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In Topic: Any experience with the Sony A72 or A7r2?

16 October 2015 - 06:21 AM

This has been a really useful debate, thank you all. I currently have a NEX6 which I have been wanting to upgrade for some time; and given the series of delays in announcing the A6000 replacement, I am now seriously looking at the full frame option. So if I were to agree (which I don't) with DKO's view of Sony's inability to get things right, it would be over that delay issue.

The cost of the A7Rii frankly scares me, as does the thought of trying to justify it to my long suffering (non diving) wife, and so I am encouraged by the views expressed in this debate about the A7ii. My list of "wants" includes size/weight, fast autofocus, and fast flash sync speed, and the A7ii looks like it does all of those.

As to stabilisation (and associated battery issues), I have never been persuaded of its merits for underwater photography, and I expect I would turn it off all the time. I see the comments about the 16-35 benefiting from stabilisation, but the equivalent 10-18 (which also has OSS) is actually my least used lens on the NEX6, and so I don't think stabilisation would be a huge issue for me. My most used is the 16mm with fisheye converter, which has always served me well, with no significant corner-sharpness issues - so I feel safe to assume that the 28mm plus converter would do just as well. It would be nice to try the Canon fisheye zoom, but the added port size/weight would be a deal breaker for me.

After the fisheye, my next-most used lens is the 50mm Zeiss macro, which I have not found to be ideal for underwater use: it tends to hunt on occasion, and won't take the SMC (so Alex T tells me). So the 90mm macro is a real selling point for the A7, and from reviews (including Phil's), it seems to be a cracker.

Thanks again for all the helpful comments, even though I'm a late joiner to this thread.

In Topic: Repulse/Prince of Wales

30 January 2015 - 12:20 AM

Brilliant, Richard, thanks.  They have space on their April trip, but I'm not sure the dates work for me.  Equally, I think May may be difficult as my boss will be away; but if you could let me have details just in case, that would be really kind.




In Topic: Repulse/Prince of Wales

29 January 2015 - 02:27 PM

Thanks Richard ... dates would be fine, but it looks fully booked on their website  :aggressive: I'll try anyway.

Thanks Richard ... dates would be fine, but it looks fully booked on their website   :aggressive: I'll try anyway.

In Topic: Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M for Sony E-Mount

17 November 2014 - 12:05 PM

Thanks again Bill.  I was getting close to upgrading to the a6000, but I think I'll wait for its replacement - maybe Sony will respond to the Oly challenge and give it better features.  Did you mean Zeiss 50?  If so, I totally agree re speed - it's the hunting that gets me, but apparently with the a6000 there is an option to switch off the pre-AF, which might fix it. 



In Topic: Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M for Sony E-Mount

16 November 2014 - 03:47 AM

Thanks Bill. 


That's interesting about the close proximity of the buttons making them difficult to use.  Given the compact size of the Sony ILCEs, it's always going to be a challenge for the housing designers to keep the buttons apart - best example is the cruciform group to operate the main control wheel - they must be pretty awkward in drysuit gloves too.  On the NEX6 housing, the AEL button is also next to the video control, and using the 3-click trick to switch from AF to MF and back on the NEX6, I've never hit the video by mistake: from the pictures of the a6000 housing, the position looks very similar, so I wouldn't anticipate an issue. 


But then, I'm a confirmed warm-water diver ... and you're an Olympus user. :laugh: :pardon: