Hey everyone, so I’ve never done a review before on a product, and I know this camera has been out for awhile, but I recently just purchased it and currently am making the switch from Nikon to Sony so I thought I’d share my real life experience with it.
I’ve been shooting with a Nikon D7000 D5200 D200 and my starter camera D40 for years. They have always done what I needed them to do, and got the jobs done and I have had no complaints. I knew I always wanted to jump to a Full Frame at some point, but could never truly decide on which Nikon Camera to go. I also last year got really into video so instead of upgrading I purchased a Lumix GH4, and even started using that as my go to camera while using Nikon Lenses on it. Unlike the Nikons, the GH4 was like a super computer for me, and it took me awhile to get used to it, especially the in-depth menu as well. So about a month ago I was doing research and came across a few photographers Brian Smith and Mike Tang who both shoot with the Sony A7 brands, and I loved the color and toning of their work, as well as the sharpness of the images.
I know a lot of people have mentioned the bad about the camera, and it seemed to have a lot more bad than good at times, but honestly not everything works for everyone. I will agree that the battery life is not the best, but thankfully they are small so you can easily carry 2-3 in each pocket and be good on a long day of shooting. The menu is a bit massive, but again it wasn’t too much to handle because I felt the GH4 had a lot of options so maybe I was accustomed to it. And then the auto focusing was another everyone mentioned, but coming from someone who shot manual focus on the GH4 for 90% of my shoots, it was pretty simple and straight forward. I do wish it had two slots for memory cards, and I also wish it had a bit more room for my fingers, but that’s the trade off for its size. Still this camera is unbelievable and the images and colors it produces are out of this world.
Also I snagged the Zeiss 55mm 1.8 and the 35mm 2.8 for this camera, and these have been the sharpest lenses I have ever used in my life. Especially the 55mm, the focus as well as the milky feel of the background gives the images so much life as well. Even shooting it at a higher f/stop I found myself cranking the sharpness back a bit in post production.
That’s also another big one, being able to shoot at lower shutter speeds while not using a tripod is another bonus. I haven’t had the opportunity of shooting in a real low light setting to see how it really shows its stuff, but I’m sure that opportunity will come soon enough as well.
Also a huge huge plus is how small this camera is for a full frame camera. Definitely perfect for street photography, or even just traveling around as well. It’s nice to not lug such huge cameras around with massive lenses, and still being able to get the same quality if not better.
I am still dabbling a bit with it and getting used to the overall feel of it, but it is definitely a great buy. I can definitely see myself grabbing the A7RII in the future a probably another A7II for another backup. I also attached a few images I shot with it below as well. And Thursday I have a small wedding I am shooting so I will be using it to see how it goes, but of course I will bring the Nikon gang just in case. I’ll probably share my experience on how that went.
- Battery Life
- Menu System (For Some People)
- A second SD slot would be pretty awesome.
- Slow start up (Not the end of the world though)
- Dynamic Range
- Great ISO
- Image Stabilisation