Good all rounder (adapted lens only review)

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Good all rounder (adapted lens only review)

I've had my A7II for about 6 months now and have taken it on a few trips, so I think I can offer some opinions on it. Just going to keep it brief. For context, I use this lens exclusively with adapted glass, so all my ratings are in that context.

Pros:

  • Good ergonomics (aside from 1 issue I'll list in the cons)
  • Good image quality
  • Near (what I imagine to be) native autofocus speed and accuracy with adapted EF lenses in AF-S
  • Good video quality
  • Decent selection of accessories (grips, flashes etc)
  • Decent amount of customization in controls and settings
  • IBIS stretches the hell out of fast primes and old adapted glass
  • Manual focus is a breeze with magnify function

Cons:

  • BATTERY LIFE!!!! I'm lucky to get 350 shots on a charge some times
  • Grip could be just a hair longer
  • AF-C with adapted lenses is useless
  • Lost AF capabilities (like zone AF, Eye AF etc)
  • A lot less responsive than even the cheapest DSLRs- takes seconds from turn on to be able to take a photo (a little better with native/manual glass though), shutter not as snappy
  • Heavy as a DSLR with adapter (~700g)

For me, where this camera shines is on vacation or for casual candid type stuff. It's definitely not an action camera or anything of the sort, and you do lose a lot of functionality with the adapters AF wise, but other than that it's great. Now that they are down in the $1100-1200 or so range used they are a crazy bargain. That is 6D money for better DR and IBIS (at the cost of AF-C and battery life)... not bad at all

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 sportyaccordy's gear list:sportyaccordy's gear list
Sony a7 III Sony FE 24-70mm F4 OSS Sony FE 85mm F1.8 Samyang AF 35mm F1.8 FE Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE
Sony a7 II
24 megapixels • 3 screen • Full frame sensor
Announced: Nov 20, 2014
sportyaccordy's score
4.0
Average community score
4.6
bad for good for
Kids / pets
weak
Action / sports
weak
Landscapes / scenery
good
Portraits
good
Low light (without flash)
good
Flash photography (social)
good
Studio / still life
great
= community average
Canon EOS 6D Sony a7 II
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