Sony A7RII Delayed Temporarily

In my Last Post, I talked about the recent mishaps leading to my decision to buy the A7RII.  It turns out, that decision will have to be delayed for a short while.

Recent serious problems with my computer forced me to buy an “unplanned” new laptop.  This understandably put a slight kink in my budget, so I’ve gone back to the Sony A7II until I can catch up with my finances.

Now, this is not a bad deal in any way.  The A7II is a fantastic camera, only a step behind the A7RII.  The biggest difference as you all know is in the resolution, 24MP vs a newly designed 42MP sensor.  Of course, the newer A7RII also sports some very nice refinements, notably in the EVF and AF, and reportedly a possible improvement in the 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system.

So for the near future, it’s the A7II and just like before … I’m loving it!  🙂

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My Digital Experience … The Madness Continues

Image from Sony.Net
This is what seduced me “this” time … the Sony A7RII.
Full Frame
42 Megapixels
and 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE.
I think I’ve finally found a possible long term cure for my G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), but first some background.
A funny thing happened on the way to my next attempt at “temporary sanity”.  I had both of my favorite cameras in hand, the Olympus OM-D E-M5II and the Sony A7II, and loved them both.  But, I needed to get rid of one of them.  Every time I would think about putting one on Amazon for sale, I’d have regrets and change my mind … I just couldn’t decide, and that’s unusual for me.  I flew airplanes professionally for 33 years and quick decision making was part of the everyday business of getting from point A to point B, safely and expeditiously.
So I did what any rational person would do.  I decided to let the market decide for me, and put both cameras for sale on Amazon.  Perfect!  Whichever one sold first, I’d just keep the other one.  What could possibly go wrong.  🙂  What was that quote, “The best laid plans of mice and men …”?  Yeah, that is true wisdom, and of course, by now you’ve probably guessed what happened.  Both cameras sold the same day!

For a couple of weeks, I just took a break and lived with my great little Ricoh GR, but for most photography work I really like to have image stabilization and an EVF.  I’d been looking longingly at the Fujifilm X100T ever since it was released, so I finally decided to take the plunge and there is not much to find fault with that wonderful little camera.  However, at age 66 my hands just aren’t as steady as I wish they were, and I’ve learned to truly appreciate a camera with built in image stabilization.  That has become my must have feature, with everything else being just icing on the cake.  The X100T is headed back to mother Amazon at this very moment.
I’ve also been looking at the Sony A7RII and reading the reviews (mostly glowing, some not), but thought the high resolution combined with its much improved shutter, excellent EVF, and 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilization (Sony calls it “SteadyShot INSIDE”) would make it an excellent candidate for long term ownership … an unusual thing for me, and only time will tell.  But I feel confident that it will be the case This time.  Wish me luck!  🙂
PS:  I’m thinking of changing my website name from ThruMikesViewfinder.com to MirrorlessMadness.com … what do you think?  🙂

For great ebooks about your favorite camera, if it’s a Sony, Olympus OM-D, or Fujifilm, be sure and take a look at www.FriedmanArchives.com.

Supplements About the Sony A7S and A7II Are Now Available

Picture Profiles … S-Log 2 … Timecode … What does it all mean?

The newer Sony A7S and A7II are using terms that many of us “regular” photographers know nothing about.  At least I didn’t until I read Gary Friedman’s just released supplement to the A7S.  The bulk of this supplement is all about the video features that most non-videographers aren’t very familiar with.

Each supplement is a little over 70 pages, covering just what’s new and different from the original A7/A7R.  They’re available as downloadable ebooks from Gary’s website Here:
http://www.friedmanarchives.com/A7r/index.htm

The cost is a very reasonable $6.95 each, but it’s information that would be very difficult (if not impossible) to find anywhere else.

What do You call the Sony A7II ?

Why do camera manufacturers have such a difficult time coming up with consistent and simple naming schemes for their cameras?  For instance, when the Olympus OM-D E-M5 first came out there seemed to be a fair amount of confusion about what to call it … the OM-D … the E-M1 … or did you need to refer to the entire combination?  Well, that was cleared up when Olympus announced the E-M1, setting the OM-D as a series name and E-M1 as a specific camera in that series.

Now, with Sony there seems to be some uncertainty about just what exactly do we call the new A7II.  On the Sony website, it is called the ILCE-7M2 (now there’s a mouthful … interchangeable lens camera Extraordinaire?), and on the camera the designation is 7II.  But here’s the rub.  I’ve also seen (and heard) this camera referred to as the:

  • A7II
  • A7M2
  • A7 Mark II (or A7 Mark 2)
  • A7Mk2
  • A7MkII

Lots of choices!  (oh, and I think it’s also okay to insert small “a” instead of capital “A”)

Yeah, I know … a big fuss about nothing … who cares?  Well, I do!  I haven’t slept a wink since it was announced!  🙂  No, actually I was just curious.  What’s your preferred title for this new kid on the block?