Taking a quick break from editing and shooting weddings to write up another quick geeky gear review blog post! I’ve previously reviewed the Sony A7R – the R version of Sony’s new full frame mirrorless camera system – a few times here on the blog, click these links to read about my experiences using the Sony A7R for wedding photography here and then the follow up blog post a few months later here and the final mid-year update using the A7R at more weddings. You will notice that my conclusion is basically it’s possible, but it’s not very fun to use the A7R for something as fast paced as wedding photography. The autofocus of the R is pretty slow, the shutter is noisy and slow, but the size benefits and just anticipating that the camera was going to be slow meant that it was somewhat workable. The thing was, I just didn’t end up doing enough pure landscape photography to really justify having this beautiful 36-megapixel camera that only halfway works at my main interest: wedding photography. The A7R headed to the big camera land in the sky: eBay, where another lucky person got a great deal on a lightly used A7R. The newly announced A7 version 2 (ILCE-A7M2) was getting good reviews and having been out for a while I felt more confident jumping into the second iteration of the A7, which is probably the camera I should have bought the first time with it’s faster autofocus and lower megapixel count. I took a quick trip into New York City and headed over to B&H Photo to check out the cameras in person. I ended up getting the Sony A7ii along with the Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 OSS lens after trying the 24-70mm as well, but from a wedding photography perspective I will be using this as my second camera and I will probably have something like the 85mm on my Canon 5D Mark III, so the wider lens will compliment it nicely. You can click this quick blog post I put up with some first images taken with the camera wandering around the streets of New York City, but now we’ll start digging into my impressions using the Sony A7ii at an actual Indian wedding!
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