''I've bought and use a Sony A7r II. Nobody said I have to love it!'Read More
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.
'The Canon 5Ds (with and without 'anti AA filter filter) and the Sony A7r II are currently the highest resolution non-MF cameras available to photographers. Since I own and use both, I thought I would relate my experiences of using both, in terms of how they work for shooting stock. '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'
'Above are some of the stock video clips I've been shooting on various cameras edited together.(see - https://www.soundimageplus.com/soundimageplus/2015/4/17/stock-video-clips-dust-off-the-tripods)Some comments:-'Read More
'As well as selling still images, many libraries now sell stock video clips as well. One of the reasons I've been so busy recently is that I've started to take this seriously. I have a handful of video clips uploaded, but difficulties over formats and the time it takes to upload have always made me reluctant to really get serious about it. However, the library above has made things somewhat easier and I now have the option to upload 4K clips from my Panasonic phone which don't take ages to upload and are excellent quality. I'm going to write about the CM1 in more detail in a separate post.'Read More
'Currently sitting on my shelf are four cameras which are the latest mirrorless interchangeable lens models from four leading camera manufacturers. For me they demonstrate just how far these alternatives to DSLR's have come from that original Panasonic G1. When I first bought and used that camera, I could hardly have imagined that cameras such as these would be my go-to picture taking taking devices for the majority of my work.'Read More
'When Fuji brought out the X-Trans sensor, they were eager to claim image quality on a par with 'full-frame.' They have also on many occasions reiterated their commitment to 16MP. So time to put their money where their mouth is and let their current top of the range X-T1 go head to head with Sony's new A7 Mk II. 'Read More
'But I certainly enjoyed using the A7 II yesterday with the Nikons. The focus peaking and whole manual focus facility in the camera is really good and very user friendly. (Unlike some other manufacturers efforts!!) and it's also really quick as well. The Nikon 20mm, the lens I used the most, is actually a pretty light (for a 'FF' DSLR) lens (355g) and that's one of the reasons I like using it. Because paired with my MF Series E 100mm, it makes a combination that gives me a nice wide and moderate telephoto option, without weighting me down.'Read More
'Below are my personal ratings as to how these three cameras work for me. I've put together various categories and ranked the cameras in order. I've added some brief explanations as to why I've made my choices. 'Read More
'So you can see for yourself what it can do, I've shot four files that you can download (raw + jpg.) Two at f/1.8 and two shot at 1/15th. sec. You can download them HERE or click the image below. 'Read More
'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