|Image from Sony.Net|
This is what seduced me “this” time … the Sony A7RII.
and 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE.
I think I’ve finally found a possible long term cure for my G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), but first some background.
A funny thing happened on the way to my next attempt at “temporary sanity”. I had both of my favorite cameras in hand, the Olympus OM-D E-M5II and the Sony A7II, and loved them both. But, I needed to get rid of one of them. Every time I would think about putting one on Amazon for sale, I’d have regrets and change my mind … I just couldn’t decide, and that’s unusual for me. I flew airplanes professionally for 33 years and quick decision making was part of the everyday business of getting from point A to point B, safely and expeditiously.
So I did what any rational person would do. I decided to let the market decide for me, and put both cameras for sale on Amazon. Perfect! Whichever one sold first, I’d just keep the other one. What could possibly go wrong. 🙂 What was that quote, “The best laid plans of mice and men …”? Yeah, that is true wisdom, and of course, by now you’ve probably guessed what happened. Both cameras sold the same day!
For a couple of weeks, I just took a break and lived with my great little Ricoh GR, but for most photography work I really like to have image stabilization and an EVF. I’d been looking longingly at the Fujifilm X100T ever since it was released, so I finally decided to take the plunge and there is not much to find fault with that wonderful little camera. However, at age 66 my hands just aren’t as steady as I wish they were, and I’ve learned to truly appreciate a camera with built in image stabilization. That has become my must have feature, with everything else being just icing on the cake. The X100T is headed back to mother Amazon at this very moment.
I’ve also been looking at the Sony A7RII and reading the reviews (mostly glowing, some not), but thought the high resolution combined with its much improved shutter, excellent EVF, and 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilization (Sony calls it “SteadyShot INSIDE”) would make it an excellent candidate for long term ownership … an unusual thing for me, and only time will tell. But I feel confident that it will be the case This time. Wish me luck! 🙂
PS: I’m thinking of changing my website name from ThruMikesViewfinder.com to MirrorlessMadness.com … what do you think? 🙂