Sony A7

Sony A7 Mirrorless CameraMy primary camera and my pride and joy is the mirrorless Sony A7 digital camera.  It offers a 24.3 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor which I must admit blew me away when I first went to this camera from my Canon.  Considering its a full frame camera, the size and weight is considerably less than the mainstream DSLR equivalents.  The reason for me moving to this camera was:

  • Size & Weight
  • Full Frame sensor
  • Digital Viewfinder (this allows me to have some pretty cool overlays and see the current exposure)
  • Interchangeable lens system
  • Use of legacy lenses such as Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Minolta via the use of adaptors (very cool)

Since I have moved to this body there have been several advances with the advent of the Sony A7s, Sony A7mkii and Sony A7Rmkii.  With these there have been some truely awesome advances in sensor performance in low light, etc however at present I have not found any real need to upgrade.  I feel I have several more years in me with this baby.

Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

Quite a mouthful I know, however this is my go to lens for any of my landscape images, its colour for me is much brighter than my old Canon 17-40 F4.  It’s autofocus performance is great, has sharp corners and I’ve used it with great effect in most conditions.  I won’t go on about it as there are plenty of review sites out there that will cover this to the nth degree (see KenRockwell’s review here) however I will say, if you have a Sony Mirrorless, this is the best wide angle lens you will get for it.

Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens

This lens is a great all round travel lens or one to reach for if you are going out for the day and are not sure what you are going to shoot.  It has a massive reach at the 240mm end and can go further if you want to move your camera into APS-C mode at the expense of some megapixels.  The 24mm end is wide enough for most situations and the autofocus is fast enough for most general situations (definitely not sports though or very low light).  The lens has some serious distortion which should be expected for such a considerable focal range however this is all fixed relatively quickly in camera or in post processing.  Given that the fantastic Jay Maisel uses the Nikon 28-300 and this has a better performance write up then I can’t complain that its inhibiting my ability.  Those who look purely at stats and figures, this is not the lens for you.

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