Very impressed by Sony A7 II

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    I don't know how the dials on the original A7 top deck were arranged but the totally crucial point for me with the A& II was the thumb wheels for both EC and aperture both usable.
    On my OMD I actually need to 'hold' the dial to change the aperture - and that is a real negative.
    Shooting in rapidly changing light means EC management.


     
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    Easy on the A7 can be moved with just the edge of your thumb
     
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    On and off in different position and c2 on top instead of back and hand grip looks bigger
     
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    And just bought mine with 24-70, extra battery and charger.
    Delivery tomorrow
     
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    Went to the Sony store the other day because their 4k display caught my eye (very cool, but not enough that I have to have 4k right now) and I wanted to try out some PS4 games and possible the Z3 Compact, found that they had an A7 II, hands on model, which I was quite surprised about. I've never seen a D800 or a 5D mkIII, on display like that. So I had to try it. Man, that thing feels like it is from the future. I mean, I didn't get to test it all that much because no one was moving particularly fast in the story and Sony stores are super well lit, but from what I could tell, it is a hell of a camera.
     
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    My a7 I picked up used has served me well these past few months. I haven't held the mk2 but I already know it'll be way better with the different grip and new shutter button location. Your finger definitely falls more naturally on the new location. People who held both say the extra weight isn't very negligible but it does feel more solid in your hands.

    I'm using mine with the la-ea4 with some of the minolta lenses with great results. This should hold me well until the system matures some more so that there are more FE lenses on the second hand market to make the prices easier to swallow.
     
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    Congratulations! Just in time to get to know it before your trip!
     
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    My friend has one and I used it just for a few exposures and it felt perfect.

    Most of my shots are with the 24-70 and so I'll be content with that for a while. I saw a couple of raw files from that and just thought they were wonderful. The Sony sensor handles color and dynamic range very well. The grip was perfect for my hands.

    Absolutely. My travel partner has an A7R and an A7II so I don't have to worry about extra body or charger.

    I'm not certain how he'll respond to the trip which is much more arduous than Myanmar.
    This link is to a video of one bus route we may take if time works out


    Note that the bus is being pulled uphill by the passengers to get some leeway in the mud.
    Note also that this bus is equipped with a tow rope for exactly this purpose.
    (we won't be in rainy season the chances of this are smaller)

    bus2.jpg
     
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    Are you taking both your cameras with you to Laos? What is your set going to be?
     
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    Sony a7 and zeiss 24-70
    Omd5 pana 35-100, Oly 45, 20 mm 1.7
    Friend is taking A7r and A7s with 24-70 and 50
     
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    It is stunning how close in size the A7 with 24-70 is to the OMD with 12-35.
    Body marginally bigger, lens bulkier - weight obviously greater but not uncomfortable.

    I want to get Friedman's book on the A series but I'm concerned that the button arrangements are different.

    Can anyone with an A7 verify for me the arrangement differences between a7 and A7 II?

    Lew
     

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