Getting to know the Sony A7R II

Well, I've been playing a bit with the Sony A7R II this autumn and winter. I both like it and don't like it. I like the files. They're incredible. It's not just the 42mpx sensor, but what I can restore from the shadows and highlight. Amazing. And the high ISO quality is amazing too. But I sure don't like the ergonomics. The buttons, menus and all that. Get this sensor in a Fuji X body, please!!!

Sony A7R II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS MK2 lens at 90mm  +metabones adapter. ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/200sec.

What's really cool about the Sony A7R II (and all Sony A7 cameras, and even the a6000/a6300) is that there are plenty of adapters to it. I got a Nikon adapter and a Canon adapter. The only native Sony lens I have is the 16-35mm f/4 lens.The above shot is taken with the really incredible Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS Mk2 lens mounted with the Metabones adapter to the Sony A7R UU. That's probably the best lens I have, even with all my cameras and lenses considered. There's full electronic contact between lens, adapter and camera. The autofocus with this adapter is good. And I can use it like any other Sony lens, adjusting the aperture and all from the camera. When I use my Nikon lenses with a adapter, it's very different. Everything is manual, focusing, aperture, and remembering the shooting information (aperture and lens information not stored in the files because of no electronic contact between the lens, adapter and the camera).

Sony A7R II + FE 16-35mm f/4 lens at 16mm, ISO 100, f/8, 1/125 sec. 

Sony A7R II + Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS Mk2 lens at 200mm, ISO 500, f/6.3, 1/500 sec. Metabones adapter. 

Sony A7R II + Carl Zeiss Distagon 21mm ZF.2  f/2.8 lens - Nikon mount and Novoflex adapter Nikon to Sony, ISO 100, 1/160 sec. 

The above picture- a Nikon all manual lens. The incredible Carl Zeiss Distagon 21mm f/2.8 ZF.2 for Nikon.  I already said that my Canon EF 70-20mm f/2.8 IS Mk2 is the best lens that I have. Not really sure. The Distagon 21mm... wow. :)

The Sony A7R II is, like all my cameras, a much better camera than I am a photographer. It's not the equipment holding me down. The files from this camera is really, really incredible. But the handling, people.... I feel just as home when I am shooting with my wife's iPad... I don't like it. Still, there are things to like with this camera besides the sensor. The adapters and ability to use just about any brand of lenses you want. The size! The tilting LCD screen - perfect for any landscape photographer! 

So, it's still Fuji X-T1 and X100T for all my everyday use, my street- and travels shots, my  portraits. Fuji X all the way for my personal photos from my home, of my son, my wife, my friends...

But, for my landscape shots... I have to decide between the Nikon D810 (see an earlier post) or Sony A7R II... Well, I guess it will be the Sony from now on. Not because of the few extra megapixels (Nikon 36 vs Sony 42), but the LCD tilting screen, the adapters allowing me to use Canon, Nikon and Sony lenses, and it's not that heavy. The dynamic range seems just about the same. The Nikon might have faster autofocus. But that doesn't matter for my landscape shots. My dream? A Sony medium format sensor (like in the Pentax 645z) in a Fuji body with Fuji lenses - Fuji already makes lenses for Hasselblad MF.