The 'Big Boys' - Canon 5Ds compared to Sony A7rII - Introduction

The 'Big Boys' - Canon 5Ds compared to Sony A7rII - Introduction
'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. '
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Sony A7 II - Nice Camera, but is it a DSLR 'killer'?

Sony A7 II - Nice Camera, but is it a DSLR 'killer'?
'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. '
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Hybrid Choices - 'Full-Frame' with the Sony A7 II - really rather good but with issues

Hybrid Choices - 'Full-Frame' with the Sony A7 II - really rather good but with issues
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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'

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Stock Video Clips - Day of the Tripods

Stock Video Clips - Day of the Tripods
'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.'
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The Cream of the Mirrorless crop - Leica T, Fuji X-T1, Sony A7 II, Olympus OM-D E-M5 II.

The Cream of the Mirrorless crop - Leica T, Fuji X-T1, Sony A7 II, Olympus OM-D E-M5 II.
'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.'
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Head to Head - Fuji X-T1 and SONY A7 II

Head to Head - Fuji X-T1 and SONY A7 II
'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. '
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Gear Rationalisation - Sony A7 II now 'AF Free!'

Gear Rationalisation - Sony A7 II now 'AF Free!'
'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.'
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Manual Focusing with the Sony A7 II - Olympus take note

Manual Focusing with the Sony A7 II - Olympus take note
'I was writing in a previous post about the Olympus O-MD E-M5 II and it's longwinded and fiddly way of manually focusing 3rd. party lenses. Using the Sony A7 II plus my Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 today demonstrated just how different using that camera for manual focus is.'
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Fuji X-T1 16-55mm zoom compared to Sony A7 Mk II 35mm prime

Fuji X-T1 16-55mm zoom compared to Sony A7 Mk II 35mm prime
'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.'
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The Sony A7 MkII ILCE-7M2 Review - Hand Held Video

The Sony A7 MkII ILCE-7M2 Review - Hand Held Video
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.
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The Sony A7 MkII ILCE-7M2 Review - How low can it go? The in-body IS tested.

The Sony A7 MkII ILCE-7M2 Review - How low can it go? The in-body IS tested.
'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?'
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The Sony A7 MkII ILCE-7M2 Review - First Impressions

The Sony A7 MkII ILCE-7M2 Review - First Impressions
'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.'
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