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Updated: Fresh from Tennessee - Sony A7R real-world samples

By dpreview staff on Oct 29, 2013 at 21:35 GMT

Updated with a large selection of night shots: We've been able to get our hands on the highly anticipated full-frame Sony Alpha 7R again, and have posted a gallery of real-world samples using a final production camera. We've put together a preliminary gallery using the Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA and FE 55mm F1.8 ZA primes. Follow the link for some shots taken in the Volunteer State: Tennessee. Updated gallery also includes an ISO series, ranging from 100 to 25,600.

 Sony A7R samples gallery - posted October 29th 2013
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Lensgod
By Lensgod (5 months ago)

Hi guys! I've posted my review of the Sony A7R here...

http://sanjio.com/wp/blog/2013/11/22/sony-a7r-review/

Enjoy!

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Hasa
By Hasa (5 months ago)

Is it true this camera cannot make portraits / headshots? (just joking)
It is the impression I get - maybe it will turn people into zombies? - maybe the skin tone is terrible? :-)
Please help me here: why are there not any portraits where we can see how the iris and skin tones and depth of sharpness performs?
Kit lens + maximum open diaphragm + headshot, please :-)

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peevee1
By peevee1 (5 months ago)

High tech and Tennessee... high-contrast situation right there. ;-)

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Thamnophis
By Thamnophis (6 months ago)

The venom, small-mindedness, and mean-spiritedness shown by posters on this forum is really amazing. I've tried to understand what motivates these hateful people. An arrested emotional development is all I can come up with. People locked in a 10 year old's mind.

If you find yourself about to type something not only mean, but worthless, please reconsider. Then maybe ask yourself if you could be a better person if you tried.

People on this forum would appreciate it. And I bet the people in your own personal life (if you have any) would appreciate it too.

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FreedomLover
By FreedomLover (6 months ago)

Dear Thamnophis, would it be worth it to lead by good example?

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FreedomLover
By FreedomLover (6 months ago)

For the supremely intelligent who hate the stupid people here, and for the rest of us too, Shawn is back from the Sony PR event, this time with beautiful pictures of some great sexy models in excellent lighting conditions (sunny indoors - where is the cashier?) :-)
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/10/31/tennessee-in-full-frame-sony-alpha-7-real-world-samples

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name here
By name here (6 months ago)

The pictures are stunning from a technical point of view! This is medium-format quality in your palm.

DPR: Did you use a tripod to get optimal sharpness?

Some people who commented here don't know the difference between camera review and photographic art. With tripod or not, the pictures are super sharp. And this is only jpg so far. The IQ, which is what's evaluated here, is very impressive. Thank you DPR!

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Spectro
By Spectro (6 months ago)

another photographer took sample shots of the A7r in Tennessee also. Looks like the same people on horse. Sony must be in TN for some reason. He got some better shots indeed, but with a better lens.

Steve Huff:
http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2013/10/30/day-two-sony-a7-and-a7r-with-zeiss-otus-and-more/#respond

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ET2
By ET2 (6 months ago)

He has cropped and edited images, and selected just a few from his collection. You can make DPR images a lot more creative too if you do the same to DPR gallery.

This has nothing to do with lens used.

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DPReview Staff
By DPReview Staff (5 months ago)

Steve let me try his Nocti-whats-its (Voitlander, whose name I can't remember) with which I captured a picture of a glass on the table (so exciting) because I didn't want to bogart his lens. Yes, it's very impressive. I don't know one way or another what Steve did to his images, but mine are posted unmodified, as we almost always do, which raises the bar quite a bit for point-of-capture. Getting it right in camera is always a good idea.

After the disparaging comments from other galleries, I looked around at the 47 other journalists crowding around our few subjects and didn't feel at all bad that my images are less than art. We were all doing what we could to capture staged, yet fleeting moments while not stepping on each other. As usual, I'd see a shot, and someone else would see it too, often getting there before I did. Normally I'm the only photographer in the room; this was something other.

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temm
By temm (6 months ago)

I'm very impressed by the low light photos. It's got me thinking if i should switch from my current classic dsrl.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (6 months ago)

who cares, its a sony ^^ i rather buy a camera of some other tv companies like panasonic or samsung then a walkman camera ..

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sdribetahi
By sdribetahi (6 months ago)

At least they won't be out of business in 5 years. Enjoy your bankruptcy Nikon.

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Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (6 months ago)

For all the big talk about how indifferent the photos are I am quite sure that they far exceed the quality of the average photo that will be taken by these cameras.
The closest so many of you will get to these cameras is to put your fingerprints on one at a camera store and go home to your Casio P&S.

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Cane
By Cane (6 months ago)

Has a single camera sample gallery ever been posted on DPR without someone saying how unimpressed they are with whatever camera it is. Ever?!

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blohum
By blohum (6 months ago)

I think we all know the answer to that!

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johnvr1
By johnvr1 (6 months ago)

It's interesting to see the reports of the almost 50 bloggers and journalists who are on this press trip. I sympathize with them for being herded around and under pressure to outdo each other each night by posting late at night and trying to come up with something that separates their piece from the others, while being spoiled by the very company they have to independently cover. Not an easy feat. I also can't wait to get my own hands on the A7r and write my own review, free from the challenges these writers face.

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Jogger
By Jogger (6 months ago)

That's a pretty standard press event and part of the job really.

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Allochka Emiliana
By Allochka Emiliana (6 months ago)

Amazing low light photos. I can't wait to get a hold of this camera.
http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/albums/sony-alpha-7r-samples-gallery

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SirSeth
By SirSeth (6 months ago)

Good IQ up to ISO6400 and then mush. Better DOF separation than smaller sensors. Over all, looks like a good camera and I expect good photographers will turn out very good pictures with it--as can be said for every other recent modern system camera. Sony is offering something smaller and less expensive than most FF offerings and I view that as good progress. For those who value it's strengths, it looks good. Unlike most of the pundits, I don't feel like it has to dominate every aspect in order to be a good camera.

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skinnymakespretty
By skinnymakespretty (6 months ago)

why is the quality looks so similar to my iphone? =(

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photofan1986
By photofan1986 (6 months ago)

Then you must have the new Nokia Lumia 2020 with full frame sensor!

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stevens37y
By stevens37y (6 months ago)

because of your display quality

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BobYIL
By BobYIL (6 months ago)

Your ophthalmologist can answer it..

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temm
By temm (6 months ago)

well, the 3gs had a very impressive camera. can't beat that!

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naththo
By naththo (5 months ago)

Not as much pretty saturation colours as my Nex 7. Wonder why they choose very low saturation setting. It looks a bit flat/mute to me. It looks sharp yes but other than that what happened to the Sony quality lately?

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Mike99999
By Mike99999 (6 months ago)

It looks VERY promising, but first I will need a detailed comparison with other compact systems before I buy in. I need to know which compact primes will exist for Sony and how they fare against the excellent micro four thirds primes.

At the moment there is only the 35mm f/2.8 which is reasonably sized and I would like to know how it fares compared to the excellent PL 20mm f/1.7 on micro four thirds. Both have a 12mm maximum aperture, field of view is about the same, and the PL has proven to be incredibly sharp with beautiful rendering. It would be incredibly interesting to me to compare these two to see exactly how big the full frame advantage is!

On top of that I'd like to know which wide angle and tele primes Sony plans to make, how large those lenses will be.

If Sony fails to impress with the lenses, the upcoming Nikon DF seems far more enticing. The Nikon body will balance far better with the larger FF lenses, and many of us already have a lot of Nikon glass.

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skinnymakespretty
By skinnymakespretty (6 months ago)

that nikon Df looks sexy.

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Cane
By Cane (6 months ago)

Well this is new info. Nobodies made this comment before.

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whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (6 months ago)

These JPG's have the typical Sony look, although still quite decent. Looking forward to RAW's.

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Neal Hood
By Neal Hood (6 months ago)

Almost exactly what I would expect viewing the scenes live. Makes me feel as if I'm there. Some of the best night time pictures I've seen from any camera. Of course the person taking the picture did a good job in composing the pictures too.

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Frank Neunemann
By Frank Neunemann (6 months ago)

Really quite impressive image quality. But where are RAW samples?

The Sony 7R is an expensive camera for serious photographers, right? So it is the RAW image quality that matters most to get an impression about the cameras capabilities, not the "ironed-out", mushy JPGs.

So, please post some medium to high ISO RAW images.

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Cane
By Cane (6 months ago)

Raws can't be processed yet, so they are worthless, just like your complaint.

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photofan1986
By photofan1986 (6 months ago)

Mmmhh, I don't see a picture that I could not have taken with my "lowly" crop EM-5.

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (6 months ago)

WHAT IS E-M5? :)

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Cane
By Cane (6 months ago)

M43 fan boys must all be olympus stock holders as well.

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photofan1986
By photofan1986 (6 months ago)

Once you go µ43, you can't go back :D

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King Penguin
By King Penguin (6 months ago)

I did, now have FF D600 + some of their primes. No contest, believe me.......M43 is crippled with its tiny sensor.....

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photofan1986
By photofan1986 (6 months ago)

Enjoy your greasy sensor :D

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Kjartan Haugen
By Kjartan Haugen (6 months ago)

Wow! Details and colors are awesome, and thees are only Jpegs.. Looking forward to RAW.

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (6 months ago)

OOC jpegs. I realise that there's no RAW developer support available yet but how likely is it that anyone buying this particular camera is going to be shooting jpegs? Which makes the exercise all but pointless.

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Cane
By Cane (6 months ago)

Oh God, another "everyone has the same work flow as me and I can't see beyond that" post.

Did it ever occur to you that pros that shoot hundreds of shots often shoot jpeg as they don't have days to pp them all in raw?

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (6 months ago)

Well, I was impressed by the ease the camera handled colours in low light, and the very subdued noise, no matter what setting! The rest (choice of subjects, and so on) wasn't so impressive.

Oh, I wish you had had Steve Huff to take the photos, someone with a little imagination, outside the box. 50 pictures taken in neon light doesn't say more than a handful, but some portraits, close-ups, in short something interesting, had been appreciated!

The photos of the Jack Daniels guy going through the motions made my day, while those of our four-legged hoofed friends were the worst I've seen in a long time!

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DPReview Staff
By DPReview Staff (6 months ago)

You know, when we're on a press trip like this, we spend a lot of time on the bus. When we get off, we're hustled through whatever thing it is they've given us to photograph and then herded back on the bus. I stood patiently taking representative photographs quite often with three cameras: the RX10, the A7R and the A7. Many of them will repeat as we post galleries from the other two cameras. I had PR people hustling me and others along, while we tried to capture more meaningful images.

When I say 'representative,' I mean shots that show what the camera can do in various situations. A moving animal, for example. A standing animal with a rider. A brick wall with a neon sign illuminating it. It's not art, it's an image that you can zoom in on and look at for detail, color, processing, sharpening, whatever.

It happens that Steve Huff is on this trip. Go visit his site, I'm sure he'll appreciate it. Bottom line, I don't shoot these for art. I shoot them to show what the camera can do.

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Stu 5
By Stu 5 (6 months ago)

Well said Shawn.

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chillgreg
By chillgreg (6 months ago)

Shawn LMFAO!!! XD

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Hwirt
By Hwirt (6 months ago)

Thanks' for posting these images Shawn, interesting subjects and they really show the potential of this new camera.

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photog4u
By photog4u (6 months ago)

Well Tord...CONGRATS! ...you win A**H*** of the week. Well Done!

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The Lotus Eater
By The Lotus Eater (6 months ago)

Tord (sure that's the right spelling?), a lot of people think photographers and journalists are arseholes. Congrats on reinforcing that view.

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FreedomLover
By FreedomLover (6 months ago)

Shawn Barnett, great and honest explanations, as always, thank you for all your work, you are outstanding.

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FreedomLover
By FreedomLover (6 months ago)

The Lotus Eater, your thoughts are quite disgusting :-)

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alegator
By alegator (6 months ago)

Shawn, thanks for the pictures!. Art is subjective so not relevant to this article, but the technical capabilities of the A7R which is what matters is well shown in your gallery.

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Adrian Van
By Adrian Van (6 months ago)

Although the photos certainly do show us what the camera can do in situation and time limit presented, I think Sony should reconsider giving the sample photographers more time to take photos so as to have more interesting angles etc. If they did that, Sony might find that the more interesting samples will help sell the camera especially in pre-orders. Good work Shawn in getting photos in the limits presented to do so! Anyway, people interested in this camera know what to look for in the images presented (colour, noise, iso, sharpness, detail). Once you get the camera again for full review, more time will be available for photos to get creative no doubt.

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Cane
By Cane (6 months ago)

They are free to you. Why don't you take them next time? Oh I know why, nobody will ask you, except your cats.

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alegator
By alegator (6 months ago)

Shawn, after reading the forum member's comments, I think Sony should strongly consider paying you a trip to various exotic destinations like Antarctica, Africa, Tibet, Palau, and Iceland so that we can better assess the camera's potential.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (6 months ago)

ah come on tord, bitter old man :)

steve huff is an attentionwh** like ken rockwell.

boohoo seal boohoo leica blabla i can take photos of my fatso son
this is no artclass, and steve/ken wouldnt be in it if it would have been one ;)

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Pentax_Prime
By Pentax_Prime (6 months ago)

Shawn: Do something different - there are plenty who would prefer to see shallow DOF shots of the bus aisle than the infinity DOF stuff you provided here. The primary difference between FF and APS-C sensors today is the DOF; the one shot that did have shallow DOF doesn't even have EXIF ....

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alegator
By alegator (6 months ago)

I love these pictures. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the dawn of a new era.

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marike6
By marike6 (6 months ago)

Why is that? The D800 and D800E (or any decent camera) could have made any of these images as well or better, and the user would have a nice, bright pentaprism OVF, rock solid AF tracking, and almost any lens imaginable.

Cue a row of replies talking about a couple of hundred grams weight savings talking about DSLR weight as if they were giant 8x10 view cameras. :-)

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chillgreg
By chillgreg (6 months ago)

@marike6 your comedy routine just gets better...

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alegator
By alegator (6 months ago)

Take it easy marike! I was just being ironic because those pictures are being heavily criticized by our fellow members. But, as Shawn Barnett correclty said:"I don't shoot these for art. I shoot them to show what the camera can do.". The D800/E is a superb camera and in the right hands has almost limitless potential. I always welcome tech evolution, we've yet to see if the A7R is up to the task. Regards.

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FreedomLover
By FreedomLover (6 months ago)

"the dawn of a new era" :-)

You are good, alegator, they should pay you. Corporations like that :-)

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Adrian Van
By Adrian Van (6 months ago)

I agree with marike6. Someone considering this Sony camera would also consider Nikon D800 or D610 or Canon 6D. Those wanting a small body would pick Sony, or maybe a Olympus EM1 or EM5. However Nikon D610 is a smaller body than D800 and lighter and lots of FF lenses to choose of high quality. Choices are good whichever way you go.

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Cane
By Cane (6 months ago)

Marike, ovf are so overrated. Try removing the camera from being stuck to your face for once.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (6 months ago)

ah come on tord, bitter old man :)

steve huff is an attentionwh** like ken rockwell.

boohoo seal boohoo leica blabla i can take photos of my fatso son
this is no artclass, and steve/ken wouldnt be in it if it would have been one ;)

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (6 months ago)

sorry wrong comment :)

nothing beats an ovf btw ;)

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gtlogic
By gtlogic (6 months ago)

If this doesn't prove that art is in the skillful hands of the photographer, not the capabilities of the camera, I don't know what would. Well done.

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RTIMD
By RTIMD (6 months ago)

Oh, they serve whiskey in plastic...

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (6 months ago)

To an alcoholic the container doesn't matter in the least...

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olypan
By olypan (6 months ago)

Wow, look at the amazing "full frameness" of those images, horses nostrils in focus, some blurred thing sitting on it's saddle. You can see why FF is the only choice!

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (6 months ago)

One can only imagine how it will perform with dogs and children.

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (6 months ago)

Thanks for those samples. The prime lens does well. I'm more interested in the A7 though and RAW files.

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Tap0
By Tap0 (6 months ago)

the samples seem to be a bit underwhelming....

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (6 months ago)

It requires an exercise of the imagination to get the full benefit.

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qartlo91
By qartlo91 (6 months ago)

what i can see: great resolution, very good dynamic range, excellent sharpness and outstanding details. and that's only jpg. it seems really good sensor, I wonder how it performs at high ISO in extreme low light situations. anyway, it seems to be good low light performer as it's expected from FF.
while it seems to have really great picture quality (maybe even on of the class leading), it would be good to see the overall performance and usability against it rivals.

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ulfie
By ulfie (6 months ago)

Wow, I can see the veins and arteries in the horse's eyes. Incredible resolution. Other than that ... Maybe this is an electron microscope and not a camera.

Seriously folks, these were meant as initial shots, obviously not studio tests. Let's hope DPR puts out some more in a variety of lighting and subjects including landscapes which it should--not should--excel at as Sony touts the RX-1r. Give DPR a break, posters.

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Stu 5
By Stu 5 (6 months ago)

You should be able to see veins and arteries with any camera from M43 upwards as long as you nail the focus.

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Ian
By Ian (6 months ago)

I could care less about the camera - I'm jealous you guys were in Lynchburg! What an amazing place - I used to go there a lot when I lived in Tennessee, but it's been years. I'm sure you enjoyed the tour.

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photobeans
By photobeans (6 months ago)

Taking good sample pictures has never been dpreview's strength. Might as well just give it to a high school photography student, he/she might do it better.

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white shadow
By white shadow (6 months ago)

I can't disagree with you more.

DPR should reframe from taking snapshots and doing quick previews. Sometimes, it does not do the camera any favours.

Its better to take more time and effort to do a proper review like in the old days. DPR is in need to hire more professional photographers to shoot better photos.

Not an easy task. Excellent photographers who can write are not easy to come by or is it the other way around? Its like an advertising agency trying to get a creative director who can draw / design and write well at the same time.

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Spectro
By Spectro (6 months ago)

well most of the editors probably have a literature or some fine art degree. Because of their writing skills got a job writing something like for a photography website. They may have picked up photography probably later. DPreviews reviews are good and has less bias. Their photos are fine too, you can't make them edit, most things has to be sooc. No need for creative framing, I would prefer if they shoot the same sample subject so I can compare the same shoots on different cameras (not talking just the chart and studio setup they use) same portrait, same outdoor scence same macro, etc.

Ken rockwell is an engineer and his photos are boring. But he gets hits for being opinionated, so it could be worse. Also the lady on cnet that write genetic camera reviews.

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chillgreg
By chillgreg (6 months ago)

writing intelligent comments has never been photobeans' strength...

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stevo23
By stevo23 (6 months ago)

This camera certainly has potential - lot's of potential.

Who will be disappointed if we get some good test shots and it's not actually the coming messiah as some have thought?

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uhoh07
By uhoh07 (6 months ago)

Remarkable no one bothered to slip a few RF lenses and an adapter in their pocket for this shoot. That would have been some news.

As it is, we have known for some time the camera can produce very sharp images with the native 35. These shots, I'm afraid, mostly due to awful light, only partly show the potential even of the native lens.

Not really impressive reporting.

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Hwirt
By Hwirt (6 months ago)

Some interesting shots, resolution and detail is excellent. About as good as it gets from 35MM.

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ET2
By ET2 (6 months ago)

Too many stupid people comment on news articles.

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white shadow
By white shadow (6 months ago)

As usual, DPR is been overwhelmed with whiners and trolls.

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ianimal
By ianimal (6 months ago)

I always use to say
- Internet is overrated.

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Antimateria
By Antimateria (6 months ago)

The web is sooo big.
Dpreview is not the only photo site in the world.
A lot stunning photos of this camera if you see around..........

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Rick Knepper
By Rick Knepper (6 months ago)

Some of the responses below indicate to me that folks either don't know what to look for or didn't look at all. This camera produces a tremendous amount of detail - exactly what any landscape shooter would want. The lens? meh. It has the typical Zeiss bokeh (non-Otus of course) but it does a fair job otherwise. It would help if DPR would find a suitable landscape site that is worthy of the sensor and in this case, the lens pedigree.

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JeffLunt
By JeffLunt (6 months ago)

Totally agree. The landscape is dreary at best. The detail is wasted in this setting. Let me take this camera to Utah and I'll show you some fantastic pics. Thanks Rick.

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Jeff Keller
By Jeff Keller (6 months ago)

FWIW, these photos are being taken at a Sony event in Nashville, so our subjects are limited to wherever our 'man in the field' is taken. Once we get the camera(s) in-house we'll hopefully add to the collection.

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Robert Garcia NYC
By Robert Garcia NYC (6 months ago)

Take a look at the Fuji X100s samples those were really bad too.

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GeraldW
By GeraldW (6 months ago)

Totally under-whelming!

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Lab D
By Lab D (6 months ago)

Mom said if you can't say something nice, don't say it....so...um...
no comment.

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IdealCamera
By IdealCamera (6 months ago)

She was wrong.

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (6 months ago)

Spot the paradox.

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sandy b
By sandy b (6 months ago)

We know the sensors are good, these will be just fine. When raw files are available with ACR. Never give to much credence to first images. I remember people complaining about first D3 images, an we all know how that worked out.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (6 months ago)

Why is everybody going on about samples in jpeg?

This is a raw capable camera, and ACR doesn't extract these raws yet.

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yonsarh
By yonsarh (6 months ago)

sorry, my interest on a7 has gone now.

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DVT80111
By DVT80111 (6 months ago)

These pictures need a FF? LOL

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (6 months ago)

nothing "needs" a fullframe. its just a classic film/sensor format that was standard in the past and is about to be the standard again. thats it.

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Ignace
By Ignace (6 months ago)

WOW! Totally...mediocre.
No. Less than mediocre.

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caver3d
By caver3d (6 months ago)

Not impressed at all. The Oly E-M1 and Pany GX7 can do it better. A lot better.

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (6 months ago)

Not so sure about that - look at the lack of noise, look at the impressive dynamic range. I think they are even slightly better than my D600!

The choice of subjects, the boring lighting, and the lack of any other lenses that the 35 (Come on, DPR, it uses the same adapters as any NEX!), that's not the camera's fault, that's entirely up to DPReview and the man behind the camera!

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Mike99999
By Mike99999 (6 months ago)

Is this dynamic range myth real? I mean, if you crop an image in half, does it affect the dynamic range at all?

I'm asking because when I compare my FF, APS-C and MFT cameras, I see no major differences in DR, and dx0mark measurements seems to agree with that observation.

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Bill T.
By Bill T. (6 months ago)

If I were a Sony exec I would be thinking long and hard about ever again giving dpreview a camera before the release date.

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Timbukto
By Timbukto (6 months ago)

Yep...the A8 is going to go to Ken Rockwell and his technicolor children.

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (6 months ago)

Why, when I see these kids, am I reminded of "The Midwich Cuckoos"?

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Fred Briggs
By Fred Briggs (6 months ago)

As the A7R is being touted as a landscape camera, I'm disappointed in the landscape pictures. Being taken at f/3.5 and f/4, these give no indication of what is achievable with the camera - most of the scene is just mush.

This seems to be a general theme with DPR - inappropriate aperture settings making it impossible to judge camera and lens quality in different photographic situations. As well as landscapes at large apertures we also often get wide open apertures in scenes with lots of depth, meaning that only a small part of the image, generally the centre, is in focus.

This makes it impossible to judge camera/lens resolution, especially at the edge of the frame, due to content at the edges often being at much different distances to the centre and hence way out of the focal plane.

Yes it is nice to see lenses wide open to judge sharpness and bokeh when trying to isolate a subject from background/foreground, but please don't use these settings on every type of scene!

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Timbukto
By Timbukto (6 months ago)

I think the 55mm at f4 should be near peak (after f5.6 or so it probably hits diffraction). So the reason why the 55mm shot at f4 does not look that great is 1. The weather and fog. And 2. The OOC jpeg processing. Besides that it looks like what you would expect out of 36MP FF.

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imsabbel
By imsabbel (6 months ago)

I was also really really disappointed by that landscape shot... until I scrolled down, to see that those foreground trees are tack-sharp to the last leaf. Too bad that leaves 80% of the image as out-of-focus muck.

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