Panorama, Landmannalaugar, IcelandPanorama, Landmannalaugar, Iceland

USING THE A7R II WITH CANON LENSES - Part 2 Shooting landscapes and noise

August 16, 2015

I did not have much time yet to test in details the new A7R II. But I did have a bit of time to get out and shoot On two occasions.

Right up front I should say that I particularly do not like the A7R II back LCD to review the pictures. Maybe it is a question of fiddling the right setup for the screen... but I miss the 3.2 in screen of the Canon 5D III. One more thing about the A7R II LCD: just like the old D800E, if you zoom up till the max, your photograph gets blurred. This means the LCD resolution is not wide enough to cope with the file size of the A7R II and it becomes difficult to verify on the field if your shot is sharp or not. So don't zoom in the picture to the max and find your sweet spot.

A7R MK II.         Test 1 with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II @ f/16A7R MK II. Test 1 with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II @ f/16

A7R II, Canon 70-200mm handheld with five axis steady shot, at 70mm, f/16,1/30s, ISO 200

On the photograph side, I am quite impressed with the results. Lots of details. And it will be a bit of adaptation for me to be able to focus at the right place for the shots I want in focus from front to infinity. Today, I have tried the focus peaking. Using the camera at various apertures, the focus peaking really helped knowing and finding the perfect manual focusing to get the best results.

To use the focus peaking (I am using the yellow color to identify zones in focus), you have to put your lens in manual mode and set the focus peaking on. It works well although you have to find the right front and back equilibrium with the peaking when you want your pictures to be at the hyperfocal.

A7R II, Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS, at 42mm, f/16, 1/26s, ISO 50, polariser, NDGrad 3s,tops no steady shot, tripod and wired trigger

The focus peaking works particularily well with the Canon lenses. The two first shots were done with autofocus at about one third distance from the front. The next ones were done with focus peaking.

Also, the next shot was done in a darker area and post processing involved getting details in the shadows almost at 100%. The results are quite impressive with details coming out and no real noise in dark areas and shadows. 

A7R MK II.  Test 3 with Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS @ f/16A7R MK II. Test 3 with Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS @ f/16

A7R II, Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS, at 45mm, 1/15s, f/16, ISO 200, tripod, wired trigger, no steady shot.

ThIs shot was done at ISO 200. I like this one that shows the depht of field and the details. What I like to call the little 3D effect in a photograph. Here the A7R II is performing.

The next two shot were done at ISO 1600 with the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L. A7R MK II Test 4 with Canon 11-24mm f/4L @ f/16A7R MK II Test 4 with Canon 11-24mm f/4L @ f/16Testing the A7R MK II with Canon lenses and Metabone Smart Adapter IV.

A7R II, Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L, at 12MM, 1/1600s, f/5.6, ISO 1600, tripod, wired trigget, no steady shot.

A7R II, Canon 11-24mm f/4L, at 11mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 1600, tripod, wired trigger, no steady shot.

As you can see, the noise is practically unexistant

My next post will be about shooting in low light at ISO 1600 and 3200.

Best of light,

Jean-Daniel (JD)

 

FINAL NOTES: After a year and and half shooting with the A7RII, I have concluded that the camera was not good enough for me. The weird colors in many situations that I tried to correct and sometimes was not able to do so, the flimzy size, the poor battery life (was especially annoying in Iceland) and the lack of button to manoeuver and some other annoyances like a loosening Metabones IV adapter in colder weather not recognizing my Canon lenses were enough for me to sell the camera. I then acquire a Canon 5D MK IV and the 5DS R for my landscapes photography and as a backup to my 1DX II for my wildlife and sport photography.

 


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