Happy Christmas…?


…Because it’s never really too early to start your festive preparations.


Still wrestling with whether-or-not to sell the frankencamera.ย  In case you haven’t guessed (I think there may have been a comment reveal or something, at some point…) it is the Sony A7II.

I haven’t been tagging the photos, as I didn’t want to bias people regarding the output.

Initially I was drawn to it, given the potential for AF lenses.ย  Unfortunately I find the current native lineup a bit restrictive (the coming Batis choices may change all of that…) and the only truly attractive lens (the Zeiss 35/1.4) is just plain massive.ย  That being said, it does have a few attractive advantages:

  1. The potential for more accurate composition via the real-time viewfinder.ย  It is actually surprisingly usable, with a decent refresh rate, and very little lag.
  2. The fantastic IBIS.
  3. The adaptability of literally -any- lens out there.ย  (Like seriously).ย  If you have it, there is probably an adapter for it.ย  For real.

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the output at present; I probably have not spent enough time with the files, as I just can’t seem to get the RAW output exactly where I’d like it.ย  The JPGs (for me…) usually just look off, and are somewhat contrasty and over-saturated.

Given the above, I am probably going to hang on to it and see whether I can make peace with the files.ย  It is decently sized, and is fairly unobtrusive.ย  It may not be perfect, but is fun to shoot with, and inspires creativity.

So…Could you tell?


6 thoughts on “Happy Christmas…?

  1. andygemmell says:

    Of course I knew…all along… ๐Ÿ˜‰ I just didn’t want to burst your bubble!

    So is A7rii or A7ii?

    The lenses do look fairly large. Has been mentioned that the M lenses will not be at their best on the A7rii due to the build and coating the M lenses have…

    • mewanchuk says:


      I knew that you knew…I can’t get anything past you!!


      In any case, it is just the lowly A7II (no “R”). The files from the “RII” are just way to large for my needs. (My computer has enough trouble with my 6×7 scans!)

      In any case, I don’t shoot anything wider than 35mm, so I haven’t had any issue with the M-mount lenses themselves, but I do hear that the RII sensor has a better time with them, due to the backside illumination (and resulting thinner sensor).

      Hope you’re well,

      • Andy Gemmell says:

        Actually includes all the M lenses! Not such much the original issue with wide angle but more to do with extracting the best from an M lens with this sensor. Taking it to 42MP means everything really needs to be working well together and apparently an M lens (believe it or not) is not the best companion for this size sensor!!

        More FYI for anyone reading. It’s not my cup of tea :-).

  2. -N- says:

    I couldn’t tell because . . . I don’t really care! ๐Ÿ˜Ž I just enjoy your photography. That aside, there is some difference, not quite as delicate as many of your others, which I assume are either film or Leica M9-ish.

  3. Karim D. Ghantous (@kdghantous) says:

    I didn’t mind the output so much. Actually I thought Peter was playing with an A7. I didn’t think you were. I should have clicked when I noticed the high ISO digital shots you put up a while ago. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And it’s funny how people talk about the lens choices for DSLRs as an advantage for that platform. Mirrorless systems have a bigger selection by an order of magnitude. You look at a Canon 7D and think, “all that camera for that little sensor?”.

    Actually the more that the A7 gains capability, the more relaxed I am about not having the latest one. The next A7s will have an ISO of one million, most likely. But… I’d be happy with an M9 right now, partly because using a RF camera successfully is going to be a challenge for me. So a camera that challenges my technique – and that I’d enjoy using – would be worth a lot, regardless of ISO capability.

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