In the era of film cameras you could say they where finally surpassed with the arrival of the NikonD700. The NikonD700 was a full frame DSLR with 12mp and aimed at the pro market. Shortly after the NikonD700 was released Canon entered the full frame market with their offering the Canon 5d mark ii.
The Canon 5d mark ii body was also a full frame body but boasted a 21.1mp sensor and video quality that changed perspective of what a DSLR was with many film makers opting to use the canon 5d mark ii.
The used photography market is abundant with full frame cameras of the past generation. You can pick up a used Canon 5d mark ii body for under £500 on auction sites these days which makes the canon 5d mark ii a bargain.
The Canon 5d mark ii is still a highly relevant camera now for your primary camera or even as a second body when your travelling and need a backup for those emergencies.
Im a big fan of Samyang lenses excellent construction and very sharp images. I’ve owned both the 14mm 2.8 ultra wide angle and the 12mm 2.8 fisheye which Ive used extensively on a full frame NikonD800 and then also the crop sensor Samyang 8mm 2.8 fisheye.
The 14mm 2.8 is one of the best options for astro photography and even when I also had the Nikkor 14-24mm 2.8 I tended to use the Samyang14mm more as its far lighter and smaller, image quality is negligible. The Nikkor 14-24mm lets in a bit more light for astrophotography as a 30 second photo at 2.8 on the Samyang lens I could achieve similar exposure at 25 seconds on the Nikkor 14-24mm at 2.8.
Now that Samyang have started rolling out their 14mm and 50mm prime lenses in auto focus for the Sony FE full frame. I’ve always been a manual focus shooter and as my photography tends to be more landscape I generally shoot with my focus set to infinity. But as the SonyA7R cameras have a really good auto focus it does make sense to use that.
The SonyA7R is a lot of camera for an extremely low price. When my NikonD800 died for the third time I decided to make the switch to mirrorless. I had been tempted by the small form factor for some time and on paper the SonyA7R is actually a slightly better camera then my old D800 but minus the weight. Having done a lot of travel photography over the years with my D800 I was finding it cumbersome and I knew that I was no longer enjoying the experience of lugging so much weight around across country, the thought of having everything I needed in a much smaller, compact size was becoming much more appealing to me.
I was able to pickup one of the last A7R’s at my local Jessops store in Glasgow for £795. Which was an absolute steal of a price, and even against the newer A7Rmk11 I preferred the smaller A7R. I liked the fact the A7R had the electronic view finder which meant I had no worries of light coming in when doing long exposures and I did not need the extra megapixels of the newer model nor that extra price tag.
Ive always been a manual focus shooter and I loved how easy the peaking focus was on the SonyA7R and of course that meant I could use all the old and wonderfully cheap film lenses like the Minoltas.
Having now been shooting with the SonyA7R for a few months now my only regret is not making the change sooner, I know my last big road trip across South East Asia would have been so much more fun and productive if I had the little Sony instead!
For less then a £100 I picked up a few older lenses all of which I find a real pleasure to use and have produced some tremendous photos.. really can’t fault them at all.