One Day with the Sony A7RII

 

In this blogpost i´m testing Sonys megapixelmonster the A7rII with 4 lenses, the Canon 70-200 F4L, Sigma 24mm 1.4, Sony FE 50 1.8  for shooting photos and 4k video. For adapting the Canon and Sigma lenses i have used the Sigma MC11 adapter. I also had the Canon 85mm 1.8 with me to test it with the MC11 Adapter for a review, but thats coming in a seperate blogpost and video.

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First of all here are the very impressive specs of the Sony A7rII:

Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Camera Format Full-Frame
Pixels Actual: 43.6 Megapixel
Effective: 42.4 Megapixel
Max Resolution 42 MP: 7952 x 5304
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 36 x 24 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MP4, XAVC S
Audio: AAC LC, AC3, Linear PCM (Stereo)
Bit Depth 14-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed)
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 3840 x 2160: 30 fps, 24 fps, 25 fps
1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
1280 x 720: 120 fps, 100 fps
Video Format 4K
XAVC S
3840 x 2160p / 29.97 fps (100 Mbps)
3840 x 2160p / 29.97 fps (60 Mbps)
3840 x 2160p / 23.98 fps (100 Mbps)
3840 x 2160p / 23.98 fps (60 Mbps)
3840 x 2160p / 25 fps (100 Mbps)
3840 x 2160p / 25 fps (60 Mbps)
High Definition
XAVC S
1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps (50 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 29.97 fps (50 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 23.98 fps (50 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 50 fps (50 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 25 fps (50 Mbps)
1280 x 720p / 120 fps (50 Mbps)
1280 x 720p / 100 fps (50 Mbps)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min 59 Sec
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo + Mono
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Automatic (A), Continuous-servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Phase Detection:399
Contrast Detection:25
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Size 0.5″
Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,359,296
Viewfinder Eye Point 23.00 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.78x
Diopter Adjustment – 4 to +3 m
Display Screen 3″ Rear Screen Tilting  LCD (1,228,800)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600 (Extended Mode: Auto, 50-102400)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 1/8000 – 30 seconds
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Movie, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama
Metering Range: EV -3.0 – EV 20.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Continuous Shooting Up to 5 fps at 42 MP for up to 22 frames
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Fill-in
Hi-Speed Sync
Off
Rear Sync
Red-eye Reduction
Slow Sync
Wireless
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 seconds
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System P-TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Performance
Self Timer 10 seconds, 5 seconds, 2 seconds
Internal Memory None
Connectivity 1/8″ Headphone, 1/8″ Microphone, AV / USB Multi, HDMI D (Micro)
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Power
Battery 1x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter AC-PW20 AC Adapter (Optional)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4″ / 126.9 x 95.7 x 60.3 mm
Weight 22.05 oz / 625 g with battery and memory card

 

Specswise the A7rII completely beats the A7II, no doubt about that, if you look at the camera bodies they are allmost identical. The A7rII has a logo on the top left corner and it also has a lockbutton, which is nice to have.

Ergonomicaly both are pretty much the same, if you have worked with the A7II you will feel right at home with the A7rII as well. The Viewfinder is of course different as well with higher resolution and bigger field of view, which is always great on any camera to have.

 

The best thing about the A7rII is not only that it can shoot 42 Megapixel photos, but it can also shoot excellent 4k Video, it can do this in a Super35 crop mode and also fullframe. Since i only had one day i didn´t have time to test all of that, but you can see some footage in my video above shot in fullframe mode and using the SLOG2 flat profile which gives you a very good base to colorgrade it afterwards and room to get more detail out of the shadows.

Since the A7rII also has 5 Axis inbody stabilization built in, any lens attached will get stabilized, just like on the Sony A7II. All my adapted lenses i have tested with the A7rII, the Canon 70-200 F4 L, Canon 85mm 1.8, Sigma 24mm 1.4 the stabilization felt like it worked better than on the Sony A7ii, you can also see that in the videoparts i shot with the A7rII handheld.

Focusing with the adapted lenses was pretty much the same like with the A7II, one thing i noticed though was using the Sigma 24mm 1.4 and the MC11 adapter on the A7rII that when you focus with it you see some shake in the viewfinder, which is a bit strange since i never had that on the A7II, but it didn´t effect the image.

Now let´s look at my image results with full exif data:

 

Since you have that monster resolution of 42 Megapixels you can crop as much as you want out of your images, here are some examples:

Full image

Crop

Full image:

Crops:

And here is a tiny grasshopper shot with the A7rII using the Sigma 24mm 1.4, normally you would need a macro lens to shoot this, but with the A7rII you can crop in so close that it allmost looks like shot with a macro lens:

Full image:

Crop:

 

Thats really amazing having that kind of resolution to play with, but there is one thing you have to keep in mind: shooting with 42 megapixels is not an easy task, the 5 axis ibis does compensate for shake reduction, but one thing i  have noticed is that i missed some shots i would have not missed with the a7II. 42 megapixels don´t forgive anything, i also had the Nikon D800, which was a lot heavier than any a7 camera and with the nikon and its 36 megapixels its even worse.

As you can see the image quality with all lenses is just great, and the FE 50mm 1.8 is no exception, it also gives you enough resolution for 42  megapixels.

 

Shadow recovery and Dynamic range is amazing on this camera, you definetly get the best of the best here:

 

Conclusion:

The A7rII is a complete package with everything a photographer could whish for really and it will do any job. The 42 megapixels are great for landscapes and for cropping. The 4k Video inside is definetly one of the best at the moment with the SLOG flatprofile. Dynamic Range and Shadow recovery is just amazing too. So is it the perfect camera? If speed is not your priority then i would say yes and i can´t hink of any other camera which could give you such a package, but which of course has its price of $ 3.198 in the US. If speed is your priority, also the processing inside the camera, then you should also have a good look at the newly announced A99II, which also has 42  Megapixels, but a LOT faster processing and it can shoot that with unbelievable, crazy 14 FPS! So If you don´t want to adapt lenses and you want such a camera than definetly make shure to have a look at the A99II which you can also get for the same price $ 3.198.

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Sony A7rII auf: Amazon Deutschland

Sony A7rII on Amazon US

Sony A99II on: Amazon US

Sony A7II on Amazon US | Deutschland

Sigma MC-11 Canon to Sony Adapter on Amazon US | Deutschland

Metabones Mark 4 Adapter Canon to Sony on Amazon US | Deutschland

Sigma 24mm 1.4 ART on Amazon USDeutschland

Canon 70-200 F4 L on Amazon US

Canon 70-200 F4 L auf Amazon Deutschland

Canon 2x Extender MKIII on Amazon US

Canon 2x Extender MKIII auf Amazon Deutschland

Tripodmount Ring on Amazon US

Stativschelle auf Amazon Deutschland

Sony FE 50mm 1.8 on Amazon US | Deutschland

 

 

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