This is a rather personal comparison of the Sony Alpha 7 and the Alpha 7 ii. I will try to cover as many aspects as possible but my focus will be on those which matter most to me personally, so you won’t read much about video but quite abit about manual lenses.
I bought my a7 in November 2013 so I have used it for more than two years and I have used the a7ii for close to two months now.
Sony a7 vs a7ii – Summary
The a7ii has an integrated stabilizer
The a7 does suffer from sensor reflections, the a7ii does not
The a7ii has a more ergonomic grip but it is also significantly heavier
The a7ii has mount made of metal, the a7’s mount is partially made of plastics which caused some issues.
The a7ii offers improved AF performance, it even works qite well with some adapted Canon EF lenses
The Zeiss Contarex line was Zeiss’ last attempt to produce a competitive camera system in Germany; after that production moved to Japan. Zeiss put a lot of effort into those lenses and cameras. You can read on the internet that they created a line of lenses which is considered by some “the best ever, optically and mechanically“.
So I was curious and bought a Carl Zeiss Contarex f=50mm 1:2 to see whether this assessment checks out. Today the Planar 2/50 is the cheapest of the Contarex lineup but it is still quite expensive at around 300€. I will review it as I would review any other lens, and see if the hype about this lens is justified.