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First Impressions of the Sony A7 and Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 Combo in New York City

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A quick four day trip to New York with my family gave me a chance to try out the much acclaimed Sony A7. First impressions were very positive.

“Look ma, it’s like a point and shoot!”
The full-frame A7 is easier to use than traditional DSLRs. You can compose either with the viewfinder or the back monitor, and the rear monitor even tilts so you can “shoot from the hip” inconspicuously or held high above your head to get over crowds. Can’t do this with most DSLRs. Autofocus was fast and accurate even at night, albeit night near Times Square isn’t really all that dark. Overall, the A7’s responsiveness is just a tad below the Canon 5D Mark II. Main problem is waking the camera from power-save/sleep mode. It takes a good 1-2 seconds whereas the 5D2 is instant. Please fix this Sony.

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