Bought a new camera

January 31, 2016

So last Sunday I noticed that a local camera store had the Sony A7 (the mark 1) for sale, at 1049€, their normal rate is 1799€ for the camera with the kit lens, which is quite a lot over the standard price, which seems to be around 1300€, but the sale was a good deal, not as good as they wanted to make it out to be, but good anyway.

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By the Helsinki University, I waited for 5 minutes before a tram came so I could take the shot.

After trying to decide if it was worth the money, and I’ve been wanting an A7 for a long time, I decided that I didn’t want to put out that kind of cash. I’m actually still quite happy with my 5d mark 1. But at the same time, I really wanted to upgrade. So if I didn’t want to spend the money, but wanted the camera, I did a compromise. I went through my camera gear, and picked out all the bodies and lenses that I don’t use on a regular basis, or that would be replaced with the A7, and I sent the list to the camera store (they trade second hand gear for in-store credit).

Monday morning I received an email saying that they’d give me 650€ for the gear, which brought the A7 down to a reasonable 399€, which is a steal, and then, Sony had (or had when I bought the camera) a cashback deal, where I’d get another 100€ from Sony if I bought the camera, bringing it down to a total of 299€.

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Helsinki’s southern harbor.

I accepted the deal, I mean, of course I did.

I still got a bunch of Canon lenses, and my 5d, so I had to get an EF-mount to E-mount adapter, which was around 80€ on ebay, I’ve yet to receive it, so I’ve been using the Sony kit lens, the 28-70mm 3.5-5.6 OSS, not the best lens I’ve used, but it’s decent.

So far I’ve been quite happy with the A7, performance wise it’s way ahead of the original 5d, but then again, that’s comparing a camera from ’05 to a camera from ’13, there should be a noticeable difference. But to be completely honest, the 5d has been very good to me, the only thing I’ve wished it had was auto ISO.

The biggest downside that I’ve found with the A7, not really a problem with the camera itself, but more with what you get when you buy the camera, is the lack of a battery charger. You’re supposed to charge the battery through USB with the camera body itself, which is just crazy slow, and you need to fiddle around with a micro-usb port on the camera itself.

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Why cities spend money on styling their manhole covers is beyond me

I don’t like connecting my camera to cables, mostly because of the risk of yanking the cable by mistake, sending the camera to the floor. So I always remove the SD card and use a dedicated card reader instead of moving pictures directly through a usb cable, and I don’t want to charge my camera through a cable, because of the same reason. So I put out another 60€ or so for a twin battery charger, which I really think should’ve be included.

And on that subject, the camera that is, I’ve really wanted to get out and test it out, but sadly, winter decided to leave us, and in its trail, it’s left us with the worst weather imaginable, gray, dull, and wet. Not really the idle weather to test a camera, nor a very inspiring one either.

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Random pet store on Mannerheimintie

I tried multiple times to get out take pictures, but each time, I came home pretty much empty handed.

But a good thing is that I’ve basically cut my Minecraft addiction, the game was fun while it lasted, but at some point, you have to throw in the towel, there’s only so many things you can do before it gets too repetitive. I hit that point once I was mining straight shafts just at the diamond level, and when I say straight, I mean working straight shafts in a grid network, to get as much minerals as possible. It’s quite effective, but oh how boring it is.

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