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  • Vanguard VEO 2 204AB Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head
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I paid about this much for the A7ii used before the A7iii came out. I am happy with it.

The lens for $100 is a good deal. You are going to want to pair it with something a bit "faster" if you want depth of field. For walking about I really like the Samyang 35mm 2.8 because it is so small and about $270 normally.

The 85mm 1.8 from sony is a fantastic lens for $550, and will be great for portraits.
The 28mm F/2 is another good cheap lens, and it can be used for video.

I like my Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 zoom. It is $800. It will be considerably sharper and faster than the kit lens, especially at the telephoto end of the zoom.

Another overlooked option is the ~$400 Samyang 50mm 1.4. It is similar in sharpness to the Sony 55mm 1.8, but the af is slower and it is a MUCH bigger and heavier lens. It is not a great travel lens, but at less than half the price of the Ziess 55, it is great for low light situations. Perfectly usable at f1.4.

If you are looking at this camera, I assume that you are trying to go full frame on the cheap. Do stay away from the sony 50mm 1.8 if you need AF. The AF on that lens is really bad.

If you are still using the Sony Alpha mount, this camera plus an adapter is a great way to upgrade. The adapter has its own AF module, so you won't be missing out on the A7iii's (or a6500) AF advantage when using an adapter. I am quite happy with the LA-EA4 performance on this camera. My old $50 70-210mm f/4 takes fantastic pictures with this sensor. I do not like the Minolta 50mm 1.8 on the adapter, but it still focuses faster than the 30 year newer Sony FE 50mm 1.8!

Overall, this is a good deal, and despite some quirks, it is a great, budget friendly way to get into full frame.

If you don't plan on buying any other lenses, don't get this camera and the kit. Just go for an a6300 or a6500 and the cheaper fast APS-C lenses. You will have equal photo quality to full frame and the kit lens.
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Thinking of buying the Sony 7II Body $898 or w. 28-70mm. This will be my first "better" camera but I want something that is good for travel. Is the 28-70mm good enough for travel? I would like to shoot landscapes, wildlife, buildings and people.

Does anyone worry about their cameras being stolen when on travel? I'll likely just put it in a backpack when not in use.
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Thinking of buying the Sony 7II Body $898 or w. 28-70mm. This will be my first "better" camera but I want something that is good for travel. Is the 28-70mm good enough for travel? I would like to shoot landscapes, wildlife, buildings and people.

Does anyone worry about their cameras being stolen when on travel? I'll likely just put it in a backpack when not in use.
anything being stolen when traveling is a worry.

the kit lens will be ok in bright day conditions. but then under those conditions, even cell phones will suffice, if you have a recent high end phone.

if u plan on making an investment in the long term building up lenses and what not, it is an ok starting point, but for casual travel photography, you might be disappointed with the bundled lens.
IMO the bundled lens for $100 is worth it I say, esp if you're just starting out. it is actually a quite versatile lens, and the bundled tripod seems decent as well - and with the SD card, you got everything u need to get started in this bundle.
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Seems like $898 body only is the going rate all over - Amazon, Walmart, everywhere. With the lens <-- this is a good deal. You get the lens for about $150+ less than buying body and lens individually.

As far as how good the 28-70mm is I can't say, but I have a 50mm (f 1.8) and I can use it for just about everything, city, people, animals. I keep my camera in a camera backpack when I'm not using it, and I've never had anyone try to steal anything out of it. I would try to get a padded bag with dividers, at least. You don't want your camera of lens crashing into other stuff in there.
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This is same price its been for awhile now, no deal here. I got the a7ii with kit lens for 998 + 20% back in points on black friday from rakuten (then used those points to buy 50mm 1.8).

This lens will do okay for basic shooting in daylight. Highly recommend adding the 50mm 1.8 if on budget for low light or any situation where you wont need the zoom (birds flying). Plus if you dont like the zoom you can sell on ebay for more than you are paying for it
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For normal travel and photography enthusiasts, this lens is a worth buy considering the price. After a while, you can consider 16-35/4, 55/1.8, or 85/1.8 for different purposes, they all are good budget.
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I paid about this much for the A7ii used before the A7iii came out. I am happy with it.

The lens for $100 is a good deal. You are going to want to pair it with something a bit "faster" if you want depth of field. For walking about I really like the Samyang 35mm 2.8 because it is so small and about $270 normally.

The 85mm 1.8 from sony is a fantastic lens for $550, and will be great for portraits.
The 28mm F/2 is another good cheap lens, and it can be used for video.

I like my Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 zoom. It is $800. It will be considerably sharper and faster than the kit lens, especially at the telephoto end of the zoom.

Another overlooked option is the ~$400 Samyang 50mm 1.4. It is similar in sharpness to the Sony 55mm 1.8, but the af is slower and it is a MUCH bigger and heavier lens. It is not a great travel lens, but at less than half the price of the Ziess 55, it is great for low light situations. Perfectly usable at f1.4.

If you are looking at this camera, I assume that you are trying to go full frame on the cheap. Do stay away from the sony 50mm 1.8 if you need AF. The AF on that lens is really bad.

If you are still using the Sony Alpha mount, this camera plus an adapter is a great way to upgrade. The adapter has its own AF module, so you won't be missing out on the A7iii's (or a6500) AF advantage when using an adapter. I am quite happy with the LA-EA4 performance on this camera. My old $50 70-210mm f/4 takes fantastic pictures with this sensor. I do not like the Minolta 50mm 1.8 on the adapter, but it still focuses faster than the 30 year newer Sony FE 50mm 1.8!

Overall, this is a good deal, and despite some quirks, it is a great, budget friendly way to get into full frame.

If you don't plan on buying any other lenses, don't get this camera and the kit. Just go for an a6300 or a6500 and the cheaper fast APS-C lenses. You will have equal photo quality to full frame and the kit lens.
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Paid 200.00 used just for the kit lens. Worth the extra 100.00. But I use a zeiss 50mm f1.4 from my film days. MF but sharp AF, lol.
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By the way, if any one want, I can pay 100 for the kit lens Smilie
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Thinking of buying the Sony 7II Body $898 or w. 28-70mm. This will be my first "better" camera but I want something that is good for travel. Is the 28-70mm good enough for travel? I would like to shoot landscapes, wildlife, buildings and people.

Does anyone worry about their cameras being stolen when on travel? I'll likely just put it in a backpack when not in use.
Use a cheap looking cloth bag when travelling. Sometimes I buy a cheap local bag. Inside I have a smallish camera bag. The Nikon logo on the camera is blacked out with a sharpie, so are the straps if I use flashy brand name strap.
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Thinking of buying the Sony 7II Body $898 or w. 28-70mm. This will be my first "better" camera but I want something that is good for travel. Is the 28-70mm good enough for travel? I would like to shoot landscapes, wildlife, buildings and people.

Does anyone worry about their cameras being stolen when on travel? I'll likely just put it in a backpack when not in use.
If you are looking for a landscape camera you should rather go with a higher resolution camera like the Sony a7rii or canon 5d mark iv. If however your budget is below $1000 then this is your best buy!
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If you are looking for a landscape camera you should rather go with a higher resolution camera like the Sony a7rii or canon 5d mark iv. If however your budget is below $1000 then this is your best buy!
Very true!
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If you are looking for a landscape camera you should rather go with a higher resolution camera like the Sony a7rii or canon 5d mark iv. If however your budget is below $1000 then this is your best buy!
How about a7iii for landscape?
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How about a7iii for landscape?
That's also good but the A7RII was available for like $1598 few days back and for that price it's better than the a7iii
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