Phew an A7RII article. It's been a few days without one, and I was getting worried!
(I kid, I kid, amazing sensor and I expected no less from Sony!)
Digital Imaging Technician: If you happen to be listening Leica... Make this with a 35mm lens (f/2 would be enough) and your market reach will be significantly wider. In fact, I would hit the order button this very minute. :-)
@joejackWhat is this mad logic you talk about!
jrlosangeles: "The main drawbacks stem from the camera's autofocus performance. While not at all bad, it's not fast enough for 'decisive moment' street shooting."
Kind of a strange comment, given that the man who coined that phrase and mastered that style (Henri Cartier-Bresson) shot with a manual focus camera ...
I find it a shame that the RX1 is focus by wire. It takes some getting used to, and even after a year I prefer to shoot auto-focus on it whereas I have no issues shooting real manual lenses on my A7.
As HowaboutRAW said, I bet that would have been their first choice... only as Sony beat them to it by almost 3 years (has it been that long already?!) with the RX1 it would have eroded some of the uniqueness about this camera.
Saying all that, and as an RX1 owner, initial impressions are that the Q absolutely excels, and with an EVF built in as well ;-)
John Bean (UK): I like the photography no matter the equipment used, but I have to query how the Sony 7RII - and only that camera - is shown in the "GEAR IN THIS STORY" panel when it fact none of the images used a Sony camera, even as recently as July 2015, but instead various Canon bodies.
Sure I read that the Canon gear has subsequently been sold to buy the A7R II but that's hardly the point; surely the featured camera(s) should have been those used to make the pictures in the showcase?
DPReview have simply linked for sale the latest gear used by the photographer, as they always do. Tony clearly states: "So now I shoot with: Sony a7R II, Canon 16-35mm F2.8 L II, Canon 70-200mm F2.8 L IS II, Canon 50mm F1.8"
I don't see anything different from normal here. What if most of the photos had been shot with something older, would you making the same complained that they hadn't linked to a Canon 10D / Nikon D100 when the photographer had already stated that he'd already moved on?
For all those conspiracy theorists out there, DPReview have listed the current gear used by the photographer, that seems pretty reasonable right? Why would they list the old equipment that the author replaced with newer gear? He clear states: "So now I shoot with: Sony a7R II, Canon 16-35mm F2.8 L II, Canon 70-200mm F2.8 L IS II, Canon 50mm F1.8"
And around advertising links, no-one is forcing you to click them. Websites such as this depend on such things in order to pay their staff and costs, in order to provide their content effectively for free to you. Isn't that obvious?
PVCdroid: Excellent! Canons answer to Sony.
I'm not entirely convinced they even understood the question...
DPR, with this speedy review, you've basically just trolled half of your regular keyboard warrior readership. What are they going to complain about now?
...perhaps publish a couple more A7rII articles to keep them busy.
w/ Leica 90 Summarit f/2.5 M
NearerNirvana: Trey has shown how doing HDR really badly appeals to the masses - but underneath this facade he is a very skilled & talented photographer.It's a bit like discovering a gourmet chef runs Denny's
I've enjoyed his work for a few years now, sometimes the images are a little too cooked, but often not, and they nearly always show something unique compared to other photos.
He also comes across as a genuine guy who's happy to share his methods and try to get people enthused with photography.
smokinman88: This is an interesting camera and I like many others have been waiting for Nikon or Canon to join the mirror less revolution. I have given great consideration to checking out the Sony system but the poor battery life (shot count) as indicated is a real deal breaker for me. I hope they can improve this on future models because 290 is unacceptable for a camera of this caliber.
I highly doubt that Nikon or Canon will be able to improve on the battery life situation should they properly get into the mirrorless game... it's a physical limitation of having both sensor and LCD/EVF powered for the whole time.
Dervast: Would not a pro need two sd cards slots or the memory cards have really stopped failing?RegardsAlex
I've also shot a number of weddings (eight by the last count) and never missed not having a dual SD slot. I usually shoot with multiple cameras (with the most important shots done twice on two different cameras), and back up at the end of the day before I even start editing.
I do this, even though the last memory card that failed on me was on a road trip in 2003 when a budget CF got wet. Far more likely to lose a card or get it stolen, which is why you should always backup anyway.
(A slightly sad story, but a friend of mine lost ALL their wedding photos because their wedding photographer had his camera gear and laptop stolen from his hotel a few days after the shoot. The backups were on the laptop!)
edrill4000: Just cancelled my Canon 5DSR order.
Sorry, just re-read what you wrote, I got everything backwards!
This may just be the upgrade I've been waiting for (from my current RX100m1). EVF, tilty screen, faster lens, faster AF and now with 4K video and slow mo modes, I could imagine carrying this along side my RX1/A7 for just the video features alone, as well as carrying just this when I don't want any bulk.
Does anyone know how much the image quality would have improved over 4 generations? Is noise likely to be better controlled? I shoot RAW but always felt that a lower resolution would have been a good trade-off at the time for lower noise as it's visible even at relatively low ISOs, let alone anything 1600+. Or is this just a compromise you have to live with shooting a 1-inch sensor?
Rob Sims: Fine, you win Sony, you've made your point, just stop rubbing it in now. No-one likes a show-off.
BobT3218: Why do you call it a "dog"? In Aussie slang it implies the camera is no good. Is that what you mean?
Definition:alpha dog:- The leader or authority in a group, especially in a group of friends.
@EssteeThey can easily re-order if the A7RII somehow ends up a dud.
Really it'd be jumping the gun to order the Canon 5DSR WITHOUT seeing the Sony samples.
(but on a side note, thank you for all the beautiful images you've let me capture with my RX1 and A7+FE55... 2 years since I left Nikon and I never regretted a day).
Fine, you win Sony, you've made your point, just stop rubbing it in now. No-one likes a show-off.