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[Mar. 17th, 2016|06:27 pm]

So i think i will want a new camera soon.

I started with Minolta, so i'm now shooting a Sony A55. I like it, but it kept freezing up in Death Valley. (Solved by taking the battery out and waiting a while -- missing the light.)

It has a "cropped" sensor [APS-C]: the image recorded is smaller than if it was 35 mm film. This has curious effects when it comes to lenses. A 400mm lens' enlargement on a 35 mm "full frame" sensor has a different angle of view than on a cropped sensor.

Apparently my choices in the Sony line are the cropped sensor A77II (~$1k) and the fullframe A99 (~$2k). That seems obvious, but the A77II doesn't have a GPS: this is a significant issue for me. I use the GPS in my current camera for part of my recording of plant locations.

So, should i even stay with Sony? In looking at comparisons of the two cameras, i came across commentary about how Sony is going to direct development away from the "DSLR type body" [https://www.wimarys.com/sony-a77ii-vs-a6000/]

I go off and look at medium format cameras that make the A99 look inexpensive.

I've managed to stay out of Cannon vs Nikon for so long, i've no idea how to judge between the two.

"The Sony LAEA4 Adapter enables A-mount lenses to be used with E-mount cameras ...Key features include: Full-Frame Compatible."

Ah-ha, Sony will still have full frame sensors, just moving to the E-mount lenses. The adapter is $348.00.

Sony A7 II ... oh, these don't have GPS either.

I'm going to go have a sulk.


[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2016-03-18 02:57 am (UTC)
Proprietary battery? If not, switching to a less temp-sensitive battery chemistry might help?
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2016-03-18 03:02 am (UTC)
Also my brother is a pretty avid photographer, and I'll ask him if he has any thoughts.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2016-03-18 11:52 am (UTC)
There is electronics in the battery, so I am not discounting the battery but I am kinda dubious about temp sensitivity. All the batteries were in my breast pocket of the photo vest and Death Valley was actually pleasant... In the mid 80s at the warmest. I had bought new non Sony batteries before the trip. One of the new ones worked brilliantly. The issues began with an older, different off brand battery. I did try using the Sony battery. It seemed that no matter what, some time needed to pass before reinserting the battery. ( And even then, I was rotating thru the batteries in my pocket))

I was using a bandanna to shade the camera because the previous week I could feel it getting hot in the sun.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2016-03-22 02:16 pm (UTC)
I've read some articles and am growing to appreciate how attached i am to some of Sony's viewfinder features. I may give up on the GPS. If i start looking at canons, i'll know where to turn.
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