A Sony A7r, Schnitty 50mm Tilt Shift and Me
Firstly let me start by saying I’m not an expert reviewer of photography equipment but I do know what I like and how to produce a cracking pano.
Secondly if you get offended by foul language or what I have to say then turn off now.
And finally, I’m in no way paid by any of these manufacturers but wold willingly take’ cash for comments’ in the future.
The first thing I noticed about this camera was the weight and size, as I do lots of hiking and weight is a big issue I’m excited about reducing weight being able to carry other cool equipement. Once I started shooting with the camera it took me back to when I was 14, fumbling around with my first bra at the drive-in, now for anyone under 20, thats a car park where you watch movies from you car, not a McDonalds drive through. After a few hours of shooting I started to feel comfortable with the buttons and dials and felt that everything is in the right position.
Pairing this with the Schnieder 50mm Tilt Shift, nicknamed the ‘Big Schnitty’ was as simple as picking up the Novoflex Nex/Nik Adaptor and everything works the same as the Nikon D800.
Once again I love the size of this camera and feel its solid enough to take a bit of beating and after an hour in a rainforest with intermittent rain it’s still working. I love the new flip out screen saving the neck when shooting down low. One thing I absolutely hate is the digital viewfinder, I feel like I’m in a cheap peepshow and the entertainment is rubbish.
I love the Time Lapse and Star Trail software you can download from Sony Entertainment, maybe a bramping feature with time lapse would be awesome. All the other bits feel like the Nikon D800, but the most important problem with this camera and the deal breaker for me is the lack of Delayed Exposure Mode, back to back frames with both cameras at the same settings around 1.6 seconds exposure the vibration is so noticeable I would bin the Sony frames and class it as a complete fail. For me to keep using this camera, Sony will have to add this in the next firmware update.
I really couldn’t see any difference with the A7r and the D800 with quality, dynamic range or colour between the 2 sensors, only slight difference is the A7r performed better under low lighting.
Spent 3 hours fucking around on the internet updating system software and then you still have to convert them before processing your files in Camera Raw, boring!
Battery life doesn’t seem to be any different from the D800 but I would still carry several back ups.
I understand that because of the size and weight I can live with only one memory slot
Now this only a little thing but as they say the small things in life matter. I really like the way the camera will balance and not flip around with the weight on a pano head when carrying it around on the tripod, the D800 would always spin around exposing the glass of the lens to any rain or other elements, the A7r stays put, because of the weight balance.
Cheaper than the Nikon by 1.5k
Flip Out Screen
Time Lapse, Star Trails and other cool software
Only a couple for me, obviously the digital viewfinder and this one is the deal breaker, NO EXPOSURE DELAY MODE, hurry the fuck up with this Sony because I have just added another in the long list of items in the cupboard.
Finally if I was one of the many Canon users defecting I’d certainly upgrade to the Sony A7r and hope they get there shit together with the vibration issue. Would I swap my beloved Nikon D800 for the Sony A7r? NO! until they fix the vibration issue I’m going to stick with the Nikon. Once they do I would gladly sell the Nikon, Canon and every other camera I own and buy two of them and be much happier at the end of a big hike.
Image above from a Nikon D800 becuase I couldn’t find a good set of frames from the Sony A7r
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