Sony A7ii 3 weeks in... how does it do when it does?

A Little less than a month in, and I am starting to really like using the A7ii.

This camera has not been all love all the time. The files are noisy over iso 400, the focus peaking is not very accurate wide open, and the white balance has a very strange sense of humour while the dynamic range and exposure latitude of the raw files just isn't that amazing. However what it does do well, it does very well.

 Terror threat at one of my clients. This was day two with the A7ii, and kind of a baptism by fire. Shot with the Leica Summicron 35 M wide open.

Terror threat at one of my clients. This was day two with the A7ii, and kind of a baptism by fire. Shot with the Leica Summicron 35 M wide open.

 

This camera does great in daylight situations. It also does very well in interview/studio situations. 

One thing that is irritating me is the low pass filter. I see tremendous potential for this camera system. The precision of focusing directly from the sensor, while zoomed in, is unsurpassed. The workflow reminds me of shooting medium format, without the resolution down to the pixel. If the sharpness would be from the sensor as well as the lenses, I would be head over heels in love. When Sony comes out with an A7r or s replacement I will upgrade.

 Potato Farmers Pirmin and Fredi Umbricht. To their right is an Elinchrom Quatra shot through a trifold umbrella, on an overcast day. Nikkot Ai-S 85mm st 1.4 or 2.0

Potato Farmers Pirmin and Fredi Umbricht. To their right is an Elinchrom Quatra shot through a trifold umbrella, on an overcast day. Nikkot Ai-S 85mm st 1.4 or 2.0

 Swiss Actor Beat Schlatter for a shoot about his role in a play where he plays a porn addict. Leica Summicron M at 2.0

Swiss Actor Beat Schlatter for a shoot about his role in a play where he plays a porn addict. Leica Summicron M at 2.0

 In the captions of the photos in this post, i am providing some information regarding subject and lenses.

 "Porn King" Patrik Stöckli ( I work allot for a large tabloid) During an interview over breakfast, the morning of a court hearing. Nikkor 85 Ai-S with an SB-910 on camera bounced from the ceiling.

"Porn King" Patrik Stöckli ( I work allot for a large tabloid) During an interview over breakfast, the morning of a court hearing. Nikkor 85 Ai-S with an SB-910 on camera bounced from the ceiling.

 TV Personality Rita Andermann-Ruedi on her balcony in Basel Switzerland. Nikkor 85 Ai-S wide open with the Elinchrom Quatra inside a silver lined soft box to my right.

TV Personality Rita Andermann-Ruedi on her balcony in Basel Switzerland. Nikkor 85 Ai-S wide open with the Elinchrom Quatra inside a silver lined soft box to my right.

The most impressed I have been so far was with the portraits below. I was assigned to shoot an interview and portrait of Swiss TV personality Röbi Koller. We were to meet in a photo studio, though this backdrop had nothing to do with our story. He interrupted the interview three times to ask me about my camera and lenses. Though slightly awkward toward the writer, this was a great help to me when it came to engaging him during the shoot. In both images he is sitting at a table with a big window to my right. In one image I used an Elinchrom Quatra in a silver interior softbox behind him to my left. The rest of the light is coming in from the window. It was an overcast day, so I thought I needed to make a light sandwich in order to make the image more dynamic. In the end I shut off my flash and shot him in available light. I love the second image because there is no distraction from his eyes, and you can stare in to his face, and let it tell stories.

 Röbi Koller with rim light

Röbi Koller with rim light

 Röbi Koller with only available light

Röbi Koller with only available light

 And here the published image. I shot Black and white, but Jpeg and Raw. This way I can focus better by seeing B&W in the viewfinder with less distraction, and have a Raw to play with as well.

And here the published image. I shot Black and white, but Jpeg and Raw. This way I can focus better by seeing B&W in the viewfinder with less distraction, and have a Raw to play with as well.