… without risking your relationship, or spending a day with the Sony A7 in Praque.
Hi this is Alex again, with a little tech inspired story about our trip to Praque last weekend. Instead of my main travel cam, my Sony a6000 (read my review) i took my newly acquired Sony A7, with the VG-C1EM battery grip and the new Sony FE 70-200/4. Since i had some space left in my Ona bag i threw in the Sigma Art 1.4/35mm. Not exactly a light carry around all day solution but hey, it was for science‘ sake. In the end it all to take pictures of Marie so i decided to make a little How-To alongside the technical stuff. Enjoy!
Hell yeah, finally full frame again, i made the transition to mirrorless with buying the A7 on amazon before christmas (damn you discounts) and sold my D600. The plans is to use the A7 for professional shoots where i don’t need more resolution or speed. That would be the situation where the a6000 would kick in with its incredible focusing speed and frame rate. The first opportunity to use the new set-up was on our weekend trip to praque this weekend with some friends. As it turns out it was more an all day portraitshoot with marie then anything else, but what the heck the pictures turned out pretty great.
The A7 itself feels pretty great, I even like the shutter position a thing often complained about in other reviews. The grip adds a little more heft to the camera and also has all the buttons in the right place. Just the grip itself feels a little awkward. It took quite some time to get used to it I must admit. But in general it lets you carry around the camera with more confidence especially with bigger lenses like the 70-200 and the 35 with the adapter. In addition it doubles your cameras battery life without making you change them when one is empty. And boy do you need that, on our 5 hour walk i burned through 1,5 batteries, so battery life is definitely something that needs to be improved with mirrorless cameras.
I processed the files from the trip with the new Capture One version and really like the handling and what i was able to pull from the files. Dynamic range is impressive. It is said that the nikon uses the same sensor in the D600 and i would say that looks about right. What i also absolutely love about the A7 is how it renders skintone. The files nearly need no adjustments apart from shadow boost or highlight recovery or a black & white adjustments. I did not make any side by side comparisons with my D600 but i remember it was never able to deliver these colors!
Well, how i love that camera. It is small, affordable and i absolutely love the EVF. The files giving me exactly what i need for my style of shooting and the color, resolution and sharpness coming from the sensor making an amazing overall package.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading even though it wasn’t exactly a full review.
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