Tagged: Sony A7Rii

Dark Rainy Morning

This morning it was dark, dreary, and raining lightly as I started my daily thoughts.  I have been trying something different.  I have been using a Sony A7RII camera with a Sony 40mm F2.5 lens and trying to decide if I will keep them.  The camera has a full frame 42MP sensor and I have been wondering if I could use this camera and one lens, the 40mm lens, as my walk-about system for making images.

This morning, as I continued my deliberations about the camera, I stepped out on the porch when it was raining and made these images.  The biggest concern I have had is “how well does it perform for what have been my typical types of photographs?”  The first image is the camera jpeg with no cropping.  I decided to use the flower in the center to see what I could do with this camera-lens setup.  The second image is a resized crop of the flower.  The other two images are minimal crops.  I haven’t decoded whether to keep the camera and lens.  It is a nice enough lens and camera, but I am still not sure about what to photograph in the future.

I am also not sure about the future of this blog.  As I said in an earlier post I was going to “hang it up” at least for a while until I decided.  There have been two problems with that.  One, some of my regular viewers have cried out for me to continue.  Two, I missed making the images and writing posts, so I decided to keep going on an irregular schedule while I try to dream up a better purpose for blogging.  I just need a better objective than testing gear and ideas and reporting on my daily life of mostly doing nothing but that.  I was determined to stop doing that, but at the expense of doing nothing?

Keeping Both Cameras

I will keep the Sony A7R ii.  I like the Sony image quality as well as the high MP files, the camera size, the handgrip, and the cost.  I don’t like the menu, and I don’t like the focus hunting of the Sony 50mm F1.8 lens.  The jury is still out on the Tamron 28 – 200mm lens.  It is a tight fit on the camera and I have had issues with the camera not working correctly after putting the lens on the camera.

My main problem is that I don’t have any ideas on what my future needs will be relative to photography.  Until I get a better grasp on what I can and want to photograph, the best policy seems to be to hold off and neither buy or sell anything more for awhile.  I will try to find uses for both my Fujifilm X100V and my Sony A7Rii.

My goal is still to reduce and get down to one camera that best fits my needs.  My outlook for the future is clear enough to keep driving me towards reducing the stuff that I no longer have a need for; but is not clear enough to identify what that need, in the way of a camera and lenses, might be for the future.

The most damaging thing, at least to my mental state, is that each time I evaluate my desires and needs for cameras and photography, I come up with nothing and start thinking about getting rid of all of my photography gear.  This then extends into thinking about my blog and realizing I also have no need for continuing to prepare new posts for it.

Sony A7R ii Trial Samples

I have been trying the Sony A7Rii camera with the Sony 50mm F1.8 and Tamron 28-200mm lenses.  It has taken some effort to learn the Sony menu system, but I think I have everything working the way I prefer.  One thing of interest to me is using the 42MP raw files in LR with my new computer.  So far, I have had no problems with them.  Another thing of interest is the ability to do severe crop zooming with the above gear so that I can minimize the number of needed lenses. 

Below are some examples of severe crop-zooming and resizing.  The original image first, followed by a crop from it.  The first set is from the Tamron lens at 200mm focal length.  The second set is from the 50mm prime lens with the picture made through the window.

Will Try a Sony A7R ii

I did it.  I sold all of my Pentax cameras and lenses.  I’m now waiting on the delivery of a Sony A7R ii and a few lenses to try.  I’m now going to check to see if it could be my one and only camera to get me through the coming second lean year of less photography.  If the Sony works out to my satisfaction, I might sell my Fujifilm X100V that I used to make these images.  I love the X100V, as I did the Pentax K-1 II and KP cameras, but they are not general purpose type cameras.

Long ago (the A7R ii camera is five+ years old), I thought about getting the 42MP camera along with a prime lens and then doing a lot of crop-zooming.  The reason I didn’t get it then was my computer could not handle the large files.  Now that I have a new MacBook Pro with twice the memory and speed I should be able to handle the large Sony files.  I also didn’t like the available lenses at that time and now Tamron has some nice smaller, less expensive lenses for the Sony E mount.  The final push to get me to try the Sony A7R ii camera was the drop in the cost of it.  It is now affordable.

But, the Sony could be a machine that I won’t love to use.  It might be OK technically, but leave me lacking something, so I don’t know if I will keep it.  I’ll use it for a few days or weeks, after I get it, and see how well I like it.