In New Jersey, there are a lot of train tracks and they need maintenance. The people doing the work don’t often get coverage. I changed that. To get to the photo op I had to travel to a location and then walk, about a half mile on rough terrain, to the job site. The Sony A7 was my backup camera. It was packed recklessly in the bag. I had a short window of time and paid the price for rushing. When I got to the office I found the LCD screen damaged. While the camera was usable, with its EVF, it left me with a LOT to think about. Should I repair, or replace. If I replaced the Sony A7, with what?
The Sony A7 has been a great camera, but I have not been able to fully commit to it. I have been using a Nikon D750 for work and the A7 for everyday photography. I like the smaller form factor for walking around. It’s nowhere near a perfect camera, though. I will not go into my issues with the camera, however, I have not been able to invest fully. I did buy a few batteries, a 35mm lens, and Metabones adapter but that’s not really a lot. I am not the only one who had issues with Sony’s A7 series. My friend Scott, after using a few models of the A7 series, decided to stick with Nikon. The Sony A7 is a good camera, it is just not for everyone.
For a while, I thought the Sony A7 was for me, but I kept getting hints of a proper mirrorless camera from Nikon. In all honesty, I have been using the A7 as a stopgap tool. Holding my breath for a Nikon Mirrorless camera has been like Waiting for Godot. I feel like I am waiting endlessly in vain. It’s sort of what drove me to the A7 in the first place. Breaking the A7 may have been a blessing in disguise. It has really made me think about what I really want in my gear, and honestly, I am leaning to Nikon. I only wish they would catch up. Even Canon has an APS-C mirrorless now.
I still have not decided what I am going to do with the A7, at this point, but I am closer to that decision.