I prefer the 0.5 second option: just enough to see what you got but not long enough to slow you down. ----- My Preset Pack - 50% OFF! The A7 III gains a significant update to its autofocus because it features a very similar … But for the moment I’m sticking with my Nikons. Focus Mode: AF-A, which is a combination of AF-S and AF-C modes, works pretty well for most situations on the A7R II. ● No way to back up the complete camera state as Nikons can do. With a 50mm or 55mm f/1.8 lens, some full frame DSLRs like the Canon 6D actually weigh the same or less. Click any for the camera-original © files to explore on your computer; mobile devices rarely show the full resolution files properly. The built-in Sony SteadyShot system promises to offer about 4.5 stops of stabilization capability which should help reduce the effects of camera sha… Even with an electronic shutter there are no ultra high speeds to allow shooting very fast lenses in broad daylight wide-open, like the Fuji X-T10's 1/32,000 shutter. Palm, 01 February 2017. To do this, hit the Menu button and navigate to the camera settings (camera icon). Disclaimer: I prefer to use manual focus and I haven’t used AF that much. Top Sample Images Intro Lenses & Adapters Specifications USA Version Performance Compared Usage Recommendations More Sony A7 Mk II (21.4 oz./605g with battery and card, $898) and 85mm f/1.4 GM. If you find this If the camera is focusing in front of the subject it is front focusing. Sony Focus Modes. They are marked NO NAME instead of SONYA7II. The Sony A7 II is a great camera. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. Go to the Gear icon and go to Menu 6, scroll down and select Custom Key Settings, 3. If the camera is focusing behind the subject it is back focusing. Canon 6D + EF 50mm f/1.8 STM = 760g + 159g = 919g. It has two dials, and the rest is all pushbuttons — and a lot of fiddling in menus. Palm Tree Trunk, 31 January 2017. ● No way to set minimum shutter speed in Auto ISO; the camera picks what it wants and that's the end of the discussion. Its more casual "α7 II" designation is on the front. ● There's no auto brightness control so the LCD isn't bright enough to see in direct sunlight unless you manually set it brighter. Set the drive mode of the camera to Single Shooting. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. Nice is that there's a 1/2 second auto review option. The A7 Mk II works with all the lenses made by Sony, Zeiss and others for Sony's mirrorless E-Mount. I set this at MENU > Suitcase 5 > Folder Name > Date Form. The A7 Mark II looks great at just about any ISO; use whatever ISO you need to get a sharp picture. (Adapting Nikon or Canon lenses to this Sony loses significant performance; a lens always works best on its own brand of camera.). High ISO performance is superb, and ISO 50 is even sharper than ISO 100. NEX), which with its shallow 18mm flange focal distance allows better lens designs than DSLRs do — the same advantage rangefinder cameras have, as well as allowing just about any lens to mount with an adapter. Hot shoe, which is also a Sony "Multi Interface" Shoe. ● In-finder 2-axis level works great for keeping horizons and vertical lines as they should be. I'd also get it at Adorama, at Amazon, or at Crutchfield. I suggest that users of A6300, A7II and A7R2 go back to green mode for better focus speed and hit rate. As you can see, pretty much any ISO you need will work well for reasonably sized web or print images. While the A7II is smaller and lighter than most DSLRs, its full frame lenses are just as heavy, or heavier. It's as slow as Nikon's D1H of fifteen years ago; forget the A7 II for sports. I couldn't care less about 4K video; it's just another Japanese conspiracy to sell more cameras and TVs. To make this faster, turn off the A7 Mk II II, move the mode dial, and turn it back on. bigger. The Custom Key Setting should say “Focus Settings.”. I could not find the answer in the A7R II user sensual. Use the LA-EA4 adapter to use Sony Alpha DSLR and Minolta MAXXUM 35mm SLR lenses with perfect autofocus, metering and EXIF performance. Canon has been making cameras since the 1930s, while Sony seems to use the same guys who designed VCRs back in the day; remember the blinking clocks showing "12:00" that no one could set? Sony does not seal its boxes in any way, so never buy at retail or any other source not on my personally approved list since you'll have no way of knowing if you're missing accessories, getting a defective, damaged, returned, store demo or used camera. Face recognition works great, but only if you turn it on in the Camera 6 menu. A number of popups will appear, move to menu six in the camera gear icon, go down, and choose custom key settings. 5.9x &11.7x focus magnifier (3.8x & 7.7x in APS-C). When there is sufficient light it focuses fast and precise. It uses a lot of power, typical for mirrorless cameras. I got mine at B&H. Thanks, Jim. Two of the most important accessories you can pick up for your new Sony a7rII are an L-Bracket and a Wireless Remote. I would recommend that the focus area function is programmed to one of the custom keys – The A7 has 4 such keys. Rated 21.13 oz. Buying gray market is always taking a chance compared to getting a legal USA version. 30% Faster Auto Focus Compared to the A7: This was one of the reasons I didn’t buy the original a7 when it came out. Manual focus lenses like the Nikon NOCT-NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2 may look impressive, but they're a pain for active shooting since you'll have to focus and operate the diaphragm completely manually! ● The superb magic crop button of the Sony A99 is gone. So you must change focus modes within the camera. A Canon DSLR is usually much better, but this Sony's electronic finder is marvelous in daylight. and pretty much undocumented. C1 as magnify assist. Set the DMF focus mode to allow manual focus override with autofocus. Down button as Eye-AF. It draws 450mA while charging, tapering down to 100 mA when the charge light turns off. Upper end DSLRs have many more direct controls, while the A7 II is more of a menu nightmare just like the cheapest DSLRs. Thank you! Face recognition works great in all focus modes, but only if you turn it on in the Camera 6 menu! I use the stores I do because they ship from secure remote warehouses where no one gets to touch your new camera before you do. Manual brightness only, also a manual "Sunny" mode. Bracketing: It includes up to 5-shot bracketing, available in both Continuous and Single Bracketing modes DSLRs work much faster and easier. *Yes I meant "I never use AF-S" not AF-C lol my bad. Pick Up An L-Bracket & Wireless Remote. This native mode is no match compared to Sigma's MC-11 adapter with Sigma lenses. There's never any need for a special vibration-free mode; it always works this way. The electronic viewfinder (EVF) is excellent. Press the Menu button on the top left of the camera. Yes, ISO 50 is sharper than ISO 100 as you will see. The A72 has essentially no knobs or levers. There is no diagonal scroll; it only goes left/right or up/down at any one time. In this case, attempting to move the focus point (the rectangle you see in the viewfinder or LCD that tells you where your camera is focusing) with the Control Wheel (the way it works with both Nikon and Canon) was bringing up the Display, ISO and the Drive Modes. I let my Auto ISO run all the way up to ISO 25,600. If you're getting short battery life, try different settings. Insane, right? June 2019   Sony   Lenses   Zeiss   Nikon   Canon   Fuji   LEICA   All Reviews. It the camera's auto-selected speed based on focal length is what you want, great, but if you depend on Auto ISO to set the camera for you as I do, I prefer the much more adjustable A7S II or A7R II. Go to Menu tab5 screen5. NP-FW50 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery (same as A7S II and A7R II). Cards take about 7 seconds to format a 16GB card. Its perfect resolution, great high ISO performance and great handling makes this A7 II Sony's best buy in full-frame cameras. At 70mm, I almost always get perfect results at 1/15, and 80% of my shots are perfect at 1/8. The a7ii is noticeably faster than the a7 but still not among the fastest cameras on the market. As ISO climbs, we lose grain in the wood, the sparkles in the black wood grain, and everything gets softer. The A7 II isn't for sports. Worse than the published specs, it can't track focus as well or operate as fast as we need for action. Sony A7II, Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM at 24mm at f/2.8 hand-held at 1/50 at Auto ISO 25,600. bigger or camera-original © file. This a great suggestion, and have forwarded it to my clients with the A7II. (Sony A7II, Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM at 55mm at f/2.8 at 1/60 at Auto ISO 640, Perfectly Clear.). The Macro mode is a setting on your camera that you can use to take close-up pictures of small objects such as insects or flowers. Depending on your camera, it might be under the Camera and 3rd page or in the Sony A7iii, it’s now under the first Camera and 5th page. I use M-Mode either for panoramas were I compose many images into a single one or when the camera’s logic is … If you wish to make a printout for personal use, you are granted one-time permission only if you PayPal me $5.00 per printout or part thereof. For my A7II, I use small tracking mode. Contact, Top   Sample Images   Intro   Lenses & Adapters, Specifications   USA Version   Performance, Compared   Usage   Recommendations   More. The usual choice of Single-shot AF (S), Continuous AF (C), Automatic AF (A, which switches automatically between S and C) or Manual Focus. As it gets darker the camera focuses slower. option in Gear Menu 6 lets us set the camera to correct many lens flaws automatically as we shoot. Manual focus works much better once you assign the focus magnifier to one of the programmable buttons, otherwise the magnifier comes and goes as it likes. In my case I have the back focus button to do the focusing and use the lever to switch between Eye-AF and normal AF (with Face Detection if I'm shooting portraits). A Down Button menu will pop up with a lot of options, 7. Many buttons are programmable, so if you have the patience to wade through the menu system, you can get it to work extremely well. To move the focus point on a Sony a7II, find the menu button, and press it. Turn off the camera, and it goes back to charging. It's great people like you who allow me to keep adding to this site full-time. It autorotates as you turn the camera, just like an iPhone, if you set Display Rotation: Auto in the PLAY 1 menu. Gary also shares how to setup back-button focusing and how to enable the power Eye-Auto Focus feature. Ah, but there is a way to make use of the Control Wheel for the focus point! ● Only 1/8,000 maximum shutter speed. ● Only runs 5 FPS, not great for sports or action; get the Canon 7D Mk II which runs twice as fast. The only gotcha is that the dioptrometic adjustment optics can lead to some astigmatism (lowered sharpness). Links This doesn't matter today, but you'll thank me in 2020 when you're trying to buy or sell one of these second hand. I can't vouch for ads below. It doesn't warn clearly if exposure compensation is set, so it's easy to overlook until you start wondering why all your pictures malexposed and discover that exposure compensation is still set from the day before! The Continuous AF mode (AF-C) also works great for tracking motion. The finder display of exposure compensation doesn't call more attention to itself when set away from zero. Alternatively add to the Fn key menu. The latest update of Adobe Lightroom (5.7.1 from mid December) now supports the Sony A7II RAW files. The biggest help is when you use any of these links when you get anything. Now the Focus Settings have been assigned to the Down Button, Got that? Continuous mode will reattempt focus when the subject moves within the restrictions you have placed on it with your Focus Area. Especially if you're comparing full-frame DSLRs at the same price point, Nikons and Canons are way ahead both for handling and real-world image quality. While an iPhone does swept panoramas more gracefully, you also can do these on the A7 II. 1. Once programed, it shoots fast, focuses and shoots in any light with ease. When taking pics of people, I put Face Detection On then use Eye-AF to lock focus on the eye (preferably the nearest eye). Move the rear lever to AF/MF and then the little button inside that lever becomes a focus lock button by default. For instance, the Canon 6D and EF 50mm f/1.8 STM weighs the same as the A7 II and Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8. Some years ago this wasn't the case; higher ISOs on older cameras would look quite different from lower ISOs even at small print sizes. When it sees a face, the little green boxes become big green boxes over each face. The Sony a7II is the company’s fourth full-frame interchangeable lens mirrorless camera and spec-for-spec it’s arguably the most technologically advanced camera I have ever used.The a7II is notable as the first full-frame mirrorless camera to feature an in-body image stabilization system. I also heavily use MF when focusing manually. Most of the time I use AF-S (single) with flexible small spot because I never trust the camera in Zone modes. There is no included stand-alone charger as there is with the A7S II and A7R II. Abandoned Funeral Home at Night, 03 February 2017. This A7 II weighs about 1 oz./25g less than the A7S II or A7R II, another advantage. This tells the camera you want to move the focus point. This all-content, junk-free website's biggest source of support is when you use those or any of these links to approved sources when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Creative Style: Standard — SETTING AUTOFOCUS — Press Fn. By clicking “Accept”, you consent to the use of ALL the cookies. Workshops On your camera monitor, tap the subject you want to track. An insider is reporting that the company is testing a high-resolution mode for the shooter, which will allow users to capture 48.9-megapixel photos. These images all look about the same at this web size up to ISO 25,600; the highlights, shadows and colors match very well across the entire ISO spectrum with just a little extra rattiness at the very highest five-digit ISOs. For instance, everything I shoot on 31 January 2017 is in a folder DCIM / 10070131. I support my growing family through this website, as crazy as it might seem. It's crummy menu system always has me off in some corner trying to set something that always seems easier in my Nikons and Canons. The shutter only moves at the ends of exposures, so there's no vibration. Just as the rest of the A7 series, A7II uses the same Bionz X processor and the same 24 MP sensor. bigger. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. if they are about 12" (30cm) wide on your screen, the complete image would print at 80 x 120" (2 x 3 meters) at this same high magnification. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. Alle Rechte vorbehalten. All rights reserved. For mirrorless, the Fujis are way ahead with their dedicated dials and levers for actual photography settings like ISO, shutter and aperture — all sorely lacking on this Sony. You need the A7S II or A7R II if you want to set this yourself. Check your manual for model-specific information. For the record, I love the size of this camera and the quality of the raw files, especially the low noise of the high ISO captures. While it has slower handling than a DSLR and not my choice for serious work (it only has one card slot for instance), as a fun hobby camera, it's awesome. Donate If you haven't helped yet, please do, and consider helping me with a gift of $5.00. USB also can power the camera indefinitely. Arrgh! Sony A7II, Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM at 24mm at f/2.8 at 1/160 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file. (Do this once for every new project to ensure sufficient storage space) — SETTING CREATIVE STYLE — Go to Menu tab1 screen12. Sony a7 (left) vs Sony a7ii (right) Auto Focus. A Nikon D610 or Canon 6D each work far better ergonomically and give much better results technically than adapting their lenses to the A7 II. Based around an updated 24.2-megapixel back-illuminated full-frame sensor, the A7 III punches well above its weight with a rich feature including a 693 phase-detect autofocus system, 10 frames per second, internal 4k video, and silent operation. I realized that when the camera doesn't "find" an eye it just doesn't focus or even try if you are in Eye-AF mode, so I can easily switch back to the normal focus. I rarely have to stack my photos in post processing. Individual face registration is in the Gear 6 menu; I don't bother with that. It charges via USB. If shooting in manual mode, watch the tutorial video below or follow the steps to enable Macro mode depending if your camera is touchscreen or uses the dial wheel. Otherwise, all the actual shooting controls are a few clicks away hidden behind buttons and menus— just like the cheapest Canon SL1 or Nikon D3300. This allows quick access to this important setting to change between Wide, Zone, Flexible Spot, or Flexible Spot Lock focus modes. Use the tiny APS-C PZ 16-50mm OSS or Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 and the A72 acts like a great 10 MP APS-C camera. Unlike a DSLR, it always takes a moment to turn on or to wake up. The trunk is round; not everything is in focus. So long as you get yours from an authorized source, you'll get a legitimate USA version with a warranty from Sony USA. Click any for the same camera-original © files as above to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely show the full resolution files properly): For instance, I get usually great results with the unstabilzed Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM. Sony Alpha A7II is the fourth member of Sony’s A7-series line-up and the follow up of the original A7. While images at high ISOs look great at reasonable print sizes, the differences are much more obvious at the high magnification shown below; we lose details and subtle textures at higher ISOs. 29 May 2019, September 2017, 01 March 2017. The A7 II shoots and autofocuses very quickly. The LCD flips vertically, but not very far, and it doesn't swing left or right. Then, in Menu 2, select the Down Button, 5. 1,200 zone evaluative, Center-Weighted or Spot.. Meter range LV -1 to +20 with an f/2 lens. These cookies do not store any personal information. The A7S II and A7R II are the same camera, with a few small newer features, and either less resolution (12 MP and adding some extra stupid-high ISOs in the A7S II), or crazy-high resolution, at the cost of overall speed of handling (A7R II, 42 MP). bigger or camera-original © file. Dynamic Range: The Sony a7II has excellent highlight and shadow detail. The challenge was trying to interpret the vague descriptions in a thin user manual. This sounds complex, but it actually works faster since it doesn't lock up when turned on in a new mode. We have filter more than … 24 MP full-frame 23.9 x 35.8mm CMOS sensor. ● In-camera, as-shot automatic lens vignetting, lateral chromatic aberration and distortion correction. Drive Mode Shutter Speed Focus Mode Focus Area See P.35 for setting steps See P.23 for setting steps See P.33 for setting steps See P.33 for setting steps or faster 1/500 sec. 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