As you’re probably aware, the Sony a7R was recently released as the smallest and lightest full-frame camera with a resolution range rivaling that of medium format cameras such as the Hasselblad H2D and H3D.
The decision to jump to the a7R was quite an easy one actually, even though I’ve never owned a Sony camera product. For me personally the Canon 6D is quite possibly the best SLR on the market for landscape photography:
When the Sony a7R was released the following really got my attention:
So I immediately bought one with an EF adapter to use my existing Canon lenses, which I quite like. There’s some downsides, which I’ll get into in my upcoming Sony a7R hands-on review, however my real drive for the purchase was the ultralight factor, size and image quality, which the verdict is still out on wether or not it actually does perform better than the latest line of Canon CMOS sensors.
The truth is that I don’t have affinity with any particular brand, I just use what I think is best for my particular use case. I used to be quite the opposite in fact, and I used to swear by my Nikon D2X and Nikon lenses. Until I read Camera and Lens: The Creative Approach by Ansel Adams:
On the first page of the introduction to the book Ansel Adams outlines something profound – move away from the marketing and branding of the photography industry and focus instead on the creative potential. Interesting how this was written in 1969, however it’s probably more relevant today than when it was written!
My reason for buying the a7R is also one of simplicity. Take a look below at how the top of the camera has been redesigned:
Keep in mind that the size here is probably not exactly to scale, and I’ll be taking quite a few images of these two cameras side-by-side. Instead focus on the button layout and the simplicity of top-case design. I really love how Sony has reimagined the control layout, with an emphasis on classic industrial design cues.
I bought the a7R from B&H, should get it this Friday. Will post 20GB or so of test images on Monday.
What do you think about the Sony a7R? Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts!