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[eBay Plus] Sony A7III Camera (Body Only) $2399 (Bonus $400 EFTPOS/Digital Mastercard from Sony) @ Camera House eBay

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Original Coupon Deal

Not as good as the previous deal from Digi Direct ($1950 after cashback) but that price has been jacked.
So, this maybe the best deal so far.
I am collector and own over 15 cameras and Sony A7III is among my favourite ones.

A few suggestions on lenses:
For general use, Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 (E-Mount) would be a great buy.
For Portrait: Sony 85mm f1.8, Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8
For Street Photography: Sony Zeiss 35mm f2.8
For Landcscape: Tamron 17-28mm f2.8
For Macro, Sony 90mm f2.8 G, Sony 50mm f2.8 Macro
(Do not buy Sony 24-70 f4 Zeiss as it does not worth that much money! BTW Sony 28-75mm kit lens is good, and you may find a second-hand one on eBay for around $200.)

Sigma Art lenses (Sony E-mount ) would be of top image quality, but the weight is significantly higher…
All Sony G master lenses are great but way too expensive. 16-35mm, 20mm and 24mm GM for landscape and vedio, 85mm and 135mm for portrait and 100mm STF for nice bokeh.

Also, you may buy Canon lenses and use Sigma MC-11 adapter which enables auto-focus.

Thanks to @XeKayeM, he mentioned that you can use Sony LA-EA adapter for affordable A-mount lenses. There are many A-mount zeiss lenses and minolta APO lenses.

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  • @RimofLeo

    As you mentioned, you a collector, assuming you will have great knowledge of these.

    what 2-3 lenses you suggest going with .
    Need to look up how much will they cost on top of the camera purchase.

    • +3 votes

      I suggest the 55mm f1.8 as a prime as well as the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 as an all around lens to start!

      • Any thoughts on the 28 - 200 tamron? I know super zooms are very out of vogue, but reviews seem to think it's quite sharp. Obviously slower at the long end.

        • I would recommend you go for consistent f/2.8 lenses, although a bit costly but really good investment for the long term and have more versatile uses.

        • +3 votes

          Highly recommend this lens. I used to have Tamron 28-75 F2.8 and Sony 24-105 F4 both are very popular lenses but after getting Tamron 28-200 I wouldn't go back. Tamron 28-200 is as sharp as both above lenses but with extra reach so for me it's a no brainer. If you are a professional with particular need of having f2.8 all the way through then obviously 28-75 is more suited but this lens does F4 at 75 mm and that's plenty good for my needs. If I need more light I'd just use 28 mm. There are pros and cons for all three lenses but the versatility of 28-200 won me over everything else on the table. I now have Batis 24 mm F2 (for that creamy bokeh, Zeiss pop and wide angle) and Tamron 28-200 for pretty much everything else.. Can't be happier with this combo..

      • I have both of those lens and they are great for travel and everyday use. The only prob is you might find 28mm is not wide enough. I would suggest you should also get FE24 f1.4 in the future.

        • Really? I must shoot different scenes to you. I have a 28-75 f2.8 and a 17-40L for my Canon and I rarely need to use the 17-40.

      • 85mm 1.8 is great too :)

    • What do you shoot? I've used sony for years. Depending on your budget, 55mm 1.8 is an absolutely excellent general purpose and I personally used it exclusively for years. Tamron 28-75 is a great value general zoom. Sony 35/85mm 1.8 are also quite good. It really depends on what you shoot and how much you want to spend. You should absolutely not buy this camera plus spend $300 on a lens, it is pointless.

    • The first one to get should be the Sony 24-105 mm F4. Best zoom lens in its class and wide enough and long enough to be the only lens while travelling.

    • The Best lens to have with this camera - Sony 24-70 f/2.8 GM if you can afford it.
      Sony 16-35 f/4 for landscape photography
      Sony macro 90mm f2.8 - for portrait and Macro photography

    • What is your primary use for the camera? Budget?

      I personally use mine for travels so the 16-35mm F4 and 85mm F1.8 are my main lenses.
      If I were starting over, I probably would go for the Tamron 17-28 F2.8 and Tamron 28-75 F2.8 as first lenses.

    • Hi, depending on your needs.

      For general use, Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 (E Mount) would be a great buy.
      For Portrait: Sony 85mm f1.8, Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8
      For Street Photography:Sony Zeiss 35mm f2.8
      For Landcscape: Tamron 17-28mm f2.8
      For Macro, Sony 90mm f2.8 G, Sony 50mm f2.8 Macro
      (Do not buy Sony 24-70 f4 Zeiss as it does not worth that much money! BTW Sony 28-75mm kit lens is good.)

      Any Sony E mount Sigma Art lenses would be of top image quality, but the weight is siginificantly higher…
      All Sony G master lenses are great but way too expensive.

      Also, you may buy Canon lenses and use Sigma MC11 adapter which enables autofocus.

      • What's the speed like on lens adaptors now? They were still pretty slow last time I was looking at them.

        • Pretty fast and enbles eye focusing if you are using Sigma art Canon mount lenses. For non-art or Canon lens, it depends…

      • I used to have a Canon 550D 7 years ago but never used it much.
        Tried to get back into photography but these lens prices !?!? ! Ridiculously $1500ish seems to be the avg.

        • My best lens (Panasonic 14-45mm) cost me $20, and it came with a free camera (GF1) attached to it. While it sounds like a crappy lens, it’s surprisingly good. At 45mm it performs like a prime lens. Obviously slower aperture, but I only shoot photos in the daytime.

        • https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/560776

          This is a fine price for a very good lens. I had this previously and I can vouch for its sharpness (and compactness).

          Otherwise, you should be able to get a Samyang equivalent for $400-500. I have never used them so no idea how they perform.

      • Any thoughts on the Sigma version of the 24-70 2.8 instead of the Tamron?

        Also the kit Sony 28-75mm you actually think that's ok? I just got my hands on a A73 for $2300 from Camera House as I managed to get very lucky so I'm in the process of selling my crop glass I've still got my Sigma 35mm 1.4 and the Sony 70-200 but needing something to fill the void as my 18-135 was a general go to lense on my A6300. Currently waiting for a deal o nthe Sony 24-105 and the Sigma 24-70 2.8. But may just buy the basic Sony kit lense for now whilst I wait better specials.

        Edit I just read your notes on the Sigma Art comment so I think I will probably do that over the Tamron at this stage the extra $400 is justifiable. I love my 35mm 1.4 ART that thing is next level

      • Hi guys is the deal not available anymore? I was going to purchase and its was $2699.
        5minutes later they were out of stock.
        I sold my camera after seeing this deal two days ago. Now i don’t have a camera.
        Is there another way to get this deal? Please help! Low key worried and woke up in the middle of the night to see whether anyone replied to my comment on the bottom. 😅😅😅
        Really hoping someone would reply with a solution. 😔😔

      • @RimofLeo Would you recommend the 28-75mm Tamron over the 28-200mm?

    • Depends on what you want to shoot.

      Personally I like street photography with fast prime lenses.
      I don't like zooms as i find I take better photos with primes as they constrain your options. Also the rendering with fast primes is more unique.

    • Can you recommend me an easy to use camera for take memorable photos of little ones. Kind of a photo shoot that we pay to get done. Budget is around 1500$ or less. Thank you

      • Maybe Sony RX100 series. Generation III or V.
        If you wanna take vlog more often than photos, Sony ZV-1 is pretty good.

      • Mainly photos, no video?

        There'd be a dslr with lens around that price for good photos.
        When I think kids, possible low light, indoors etc as well as needing a good af.

  • +1 vote

    Holy moly I just saw lens prices.. I used to pay 60%-70% of what the current prices are.

    • Yep, so many lens have almost doubled in price!

    • can you please tell which lenses you are saying

      • +1 vote

        Sony 35mm f2.8 and 55mm f1.8.. used to be availble ons ale at about 70% of those prices

    • Mirrorless lenses are generally more expensive vs DSLR lenses, but the Tamron trinity of f/2.8 zooms is probably the best value option. They are all incredible on a cost vs sharpness vs weight consideration.

      • That's the main thing stopping me from moving away from my Canon SLR; the second hand market for EF lenses is so good - I'd have to spend a fortune to get the same lenses for a new Sony.

        • This. When Canon was sluggish and Sony was aggressive with updates, everyone was jumping on to Sony and selling all their Canon's. Scored a very good priced 70 200. I've seen more but that telephoto is the only thing missing for my set.

          But now Canon is back on the game and used market is not as good anymore.

        • The real truth is that most of us don't need to upgrade. Have you had a look at the Eos R or the rp and an appropriate EF to RF adaptor? if you have a bunch of EF FF lenses, that seems to be an easier step into FF.

          The Canon Eos R feels nicer in the hand than an a7iii, has a nicer rear screen, evf, menus and the infamous canon colour science. AF seems to be very good now too.

      • And Tamron 28-200 is just as good as the Tamron holy Trinity..😀 Used to have 28-75 F2.8 and in all fairness, 28-200 is just as sharp as that (may be even sharper in corners). For an enthusiastic Tamron 28-200 is the way to go..

    • Holy shit - what happened there! I bought my 35mm at less than half the price - and it wasn't even on special at the time

  • If you had over 100 cameras, for instance, I could understand you not bothering to count…

    But if you have OVER 15 cameras, I reckon just keep counting after you get to 15.

    "I have over 15 cameras!"
    How many over 15?
    "Uh, there are three more."
    Then you have 18 cameras.

    • you are excluding the possibility that the OP only vaguely knows how many cameras they have, knows it's more than 15 and can't be arsed counting. I mean I have around 15 cameras too, but that's only if you include things like a dumpster nikon and a 2MP kodak camera from 2006 :)

    • +4 votes

      But 'over 15' sounds less 18 to his partner and wallet.

  • Collector lol. You mean GAS

    • Well technically the collector suffers from GAS, doesn't he?

    • I never understood the point of collecting cameras. Most of them just never get used. I limit myself mostly to 1 interchangeable lens camera and my phone. When travelling I may take to ILC's as a backup. Sell everything that is not being used.
      Same with owning too many lenses, they just don't get used. I just sold my Sony 70-200mm 2.8 as it was mostly gathering dust.

      But then again I never understood the point of 'collecting' anything. Just to have useless crap on display in your cabinet, seems pointless.

      • Yes and No.
        I agree it can be a waste of money to collect electronic devices…
        But there are some reasons:
        1. The CMOS for Sigma DP series is specifically designed with 3 layers and great for BW photography
        2. I need Nikon full frame as it is robust and reliable
        3. I need Sony A7iii full frame for eye-focusing and Sony APS-C a6300 for video
        4. GRII is a good compact camera for street photography
        5. Cameras with CCD are good if the lighting condition is OK
        6. Nikon P900 is good if you wanna shoot the moon or wild animals
        7. Medium format film cameras..

        Once again, I do realized that I wasted some money on photography gears but not all of them are brainless buys…

        • Had a dp2m. Rediculously good photos. Classic and unique!

        • I've heard others sing the praises of CCD sensors. Are you saying they are better in good light compared to the equivalent CMOS sensors we see today?

          The only CCD manufacturer of image sensors I know of were Kodak. Was there others?

  • Any recommendations on a good FF emount astro lens?

    • The Samyang/Rokinon 14mm 2.8 fully manual lens is cheap and fantastic.

      What are you using at the moment?

      • Using a samyang 12mm on apsc and image quality is great, but looking to go FF. Might go with the 14mm then thanks. And thanks everyone for your suggestions.

        • A7III is a fantastic astro camera.

          A few recommendations for 24mm lenses below. Personally I reckon it's not wide enough if you want to do landscape astro stuff but to each their own.

          • @dust: I have a 24mm, 20mm and a 14mm. the 14mm gets the most use for astro. sometimes 20mm. 24mm rarely.

            • @BuyoTheCat:

              @dust: I have a 24mm, 20mm and a 14mm. the 14mm gets the most use for astro. sometimes 20mm. 24mm rarely.

              Yep absolutely. I only use the 24mm because it can go to 1.4. Otherwise it's 14mm at 2.8 for me.

    • Depends on your budget, I'd say Sony 16-35 GM at the high end, Tamron 17-28 for best value and Samyang 14mm MF for the budget end

    • 24mm gm is also an excellent choice

    • If you can afford it - the 24mm gm is a beast for astro

      Never got into astro though - impossible in a major city

      • Astro photography is easy.

        It's the planning, weather dependencies, driving several hours to get somewhere dark enough, standing out in the cold and wind waiting for the right moment to press the shutter that make it difficult!

    • New 20mm f/1.8 G is decently priced compared to the 24 f/1.4 GM

  • Before you pull the trigger thinking its a great deal. have a look at the price tags of the lenses too.

    You may not need this camera.

  • I am not a collector. But owned over 5 camera. Favourite is still the 5Ds, cheap and cheerful FF.

    • If not considering the weight, Canon DSLR cameras are quite good and with many more high quality affordable lenses (such as 85mm L and 135mm L).

  • How would this compare to the camera of a Samsung S8+? much improvement? Purpose is mostly travel photography.

    • It's the lens that determines most of image quality. You are better off getting an a6000 for $500 and a good lens. But even a 16-50mm kit lens is better than s8.

    • Low light scenarios would be where dedicated cameras would destroy phone cameras. You'd get alot more noise in your pictures.

    • If you are just taking snapshot in good light with standard angle of view and you are not editing the photos substantially or printing them at large sizes then a phone is good enough. If scenarios involving low light, action, telephoto, shallow depth of field, significant editing or large prints, then a dedicated camera with a fast lens is much better.
      There is also the fun factor - for me taking photos with a phone is just not at all as satisfying as with a nice dedicated camera. I only use it for snapshots when I don't have my camera on me. I never like taking photos with a phone.

    • My Canon which was released in 2013 still takes much better photos than my wife's S10. Phone cameras produce good photos considering their limitations (how small their sensors are) but it's difficult to beat a sensor 10x the size. Phones use a lot of tricks to make their photos look good one phones and other small screens, but when you want to edit or enlarge them you will see the problems.

      That said, the best camera is the one you have with you. If you find it troublesome to carry a dedicated camera then you won't take nice pictures with it - because it will always be in your cupboard.

    • The real question is, do you you want to lug that gear around with you everywhere you go, while you're on holiday supposedly enjoying yourself? For most people, including professional photographers, a phone camera you have on you will do a better job than the DSLR you couldn't be bothered bringing with you.

      • That logic doesn't even make sense? It's like saying walking is always better than driving if you have left your car at home

        • Nothing illogical about that.
          When you get up from the couch to go to the toilet do you take the car? Sometimes walking is better, sometimes driving is better, context is important.
          In the case of camera, willingness to lug heaps of gear with you is relevant to whether it's better or not. For most people, not all, a phone camera is better because 'most people' cannot be bothered with all that goes along with DSLR ownership.

    • Honestly, how good a photo turns out is more to do with the photographer first and then the equipment second. If you don't know about aperture, iso, shutter speed, lighting and composition and not thinking of spend the time to learning, then this isn't going to be the right purchase for you over a mobile camera.

      • A lot of that stuff is pretty easy to grasp now. I'd say it's all post. It's amazing what a skilled editor can do with not much to work with.
        If the right gear is used and setup for the right application. Magic happens in post.

        • Agree that it is a skill to edit. It makes a good shot become extraordinary but the basics of photography still apply to get a good shot to begin with.

  • do you have recommendations for one that takes good videos?

    • Sony GM 20mm or 24mm f1.4 for this camera.
      Or Sony a6500 camera plus 16mm or 56mm Sigma art lens.

    • For video.
      Price wise the Panasonic g85 is hard to beat. Or the sweet spot. G9 with the recent update making it comparable to the gh5 but with better features for photos.

      Either of these on special are amazing value. Cheap lenses too.

    • Depends on what you want to do for videos.

      Mid range zoom: 24-105mm f4 G (great starting point but will struggle in lower light)
      High end zoom: 24-70mm f2.8 GM (expensive)
      Primes: 20mm f1.8 G, 55mm f1.8 ZA, 85mm f1.8

      As a hybrid shooter (60% video, 40% photos) I always prioritise speedy, consistent and reliable AF, so I always buy native Sony lenses (Sony-zeiss and zeiss batis included). They generally excel over non native lenses in terms of refinement in focus racks/pulls and they don’t hunt as much and have minimal micro adjustments. Just do your homework and avoid lemons such as the FE50mm f1.8.

      Don’t worry about OSS as IBIS alone is good enough on newer Sony bodies. In my experience OSS + IBIS practically doesn’t make much difference in real world test over using IBIS only on newer Sony bodies. They look about the same to me (Unless you have an older Sony body without IBIS… then OSS will help you).

  • better get this and adapt Canon lenses? they are much cheaper than Sony

    • MC-11 works great on Sigma art lenses, but for non-art Sigma or Canon lenses, the performance varies.

  • Since we are talking about lens, just get 3 samyang primes 18mm 2.8, 45mm 1.8, and 75mm 1.8, and you are all sorted.
    24mm or 35mm are just too boring, you can just use your smartphone for those range.

  • Hi guys, can anyone recommend a good but not too pricey camera for vlogging? Looking at around $1500. Thanks

  • For beginners I would recommend tamron 28-200. Shoot a lot and then you'll know what lenses to buy next.

  • Unlike Canon and Nikon pro lens that are made in Japan, some Sony lens are made in Thailand and not exactly any cheaper.

  • Don't you need an FE mount lens for full frame?