David Arbogast wrote in post #17521015
Thanks! I can't imagine Zeiss making a 135mm Otus since this one is so optically flawless. The only thing I dislike is its weight and mass (can't really help that though).
Thanks! It is an exceptional lens.
Congrats on the new a7 II!! I am really looking forward to seeing your captures with it.
If only I had anything decent to show today. I spent most of the evening last night tweaking the camera around. I was able to get it to fire my off-camera speedlites via the YN622 triggers (but no TTL, to be expected).
For the YN603s (basic remote shutter triggers) I seem to be lacking the PC sync cable (the one I have fits the Canon 6D's sync port, but the Sony has a mini-USB version of that port. Lame).
My first impressions, based on the snapshots taken in the backyard:
- AF on the native lenses is basically similar to my 6D in speed. (ie, it's not really slower). This is better than I expected.
- The various AF modes are actually better and more diverse than my 6D. The continuous tracking seemed to work well. The face recog seemed to work well. I like the flexibility of the zone mode as well as the one (i forget the name) that picks up the subject without it being in the center of the screen (so no need for focus recompose). In this area, the 6D is a bit lacking, as most of its focus points are in the center of the screen.
- IQ seemed ok (hard to say from pics of a static backyard, with an f/4 lens ie, DOF is very basic). No complaints, but everything seemed in focus and sharp when and where I wanted it to be.
- Sony menu system: Not intuitive like Canon or Fuji.
- Looking forward to customizing some buttons, because I did not like the way I had to go into the menu to change some things. I much prefer Fuji's approach here. Specially their manual dials for Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO.
- I have a feeling this camera is going to take some getting used to.
- IBIS seems to work well. As i mentioned above, all my photos were dead sharp, even at evening lighting speeds (1/45, 1/30).
- Weight and size: With native lenses, this is basically no different than a DSLR. Going Sony for the sake of size and weight is kind of a no-op for me. While the size of the A7ii + 24-70 is a tad bit smaller than my 6D+24-105L, it's really not by much. It fits a bit better in my Think Tank. But really, it doesn't change my view of what I want to carry around with me drastically. The real test will be going with the smaller manual lenses (Hence my huge interest in the Voigtlander or other M-glass).
All this is a lot of "first impressions" and the camera has not yet gone out in the field. So I reserve judgement until I've had a bit more time with it. I'm waffling between "Send it back during the return period" to "It'll grow on me."
But I don't think I'll be getting rid of my 6D and most of my Canon glass quite yet.
Sony A7RII and a bunch of lenses.