I vowed that I would skip the A7rIII. I really did.
And I almost made it to the IV if it not for a super nice Black Friday deal last year where I could return A7rII and get some store credit if buying a new A7rIII. And since I had bought the A7rII used I had an irrational fear of the thing just failing on me when I would be on a trip.
But this is not about the III, its about the II and boy I loved this camera.
My main usage for this camera is landscape photography followed by travel and some street. So I will leave blank those areas that I do not use and the score will cover only the areas that I touched.
This little thing travelled with me to so many places: Brazil, Finland, Iceland, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia, Spain.
It braved the cold in the Finnish lapland at -20c and the humidity of my home town in Brazil.
Took a bath in waterfalls in Slovenia and dropped, yes it drooped, on my first outing in Iceland from car roof right into the gravel. I thought it was a gonner but... luckily it just kept going. Like a little angry badger with Sony tattoo on the forehead.
One of the things I really enjoyed were the apps. To me they were really a revelation of what cameras in the future would be doing and boy I was wrong in that one after Sony dropping it.
The Touchless Shutter app is a functionality that I hope Sony integrates in their future cameras together but the king of the apps was always the Smooth Reflection. I used it so much and saved me a lot of computing power and storage at home and if you are listening Sony, please bake that into your future software.
And I can't sing enough praises for the exposure compensation dial. So many cameras forget this little thing.
Of course there are some quirks: the drop from 14 to 12 in bit depth on Continuous bracket always annoyed me, the fact that the apps were barely updated (and eventually dropped. Why Sony?) was also a real shame, battery life was an issue but nothing that really made much difference since I always carry enough batteries.
The much talked spatial filtering to me was more an issue on principle because I wish Sony would just give me a toggle when to enable it.
I don't have many negative things to say actually. I do not need fast AF or many stops of IBIS. And please Sony, if you decide to ever add a top panel to the camera remember not to lose the comp. dial.
As I said in the beginning I think the A7rII is a fantastic camera: the apps, silent shooting, size and weight, sheer resolution and the clean, easy to post process files makes this camera still one of the top until today.
I have to say I miss this little guy and since my mind was so set in not changing for the newer model it was the first time it felt weird to leave a camera on the shop. But we should not get attached to those things right? So on with the new and I hope that the A7rIII brings me as much joy as the A7rII.
Here are some other shots taken with it:
Black & White
Thanks for reading and if you have any comments or positive feedback on the photos let me know.