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A Visual Review of the Sony a7RII

See Why the Sony a7RII Could be the Best Camera for You

I’ve always believed in picking the best tool for the job. Since selling all my Canon gear last January {and I had lots} I’ve slowly purchased many new tools. To wit: Sony a6000, Sony a7s, Sony a7II and recently I acquired the a7RII. My Sony glass collection has also grown to include: Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA, Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA, Sony FE 16-35mm f/4.0 Z OSS, FE 24-70mm f/2.8 Z OSS, Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA , Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS {for me is a life changing lens} I use the 90 for portraits, landscapes and macro photography, and the Sony 70-200 f/4.0 G OSS.

You may be thinking….”Hey dude. Overkill!” However, I use everybody and every lens for specific purposes. I have five different photography sites and specialize in a broad range of photography. Broad range – specialize…oxymoron? As I mentioned above the right tool for the right job.

Recently I headed out on a 2,700 mile road trip with my family. Orange County, CA –> Moab –> Aspen–> Denver –> Albuquerque –> Sedona for twelve days. In the first two days I photographed over 128gb of RAW images on the a7RII. I brought two bodies with me the a7RII and the a7s and all my lenses, sans the Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA.

How is the a7RII Compared to the Sony a7II and Sony a7s?

The a7RII has a more pro feel to it. For all purposed the a7RII exterior body is identical to the a7II in feel and texture. Both have a more beefier grip than the a7s and the same matte finish. External buttons and controls are the same too with the exception of a lock button that now resides in the middle of the top wheel that controls M,S,A,P etc. Its whats inside the camera that make the a7RII a megapixel beast compared to the a7II and a7s. I’ve never used the original a7R nor even held it in my hands so I can not speak to the differences between the original a7R and the new a7RII. The one thing that sticks out to me that is quite different is the shutter sound. Its more of a soft mechanical Shushing sound reminiscent of a mechanical film camera. A welcomed and reassuring sound.

The menu system has some welcomed upgrades {9 frame built in bracketing, bracketing with self timer and many many more,} a new full-frame backlit CMOS sensor, in camera stabilization, amazing dynamic range, 4k video capabilities and the 42.3 megapixels {which have the ability to capture stunning clarity and detail} that is sending shockwaves through the photographic community. And yes there are 399 focusing points, on sensor phase detection for faster auto focusing, as well as contrast detection. The a7RII also allows any lens, Canon, Nikon, Leica, vintage etc. to be used on the body via an adapter. Essentially making its usage available every person who delights in using their favorite lens or lenses. To see a full list of menu upgrades head on over to my friend and fellow Sony Artisan Brian Smith’s web page. And of course Silent Mode is built into the a7RII body so you can shoot in complete silence. No sound…not even a whisper.

The Proof

Although I pride myself on knowing the technical aspects and details of the craft of photography…for me the proof is always in the captured image. I’m simply blown away by the amazing detail and clarity of imagery I’m able to capture with the Sony a7RII and Sony lens line up. Now I know what all the fuss is with fan boys about medium format digital cameras. The detail and clarity is amazing. Each time I brought up an image on screen from the the a7RII I would sit in front of my computer and go WOW! I’ve been photographing for 17 years now and for 15 years professionally. I started out with Canon 35mm, moved to a Hasselblad 503, then got the first Canon 1D when it came out. But never have I owned a camera this capable or seen this type of detail and clarity which is coming out of the a7RII.

Below I’ll share a few single capture images from the a7RII. Each image is captured RAW. I’m a RAW shooter period. Images are culled in PhotoMechanic and post processed in Lightroom 6.1.1 Crops are 100% to show the clarity, detail and dynamic range of each image. After the A7RII images I’ll discuss briefly why I have so many bodies and what I use them for.

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Moab, Canyonlands National Park, Utah. a7RII, 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS, ISO 100, 1/125th/sec, f/6.3. Tripod.

 

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Maroon Bells, Aspen, CO. a7RII, FE 16-35mm f/4.0 Z OSS, ISO 200, 1/3 sec. f/16. Tripod.

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Independence Pass, Aspen, CO. a7RII, Sony 70-200 f/4.0 G OSS, ISO 400, 1.160th/sec, f/10. Tripod.

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Abandoned home, 1800’s Stage Coach town, Lake County, CO. a7RII, Sony 70-200 f/4.0 G OSS, ISO 400, 1/160th/sec. f/10. Handheld.

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Old silver and gold mining town of Leadville, CO. a7RII, FE 24-70mm f/2.8 Z OSS, ISO 200, 1/160th/sec., f/10. Handheld.

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Enchantment Resort, Sedona AZ. a7RII, Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS. ISO 200, 1/250th/sec., f/14. Hand held.

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The Verdict

The a7RII produces stellar, clean files with superb clarity and detail. I haven’t profiled the camera for my computer yet. But noticed that I do need to spend a bit more time getting the landscape colors where I wanted them. The files from the a7RII are almost 2x the size of my a7II and almost 4x the size of my a7s. The only thing that I noticed on ingest into Adobe LR 6.1.1 is when building the previews, it took substantially longer than my a7II and a7s files. But that is to be expected when you are dealing with 42.3 megapixel files. When taking successive shots with the a7RII the buffer will take a while to store the images to the SD card. During this time menus can not be accessed. During my 12 days on the road and pressing the camera into use in severe locations with 102 degree temperatures I experienced ZERO glitches. The a7RII performed perfectly. Battery life appears to be the same for the a7RII as for my other a7 series cameras. Shooting in harsh conditions,sensor dust is expected and was easily blown off. Once during my trip I wet cleaned both sensors. Again, to be expected for 12 days of continuous outdoor shooting in harsh element.

The Proper Tool for the Job

As I mentioned above I have five different sites: my overall site, luxury real estate and architectural photography, pet photography, weddings and wine and food. During the course of a month I typically am photographing a wedding, family and children’s portraits, ridiculously wonderful pet photography ®, doing video and stills for wine and food, and several luxury real estate and architectural shoots destined for web and print. Often during the course of the month I’ll be photographing for magazines, both articles and cover images. And to satisfy my soul, I’ll throw some street photography into the mix.

Wedding & Family Photography
a7s can capture clean images up to ISO 51,200. Light is always changing and its my go to event camera. I may purchase a second a7s body.
a7RII for portraits at weddings and for families and children – on a tripod
a7II is my back up camera for family portraits and children’s portraits – on a tripod

Luxury Real Estate Photography
a7s because of its low light capabilities and super clean files.
a7RII for luxury real estate photography magazine work.

Pet Photography
a7s for quick focusing clean files in changing outdoor lighting conditions, and the a7RII, if it will be for a magazine cover work.

Wine and Food Photography
a7s for on location shooting 1080p video.
And the a7RII for tripod macro stills and 4k video.

Personal Work and Street Shooting
The a6000 with the Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA. Super compact, highly capable set up and very discreet.

Personal Work and Street Shooting
a7RII. Amazing clean files with superior detail.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

Students Who Attended My Luxury Real Estate Photography Workshop

Luxury Real Estate and Architectural Photography Class at Samy’s Pasadena Sponsored by Sony

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Students Who Attended My Luxury Real Estate Photography Workshop learned allot. On August 4th, I had the privilege of teaching a full day workshop on Luxury Real Estate and Architectural Photography at the Samy’s Pasadena location, sponsored by my friends at Sony. We spent the first half of the day in a classroom setting going over what gear I use, camera settings, and simple lighting techniques to really make your images pop! Robert Shelley‎, Senior US Training and Content Developer for Sony Digital Imaging was on hand the new a7M2 to try out, a600’s and a lot of top end glass. Students all had the opportunity to work with their choice of Sony gear and lenses during the on location workshop.

The second half of the class was on location in a La Canada, Mid Century Modern home, where I was able to demonstrate and put to work the techniques that were taught in class. It was at this point the students had their Ah–ha moments. Its one thing to talk about how to photograph luxury real estate and add off camera lighting. But completely another thing to demonstrate it in real time. It was great to show everyone how easy it is {one you know how} to light interiors given proper technique. My Sony a7s and FE 16-35mm f4 Z OSS, were tethered to my MacBookPro via a Tether Tools TetherPro 15′ USB 2.0 A Male to Mini-B 5 Pin gold plated cable, to CaptureOne software for Sony. I really like the ease with which I was able to seamlessly tether my a7s to CaptureOne. It was simple plug and play technology. For some reason I just couldn’t get Adobe Lightroom v5.7.1 to play nice and tether. Adobe LR is my typical set up for post production.

The feedback I got from students is phenomenal. Below are a few student testimonials.

Real Quotes from Real Students

“I didn’t even think twice to take Marc’s Real Estate Photography class, and it was worth every minute! Loved learning from him and was amazed at how generous and patient he was with his answers. His work is stunning and anyone is lucky to learn from him or hire him!” Kasi Hyrapett – Real Estate Photographer

“Hi Marc, Thank you for your excellent training on Architectural & Real Estate Photography. It was just the info I was looking for to tweak my real estate photos. I loved the tips you gave on clearing windows of clutter, the mirror tip, etc. I always felt that we had to lug around heavy lights and extension cords but you cleared that up real quick. Please notify me of any future classes.”
Steve Gong, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties, Stockton, CA

Dear Marc: Thank you for an informative and enjoyable presentation today! I learned many things today I can use in my photography business.” John Nilsson, CCIM, CRS, GRI, Sales Associate, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

“Marc, Just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed your class today. You more then covered everything and I especially liked your putting everything you mentioned at the lecture to work in real life situations at the following photo shoot. It’s clear that you’ve achieved much into building a very successful business with your hard work and talent but just as important is your business acumen, very very likable personality and values you hold for the finished product and clients. My expectations of what was going to happen today were vastly exceeded. Thanks You, Thank You, Thank You.” Peter Coopersmith REALTOR® BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY, HomeServices California Properties

p.s. I’ll be doing another class in Orange County in the coming months. Email me if you are interested in attending. The class will be small, limited to 10 people and will likely sell out quickly. There was a wait list for the Samy’s class and they had to turn away people who came the morning of the class hoping to get a seat if someone canceled or didn’t show.

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

Sony a7rII has Arrived

The Sony a7rII

Look what just arrived via FEDEX. Sony a7rII! Can’t wait to put this through its paces with my new Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro Lens and my new Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA. I’ll be posting images in the coming week and doing a full review soon.

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

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