Reading the posts at FM or DPR, you could easily get the impression that the Sony A7-family of cameras is completely inadequate on nearly every front.
Any new product announcements, or lack of announcements, causes another wave of hand-wringing about the same old stuff:
- Batteries too small
- Not enough lens choice
- Lenses too big
- Not enough cheap lenses
- Terrible quality control - nearly every lens is (apparently) de-centered and/or defective
- No dedicated joystick to move focus points
- They introduce new features and models too quickly
- The only reason anyone would buy the Sonys is for its size
- You can’t use it to shoot sports
- It’s only got one memory card slot
- You can’t shoot 12 hours of video continuously
- and so on
Well, I’m sorry, but I respectfully disagree.
According to a little list I maintain, I’ve owned and used more than 60 different cameras over the years. The Sony A7Rii is -easily- the most powerful, sophisticated, flexible and delightful-to-use camera I’ve ever owned. The image quality is unmatched by anything even remotely in its price/convenience range. The native lenses are, as a group, fantastic. The fact that I can also use nearly -any- lens ever made is an incredible bonus.
Is it perfect? No. Are some of the above complaints valid? Maybe. Do I wish it was cheaper, had more inexpensive native lenses, and never dropped in resale value? Sure, but so what?
While those pessimists are complaining about their half-empty glasses, I’m out having fun and making images.
Thanks for listening!
The Dynamic Duo