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 a7ii has a more ergonomic shutter release
- The a7ii offers a better video codec
- The a7ii is about $600 more expensive
The first impression
Both cameras are very similar and if you are used to the a7 it only takes a very short time to get used to the a7ii. The customization is also easily done, the menue is the same and apart from one additional button the layout hasn’t changed. If you want to use manual lenses the additional button is handy for telling the camera which focal length is used.
The a7 has a shiny surface structure while t#s succesor has a more matte design. Personally I prefer the a7 in this aspect because it matches the design of the FE lenses.
The modified grip is the first thing you will notice. It is not as wide but significantly deeper. The a7’s grip is okay but I like the a7ii’s grip quite a bit more.
The a7’s shutter release was often criticized because it was positioned on top of the camera and because it felt very mushy. It’s successor’s shutter release is situated on top of the grip and you can feel the two stages more easily.
I prefer the control wheels of the a7, the new wheels of the a7ii are smaller and the clicks less distinctive. The formerly quite inaccessible C2 button has been renamed to C3 and it is much easier to reach.
Some parts of the body which were polycarbonate int the a7 are made from metal in the a7ii. In theory this should make for a stiffer body but I never felt body stiffness was an issue witht the a7. The a7ii feels a little bit nicer but not by much.
The Sony a7ii weights about 599g which is significantly more than the a7 which weights only 474g. For my shorter trips this isn’t a problem at all, especially since the a7ii has a nicer grip. But when I want to travel light it is annoying. Low weight is a key argument fro Sony’s a7-series and 599g isn’t that far off from lighter DSLR’s like the Canon 6d (770g) or Nikon D750 (840g).
The reason why I bought the a7ii was that my a7’s mount had become very loose which affected the image quality. Since then the issue was fixed under Sony warranty by Schuhmann in Austria which cost me some shipping but Sony’s contractor in Germany Geissler sent several cameras with a loose mount back to their owners claiming that they were in spec and I have had a bad experience with their service .
Chances are that if you buy a a7 your mount will become loose too and most likely Sony won’t be much of a help. You can fix the issue by installing a replacement mount from several manufacturers which is not a difficult operation. Be careful to choose a good replacement mount, many users reported issues with their replaced mounts. The Fotodiox Tough E-mount Signature Edition LT (affiliate link) seems to be the best solution but even that caused issues with the new Loxia 2.8/21. Avoid older versions of the Fotodiox mount!
The Sony a7ii’s mount is made of metal and so far I haven’t heard about any issues with it. My lenses sit quite firm in it.
I think sensor reflections are the biggest issue of the Sony a7 and I lost a few images because of them.
Sensor reflections in the a7II are reduced a lot and not an issue any more.
Disclaimer: I prefer to use manual focus and I haven’t used AF that much.
The a7ii is noticeably faster than the a7 but still not among the fastest cameras on the market. When there is sufficient light it focuses fast and precise. As it gets darker the camera focuses slower. Using the FE 2.8/35 I missed quite a few shots of my friends in not that dark Café and I am sure that I wouldn’t have missed them with an older Canon 5dII.
Sony missed the chance to improve the AF point selection, it still sucks.
The biggest improvement is that AF with many (certainly not all) adapted Canon EF and Sony A-mount lenses works surprisingly well on the a7II whereas it took seconds or didn’t work at all on the a7. Even tracking works in not too demanding situations. You have to research each adapter/lens combination but many users report good results. This source and that one are good starting points to learn what works and what doesn’t. Personally i only tried a EF 4/70-200 L on a Commlite Adapter and AF worked well in the 70-140mm range.
Even Contax G lenses work kind of alright like on the a7ii! More on that topic next week.
AF wasn’t as good as with native lenses but not too far off. One disadvantage though is that the very handy eye-AF doesn’t work with adapted AF lenses.
Not much to tell here, I couldn’t notice any difference here.
The image stabilizer
The image stabilizer is the most important feature which sets the a7ii from the a7 apart. It enabled me to take some images which wouldn’t have been possible without in the same quality.
Operation is easy. If you want to use a manual lens you assign the focal length selection to an easy to reach button, I chose C2, and select the focal length of your lens from a list. Don’t forget to change the focal length when you change the lens though. I for example ruined some images taken with the Zeiss 2.8/28 at 1/200sec. because the focal length was still set to 50mm.
The stabilizer compensates a good two stops and I found it very handy in twilight when I would have had to open the aperture or increased ISO with the a7. Two stops isn’t that much but it can make the difference between a technically sufficient and and insufficient image.
Another positive effect of the stabilizer is that it stabilizes the preview image which makes handheld focusing of longer lenses like my FD 4/300 L easier.
All in all it is a very useful tool but if you want to use it with manual lenses it slows operation down.
I am no video expert so i will cover that topic only superficially. The a7ii can use the better XAVC S codec and it offers a log profile. I think resolution and moire are still an issue though and neither the a7 nor the a7ii are very popular with video shooters.
The a7ii can save uncompressed raws. They are very large (48MB) and I never thought that raw compression was an issue for me in the a7 so I haven’t used uncompressed raws yet. I think this feature matters if you plant to shoot star trails.
The a7ii is certainly the better camera. It overcomes most of the issues the first generation Sony a7 had and adds image stabilization.
Now the central question is: are these features and improvements worth the price difference of about $500?
If you look at the pictures you usually won’t see a difference, the image quality is the same. When the image stabilizer allows you to use a lower ISO value you might see a difference. Two stops are not that much but they can make the difference between a technically sufficient picture and a missed opportunity. The sensor reflections of the a7 can be a major issue for applications like blue hour cityscapes so if you are into chances are that you won’t be happy with it. As always: it depends a lot on what you use your camera for. Personally I lost maybe a dozen in many thousand images to them so it was not a major factor for my decision.
Operation has been improved in many aspects. Faster AF with adapted lenses increases the range of available AF lenses a lot. The new grip is more pleasant to hold, the shutter release has been improved as well.
Increased weight will be an issue for some, again it depends a lot on your needs.
When making the decision the weak mount of the a7 should be considered as well. It might never be an issue for you but there is a risk that you will have to spend some effort and money on the issue. You won’t have to think about the issue with the a7ii.
Personally I have decided to sell the a7ii. It wasn’t an easy decision and I kept it far longer than I had planned. I am certain that I will miss it but I think it won’t miss many pictures with my trusty a7 which I could have captured with the a7ii. The key argument for me is that cameras loose their value very quickly (about 30% per year) and I find it much easier to spend 500€ on a lens which I can sell for 500€ in a year or two than to spent 1300€ on a camera which will sell for 900€ next a year. But as a student I have to manage my limited funds more carefully than most.
All in all I would conclude that the a7 has a great price/performance ratio today, especially when it is used with manual lenses. It has some first generation issues, you will notice them from time to time but it is still a very good camera. The a7ii is better in many aspects and it offers an image stabilizer so the higher price is justified if you aren’t too tight with the money.
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The a7ii costs $1698 at Amazon.com (affiliate link) or about $1300 used at ebay.com (affiliate link).
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82 thoughts on “Sony a7ii vs Sony a7”
Iam also looking into Sony a7 II, you can find brand new one in Austria even cheaper for approx. 1 642 USD.
at Amazon.de it’s only 10€ more so I think it would make sense for Austrians only
For me, the decisive factor in choosing the a7 over the a7ii was one you didn’t mention: the electronic first curtain shutter. For tripod use with longer lenses or macro shots without flash I consider this essential, even with “only” 24mpix. It’s probably not important for hand-held shooting.
I also like the much-criticised shutter button: for me, it’s exactly in the right place – probably the result of using mechanical Nikons for years.
The a7 has an electronic first shutter curtain as well, it is the a7r which doesn’t.
I like the sony A7 so much because its so small and light. But the wobbling plastic mount and now I read about sensor reflections make me unhappy. I tried the a7II already but its really to heavy and big for my little leica lenses. So I am waiting now for the A61oo maybe with Ibis an 36 Mp and hopefully not bigger than the A7, but also cropping problem.
A fine solution would be if sony makes an RX ? with changeable lens mount.
Excellent summary Phillip, a very helpful resource for those considering the options. I think I agree at every point.
As a tripod user , the only real advantage to me would be the reduced sensor flare, and that doesn’t often disturb me enough to bother.
I bought a7ii for $1498 through digitalrev’s online shop almost a year ago.
Whoa that’s really cheap for a new camera.
“All in all it is a very useful tool but if you want to use it with manual lenses it slows operation down.”
Can you please explain? Is it slowing only when you change lens (or use a zoom) as you need to enter the focal length or is it more than this? Or maybe the camera loses the focal length entered when you switch off?
I am also concerned about the weight.
On ebay.co.uk, you can find the A7ii for less than 1000£ (1300€) new. So 2nd hand prices should decrease for A7ii.
Did having 5 axis stabilisation on the A7ii making any difference in practice at any time when shooting with your FE16-35 OSS versus 3 axis in-lens stabilisation when shooting with your A7? And did the stabilised EVF image on the A7 make any real difference to ease of manual focussing on any of your wide sngle or standard (rather than telephoto) primes?
Stabilizer testing is boring as hell and very time consuming so I can’t give you a definitive answer but I think the IBIS makes a small difference with the 16-35, maybe a stop.
I don’t think it makes a difference for focusing WA lenses, I can focus those very well on the a7.
Sorry Phillip, above post should have said the stabilised EVF image on the A7ii!
No min shutter speed with auto ISO in the newest fw I hear, well, I got used to M and auto ISO some time ago with my A6k..it would be nice to be able to shoot lower than 1/80 reliably handheld though, even with shivering hands.
That droopy mount thing seems like a time bomb a little bit, and even if it happens within lw Sony will likely send it back as ‘within specs’. Of course more expensive things are likely to happen with the IBIS in the A7ii somewhere outside of warranty but no use worrying about that, and maybe that applies to the mount of the A7 too.
Hello, I was just wondering if this has changed since it has been 2years since this post in any firmware updates? I am considering buying a7(I or II not decided yet) but not beeing able to set min shutter speed in auto ISO seems quite limiting (I prefer shooting in Av mode)
You still can’t set an auto limit.
thanks for fast reply, too bad this issue hasn’t been adressed by sony. Can i ask how low does the shutter speed drop before changing ISO? How big a problem is this in your opinion?
I think it aims at 1/60 if it has no informaton on the focal length. I usually use S-mode when it is so dark that I need to use an ISO value above 100.
Great review! I was committed to the a7ii. Mainly because the feel of the camera in hand,and the more accessible shutter release button.
I agree. There are number of things about my A7 that frustrate me (especially as I shoot more and more AF these days) but I don’t feel the A7II is enough of an upgrade to justify the cost. The A7RII, on the other hand, would be a great upgrade but the price is still far to high for me and Sony still hasn’t address AF selection or slow card write speeds.
Spot on. Switched from my old Canon 5dmkii to a Sony A7ii and the AF is like 10 years behind the 5dmkii.
Another improvement is the 14 bit uncompressed RAw from A7ii. It’s a big improvement at least to me. 😉
hi Phillip, i have A7ii body and like to buy manual lens for it. can you recommend me (or give a link) so that i can buy. because im never buy and dont have any idea how to buy it. im from Malaysia anyway. i like to buy 17mm because i like to take landscape.. thanks in advance!
I would buy from a professional seller on ebay. I can recommend the Canon FD 20mm 1:2.8 , but I have no experience with legacy lenses wider than that
I’m selling mine if you’re interested. Canon FD 20mm f2.8 and the condition is Mint. Really like new. I bought it in Ebay and I was impressed about how new it looks like. The price is 280€. Please answer to this comment in case you’re interested and I can send you some pics of it.
I have to say that i like more the grip, design and shutter place from the old a7. A bigger grip could be nice but not like the a7ii grip.
I share your sentiment about the weight. And my A7RII is even heavier, 625 grams without the battery. We are very close to 6D etc.. in terms of weight. My first A7 (which was A7R) was 399 grams. Now I am almost twice that weight with A7R2
I own the A7. I liked it despite the drawbacks, essentially the sensor reflection which sometimes ruins some photos. But I think I have no choice than moving for an A7ii now.
Tried the firmware 3.1 upgrade yesterday and it simply destroyed the camera. The upgrade process failed in the middle and left the camera unusable. It can’t turn ON anymore. I’ve tried several things, many things but still, no way to turn it ON.
Needs SONY service but in the meantime I will be camera-less and I am not sure they will be able to fix it and for which price….
That sucks! Someone else could bring his a7 back to life by running the update process again, maybe worth a try.
Don’t know. Tried on a Mac, tried on a PC. Several times. Older firmware do not help much. Battery in, battery out, ON, OFF…no way.
I upgraded my a7 firmware to 3.1 but it took about 6 tries. It would crash every time the Mac went to sleep so I had to set my Mac to stay on. Anyone who doesn’t need to, I recommend not upgrading. There is NO benefit for anyone using manual lenses.
Very late to this party!
Followed you on F. Miranda and have greatly liked your images, Phillip.
I think your reasoning to stick with the A7 is very sound. That said, I’ve just bought an A7ii (still have the Nex-7 though) as my funds are OK (!); it’s a heavy little beast, though, and likes batteries :-), but all in all the 5 axis IS is really something.
I read somewhere you have the button with the AF/MF-AEL set to magnification; I too had done the same as it certainly offers a pleasing “erganomic”.
Currently trying out the Industar-50 (a 1962 copy); impressive sharpness and fun to use.
The Leitz 90/4 is another earlier lens (mine is 1957) which has great IQ (and build quality and small size). Plus several CV Voigtlanders.
I’ll look forward to catching up with this site.
Very nice comparison thank you! I’m a a7 owner and never even think about upgrading if I’m not suffering sensor reflection problem. I use Voigtlander 4.5/15 v3 for landscape and there is strong street light, it will look just like what you show in the review. Do you have any experience with this lens on a7ii? Does it solve the reflection problem on M-mount lenses too?
Thanks in advance!
I have no personal experience with this lens on the a7ii but the issue will be far less pronounced to non existent on the a7ii
Hi I have decided on a A7R (first generation) this model does not have the problem of reflections in the sensor and the weak bayonet ??
no reflections but the same, weak mount
Hi Phillip – just wanted to let you know I have gained a lot of value from your blog. We seem like similar enthusiasts, so your posts really speak to me.
Right now (late December 2016) I am on the verge of upgrading to an a7 or a7ii, and once again, one of your posts (this one) has been very helpful.
You might be amused that I bought a Canon FD 300 f/4L three months ago based on your post of that lens. I absolutely love it. That lens is one of the main reasons I am saving my dollar coins (I am in Canada) to make the full-frame leap. I use it adapted on a NEX-6.
Thanks for your excellent reviews.
Chuck in Ottawa, Canada, eh?
Glad that you enjoy the blog 🙂
I have switched permanently to the a7ii this summer and it has been the right decision.
Chhers from Germany
After all this you decided to keep the faulty and comparatively feature-missing a7? That was unexpected
well in the end none of the issues mattered too much for my photographs. By now I use the a7II because my a7 developed issues with the monitor, otherwise I wouldn’t have upgraded.
Hi Phillip, kind of reviving this string. I just invested in the A7Rii and I would definitely like a backup for a bit more rough use or in tough climates but still creating wonderful images.
I picked up a used A6000 and am very tempted to turn it in. The reason being the Sony Trade-in Promotion which reduces the gap between the A6000 and A7ii by atleast $300 + Trade-in Value (I might also get a GC to sweeten the deal).
Now dont get me wrong, I love the a6000 so much that i have gifted two away in the family and got me this used for my sling bag which goes everywhere I go.
But it is after all a crop sensor. I am investing in FE Lenses as I type this and I have collected what I think is a more-than-required set of legacy lenses (thanks to this website)
Given the trade-in promo and the fact that A7ii is a FF versus the crop sensor on all three crop cameras, would you recommend geting one of the A6000/6300/6500?
Or for that matter, given that the A7ii body is now cheaper than the A6500, does it make sense to invest in that camera as the backup versus the crop sensors?
Unless the video features of the a6x00 series matter to you I would go for a second a7 series body
Thank you, Phillip. As a side topic, thanks to your blogs, I’ve found a lot of motivation for landscape photography. Can’t wait to start experimenting with tools I have collected. Of course the countryside is nothing like where you are but everything has its own beauty. Hope to catch more of your work and guides going forward.
OMG.. Thank you a lot!
I was worried about those reflections, but didnt know how to describe it right. Even thought, that something might be wrong with my camera or lens. When shooting cityscapes with street lights it is a nightmare! Reflections can go really huge (((( at least now I know it’s an issue with Sony a7 (first den.)
When I was buying it, I heard/read nothing about this problem, it was December 2014, perhaps not many reviews were out yet.
All this time I was using a single prime lens with a7 – 55mm 1.8f Sony Zeiss. And I really in need of a prime wide angle lens with good sharpness (as I shoot many stock images, so I have to fit to quality standards). Are there any other options besides Loxia 21mm and Batis you can suggest?.. the main usage is landscapes and cityscapes, so sharpness and detailes are important
And again, thanks a lot for this article!
For Cityscapes I would like the Loxia 21 best because of the nice sunstars. The Batis 18 plays in the same league optically though.
I know you mostly shoot mostly MF, but I was wondering if you had the same gripe that I do with the A7 with regard to AF. I primarily shoot with a Nikon DF, and use a single focus point. When I shoot, I move the focus point with the directional pad to where I want it in the frame, focus, then shoot. I set my camera to have the smallest quantity of focus points so that I can move around this “grid” efficiently. This process takes less than a second on a Nikon. Transitioning to the A7, being used to this kind of technique, has been a pain in the derrière.
Firstly, you have to push the center button before you can have the option to move the single focus point with the directional pad. And then when you do that, you have a bulky rectangle that slowly drags across 2 dozen (i counted) different positions across the frame (and that is only the x axis). My Nikon has as few as 11 points in the entire frame, and you can get to any in less than 3 clicks. It might sound like a whiney, technical, trivial complaint, but in the world of wedding photography, this extra time translates into missed shots, missed facial expressions, missed spontaneity, and missed opportunities.
I love the A7, except for this one major flaw. I wanted to ask if you felt this way, and if you do, if you could either add this to your review, or in a new blog post. I know manufacturers pay attention to these blogs, and I figured this would be a chance for them to fix this major flaw.
The lack of control over the AF fields is certainly a drawback of the whole a7 series and I m pretty sure Sony does know that by now.
Personally I use manual focus most of the time anyway so I am not too bothered by it.
Hi, have you ever had issues that you were not able to set a minimum shutterspeed with autoISO? Or how did you handle that?
It can be a bit annoying, my workaround is to use S-mode when there is little light
I’m looking to buy a a7 or a6000 next to my a7s to use for landscape photography so I have a higher resolution. I’m going to use it with my small primes like the Loxia 50/2 and Voigtländer 15mm, do you think the loosening mount problem would occur with these? Thanks in advance!
I think it is less likely but I wouldn’t be sure that it won’t occur
Thank you! I think I will take the risk 🙂
I am very new to photography, 2.5 years ago I bought a Fuji X-M1 camera (with basic zoom kit lens) just to see if i can get pleasure with this new hobby. At the very beginning, one of my friend (who also began to learn photography with his new sony nex-f3) tell me it was possible to adapt legacy lens on mirrorless camera. Since this i bought a lot of vintage lenses (GAS?) because i can afford (really cheap one and i stopped smoking lol). I have spent hours days and months reading review on the Internet and i really want to thank you and your buddies for your wonderful reviews and publications that really help me decide before buying and also inspire me so much with all these useful tips and tricks.
Actually, because still loving photography (more and more everyday), it’s time for me to switch to another system and naturally it will be Sony. I also want more dof, so sony FF.
Since a year now i am saving for the day i will switch and now i can buy an A7II or an A7RII.
I am really confused because i don’t know which camera i should buy and i cannot decide.
On one hand for me 24Mp is really enough, for now i shot only with legacy lenses but on the other hand i think i will use autofocus lenses in the near futur and also think that A7II is a little outdated with poor AF, and medium ISO performances.
Naturally the decision would be A7RII (better everything except i don’t really need 42PM) but i am scare that i cannot use anymore my lovely legacy lenses and that they render in a bad way……
Can you help me decide 🙂
(Sorry about my awful english)
I am happy to hear that you enjoyed our reviews 🙂
Regarding the a7rii: While many legacy lenses won’t benefit a lot from the higher resolution they won’t be any worse. If you can afford ti the a7rii seems to be a better solution for you.
Thank you very much Phillip! Your answer brought the final information to my reflexion and coming from a passionate person with so much experience like you with legacy lenses, i feel more comfortable to decide 🙂
Have a nice day.
The use of manual lenses is potentially enhanced with the stabilizer in an impressive way. Both in shots and video recording. It is for me fundamental to have the a7II using manual lenses. The AF for me is still not necessary for the photos that I usually do.
Love the A7 but I love more the a7II.
I remember when I first picked up my A7s a few years ago at a photo show and fell in love with metal control dial on the front, I liked it so much that I bought the camera, moved from Lumix to Sony and never looked back. When I saw the plastic dial on the a72, all the charm of the original had gone. I still use my A7s but am now looking for an a7 and love the ibis on the mark 2 but will probably go for the mark 1 just so I can keep using the dreamy metal dial…
I am reading your article in 2018, the A7RII is now only 100€ more than the A7R and I am considering to buy the RII now. Other tests mentioned increased noise in the RII, your result was equal image quality. Did you notice any difference in noise level?
Thanks for your insight,
Never used the a7r or a7rII but from what I have read the a7rII is quite a bit better above ISO 640.
I’m commenting in 2018 which is a bit late I understand haha. I currently have a canon rebel t3i, my main use is solely for Instagram. I have a fitness page where I post my physique etc. So my question is based around image quality… For what I need can you please recommend the a7 or a7ii? I understand the a7 can have a wobbly mount etc, is this the only drawback. I will more than likely be using a 50mm 1.8 lens.
At the current prices I would probably go directly to the a7II.
Love your work! I’m currently trying to decide between the A7 and A7II. My wallet is screaming at me to pick the A7 and i really want to but the issue sticking most in my mind is your comment about the senor reflection issue and “blue hour cityscapes” . That’s some of my favourite kind of photography. Should I abandon any thought of getting the A7?
Yes, for that specific purpose you should definetly get the A7II.
You won’t be happy with the original A7.
In regards to A7 wobbly lens mount: I replaced mine with the metal mount from A7S, which was available from Sony parts distributor here in the US for $60. Best money ever spent.
In spite of its first generation issues, the A7+ 35mm f2.8 is an incredibly small & light package for street shots and I intend to use it until it dies!
A7III is a mature camera with all the previously missing features, but with matching price and weight premium 🙁
I tried to buy those parts a7s from the repair center but they wouldn’t let me buy them.
I certainly see your point.
Hello Phillip … thanks for the nice test.
I recently changed the A7 with an A7II … from the first photos I noticed a greater noise in the dark parts, have you encountered this problem?
Nope. Are you certain in your testing method?
Today, if I can purchase the A7 for 400, the A7ii for 700, or the A7R for 550.. (and I am on a budget, student, etc…)
What would you recommend?
I still shoot 1st generation a7 (and happily so) but since used prices of the a7ii are dropping below 700EUR im now considering the upgrade. May i ask what your current status is phillip? You initially sold the a7ii again, when did you decide to finally upgrade? I also like to keep my costs down (especially for the camera body) and think it’s now ok to change, what do you think?
thinking about it… it amazes me how sony cameras hold their value, because they are getting sold for so long. I payed <600 EUR for the a7i in early 2017 and might still get a decent price for it (<400EUR). This means, using an a7 i cost me ~100EUR/yr. And since my old manual lenses dont really lose value anymore, how can photography as a hoby be any cheaper?
oh yeah, HAIL SONY! 😉
i finally got myself a used a7ii (amazingly cheap).
now i wonder how to configure my focus magnification for manual focus.
i’m used to have it on c1 on the a7i right beside the shutter. On the new layout c1 is too far away for me, i cant reach it fast enough…
what are your settings (for all c buttons?)
AF/MF: focus magnify
C1: Exposure lock
C2: DRO (hardly used)
C3: focal length for OSS
I remembered your complaint about weight of the a7ii vs a7
“The Sony a7ii weights about 599g which is significantly more than the a7 which weights only 474g. (…) when I want to travel light it is annoying. ”
I felt the same as you and still disike the fact that the a7 grew in size and weight (even more so with a7iii).
Now there is the Sony a7C at 509g and considerably smaller.
Will it be an instant buy for you too, unless it reveals significant flaws?
I really appreciate that we now have a very compact camera in the system but I won’t spend $1800 to save 200g over my a7rII. In most scenarios a a7rIV would be a much better camera to me and it isn’t a lot more expensive nowadays than the a7C which will only have 24MP, no dedicated custom buttons, no front dial and a significantly weaker EVF. All things usually more important to me than weight.
Should I take up multi day hiking I might reconsider though 😉
I have a Sony a7 and mostly use mf lenses. Started with some Minolta lenses I decide to try a Voigtlander 35mm f1.2. Sterted to use this lense a day before but I can’t say that it’s a big different with a Minolta lenses. Yes the price is big different but the quality… I was a bit disappointed but maybe I don’t know how to use it? Do you have any experience with such a lense? Maybe some settings should be changed?
which version of the Voigtlander axactly and with which settings?
Yeah I have the A7ii and I’m thankful for it but I’ve still noticed a looot of sensor reflection still. I think your review of the Tokina 20mm showed that and Bastian couldn’t replicate it on his a7rii(?). So it seems like sometimes sensor reflection is still very much a problem and one that ruins plenty of my shots. Especially from bright lights on wide angle lenses when they are stopped down. Evidently on some of the later a7r series models this is not a problem. I’m wondering if the a7iii or a7c would have an even better correction of this. Any idea? I don’t know if any of you have really shot on the a7iii/c cameras but I thought I would ask. I’m hoping that the price of the a7c will be below $1k in a couple years when I might be looking to replace my a7ii
It happened to me once that I saw sensor reflections on the A7RII when using the Zeiss Loxia 21mm 2.8.
Apart from that I had no issues with this camera or the A7III and I also think both do slightly better than the A7II, but I did not make a side by side comparison.