When Sony first announced the next generation of its successful a7 camera, the a7R II, the photography world bubbled with excitement. It was to be upgraded with a whopping 42.4-megapixel Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor and a BIONZ X Image Processor. This upgrade meant an improvement in light collection, speed, and enhancement in overall image and video quality. This is all packed into a modestly sized body that features a magnesium alloy at the top and front, which we might add looks and feels premium. This also made the camera resistant to dust and water. When we took the a7R II to one our annual camping trip, we felt comfortable having out in the light rain but we also did not take any chances and it was covered when it wasn’t in use.
The a7R II is truly a versatile camera. We used it for different photographic projects; it came along with us to concerts, we used to it shoot the vehicles we test-drove, as well as our fashion editorials. Its size makes it easy to pack and it doesn’t weigh enough to be bothersome should you have slung over your shoulder all day. We also took full advantage of the customizable buttons on the camera in order to facilitate overall usage. It virtually eliminated the need to browse through the menu to adjust a particular setting, which allowed us to focus on getting the shots we didn’t want to miss. Like most DLSRs, we are used to looking through the viewfinder before we took our shots. Although, with the a7R II, we didn’t mind switching between the electronic viewfinder and the LCD because its higher resolution. The built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC was a great feature to have but we prefer editing our photos on a computer, so that we can have complete creative control of the RAW 42-megapixel image. Other features we enjoyed were the visual focus peaking lines for manual focus, along with the super quick hybrid auto-focusing system.
The primary lenses we utilized was a 35mm f/1.4, which meant that it was fully capable in low light situations and because it was paired with the a7R II, we weren’t too worried about turning up the ISO to achieve the exposure we wanted. Moreover, when it came to image noise at higher ISO levels (the highest we’ve shot at is 8000) and we were comfortable with the results. Despite having to zoom with our feet, we were pleased with the various shots we captured throughout our experience with the camera. Take a look at some of the notable features of the a7R II and the 35mm lens. We’ve included some images we’ve taken during our travels with the camera.
Notable features of the a7R II:
- 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
- BIONZ X Image Processor
- Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log2 Gamma
- 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
- 399 Phase-Detect AF Points & 5 fps Burst
- 5″ 2.36M-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
- 0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
- ISO 102,400 and Silent Shutter Mode
- Durable Reduced-Vibration Shutter Design
- Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
Notable features of the Sony 35mm f/1.4:
- E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/1.4 to 16
- One AA & Three Aspherical Elements
- Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
- Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF System
- Physical Aperture Ring Can Be De-Clicked
- Minimum Focus Distance: 12″
- Dust and Moisture Resistant
- Filter Diameter: 72mm
- Circular 9-Blade Diaphragm
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- YG performs the House of Vans in Montreal, Quebec.
- Nas performs at the release party for the Hennessy x Scott Campbell collaborative bottle in Los Angeles, California.
- View from the rowboat in Lac Sept-Iles in Quebec.
- View from the Standard Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
- Long exposure shot from the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
- 2017 Lincoln MKZ in Montreal, Quebec.
- Construction workers begin to demolish the St. Jacques overpass in Montreal, Quebec.
- Man reads newspaper in Montreal’s China Town.
Photography by Jon Carlo Tapia.