|Goodbye good friend =)|
|First shot with an adapted lens - a Soviet Union lens that I will review later on. Having in-body image stabilization for adapted lenses is extremely helpful.|
|Even in low light, I was able to acquire accurate and quick AF - taken with the FE 55mm f/1.8 lens.|
The placement of the shutter release feels very reminiscent of the Olympus OMD E-M1 and that's a good thing. While I found nothing wrong with the original location of the A7 shutter, I much prefer the A7II's forward placement. I just wish it had a hard click like the Fuji X-T1 as opposed to no discernible break. Just a minor nit pick. The grooves on the two dials are a nice touch as well, but could have been improved if the recessing weren't so deep. This is by no means a deal breaker nor does it have a significant impact on my ability to change settings on the fly. Overall, I welcome all of Sony's changes with open arms, including the additional customize-able function buttons even though I am not sure what to do with all of them just yet =).
The mount has definitely been changed from plastic to metal. Not once have I encountered a problem with plastic mounts and my only gripe with the A7 is the loose tolerance. In my initial impressions review of the FE 70-200mm f/4 G lens, I noted there was a noticeable wiggle. With the A7II this "problem" is completely resolved. In fact, I have noticed a much tighter fit with other third party adapters. Another +1 to Sony.
There isn't really much to say about the image quality. To my eyes, I see no real difference between the A7 and A7II. For my money, $300 is worth the price of having an in-body image stabilization system. In fact, I whole heartedly believe that this feature SHOULD be the competitive advantage of all mirrorless systems, period...Fuji, I hope you're listening. Reports from other reviewers indicate that Sony's Steady Shot isn't nearly as good as the OMD's 5-axis system and I believe it without having to do my own investigation. There is just a lot more sensor to stabilize.
|Handheld with a very slow shutter speed (1/25th). Taking a shot this clear would not have been possible with the original A7|
It is really too early to determine definitively if this camera is a winner, though I thought the A7 was from my "limited" use. On paper, this camera is everything I want in a full-frame mirrorless camera. I don't expect to sell, trade-up or replace this unit, but only time will tell.
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