Well, I’ve pulled the trigger. This is the first Sony camera that I have personally owned, although I’ve tested others, and shot with cameras that also use a Sony sensor, so it is a bit of a thing for me. In the coming weeks I’ll be posting on my thoughts, findings, results and comparisons with this new intriguing mirrorless full frame camera. For now, come on in to see the unboxing and read a few of my initial thoughts on the camera…
As the camera is still charging (note that I didn’t say battery… more about that in a sec) I will keep this post to a strict first impression of the physical build and perceived quality of the bells and whistles with much more thorough tests and opinions to come.
Above in the video you see that I have chosen to buy this camera as body only along with the Metabones EF>Emount mark 4 smart adapter. This is largely because I have been shopping for a replacement for my still good, yet long in the tooth Canon 5DmkII. Canon, in my opinion, has not done anything since the release of the 5DmkII to convince me of spending any money. While a personal decision which I’ll get into more later as I test the Sony with my Canon lenses, this new camera has intrigued me as I’m sure it has for many other Canon shooters, primarily because with the addition of smart adapters like the Metabones, it enables auto focus and full EXIF support for most native EF mount lenses. The A7II also adds features like IBIS, WiFi and decent weather sealing which are either not available with modern Canon cameras, or require a pretty hefty premium.
Nothing in the current landscape offers what the A7ii does, at anywhere near the price, on paper anyway. I’m excited to put it through its paces, and I will be adding articles. Don’t worry, I’m still shooting my micro 4/3 system cameras, and feel that this move is more a diversification of my options than a replacement for anything which I’ll explain more of in the coming weeks.
Here are the initial thoughts:
- The build quality seems solid. Decent heft, but very manageable weight wise.
- The button layout will take a little getting used to, but all the important features seem to have direct buttons.
- Ergonomically, it sits well in my large hands. Will be interesting to see it with large, full frame optics though as it’s comparable in size to the Oly EM1 or Pana GH4.
- WTF is Sony thinking in requiring the battery to be charged while in the camera? There may be some benefit, but if there is, I have no idea what that may be at this point.
- Because the battery/camera is still charging currently, I can’t speak yet to the LCD, EVF, IBIS, WiFi, or other interactive features.
- The Metabones adapter is solid, and like I’ve read, it is EXTREMELY tight when fitting an EF lens on it. Should break in a little bit, but that is no joke, really tight.
Obviously I’ll need to wait to get some shots, and will be doing so as soon as the camera is done charging. Can this be a reasonable alternative to a Canon full frame body for me? I think that it brings things to the table, and will have obvious tradeoffs which I will have to weigh. I’m excited to see though.
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