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Thread: Should I buy a used a77 to get the 28-75mm f2.8 SAM I want for my a7ii

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    Should I buy a used a77 to get the 28-75mm f2.8 SAM I want for my a7ii

    Hey A Mount guys I'm considering purchasing a used a77 to get at the 28-75mm F2.8 SAM lens attached. I'm a a7ii shooter and need a good mid range zoom for a wedding. I'm not to interest in the a77 but I do have a lot of a mount stuff I adapt via the LA-EA4.

    It costs about 850USD (999AUD) for camera, lens and battery grip.
    Any opinions would be great

    Other things of note
    Official Battery grip
    Shutter Count of ~12500
    All looks clean and working
    SLT looks undamaged
    Should include a 3 month warranty from the shop

    I can use my existing a mount lens on the a77
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F4, 100mm F2.8 Macro RS, 50mm f1.7 RS, 28mm f2.8, 500mm f8 Reflex, 100-200mm f4.5, 35-70mm f4 Macro, 70-300mm f5.6-6.3
    Tokina AF AT-X 28-70mm f2.8 (scratched), 17-35mm

    Cameras: Sony A7, A7ii, a3000 and NEX 5N
    F/E Lenses: SEL35F28Z, SEL55F18Z, SEL1635Z, SEL2870, SEL35F18, SEL16F28, SEL1855, SEL1650, Sigma DN 60mm f2.8
    A Mount: Minolta AF 100mm f2.8 Macro RS, Minolta AF 70-210 f4, Tokina AF AT-X 28-70mm f2.8, Tokina AF 19-35mm 3.5-4.5
    Minolta MC/MD: 28 2.8, 35 2.8, 50 1.7, 50 1.4, 58 1.4, 135 2.8, 200 4
    Also have tons of other glass

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    A second camera is always a good idea.
    A77 is without a doubt bulkier and heavier than A7 ii, if you do not mind.

    Assuming you will be using flash, please note that A77 (SLT-A77V) uses previous auto-lock accessory shoe, of course, an adapter will solve the issue. (Whereas A77 Mark II (ILCA-77M2) uses current multi-interface shoe.) A77 does not support tethered shooting, whereas A77 Mark II does.

    By saying that, both A77 and A77 Mark II come with PC Sync Port (Prontor/Compur) which can be used for studio flash. Both A77 and A77 Mark II use Sony Remote terminal (not micro USB port as in A7 series) that requires RM-L1AM Remote Commander.

    Finally, don't forget that A77 is APS-C, so you will get different focus length compared to using LA-EA4 adaptor on A7ii.

    Sorry that I sound like selling you A77 Mark II. However, if I were to get one Sony DSLR/SLT, I would be more inclined to get ILCA-77M2 as I shoot quite a fair bit of studio shots.

    Just my two cents.
    Amateur and unskilled photographer with a very small collection of gears.

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    I would not get the camera although it is a great deal for sure. You don't need the camera body and want the A7 II. I would just try and find the lens you want, but that is just me. I would not want to have to repair the new camera if SLT is damaged either... It is nice to have a spare camera, but it's the older unit.

    Just my .02cents...

    Jay - Comments, Questions, and Critiques always welcomed and encouraged!

    Current Everyday Gear: Sony A7r, Sony A6400, Sony Nex-6, Sigma 56mm f/1.4 Lens, Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Lens, Sony E 18-55mm, Sony E 55-210mm OSS Lens, Sony E 16mm f/2.8 Pancake, Rainbow Imagining MC/MD Lens Adapter w/ Minolta MD 50mm f/1.4 PG Rokkor Lens

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    A77 was not good in low light, fist generation 24MP sensor.
    I'm with Antony on this one A77 II would be better choice. If you want to go with used camera, A57 with great 16MP sensor will do better in low light and it is much cheaper.
    Last edited by Obelix; Feb 6 2015 at 11:00 AM.

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    Sorry, re-reading your post and realised that I read it wrong.
    You were asking our opinions on paying $999AUD for A77, 28-75mm f2.8 lens and others, and what you really interested is the lens to be used on A7ii.
    Reading your signature, I noticed that you have 4 E-mount cameras, and a bunch of lenses. Well, the RRP for lens (new) itself is far more than the deal itself. So, if the lens is in good condition, then it's a good deal in my opinion. (And you will have an A-mount camera to play with your lenses without the adaptor.)
    But then, you already have SEL2870 according to your signature, the A-Mount lens you are looking at is quite similar in focus range, apart from aperture size. So, if I were you, I won't be bothered, unless f2.8 is important to you, (you have f1.8 lens.)
    My 3 cents.
    Amateur and unskilled photographer with a very small collection of gears.

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