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The Sony a7 III Has Been Finally Announced, BUT I Am Not Salivating Over It!

by Anura Guruge


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The only thing that truly appeals to me is the new sensor — and that was always going to be the #1 reason to upgrade from my current Sony a7 II.

All the other features, e.g., enhanced “Eye Auto Focus (AF)”, faster shooting rate, larger capacity ‘Z’ battery, AF joystick and 693 AF points, are really of marginal interest. I seek excellent AF but I no longer need LOTS of AF points or “Eye” AF. Most of the time I go with straight ‘Center Point’ AF — but also do a LOT of manual focus.

The two posts shown above from September and October really tell much of the story — and those were BEFORE I got my Google Pixel 2 phone at Christmas. During the last 2 months I used the Pixel 2 more or less exclusively! Yes, the cold weather was a factor. The Sony a7 II is not rated for ‘below freezing‘ temps. and I wasn’t going to take any chances since it is not exactly a cheap camera. But, the Pixel 2 is also so much easier to carry around. {SMILE}

My big gripe with Sony is the lack of ‘reasonably’ priced Full Frame lenses. What I can get from my a7 II in the end is gated by the lenses I have rather than anything else. So, just upgrading the body will not get me much — if any. Hence, my thinking about waiting for a Full Frame mirrorless from Nikon or Canon. Right now I am willing to wait. No hurry — for a change — to get another camera. {Smile}. I do have three cameras not counting the Pixel 2.


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Google Pixel 2 Camera vs Sony a7 II (Full-Frame).

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One was taken with my new Google Pixel 2 phone yesterday and the other in May 2017 when I got my full-frame Sony a7 II.

The Google Pixel 2 was on auto and shot its image at 12.2MP (4032 x 3024), at ISO 301, f/1.8 @ 1/60 seconds with auto white-balance (AWB). Focal length = 27 MM.

The Sony a7 II with the Sony 18-200mm f/3.5 – 6.3 zoom at 24MP (6000 x 4000), at ISO 2000, f/8 @ 1/30 seconds with AWB. Focal length = 65 MM.

Can you tell which is which without looking at the ENLARGED picture at full resolution.

This is SCARY. I had heard that this was the case — but it is sobering to see it first hand.

To I the BIG difference is the focal length and that has to do with the HUGE difference in size of the sensor.

Click to ENLARGE. This is the REAL difference in SENSOR SIZE. The Google Pixel 2 also has a 1/2.3″ sensor like my Nikon P900 — and most other new smartphones.


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Taking Selfies My Way — Part XIX, ‘Castle In The Clouds’, New Hampshire (Yet Again) — November 18, 2017.

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My third time taking selfies at the ‘Castle in the Clouds‘ in Moultonborough, New Hampshire in what was my 4rd visit since July 18 — this for “Christmas at the Castle” yesterday.

Same mirror as I had used in October (for the XVIII set). I can’t resist that full-length mirror installed by the millionaire who had it built, Thomas Gustave Plant. They are ideal for selfies but the place is invariably busy and the lighting harsh. But, I made a point to get in front of that mirror. I now know exactly where it is.

Untouched. They would be better it I tweaked the light …


Both pictures taken with my fullframe Sony a7 II.


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There May Never Be A Sony a7 III; the a9 May Be The Upgrade Path!

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I can see the ‘Munda Logic‘ in this.

IF you want to stick with 24MP resolution, as I do, then upgrade to the a9 — pay the HUGE price difference even if you do not ever need 20fps shooting capability or two card slots.

IF you need more resolution go with the newly announced Sony a7R III.

There is some rationale to this.

What I was hoping was an a7 III with the Sony a7 body, Sony a6500 sensor and maybe some firmware from the a9.


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The Newly Announced Sony a7R III Has No Appeal To I.

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I love my fullframe Sony a7 II and plan to keep it forever (which in my case typically means ‘over 10 months’), but for my love and interests in the a7 family does not extend BEYOND the a7!

The a7R — the HIGH RESOLUTION monster — would be totally useless to me. I rarely print images. 99.9% of the pictures I take are for Web consumption — mainly here — and for that I have to DOWNSAMPLE anyway by a factor of at least 4!

That is why I will be hesitant to think about anything beyond my current 24MP — though I have a horrible feeling I might have to confront that somewhere down the road.

So 42MP is way outside my scope of interest.

The Sony a9, as I said before, rather than being a case of ‘sour grapes’, is also WAY more than I would ever need. I RARELY use continuous drive! Just don’t like it. I like to TRY and time my pictures. That is so much more satisfying. Continuous drive to I, is like post processing — something I detest. You take the pictures and then go back and see which ones came out ‘OK’. Not my cup of tea.

But, NOT a bad thing. I will stick to my a7 II and wait to see what the a7 III might promise.


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Taking Selfies My Way — Part XVIII, ‘Castle In The Clouds’, New Hampshire (Again) — October 18, 2017.

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My second time taking selfies at the ‘Castle in the Clouds‘ in Moultonborough, New Hampshire in what was my 3rd visit since July 18. We are members …

I can’t resist the full-length mirror installed by the millionaire who had it built, Thomas Gustave Plant. They are ideal for selfies but the place is invariably busy. So you don’t get much time and the light is tricky.


Both pictures taken with my fullframe Sony a7 II.


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I Think My Lighthouse Picture With My Sony a7 II Is Better Than This One From The New Nikon D850.

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Brilliant Read Fall Foliage New Hampshire October 2017 Anura Guruge Sony a7 II



I could be wrong, but it could be the same lighthouse, i.e., Nobska Lighthouse, in Woods HoleMassachusetts.

I get a ‘Nikon Rumors‘ e-mail every night.

It just struck a chord — a funny one at that.

They are both fullframe cameras. So, it is an apples-to-apples comparison. Yes, I appreciate the Nikon one is supposed to be the view through the optical viewfinder. Nonetheless, I think my pictures has richer, warmer colors. {Smile}


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A Nikon Fullframe Mirrorless Will Sorely Test My Loyalty To Sony, Especially If There Is No Sony a7 III.

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Click to ENLARGE. Both stories appeared in “The New Camera” on October 11, 2017. Link: thenewcamera.com


These two rumors that appeared on the same day, i.e., yesterday, severely tested me. I love my fullframe Sony a7 II BUT am hamstrung by the lack of ‘decent’ zoom lenses. That the likes of Tamron and Sigma does not have Sony E-mount FE lenses is very galling.

I have come to the painful realization that there is no point having a good camera, i.e., the Sony a7 II, if I don’t have DECENT lenses.

So, I will go with Nikon purely for better lens selection. That said Nikon will probably make a decent mirrorless camera — if not an outright good one. I do own a mirrorless Nikon and enjoy it very much — i.e., my Nikon P900. So, I can claim that I am not a Nikon mirrorless virgin either.

My only fear is that Nikon will make it a high(er) resolution camera. I really do not want a 50MP+ camera. But, I might have to reconsider that because I am really quite fed up with the Sony lens situation. And NO, I do not want to go the adapted lens route. Not my thing.

That the latest rumor is that Sony will again disappointed with the Sony a7 III just makes me even more convinced that Sony and I might have to part company in 2018.


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Will I Get The Now Hotly Rumored Sony a7 III — Most Likely, BUT NOT Right Away.

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I am actually very happy with my 4-month old Sony a7 II. It is a delightful camera to use and I like Full-Frame! Who would have thought.

My biggest limitation is THE lens. I only have one lens for it — the Sony FE 24-240 (f/3.5-6.3). The image quality of that lens is NOT great and I struggle with that daily. I really will have to do something about that later this year — maybe for Christmas.

I know that I will eventually succumb to the a7 III because of the newer technology. And YES I will trade in the Model II.

But, I am going to wait. Two books I need to finish and publish first. PLUS, I am going to wait until I have taken 20,000 pictures with the a7 II. That is 9,000 more pictures as of today. At 20,000 I would have taken more pictures with the a7II than with any other camera I have ever owned.

If things go relatively smoothly we might be looking at April 2018. That is good. I would have had the II for nearly a year! Wow.


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