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Will i benefit changing from D800 to Sony R7iii


Nick_Hilton 16 599 2 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2020 4:15PM
Iíve been give the opportunity to trade my D800 and F2.8 lenses for a Sony R7iii.
Apart from a saving of weight has anyone else done this and would it provide me a benefit it terms of quality and more accurate exposure?

13 Apr 2020 5:06PM
Sorry to break the news but changing your kit doesnít improve your skills, in fact it can make things worse as you have a new camera to learn about( button positions etc)

See if you can try the camera first, I prefer my Canon to my Sony
saltireblue Plus
11 11.9k 75 Norway
13 Apr 2020 5:57PM

Quote:Sorry to break the news but changing your kit doesn’t improve your skills, in fact it can make things worse as you have a new camera to learn about( button positions etc)

Steve - the OP didn't mention his skills, he asked about IQ and exposure accuracy.
Any new equipment means a period of trial and error, which disappears when usage becomes more automatic.

Nick - As Steve says, if you have access to a physical store, and they hire out equipment, see if you can get one for a day or two to be able to compare.
Nick_Hilton 16 599 2 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2020 6:04PM
Thanks for the advice. I was posting to see if anyone had made the jump from Nikon to Sony especially as my Nikon gear is getting fairly old now so wondered if exposure and dynamic range had improved so much it was worth making the jump
saltireblue Plus
11 11.9k 75 Norway
13 Apr 2020 6:16PM
Here's ePz's review of the two so you can easily compare the advances/changes in technology. It may help.Smile

https://www.ephotozine.com/reviews/search/sony-a7r-iii

https://www.ephotozine.com/article/nikon-d800-digital-slr-full-review-18860

there's over 6 years between the two, so I don't think you'd be disappointed by changing.
Nick_Hilton 16 599 2 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2020 6:19PM
Ha ha thanks I did read them before posting Grin
Paintman Plus
14 1.5k 180 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2020 8:43AM
Why not change to a Nikon D850, Z6 or Z7? You'll still be able to use all your NIkon lenses and you'll be familiar with the button layout, menus and ergonomics. It'll be less expensive than changing camera systems.

The Sony A7 III and R IV are excellent cameras, but so are the Nikon cameras. The IQ of all modern cameras ( DSLR and Mirrorless ) is easily good enough for most people.

The exposure is something that hasn't bothered me at all with any camera system, even if they expose differently to each other. It is a case of learning your camera's idiosyncrasies.

I changed from Canon ( due to unreliable and limited AF ) to Sony and haven't regretted it at all. I think the Sony AF system is excellent and the dynamic range is a lot better than the Canon cameras I used. I have found I need to do a lot less post processing because the files are so good.
LenShepherd 13 4.4k United Kingdom
15 Apr 2020 7:53PM

Quote: would it provide me a benefit it terms of quality and more accurate exposure?

Unless your current camera and lenses need repairing your exposures are unlikely to be better with another system than with a Nikon D800.
If your exposures are not generally accurate it maybe you need to improve your camera technique before spending money on equipment of any make.

I am bemused as to why you are not also looking at the Nikon Z system.
As has been mentioned you can continue to use your Nikon Lenses without loosing anything (except AF if old screwdriver AF lenses) - at less cost then switching lenses - and you can get ML features similar to those in a Sony ML body.
Nick_Hilton 16 599 2 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2020 8:00PM
Len,
I have used a Z6 and was not that impressed with the adapter. It works but even top quality lenses were not fantastic. To get the best out the system you really need to Z mount lenses.
So if Iím going to spend on these lenses then I might as well consider other systems at the same time.
LenShepherd 13 4.4k United Kingdom
16 Apr 2020 12:57PM

Quote:Len,
I have used a Z6 and was not that impressed with the adapter. It works but even top quality lenses were not fantastic.


A strange comment as there is no optical or AF speed difference difference with most F mount lenses used on Z or on F mount bodies.

Quote:
To get the best out the system you really need to Z mount lenses.


The Z lenses as they get released all perform very well - with at least 2 out perming anything to fit Sony.
Medium term Nikon and Canon have an optical advantage with some lenses as Sony E does not have a wide lens throat.

Quote:So if Iím going to spend on these lenses then I might as well consider other systems at the same time.


Agreed.

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