'It's light, small, cheap and seriously sharp, something Sony have so far failed to combine in one lens'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.
'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
'Sony also decided to enter the mirrorless market, which again has reduced their DSLR / DSLT range to the level of 'specialist' (i.e. not a lot of people want to buy into it!) with a different mount. They seem to have also forgotten about APS-C currently and it seems obvious that all their concentration is on their FE range.Read More
'On a very busy day for new camera announcements (Leica Q as well) Sony put out three updates - RX10 and RX100 new models and most interestingly for me the Sony A7r II. 42.5MP, 5-axis stabilisation, 4K video in camera, silent shutter mode and the new A7 series design. Apart from 290 shots per battery charge (Sony's own figures) this is a powerhouse of a camera (which unfortunately lacks a battery to power it properly however!!) and I'm sure I'll be trying one of these out. (Good job my Meike battery grip will fit)'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 looking at the Sony FE A7r.'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'
'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
'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
'I do find some mirrorless interchangeable camera uncomfortable to work with over long periods of time. The desire on the part of the manufacturers to get them as small as possible often produces a mismatch between body and lens. One solution to this is a battery grip, with the bonus that I get more power, but I don't always want to use one of those either.'Read More