I am an expedition leader and this camera follow me around the planet from the Baja desert, patagonia rain forest and Scandinavian winter, this camera performs well at -30c
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|Manufacturer Part Number|
Face Detection, Image Stabilization, High Definition Video, Burst Mode
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)|
5.00 x 1.94 x 3.75 Inches
I fell in love with photography using an all manual Minolta SRT 101. I really enjoyed the direct creative control of that instrument. I never enjoyed dslr photography as much. So when I first learned how to adapt vintage glass to the modern mirror less camera I was overjoyed. I went out & bought a Sony Nex 5n (because of the price) & then sold that for a Fuji X e1 (for the view finder & retro style) I was disappointed with both. Regardless of image quality crop factor had always separated the image I got from the one I saw in my head. Crop factor always caused me to have to take a few extra steps back in order to frame the shot & compromise the shallow depth of field. With the a7 & my vintage lenses, all fast primes, I get exactly what I envision. The controls of the a7 make it very easy to adjust shutter speed & iso quickly. The digital view finder is bright & clear with no jitter or lag. Focus peaking & focus magnification makes manual focus fun & easy. The image quality of the raw files require very little post production. They write fast to the memory card. They open in light room looking like film, with wide dynamic range & lots of head room for creativity if you choose to play with saturation & contrast. Only at high ISO do they require a small amount of color noise reduction & highlight recovery. This camera meets all of my expectations. It is as much of a joy as my SRT 101.
I bought the A7 after using a Nex 5N and Nex 6 - both of which I loved and still use regularly. However, I wanted FF as well, hence the A7 purchase. I have never regretted it and love it. The menu systems have improved with each iteration, and I find the one in the A7 easy to set/customise and use. I have one FF AF lens for now, and the rest are all MF - everything from OM's, to Leica Ms, LTMs and Rs, as well as Nikon and Canon FD (in other words too many). For me IQ is especially good with the result that I have sold most of my DSLR kit and will be selling more in the future. Highly recommend the A7, certainly for anyone with legacy lenses, and for those wishing for an excellent digital mirrorless.
Of all the cameras I've owned thru the years this is by far the best. I was looking for a full featured camera that was smaller and lighter. I was having trouble with the full sized DSLRs because of the bulk and weight. This one solved all my problems in one fell swoop. The image quality is top notch and since I had already purchased several e-mount lenses, they were transferable to this one. That's a big plus. Overall, I think this may well be the last camera I ever buy. I haven't begun to use all its features and am thoroughly satisfied with my photographic results.
I bought my Sony A7 during the summer of 2017 for a single class in college. This was my first "camera camera" ever and it's stuck by my side ever since. It's unbelievably easy to use(I didn't even need to read the manual), versatile for both photos and video(I've done jobs with both) and incredibly sturdy( trekked through rainy, humid and muddy jungles in O'ahu). As of this posting, Sony has by business for the foreseeable future!
I like and enjoy the almost unlimited features of the A7 so much that I bought a second one so I don't have to change lenses in dusty enviroments. This camera is still able to go up against anything out there. The features are almost unlimited and picture quality is outstanding. The menus are extensive and you can personalize settings to meet your needs. The more I use one the more I find other great things it will do. Quality is outstanding and due to its small body size it is easy to pack and go.
This camera has really opened a new set of possibilities for photography. I thoroughly enjoy using this camera. The quality of the photos are exceptional. Paired with the "G" and "GM" lenses, I take professional photos with almost every snap. This camera pretty much does everything for you. Starting out, I had one lens (the Sony 24-70) which is a great lens for the price. I now own three lenses and they bring out the best of the camera. If you are still on the fence, or are considering other camera systems such as Canon or Nikon, look no further. This camera is a fantastic buy right now since prices have come down. You will not regret it. The A7M3 is a fantastic camera.
This is my first full frame camera, and I am very happy with my purchase. I could immediately see a difference in the image quality versus the previous cameras I had used. The A7 is light, easy to hold, has great features, and seems to be the camera best suited for my style and use. I look forward to many great photos!
The images produced by the Alpha 7 are simply superb. I have been shooting with the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 and the kit lens (28-70mm)--but mostly the Zeiss. Paired with the Zeiss, the photos are simply unsurpassed (I also have Canon 5dii). The kit lens is adequate for casual photos, cityscapes, and very convenient but there is a significant difference between the Zeiss and the kit zoom (as would be expected when comparing any zoom to a fixed focal length). The camera is also easy to work with, having multiple dials permitting manual control and customization without accessing menus. I greatly enjoy shooting with it and the results have been excellent. There are some negative aspects to this camera. 1) The battery life is truly abysmal. I have no idea what it is rated for, but after three hours and maybe 120 shots in a European city I would find my battery near zero. I could easily use three batteries in a single day without shooting any video. In order to accommodate this when traveling, it is essential to have at least two chargers with you in order to be ready for the next day. Sony should remedy this by sending everyone who bought the camera an additional battery and an external charger, because the battery performance is way below what it should be. I also shoot portraiture professionally; I would never think to use the Sony for this simply because I couldn't make it through a single session on one battery, which is standard on my Canon. 2) The system moves back and forth between the EVF and the back screen when you lift the camera to your face. But the system is not smart enough. In a city or a museum, I would frequently want to shoot at waist level to stabilize the camera at the end of the strap. This permits you to take advantage of the back screen articulated. However, if the camera is within 8 or 9 inches of your body, the screen won't come on because it thinks you are raising the camera to use the eye-piece. This is very frustrating. Not sure how they missed that. 3) In complex lighting situations the meter has a tendency to overexpose. This is counteracted by adjusting the exposure compensation which is at one's finger tip, but it requires constant adjusting for relatively similar situations. In some of my samples, the images were shot well below what the meter said was a good exposure. In effect, I stopped trusting the meter and habitually shot 1/3 or even 2/3 below the center point on the meter. When touring, I like to shoot Aperture Priority, but because of the need to pay such close attention to exposure, I might as well have had it on manual. What this means is that more casual snap-shooters should avoid this camera because it requires that you understand what you are doing to take full advantage of the cameras capabilities. These three issues are frustrating in their own right and they require adjustments by the photographer. Except for the battery, they can be accommodated. Overall, I very much enjoy shooting with the camera. I like the relatively small size of the body and lenses (compared to my DSLR) and the image quality, when appropriately exposed, is first rate.When traveling I leave my DSLR home and carry the A7 and a NEX-7 body. The images on both are of the highest quality. I have blown up A7 images to full poster size; they are gorgeous. And I regularly print at 18x12 in my studio--images are beautiful. I shoot exclusively in RAW so I cannot say anything about in-camera JPG. This is a serious camera for people who know what they are doing, so those who rely upon JPG may want a simpler tool anyway.
I bought this camera along with the Zeiss 24-70 4.0 lens. Really good match. I have since then purchased the Zeiss 55 1.8 lens and the 90mm Macro. The 24-70 is still my favorite. So here is the "but". I only gave 4 stars rather than 5 due the RAW lossy compression which at times causes artifacting and information loss. I would rather have a large true RAW file than a compressed one. I am hoping that Sony will offer this choice either through a firmware update or an override via a playmemory app. I am interested in the 42 mp a7RII, but I cannot see spending over 3 grand on something that has the lossy compression problems mentioned.
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