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Sony A7R II

Sony A7R II Field Usage Notes

This page captures impressions from use in the field and similar.

First, it is a joy to work with a camera which as a system makes the daypack much lighter. Even with the Zeiss Batis 25/2 and 85/1.8, Sony 55/1.8, Sony 16-35 and Sony 35/1.4, the entire kit is of a very acceptable weight—a lot less bulk and weight than the Nikon D810 with the three Otus lenses and a 15/2.8 and 21/2.8. Easier with the camera on the neck too. On the other hand, the Zeiss Otus lenses are stunning and may have to be carried anyway if one wishes for that level of performance: they can be used on the A7R II (with adapter having a tripod collar).

A core strength of the A7R II over a Nikon D810 kit for your author is the ability to shoot rapidly and with with a lot more convenience and confidence for critical focus (whether autofocus or manual focus). If one wishes to photograph a companion on a hike, a marmot popping out of a hole, while teetering on a cliff-like slope, etc, the autofocus is hard to beat. And all along the camera + lens is a lot less fatiguing when carried on its strap around the neck. In these core areas the Sony A7R II proves out its core value over a DSLR: comfort and convenience.

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