Once a Photographer

A few years ago, I had sold all my camera gear. Got a small mirrorless camera instead. I called my photography days over. I did all that mostly to simplify my life and focus on programming and work. But I miss photography. Now I want a new camera.

A New Camera

So now I am looking for a new camera. Now I would really like a full frame camera but I am open to crop cameras too. What I really care about is:

  • A good indoor performance
  • A good fast zoom lens with a range of ~24mm-100mm
  • Inexpensive

I have narrowed down my options but still a lot of research to be done. I listing my options here and I will update this as I do more research.

Sony Alpha a6000

This is the smallest and cheapest camera. It is highly rated. Probably the best mirrorless camera right now.

Cost:

Camera (body only): $550

Sony 18-105mm F4: $600

Sony 16-70mm F4: $1000

Total estimate cost: $1150 – $1550 – $1750. (more likely $1150).

Pros:

  1. I already have a couple of lenses that will work with this camera; 50mm f/1.8 Lens & the kit lens of Nex-3N.
  2. Cheapest option.
  3. Small enough to take on vacations.

Cons:

  1. Slow autofocus in low light due to Contrast Detection.

Sony a7 Full-Frame

Cost:

Sony a7 Full-Frame: $1300 (Body only), $1600 (with 28-70mm lens, $500 lens).

Sony 24-70mm F4: $1200 – Online reviews indicate it is overpriced and marginally better than kit lens.

Total estimate cost: $1600 – $2500

Nikon D610

Cost:

Nikon D610: $1500

Nikon 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0: $670 – I want top low light performance

Nikon 24-120mm f/4: $1300

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8: $1900

Total estimate cost: $2170 – $2800 – $3400

Nikon D750

Cost:

Nikon D750: $2300 (body only), $3000 (with 24-120mm f/4 lens)

Nikon 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0: $670 – I want top low light performance

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8: $1900

Total estimate: $3000 – $4200

I like the idea of mirrorless full-frame cameras but I have read that mirrorless camera have difficulty focusing in dark.

UPDATE 1/12/15: Right now, I am leaning to D750 with either 24-70mm lens or 24-120mm. 24-120mm lens is cheaper and has VR, meaning better for movies. 24-70mm would be a perfect low light zoom lens but it lack VR. Movies would be shaky. I wish I could afford both lenses

UPDATE 8/29/15: Finally, I pulled the trigger and bought D750 with 24-70mm lens. Really happy with it.

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