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Sony A7R II (42 megapixels)
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon

Examples, Post-Snowstorm Climb Part 1: Dawn to Sun (Sony A7R II)

These images shine on a HiDPI display, preferably the 14.7MP iMac 5K.

That prior day and evening, a minor snowstorm dropped 1-3 inches of snow on the eastern Sierra Nevada, with 4-6 inches at 11,500'. These images taken the next morning.

The Sony A7R II and Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon proved just right for this hike (size/weight/resolution/lens performance). Nearly all of the images here were handheld with IBIS.

Sony A7R II: operating the Sony A7R II controls with glove was no picnic, and the dials were problematic in the cold for a while; the aperture-control dial did not want to respond. Battery life in the cold is notably reduced. The A7R II for cold weather shooting with medium or heavy gloves is a disaster; I was forced to use a thinner medium-weight gloves which on this day were (just) enough. The button can be improved with stick-on bumps or some such thing, but the 4-way controller is a joke compared to a Nikon D810.

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f8 @ 1/125 sec, ISO 100; 2015-10-29 07:39:12
Sony A7R II + Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2

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