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#1 Seanzzxx



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:03 PM

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Hey folks,

I might be able to get my hands on a A7R II or A7 III for a very good price (think hundreds and hundreds of euros discount - nothing illegal, but through my employer).

The thing is, a 300 euro cashback deal on the A7r II expires on the 29th, likely before any announcement on a A7 III wil be made. I will need the camera for event/bridal and portrait photography, as well professional video quality.

What do you guys reckon is wisdom here - to make the jump and go for the A7r II? I'm afraid the A7III's sensor will have major improvement to, for example, internal video recording and handling with the rumored joystick, but maybe I'm just being paranoid here. Is there anything known about this? Maybe people who are familiar with the a7rII can give their opinion on it's use for event photography and film-making?

Thank you guys in advance!
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#2 Jeffreykmd


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:44 PM

You are always going to wait for the next best thing to come out. The A7RII is awesome for portraits and does fantastic video. I would go ahead and get it.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:07 AM

If it's available that cheaply then I would buy it. If you want the new camera when it comes out you will likely be able to sell the A7RII for more than you paid for it.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 06:38 AM

It depends. What camera/lenses are you currently using? If you already have good gear, you might as well wait as the A7R2 is at the end of its life and frankly has some limitations.

#5 Geos



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Posted 17 September 2017 - 07:01 PM

The A7RII is fantastic for portraits/weddings (see Gary Fong & Jason Lanier on youtube). Great image quality is the bottom line and great IQ does not become crap overnight because a new model came out with more bells & whistles. Even the A850 still compares well (below ISO 800). 

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 11:46 AM

While the a7Rii is a wonderful camera, I believe the a9 has given us a little insight into what is coming. If you don't need the camera, I would wait. If you are really getting a big discount, you could always buy the a7Rii now and sell it when the a7iii comes out. You will have to work those numbers to see if it is worth it. 


I believe at the least the movie record button gets moved and that alone would be enough for me to wait. ;-)

#7 Bryan Grey

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 09:36 AM

I think I will use A7ii now, because I can not wait so long for the A7III, A7II is performancing very good in shooting.Sony A7II has the full frame without anti-body equipped with a five-axis anti-shake function for the first time. It is a mature product.

#8 deanjohnsonproductions



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 12:38 PM

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