Sony Alpha a7 II Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)

Sony Alpha a7 II Mirrorless Digital Camera with Accessory Kit

Sony Alpha a7 II Mirrorless Digital Camera with Accessory Kit

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  • Shoulder Bag
  • 32GB SDHC Memory Card

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  • 1Description

Make sure you have all the essentials when you pick up the Sony Alpha a7 II Mirrorless Digital Camera by getting it with an Accessory Kit from B&H. This kit bundles the camera body with a shoulder bag and a 32GB SDHC memory card.

  • Sony Alpha a7 II Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Sony has taken their line of full-frame cameras to the next level with the Alpha a7 II Mirrorless Digital Camera, which features 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization with 4.5 stops of compensation for pitch, yaw, horizontal shift, vertical shift, and roll. Operation of the 24.3-megapixel series has been streamlined with a redesigned grip, shutter release button, and customizable controls. The a7 II also features a moisture- and dust-resistant design with a magnesium alloy body and a more robust lens mount. And, with refined algorithms and better utilization of the BIONZ X image processor, the a7 II has an enhanced Fast Hybrid AF system that is about 30% faster than the previous model along with a 5 fps burst rate with continuous autofocus as well as a 40% faster start time.

    The 24.3-megapixel sensor enables high resolution images and low light effectiveness with its standard ISO sensitivity range of 100-25600. The BIONZ X image processor offers fast processing and operation speeds and front-end LSI (large-scale integration) improves the early stages of image processing resulting in more natural details and richer tones. And, 16-bit image processing and 14-bit RAW output preserves the detail provided by the sensor.

    In addition to highly detailed stills with smooth gradations, the a7 II now has access to the high-bit-rate XAVC S format with 60p, 30p, and 24p recording options, all at 50 Mbps. The look of movies can also be adjusted with picture profiles, including the addition of the S-Log2 gamma setting with a dynamic range approximately 1,300% of the standard sRGB spectrum. Timecode and user bit settings are available as well as clean HDMI output for a variety of recording options.

    The advanced Sony Multi-Interface Shoe expands compatibility options for flash, microphone, and other accessories and, as an E-mount full-frame camera, the a7 II is compatible with all present APS-C E-mount lenses in APS-C crop mode 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.

    Rounding out the a7 II's imaging capabilities, both a 3.0" 1,228.8k-dot tilting LCD monitor and 2.36 million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder are available for image monitoring and review. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, with support for NFC, is available, too, for instant sharing of imagery from the camera as well as remote camera control from a linked mobile device.

    24.3MP Exmor CMOS Image Sensor and BIONZ X Image Processor
    Incorporated into the a7 II's redesigned body are a 24.3-megapixel Exmor CMOS image sensor and BIONZ X image processor, which work together to enable a wide dynamic range with minimal noise and rich, subtle gradations. The camera features an ISO range of 100-51,200 which can be expanded down to ISO 50. Also, this combination allows the a7 II to reproduce details with excellent clarity.

    Benefitting image quality is the use of detail reproduction technology and diffraction-reducing technology which suppresses the effects of diffraction to reproduce fine details at small aperture settings. Add to this area-specific noise reduction to selectively apply different noise reduction to each area for clear imagery. Also, the sensor features 16-bit image processing with a 14-bit RAW output to preserve detail and ensure optimal quality for later adjustment.

    Further improved in this generation is metering performance, which is now possible down to a rated -1 EV. Also, the a7 II will start up approximately 40% faster than the previous generation for almost instant on.
    5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization
    Packed into the svelte a7 II is a remarkable 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system. This compensates for five types of camera shake encountered during handheld shooting of still images and video. This allows users to confidently use any lens, even adapted lenses, for critical imaging without encountering blur from camera shake. This system will compensate for approximately 4.5 stops of shutter speed for working with a huge variety of subjects.

    For long focal lengths, the system will correct for pitch and yaw adjustments. Macro and high magnification imagery on the other hand will benefit from the inclusion of horizontal and vertical shift compensation. And, all shooting styles will get usage out of the roll compensation. All 5 axes of stabilization will function at all times, even when used with third-party lenses and adapters or lenses with built-in optical stabilization.

    When using lenses that do not transmit imaging data to the camera, manual settings can be used to input the correct focal length and ensure proper stabilization. Also, the viewfinder can be used to preview the amount of compensation by pressing the shutter release button halfway or magnifying the image.
    Enhanced Fast Hybrid AF
    Utilizing 117 phase-detection and 25 contrast-detection autofocus points with a wide area of coverage, the a7 II can smoothly and quickly track fast-moving subjects throughout the frame. It optimizes for both speed and accuracy with an enhanced algorithm that improves performance by about 30% when compared to previous generations. This just developed algorithm will also more accurately predict subject movement for tracking that is 1.5x more accurate. Additionally, it can capture images at a rate of 5 fps while using continuous autofocus and automatic exposure. This can be captured in a burst of up to 77 frames when shooting in JPEG Fine L format and a continuous AF Display allows users to view the active AF points.

    Another feature available with this AF system is a Lock-on AF tracking that will analyze more information from the scene to provide dramatically improved accuracy and stability. Eye AF is also available which will prioritize a subject's pupil for excellent portraits even with a shallow depth of field.
    Full HD Video Recording and XAVC S Format
    Shoot full HD 1920 x 1080 video at frame rates of 60p, 30p, and 24p with the high-bit-rate 50Mbps XAVC S format. This results in excellent image quality with minimal noise and artifacts without requiring a large amount of disk space. Additionally, the system using linear PCM sound for high quality audio.

    When recording internally, users will record video with a 4:2:0 sampling at 8-bit, however, to even further improve image quality the a7 II has clean HDMI output for use with an external recorder. This allows users to capture 4:2:2 uncompressed video and save in an edit-ready format.
    Timecode and User Bit Settings
    The a7 II has multiple timecode recording options to meet different workflows. It has the standard 'Record Run" mode that only advances the timecode when recording, as well as "Free Run" timecode that advances the timecode even when not recording, which can be great for syncing multiple cameras at live events. It can also record timecode in both drop frame and non-drop frame modes. When recording internally the a7 II is also able to output timecode via HDMI.
    Customizable Color Profiles and S-Log2 Gamma
    To make sure the a7 II is able to use its extensive dynamic range while recording video it incorporates extensive customizable color and gamma controls. Users can adjust the gamma, black level, knee, color level, and more. Also users can use the same S-Log2 Gamma Curve that is found on high end Sony Cinema cameras that squeezes up to 1300% more dynamic range into the video signal then traditional REC709, for increased post-production flexibility.
    3.0" 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
    With a higher 1,228.8k-dot resolution, the LCD screen will provide shooters with an excellent screen for composing images, adjusting settings, and reviewing video and photos. It also tilts upward 107° and downward 41° for working with multiple shooting angles. Use in sunlight is improved with the implementation of WhiteMagic technology which doubles the brightness of the display through a RGBW pixel structure.
    0.5" 2.36M-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder 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.
    Redesigned Grip, Shutter Release Button, and Controls
    With a larger, more refined shape to the grip, users will find the a7 II to have a more secure feel and grasp even when large lenses are mounted. Also, the shutter release button has been reshaped and moved forward for a more natural shooting position and a decrease in camera shake. The controls also have been refined with new position for easier handling and improved operation. Button customization is available with the ability to assign any of 56 functions to any of the 10 customizable buttons for a more personalized setup.
    Magnesium Alloy Construction and Robust Lens Mount
    The compact form is well-built with a magnesium alloy top cover, front cover, and internal structure. The lens mount has been redesigned with a greater strength and rigidity for extra security when using larger or longer lenses. The body itself also features greater sealing for dust and moisture resistance, providing more protection when shooting out in the elements. Additionally, the optical filter on the sensor has an anti-static coating and there is an anti-dust mechanism to prevent dust from adhering to the sensor.
    Audio Input & Headphone Jack
    The a7 II features a 3.5mm microphone input jack for compatibility with external microphones. And for users needing more the a7 II is also compatible with the Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adapter for recording professional balanced XLR audio signals with phantom power and adjustable mic/line inputs. For monitoring audio the a7 II features a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as real time audio levels for a visual reference.
    Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
    Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables the a7 II to instantly share imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing online to social networking, via email, and to cloud storage sites. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported, which allows for one-touch connection between the camera and compatible mobile devices; no complex set-up is required. Once connected, the linked mobile device can also display a live view image on its screen and remotely control the camera's shutter.

    Additionally, PlayMemories Camera Apps are also supported via the built-in Wi-Fi connection, and allow you to personalize the camera's features depending on specific shooting styles. Apps are available to suit creating portraits, detailed close-ups, sports, time lapse, motion shot, and other specific types of imagery.
    Other Camera Features
    • Picture Effect modes: Posterization (Color, B&W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-Key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-Tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.
    • Creative Style settings: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, and Sepia (all with +/- 3 step contrast, saturation, and sharpness adjustment).
    • Color space: sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS Color.
    • Picture Profile parameters: Black Level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine 1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Color Level, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, and Reset.
    • Scene Selection modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, and Anti Motion Blur.
    • Face Detection is available to base exposure and focus on up to eight recognized faces. Furthermore, Eye AF can be used for even greater precision by maintaining critical focus on a subject's eye.
    • 2x Clear Image Zoom can be used to effectively double the magnification afforded by any lens in use with minimal image degradation. For even greater magnification, 1.5x and 2x Smart zoom is available, as well as 4x digital zoom.
    • Pre-flash TTL control with flash bracketing available and a variety of flash modes, including: Flash off, auto, fill-flash, rear sync, slow sync, red-eye reduction, hi-speed sync, and wireless control
    UPC: 027242888722
  • SanDisk 32GB Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I Memory Card

    Designed for SD devices that can capture Full HD, 3D, and 4K video, as well as RAW and burst photography, the 32GB Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I Memory Card from SanDisk has a capacity of 32GB, is compatible with the UHS-I bus, and features a speed class rating of V30, which guarantees minimum write speeds of 30 MB/s. If your device does not support the V30 standard, this card also supports the U3 standard, which also guarantees minimum write speeds of 30 MB/s. Read speeds are supported up to 95 MB/s and write speeds max out at 90 MB/s.

    Built for extreme conditions, SanDisk's 32GB Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I Memory Card is water, shock, x-ray, and temperature proof to help protect your data. A built-in write protect switch further helps to safeguard your content, while advanced Error Correction Code engine offers improved data integrity and card reliability during read and write operations. This memory card includes downloadable RescuePRO data recovery software, which is good for one year of use and helps you restore accidentally deleted images. The card is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

    General Features

    Up to 90 MB/s Write Speed for Burst-Mode Performance
    With write speeds up to 90 MB/s (600x) and read speeds up to 95 MB/s (633x), this card exploits your DSLR's potential for continuous burst-mode shooting. Engineered with Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) bus architecture, it is designed to meet and exceed rigorous performance standards.
    32GB for Uninterrupted Video Capture at UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)
    This UHS-I card has a capacity of 32GB and delivers write speeds of up to 90 MB/s UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) recording speed for high resolution, real-world color and stutter-free 4K Ultra HD video from your DSLR, advanced digital, or HD video camera. Additionally, this card's capacity means you can shoot for longer periods of time.
    4K Ultra HD Ready
    4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) provides exceptional clarity, but capturing it without interruption requires greater speed and storage than previous generations of imaging cards provide. This 32GB Extreme PRO card delivers both speed and capacity, so the video you shoot today is ready for 4K Ultra HD televisions and monitors.
    Up to 95 MB/s Read Speed Helps Streamline Post-Production
    Fast data transfer speeds takes the wait out of most everything you do with your videos after you shoot them. Upload large media files from card to computer very quickly.
    Error Correction for Enhanced Reliability
    The card's built-in Advanced Wear Leveling and Error Correction Code engine enhances endurance and reliability.
    Extreme Durability Helps Meet Climate Challenges
    SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I cards are shockproof, X-ray proof, and waterproof, and ready to handle whatever life throws at them. You can capture memories in almost any climate, as the card operates in temperatures ranging from -13 to 185°F.
    UPC: 619659147655
  • Ruggard Hunter 35 DSLR Holster Bag

    The Hunter 35 DSLR Holster Bag from Ruggard is slightly larger than the Hunter 25 and holds a DSLR (up to semi-pro size) with lens attached, face down, in shooting position. When you're ready to shoot, simply remove your camera, get the shot and replace your camera in the bag. The zippered top of the bag opens away from your body for fast access to your gear. This also serves as a security feature since no one but you will be able to see inside the bag.

    The bag has a water-repellent exterior and smooth polyester lining that helps prevent scratches to the finish of your camera/lens combo. Inside, there are two removable touch fastened strips that can be configured to support your gear.

    For storage, there is a front zippered organizer panel, mesh side pocket and two side loops that accept optional pouches. On the inside of the quick-release flap, there are two touch fastened memory card pockets. The bag is carried by its removable shoulder strap, top carry handle or belt loop that will leave you hands free. The zippers have yellow pull tabs that make the bag easy to use while you're wearing gloves.

    Carry-on Form Factor
    FAA and airline carry-on specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check with your airline before designating this case as a carry-on item. Most airlines require carry-on items to have an external linear measurement that is equal to or less than 45.0" (114.3 cm). The external dimensions of this case add up to 20.9" (53.1 cm)
    UPC: 847628559004
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Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Sony Alpha a7 II Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
    Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
    Camera Format Full-Frame
    Pixels Actual: 24.7 Megapixel
    Effective: 24.3 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 24 MP: 6000 x 4000
    Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 35.8 x 23.9 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MPEG-4, XAVC S
    Audio: AAC LC, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)
    Bit Depth 14-Bit
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type SDXC
    Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed)
    Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
    Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes
    Video Format 1920 x 1080p at 24, 30, 60 fps (50 Mb/s XAVC S)
    1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080p at 24 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080p at 24 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1440 x 1080 at 30 fps (12 Mb/s MP4)
    640 x 480 at 30 fps (3 Mb/s MP4)
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 117
    Contrast Detection: 25
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Size 0.5"
    Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,359,296
    Viewfinder Eye Point 27.00 mm
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.71x
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3 m
    Display Screen 3"  Tilting LCD (1,228,800)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity 100-25600 (Extended Mode: 50-25600)
    Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 1/8000 - 30 Second , Bulb Mode
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Sweep Panorama
    Metering Range: EV -1.0 - 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, Shade, Underwater
    Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 5 fps at 24 MP for up to 50 Frames
    Flash Modes Auto
    Hi-Speed Sync
    Rear Sync
    Red-Eye Reduction
    Slow Sync
    Built-in Flash No
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 Second
    Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
    Dedicated Flash System P-TTL
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Self Timer 10 Seconds, 2 Seconds
    Number of Shots: 1 - 5
    Interval Recording No
    Internal Memory None
    Connectivity 1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB, Multi Interface Terminal
    Wi-Fi Capable Yes
    Battery 1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack1020 mAh
    AC Power Adapter AC-PW20 (Optional)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4" / 126.9 x 95.7 x 59.7 mm
    Weight 1.223 lb / 556 g
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.268 x 6.221 x 5.433"
  • SanDisk 32GB Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I Memory Card
    Card Type SDHC
    Storage Capacity 32 GB
    Bus Type UHS-I
    Speed Class 10
    UHS Speed Class U3
    Speed (X-rating) 633x
    Bus Interface Speed UHS Class I
    Data Transfer Read Speed 95 MB/s Maximum
    Write Speed 90 MB/s Maximum
    Write Speed 30 MB/s Minimum
    Durability Shockproof, Temperature Extremes, Waterproof, X-Ray Proof
    Operating Temperature -13 to 185°F/ -25 to 85°C
    Storage Temperature -40 to 185°F/ -40 to 85°C
    Error Correction Yes
    Built-in Write-Protect Switch Yes
    Wireless Capability None
    File System Not Specified by Manufacturer
    RoHS Compliant Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.8 x 4.0 x 0.6"
  • Ruggard Hunter 35 DSLR Holster Bag
    Material Exterior: 600D Oxford nylon
    Lining: 150D polyester
    D-rings: Plastic
    Type of Closure Zippers with yellow pull tabs
    Quick-release buckle
    Exterior Dimensions 7.3 x 5.3 x 8.25" (18.5 x 13.5 x 21.0 cm)
    Interior Dimensions 6.5 x 4.5 x 7.0" (16.5 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm)
    Carrying/Transport Options Adjustable, removable shoulder strap
    Top carry handle
    Belt loop
    Weight 10.3 oz (292.0 g)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 7.0 x 5.5"

Sony a7 II reviews

Alpha a7 II Mirrorless Digital Camera with Accessory Kit is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I expected it to be Bought this camera to back up my Sony a7r, a fine camera for the tripod work I usually do. But the a7r is less than great off the tripod. Without image stabilization, you have to shoot live subjects at relatively high speeds while autofocus is relatively slow. The a7II fills both of those gaps. It's great for live shots and in lower-light venues. At 24 mega pixels, its sensor offers resolution as fine as Sony's a99, until recently Sony's top of the line. The build is solid and the controls are snug but responsive. I've seen the a7II described as a high-end amateur camera, maybe because of its reasonable cost. But the pictures it's capable of taking, like the a99, meet professional standards without a doubt. One small complaint: as with the a7r, the auto setting between eyepiece view and screen view works poorly when using the articulated screen in a raised position. At a certain point the camera decides you're actually looking through the eyepiece and the screen image you're working with disappears. Best to select one view or the other. Despite that, though, the a7II is the easily the best value in the Sony full-frame lineup.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost Perfect I switched to this camera from a Sony a99. Since it cost less than half of what I paid for my a99, I wasn't expecting much. But I am truly and pleasantly surprised at this small little wonder. About the only thing I'm not happy about is the small battery. The 5 axis steady shot is definitely an improvement on the previous models. The Pre Auto Focus is also a useful feature. The ISO Range is also slightly improved compared to the a99. Pictures shot at 6400 ISO are usable. I just hope the monitor screen is scratch proof.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic camera... great camera for the retail price, lots of features, modern interface, relative small for a full frame one, and fantastic image quality...
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice upgrade from the original A7 I've slowly been coaxed over to the dark mirrorless side. While my favorite camera is a digital M, which is technically a mirrorless camera, I've been loathe to use an EVF camera.� When the original A7's dipped below $1k I picked one up to use a film scanner with a Leica BEOON. After experimenting with a few adapters to try out my M glass (some Leica and some Zeiss) and a few Zeiss SLR lenses, I soon came to see the utility of the A7 series with legacy glass. When the A7II hit the $1K price point I was curious to see the improvements with IBIS, especially when using manual focus. The VF image is steady thanks to IBIS over the A7 plus you have the ability handhold at much slower speeds. The next improvement to the A7II is the build quality. Frankly, the original A7 feels like a toy camera compared to the A7II. The A7II feels robust and solid, but you do pay a small penalty in size and weight. The shutter button is easier to reach compared to the A7 as are the top C1 and C2 buttons. Battery life is abysmal but you knew that already, right? But 3rd party batteries are inexpensive. Image quality is the same as the A7, which is not a putdown. I'm comfortable at 6,400 and amazed at the results. I've since paired this body with the Zeiss Loxia 35/2. It's a wonderful combo.� My one beef with the A7's is manually focusing in bright sunlight.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Five Stars for getting to the basics Five stars for getting to the basics. I would rate its more expensive siblings at less than 5 stars, cuz the price difference is out of proportion. The basic a7-II is a fine machine, not perfect, but not expensive. Its "hot rodded" version [the "S" and "R" variants] are basically this camera with a couple of improvements that MOST users will not benefit from ... surely, some few WOULD benefit.�� �� The a7 series is currently the ONLY 24x36mm format live view still photo system, and delivers the goods. I use it to resurect my "zombie" lenses, a couple dozen Maxxum A-mount and Nikkor Ai mount oldies, all of which are designed for the 24x36mm format. Only a live view camera has the shallow flange depth to accept adapters for such old SLR lenses.� � � I do have ONE [just one] modern Sony lens for the camera and it is very convenient to have fast focus at the touch of a button and to have the IBIS adjust itself as the zoom FL is changed, so I am familiar with the camera in its full capability mode, and could not ask for more, operationally.�� �� OTOH, it's shortcomings must be acknowledged. You hafta carry a whole bunch of batteries. The EVF-to-Monitor sensor is ridiculously overly sensitive, but here are home-brew fixes for that. It lacks a personalizable custom menu feature such as found on Canon SLRs altho Sony's "Fn" menu is a useful halfway measure. None of those are major complaints, but OTOH they are things that it seems would cost Sony nothing to address.
Date published: 2018-02-22
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