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Upgrade to the Sony A7 Mark II

November 2, 2015
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Last November I replaced my aging Canon 450D for the Sony A7, a significant change as this was not merely a brand switch, but also a move away from a classic DSLR over to a mirrorless system and an upgrade from an APS-C crop sensor to a full-frame sensor camera.

Although the Sony A7 Mark II had already been announced back then, its starting price was rather steep so I purposely opted to purchase the original A7, taking advantage of a sizable price drop for that model and a Sony cash-back action valid at the time.

Have been very satisfied with the Sony A7, and even though switching camera came with some challenges, the Sony A7 has so many improvements over the Canon 450D I soon came to appreciate it greatly.


A few weeks ago while looking online for good 85mm prime lenses to consider for the Sony A7, saw an advertisement from the camera store I purchased my A7 at for special upgrade deals on popular models of most brands like Canon, Nikon, and Sony. This included an upgrade deal for the Sony A7 Mark II at nearly half price if you traded in an original Sony A7.

Pondered about it over for some time, was ultimately unable to resist the lure of the A7 Mark II and its key improvements like the in-body image stabilization system and improved ergonomics when available at such a lowered price. Hence, headed to the camera store this weekend and traded in my A7 for a brand new A7 Mark II.

Already snapped some photos using the A7 Mark II and appreciate the improved grip and repositioned shutter release. Considering I currently only use the Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm F/1.8 lens, the in-body image stabilization will undoubtedly come in handy as well.

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