Yin and Yang - the Sony A7r II

It's got the best sensor I've ever used, but battery life that's a joke. It's capable of producing astounding stills and video, but has the build quality and ergonomics of a 20 year old bridge camera. It's way too expensive, has an unbelievably overrated IBIS system and I have no plans to ever put a Sony lens on the front of it. It's everything I've ever wanted in a camera and yet everything I hate about modern digital cameras. It's professional image quality in a beginner body and it's going to be a roller-coaster ride using this thing and I'm actually dreading trying to get it to do what I want.

Yes, despite all my many reservations (many, many reservations) I've bought a Sony A7r II. This is going to be frustrating (I've already sworn at it several times during the first day) experience as well as a jaw-dropping one (the stills I shot with it today are the sharpest I've ever seen). This is the camera that is going to produce a series of blog posts that will veer from admiration to downright hatred. Welcome to the Yin and Yang of my ownership of this camera. Start that sweepstake now. Will it last a week? A month? A year? Until tomorrow?

This will make my experiences with the Fuji X-Pro 1 pale into bland insignificance. And if you are of a nervous disposition, look away now. This is not going to be pretty. This is a Trabant with an AC Cobra engine, Boyzone crossed with the Ramones and a Leica manufactured by Fisher-Price. And if you think many of my articles are conflicted and inconsistent, be warned, You ain't seen nothing yet!!