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In a funny way, the a7r is 'back to the future' with a vengeance - not only is it reportedly scratchy regarding AF (I wouldn't know), it is also fabulously compatible for super quality, older manual focus lenses. I understand the FE 55 is easy enough to manually focus, good as that puts it higher up the desirability scale.
The usage of MF lenses also simplifies the user experience control and menu-wise, and is very enjoyable in a very hands on way. It is a real one percenter camera, cutting edge technology that works best with traditional lenses used traditionally,...Show more →
For my needs Sony A7R was a natural transition from D800E. Is A7R perfect? Nope, but it can setup and worked on to be a fantastic piece of photo hardware.
Honestly, I almost returned it after first two days. Menu and default functions of some buttons drove me crazy. Címon, you touched it by holding or letting it swing on your neck and ISO, WB and other functions were changed instantly. At the end Sonyís highly customizable functions worked as intended; I removed all functions from the control wheel dial assigning ISO to C2, Shot Result Preview to C1, AF/MF button to Focus Magnifier, etc. All dials are locked now and all are very easily adjustable if needed.
The rest was easy. Sony RMT-DSLR2 Wireless Remote works for me much better than wired remote on D800E. All menu functions, 2sec., 10 sec., no delay shutter release, ISO, f/s, etc. can be changed without physically touching already set and focused camera, which is a big plus for me.
Last missing piece arrived on Friday. RRS plate for A7/R fits perfectly well. The plate nicely covers entire bottom part of a camera adding protection, extra rigidity, mass and, perhaps, contributes to reducing unwanted vibrations.
So, my setup is completed. AA-less A7R appears to be slightly sharper and definitely lighter than D800E, it works with most alt lenses and no more dusty mirror chambers or dust specs on pentaprism. My D800E found its new owner already.
Oh, shutter sound and vibrations! I actually do like the sound of its shutter and recent quick tests with Zeiss 2/100 ZF.2 + A7R mounted on RRS plate + Arca Swiss/Gitzo Systematic combo show no vibration at f/60 and f/100.