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Dec 31, 2021 18:49:43   #
Through_MI_Eyes
 
Thinking about jumping ship from Nikon dslr to Sony mirrorless. I’m interested in the new Sony a7 IV thoughts???

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Dec 31, 2021 19:47:13   #
Architect1776 Loc: In my mind
 
Through_MI_Eyes wrote:
Thinking about jumping ship from Nikon dslr to Sony mirrorless. I’m interested in the new Sony a7 IV thoughts???


Why not Z7?

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Dec 31, 2021 20:23:10   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
Depends on what lenses you have and how much you want to invest in new equipment. You'd have to say something more about the 'why' of your thinking.

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Dec 31, 2021 20:29:24   #
imagemeister Loc: Stuart, Florida
 
Through_MI_Eyes wrote:
Thinking about jumping ship from Nikon dslr to Sony mirrorless. I’m interested in the new Sony a7 IV thoughts???


What shooting genre are you most interested in accomplishing ?? How much money do you have ??

Is any adapter successful for Nikon lens to Sony E ??
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Jan 1, 2022 07:16:53   #
MrPhotog
 
I got the a7r2 for copy work, with the intention of using my old Nikon macro lens. There is a simple adapter for nikon lenses to mount them on the Sony. My vintage lenses did not have autofocus, and on the Sony they still don't. No surprise there. While there may be an adapter that allows automatic aperture operation, I didn't get one. I'm quite happy stopping down the aperture myself. With the camera set for aperture priority,it picks the appropriate shutter speed.

Nice things I hadn't expected: I focus with the lens wide open: the shallow depth of field helps. I can also get a highlight around items which are in focus, with the camera's focus peaking turned on. Then, as I stop down to some aperture and watch more items getting highlighted, I can see the things which are in focus. Because of the electronic viewfinder, even at the smallest aperture the finder image is as bright as if the lens is wide open.

Nikon made some very nice bellows for their film cameras, and they fit fine on the Sony, and it is much brighter to see things even with significant bellows extension.

If you don"t need all the features of the 4th version, the 3 model is still available for quite a bit less.

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Jan 1, 2022 07:34:21   #
Architect1776 Loc: In my mind
 
MrPhotog wrote:
I got the a7r2 for copy work, with the intention of using my old Nikon macro lens. There is a simple adapter for nikon lenses to mount them on the Sony. My vintage lenses did not have autofocus, and on the Sony they still don't. No surprise there. While there may be an adapter that allows automatic aperture operation, I didn't get one. I'm quite happy stopping down the aperture myself. With the camera set for aperture priority,it picks the appropriate shutter speed.

Nice things I hadn't expected: I focus with the lens wide open: the shallow depth of field helps. I can also get a highlight around items which are in focus, with the camera's focus peaking turned on. Then, as I stop down to some aperture and watch more items getting highlighted, I can see the things which are in focus. Because of the electronic viewfinder, even at the smallest aperture the finder image is as bright as if the lens is wide open.

Nikon made some very nice bellows for their film cameras, and they fit fine on the Sony, and it is much brighter to see things even with significant bellows extension.

If you don"t need all the features of the 4th version, the 3 model is still available for quite a bit less.
I got the a7r2 for copy work, with the intention o... (show quote)


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Jan 1, 2022 07:39:14   #
MrPhotog
 
Architect1776 wrote:
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Passing along my experience with Similar camera (earlier model) and similar lens mount issues (nikon to sony, using an adapter)

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Jan 1, 2022 07:45:23   #
Architect1776 Loc: In my mind
 
MrPhotog wrote:
Passing along my experience with Similar camera (earlier model) and similar lens mount issues (nikon to sony, using an adapter)


Yes, but others differ and have other needs besides your limited use for macro.
You could have stopped with the experience and not gone on beyond that.

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Jan 1, 2022 08:24:09   #
tcthome Loc: Keansburg , NJ
 
Through_MI_Eyes wrote:
Thinking about jumping ship from Nikon dslr to Sony mirrorless. I’m interested in the new Sony a7 IV thoughts???


I don't know about jumping ship but, I have been thinking of this camera for playing with video. Seems pretty good at the price point. Keep in mind on what you shoot & what lenses you will need added to the jumping ship cost. Need to drop down to 1080p to shoot at 120fps if wanting to do slow-mo vid. (= like watching me type). Has the rolling shutter when following & shooting/panning fast moving subjects but, some say it can be fixed in post. Other than that it looks to be pretty good at the price point. 33mp is a pretty good place to be for a sensor & the AF is one of the best.
If you buy it, enjoy & Happy New Year!

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Jan 1, 2022 08:26:41   #
tcthome Loc: Keansburg , NJ
 
MrPhotog wrote:
Passing along my experience with Similar camera (earlier model) and similar lens mount issues (nikon to sony, using an adapter)



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Jan 1, 2022 09:16:13   #
imagemeister Loc: Stuart, Florida
 
Architect1776 wrote:
Yes, but others differ and have other needs besides your limited use for macro.
You could have stopped with the experience and not gone on beyond that.


Who are you ? the relevance police ??

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Jan 1, 2022 10:26:52   #
olemikey Loc: 6 mile creek, Spacecoast Florida
 
Through_MI_Eyes wrote:
Thinking about jumping ship from Nikon dslr to Sony mirrorless. I’m interested in the new Sony a7 IV thoughts???


I have been using Sony SLT A mounts(A37 and A58) along with several of their earlier MILCs (Nex6 and 5n) and with my Nikon's (D90/7100/7200) and a couple older Canon models (since I picked up some nice Canon lenses to use with the Sony bodies). I plan to grab another Sony MILC when the right used deal comes along, and another "last of the best Sony A-mounts" when the right used deal shows up. Yes, I have more gear than I need, but I enjoy the gear almost as much (bit of a collector too). I like both DSLR and MILC, and none of mine go unused, the more the merrier!!!!

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Jan 1, 2022 10:38:12   #
wmurnahan Loc: Bloomington IN
 
I have no regrets going with Sony. Their lenses are as good or better than Canon and Nikon, they have the biggest selection of native lenses, they have been making and improving mirrorless a lot longer, the auto focus is as good or better than DSLR. I've loved the switch because it allows me to have both a small crop sensor and a full frame that use the same lenses. My a6500 with Zeiss 35 on it can almost fit in my front shirt pocket, the same lens on the FF give great shots.

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Jan 1, 2022 11:14:04   #
BobHartung Loc: Bettendorf, IA
 
Through_MI_Eyes wrote:
Thinking about jumping ship from Nikon dslr to Sony mirrorless. I’m interested in the new Sony a7 IV thoughts???


As a first step you need to go to a store that has them in stock and handle one. I think that you will quickly find that the ergonomics of the Alpha series cameras is not nearly as comfortable as your Nikons or the Canon cameras. Try before you buy.

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Jan 1, 2022 11:17:51   #
n4jee Loc: New Bern, NC
 
We are downsizing. House, yard, shop, and stuff. I sold my Nikon D810 and a lot of heavy glass and purchased a Sony A7c. The A7c compares more closely with the A7III then the IV and is more like the A6xxx in size. I paired the body with a 24-240 Sony lens and am not planning any future lens purchases. So far the Sony has done everything I need to do and I haven't explored all it's capabilities. The Sony and a Lumix ZS100 for a pocket camera fulfill my equipment needs.
I come from a time when larger negatives meant better and larger prints. As such I used medium format cameras to shoot weddings. If I were looking to make large prints for sale or display, I'd go for the A7RIV.
I was a Nikon user from the time back in the 70's when I purchased a used Nikon F (no meter) and a 43-86 zoom lens. I switched from Pentax to Nikon, because I could get the Nikon lens and body for less then the equilivent lens, alone, for the Pentax. My loyalty to Nikon, over all those years, was really to my pocket book because of the investment in glass. Nikon and Canon have been the leaders in SLR/DSLR cameras almost forever. Who was best was pretty much dependent on who had the latest model released. That lead lasted until the other came out with their new model. Both companies built their reputations on producing high quality clones of German rangefinder cameras and lenses.
My decision to switch from Nikon to Sony was a two step process. We were planning on a Mediterranean cruise and I wanted a smaller camera and single lens rather then lugging my D810. I bought a Sony A6300 and 18-135 lens for the trip. I found myself grabbing the Sony, at first because I wanted to get used to it before the trip and later, because I liked the smaller size and weight and it did everything my Nikon would do.
So, why Sony over Nikon? I could have gone to any of the three leaders in mirrorless cameras since only 1 of my Nikkor lenses could be used with a converter on a Nikon and still retain all the functionality. Therefore, since I enjoyed my A6300 and was going to have to get new glass anyway, I picked Sony. Sony also had a number of years more experience with the development of mirrorless digital cameras then either Canon of Nikon. (note that I qualified that with "digital" since both got their start with mirrorless rangefinder cameras.)
The argument as to who is best will continue forever and the answer will always be who has the latest new release. The wisest council usually given on this forum about what camera to buy is to go to a camera store and feel different cameras. Borrow or rent the model you think you want and use it for awhile.

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