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I upgraded to an A7 ii after holding onto a Canon T2i far past its expiration date. Unsurprisingly, it's a significant upgrade in almost every way. But when it comes to autofocus, it's significantly worse. I'd assumed mirrorless autofocus had been solved except for high-performance scenarios like sports, but it's not. So many of my autofocused images were out of focus that I now use manual focus most of the time. Thankfully, it has great manual focus tools that make quick and accurate manual focusing easy (just not as easy as point-and-shoot is with a traditional SLR autofocus). To be fair, autofocus gets passable results most of the time (especially for viewing on smaller screens), but if I wanted passable I'd be using my phone. This camera is capable of incredibly detailed, razor-sharp images, but it's more likely to get them if you're focusing it yourself.

I've also been disappointed by the size tradeoffs involved in full-frame photography. The camera body is small (surprisingly small for such a large sensor), and the lens connector is so close to the sensor that virtually any lens can attach with an adapter, but don't expect to click on your tiniest pancake lens and throw it in your pocket. Most older mounts require thick adapters, and the small older rangefinder lenses with thinner adapters have terrible minimum focus distances. You can buy a movable adapter to approximate the benefits of a small lens and a close focus distance, but it's expensive and another item that can break (some can also connect old manual focus rangefinder lenses into the autofocus system, which would be awesome if it worked better). Of course, there are tons of tiny E-mount lenses, but they're all APS-C, at which point why not get an even smaller camera body if you aren't using full-frame?

I don't have a huge budget for photography, so I have mostly just tried the camera with my old lens collection, but I have been reasonably pleased on the small/light front with the Samyang/Rockinon 35mm 2.8. It's not the best at anything, but it's versatile, an excellent value, and the only affordable full-frame Sony E Mount lens I could find that's truly pocketable (in a large jacket pocket, anyway). Bigger lenses go in other pockets (or a bag) or else the whole camera is staying out on its lanyard.

The software on this camera is horrible. It has an app store that theoretically allows a lot of awesome things, but getting it updated and using it can be an unending nightmare. But before I entered the awful world of trying to extend the camera's functionality, I was pleased to learn that out of the box, it can connect to your phone/tablet and use a remote trigger or share photos wirelessly. Except that the photos it shares wirelessly are so inelegantly downgraded that it will make you think less of the camera. It's OK for a temporary proof (and handy, at that!), but hold out for the originals on the SD card before sending pics around or making prints. Like the autofocus issue, you'd be better off just using your smartphone camera than relying on this feature.

My last note is that, while this camera is a very sturdy-feeling body, it is even more vulnerable than my junky old Canon when changing lenses. The sensor is right out in the open, and it *will* get dust on it if you're changing lenses with any regularity (especially outside). The built in sensor cleaning mode won't be enough for all of them. If you're like me, you'll worry that you just ruined your fancy new sensor, but it seems hardy enough (at least, if you clean it immediately.) AFAIK the post-A7 ii models in this post have this problem fixed (the sensor is covered when you remove a lens), but I haven't checked.
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Hahahaha. Oh my. The photos might look similar on a 6" screen, but open them on a computer and it's a whole different world.
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CAN anyone comment on weight and size in hand of this one? Looking for something light and easy.
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Still not as good as 6 months ago
How do i get there??
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Dang. Hoping there would be an a7iii.
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CAN anyone comment on weight and size in hand of this one? Looking for something light and easy.
Coming from Nikon SLRs and DSLRs the a7ii is significantly smaller—like, it fits in my raincoat pocket with a small enough lens whereas that was never possible with my DSLRs. It's pretty hefty/dense though and doesn't necessarily feel that much lighter.
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Coming from Nikon SLRs and DSLRs the a7ii is significantly smaller—like, it fits in my raincoat pocket with a small enough lens whereas that was never possible with my DSLRs. It's pretty hefty/dense though and doesn't necessarily feel that much lighter.
That kit lens is still too big to fit in my pocket though. Does anyone know if the 16-50mm Lens from my A6000 would fit in the A7ii? That's a much smaller lens.
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That kit lens is still too big to fit in my pocket though. Does anyone know if the 16-50mm Lens from my A6000 would fit in the A7ii? That's a much smaller lens.
It'll fit, but the pictures will be 10mp.
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Get a vehicle that can go faster than the speed of light and you'll get there.
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So the a7R III with the DJI Ronin-S...doesn't state there's a gimble under the "package content"

DJI Ronin-S 3-Axis Advanced Gimbal Handheld Stabilizer for Mirrorless & DSLR Cameras Essentials Kit:
BG37 Grip (Built In Battery)
Camera Mounting Plate
3x Camera Screw 1/4"-20
Lens Support
Camera Riser
USB-C Cable
Hook-and-Loop Strap for gimbal
Storage Case
Extended Grip/Tripod (Plastic)
SanDisk 128GB Extreme SD Memory UHS-I Card w/ 90/60MB/s Read/Write
Deco Gear Photo and Video Backpack for Mirrorless and DSLR Cameras and Drones
Dual Battery Charger for Sony NP-FZ100
Replacement Rechargeable Battery for Sony NP-FZ100
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wrong! you go at the speed of light, time stops for you...you don't go back in time...
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Still not as good as 6 months ago
What were the deals 6 months ago?
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CAN anyone comment on weight and size in hand of this one? Looking for something light and easy.
I'd go with fuji if you want light and easy. Full frames will always need bigger lens, so even if the bodies are smaller, the lenses will end up being bigger
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