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Worth the trade? Canon Lenses for A7R ii & Lenses?

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Post edited 25 days ago by e r y k.
Feb 25, 2018 20:43 |  #1

Hey all,

I'm sure a similar thread like this pops up every week. I'm looking to get a second opinion / another perspective on this in case my judgement has been clouded :P
I am strictly a hobbyist photog, with an occasional gig here and there... but mainly I am in it for fun / enjoyment. I have shot canon all my life.

Currently I have:
5d mk3
50 1.2L
16-35 2.8L ii
70-200 2.8L ii IS

There is a trade offer on the table for me to go to for the following:

A7R ii
FE 55 f1.8
FE 16-35 f4
28 f2

At first glance it seems like a no brainer, however the equipment in question is has signs of it being "well loved."
Missing paint, some dings / scratches. Functionally its perfect, but aesthetically speaking... it has seen better days.

Due to the condition of the items, there has been discussion of me keeping my 5d mk3, and just trading the lenses for the sony kit listed above.

Is this something I should do? I really thing the AF system on the sony is something I could use.

Thanks for reading / any advice!

Canon EOS 5Dmk3 //

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Post edited 25 days ago by bobbyz.
Feb 25, 2018 20:58 |  #2

I wouldn't. A7rII used is cheap ($1500 something, I could be wrong, maybe it is more). And you moving to slower lenses and no 70-200mm f2.8 zoom. What you missing with 5dmk3? Not denying nice Face/Eye detect on the Sony but I would look at A7RIII with nice primes, zooms but then lot more $$$.

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Fuji XT-1, 14mm f2.8, 23mm f1.4, 35mm f1.4, 56mm f1.2, 90mm f2, 50-140mm f2.8

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Feb 25, 2018 21:12 |  #3

I'd probably keep the Canon myself.

The 16-35's are probably a wash IQ wise (Sony slightly sharper, but Canon a stop brighter), the 50's are more up to personal preference (epic rendering of the L, vs the clinical sharpness of the Sony). 28mm f2 looks nice from what I've seen but there's no replacing the Canon 70-200mm. If you want to jump to Sony I think you could get way better just by selling the Canon gear yourself. On the used market locally you've got about 5k worth of gear there...I just checked the prices of all the Sony gear brand new with the current rebates and it only comes out to $ way I'd do that trade.

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Mar 03, 2018 12:58 |  #4

Seems sort of reasonable but I think you’re loosing a bit swapping the 70-200 fo the 28. Though a trade is a lot less hassle than buying/selling used. Would prob save a lot of time if you like the Sony kit!

Marc Bergreen
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