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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · In praise of the remarkable A7RV from a Nikon guy


A few weeks ago I had posted in the Nikon forum for advice about a kit to photograph my 3 1/2 year old great nieceís Make-A-Wish trip to Disneyworld. The advice was varied and all valid, and from that I suddenly knew exactly what I needed for this trip, and it wasnít one of my Nikons...I ordered up the A7RV due to the new AI chip reportedly helping make face/eye recognition extremely accurate, along with the 24-70/2.8 GM II as a one-lens solution with decent light gathering and still fairly lightweight by my standards.

The trip is over and letís just say I was not disappointed in the gear choice. The face/eye focus was astoundingly good, allowing me to concentrate on composition and expression to catch the precious moments without worrying about missed focus. My niece was very energetic and moving about regularly with lots of running and dancing, and from past experience I know Iíd have been frustrated with my keeper rate from my regular cameras. Itís exciting to see where photographic tools have gotten us these days!

Below is one of the pics from the Sony rig. If you are interested in seeing more the whole set is posted in the People forum:

https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1797108/0?nc=1#16175899

A special thanks to @1bwana1 for his helpfulness and encouragement 👍🏼

Cheers,
Ross






  ILCE-7RM5    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens    70mm    f/2.8    1/250s    320 ISO    -0.3 EV  




Feb 20, 2023 at 10:52 PM
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Great images. I am so pleased to see that the trip was a big success, and the Sony gear contributed to that.

Welcome to the Sony family!

Steve



Feb 20, 2023 at 11:26 PM
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1bwana1 wrote:
Great images. I am so pleased to see that the trip was a big success, and the Sony gear contributed to that.

Welcome to the Sony family!

Steve


Thank you so much Steve!



Feb 20, 2023 at 11:39 PM
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Excellent set of photos, Ross, but even more priceless are the memories! One sees such joy depicted there in the wake of terrible misfortune.

Anyone who thinks AI can replace the most valuable aspects of photography need only look at images like these to be reminded of the *human* role in making compelling photographsÖ.

(And a tip of the hat to the wonderful folks at Make-A-Wish)



Feb 21, 2023 at 12:22 AM
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Some would argue no need for the best equipment for family pics. Iíd say there is nothing more important. These will be priceless to your niece and everyone in her life. Glad you picked what you thought would be the best kit for the job and that it worked out and helped capture these wonderful pics!


Feb 21, 2023 at 01:03 AM
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Micah wrote:
Excellent set of photos, Ross, but even more priceless are the memories! One sees such joy depicted there in the wake of terrible misfortune.

Anyone who thinks AI can replace the most valuable aspects of photography need only look at images like these to be reminded of the *human* role in making compelling photographsÖ.

(And a tip of the hat to the wonderful folks at Make-A-Wish)


Great words Micah, thank you! I often need to be reminded that it's the humanity that matters most in this life. Abigail is helping me with that.

I love that you received the vibe of joy in the images ❤️

Cheers,
Ross




Feb 21, 2023 at 02:26 PM
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darrellc wrote:
Some would argue no need for the best equipment for family pics. Iíd say there is nothing more important. These will be priceless to your niece and everyone in her life. Glad you picked what you thought would be the best kit for the job and that it worked out and helped capture these wonderful pics!


Darrell, loving your perspective! Thank you so much for expressing this.




Feb 21, 2023 at 02:27 PM
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Thought Iíd update this post. I did a a careful tripod test of the same scene using A7RV and my Z7II each at their base ISO and examined the files at 100% in LR. No noise can be seen in either file, colors are quite similar, and the A7RV shows a bit of extra detail and texture in objects, subtle but meaningful for me in landscape shooting and printing.

So based on the excellent file quality, along with the commendable AF performance on people candids and birds, Iíve decided to stay with the Sony for my spring landscape shooting coming soon and have filled out the essential lens lineup: 24-70/2.8 GM II, 70-200/2.8 GM II, 200-600, 1.4x, and the Samyang 35/1.8 for city walkarounds. I almost never shoot wider than 24mm so will not add ultrawide yet. This was a large expense for us so Iíve been selling off Nikon items to recover the funds.

The lenses have all tested great (first 200-600 was significantly decentered but 2nd copy is perfect). Loving the optics and lighter weight of the 70-200. The Samyang was a real surpise, corner to corner sharp wide open at f/1.8 and even better at f/2.8 plus light and cheap at $299. The Samyang replaces the Zeiss 35/2.8 I shot with last month due to faster aperture and better sharpness. Excited to get out in the field with this system!









  ILCE-7RM5    FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS lens    541mm    f/6.3    1/2000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-7RM5    FE 35mm F2.8 ZA lens    35mm    f/2.8    1/15s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-7RM5    FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens    70mm    f/2.8    1/250s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Ross Martin wrote:
Thought Iíd update this post. I did a a careful tripod test of the same scene using A7RV and my Z7II each at their base ISO and examined the files at 100% in LR. No noise can be seen in either file, colors are quite similar, and the A7RV shows a bit of extra detail and texture in objects, subtle but meaningful for me in landscape shooting and printing.

So based on the excellent file quality, along with the commendable AF performance on people candids and birds, Iíve decided to stay with the camera for my spring shoot coming
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Excellent captures, Ross and it looks like you have converted into a Sony user! I sold one of my Sony A1s and purchased the A7r V. I took both A1s on a trip to Africa late last year. Except for some fast actions, and I do a fair amount of BIF photography locally, the A7r V does everything I do and does it extremely well. It is a more responsive and it is a more refined camera at the same time than the A7r IV I had previously. It is a joy to use and honestly, I gravitate to that camera more than to the A1, except for some fast action photography.



Mar 16, 2023 at 02:16 PM
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AGeoJO wrote:
Excellent captures, Ross and it looks like you have converted into a Sony user! I sold one of my Sony A1s and purchased the A7r V. I took both A1s on a trip to Africa late last year. Except for some fast actions, and I do a fair amount of BIF photography locally, the A7r V does everything I do and does it extremely well. It is a more responsive and it is a more refined camera at the same time than the A7r IV I had previously. It is a joy to use and honestly, I gravitate to that
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Thanks AGeoJO! Thatís a great word about your experience with the A7RV. Iím surprised I have taken to it so fast and so well. It feels good to me. It feels like a real camera. It makes me want to go shoot with it. Part of that is having the assuring sound/feel of a mechanical shutter again after using the Z9 last year, part of it is the huge, gorgeous, immersive view through the EVF, and part is the really good control layout and customization options.



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Ross Martin wrote:
Thanks AGeoJO! Thatís a great word about your experience with the A7RV. Iím surprised I have taken to it so fast and so well. It feels good to me. It feels like a real camera. It makes me want to go shoot with it. Part of that is having the assuring sound/feel of a mechanical shutter again after using the Z9 last year, part of it is the huge, gorgeous, immersive view through the EVF, and part is the really good control layout and customization options.


Once you have that rear spinning dial on the Sony, the Nikon d-pad feels cheesy and archaic. The Sony AF joysticks are also leagues better than even the Z9's.



Mar 16, 2023 at 04:38 PM
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Very nice A7RV kit you have put together Ross. I also have most of those Sony lenses in my inventory. They should serve you well.

The joy in your neices face makes all the effort and expense very much worth it.

Steve



Mar 16, 2023 at 10:56 PM
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Congratulations Ross. Such joy you have captured in her face.


Mar 17, 2023 at 11:08 AM
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RoamingScott wrote:
Once you have that rear spinning dial on the Sony, the Nikon d-pad feels cheesy and archaic. The Sony AF joysticks are also leagues better than even the Z9's.


Oh my goodness I did not realize that rear dial had a spinning function, sort of like a smaller version I used on Canon bodies in the distant past. That makes the ergonomics on the Sony truly stellar for me now. Iíll have a fulltime dial to control every exposure variable - shutter speed, aperture, EV comp, and ISO. Nice!

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1bwana1 wrote:
Very nice A7RV kit you have put together Ross. I also have most of those Sony lenses in my inventory. They should serve you well.

The joy in your neices face makes all the effort and expense very much worth it.

Steve


Yes, that makes it worth it!
The problem with lenses for the Sony is there are so darned many of them, I keep seeing ones I want to add to the stable lol!

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dakel wrote:
Congratulations Ross. Such joy you have captured in her face.


Thank you so much Derrick!




Mar 17, 2023 at 11:43 AM
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No matter what the future brings with new bodies from the various manufacturers, the open lens mount will always be to Sony's advantage.


Mar 17, 2023 at 11:48 AM
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I reviewed that series - you can really see the love in your story telling, Ross.

Gear-wise: the A7R5 is really that good when you combine the AF, IQ, available tech, customization, size and weight, the quality of the latest generation GM glass, etc, etc. I don't think the erg and menu are as good as they should be, but certainly good enough and not deal killers.




Mar 17, 2023 at 12:23 PM
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Welcome to Sony world


Mar 17, 2023 at 12:48 PM
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Congratulations on the new gear. What a wonderful and touching group of shots you have put to together for this beautiful and brave young lady and her family. Thoughts and prayers with her.

Birdie



Mar 17, 2023 at 02:48 PM
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mogul wrote:
No matter what the future brings with new bodies from the various manufacturers, the open lens mount will always be to Sony's advantage.


I think you are totally right about that.



Mar 17, 2023 at 08:46 PM
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patotts wrote:
I reviewed that series - you can really see the love in your story telling, Ross.

Gear-wise: the A7R5 is really that good when you combine the AF, IQ, available tech, customization, size and weight, the quality of the latest generation GM glass, etc, etc. I don't think the erg and menu are as good as they should be, but certainly good enough and not deal killers.



Sure appreciate you checking out the images, and the fact you could sense the love through those visuals just makes my day! Photography is so special to me when it can communicate human emotions behind it.



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