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Sony A7R

Sony A7R On/Off Switch and Aperture Dial

Initial reactions count for a lot and are perhaps the most important things of all; they are the “gotchas” that impede using a camera as a camera, or distracters. But when it comes to built-in finger memory of where things ought to be, it can get “religious”.

My fingers are so used to proper placement of a front dial to control aperture that they always go to the same place on most all cameras, and succeed in finding the dial. Because they are well designed that way. Not with the Sony A7R.

As the absolutely worst physical aspect of the A7R, Sony has positioned the front dial well below the On/Off switch with the result that in the first few days of I use I had turned the camera off 30 times or so, by accident. I do it constantly, and it’s especially annoying when the camera then takes 3-4 seconds to become usable again after being turned on (to boot up).

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