Absolutic: the biggest thing that bothers me on my A7RII is ridiculous battery life. I have a total of 8 batteries, but it is a headache to always remember which ones I have charged and which ones I have not.... battery goes down so quick..... not a good vacation camera because of that. I do have a grip too but the camera becomes too big then, I might as well bring my Canon DSLR or Sony SLT instead (and never worry about battery life). I wish Sony finds a space to put in a larger capacity battery in the next iteration of this camera.
The a900 does not charge over usb. the main reason why I can pull about 1200 shots on a charge while tethered, is that review is off.Yet even untethered with review off and little chimping, you get up to 900 shots.Probably with an a7 series and keeping review and LCD off if that is possible, you may get an extra 50/60 shots, but that is still not satisfactory.
Battery life is an issue for those who work in advertising, wedding and fashion.With the a900 i was able to do up to 8/900 captures per battery and if tethered i was doing about 1200.For example on a fashion shooting day for a catalogue or an editorial of 8/10 pages, it is not unusual of doing +2000 captures. If you need of replacing the battery every 300 captures, it is a a pain in the neck, not mentioning when you will surely run out of charge in the middle of a photo at the worst possible moment. it is not even a matter of the cost of the extra batteries that can be bought for 10 dollars on eBay, it is just not a practical way of working. Battery is one of the several reasons why i did not buy any of these a7 series cameras.
Too bad. It looked like a lovely camera...Samsung are good at home appliances. period.A part for doing good solid state product there is not a lot they are good at.Samsung produce good cars. Yes they do.... in joint venture with Renault. They are called Samiyang and they are only sold in South Korea, but they practically are Renault cars produced in Korean plants.Forget theirs lousy phones. Since they have been succesfully forbidden to copy Apple, their phone business is going downward. No wonder.Theirs TV have good image quality, yet they are ugly and they do not last long as the Japanese brands. That is why they are cheaper.Samsung are great at vacuum cleaners. They recently made a competitor of Dyson and they have done it better. Incredible but true.They do very nice refrigerators and kitchen appliances.that is what Samsung are good for.
Gionni Dorelli: if you use lightroom CC you do not need these HDR softwares anymore.I have Photomatix and Nik HDR software packages and have not touched them since the last version of LR CC came out.
And there you can discern the fans from the pros.
if you use lightroom CC you do not need these HDR softwares anymore.I have Photomatix and Nik HDR software packages and have not touched them since the last version of LR CC came out.
CameraLabTester: Just when everyone thought that the A mount was dead...
Sony suddenly found the keys to the accidentally locked warehouse of 3 years ago.
."Cowabungga! We forgot all about these!"
I also have an a900, although it is still works as the first day I bought 6 years ago, it is long in the tooth for some applications, considering what is available these days. The a900 it is way more responsive and has better ergonomics/batterie life than the a7xxx, but the AF on the a7xxx is way superior and image quality is much better.These days I use the a900 only for architectural and interior design work because I can bracket and expose at 100 iso.If I have to do fashion, life style or advertising work I use an a77 II, a7r or I rent a phase one.
bernardf12: Sony should do one (M) ILC range and do it properly. Look at Olympus and Fuji. That will allow them to create a decent lens line-up as well. No use having multiple half-baked systems. Sony please do a FF 50mm 1.4 for $500 like the others. Then do a 85mm 1.4 as well and get Sigma to build it, not Zeiss. We are not all millionaires.
minolta 85 1.4.... Hard to get though.
xpanded: "even in lighting as low as EV-2 where other cameras struggle"
Benchmark is -4 EV now so why on Earth does Sony write this?
Too little, too late.
Just get an a77 II for 900 bucks and all displays and screens will be sweet.
keepreal: For a while I was considering a Sony but the ultra wide angle lenses I would have wanted are awful. What is the point of a superb camera such as the A7 II with such a mediocre and limited choice of lenses, also less ambitious models? I know you can use an adapter for quality lenses such as from Leica, but then you lose the automation.
I have the Sigma 12-24mm in A mount and it will work fully automated on an a7 with the adapter.It has its silent AF motor, it is well built and it is a good optic.Between 16 and 20mm it is very good, and all distortions can be easily corrected in Lightroom.I normally stay a way from sigma lenses, but this one is good.
bogdescu: quick poll: is someone actually buying into this system??
If you go to China (that pretty big place with a lot of people) that is the largest market for Sony cameras and yes you see plenty of them.Also in Italy, Korea and Japan.
nafik: As ridiculous as Hummer, Leica, MB, BMW etc. this is just another toy for those of us who do not know what to do with their money (taking photography course or giving to charity could be a better option). It most likely will produce excellent images that will be looked at on smartphones for a one minute before another text shows up.
Hummer may well be ridiculous, but Leica, MB and BMW are not, neither this camera.
RichRMA: Digital Sony Photography Review.
It used to be Digital Canon Photography Review for so many years.Now canon does not do much, so.... there you have it.
I hope they will make this FW available also for my walkman.And what about all those betamax users still complaining, will they get something as well?
Gionni Dorelli: Everybody happy now?
Esstee, that was a cappuccino that you ordered this morning.wake up!
steelhead3: My A900 is perfectly content with craw (11+7) and lossless compressed full raw.
Mine too. But I think the E series cameras have a different kind of compression.
Everybody happy now?
RichRMA: Doesn't matter what camera. 400k ISO looks awful. They are not there yet.
But where do you guys take your photos for needing 100k + iso?Inside a toilet with the cover lowered?tell me about it.
lorenzo de medici: Personal reaction: 1. The high end cameras from Sony, Canon, and Nikon are all superb picture taking machines. The only surprise there is how quickly Sony matched and then surpassed the companies with a much longer history in photography. Teaming up with Zeiss for lenses was a great move.2. File size. If you spend a couple of hours shooting 5 fps bursts, you go home with thousands of images to sort through. Then file size and battery life become issues. The D750 wins here. Sony trails the pack. The little battery is a deal breaker for me.3. What feels good to you. My D810 feels good in my hands and allows me to forget about the camera, think about the image. The best shots are taken in your mind's eye first, then hopefully captured as much as possible by the camera. One's own ability to use the camera successfully allows a great camera to capture your unique vision. That isn't included in the box that the camera comes in.
Ergonomic is stuff for amateurs and people that have time to waste talking about.Pros attach a lens to a hammer and slam the picture they want.
itsmeavi: It took just 7 years from being No 1/2 for Nokia/Motorola to be out of market and Apple/Samsung to be No 1/2.
5 years from today just replace Nokia/Motorola with Canon/Nikon and Apple/Samsung with Sony/Olympus in my statement above and it will still hold true ;)
Wake up CaNikon before its too late!
To GaryJP.It is not like Sony stopped making tapes, recording media or memory cards, they just moved to the next steps.
J A C S: Imagine how old fashioned and obsolete this camera will look 2-3 years from now...
I think once they consolidate a bit with the 7 series they will slow down on innovation as any other manufacturer does once they get at the level they want.Look at the A mount, they just introduce few bodies. Maybe one per year. The a99 is still a great camera, yet it did not make the a900 much obsolete, but it is a bit long in the tooth since Nikon D810 and once the 5ds will be out.