Make the absolute most of old glass and significantly upgrade your image quality without selling the farm. The fact is that 95% of all cameras outperform 99% of most photographers. While gear does matter, I’ve personally made my share of mistakes in terms of gear purchase.
When it came time to upgrade, I decided about seven years ago to go the preowned Alpha route for my needs and interests – and I’ve never looked back. There are pros and cons to every system, but this one checks all the boxes for my purposes and beyond.
Let’s jump in and have a look as to why, at least in my own experience. If you have older glass laying around, it could be a fast-track off the shelf and into new life.
A7R article (2014) – https://photofocus.com/reviews/exploring-the-sony-alpha-a7r-full-frame-mirrorless/
Leica M Super Elmar 18mm review (2014) – https://photofocus.com/reviews/going-wide-exploring-the-leica-18mm-f3-8-super-elmar-m-wide-angle-prime/
Zone system tonal chart – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_System#Zones_as_tone_and_texture
Used Alpha bodies (KEH) – https://www.keh.com/shop/cameras/digital-cameras/mirrorless/sony–sony-e-system–full-frame-35mm-24x36mm.html
Used Alpha bodies (B&H) – https://bhpho.to/3nCZpGU
Used Alpha bodies (Adorama) – https://www.adorama.com/l/Used/Photography/Cameras/Sony~Mirrorless-Cameras
Preowned A7R (1) – https://bhpho.to/3kdXYg3
Preowned A7R (2) – https://bhpho.to/3CjoeM3
Preowned A7R2 (1) – https://bhpho.to/3lqhiGp
Preowned A7R2 (2) – https://bhpho.to/3CdQcsM
Preowned battery grip (1st gen) – https://bhpho.to/3Ewvw1h
Preowned battery grip (2nd gen) – https://bhpho.to/2Z0HvDU
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T – https://bhpho.to/3lxGquZ
Sony 16-35mm f/4 OSS – https://bhpho.to/3tIr766
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG GN Art – https://bhpho.to/2YVaokF
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG GN Art – https://bhpho.to/2TS1YbL
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR – https://bhpho.to/36o8l9t
Leica 24mm f/2.8 (converted for digital) – https://bhpho.to/2Xkpyzp
FotodioX Canon EF Lens to Sony E ProFusion Smart AF Adapter – https://bhpho.to/3lsHjVr
Fotasy Nikon Lens to Sony NEX E-Mount Camera Mount Adapter – https://bhpho.to/3nCi71t
AKG Perception 220 condenser mic – https://bhpho.to/3hTCJhd
Movo Photo WMIC50 Camera-Mount Wireless Lavalier – https://bhpho.to/3kdsnes
Zoom H4N recorder – https://bhpho.to/3tRZvvC
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