Rated 4 out of 5
by bpegadgets Landscape Photographers' Near Perfect Camera
First off, on the camera itself...I would rate at 5 stars but I gave 4 stars because of not having a very good lens selection yet. I shoot landscapes, fine art, still life, and some HDR work. I used to shoot with the Nikon D800 and I am getting better IQ out of the Sony A7r. The color and dynamic range seem to be about the same which is AMAZING! At first I had an issue with it's limited bracketing options, but after using it for awhile now I've realized that I don't need anymore than what it gives me because of the very high dynamic range. I shoot mostly on a tripod so super fast focusing isn't an issue for me but if you are a wedding or event photographer you would be better off getting the A7, A6000, or the higher end DSLR options.
I don't really care for the menu button being on the left side. I also which they would have added an extra function button on the front near the lens like how the Nikon DOF button is. These 2 are really just nitpicking as there really isn't much negative to say about this camera for what I use it for. There are a lot of buttons that can be customized so you can set it up for whatever is best for you. Between the customized buttons and the FN button, I rarely have to go into the camera's menu which is a huge benefit to me.
Lastly, any camera is only as good as the lens you mount to it. With that said, I wouldn't recommend getting the kit lens. Other than that, all of the other lenses are very, very good with the exception of the 24-70 f/4 which is still a very good lens but nowhere near the standard of the 55mm or 70-200mm lenses.
September 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by EFPhoto Simply A Fantastic Camera
After years of shooting with various Canon products (the latest a 5D Mk II) I was tired of watching all of the innovative companies (like Sony) come up with a barrage of cool products that pushed the envelope at every turn. Not to mention I was tired of carrying around 15lbs worth of gear around my neck. When you can equally as good of photos with lighter more nimble equipment.
I was just about to pull the trigger on a MFT and was torn between Oly and Fuji. Then Sony announced this!!!! After a few prelim reviews and Sony's reputation I was sold! I sold ALL of my Cannon gear and the MFT Panny I was testing out.
At first there was a shortage of lenses for the A7 series but all good things come to those who wait. More are being announced almost every few months. Right now I have all of the lenses I need (3) from Sony native and two off-brand lenses I use manually. I haven't looked back since making the move and have been overjoyed that I was able to do it! I have even had other die hard Nikon shooters ask to use my camera for a weekend so they can test it out. So far everyone that has used this camera has bought in as well!
You will hear some people complain that there aren't enough lenses..I saw BS! Using these camera's in manual focus mode is as easy as it gets and these people are IMO lazy and haven't tried it yet. I was skeptical too but after trying it I was hooked...I find myself looking online for cheap old film lenses I can try on it just because they are soooo cheap...LOL!
Probably one of the most important things is the IQ that these camera's produce! Initially I did a head to head comparison of this to my Canon 5D MKII and it blew the Canon out of the water...the Canon was absolute garbage! I could hardly believe it to be honest. I even sent images to friends to show them the comparison they were all shocked. The Sony beat the Canon in sharpness (no AA filter), color rendition and most of dynamic range!!!! Believe me when I saw it is very difficult to lose detail in a properly exposed photo using this camera. I have taken shots I thought were severely underexposed and got them in LR and bam a few adjustments all is good!
I could go on and on about it but I think you get the picture I'm a fan..big time...LOL!
September 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by Lacroix Great Camera!!!
Although not perfect but I'm happy to replace my Nikon D800E. I love the ease of use and the light weight aspect of this camera. I've been a Nikon user for 15 plus years and was really skeptical in switching to the Sony A7r. Before selling my beloved Nikon D800E, I did few comparison shoots and found that the only thing going for Nikon was their lens selection, other than that, the A7r was light, as sharp, cheaper, and for me, the video quality was better. Sony wins here but let's hope they have some native Ultra-wide glass for landscapes like a 14-24mm f2.8 soon...
July 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Tobypie Nice new toy, but still few cons
Having been playing a7R for two weeks, really a nice camera! You guys can find positive comments everywhere on internet, here are some cons from my perspective:
1: Some times laggy focusing. I use both Zeiss 35mm F2.8 and 55 F1.8. When aperture's widely open, especially for the 55mm lens @ 1.8, the camera itself sometimes looks like "confusing" which part to focus on. I used a toy on table to do this test (about 70cm far away from the 55mm lens), 3 out of 10 times, the camera put focus on the background and blur my toy. This happens in auto focus setting, you have to manually select the focus point to avoid this issue.
2: This cam is eating battery FAST! I mean, really FAST. The reason I think is the electronic viewfinder can be automatically, continuously turned on/off when you have this cam on your chest w/ strap and walk around, cause the camera may think you are continuously put your eyes on the EVF. Just same issue on NEX7.
3: Built in HDR output looks "surrealism", good for fun, not good for serious photographer.
3: Noise shutter. But that's OK.
All in all, fantastic camera!
November 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Leopold a7r with other lenses.
Sony did really great here in producing a camera that (in this case) has 36MP and so far has handled most of my Leica and old Zeiss lenses with real fine results. The marriage of the old art in fine lenses and the latest in high tech for resolving pictures is a great thing. This camera has done it well. There is another camera and maybe more by now out there that offer mirror less, high resolution, full frame, compact, interchangeable lens capability, for more money or less features. This Sony has done it well for me.
I recommend this camera to anyone with a similar situation or just as a good quality camera with high resolution.
I am not a guy who nit picks so this would not be a review. However if you collect older lenses and want to get them back into service with high tech results, this is a great camera. My results have been wonderful.
September 26, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by IslandPirate Constant over-heating problems
I purchased this camera a few months ago and continue to have overheating problems. What is more frustrating is I use it for commercial work.
Sony support is limited. Requires I send the unit back without a loaner and no realistic response timeframe.
September 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Knet2D Great camera but looking for the next firmware
I've been shooting with the Sony A7R for over 2 weeks now and I like the quality of the sensor, the EVF, the ISO performance, video quality, wifi connection, even the shutter sound is loud but not that bad.
What I really find annoying are some of the menus and the button customization:
For example I am currently shooting the camera with manual lenses and the focus magnifier is good but it means: 1 click to select zone, 1 click for zoom and another click for extra zoom if needed and then start focusing, thats too much time unless you want the camera only for studio.
So why not allow us to customize one button with a direct zoom magnification option? you could safe in advance the area and the magnification but turn it into a single click action. Even better why not allow us to customize the shutter button, adding this magnification focus when half pressed would be of great help.
Overall would be good to simplify all the button functions, like for example if button C1 is to change the color of the peaking, instead press it to pop up the menu and then select the color, simply change the color every time you press the button.
Also why is not possible to set a minimum shutter speed? that would be extremely helpful shooting with A and M modes with autoISO.
Is a very good camera but with some very minor firmware fixes it could be GREAT!
November 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by photocolor Finest Full Frame Image Quality
I'm using the camera with the 35mm f/2.8 lens and plan on getting more FE lenses in the future. I use the spot AF (and move it around the screen if necessary to select the area I want to focus on). and for landscapes I often use manual focus. You can customize the various buttons to your heart's content and I have. I have one of the buttons do spot AF when I'm in manual focus mode. It's easy to switch between the two (or more) options. I can get consistent exact focus easily via the EVF and magnify the view while handholding the camera. With the 36mp DSLR I used to have I had a hard time getting exact focus even with that camera was on a tripod and using live view. The a7r is totally superior.
The a7r with the 35mm lens provides image quality that is overall the best I have seen - similar sharpness to the 36mp DSLR (also w/o anti-aliasing filter, like the a7r) I used to have, but with a more natural rendering of detail, and in addition I prefer the color rendering of the a7r.
I turned the Pre-Af focus off (otherwise, when the camera is set to AF mode then it will continuously attempt to focus on whatever the lens is looking at, even though I'm not pressing the shutter button). Battery life is not great and the shutter sound is more than I expected for a mirrorless camera. I wouldn't recommend the camera as the best option for fast action sports, or for shooting silently in churches etc. But for just about everything else it's a winner.
To be able to get class leading image quality and ease of use in a package (body and lens) that is a pleasure to carry around (as opposed to a real pain in the neck with the usual heavy and bulky DSLR and honking big and heavy lens) is really wonderful.
December 15, 2013