Do you think Canon will take on the A7?

Started Apr 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
brudy Senior Member • Posts: 1,510
Re: Do you think Canon will take on the A7?

qianp2k wrote:

brudy wrote:

I wish Canon could catch up to Sony's IQ, or at least DR. I have an A7r and 7D (for birds) and had a 5d2. The A7r has been broken for a month with the part on backorder, so that's ticking me off for the moment, but even then I still miss the responsiveness of Canon's cameras.

The A7r's IQ is pretty amazing when used with the right lenses, but that's not everything to enjoying photography.

Agreed. DR is not everything of a camera, or not even everything of IQ. The main advantage of A7R to my usage is its low read noise such as in evening sky after I pushing up a bit in evening scenes.

I just find the camera fiddly and slightly awkward to use. I keep saying it's ok because the IQ is so great, but at some point I'm not sure it's worth it.

Can you give specific complaints? Personally besides its slow Reponses (it's not designed as a 5D3 like camera anyway), I found A7R is actually easier to use in many areas - especially MF (that is much easier), EC (just move the top EC wheel and you still can EC under M mode that 5D3 cannot), changing ISO (nothing is easier than moving back dial wheel but also easier to accidently bump but I can see in EVF/LCD for any ISO change), IR remote shutter without having to put under 2-sec IR mode as in 5D3, due to much smaller size it's much easier to put on tripod with L-bracket, horizontally or vertically...

I'm having thoughts of selling the A7r once it comes back from repair and going for a 6D even though I know the IQ won't be as good. Or possibly the Fuji XT1.

Sure 6D is more versatile and its IQ is still very good. But what about XT1? 6D IQ certainly is better than XT1 that has lots of hype these days (cooked raw and cheated ISO).

In terms of awkwardness it's a few things. The shutter release is in an odd spot that I still haven't come to even like, some of the menus (like aperture) are slow, the battery is low capacity, the AF in lower light is pretty bad (like x100 original firmware bad). It is VERY easy to manual focus however, although I have zoom all the way in to get it precisely in focus. And the size is a dream. But overall, i just don't like using it that much. It's hard to explain, but it's just not enjoyable (until I see the results that is). I'd rather use something more like a Canon or something more fully manual like an FE2 or even my X100, if I'm shooting manual.

My leanings toward the XT1 would be because of two things 1- the external controls 2 - size. I think it probably represents the best size/IQ/functionality/price balance right now, at least for my needs.

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