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Old June 10th, 2015, 02:36 PM   #1
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New Sony Camera - Perfect for weddings?

Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on 4K-capable full frame BSI CMOS sensor: Digital Photography Review

4K internal recording

Full Frame or Crop

42MP for photos.

Seems like the ultimate cross over camera for weddings?
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Old June 10th, 2015, 02:49 PM   #2
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Re: New Sony Camera - Perfect for weddings?

Someone online made an interesting note of the on-sensor PDAF, claiming that it may enable autofocus on any lens (canon, Nikon etc) used on the Sony with any adapter.

That would be super useful.
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Old June 10th, 2015, 03:34 PM   #3
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I think the A7r had some obvious moire and aliasing - would need to see if the a7Rii solves this. I'm certainly very interested, but also hoping the A7Sii will have the same addons within the next year..
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Old June 10th, 2015, 04:14 PM   #4
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So do i wait for the a7Sii or get the a7Rii ?
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Old June 10th, 2015, 04:29 PM   #5
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Sounds like people should wait for the a7s ii. I can't imagine this camera doing too well in lowlight with such a high MP count.
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Old June 11th, 2015, 03:57 AM   #6
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Great roundup from Tony Northrup

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Old June 11th, 2015, 05:38 AM   #7
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I think weddings would be a good app for this camera, if one is primarily a photographer and secondarily videographer. If it's vice-versa and the a7sii comes out in November or December as some of the rumor sites have speculated, then the a7sii would be a stronger choice for a video-first camera and a terrific b camera for wedding non-portrait stills (low light for dance floor, etc.)
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Old June 11th, 2015, 05:57 AM   #8
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Re: New Sony Camera - Perfect for weddings?

Sony is using a BSI sensor (first FF one, supposedly), and a few other tricks on this new sensor - so performance may be better than the large # of pixels might suggest.

Of course should Sony apply the same tech to a new A7SII, you might be able to shoot videos of black cats in a dark unlit basement on a moonless night and get stunning results...
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Old June 11th, 2015, 06:07 AM   #9
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I specifically bought the A7s for filming dark/evening recptions so I could stop using a video light so I'm hanging on for the A7s II - hope it has the 5 axis stabiliser!
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Old June 11th, 2015, 06:20 AM   #10
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If they could throw in some built in ND, that would also be nice...
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Old June 11th, 2015, 08:54 AM   #11
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Re: New Sony Camera - Perfect for weddings?

I want to know HOW the focusing is activated. Is it the shutter button half way, then I have to trust it to track?

On my Canon 70D it uses the touchscreen and there is a face option. It still makes mistakes during, say, the wedding processional, but I can keep my finger on the face and get a great focus tracking down the long aisle.

If the new Sonys have that ability, I just might have to change over.
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Old June 12th, 2015, 04:16 PM   #12
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Sony is introducing some 70d-like facial recognition features on the two consumer 4k cams they also introduced this week, including eye recognition. Without starting another tired "pros never use AF" debate here, I'd love to see that feature on their pro-cams for 1 man band glidecam operations and the like.
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Old June 14th, 2015, 05:39 PM   #13
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I've been using autofocus on my a6000 and a7s when doing steadycam work for weddings. Seems to work fine especially during the day.

But yea, no touch screen, so telling it where to focus in say a wedding processional isn't as easy as the 70D makes it.
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Old June 15th, 2015, 03:46 AM   #14
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Interested to know what AF enabled lens you use on the A7s Clive?
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Old June 15th, 2015, 06:05 AM   #15
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Sony 16mm 2.8. Of course on the A7S I have to go into crop mode to use it. I've always used steadycam for dancing - I get among the dancers, and it's a real blast. But that's why I bought the A7s, so at that point in the day, Off comes my A6000 of the Nebula, on goes the A7s with the 16mm (Its tiny), rebalance and off we go. I'm happy to go crop mode for dancefloor stuff, and the A7S low light is so good.
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