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The 3D “Pop” of the Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8, plus the Color Rendition and Exposure of the Sony A7

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Zeiss SEL55F18Z @ F/1.8, Iso 160, 1/200s

Halfway through my shoot on Acorn St., I switched over from the Summaron to the Zeiss Sonnar T* 55mm f/1.8 and followed up on my first impressions of this lens. The familiar “beep-beep” came ringing in again as I once again had autofocus. The available light on Acorn St. was challenging, a lot of contrast between harsh sunlight and shadows, but the A7’s AF had managed pretty well the whole afternoon. I missed one shot of a lady sweeping the floor from about 50 meters away because the camera had focused on a gas street lamp instead. Otherwise, the A7 held its own.

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Leica Summaron 35mm f/2.8 and Sony A7 at America’s 2nd Most Frequently Photographed Street

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Leica 35mm f/2.8 Summaron @  Iso 500, 1/60s

On a beautiful spring day, I had the opportunity to give my Sony A7 and the Leica 35mm Summaron a good workout on the famous Acorn Street here in Boston. It is often mentioned as America’s No.2 most frequently photographed street, with No.1 being the zigzag Lombard Street in San Francisco, California. Frankly, I’m not sure how they figured out the rankings, because Times Square in NYC is on a street, and I’m sure it gets photographed more than either of those two streets combined.

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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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