Sony A7s first impressions and first week snaps - I picked up a used A7s from nationalcameraexchange. My intent was to give me a tool that utilized my M-Mount lenses and at the same time gave me high ISO capability that did not exist in my other camera. I shoot in early morning often and have often found myself out after dark shooting cycling and cycling culture. High ISO isn’t the end all, but when you need it you need it.
Learning to shoot the A7s in manual was a breeze coming from shooting Olympus OMD cameras with legacy glass for the last two years . With the C1 button set to magnify, just like my OLympus cameras, and the superior Sony focus peaking, I found myself quickly getting in focus shots.
Things I love:
- Small size. A truly incredible camera in a small package. It is especially small with my favorite lens attached, a Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm f2.
- Full frame. I like the depth of the images. Again, coming from shooting m4/3 for the past 2 years, this is a noticeable difference. Just like I said above about high ISO, this isn’t the end all, but again, when you need it you need it.
- High ISO - A few of the shots above were shot at ISO 12800. Sick and sort of unbelievable.
- Focus peaking with options of color and strength. It is so much better than the Olympus focus peaking I have been trying to use for the past 12 months.
Things I wish were different or better
- No customizable minimum speed in Auto ISO. It defaults to 1/60th no matter what lens I have. (If this is changeable and you know how to do it, please drop me a line).
- Threaded shutter release button. I just don’t like the feel of the shutter release and wish I could put a soft release button on there.
- Battery life - Not a deal breaker, but as someone who shoots quite a bit and sometimes goes for a few days on bike tours without the option of recharging, it’s a downer.
I know as I use it more, I will learn more, but right now I am pretty blown away by this little gem.
more to come……
FYI - for those wondering about the grip and the strap. The strap and grip are from JB Camera Designs custom. This grip pictured is a prototype bamboo grip that was given to me by my friend JB of JB Camera Designs.