This week, I stumbled upon a wonderful photographic shop when I was in Leeds. Vintage cameras were the only items that were sold in that shop, including the Zenith SLR. When I was seventeen that was my first SLR, and I couldn’t forget it because it was a very remarkable device. The camera was cheap and nothing could ever stop it working. I can prove that to you by giving you an example of a situation that happened to me once. I purchased a Russian telephoto lens that it seemed like it was made of uranium and one time I left the camera and the lens on my car’s roof. I didn’t notice they were there and I just drove off. Then at some point I looked at my rear-view mirror and I saw the lens and camera in the road behind me tumbling along. The camera was fine apart from some deep scratches and dents. The lens was okay too, though it felt like a pepper grinder when you zoomed in. Somewhere now, the camera is probably in a land-fill and as soon as someone finds it, it will be ready to take some pictures.
Since the release of Sony A7r and A7 it has been almost a year and during that time a lot of customers have jumped in and bought one or both A7 cameras. While keeping the weight way lighter than a DSLR camera and the size small, they have provided an opportunity for photographers to experience a full frame sensor performance. Overall, the A7 series has been terrific even though from time to time they have had their problems and quirks.
I loved the cameras when I tested and shot the A7r and A7, because they were very capable devices that were extremely versatile and had features that allow you to use 3rd party lenses, such as Nikon lenses, Canon lenses, Leica lenses, etc. We can get that look of a creamy shallow depth of field with the full frame sensors and it was very cool to have these capabilities in a nicely made and small body. When compared to other current cameras from companies like Pentax and Olympus, the main problems with the A7r and A7 is that they were a bit slow to Auto Focus. In addition, when compared to other FF offerings such as the RX, while very good in high ISO and low light, they are not the best. They weren’t “WOW” in low light, while nice in low light. In comparison to the previous RX1, the high ISO voice was worse and the AF would be a bit slower.