I had to laugh when a commenter named Chris wrote to say he was sick of reading "purchase intention" posts. Just as I was writing this.
So tell me how crazy this is. To replace the Fuji with a camera that has IS, my idea is to get a kit of two lenses...the Zeiss ZA 24mm ƒ/1.8 and the Zeiss FE 55mm ƒ/1.8, and using both of them in crop mode only on a Sony A7II.
Which would mean I'd have an APS-C 10-MP camera with a 36mm-e moderate-wide-angle lens and an 82.5mm-e short telephoto...with the option of using the camera in some circumstances as a full-frame 24-MP camera with a 55mm normal lens. Sort of a combination of a low-res APS-C camera with a two-lens kit and a high-res camera with a one-lens kit.
Sony A7II with a Zeiss 24mm mounted on the front (this was the best I could do)
This would be a work-around. As I mentioned recently in another context, what I'd really like would be an A7II with an APS-C sensor in it, or an A6300 with IBIS, one or the other. Can't have either of those, though.
You don't really have to weigh in to tell me I'm crazy, because I'm not really thinking of this seriously. Because I added up the prices. And stared at that number a while. Gulping. Sometimes a man just has to stand in front of the mirror, look himself in the eye, and say, "bwa, yer wallet jest ain't fat enough." And that's that. So it be.
Resuming normal programming....
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DB: "I find that I often research gear and optimal reconfiguration when I'm bored, or perhaps avoiding stressors or confronting looming existential issues. It's distraction tactics, the intellectual equivalent of downing a drink."
Andre: "Re '...what I'd really like would be an A7II with an APS-C sensor in it, or an A6300 with IBIS, one or the other.' I second that. I have an NEX-6 and while I'm perfectly happy with the image quality I would really like to have IBIS and a better menu system and controls (which the A7 family and A6300 seem to have addressed, at least to some degree.) For me small size is one of the major draws of mirrorless, and I don't want/need 'full-frame,' so moving up to the current A7 series (and the larger lenses that go with a FF sensor) doesn't make sense. The A6300 hasn't been quite enough to convince me to upgrade; adding IBIS would push me over the line. Unfortunately, Sony seems to be reserving some features for the FF line."
Patrick: "It's not as crazy as it may seem to some. My wedding setup uses prime lenses and Nikon FF cameras and I put the crop mode to extensive use. Although I understand the perspective and depth of field issues that go with this method, in a very real world sense this system gives me a short 'zoom' at ƒ/1.4 that's generally quite compact. With the resolution today's sensors offer I have more than enough detail even in full crop mode for most situations. When I need more resolution...well that's easily available at the turn of a dial.
"A 20mm, 35mm, and 85mm effectively offer me a similar field of view as a 20mm, 24mm, 30mm, 35mm, 42mm, 50mm, 85mm, 105mm, and 130mm (rounded). Really not bad for three comparatively compact lenses.
"Bear in mind, however, that I've also had to deal with the minor scorn of a number of photographers who 'would never soil their photos with the crop mode.' So be prepared to have plenty of folks help educate you on how wrong your variable crop method must clearly be."