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Offline Chris82

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Sony A7II
« on: September 03, 2015, 07:46:50 PM »
 Have just got myself a new Sony A7II. I traded a few bits of gear in against it and with the £200 cashback deal in the UK at the moment it has cost me a grand total of £300.
 Unfortunately i have no lens at the moment as i will use it with the LA-EA3 adapter for the time being but cannot get that until i get paid again at the end of the month :(.
 I will then purchase the FE16-35 ƒ4 and the FE 70-200 ƒ4 when i've had a chance to save up. (maybe add the 55 ƒ1.8 and a wide angle prime if they release one)

 I was quite surprised by the weight and feel of the camera. It feels pretty solidly built and quite nice in the hand for a small camera. Lots of learning to do and setting up to get it to suit my needs for mainly landscapes. Can't wait to get it up and running and compare it to my current gear. Initial impressions are positive this far.

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Re: Sony A7II
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2015, 11:12:58 PM »
We will be waiting to hear your comments Chris.  I am going to the Sony store with a (Canon 5D MIII) friend this morning to have a feel of the A7RII and a play.
I am happy with the A99 but want something smaller and lighter for street scenes as with the 24-70CZ mounted it is not light and therefore not carried all the time.
I am undecided what to do at the moment so playing with the mirrorless versions is a start.
I might even go for the A6000 replacement and just have that as a pocket job or go all the way with an RX10mk4.  So many options these days....john
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Re: Sony A7II
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2015, 01:59:57 AM »
The Sony A7II seems like an excellent camera.

I have the A7 with the LA-EA4 which works well with my A mount lenses but unfortunately without image stabilization. The A7II is a big improvement over the A7 and has IBIS which makes the body slightly larger, improving ergonomics. IBIS should stabilize the A mount lenses with the adapter, although I am not certain about that. The EF 28-70 f3.5-5.6 OSS is my only lens and is surprisingly good for a kit lens, although it may be the A7 that makes it seem good.
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Sony A7, A850, A77, A700 || Sony>> 70-300G, 28-75 f2.8 SAM, 16-80CZ, 50 f1.4, FE 28-70 OSS, FE 24-70CZ f4 OSS, LA-EA4 || Minolta>> 300 f4 G HS, 200 f2.8 G HS, 100 f2.8 (D) Macro, 50 f1.7, 28 f2.8, 28-135 f4-4.5, 70-210 f4, 500 f8 Reflex, TC x 1.4 HS, TC x 2 HS. || Sigma 21-35 f3.5-4.2. || Tamron SP 24-135.

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Re: Sony A7II
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2015, 11:28:51 AM »
 I am also still very happy with my A99 and selection of Zeiss and G glass but like you John, i was looking for something a bit smaller and lighter that still packs a punch. My bag with camera, 16-35, 70-400, filters and batteries etc plus tripod weighs between 7.5-8kg. May not sound much but when carrying around all day gets a bit uncomfortable and heavy.
 Undoubtedly i want the A7RII however due to price i have opted for the A7II to familiarise myself with the line of cameras and to see if i can get along with it and if it suits my shooting which i'm sure it will.

 I like many are uncertain of where Sony are going with the A-mount and at least this way i have the best of both worlds with my A99, A-mount glass and a mirrorless FE-mount camera.

 Charles, i was torn between the A7r and the A7II as i mostly do landscape work with manual focussing and no need for IBIS however i opted for the a7II as it firstly has the newer body design which i feel is much nicer to use improving the ergonomics as you say and secondly it also gives me the option of the IBIS for when i need it. I believe with the adapter i still get 3 axis stabilisation when using A-mount or any other mount for that matter.

 Such a shame i will have to wait till the end of the month to get it up and running properly.

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Re: Sony A7II
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2015, 09:59:08 PM »
I like many are uncertain of where Sony are going with the A-mount and at least this way i have the best of both worlds with my A99, A-mount glass and a mirrorless FE-mount camera.

 Charles, i was torn between the A7r and the A7II as i mostly do landscape work with manual focussing and no need for IBIS however i opted for the a7II as it firstly has the newer body design which i feel is much nicer to use improving the ergonomics as you say and secondly it also gives me the option of the IBIS for when i need it. I believe with the adapter i still get 3 axis stabilisation when using A-mount or any other mount for that matter.

From my research it appears that the A mount is being dropped in favour of the E/EF mount. The Sony rumours website even claim to have a Sony internal memo that supports that conclusion. It is a shame, however I can see why Sony would change course, the mirrorless cameras are capable of producing a superior resolution than the A mount and in theory can be cheaper and lighter. One big advantage that I see is the possibility of using any make of lens, with an adapter of course, and have them stabilized.

Yes, with the adapter you will get 3 axis stabilization and 5 axis with E mount lenses.
Sony A7, A850, A77, A700 || Sony>> 70-300G, 28-75 f2.8 SAM, 16-80CZ, 50 f1.4, FE 28-70 OSS, FE 24-70CZ f4 OSS, LA-EA4 || Minolta>> 300 f4 G HS, 200 f2.8 G HS, 100 f2.8 (D) Macro, 50 f1.7, 28 f2.8, 28-135 f4-4.5, 70-210 f4, 500 f8 Reflex, TC x 1.4 HS, TC x 2 HS. || Sigma 21-35 f3.5-4.2. || Tamron SP 24-135.

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Re: Sony A7II
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2015, 11:38:19 PM »
We would have spent an hour and a half with the A7RII yesterday and it sure is one heck of a camera once you get used to the menu system.  Tried a few lenses to.
We both took our own SD cards and brought home images.  I set it to Raw plus jpeg but when I went to open the raws Mr Abobe has not caught up yet and the latest LR and ACR would not read them.
My friend messaged me that he dropped his raws into Mac photo and they opened no problem.

I did not try the A7II but will be going back when the A6000 replacement is released later this year as that might be a good compromise option.  If I buy it for Mrs C I can get a good feel of it before deciding....john
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