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Looks more like these aren't selling well and they're trying to ramp up interest.
I just hope the reason for it, has not to do with the quality of the product!
I find it quite a good price for a full frame camera and if one takes the bundle, one can
save up to $700 - $800 !!!
However, I am concerned/skeptical of some issues in general about the Sony 7a cameras
(Am I right to be concerned/skeptical about it ??):
Note that of the bundle savings, about $150 is for relatively useless stuff. Were you going to spend $130 on a never-ready case for it? But, it's still $200 off a lens and $450 off the flash, which is substantial.
*Are the controls for the camera already annoying to some people or the fiddling is manageable. (It is not a dSLR) ??
The controls are a primary reason I didn't gel with the a7 cameras (I had access to both as loaners and fairly extensive time with the a7R specifically). First of all, for winter shooting where you're likely wearing at least thin gloves, I found I lost most tactile feel for the subtle button and dial designs, to the point where I'd have to look to see what I was pressing. I also found myself turning the camera off numerous times because of the on/off placement near the front dial. Scrolling the rear four-way dial was also a pain because it was too 'soft' in feel and not clicky enough. I'd accidentally push it too hard while scrolling and end up in some useless mode like exposure bracketing. I also found the animations of the settings annoying because they were always a fraction of a second behind the physical setting of the dial, so I'd end up overshooting or have to slow down the speed I turned dials.
To me these cameras sit in a gray zone between the simplicity of a traditional analog-style camera's controls for ease of seeing settings and the UI I'm used to with Canon 1D-style cameras that have very positive dial/button feedback that I can fly through almost subconsciously.
As a result I frequently felt the camera was in my way during use, though the technical quality of the images was certainly very high.
*Is the viewfinder relatively easy to work with autofocus/manual lenses. (It is not a dSLR) ??
I thought it was pretty good. I found it easier than I expected to manually focus many lenses with focus peaking and not having to fall back to magnified focus assist, particularly at wider aperture settings, than I had been used to with prior Sony EVF cameras like the NEX-7. I only had access to the FE 35 and 55, but found both were pretty decent with AF and that AF precision with the 55 when subjects were fairly far away, was quite good and consistent. This is a situation where DSLR phase detect can often have trouble picking the subject out of a distracting background.
*Is the price ok? It normally costs, without a promotion, what a D610/D800 costs, (One can already find a D800 for around $2,400)
I think the price is in-line with what you're getting - a compact interchangeable lens full frame camera that can work with many off-brand lens options.
*Last, but not least. Would you be ready to have it as your primary camera ??
Not yet. Primarily for the above UI irritants that affected *me* and the OK but nothing special AF performance. I'll be all over mirrorless when it's at the same AF level as high-end DSLRs and can maintain shooting at 10 fps without stuttering or blacking out the EVF feed.
Thank you, kind regards,
igmolinav : ) !!!