Testing the Sony a7R II in Downtown Toronto

Testing the Sony a7R II in Downtown Toronto

I made a big change last week and bought my first full-frame camera, the Sony a7R Mark II. I had been thinking about it for a long time, and the a7R II seemed like the way to go these days. It’s a huge step up from my Nikon D7000, so do not be surprised if I’m excessively impressed by the camera.

Right now, I only have one lens, the Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS, a wide-angle lens. I’m planning on adding a 24-70mm very soon!

Last Thursday, it looked like it would be a nice sunset, so I thought I go to a location in Downtown Toronto I wanted to try for a long time and test the camera and the lens.

Wrapped In Red | Downtown - Toronto, ON

Wrapped In Red | Downtown – Toronto, ON

This is the view from one of the last elevated surface parking lots in Downtown Toronto. I am sure it will soon be demolished to make way to a couple of towers, but in the meantime it’s a great spot to shoot the new developments and the Gardiner Expressway.

A New Contender | Downtown - Toronto, ON

A New Contender | Downtown – Toronto, ON

I will post a more thorough review with SOOC images, but let’s just say I have been extremely impressed by the quality of the 42MP sensor and the lens. The sharpness is very impressive, even in the corners. The details are truly amazing.

Keep Right | Downtown - Toronto, ON

Keep Right | Downtown – Toronto, ON

It’s taking me a little bit of time to get used to a new interface after using Nikon for 5 years. The menus are a bit cumbersome, but there are lots of customizable buttons. I also really like how the camera feels in my hand. Both the a7R II and the lens feel extremely well-built.

Toronto Rush | Downtown - Toronto, ON

Toronto Rush | Downtown – Toronto, ON

So far, it’s been a fantastic experience. I have shot with the a7R II for a couple of days and enjoyed every minute of it.

I will write a more thorough review in a couple of weeks, after using it in different situations, including commercial jobs. I also have a trip to Chicago in 10 days, so it will be a good way to test it.

Hope you enjoy the short review and the images!

2 Comments

  • Cooler Near the Lake October 5, 2015 11:57 am

    Michael, congratulations! It’s about time 🙂 The initial results look great, sharp, vibrant. Bob

    • Michael October 5, 2015 9:38 pm

      Thanks Bob! I’m really happy with these first few shots

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