing I want out of the A7RIII is the higher resolution viewfinder which would really help with manual focusing, which I do with most of my shooting.

The more MP's of the A7RIII seems like a double edged sword. I loath post processing, and shoot a lot of JPEGs. I would probably do a lot of my shooting at lower MP settings, only raising it if I had some specific reason to. I also like that I could shoot in APS-C mode and still have very good resolution, since I love how some of my lenses shoot on that smaller sensor format. But I do shoot in RAW some of the time, and when I do, the A7RIII is going to be making some absolutely massive files.

The A7III really is probably enough for what I do, but it has the same viewfinder as my current camera, and I'd love to try a higher resolution one. A 24MP sensor is probably just fine for my uses if I'm being honest.

But: The A7RIII is currently only $400 more, and it seems honestly crazy to me that you can get such a capable camera for that price.

So:
-Should I save a bit more and get the A7RIII?
-Just settle for the same viewfinder in the A7III?
-Wait a little longer and see if the A7IV is released soon, hopefully bumping the price of the A7III lower?

 Erichimedes's gear list:Erichimedes's gear list
Fujifilm X-E3 Sony a7R III Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR
Sony a6500 Sony a7 III Sony a7R IIIA
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ChelseaPhotographer
ChelseaPhotographer Senior Member • Posts: 1,135
Re: Sony A7R III or A7 III for adapted lenses?

Erichimedes wrote:

I've only just gotten back into photography after many years away. Although I use my camera for my small business, it's mostly for hobby use. I have a Sony A6500 currently that I love, and adapting manual lenses has become my favorite thing to do with it.

However, I'd really like to get a FF camera. All the lenses I adapt were meant for 35mm film, and I really want to use them on the format they were intended for. It's also very difficult to go wide with adapted lenses on an APS-C sensor, and I'd like to be able to use a 28mm or 17mm lens at the FOV that FF would render it as.

So here we go.

The two cameras I'm looking at are the Sony A7III and the A7RIII. Fairly similar, but with enough differences I'm not sure which way to go. The things I like about both of them are:
Form factor, controls, longer battery life, FF sensor, familiarity with Sony settings, IBIS, good low light performance and manual focus tools.

The main thing I want out of the A7RIII is the higher resolution viewfinder which would really help with manual focusing, which I do with most of my shooting.

The more MP's of the A7RIII seems like a double edged sword. I loath post processing, and shoot a lot of JPEGs. I would probably do a lot of my shooting at lower MP settings, only raising it if I had some specific reason to. I also like that I could shoot in APS-C mode and still have very good resolution, since I love how some of my lenses shoot on that smaller sensor format. But I do shoot in RAW some of the time, and when I do, the A7RIII is going to be making some absolutely massive files.

The A7III really is probably enough for what I do, but it has the same viewfinder as my current camera, and I'd love to try a higher resolution one. A 24MP sensor is probably just fine for my uses if I'm being honest.

But: The A7RIII is currently only $400 more, and it seems honestly crazy to me that you can get such a capable camera for that price.

So:
-Should I save a bit more and get the A7RIII?
-Just settle for the same viewfinder in the A7III?
-Wait a little longer and see if the A7IV is released soon, hopefully bumping the price of the A7III lower?

I had the A7RIII for a few years and it delivers great resolution. For me the extra $400 would be well worth it.

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SeaLife DC2000 Ricoh GR III Pentax 645Z Canon EOS 5DS Nikon D850 +2 more
The Lamentable Lens Contributing Member • Posts: 821
Re: Sony A7R III or A7 III for adapted lenses?

Erichimedes wrote:

So:
-Should I save a bit more and get the A7RIII?
-Just settle for the same viewfinder in the A7III?
-Wait a little longer and see if the A7IV is released soon, hopefully bumping the price of the A7III lower?

Personally, I think $400 is more than worth it for the extra resolution in the sensor, the EVF, and the LCD.  Being able to quickly switch to APS-C mode with a custom button and still grab 18MP shots is a nice feature.  As for large files, I generally shoot everything in compressed RAW, and the file size (about 42MB) hasn't been a problem.

As for waiting for an A7iv, I tend to think that waiting for the next model doesn't make sense unless it's clearly right around the corner. One would think that the A7iv should be right around the corner at this point, but then I think we've been saying that for a year now...

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Ricoh GR III Sony a7R III Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sony FE 85mm F1.8 Sony FE 24-105mm F4 +4 more
Tobamory Senior Member • Posts: 1,283
Re: Sony A7R III or A7 III for adapted lenses?

I agree get the R3 or wait for the A74

I used adapted on my old R3 mainly Nikon and Minolta and it was great, just some cheap adaptors from Amazon and i was off

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Sony a1 Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 Sony FE 24-105mm F4 Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art Sony RX100 V +4 more
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