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#1 JBGreene

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 11:00 PM

I have been using the sony a7rii for about a week now and their are things I love and some I don't care for to much. This is all going to be in comparison to my D7000 which i have used since that camera released. 

 

Thoughts good and bad. 

 

1. The electronic view finder. Why everyone doesn't use this blows my mind. I have never used live view on a camera until now. The option to add the on screen level/horizon bar.

 

2. The size of the camera is super travel friendly. If you do have very large hands it will fill a bit awkward at first, but after a few days I have adjusted.I'm thinking about getting the battery grip as well to see how i like that for event shoots.   

 

3. Focusing in really low light the camera struggles compared to my nikon and with fast moving objects moving directly towards you. Setting a focus trap at the point the action happens was a easy work around. 

Other than those areas the camera focus is fast and I have had zero problems.

 

4. Continuous high was much better than expected at 42MP, out performs my nikon with getting well over 10 shots before hitting buffer. 

 

5.The lens selection is lacking but the lenses that are out are fantastic. Would love to see a native 70-200 2.8 and a 500mm prime for wildlife.  

 

6. Battery life is not great. However, I just turn the camera off when I'm not actively shooting. #rd party batteries are cheap and small so i got a few. 

 

 

These are my initial thoughts and if anyone has a question just ask. I like both cameras and I'm overall happy that I made the jump. The sony fits my photography style great. 


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Posted 23 October 2015 - 07:11 AM

I shot with Nikon for many years until jumping to the A7 when it was released. (then to the A7II and A7RII) I agree with all of your points.

As for point 5, I've actually had really good luck with my adapted Canon 24-105mm F/4L, I wouldn't be afraid to do the Canon 70-200mm F/2.8. I actually only have one Sony lens at the moment (the FE55mm) the rest are vintage or manual 3rd party. (rokinon) I had the kit 28-70mm, and the FE24-240mm. But I really don't use zooms often, so I decided not to keep them in favor of just the Canon.

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Posted 10 November 2015 - 11:33 PM

do you guys have any experience between using METABONES? i am kinda torn between buying sony A7R2 and nikon D810.



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Posted 15 December 2015 - 07:05 PM

Well the metabones doesn't work well with nikon yet. The adaptors seem to work much better with canon glass. 



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Posted 27 December 2015 - 03:49 AM

does the size of the camera really matter when you have to carry extra batteries (maybe even extra chargers), lens adapters, a grip because the battery life without a grip makes you cry, and the fact that pro lenses for these are just as big??



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Posted 27 December 2015 - 06:25 AM

Well the battery life isn't as bad as everyone thinks, I carry one spare. I don't use any adaptors, and content with the native glass Sony/Zeiss has. What they have out is all great glass. Would like to see a 400mm f.4 in the future and I would be set.  I love the camera and don't regret jumping over to the mirrorless side one bit. If you have any other questions or concerns I will give my thoughts/opinion on it. Oh, I also don't use a grip, I just turn the camera off when its not actively being used.



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Posted 27 December 2015 - 11:14 AM

The A7RII + Canon 24-105mm F/4L + adapter + 4 spare batteries is still smaller and lighter than a 5DSR w/same lens.  The batteries weigh nothing.  Two of them in my back pocket is less than my wallet.  And I NEVER have had to use more than that when shooting.  The battery life is fine. 

Now with 4k video I'm not sure.  I've been doing that plugged into a USB battery pack.  



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Posted 27 December 2015 - 04:26 PM

Jorge here has some great tips http://jorgetorralba...ony-a7rii/ book

Read about the Live View Display = effect off

There may be times to  toggle this on and off so remember where it is.

I have been keeping a notebook and to carry and help me think through making each exposure.

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Last but not least The Best Manual on the Sony A7rII  http://friedmanarchi....php?product=89

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Posted 16 February 2016 - 04:41 PM

I made the same jump from Nikon to Sony, and have been happy as well with what the a7Rii offers. Also, really excited about the new lenses that were announced, the G masters. Would love to get the 85mm 1.4 before an event in April, but I think it wont make it in time.



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Posted 18 February 2016 - 05:35 AM

I use the 90mm macro and love it. Great portrait lens.






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