There are also other apps available on the Sony PlayMemories app store in addition to the Time Lapse app. We did not encounter any problems while we were traveling but I did keep a close eye on the a7II at all times, taking it out only when needed for a photograph. It’s works very well for stills in particular but also improves video shooting to a degree. We opted for a “hanging bridges” tour where we explored the rainforest on foot, sometimes lofted several hundred feet high in the canopy of the forest. The ability to record 4K video is still a pretty low priority for me so I felt that sacrificing some of the benefits of the a7S might be worth the changes found in the new a7II. It’s submenus have submenus and for any given function, there is often more than one way to access it (custom buttons, menu, Fn menu, etc.). Overall, in spite of its quirks, the a7II is still does what it’s supposed to do extremely well. I think this is a great example of shooting with the a7II at the extremes of its capability. Sometimes I can greatly exceed the rated battery life. The a7II’s main menu system is rather deep so I’ve made any menu function that I use often accessible via the Fn button for quick access. In the case of timelapse shooting, the a7II requires either a third party intervalometer or the purchase and installation of the Sony Playmemories Time-Lapse app which costs an extra $9.99. Let’s talk about one of the most obvious changes between the a7II and the original a7: the body design. I think this behaviour is a stupid decision on the part of the designers and one of the bigger downsides of the a7II. For single shot AF, I’ve found the a7II to perform well. Reddit's most popular camera brand-specific subreddit! Stay on standard, but pump the sharpness to 3. For our first month of travel, we spent our time in Costa Rica. While the app features look really cool on paper, they still feel clunky and slow in practice. Knowing that the a7II is not truly watersealed, I kept it in my bag in between downpours. I think that for most shooting situations, Sony’s cameras are fine but there are still some quirks that might not be desirable for some photographers, especially if you’re accustomed to the familiarity of a DSLR. The a7II seemed to show the best results in these low-light conditions when used above ISO 800. Free Shipping for U.S. Customers, International Shipping Discount – All November – All Orders! My screen does indeed show the scene with the aperture wide open, however when I press my AF On button the camera focuses and the aperture closes without half pressing. How good is the A7II in low light from ISO 1600 to ISO 6400. Working with people is hard when they are in the moment and you gotta tell them to wait. Departing from the matched exterior design of the Sony a7, a7R, and a7S, the a7II consists of a thicker body to contain the five-axis SteadyShot INSIDE stabilization and has a noticeably deeper grip. It’s a little slow to start up, it has a very long and deep menu system that is more complex than it needs to be and there are distinct bugs in its operation like the fact that it will not enter power saving mode if the viewfinder is obscured. while adding an excellent image stabilization system and improved ergonomics. On my Sony cameras, I assign a button located on the top right on the back of the camera to control auto-focus, thus taking it off its default shutter-button setting. The a7II was fortunately very easy to use for shooting infrared as the live view was able to still allow me to precisely focus. So I love my camera by one my biggest problem is when shooting in low light I can't ever grab focus well. If you want to read more about my adventures shooting astrophotography, check out my Milky Way photography blog, Lonely Speck. The take home point is that the a7II is a very good performer in these kinds of conditions and I have no hesitation recommending it for use in low-light conditions. The Sony A7 III achieves an overall DxOMark sensor score of 96 points and ranks in the top five best Sony sensors we’ve tested, just behind the full-frame Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II fixed-lens compact camera, and the Sony A7R II. If you want a camera that performs excellently at tracking subjects, the smaller and cheaper Sony a6000 is excellent in this regard. Most of the residences were secured with steel gates and barbed wire. I have been using BBF for a long time now, so to test I set Live View Display to off. If you’re considering the a7II, it’s important to keep in mind that if size and weight are a priority, the original a7 is still substantially smaller and lighter while still offering almost identical image quality and at a lower price than the a7II, too. Like the other a7 cameras, the a7II still features the excellent Fn button for accessing an on-screen custom function menu for quickly accessing extra functions, whether it be zebra-stripes, focus peaking level, ISO, metering, flash compensation, or pretty much any function possible. I would place this at the top of the list of features. Compared to the original a7 line, the a7II grip shape is significantly deeper and, in my opinion, more comfortable to hold in the hand. That means that if you stop to f/5.6, the camera will focus substantially slower than if you left the lens at f/2.8. Roger Cicala of LensRentals.com did an excellent teardown of the a7II that shows many of the significant internal changes that were made in the a7II and shows how much complexity the in-camera stabilization system adds to the design. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, a6600 | Rokinon 12/2 | Sigma 16,30,56/1.4 | Sony 70-350, A7II, GM 85/1.4, 55/1.8, 28/2, 16-35/4, 15/4.5. The A7 III delivers its best image quality at its base sensitivity of I… At ISO settings above 800, the camera showed the best shadow details and tended to maintain an acceptable level of detail all the way up to ISO 25600. I been thinking about getting a Sony A7II for the full frame and IBIS. The built-in Sony SteadyShot system promises to offer about 4.5 stops of stabilization capability which should help reduce the effects of camera shake when using slower shutter speeds. If the lighting is good, the higher ISO's is not so much of an issue for portraits. So while the a7II has the added benefit of of stabilization, I still think the a7S still comes out as the winner for video production quality. For most of the time there, the volcano was obscured by fast moving clouds. There’s a plethora of information available through both the viewfinder and LCD and that’s one of the reasons I love using the a7II: zebra striping for any luminance value from 70-100+, different levels of focus peaking, a multi-axis level/artificial horizon, a real time histogram, or, if preferred, nothing but the scene. While these are my custom settings, you should set up your settings based on your own needs. This will affect JPEGs only, but will slightly oversharpen edges in the preview. One of my favorite features of the stabilization system is that when using the manual focus magnification function, the camera automatically stabilizes the image, making it much easier to get precise manual focus when shooting handheld. One of the projects I worked on while in México City was the creation of an online a levitation portrait class. That said, the total differences in noise performance are small when compared to other full-frame cameras and ultimately the use of a reasonably fast aperture lens will make much more of a difference in low-light performance. In this post, I share my experiences with the Sony a7II. If you want to make it to sunset with the camera around your neck, be sure to turn it off when you’re not using it. The a7II has a lot of menu settings. The camera is a little bit quieter in first curtain electronic shutter mode but it’s still loud compared to a lot of other options on the market. Upon returning to America, Diana and I set off on a road trip to shoot photos while touring our home country. At this point in our travels, I was able to carry a bit more gear so I added the Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 and Voigtlander 15mm/4.5 Heliar III to my bag so some of the photos below feature some different fields of view when compared to the Sony Zeiss FE 35mm f/2.8 that I had with me in Costa Rica and Mexico. Like /u/UrSofaKing said, set Live View Display (3rd page of gear tab in the menu) to Off, Set AF w/ shutter (4th page of gear tab) to Off, and. With apps like “My Best Portrait”, “Smooth Refection”, “Light Painting”, and “Sound Photo”, it seems like it’s filled with mostly gimmicks but I’ve found practical use of certain apps like “Touchless Shutter” for a no-vibration way of starting or stopping a bulb exposure and the “Smart Remote Control” app for controlling video and still recordings via a smartphone. It’s user interface still lacks the polish I would expect of such an advanced camera. The a7II is notable as the first full-frame mirrorless camera to feature an in-body image stabilization system. I have found it to be a very good performer for astrophotography and other low-light shooting and I have no hesitation holding on to this camera for my on-going road trip across the the United States where I’ve taken every opportunity to capture the night sky in many of the remote dark locations where we have been staying. It’s as good or perhaps even better than the viewfinder found on the Fujifilm X-T1, something that camera is well known for. That said, the camera is also noticeably heavier. His website probably describes it better (and also has examples. Sony have really thought through their proposition with the A7 series and realising one camera can’t cater for the needs of all photographers offer three differing options. You can still see the effects of the slow shutter time if you look at Monica’s hair moving in the breeze. Do you really need that much depth of field? It could also be your go to for taking pictures indoors in poor lighting like wedding receptions and the likes. As soon as you get complacent about shutting the camera down though, it can suck down pretty fast. And even shooting the stars with the relatively slow Voigtländer 15mm f/4.5 Heliar III lens yielded some very good results. Compared to the original a7, the a7II adds one more custom function button to the top plate, making for a total of 10 customizable function buttons on the camera plus the ability to customize the function of the rear wheel. That said, the a7II has a strange behaviour that compromises its AF performance at all but the lowest f/numbers: it keeps the aperture stopped to match the f/number while focusing, reducing the incoming light to the phase detection pixels. I do allot of studio work and it's hard at f9 or higher to get it to fire often. At the time of this writing, I’m currently traveling with the a7II and a couple wide angle prime lenses: the Sony Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar T*, Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 and the Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5. Featuring a full magnesium alloy body and stainless steel mount, the overall construction of the Sony a7II feels very solid while handling it. So I love my camera by one my biggest problem is when shooting in low light I can't ever grab focus well. Get out of auto and get control of your camera using tried-and-true recipes. This, of course, corresponds well to the fact that the a7S is also significantly more expensive than the a7II. I was a little bit disappointed that separate customizations are global and thus not independently programmable to the ‘1’ and ‘2’ modes available on the mode dial. Press J to jump to the feed. Programming these buttons, however, does require a lot of menu searching to map any given button to the function that you desire. Learn how to setup your Sony a6000 for portraits, sports, landscapes, nature, animals and more. The a7II is an advanced piece of photography gear. If stabilization is a priority for you, the a7II is the perfect choice but if stabilization is not a specific requirement, the original a7 offers a much more affordable alternative with similar image quality. It’s the same app that I used in my a7S review and not much has changed since. I still liked the camera. For the portrait above, it was almost completely dark outside. 4/5 Stars.  I think the app store thing, while “with the times”, is a misstep in Sony’s camera line. To turn off live view, In the Gear menu go to page 3. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. I constantly remind myself to turn off the camera to preserve the battery life and overall, I  think this need is detrimental to shooting spur of the moment occurrences as it requires you to turn the camera on and wait for it to start up (which isn’t instant) before you are able to shoot. Sony Alpha a7II Review: The Perfect Camera for Travel Photography . The camera did withstand a few droplets here and there but I was still cautious, doing my best to keep it dry. For my personal use, often using manual focus lenses and doing more methodical work like landscape photography, the a7II’s excellent manual focus peaking and focus magnification features are excellent for most of the shooting that I do so the missteps in the autofocus system don’t personally affect my ability to get the shots I want. I have a Fuji X-T1 which I'm totally happy with, but I been hanging on to my 6D with the 40mm 2.8 and 200mm 2.8 for that full frame look at 200mm @ 2.8. In order to try to achieve as clean an image as possible, I kept the shutter time relatively long at 1/6th of a second and the lens wide open at f/2.8. While the a7II is certainly the heaviest mirrorless camera I have used, I still found it small enough and light enough to bring backpacking. By comparison, it’s no where near as good as the SteadyShot system built into the Sony RX100 III, but the RX100 III relies on both optical stabilization and digital cropping to achieve its silky smooth stabilization. If you’re careful about your power usage, the camera has plenty of battery life. The 24 megapixel sensor is more than enough resolution for pretty much everything I shoot and the camera handles low-light shooting very well. Despite Costa Rica’s role as one of the most affluent Central American countries, it still has a substantial amount of poverty and crime. Both modes are rather loud, with the fully mechanical shutter having a very heavy “kerch-clunk!” sound. With a fast lens, the a7II performs very well in low-light just as you would expect. It’s the fourth member of the Sony A7-series line-up, as Sony continues their path of creating specialized cameras with unique virtues that other cameras cannot realize – even other Sony cameras. The stabilization system in the a7II is not a replacement for a real video stabilizer rig like a gimbal, but it does provide a tangible improvement in the smoothness of motion in most handheld shots. Hopefully we’ll see improvements over time. The battery of the Sony a7II shoots up to 350 images when fully charged. It’s biggest competitor, in my opinion, is it’s predecessor, the original a7, which, at the time of this writing can be found for nearly $700 less than the a7II. For some, that $700 might seem like a steep price increase for the addition of in-camera image stabilization and a few video, body and button changes. Photographers shopping for a compact full frame camera should keep in mind that the cheaper Sony a7 shares the same sensor for much cheaper and in a smaller package but without the updated grip design nor the in-camera stabilization system. A fourth-place finish among Sony sensors puts it ahead of the high-end a9, which features a similar 24MP sensor and comes in at 92 points. The lower resolution Canon EOS 6D and Sony a7S are slightly better low-light performers. The first and most obvious quirk of shooting with the a7II, in my opinion, is autofocus control point size and position. But there’s also bunch of new setting you won’t find on any previous Sony a7-series cameras. Compared to Canon’s smallest full frame DSLR, the Canon EOS 6D, the Sony a7II is still smaller and lighter but by a narrower margin than what I would expect of a mirrorless system. We bind back button focus to the AF/MF/AEL switch lever. Move to Section 6 and select “APS-C/Super 35mm” menu item. May 24, 2015 - Explore Rodney Cameron's board "SONY A7s", followed by 170 people on Pinterest. I found the grain to still be pleasant even at the maximum ISO 25,600 and so I would have no hesitation pushing the camera that high if the situation deems it necessary. We are an unofficial community of users of the Sony Alpha brand and related gear: Sony E Mount, Sony A Mount, legacy Minolta cameras, RX cameras, lenses, flashes, photoshare, and discussion. The cameras in Sony's Alpha range are well-known for their superb sensors. If you’re coming from another brand like Nikon or Canon, there might be a bit of a learning curve but major conventions are still adhered to. When you half press the shutter button, the aperture will close to your aperture setting so you can see what it looks like before full-pressing the shutter button and taking the picture. The a7II SteadyShot shows a marked improvement in handheld video but it won’t be able to compensate for large movements or really jerky moves like shooting while walking. Judging the a7II on the scale of its competition, it offers a unique package. Some buttons have been added, moved, and refined over the previous design standard. Furthermore, the performance of the apps is usually rather slow. I saw no great benefit from the BSI sensor. Print or … When you manually focus, look for a "shimmer" around the edges of what ever it is you want in focus, and it'll nail it every time. What this test’s finding boils down to is that Sony’s new cheapest full-frame camera has become one of the top performers in low-light performance (perhaps just behind the a7S II). For low-light, it’s certainly not the a7S, but it’s quite good, even when paired with slow lenses. The battery life of the a7II is rated to a maximum shot number of 350 but in my experience this number will vary dramatically. Sony's a7S, a $2,500 sister camera to the a7 II, also records in 4K. The little viewfinder is a bigger power hog than the rear LCD monitor and the viewfinder automatically turns on when anything is brought in range of it. Before I used to bump the ISO To pull focus and then go back down. In my testing of the a7II, the continuous AF and tracking capability of the camera works but is still not quite up to DSLR standards. From a standpoint of capability, quality, and price, the a7II is hard to match. You can unsubscribe any time, and your email will remain safe with us. The a7II shows excellent dynamic range capability. The first and most noticeable difference in the a7II over its predecessors is the built in sensor stabilization system. That said, some auditory feedback is usually welcome for most shooting situations. ctrl + f then type in "a third method"). I love to shoot short video clips of our travels and the a7II’s stabilization system seemed like it might be able improve the quality of handheld video when compared to shooting on the a7S, which suffers from substantial rolling shutter effects. In order to capture it, I recorded several timelapse sequences with the a7II’s Time Lapse app,  just hoping that I could get at least one frame with the summit visible. Manual focus with focus peaking turned high. Sony is a leader in mirrorless cameras with its full-frame Alpha series, but as the series has expanded to four models, choosing the right one can be confusing. When pushed to the extremes, the RAW files will show a salt and pepper grain that I usually find pleasant. For example, I can manually set the focal length to 24mm for my Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 Lens when shooting with it to ensure the most accurate stabilization. Full Frame 24.3 Megapixel Sensor; In-body Image Stabilization: This gives you up to a 4 stop advantage when shooting in low light. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window). Nikon and Fujifilm). Menu > Camera Settings 5 > ISO AUTO Min SS It’s small and unassuming, sharp and very quiet in operation. It requires too many button presses to adjust the position of the focus point: click the assigned button to open the Focus Settings menu, click the center button to enable moving the point and then use the 4 way directional rear pad to change the point’s position. I got mine at B&H. I had auto-ISO enabled and so the a7II pushed the photo up to ISO 25,600 to keep a neutral exposure. Sony a7rII + Sony 70-400 w/ LA-E3 adapter in APS-C Mode To enable APS-C Mode, jump into the camera’s menu system and select the “Settings” tab (2nd from the left). Hybrid autofocus (25 contrast and 117 phase detection points), 1080p video including S-Log2 Gamma Profile capability in XAVC-S, Wi-Fi with NFC and downloadable in-camera apps. To see all of the levitation photo examples, check out my writeup about the class or click on the photo below:Â. Camera features additional on-sensor phase detection autofocus points when compared to its predecessor supposedly... 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