The soundimageplus blog has been going since 2007 and to date has over 12 million page views. Written by David Taylor-Hughes, a professional stock photographer, it includes photographic articles dealing with a wide range of themes including film and digital photography.
'Using Canon IS lenses and cameras with IBIS, such as a Panasonic GX8 and my newly acquired Sony A7r II has merely confirmed what I have believed for years. That lens IS is better than in-camera IBIS systems for me. The reason is simple. Lens IS is tuned for the specific lens, IBIS isn't. 'Read More
'And it strikes me that Sony still don't really know who the FE system is for. They cannot imagine that professional photographers will dump their Canon and Nikon gear and go to Sony can they? Sure some may make the switch, but most won't.'Read More
'Though I guess I could wait a while and watch it follow the usual Sony pattern of getting cheaper by the week. I've written about this many times before that Sony can't get themselves Leica 'luxury brand' type status by just charging ludicrous prices. And any notion that this camera will hold its value like a Leica is fantasy. 'Read More
'There is an awful lot to like about the Sony A7 II. In terms of design there are improvements in the camera over the original A7, the finish (a rather nice matte black) a bigger handgrip that improves the handling and there is now 3 & 5 axis IBIS (in body image stabilisation) Add this to the previous specs. - a 24MP sensor excellent at all ISO's, OLED EVF, light and small form, focus peaking and moveable live view screen and you have a very capable camera that can handle most, if not all, picture taking situations. 'Read More
It therefore struck me as useful, for both myself and hopefully my audience to make some kind of assessment of how these cameras work for me, what I like and find useful and what I don't. So today I'm starting with the updated Sony FE A7 Mk II.
You might also be interested in all my previous articles concerning this camera > http://www.soundimageplus.com/search?q=Sony%20A7%20II&f_collectionId=541cb9b2e4b0ab6a6f724547'
'I carried out a very interesting test today, that surprised me and I suspect will surprise you too. I've been very impressed by the 16-55mm f/2.8 Fuji zoom and I thought I'd give it a tough comparison test, up against the Sony Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens on the full-frame A7 Mk II.'Read More
When I was at the Botanical Gardens the other day testing out the stills IBIS on the Sony A7 MkII ILCE-7M2, I also shot some video. This footage is all with the Sony SEL35F28Z Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA lens, which as you know has no built-in IS.Read More
'The headline feature of the A7 II, or A72, or A7 Mk II or what on earth we're supposed to call it, is the in-body IS. It's also the primary reason why I bought it, as I'm planning to use it with a lot of adapted lenses, which at the moment means my Nikons and Nikon fit Voigtlanders. So over the past three days I've spent a lot of time testing out various options to see what I could get from it, i.e. How low can it go?'Read More
'The Sony A7 MkII ILCE-7M2 is Sony's latest 'Full-Frame' FE mirrorless interchangeable camera. It is somewhat different to what has gone before. In typical Sony style they see no problem in changing things and 'upgrading' their cameras. In this case they have added in-body image stabilisation as a major new feature. There is speculation that this might be shared technology with their new chums Olympus, but I'm in no position to confirm or deny that. However it is certainly an interesting addition to the FE range.'Read More
'Now this is of course a lens the like of which Sony don't make or will ever make. It has no IS, which makes it relatively light, and there are no headline grabbing features. It's just a basic, functional, simple lens that will probably continue turning out great pictures for years to come without ever having anyone discuss it on the photographic internet. For what I do it's VERY useful and those 36MP on the A7r are not compromised in the least by the performance of the lens. It is, by some distance, a better lens than the 28-70mm FE zoom and I suspect than the 24-70mm Zeiss FE zoom as well. And it begs the question, if I don't need AF, which in most cases I don't, why on earth should I / would I bother with the 'native' Sony FE lenses.'Read More
'It's not really that controversial for me to suggest that currently Sony FE cameras are the ones all the other manufacturers aspire to. Plus when you accept that they are far from perfect currently, Sony's competitors must be wondering what they have to do to even keep the FE cameras in sight as they ride off into the distance making everything else look pretty mediocre. One things for sure, overhyped and overdue firmware updates won't do the trick!!'Read More
"Thinking about those two things, I decided to see how my A7r compared to my A7s if I downsized the 36MP files to match the 12MP of the A7s. I decided to see how the two cameras sensors performed at what might be described as 'normal' high ISO settings. i.e. 1600-12800. The A7s will of course go higher, but there are few occasions when I'd even contemplate that. But within the range I indicated, there are many situations when using that ISO setting would be useful. Below is what I got using the Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens."Read More
"It's always struck me that mirrorless is a choice, in the main, for those who take their photography seriously and are interested in more than snapshots. And the A7s is a VERY serious camera. For me, it's the best all-round camera I've ever bought and used and it's the first camera I've never felt in some way inhibited by. I really do feel that I can go anywhere and shoot anything with it. It's a strange feeling, but I must say I think it's going to be addictive. "Read More
"No matter what you say about Sony, their appetite for innovation is undiminished. The low light capabilities of the A7s are such that it's done nothing less then redefine what, how and where I photograph. The pictures and video above were shot in terrible light, though they don't look like it. Most images and the bulk of the video footage was at ISO 12800 and they are surprisingly low on noise. Add in the fact that it's totally silent with it's electronic shutter and I have a very special camera. "Read More
"Just over a year ago the Sony A7r was announced. A 35mm film size / 'full-frame' sensor with an astonishing 36MP in a small light body. I ordered one as soon as I could and have been using it extensively ever since. "Read More
"In all my recent comparison tests of camera, one thing has been reinforced and reaffirmed as far as I'm concerned. That whatever the merits of other cameras and whatever the A7r lacks, in terms of resolution and the rendering of fine detail it is an astonishing camera."Read More