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
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.
Beginners can sometimes be surprised when they discover you have such an expensive camera and yet you are not able to zoom with it. “In 2014, we have good enough technology to make zooms in every camera,” one of my friends told me once.
However, the performance of the primes lenses is important for a lot of photography areas. I do think primes are better than zooms for different reasons and aspects. Here I am about to tell you why:
You can get very good prime lenses for a reasonable amount of money. Usually, 35 and 50mm f/1.8 are so common they are now quite cheap. Even the Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 is available at around $300. For such a nice and sharp piece of glass, it’s pretty affordable, believe me. For this price, you will have one constraint though. It’s full manual, so no image stabilization and no autofocus. As pointed out in one of our previous article, it’s not always a problem especially for short focals. Unless you need a very long focal lenght like 300 or 500mm, most are good and affordable. For the price of one zoom you can often have 2 primes. Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Primes Are Better Than Zooms→
There had been, there is and there will always be a debate around sensors sizes, especially lately as the technology gets better and better. It seems like compact cameras, like the Sony RX100 Mark III has reached such a high image quality it can compete with APS-C formats from entry level DSLRs. Pretty amazing! We can also read here and there that the Sony A6000 can almost compete with full frame cameras. Even more astonishing, some risk themselves to compare full frame A7 to medium format cameras.