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Old Feb 11, 2015, 11:15 AM   #11
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While the FZ1000 is a big improvement over the FZ200, it's still no match for the A77 II. See DxOMark: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 versus Sony SLT Alpha 77 II versus Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ200. (Click on the Measurements Tab, then click on SNR %18 and Dynamic Range.)
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Considering the OP's most recent post to this point, this may be the priority.

$$ budget is king though.
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Considering the OP's most recent post to this point, this may be the priority.

$$ budget is king though.
true enough that the budget dictate, but I am within my budget to get sony and the lenses and spend $2000 and still be within m budget ( barley) but I am kind of tight wad and I don't really want to max it. I am still considering sony ( $1099 camera and Tamron SP AF17-50mm 345.00) to begin. Now all depends how much trade in will I get for my FZ200 )
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... I am still considering sony ( $1099 camera and Tamron SP AF17-50mm 345.00) to begin. ...
Excellent choice. But to round out your kit, the Sony 70-300 'G' might put you over your budget. You could go with the Tamron, which isn't as nice but it's cheaper, or if you don't mind used, there's Minolta's 75-300 "Big Beercan", 100-300 APO, or 100-400 APO.
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Old Feb 13, 2015, 3:15 PM   #14
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I have the a77m2 and it's performance is as advertised, really happy with it.
I wish they had kept the GPS and I have no use for the NFC.
You can remote shoot with a smart phone.
The 70-300 is a little short for BIF, but great at full zoom for those tiny things you can't get too close to.
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I use the Konica Minolta 17-35 for landscape, much lighter than the Zeiss 24-70, I guess if I were really serious about this stuff I would use it more.
The Minolta lens is also great for wide angle night sky photography.
When the a77m2 is set up properly, what you see, in either the EVF or on the LCD, is what you get, can't get much better than that.
I would suggest sticking with full frame compatible lens, so when you decide to go FF you won't have glass collecting dust.
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I wish they had kept the GPS and I have no use for the NFC.
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Same here.

I am still using Sony GPS-CS1KASP, and have to sync the GPS location in computer. (A bit of pain in my opinion.)
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Any GPS device intended for hiking, etc., can be used to apply location info to photos.
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I would suggest sticking with full frame compatible lens, so when you decide to go FF you won't have glass collecting dust.
'Full Frame' gear is bigger, heavier, and more expensive, and doesn't provide much of an advantage anyway. Noise is only about a stop less, dynamic range is only about a stop more, and depth of field is only about a stop greater, but the size, weight and cost are two to three times as much as for equivalent APS-C gear.

See 'Full Frame' versus 'APS-C' for more info.
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Thank you guys for your help and an excellent advice in helping me decide on my choices, just one more question what's your take on a Sigma lenses in general and SIGMA 70-300MM F4-5.6 SONY AS APO DG MAC in particular.
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Sigma has some very good lenses, but the 70-300 APO is not among them. There are much better alternatives, like those from Tamron and Sony.

Some major retailers (Adorama, B & H, etc.) have had the good sense to no longer stock some poorly performing lenses, and Sony's 75-300 and Sigma's 70-300 APO are among them.
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Sorry to being such a bother but just one more question which combination would be better as a starter kit for now :
SONY ALPHA A77 II W/DT 18-135 F3.5-5.6 or
SONY ALPHA A77 II W/TAMRON 17-50 F2.8 XR or
SONY ALPHA A77 II W/TAMRON 18-200 3.5-6.3

Since it will be a while since I will be spending some money on more lenses ( not until the summer anyway)
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