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Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera

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  • 36.4MP Full Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • Gapless On-Chip Lens Design
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Direct Compatibility with E-mount Lenses
  • 3.0" Tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229K-Dots
  • 2.4M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full 1080/60p Video with Remote Capture
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Multi-Interface Shoe
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The Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera from Sony incorporates a full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor into an E-mount body thus providing the light gathering capability and detail-rich imaging of a full-frame sensor with a compact, lightweight and versatile mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system. Differing from the full-frame Sony Alpha a7, the Alpha a7R omits the low-pass filter from its 36.4MP sensor, thus optimizing its high resolution, detail-rich imaging capability. In addition, the sensor features a new gapless lens design to increase corner-to-corner light collecting efficiency.The standard ISO sensitivity range of 100-25600 provides rich saturation in bright light and clear, low-noise images in low-light situations.

The new BIONZ X image processor offers fast processing and operation speeds including fast, intelligent autofocus and 4 fps burst shooting. Front-end LSI (large-scale integration) improves the early stages of image processing resulting in more natural details and richer tones. 14-bit RAW output preserves the detail provided by the sensor.

The new autofocus system is optimized for the full-frame sensor including flexible spot focus areas in addition to multipoint, center-weighted, and zone focusing. Manual focus assist can be optimized for full-frame or APS-C-format shooting zones and new Eye AF Control provides highly precise eye-detection for shots that place the focus directly on the subject's eye, even when they are partially turned away.   

Full HD 1080 video capture with 24p/60i/60p frame rates is supported in both AVCHD and MP4 codecs. Uncompressed video can be recorded off-camera via an HDMI connection, and both built-in and external stereo recording is available. HDMI and wireless output allow for viewing of still images on ultra-HD 4K television. The 3.0" tilt-able LCD has a 1.23M-dot resolution and WhiteMagic technology for better visibility in bright light. A high-contrast 2.4M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder provides 100% coverage, a wide viewing angle and features the same 3-lens optical system used in the Sony a99 DSLR.

Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability enable easy wireless transfer of images as well as remote shutter control from smartphones and tablets. Remote Control via a USB connection enables still photo adjustment control and now includes video capture control. The Quick Navi Pro interface system makes can display all camera adjustments on the LCD for rapid setting changes when needed. 

The advanced Sony Multi-Interface shoe expands compatibility options for flash, microphone, and other accessories, and as an E-mount full-frame camera, the Alpha a7 is compatible with all present E-mount lenses as well as new E-mount full-frame Zeiss and Sony G-series lenses. Lens mount adapters with a tripod mount are also available to use A-mount lenses on E-mount cameras and an optional dedicated battery grip enables stable extended shooting and vertical orientation stability.

Full Frame Compact Mirrorless Digital Camera
The Sony Alpha a7R incorporates a full frame 35.9 x 24 mm sensor into the compact, lightweight form of the E-mount mirrorless cameras providing the imaging prowess of full frame and the convenience and versatility of mirrorless.
36.4MP Exmor CMOS Sensor with No Optical Low Pass Filter
The 36.4MP resolution and outstanding performance of the Alpha a7R are optimized by removing the optical low-pass filter. In combination with the new BIONZ X image processing engine this design increases resolution and enhances the reproduction of the finest details. In addition, the sensor includes a new gapless lens design that fills the space between neighboring pixels to significantly increase light collecting efficiency and realize high corner-to-corner image quality. Differing from the Sony Alpha a7, the Alpha a7R with its omitted low-pass filter, gapless lens design sensor and contrast-detection AF provides the utmost in high-resolution, finely detailed capture. With 36.4 effective megapixels, the Exmor CMOS sensor captures high-resolution, low-noise images with rich tonal gradation and low-light sensitivity. The normal ISO range on the Alpha a7R is 100-25600.
Gapless, On-chip Sensor Lenses
Sony optimized the design and positioning of the sensor's on-chip lens (OCL) covering every pixel to significantly enhance light-gathering efficiency. A gapless on-chip lens design eliminates the gaps between the micro-lenses to collect more light. Moreover, each on-chip lens is optimally positioned depending on its location to accommodate the sharper angle of light entering the periphery, which is caused by larger sensor dimensions being teamed with the E-mount's short flange-back distance.
BIONZ X Image Processor
The new BIONZ X image processing engine reproduces textures and details in real time via extra high-speed processing capabilities. Together with front-end LSI (large scale integration) that accelerates the earliest processing stages, it enables more natural details, more realistic images, richer tonal gradations, and lower noise whether you shoot still images or movies.
Fast Intelligent AF
The high-speed image processing engine and improved algorithms combine with optimized image sensor read-out speed to achieve high-speed AF despite the use of a full-frame sensor.
Compatibility with Sony's E-mount Lenses and New Full-Frame Lenses
Maintaining its lightweight form, the Alpha a7R is fully compatible with Sony's present APS-C E-mount lens system and the new line of E-mount compact full-frame lenses from Carl Zeiss and Sony's premier G-series.
3.0" Tilt LCD Monitor
The tiltable 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD Display offers a 1,229K-dot resolution and makes it easy to photograph from low or high angles, swinging up 84° and down 45°. WhiteMagic technology dramatically increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.
2.4M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
With its 3-lens optical system the viewfinder faithfully displays what will appear in your recording, including the effects of your camera settings. You'll enjoy rich tonal gradations and improved contrast. High-end features like 100% frame coverage and a wide viewing angle enable comfortable and stable eye-level composition.
Full HD Movie at 24p/60i/60p with Uncompressed HDMI Output
The Alpha a7R supports in-camera AVCHD codec frames rates in super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p. MP4 codec is also available for smaller files for easier upload to the web. Also, it is possible to capture Full 1080 HD uncompressed clean-screen video files to external recording devices via an HDMI connection in 60p and 60i frame-rates.
Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC
Connectivity with smartphones for One-touch sharing/One-touch remote has been simplified with Wi-Fi/NFC control. In addition to Wi-Fi support for connecting to smartphones, the Alpha a7R also supports NFC (Near Field Communication) providing convenient transfer of images to Android smartphones and tablets. Users need only touch devices to connect; no complex set-up is required. Moreover, when using Smart Remote Control - a feature that allows shutter release to be controlled by a smartphone - connection to the smartphone can be established by simply touching compatible devices.
Direct Access Interface
Quick Navi Pro displays all major shooting options on the LCD screen so you can rapidly confirm settings and make adjustments without searching through dedicated menus. When shooting opportunities arise, you'll be able to respond swiftly with just the right settings.
New Eye AF Control
Even when capturing a subject partially turned away from the camera with a shallow depth of field, the face will be sharply focused thanks to extremely accurate eye detection that can prioritize a single pupil. A green frame appears over the prioritized eye when focus has been achieved for easy confirmation. Eye AF can be used when the function is assigned to a customizable button, allowing users to instantly activate it depending on the scene.
14-Bit RAW Output
14-bit RAW image data of extremely high quality is outputted by the Alpha a7R. This data preserves the rich detail generated by the image sensor during the 14-bit A/D conversion process. When developed with Sony's Image Data Converter RAW development software, these images deliver particularly high quality photographic expression and rich gradation.
Wired Remote Control with Video Capture Control
Remote Camera Control allows you to control your Alpha a7R from your computer using a USB cable. It has been updated to include video capture control.
Multi-Interface Shoe
The Alpha a7R features the advanced Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Sony digital imaging accessories such as flash units, microphones, lights, and monitors thus increasing the potential of your photo and movie shooting.
Imaging
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Camera Format Full-Frame
Pixels Actual: 36.8 Megapixel
Effective: 36.4 Megapixel
Max Resolution 7360 x 4912
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 35.9 x 24 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AAC LC, AC3
Bit Depth 14-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Image Stabilization None
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
1440 x 1080: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 25
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Size 1/2"
Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,400,000
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.71x
Diopter Adjustment - 4 to +3 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting Live Preview LCD (1,229,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600 (Extended Mode: 50-)
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 - 1/8000 seconds
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Bulb, Manual, Movie, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Sweep Panorama
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 20.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Underwater
Burst Rate Up to 4 fps at 36.4 MP
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Fill-in
Hi-Speed Sync
Off
Rear Sync
Red-eye Reduction
Slow Sync
Wireless
Built-in Flash No
Dedicated Flash System TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 4.0 fps
Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec
Interval Recording No
Connectivity AV / USB Multi, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Software System Requirements Windows: Vista (SP2), 7, 8
Mac: OS X 10.6 or later
Power
Battery 1x NP-FW50  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1080mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-UB10 (Included)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.0 x 3.7 x 1.9" / 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2 mm
Weight 14.36 oz / 407 g main unit only
Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh)
  • AC-UB10 AC Adapter
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Micro USB Cable
  • PlayMemories Home App
  • Image Data Converter Version 4 Software
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyAlpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera
     
    4.5

    (based on 113 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (74)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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      (2)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great resolution (72)
    • Compact (64)
    • Large clear LCD (64)
    • Easy to use (62)
    • Good in low light (28)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (60)
    • Lag / shutter delay (12)
    • No image stabilization (7)
    • Complicated controls (5)
    • Poor in low light (5)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (71)
    • Low light (43)
    • Family photos (42)
    • Landscape/scenery (26)
    • Wildlife (26)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (42), Pro photographer (33), Semi-pro photographer (28)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (97), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Freedom from Bulk!

    I use a camera primarily for business. I am a REal estate broker and prefer to take my own pix, as opposed to hiring out the job to someone who will take all the...Read complete review

    I use a camera primarily for business. I am a REal estate broker and prefer to take my own pix, as opposed to hiring out the job to someone who will take all the shots within 15 minutes. Not all areas of the property look their best at the same time of the day.

    Anyway, I also enjoy taking shots while doing other things. The Sony 7R is such a marvelously tight little package. I am not lugging a much larger piece of equipment. I loved my A77... a truly great camera; but, the A7R with the 35MM lens feels about half the size. Its like taking an attache' instead of a brief case; however, in this case (pun intended) you can carry more!

    As digital cameras have improved, I have found that I need to tweek the photos less. This is certainly the case with the A7R. I can get away from needing flash far more often now; and, when I do use the flash (Minolta 5600HS), I can use a much lower power setting. The pictures look much more natural. The light sensitivity with the 7R is so much better. Typically, I take a few shots using fully automatic, then go to manual settings. Setting the iso at 640 or 800; and, shutter speed to 1/60 or 1/80 generally provides me with very smooth shots without noise. For interior shots of properties I use a Minolta 11-18MM lens with the LA-EA4 adapter... it works beautifully with the 7R.

    I heard a lot of comments about this camera being noisy. I love the sound it makes. It sounds like a real camera! Nothing obnoxious. For me, satisfying. The smooth mechanical sound of a precision instrument.

    I highly recommend the book by Brian Smith on the A7 & A7R, it will get you up to speed much faster. The tips on "settings" was very helpful regarding battery life. Yes, I bought two batteries and would still do so, but I can go just about as long with the 7R as I did with my A77.

    In conclusion, the full frame is fantasitic. The small package makes the camera easy to take along without being in the way. People don't take the camera seriously because of its small size... fine by me. I would rather not have the attention. I am very, very pleased with my purchase. Oh, I almost forgot, the photos are simply gorgeous!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Sony 7R is not weather protected.

    I used this camera for a year. It has never being exposed to any direct rein, but has been used in foggy areas. The camera had massive rust and malfunction. Sony void their...Read complete review

    I used this camera for a year. It has never being exposed to any direct rein, but has been used in foggy areas. The camera had massive rust and malfunction. Sony void their warranty and charge me a fortune for replacement camera. It is a good camera, but do not take it outside - problems.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Superb IQ, but...

    By X3MAN

    from Toronto, Canada

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    I have used Canon, Panasonic and Sigma cameras in the past years, and this Sony gives the best Image Quality of the four. Colour accuracy, sharpness, resolution are just staggering.

    And yet, this incredible IQ comes in a body so easy to carry around that it makes the Sony A7r almost the perfect camera.

    I say almost, because there is a real drawback to the camera, as many have pointed out: the battery life. One battery empties so fast (especially in the cold weather of the Canadian winter) that a battery grip becomes almost a requirement. And then you will need to bring at least 4 batteries if you want to spend several hours outside. But there comes another drawback: the recharge time. It just takes forever to recharge one battery, imagine 4!! To cut down the recharge time, you will then want a second battery charger, while none is supplied with the camera... This is a real pain that almost expel the camera from the professional category.

    Sony needs to improve this if they want to work their way up to the first place.

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    4.0

    The small remarkable

    By Ronaldo Nina

    from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Poor Image Stabilization
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Street photography
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    Several photographers friends are moving to smaller cameras. I waited the full-frame sensors. I am using a Zeiss 55 MM lens dedicated to camera. I'm really enjoying the resolution of the images. In manual focus system I like the digital approach mode. Makes focusing in particular.

    I do not like big delay that the camera has and strong shooting sound. Expected it to be quieter.

    Do not be resistant to water is also a disappointment. Other smaller models have this capability. It is also necessary to walk with several batteries. What good are small.

    The positive aspect of the camera is the size. On the street you is not evaluated as a professional photographer. Facilitates in spontaneous portraits in street photography. Having an excellent image quality.

    I want to buy the 7S as do videos too. The 7R tmbém make good videos but the market begins to demand for professional 4K videos.

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    3.0

    Sony 7R is not weather protected.

    By andreyg

    from boston

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

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          Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          I used this camera for a year. It has never being exposed to any direct rein, but has been used in foggy areas. The camera had massive rust and malfunction. Sony void their warranty and charge me a fortune for replacement camera. It is a good camera, but do not take it outside - problems.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Resolution Galore!

          By alvance

          from Southern California

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Quality
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • Medium Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          First let me qualify that this review is based on the Sony a7r body mounted with a Metabones lens adapter for my collection of Canon EF professional lenses. I do not own a dedicated Sony lens for this a7r body. I'm sure that the automatic focusing will work quite well with Sony's dedicated lenses. However with the Metabones adapter automatic focusing is very slow. This is, I'm sure, the fault of the adapter and not the camera.

          My main use for this camera is Landscape Photography. For that reason the slow auto focusing does not bother me much. I use T/S lenses a lot and those lenses have to be focused manually anyway. The bright electronic view finder is the brighest view finder I have ever seen and makes manual focusing fairly easy. Of course without good automatic focusing this combination of the Sony a7r and the Metabones adapter is not well suited for action shots. I'm sure that auto focus would be much better with native lenses.

          The greatest advantage for owning the Sony a7r is its fantastic resolution. There is resolution galore. There is enough resolution for cropping or creating large prints at native resolution. You can print a 20x30 inch image with absolutely no interpolation for the sharpest of images from any camera I have owned. I have not owned any of the other 36 megapixel cameras but it provides resolution way above the 18 and 20 megapixel cameras I have owned.

          As for an action camera if falls way short of my 1Dx, but I did not buy it to replace my 1Dx. I use this camera for mostly landscape and macro photography. It provides outstanding resolution for macro photography.

          If you do not require fast and accurate auto focus and a fast frame rate this camera is hard to beat in image quality. I have posted a couple images for your viewing. These images were taken at ISO 100.

          The vertical hand grip adds a handling quality that I think adds a lot of ergonomic feel when using the camera for several hours. It gives a more sercure feeling of having a good grip on the camera as well as giving the added features of a verical grip; a second shutter release and added function buttons.

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          5.0

          Fantastic Camera !

          By Dave

          from Ct

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

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                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                The resolution is awesome and much better than any of my past high end DSLRs. Probably my last camera I'm buying!

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                5.0

                Very exciting development in DSLR's

                By Shu

                from New York, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Light Weight For Fx
                • Very Accurate Image Displ
                • Very high resolution

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                The problem I needed to solve was my need for a second body to take along on wildlife related excursions. My D3 and related gear -- glass, heads, tripod, monopod -- now weigh over 25 kgs. I needed a small light second body which I could use for landscapes and occasional portraits. There is no substitute for the Nikon when using a big lens for wildlife -- both for focusing speed and high fps bursts.This a7r is a really wonderful camera. i will give you a few reasons why, which are a bit different from the commentary of more technical pro photographers. First, the 36 MP FX sensor is truly astonishing -- great dynamic range and detail even under very low light conditions. Second, with a (Metabones) adapter it takes all my Nikkorr lenses so all I have is the incremental weight of under 1 kg for the body (plus vertical grip and lens adapter). I put on my old 50 mm 1.4 lens and it is a delight to use -- feels like my old FM2 in hand -- light and all manual. Third, the truly amazing feature is that you can actually see the image you will shoot as you fine-tune exposure, ISO and white balance, all of which are easy to manipulate with excellent ergonomics (except the oddly positioned MENU button). No guesswork, especially in low light. Fourth, the NFC feature is awesome and works seamlessly with my Android phones. You can share images instantly if you so choose.Any mildly serious photographer will need the extra battery that goes in the vertical grip -- this is an under-powered camera. But this actually improves the ergonomics significantly. I found the body on its own a trifle small in hand.

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                5.0

                Great in many ways

                By Robert Scott

                from Bermuda

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                  Ergonomically excellent- get used to the double click as you press release! thought I was taking doubles at first.While the red on/off video button is in a safer position than the NEX7, it is a little hard to feel for if keeping your eye in the viewfinder for steadiness.Also the ability to switch to replay of videos from stills replay, could be alot simpler.Handy compensation dial on top .Excellent images with accurate colors and clarity.Get an adapter and use all your full frame Nikkor lenses on this little beauty!

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                  1.0

                  DON'T BUY SONY CAMERAS OR LENSES

                  By Jim

                  from Toledo Ohio

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                        Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                        I bought the Sony 7R 4 months ago and it has been at Sony repairs for 2 months. Sony repair is atrocious - could not be worse. You will never receive an e mail about their receiving your camera or the repair status. And, after numerous phone calls you will still not know when your camera will be returned and you will be reduced to mumbling incoherently to yourself.

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                        4.0

                        High quality, modest size body

                        By Light Box

                        from NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                            I am just conquering the range of options on this camera. My only disappointment so far is that it is less ergonomic than other cameras I have used. And it makes a relatively loud noise when you press the button to take the picture.

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                            4.0

                            Flawed, but the Best Sony Yet

                            By BenEllard

                            from Island Heights NJ

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Image Quality

                            Cons

                            • Short Battery Life

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                            I fell in love with the a7R right out of the box -- well almost. The first thing I discovered was that even with the a-mount to e-mount adapter, auto focus didn't work with my trusty 24-70 f2.8 lens. On the other hand, I quickly discovered that manual focus is easy, and the magnification is a terrific aid. No more peaking, though that's still an option. Ordered the e-mount 24-70 f4 and found that auto focus works fine with a native lens. But it's slow, at least compared to my previous Sonys, the a99 and before that the excellent a580. If you're thinking of an a7R, make sure to get at least one extra battery and an external charger. Otherwise you have to charge the battery in the camera. Not good. Also, be sure your computer is ready for this camera. You'll need lots of disk space and RAM on your computer because the files are enormous, even shooting JPEG. However -- and here's the bottom line -- the 36 mp pictures are fantastic.

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                            5.0

                            Compact and SUPER capable

                            By Egill Bjarki

                            from Hong Kong

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Good Image Quality

                            Cons

                            • Short Battery Life

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                              This little thing along with the FE 55mm is just about the most powerful combination you can get, let alone for that price! I never travel with a DSLR anymore, my professional travel kit consists of A7R and A7S along with native glass.The camera is rivalled by Nikon D810's robustness and focus speed. The two cameras are widely believed to have the same sensor. The A7R does for some reason have a little less dynamic range than D810, even though it blows just about everything else out of the water.In the past, I always carried two DSLR's to assignments (for backup). Now, the A7R is a equal member of my kit, even preferred over the DSLR because of it's unique compactness and power.

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                              5.0

                              Great built in HDR

                              By akiley

                              from Michigan

                              Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                              I have both Canon and Nikon systems. I bought a Sony NEX-6 after being frustrated with point and shoot cameras. I loved it so much I upgraded to the A7r for pro work. I have architecture clients where I often have to work in harsh lighting. The built in HDR and DR are really exellent for being able to get a ballpark HDR style image created in camera where a lot of different shots are required. I've gotten some stunning images right out of the camera with minimal post processing. I think the HDR is much better than the Canon 5D mark III can produce. I feel like this camera is more like a computer on the back of a lens. Because you are looking at a near finished results through the viewfinder, Because of this, I tend to fine tune color balance, contrast, saturation and HDR/DR on the fly.It's not a sports or action camera with Canon and Nikon lenses but everything else makes my not want to use my other camera bodies.

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                              5.0

                              Freedom from Bulk!

                              By Chuck Harmon

                              from San Jose

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • High ISO Performance
                              • Large Clear LCD

                              Cons

                              • Nothing Significant Yet

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                              I use a camera primarily for business. I am a REal estate broker and prefer to take my own pix, as opposed to hiring out the job to someone who will take all the shots within 15 minutes. Not all areas of the property look their best at the same time of the day.

                              Anyway, I also enjoy taking shots while doing other things. The Sony 7R is such a marvelously tight little package. I am not lugging a much larger piece of equipment. I loved my A77... a truly great camera; but, the A7R with the 35MM lens feels about half the size. Its like taking an attache' instead of a brief case; however, in this case (pun intended) you can carry more!

                              As digital cameras have improved, I have found that I need to tweek the photos less. This is certainly the case with the A7R. I can get away from needing flash far more often now; and, when I do use the flash (Minolta 5600HS), I can use a much lower power setting. The pictures look much more natural. The light sensitivity with the 7R is so much better. Typically, I take a few shots using fully automatic, then go to manual settings. Setting the iso at 640 or 800; and, shutter speed to 1/60 or 1/80 generally provides me with very smooth shots without noise. For interior shots of properties I use a Minolta 11-18MM lens with the LA-EA4 adapter... it works beautifully with the 7R.

                              I heard a lot of comments about this camera being noisy. I love the sound it makes. It sounds like a real camera! Nothing obnoxious. For me, satisfying. The smooth mechanical sound of a precision instrument.

                              I highly recommend the book by Brian Smith on the A7 & A7R, it will get you up to speed much faster. The tips on "settings" was very helpful regarding battery life. Yes, I bought two batteries and would still do so, but I can go just about as long with the 7R as I did with my A77.

                              In conclusion, the full frame is fantasitic. The small package makes the camera easy to take along without being in the way. People don't take the camera seriously because of its small size... fine by me. I would rather not have the attention. I am very, very pleased with my purchase. Oh, I almost forgot, the photos are simply gorgeous!

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                              5.0

                              So happy with the switch

                              By Jedi5150

                              from Central CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • High ISO Performance
                              • Large Clear LCD

                              Cons

                              • Short Battery Life

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                              I'm not a professional photographer, merely an enthusiast with good taste. Until now I've always owned Canon cameras, and have nothing but good things to say about them. I was hesitant to make the switch away from Canon, but now that I have, I couldn't be happier. I sold my 5DmkII and two lenses to switch over to the A7r and 55mm prime. This camera/ lens combo is outstanding. If you're a pixel-peeping fool like I am, you will not be disappointed.

                              The body feels solid and well-built, but light and compact at the same time. I don't take a lot of moving subjects, if I did, this would not have been my choice. The slight delay in shutter activation takes a little getting used to if you're coming from a camera more designed for action photography. But what this camera excels at is the slower paced, better prepared type of shots, such as landscape, which is why I bought it.

                              I give it a solid 5/5 stars. If you come along and mark it down because it isn't a great action shot camera, then you really shouldn't have bought it in the first place.

                              I used it at my buddy's wedding a couple days ago and am very happy with the results. It is unobtrusive in size, and even without fill lighting, took excellent shots in a shady environment. The dynamic range on this camera is incredible.

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                              5.0

                              Great Overall Package

                              By Lance

                              from Sacramento, CA / Chatham, NJ

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • High ISO Performance
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                              Cons

                              • Short Battery Life
                              • Slow auto-focus

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                                I have been using this camera for a while now as my travel camera when I don't feel like carrying a lot of gear. It is a great overall package. It allows an amount of flexibility that no other camera allows on the market currently.

                                The battery life kind of sucks, so get a couple spares, and the Auto-Focus is not the fastest so it is not a great action camera. But the few negatives do not do enough to even take one star off. This is great camera!

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                                5.0

                                Great overall package!

                                By Lance Konkel

                                from Sacramento, CA / Chatham, NJ

                                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                                I have been using this camera as my personal travel camera when I don't feel like carrying a lot of gear. It performs great! I am really impressed by the overall package of this camera and the options it provides. Use a nice lens and the results will be SHARP! There are some drawbacks though, the AF is not the fastest, so it's not a great action camera, and not a huge deal, but to me the shutter is LOUD and feels sort of clunky. A few nit-picky things is nothing to deter from this camera though. I love it, and you probably will too!

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                                5.0

                                Great Mirrorless Camera

                                By Cubby

                                from Madison, WI

                                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                                Exactly what I was looking for in a camera. It let's me get some use out of some old Minolta lenses with a simple adapter. It has tons of cool features, like HDR mode, wireless, smart phone remote control, etc. Over all very happy with this purchase.

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                                4.0

                                Love losing the weight!

                                By Pattybfeliz

                                from Vernon Hills, IL

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Large Clear LCD

                                Cons

                                • Short Battery Life

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                                Great camera, super sharp photos. Only downside for me is the battery. It is a pain…almost a design flaw. Runs down twice as fast as my Canon 6D battery.

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                                5.0

                                Absolutely amazing

                                By odum

                                from Charleston, SC

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                • Fast Shutter Speed
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Large Clear LCD

                                Cons

                                • Noisy At High ISO
                                • Poor In Low Light
                                • Short Battery Life

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife photos

                                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                                this camera has so much detail its unreal, but....low light with faster shutter isnt so well....this camera wasnt ment for action by any means but as far as wildlife and macro and portraits, and landscapes. well it absolutely increadible. when i want detail of buildings, bugs, birds, i choose this beast. but when it gets dark....the A7S comes out.

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                                5.0

                                Ultimate MIrrorless And/Or DSLR Camera

                                By Boris Kretonic

                                from Wilmington, NC

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Ultimate Image Quality

                                Cons

                                • No Battery Charger

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Portrait
                                • Travel
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife photos

                                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                                As a pro photographer and journalist I have been lucky to had access to bascally all digital cameras that came to the market in the last 5+ years, and Sony a7r is one of the most impressive products.

                                In short: Sony a7R is currently ultimate mirrorless camera regarding picture quality.

                                Combine it with Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens and photos will be as good as anyone it gets from 35mm size sensor today.

                                Resolution, clarity, color rendering, contrast..... you name it and a7r has it.

                                But, be aware: nothing is perfect.

                                People reported problems with short battery life. All mirrorless cameras share that problem. But, when I was careful (switching a7r off when I was not using it), I manage to take up to 700 photos on one charge. Btw, I bought 4 batteries as they are not that expensive and I didn't want to run out of the juice.

                                My bigger concern was that Sony a7r doesn't come with external battery charger?! That is ridiculous for any camera in this price range and with top specs. I bought two Watson Compact Chargers for Sony NP-FW50, and I would recommend the same for everyone buying this camera.

                                AF is slower comparing to top of the line mirror less cameras like Panasonic GH-4, Olympus OMD E-M1, etc. But, it is usable in almost all circumstances with exception of action photography and in low light situations when it "hunts" a lot. It is up to the photographer to find solutions/compromises when AF fails (no biggy in my book).

                                Shutter is loud and shakes the camera. So, photographer needs to be aware of that and adjust its shooting style.

                                If you are looking for ultimate picture quality or if like 35mm FF look and you can't afford to have Sherpas following you around all the time, Sony a7R may be a perfect fit for you.

                                In the end, please remember that this is just my experience. I had a chance to test Sony a7r before I bough it. You should try this camera as well. It is worth of the effort.

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                                Sony - Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens
                                • You Pay: $998.00
                                 

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                                Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

                                Sony - NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh)
                                • You Pay: $49.95
                                 
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                                Sony - Genuine Leather Jacket Case for a7 or a7R Digital Camera (Black)
                                • You Pay: $89.95
                                 

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                                Get a flash to add light to your picture.

                                Sony - HVL-F32M External Flash
                                • Price: $298.00
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                                • You Pay: $248.00
                                 

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                                Sony - Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black)
                                • You Pay: $298.00
                                 

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                                Sony - RM-VPR1 Remote Control with Multi-terminal Cable for Select Sony Cameras and Camcorders
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