USING THE SONY A7R II WITH CANON LENS - Part 1 - First encounter

August 12, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I received my new A7R II last yesterday around 6 pm. It's dark a bit outside since it's been raining all day. I am a bit nervous about the results after reading acclaiming and bitching posts on the Web about the camera... Focus problems, noise... First thing first: put the New Metabone IV (v2) on and try the Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS on. This lens was not yet listed in Fred Miranda's list of compatible lenses for autofocus. Camera on... Setup time, zone and a few things like focus point to be centered and small to start with... Easy to do. The camera comes with a charger and two batteries...good.

Aim at a few things inside lighted with soft house lighting... Very interesting, because it's pretty quick to focus at various things. I had the the first A7R before and it's day and night in terms of focus speed and it's not hunting like the first one (A7R). Checked the results... It's all sharp where I focused. I am shooting wide open to start with. I would not say it's as fast to focus as my 5D III, but it's really not far from it. I should do comparison test later on that.

I go out and it's very cloudy; dark clouds so the lighting is not great. The autofocus works perfectly. I try a few ISO from 4000 down to 320 to check the camera stabilization system. It works ok. It's certainly no more than 4 stops. I shoot at 70mm and get sharp shots at 1/15s if I stay very stable but I get more good results at 1/25s. Still for the first time and for a quick test, I am happy so far. 

What I discover though, is the camera freezes the viewfinder for about 1s while it is saving the file after the shot. So it's not going to replace my 1DX ;)

In hand, the A7R II feels better than the A7R. A little more chunky, a little more heavier. The  camera noise level while taking a photograph is lower than before. Less clunky.

The photograph noise level seem to be fair for a 42mpix camera. My first impression is that it is similar for it's presence, to the 5D III. More to come on that. They forecast rain again today but sunny tomorrow. So I will do some more tests tomorrow.

In conclusion for the first day: good in hand, fast focus, the camera stabilization system seems to work well and noise level does not scare me.(and I am very picky on this one. So much that I disregarded the 5DSR after testing a few shots in store)

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