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Sony A7 II : Specifications and Opinions

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The Sony A7 II is a mirrorless camera with FF (1.0x) sensor and 24.3 megapixels manufactured from 2014. The range of sensitivities, including ISO extension, is 100 - 25600 ISO and it has a continuous shooting (burst mode) of 5 FPS x 28 RAW, 50 JPEG. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 938 €;
95 users have given it an average vote of 9.1 out of 10

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 Format   Fullframe, 36 x 24 mm (image ratio 3:2, crop factor 1.0x in comparison with FF)
 Resolution   24.3 megapixel
 ISO sensitivities   100 - 25600
 File formats   JPEG, RAW

 Shutter speeds   30" - 1/8000
 Exp. compensation   +/- 3 stops at 1/3 steps
 Exp. modes   M, S, A, P, Scena
 Metering modes   Multi-Area, Semi-Spot, Spot

 Mount   Sony E (click here to view al compatible lenses)
 Stabilization   Yes
 Autofocus (AF areas)   117
 Continuos shooting (with autofocus)   5 FPS x 28 RAW, 50 JPEG
 Continuos shooting (without autofocus)   5 FPS x 28 RAW, 50 JPEG
 Live View   Yes
 Dust reduction   Yes
 Video mode   1920x1080p @ 60 FPS
 WiFi   Yes
 GPS   No
 USB   micro-USB (USB 2.0)
 USB Charging   Yes

 Built and notes
 Touchscreen   No
 LCD   3.0", 720 x 480 pixels, articulated
 Viewfinder   Electronic, coverage 100%, 0.71x
 Viewfinder resolution   1024 x 768 px
 Flash   No
 Storage   SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I)
 Storage, Slot 2   not available
 Shutter   Mechanical
 Battery   Li-Ion (Sony NP-FW50, capacity 7.70 Wh)
 Weather sealing   Yes
 Weight   599 g
 Dimensions   127 x 96 x 60 mm
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sent on October 08, 2019

Pros: Stabilized sensor, dynamics, functions, machine body quality

Cons: Confusing menu, bad jpeg, noise, battery range

Opinion: Machine to be considered a real jewel of technology, a machine body really well made, although a little out of the mirrorless philosophy, being the heavy machine and not really very small. The menu does not betray the Sony tradition: confusing, but you get used to it... I do not deny that to date some functions, even important, I struggle to find them at the first shot, wandering among the menus.... actually there is the Fn key that helps a lot in this regard, in addition to the personable "C" keys. I use it with satisfaction with vintage lenses, with which the built-in stabilizer on the sensor is made very well, and with Canon optics adapted... With a cheap non-HS Commlite adapter, I can use with profit a 24-70 f2.8 L, a 40 2.8 STM, a 16-35 f4 L, although the fire is not always precise, even if fast, a 70-300 DO, and even with this you have to be careful with the fire , not always accurate. Jpeg images, also a well-established Sony image, are very bad with all possible settings, both as a definition and as colors, especially in portraits. RAW files, on the other hand, are very pleasant to work with, both compressed and uncompressed files (I did not notice any differences, despite being twice the size of the others)... the shadow recovery if necessary is very good, that of the highlights also, but not always very effective, however the dynamic range seems to me excellent, considering also the age of the project. Noise above 3200 ISO becomes important, but with careful development, you can handle up to 6400 well and, at least the chroma part, even beyond. The batteries unfortunately last very little, so for heavy use you have to get different. There are many functions in the machine and you can customize and control pretty much everything. The use with vintage optics is spectacular, given the excellent focus peaking and focus zoom; The latter I assigned it to the function key C1, so that I always have it available in case of manual fire... very comfortable and allows for fast and precise fire. Overall, therefore, it is a machine that I would recommend, especially for a type of thoughtful photographic approach, and for which you can and always want to switch from RAW (jpegs in my opinion are useful only as a preview of images)... I would obviously like to update the opinion if you provide me with native optics, which for the moment I do not miss... maybe I miss a standard AF lens... See...

sent on August 17, 2019

Pros: FF of the new guard, an investment for the field of optics, performance at 24mpx respectable

Cons: valid for everything but does not excel at anything, AF still as an old age, too pre-preserving to the first generation

Opinion: As mentioned, it represents precisely the transition between the first geological era of the mirrorless FF and the new modern era. It finally has an AF (why don't tell me that the first generation had an AF, please), but not enough to be able to work on it or shoot at high intensity and speed. The file yield remains as good as in the first series (we are at the level of d750 and higher than 5dmk3 and 6d), with malleable files and neutral colors. He suffered initially from the shortage of lenses, now finally begins to be there a large set (I recommend in particular the samyang 1.4 fixed for the QP report). To this day I consider it a good old age for those who want to launch into the ML FF world and prefer to invest in the kit rather than the car or to those looking for a car on which to take advantage of the focus peaking with vintage lenses: the natural step will be the switch to A73 or A7R3 to savor the real mirrorless revolution

sent on April 07, 2019

Pros: Lightness, price, possibility of using vintage manual lenses from other manufacturers sold at economic price

Cons: Outdated Technology, limited battery life compared to reflex also entry level, questionable ergonomics

Opinion: I bought this car, used, in October at a good price. I decided to proceed with the purchase because it was a full frame that I could buy at an affordable price and attracted me the possibility of using vintage FF manual optics at a price accessible through cheap adapters. My other machines are APS-C (a Sony A100 and a remarkable Sony A68). We See the different aspects of the machine, compared to the Sony A68, which I was very satisfied and will use as a reference. Ergonomics: Poor, the grip is small and the little finger tends to escape, the use with a tiny skin-like case that makes it a little more full bodied. The position of the keys disorients a little and are not often positioned comfortably, especially the one dedicated to recording movies. In This aspect the A68 is a whole other thing, the A7II scales the low ergonomics with a lower weight, less space and more portability. Construction: Magnesium body, I find it solid and the sensation is totally different from the A68 which is only built in plastic (questionable choice). Menu: Same software, then same menu a bit chaotic. Often There are really incomprehensible abbreviations and I often had to use the online instructions to understand what it was. Rear Screen: I think is acceptable compared to newer machines, excellent compared to A68 (which has a weak point here). EVF: Better than the A68, I don't think it compares to the newer machines. Bright, well readable. If you press in half the shutter button as you were hooking up a subject the refresh rate increases making it more usable in some situations. Autofocus: Good, as opposed to SLRs the AF points occupy most of the sensor surface. It is a little less precise and performing than that of a reflex but it is still good. I Have only one AF lens at the moment (Samyang AF 35mm f2.8) and the AF goes a bit in crisis with low-brightness scenes or when you ask to focus on subjects positioned towards the sides of the image, I don't know what happens with different lenses. With This lens I detected problems even with the AF-C that goes jerky and is not very fluid if it imposed relatively low exposure times, with faster times (1/100 on) The AF is definitely smoother. File Quality: Compared to APS-C The jump is large and perceptible, although it must be said that now the quality of the APS-C sensors is high and are able to produce images of excellent quality. The file is always very malleable and the shadows are recovered well. Good dynamic Range, in general I can get high light exposed correctly and recoverable shadows. The pasta of the image and the colors I like. It Is often read that the colors of the Sony files are questionable or ugly, but shooting in raw and post production can solve any problems, so I find that they are nonsense criticism. Lenses: Expensive ones Sony. More accessible than those of third parties. Give away those vintage manuals, which then is the reason I bought it. I'M using the machine with a Samyang 35mm AF f2.8 (which is compact and surprised me as image quality), an Oly OM 50mm F 1.8 (Nice!), Oly 135m f2.8 and a Zenith Helios 44-2 58mm F2 (Amazing and fun). The use of manual lenses is facilitated by focus peaking and zooming on the image. Battery: The philosophy is different from that reflex, if you do not shoot it goes off, otherwise you eat all the charge. I bought two spare batteries and an external charger. On balance, if you want to move to the FF world, you do not want to spend high sums and above all do not need high performance (this is the crucial point), I think this machine should be taken into account. For the use I do and for my needs by hobbyist is so much stuff, a professional will probably want more.

sent on March 17, 2019

Pros: Size and weight compared to the same size reflex-attractive price-ease of use with old manual lenses

Cons: Uncomfortable and chaotic menus-battery charger standard


sent on January 25, 2019

Pros: Image quality, reduced body size for a Full Frame (with a Samyang AF35/2.8fe is very transportable)

Cons: In His hand is not like a D750... For the rest, nothing particular but depends on what you want; It's not perfect...

Opinion: I have been using it for a few months and it was my motorcycle travel companion. After trying everything, using as a criterion the quality of the images with the size and robustness of the instrument, useful and necessary for a trip in motion, I must say (personal opinion not "pontifical") that this A7II, was the best of all that I Had and proved for this circumstance. Excellent Files, well workable and ISO-resistant to the use I have reserved, taking photos of reportage, I never had to push over the 3200 ISO and within the 1600 not known problems. The viewfinder? It will not be a "cinematic" experience but I see no problems in use. AFS is better? Yes, but it depends on what you need to do and I can tell you never cheated on me. Afc? Here maybe there's really better... But it's not a real tragedy! Personally I never use it as instead I do with the A7III. Mf? Fun and facilitated by the assistance and thanks to the stabilizer in the car, the vintage optics or those only MF, are a pleasure. The menu? You just learn! The personalization of the keys allows to sew a machine to measure. The rest is up to us and not how it falls in front of the mirror.... And as a result, it is well used with a few shots because many did not approach the complete photographer... I forgot, it consumes batteries of course! But here, you don't even need to tell what to do...

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