Since I purchased the Sony A7 late last year and the A7r shortly afterwards, I haven’t had much use for my DSLR’s. I have shot everything from look books, stills, editorials, portraits, model and corporate head shots with these two cameras. It looks like my days with mirrors are numbered
more after the break
Sony A7, manual extension tubes, Series E 75-150mm
A fair amount of my assignments take me on location rather then to the studio. The smaller footprint of my current mirrorless kit makes it much easier to get around and travel by air.
And since I don’t shoot sports or work with extreme tele lenses, I don’t miss my big gear.
The shot below is an out take from the Soma Denim story, if you haven’t seen the layout click here and for the video, click here.
The Sony A7 series really did it for me. The ultra compactness paired with the best full frame sensors in the business and seriously good video quality was enough to get me interested, especially after I rented the Zeiss 55mm and compared it to the Nikkor 58mm and 50mm lenses. In the end it was the positive shooting experience with the 55mm, which is close enough to 50mm, my favorite focal length, that gave me the confidence to ditch my DSLR’s.
I can now pack two A7 bodies with battery grips, 5 lenses, a tripod, a 15″ Macbook Pro and misc items in one DSLR Video Pack 250. Ready to shoot stills and/or video. Try to stuff the equivalent amount of DSLR gear, including the required loupes or external EVF’s for video, into a medium sized carry on pack! The new set up is quite liberating.
The A7 bodies with the battery grip attached aren’t that much smaller when compared to the Canon 5DmkIII or the Nikon D800. However, they are thinner and lighter, taking two bodies hardly takes up more space then one fat DSLR.
I hesitated for a while to go with Sony, because -you guessed it, there was also the Fuji X system to consider. I really enjoy using the X100s, the X-E2 and the X-T1 is a serious contender for professionals considering the switch to mirrorless. I love the X trans sensor, however, occasionally, I find myself in situations which require a full frame sensor for obvious reasons, like extreme shallow depth of field or maximum per pixel sharpness.
In the end, it was the lack of quality video on the Fuji X series which pushed me towards Sony.
If I wouldn’t shoot video, the choice would have been much harder.
Can’t make up your mind between the Fuji X and the Sony FE system? Check out my depth of field comparison between the X E2 with the 35mm 1.4 and the Sony A7 and the 50mm 1.4 here
So far, I am absolutely stoked with the A7’s, I didn’t encounter any unknown gotchas while on assignments.
I love the identical control/button layout, it makes life on set so much easier. This wasn’t possible when shooting with DSLR’s unless I worked with two identical bodies.
The A7 and A7r complement each other very well and I feel comfortable using either camera on most assignments and as backup in case something would happen to one of the bodies.
2014 really is an exciting year as fusion cameras are finally coming of age and if we consider the newly released Sony A6000 and Panasonic GH4 as indicators of what we can expect in terms of AF performance in the future, the Achilles heel of mirrorless, there won’t be much left to complain about.
Equipment listed or shown in this article.
Sony A7/r at BH
Sony A7/r at Adorama
Sony A7/r on Ebay (great deals, esp on A7)
Zeiss FE 55mm at BH
Zeiss FE 55mm at Adorama
Zeiss FE 55mm on Ebay
Sony A7 battery grip at BH
Sony A7 battery grip at Adorama
Sony A7 battery grip on Ebay
Nikkor Series E lenses on Ebay
Sony FE 28-70mm at BH
Sony FE 28-70mm at Adorama
Sony FE 28-70mm on Ebay (great deals)
Nikkor 18-35mm G at BH
Nikkor 18-35mm G at Adorama
Nikkor 18-35mm G on Ebay
Nikkor G to Sony E mount adapter on Ebay
Peak design strap and cuff at BH
Peak design strap and cuff at Adorama
Generic L braket, does not block microphone/headphone port, on Ebay
Lowe DSLR video fast pack 250 at BH
Lowe DSLR video fast pack 250 at Adorama
Lowe DSLR video fast pack 250 on Ebay
Sony A6000 at BH
Sony A6000 at Adorama
Sony A6000 on Ebay
Panasonic GH4 at BH
Panasonic GH4 at Adorama
Panasonic GH4 on Ebay
Fuji X100s at BH
Fuji X100s at Adorama
Fuji X100s on Ebay
Fuji X-E2 at BH
Fuji X-E2 at Adorama
Fuji X-E2 on Ebay
Fuji X-T1 at BH
Fuji X-T1 at Adorama
Fuji X-T1 on Ebay
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