booju wrote in post #18295474
I'm back...thanks a bunch folks!
To answer a few questions...
Yes, looking at buying used.
Video not important or necessary.
I enjoy shooting up-close portraits of people on my travels and in natural light.
My budget max will probably be the a7r and FE28 lens combo.
Good in low light situations???
Thank you for your replies!
I bought my a7r in November of '15 for $1099 from either Adorama or B&H, can't remember TBH, in either 9/10 or E- condition. This was a deal, IMO, considering what kind of IQ the body was capable of. I have seen them around this price off and on since then, even as low as 900--maybe on the F/S forum here? [IMAGE'S LINK: https://www.flickr.com ...006/in/dateposted-public/]_DSC0072_DxO
I really think that you will love the a7r for the kind of shooting you are describing.
I have heard and seen nothing but good things regarding the FE28. For a wide lens, I chose the A-mount Zeiss 24 F2 SSM because I got a great deal on it and because I could also use it on my A77ii. The FE28 was a lens I considered long and hard, as it would have paired nicely with my FE55--what I use 90% of the time.
While I can't speak to how well the FE28 focuses in low-light, I can tell you that the FE55 does a nice job.
While not apples-to-apples, here is a recent shot I took before the Mardi Gras parade at Universal Studios in Orlando with the Zeiss 24. I think you will get 98% of the IQ in the FE28, but again apples-to-apples maybe. This is ISO 6400, run through DXO Optics Elite 11 for de-noising (although I thought it looked pretty good without it!).
You could certainly nit-pick the image, and my sensor needs to be cleaned, but I'm still in love with my a7r.
by Michael Bielecki
Sony A99ii, RX-100ii, Sonnar T* 135mm f/1.8 ZA, Minolta HS 200 2.8 APO, Zeiss 24/2 ZA, Minolta 2xTC APO, HVL-F43M