Did I really need to buy a new camera? Obviously no – the businessman inside me said firmly that the Sony A7r ii that I have (with 15000 shutter activations) is more than adequate for stock photography and the new model (the mark 3) has only a few enhancements. But the inner child knew that a new camera body was just what I needed and that I would be able to take higher speed videos and slow them down (only in HD unfortunately) and transfer my files in my studio to the computer using WiFi (true) and register the locations of my travel images using GPS from my camera (true, although with a struggle!). And so the inner child won out!
A new Sony A7riii was soon on its way to me – and the old one (in very good condition) is now for sale on Amazon.
One thing that I learned along the way (the businessman, that is), is that all sites sell this body at the same price as Sony demands. But I found that a well established store in the US that I met while organizing Nature Visions in Northern Virginia – Hunts Photo and Video – had the camera in stock, would send it with 2 day delivery and were willing to negotiate over free things to include in the deal. So if you need a second battery, a ultra high speed memory card, camera strap etc., they are willing to do a deal. So if you are in the market for a new camera in the US, please give Brian Maryansky a call and mention Backyard Silver. You can also email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no pressure like there used to be in the old days of camera sales – just a discussion on what would make the deal work and the camera and accessories came as promised. Brian can be reached on 781 662 8822.