New A7Rii

Sep 13, 2015

Just bought a Sony a7r2. This is a 42 megapixel camera that is able to take my Canon lenses with the help of an adapter. Here are my thoughts so far.
 
Pros:
Higher resolution
Lower noise
Higher dynamic range
Tilt screen
In body image stabilisation
In body level
Preview of things like white balance
Silent shooting mode
4k video
Good amount of custom buttons
Electronic first curtain sync
Wireless and ability to add apps
Discount on purchase of Capture One Pro
 
Cons:
Terrible battery life
Less reliable autofocus
Have to use an adapter
Lack of dual card slots
Compressed Raw
Even worse compression when using silent shutter/bulb mode
Overheats in 4k video mode
Seems to gather way more dust than any dslr I’ve used
Needs to be turned off constantly and is slower to turn on than a dslr
USB 2.0
 
After finally taking it on a proper shoot. I’d already done some testing and concluded that the commlite adapter I’d bought for it was rubbish. Had to pay for a metabones which so far has been much better but way more expensive. I was weighing up between this and the 5dsr. In the end it was a tie between the 2 cameras. I almost didn’t purchase this camera because of the idiotic reviews by certain Sony “Artisans”. I’ve never seen such over the top biased views in my life. I leaned towards this camera only so that I could try something new and push my boundaries further. Taking it out on my first shoot I realise how clumsy I am with this camera. This is not a complaint about the camera but I’d been so used to shooting Canon that I had to re-learn how to shoot. I have absolutely no problem with learning something new if it has a benefit. I’m one of the few that preferred windows 8 over 7. Yes, it takes 5 minutes to get used to the new system but once you do you realise that it’s faster.
 
I noticed a level of dust and dirt that I’ve never ever seen before on my dslrs and that’s only after owning it for a couple of weeks. I think it’s clean now but it almost ruined my shots. I think the image quality is excellent on this new camera based on my first few shots. Seeing the image on the back of the lcd changes the way I approach a shoot but for the better I think. Focussing whilst on a tripod is just as simple as a dslr so that is quite easy. Extending my tripod up to it’s maximum level is also easy since I don’t have to look through the viewfinder any more. The camera seems to give an accurate estimation of exposure. All in all it seems a winner for landscapes. I’ll post more thoughts soon.
 
 


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Benjamin Perrin
Melbourne, Australia