atamola: oh my...the number one feature in the A7 II for 90% of potential buyers/switchers/upgraders is the IBIS claiming 4.5 stops... and yet, the geniuses with the camera did not even try to go below the 1/focal length rule
@rrccad,No, if OSS is turned on (the lens), the camera will use lens' pitch and yaw stabilization while using IBIS for the other three (x, y, roll). I am guessing the photographer used this feature. Or, may be not (had OSS turned off?). Can't tell.
Whatever the case, these samples are very typical of DPR: strange choices.
Nindy5: So I can get this camera and stick an adapter and put all ef lenses on it and it will auto focus with same focal length???
Mitrajoon: You didn't show the back of the camera. Does it have separate AF-On and AEL buttons, or the capability to do this. Olympus OMD 1, for instance, doesn't.
Four Custom buttons (DPR misses to mention that), C1-C4 (used to be three).
gulffish: How can 15 folks have had a camera not yet released?
Infared: I REALLY like the idea of the camera. The sensor, the 5-Axis etc. It's still the lack of dedicated AF lenses that stops me. It is priced really well too.Makes me crazy!!!! LOL!Could the Sony A7 II please mate with my Canon 5DIII and make a Love Child that we all want so bad. LOL.
@G1Houston: "The vast majority of people do not consider using an adapted lens to lose full compatibility with the camera as a good thing."
Obviously, you are not aware of why Sony decided to go with "NEX-9" that people were demanding following NEX-7. One word: Adapting lenses, especially old lenses. It is one of the pleasures of owning a Sony E-mount system (and I got into it, mainly to do just that).
By the time the FE bodies turn 1.5 years old, eleven AF lenses would have been made available. If it is a system that is lacking lenses you specifically want, and you either can't handle adapting lenses or need auto focus, then save your complaints for a system that has those options but doesn't have what a7 does (I'm assuming you have a reason to post here).
chj: To Sony (and all camera manufacturers)
Put a damn touchscreen on your cameras. It is by far the best way to choose a focus point. Anyone that says otherwise has simply not used one and is exalting their "skill" in getting around their camera's limitations. Technology trumps skill. You can't get faster, more reliable autofocus than my GM1 (unless you have another Panasonic). Don't tell me about workarounds. The GM1 nails focus more often.
OK, manual focus can get tighter focus on a stationary subject that's willing to wait for you to set up. But with that kind of time, ANY camera can get tight focus.
So stop listening to photo geeks that equate touchscreens with bad phone photos. On a GOOD camera, a touchscreen is an immensely powerful tool that has more impact on photos than pixel peeping details.
Feedback from DPR photo geeks is 0.005% of the market. The other 99.095% are using touchscreen phones. The camera market is shrinking, because you are listening to the wrong market.
Why would you use LCD screen for moving subjects? And with video, I would recommend MF anyway (touch screen magnification can be a useful feature however, of course, for static subject).
KeeChiuPeng: will the 5-axis IS/VR be damaged if I were to clean the sensor with contact-based tools?
It shouldn't be any different from other IBIS systems, including Sony's own SSS in A-mount bodies. Turning off the camera should park the sensor in place, safe for cleaning (of course, you don't want to apply unusually high pressure in any case).
"The C2 button has moved from the back of the camera to the top"
Actually, it is not just a relocation, but an additional custom button has been added (now C1-C4).
There are dozens of native lenses (all FF) currently available, however, those with AF are limited. If you NEED auto focus and have a need for lenses with specs not met with these: 16-35/4, 24-70/4, 70-200/4, 28-135/4 (Video Oriented), 28-70/3.5-5.6, 35/2.8, 55/1.8 (currently available) or 28/2, 35/1.4, 90/2.8 (macro) or 24-240 (these lenses will be available by March), you might want to wait. That will make it 11 native auto focus lenses by March 2015. If manual focus lenses are good to go, a lot more choices. Then there are adapted AF options (Sony/Minolta A-mount, Canon EF-mount and Contax mount).
Focal length a lens does not change. What you're asking for here is change in FOV, which will correspond to Full Frame field of view for any focal length, since a7 series cameras have full frame sensors.
And yes, there are Canon EF adapters that will provide auto focus, but slow. You'd be better off using native E-mount lenses if you want it faster, or Sony/Minolta A-mount adapter (for A-mount lenses).
aqasem: Now we need the Global shutter into next a7iii :)
@madeinxyz, global shutter is technically possible, and in fact has been implemented by Sony, in Sony F55. However, price remains an issue, as does improving sensitivity (works well for video, limiting for stills at this time).
Earthlight: It mainly lacks a Canon lens mount. A9 with one, please.
A popular mount would be lacking only to those who lack the desire to take advantage of the adaptability.
papa natas: No 4K?
4K? Work in progress for 8K. :)
If you do prioritize high quality video, a7s is that camera.
SmilerGrogan: Dear Nikon. Please hire some of these Sony engineers.
I don't think Nikon is lacking engineers, perhaps just that bean counters are preventing them, since "traditional" approach has worked for them... so far.
GoneMirrorless: IBIS reality check.The 3 DSLR companies that offer IBIS are Pentax, Olympus, Sony/Minolta.The 2 DSLR companies that do not are Canon and Nikon.
While I think it is a nice feature, it sure seems to have jinxed DSLR sales. Sony and Olympus no longer make DSLRs!
Current sales is a poor way to judge the future. Is Ford Exploder still the best selling SUV that it was in the 1990s?
With cameras though, the newbies typically look for what appears "professional" to them. As pros transition into other options AND mirror-less tech matures further (and it has, fairly quickly with more room to do so), it is possible we will see an impact there as well.
Wilight: I'm curious about the shutter sound and if this one has electronic shutter (silent) like the A7s.
I would place my bet on it having EFCS. Full electronic shutter? That I doubt. However, it is possible that Sony has used some of the extra space to dampen the shutter noise (1/8000s shutter for FF sensor in such compact space was the first issue... the camera is slightly thicker now).
Athonline: I really like A7 MkII. It looks like it "fixes" most of my complains for the A7: The grip and the layout. In terms of body-specs a touchscreen is the only thing missing. Bonus points of the WiFi API Sony uses.
Now if Sony had a good selection of FE-lenses, I could see this one replacing one of my E-M1s! Unfortunately I like zooms and the 24-70mm f/4 is mediocre at best. The 70-200mm f/4.0 a bit expensive for what it is... +1 for the two awesome primes, but again with a price premium.
In any case: Kudos to Sony! They definitely fired some shots towards the status quo of Canonikon!
Athon, yes, f-stop is f-stop, but that cannot make up for a sensor size 4x larger. Your f/2.8 zoom, hence is f/5.6 equiv, while Sony zooms are f/4. Sensor size matters.
Matz03: I really want to like Sony and the A7 options, but news like this further proves to me that sony is an electronics company and treat the camera market like they are TVs. So now there are 4 FE bodies, rumors of another PRO body in a month and how many native FE lenses? 5? 6?
On another note, a year from now there should be some more lens options and used A7 bodies to be had for $500 looks rather appealing.
And they are being added:A trio of premium zooms: 16-35/4 OSS ZA, 24-70/4 OSS ZA and 70-200/4 OSS GA video friendly zoom: 28-135/4 OSS G PZCouple of consumer zooms: 24-240/3.5-6.3 OSS (announced), 28-70/3.5-5.6 OSS
A few primes: 28/2, 35/1.4 ZA (announced), 35/2.8 ZA, 55/1.8 ZA and 90/2.8 OSS G macro lens (announced)
That would make it 11 lenses in about 15 months (when the announced lenses will be available). The 28/2 will also be offered with an ultra-wider converter and a fisheye converter so to many, that would be like couple of additional lenses.
And this is before we consider third party options already available, including the Zeiss Loxia line which will have an appeal to advanced shooters and pros.
IBIS also greatly expands interest into Sony A-mount lineup for longer lenses. Need a wildlife lens? Sony 70-400 G, Tamron 150-600, Sigma's long lenses would all work.
Mike FL: It is not easy to introduce a 4.5 stops IBIS for FF size sensor liking Canon ALWAYS says "we "see [it as] IMPOSSIBLE"".
Right. Sony wouldn't be the first to claim 4+ stops of stabilization. Canon, Nikon, Fuji... all have participated in the game. When they all say 4+ stops, I think, okay, 2, or may be 3 (depending on the FL).
jtan163: Oly and Sony's partner ship pays off for Sony.This will be a total monster for adapting lenses.When the A7sII comes out it will be an even more incredible video camera.
The claim is that this is a Sony design (not Olympus).