I’m a bit of a gadget and technics nerd. So it may not come to a surprise that I don’t keep cameras for a very long time – there’s always something better waiting!
So after some dabbling with point-and-shoot style cameras I quickly made the jump from a Minolta dimage 7i to a string of Sony system cameras.
My first one was an Alpha 230 which was an excellent camera – problem was the finder; I couldn’t see very good with my glasses (dioptre range is never enough), so off it went and a (used) A700 landed on my doorstep. To this day I have very fond memories of this camera. Biggest downside: The camera is quite big and after I married I couldn’t really go on photo-tours like before. So the camera stayed home quite often. In the end I sold it and had a quick venture back to point-and-shoot – a Sony RX100 (Mark I). Which really is a great camera – but you can’t change the lens… I replaced it with a used Sony Nex 3n. Which in turn got sacked for a Nex 5r.
But I’m a sucker for good bokeh and knocked-out backgrounds. So I bought a used A7 (Mark I), which served me well for some time. I mainly used old manual Minolta lenses and the Samyang 35 f2.8 pancake lens (love that thing!). As time went by it felt like it was time for an upgrade and I began thinking about what I could improve:
– sensor reflections in night shots really began bugging me
– IBIS is nice to have
– quicker Eye-AF for photos of my nephews and portraits of my wife would be awesome
– overall the AF of the A7 is a bit lacking
So at first I thought of an A7II as a replacement. But the A7 Mark I is a quite small and lightweight camera whereas the A7II does add a siginificant heft. It’s got IBIS but the AF isn’t up to par with newer cameras. So I began reading reviews of the then-new A6400 and their magnificent autofocus which was in the same price bracket as an A7II (A7III was completely out of budget). Lens options are also a lot better for APS-C as they used to be (with the Sigma trio p.e.). IBIS is nice but the lack of it is no dealbreaker, either (you get stabilized kit lenses anyway). And so in the end I went back to APS-C and bought a A6400 (brandnew from the dealer, to boot!).
Am I satisfied? Well, yes. But the grass is always greener on the other side and I miss playing around with vintage manual lenses (their field of view usually doesn’t fit with APS-C Cameras). So maybe I’ll return someday to full frame.
But at the moment I enjoy being able to carry a small and lightweight camera around that focuses blazingly fast and produces gorgeous images.