Sony A7r - Nikon 85mm f/1.8G - The best jpgs of any camera I've used.

Today I was out testing the last lens I'm using with the A7r, my Nikon 85mm f/1.8G. Again I'm amazed how people bang on about m-mount lenses when these Nikon primes are just sensationally sharp.

There was also a comment on Google + about my comment on the jpgs. from the camera - "And yes I think they are better than Fuji X jpgs." Well it's not just me. Imaging Resource, who know a thing or two about comparing cameras wrote the following in their review here -

'Sony seems to have finally gotten a handle on their in-camera JPEG processing, to the extent that they now lead the field, in our estimation. Thanks to their new BIONZ X processor and the more extensive image processing it enables, they've managed to suppress noise while maintaining great subject detail. Equally significantly, they've really refined their sharpening algorithms. Most camera's sharpening leaves visible "halos" or "outlines" around strong contrast edges. As a result, we've long preferred in our own shooting to dial down the in-camera sharpening, and apply strong/tight unsharp masking in Photoshop after the fact. (Try it - start with an unsharpened or lightly-sharpened image, use an 0.3 pixel radius and high percentages; 200%, 300%, or even higher.) With the Sony A7R, though, we've finally found a camera that applies sharpening the way we would ourselves, making the images much crisper, while maintaining delicate detail.' 

Below are some 100% blowups, so you can see how the out of camera jpgs. have quite astonishing detail. I've been an advocate of raw file conversion for years and have had several acrimonious rows with people on forums. But with the A7r, Sony have got it seriously right with their jpg. processing. I have NEVER uploaded jpgs. to picture libraries until I got the A7r. Now I prefer them to the raw files and as I said I struggle to get my raws to look as good. There is not a lot of point of going through all that time consuming processing if results like this come out of the camera. I'll leave raw conversion for 'problem' files in the future and just upload these.

The point of focus on these A7r + Nikon 85mm f/1.8G jpgs. is scary sharp, particularly when you realise that the majority of these shots were with the lens wide open at f/1.8. This is a neglected virtue of the A7r and I've rarely seen it mentioned and yet it may well be one of Sony's greatest accomplishments on the camera. They are the best jpgs. I've ever seen come off a digital camera and by a significant distance. The much hyped Fuji X sensor files look like they were shot through cling film compared to these. OK, an exaggeration, but not much of one. See for yourselves.

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