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Within a year of moving to Colorado, in the mid-seventies, and starting hiking and backpacking, I bought a 35mm SLR. For many, many years after that, I always had a camera with me on my hikes, backpacks, and canoe trips.
Several years ago, I stopped taking a camera, on hikes, at least partly because I felt looking through a viewfinder all the time was taking away from the experience. I still feel that way, but I've found I miss not having photos to show people, and I miss the satisfaction of making a really beautiful photo.
So, with retirement approaching, I was debating about getting a new, better, camera. All the fantastic holiday deals made up my mind. But which camera?
These are the features I decided I wanted:
Smaller and lighter than my old Canon Rebel
A real viewfinder
Real HD video capable
Ability to shoot in really low light
The camera I chose was the Sony a7 II. Partly because I got a really good deal. Partly because it was the cheapest camera I could find with a full size sensor.
A feature I didn't know it had, but would have really sold me on it, is the built in level. When looking through the viewfinder (or on the back screen, if you prefer) there is an image that shows if you are holding the camera level. Genius.
It came with a zoom, but I also bought a couple accessory lenses, a flash (no built in flash), a remote switch, a microphone (the ones on cameras are notoriously bad), a new lightweight tripod, and various other doo dads.
Had no intention of spending that much on camera stuff, but now I'm set till I'm too old to hike anymore.