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Making the Switch from a Canon 5D Mark III to a Sony A7RII

This isn’t a typical camera review of the A7R2 though, it’s more like a journey on how I got here. You see, I’ve been watching the Sony mirrorless system for a while now but I couldn’t bring myself to take the jump, I use the Canon 5D Mk III and L Series lenses for my pro line of work and use the Fuji X-Pro 1 for my street and travel photography.

Some serious Gear Acquisition Syndrome!
My G.A.S was getting out of control with my existing cameras such as the Canon 5D Mk III, Fuji X-Pro 1, X-A1 and now the Sony A7RII.

Honestly speaking, I was quite happy with this set up until a couple of months ago when Sony introduced the A7RII with its 42 megapixel BSI sensor, a claimed 14 stops of dynamic range and super high ISO sensitivity and 5 Axis IS, they even packed in 4K recording natively!

Whenever people asked me if I was to start again, which system would I jump in to, I’d always tell them the Sony FE System but because of my current Gear Acquisition Syndrome, I was tethered to Canon and Fuji but what if there was this mythical camera that allowed me to merge these two styles of photography?

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Sony A7mII First Impressions (Part 1)

At last! This little wonder eventually arrived at home. It arrived in a quite nice bundle from Amazon at only $1800. This bundle included, among other things, a flexible tripod, a spare battery with an independent charger (very important), a remote control, 3 filters, a case to carry it around, a 64Mo Sony memory card, screen protectors, a HDMI cable etc. Considering that this is one of the latest full frame camera on the market, this is pretty inexpensive. Take a look at my other article comparing the A7 to other full frame cameras from Nikon and Canon. Just a few words about its look. I know this is very personal, some might hate it and other will love it. I am in that last group. I think it’s just retro and modern at the same time in a very subtle way. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is better looking in my opinion but this is another category, a micro 4/3rd. So thumbs up to the designers as I think it’s a very good looking camera.

The Build Quality

Sony A7mII review iLHP

As you already probably read everywhere that the A7mII has a new grip, new dials and customizable buttons and of course the 5 axis sensor stabilization, I should not go over this again. But I must say that I’ve always been impressed to find a full frame sensor into such a small body, and now with the 5 axis IBIS, it is even more amazing.

So here I’ll give you my impressions on its build quality and handling before talking about its image quality in a following article. By the way, I can already tell you that i’m going to test the Rokinon 14mm f/2.5 FE mount, the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro and its LA-EA4 adaptor, and this kit lens (Sony 28-70mm F/3.5-5.6) that deserves good critics!

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3 Detailed Reasons Why it is Still Too Early to Switch to a Full Frame Mirrorless System

It’s  been more than a year since the debut of the world’s first full frame mirrorless system and just this past month we’ve already seen the second generation Sony A7 Mark II hit the shelves (and our first impressions are here).  We are pretty much past the honeymoon phase along Roger’s Law of New Product Introductions (new products being mirrorless full frame systems). Early adopters have adopted. Initial nonbelievers are recanting. Now comes the point where the mainstream consumers are thinking whether or not they should ditch the DSLR and switch over to the mirrorless.

It isn’t an easy decision. Investing in a system is expensive and learning to use it takes time. My colleague Christian gave us 10 Reasons to Switch from a DSLR to a Mirrorless System. I present you with 3 key counterpoints as to why the mainstream should wait. This article will focus on full frame systems rather than APS-C. It is geared towards prosumers seriously invested in their gear and professionals who make their living with their cameras.

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Will Canon or Nikon Go Full Frame Mirrorless?

The online camera-phile community inhaled a collective gasp of excitement as rumors swirled around a Canon full-frame mirrorless camera supposedly coming in 2015. The first time we heard about this was back in April 2014. Then there were the Nikon Df mirrorless rumors that disappointed a lot of people back in 2013. Now, forums are again ablaze with discussion. Rumor sites are abuzz with new traffic. Retailers are answering speculations about non-existent cameras. Canon is either getting nervous or excited, or maybe they’re just doing their own thing.

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David Risenberg’s rendered concept of a Canon mirrorless camera picked up by PhotoRumors back in March 2012, BEFORE Sony dropped the A7 bombshell. (http://photorumors.com/2012/03/21/canon-mirrorless-camera-concept/) The article also mis-predicted that “Canon is the last hope for a full frame mirrorless camera.” Sony won that one horse race.

It could be wishful thinking. Or it could really be market demand. But within the often placid and innovatively revisionist camera industry, full frame mirrorless technology has been the hot topic for the last 12 months. Not since the Canon 5D Mark II (first FF DSLR with HD video) has the industry been transformed by a camera like the Sony A7 series.  Now, the big speculation is, when will Canon or Nikon get into the FF mirrorless game?

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Looks quite similar to the Sony A7, no? “Good design is as little design as possible.” – Dieter Rams. Great job on the rendering Dave https://www.facebook.com/david.riesenberg

We put on our Bloomberg hats today and do a little bit of market analysis. We discuss three issues that will affect Canon and Nikon’s likelihood of entering the FF mirrorless market. The article will focus on Canon because of the latest rumors, but it will also touch on Nikon. We’ll finish off with a bold prediction. A prediction that I hope would be wrong.

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