The Sony A7r, The New Hotness In Landscape Photography
Sample photos below. On these I didn't use Sony's Raw converter since everyone says it sucks. I used LR3 RC. It is much nicer.
My PreOrder is in! Hopefully I get the first batch December 1. I'll have a lot of time off that month so I'll be doing plenty of tests. Anything you want me to test or see when I get the camera leave a comment or email me.
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I'll have a review for how it works with the Metabones Canon EF to E Mount adapter as well.
I'll be posting a full review and sample photos when I get this camera. I ordered it with the 35mm f2.8 FE lens and well be getting a Metabones Adapter to use with my Canon lenses. I've been waiting for years for Canon to do something revolutionary for landscape photographers but that's really just not their cup of tea I guess.
A Little About This New Mirrorless Camera
Looks like this camera is basically a D800E but mirrorless. It looks like the exact same sensor as that camera with an improved lensing system to deal with the rear element of the lenses being so close.
It's exctiting to finally have an awesome camera that doesn't weight a ton like that D800. That's the whole reason I never bought that camera. I want smaller and Lighter. I travel a lot and shoot lanscapes. Nobody wants to hike 10 miles with a 5 pound camera.
The one negative to this camera I see is the short battery life. 350 photos per battery is bad. My Canon could go days. Because of this I might order the extra Grip.
Couple Unique Features
Optimized Microlens Technology - On the sensor are microlenses to optimize how the light hits the sensor and where. Towards the edges of the sensor, the microlenses are tuned to allow more light to hit the sensor, improving edge and corner sharpness. Similar to what the Leica M FF series has done. They also have a gapless design, allowing for more light to hit the photodiods.
No High-Pass Filter - The high pass filter reduced aliasing (jaggy lines) and moire patterns. But it softens the image. Removing it will increase the aliasing but you'll get a sharper image. However, having 36 megapixels will add a bit more detail which in itself should help reduce aliasing. The rest is easily corrected in post. Which I am fine with. I'll take a sharper image with some jaggies any day.
Bionz X image Processor - This update to the image processor does a few things. Speeds up autofocus a bit, has a diffraction-reduction technology that corrects detail to match the aperture settings. (this sounds like a good thing for landscape photographers that shoot a f16-f22) The processor is 3x faster, and has an context-sensitive noise reduction technology. It attempts to identify which areas of the image (like skies) represent smooth tones, vs textured detail or subject edges and applies different amounts of noise reduction to those areas. It supposedly has better noise control across a larger ISO range as well.
Since this sensor looks very similar to the Nikon D800E sensor, it should test similar to the D800E at DXOmark. Meaning, 25.6 bits of Color Depth, and 14.3 Evs of Dynamic Range. Although some of the sensor performance is dictated by the image processor, it should be interesting to see how Sony's Image Processor in the A7r holds up against the Nikon D800, since they have very similar specs.
I've only had the camera about 2 hours when I took these photos. Just a quick walk down Sawtelle in Los Angeles. I'll have more very soon. These are also all shot with the Zeiss Sonnar 35mm F2.8. Everything is shot at f2.8 at a pretty high ISO. Around 1200 and higher.
To see the original size, click the photo, then click O at the top. To see the EXIF data, click the image, then click the top right x, then you'll see an 'i' to the right.