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Tony B wrote:
I have read & read & re-read, held in my hand etc but there are too many minor issues for me to take the plunge. If I did Canon would bring out something that appealed. Maybe I should take a hit for all those awaiting the 5DmkIII upgrade. I hate to say it but the D800E + 14-24 appeals more & my photographic budget grows monthly but I just have a feeling of unease about the Sony. So much so that I doubt if I would like it even if I bought it.
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Thanks. The Sony A7 series is certainly not for everybody. I would not recommend it to less experienced photographers since they will be overwhelmed with the functions and especially with the pretty much non existing manual. I spent myself days to figure out custom function settings after I got the A7R, and the best help I found was online in forums on FM and other sites. There is one book out on the market which supposedly explains better the functions, but I cannot recommend it.
Sony must have rushed to get the A7 series on the market - some functions were still overlooked (e.g. to fully turn off the display screen) or are hidden in a not very systematic menu structure. And AF of non-Sony lenses is even with the first firmware update very slow - on the other hand it is a pleasure with this camera to use MF due to functions like focus peaking and 14x magnification.
Those are all certainly drawbacks especially in the beginning, but they are more than enough compensated by a superior OLED-based EVF, absolutely fantastic sensor with high resolution and huge tonal range (and yes, you clearly see this difference in the photos!), and - this is my personal opinion - a well designed control button arrangement.
Reasons to use the A7R especially are simple: if you want to get hands on the best FF sensor currently on the market with your existing Canon or alt lenses. The compact camera size is ideal for travel, hiking etc., too. For me this camera is nearly ideal to use - I found unexpectedly a lot of pleasure by using old FD and M42 lenses which I didn't use for many years since I moved to digital. They suddenly shine again on the A7R!
So far I didn't suffer of any of the described adapter problems, neither from light leak issues.