I have always been a Nikon shooter. My photography has evolved from only travel and street photography to a more wider spectrum of wedding photography. I was also using a Fuji X series camera for my street endeavours but I never saw that as a camera capable of keeping up with the pace of a wedding.
Initially when I got the Sony A7R2 (Adorama) with the Sony 28mm f/2 (Adorama) and Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens, I thought I will reserve the Sony system for travel and street purposes. In May 2016, on a trip to Thailand, I got to use the amazing Sony 85mm f/1.4 G-Master (Adorama), and then I quickly changed my mind to let go off my Nikon gear. I was SOLD!
Over the past year or so, the Sony A7R2 has been my primary camera, for both weddings and street/travel. I can never make technical reviews, so I’d rather jump to real life photographs taken with the camera.
FOR STREET & TRAVEL
Primarily I am a street photographer with a strong interest in photographing strangers on the streets. Most of the times, its about being discrete. At other times when I ask for portraits of strangers, I need to be friendly and quickly get a photograph without making them awkward posing for minutes. The Sony A7R2 shines massively in this department. Depending on the lens, it can be discrete and fast. I recently bought an ultrawide prime(Zeiss Batis 18mm f2.8)(Adorama), so can’t wait to shoot more travel photo§§§agraphs with it
WEDDING & PORTRAITS
I will be honest, I never thought mirrorless systems could manage the agility and pace of a wedding, especially asian weddings. But I am glad that this camera proved me wrong. I started using it as a 2nd camera with my Nikon DSLR but slowly realised its giving me better photos and with the 85 1.4, I replaced it as my primary camera for shooting assignments.
There are few MASSIVE ADVANTAGES which makes it a game changer:
- The EVF. I need to shoot 30% less photos now, only because I can nail correct exposure for most photos. This means I spend less time sorting photos during post processing.
- The ISO performance. I shoot all my weddings in natural light, and I am not afraid to push my ISO setitngs to 6400 and even beyond to 12500 at times.
- The 4 customisable buttons on the camera- You can literally assign any function to any button. I use one of the buttons for AF-type selection, one for COLOR PROFILE, one for switching between viewfinder/LCD, etc.
- You can use adapters for any lenses and even use Autofocus. This means you can use Canon, Nikon and even Leica M mount lenses.
- Manual focus is very easy to use with focus peaking. I personally use the color RED to show me the peaking and its absolutely use-able!
- Read this fascinating tips: https://www.colbybrownphotography.com/15-tips-for-getting-the-most-out-of-your-sony-a7rii/
Battery life! I personally use 3. One would yield you 280-320 shots, so suit yourself accordingly.
Sensor prone to catching dust! Will bug you if you are a landscape photographer. Personally, I am guilty of being careless when it comes to changing lenses- I change them everywhere whenever needed. But it is more prone to catching dust than regular DSLR.
My stellar workhorse, a camera I can always rely on to provide me with beautiful images no matter what!