Back from NYC, next up..Nashville, TN with the Sony A7, A7r and RX10!
Just a weekend update! I am back home in Phx, AZ after a quick two-day trip to NYC for Photo Plus. While there I visited B&H Photo, Went to the show, Met about 50 readers of this site, spent some time walking around taking some snaps and was even able to mount the Voigtlander 12mm to the A7 and A7r!
Was a great fast paced two-day trip and LOADS of fun.
I am home for the weekend and then Monday morning at 6:30 AM I leave for Nashville TN to meet up with loads of other Bloggers, Journalists and writers for a Sony media event where we will get to test the new A7, A7r and the RX10 (as well as many other Sony goodies). So starting Monday night I will try to have updates every day (if time permits, it is a packed schedule). I will be bringing about 7 Leica mount lenses with me thanks to Stephen Gandy at Cameraquest (who loaned me lenses ranging from 12mm-50mm) as well as lensrentals.com (Zeiss ZM and more).
I already have my two Leica M to E Mount adapters packed..one Novoflex, one cheap $15 special 🙂 I think that both will work just fine.
Today I am going down to the Zombie Walk to see what kind of fun images I can get, and then tomorrow the State Fair. I will be bringing the Olympus E-M1 and E-P5 with me to these, each armed with a different lens, so I will have a report soon on using those two cameras side by side, and which one I prefer.
Below are a few more images from NYC taken with the Olympus E-P5 and various lenses (17 1.8, 45 1.8, 8mm Panasonic Fisheye). Oh, and a new Daily Inspiration will be up later!
I’m here in Nashville! I pre-ordered an A7 thanks to you; maybe I’ll be lucky enough to see an A7(r) on the streets over the next few days.
Anxious to see your Nashville pics!
That last shot has great depth… nice work Steve!
I would really like to see how the A7r works with Leica 35mm and 50mm lens. Have a good trip, Steve.
Please don’t ignore the RX10. I got the RX100 and RX1 largely based on your reviews and LOVE them! My wife is interested (actually, I’m interested for her) in the RX10: compact, versatile, fast zoom (!) …but how does it perform???
In testing A7r, perhaps you could assess whether the shutter causes blur, as some worry about? Maybe try A7 with EFC on and off as well. I know some have RF wides, but I would like at least one set about telephotos to clear my doubts away.
I stopped by the show today. I finally got to handle the E-M1 with the 12-40 2.8. I really liked the combo.
That viewfinder is amazing! I didn’t realize just how much my E-M5 viewfinder was lacking until I looked through that one. I almost wish I didn’t try it out….lol. I still love my E-M5, but wearing glasses and using that viewfinder can be a bit of a challenge at times.
As I read more and more about the E-M1, and now that I have handled it, I’m really feeling the itch to get one. It has a few features that I miss in the E-M5, most of which are the viewfinder and wi-fi, and very occasionally a built-in flash. I really wish the E-P5 had a built-in viewfinder, because I really don’t need the pro features of the E-M1. The E-P5 with that viewfinder would be as close to my dream camera as it could get. I understand that i could get the accesory viewfinder, but once I add the cost of the two, I might as well just pay for the E-M1. It really is a hell of a camera.
All that being said, when I stopped by the Sony booth, I was shocked at the size of the A7. It really is like the E-M1 as far as size. Over time, if they get the costs down, and make the lenses small, it’s only a matter of time before they eat into the 4/3 market. For now, cost, size and amazing lens choice has me loving 4/3!
Right on about cost. I’ve been buying my MFT cameras for about $250 each. Of course they’re a generation or two old, but good enough for now. I say bring on more small FF cameras. I’ll probably buy one at some point.
While waiting for your real world test samples, here is a link with samples of various M and CV lenses mounted on the A7 taken in a Sony store including the old Noctilux: http://cityusam01.blogspot.tw/2013/10/sony-a7-ilce-7.html
More CV samples… http://www.flickr.com/photos/leo_roos/
Steve, I really like the NY skyline with the black buildings and the blue skies / white clouds. This is different from almost every other “NY skyline” photo I have seen. Well done.
OK, the state fair should be a great test. If you get the chance, can you keep up the comparisons? (In my case, I need the AF to keep up with a whole school of hyperactive kids.) I like the eye-priority of the EM1 and A7, but I keep hearing that 3D and AF tracking are not up to the level of the D7100.
You probably might know this, but I still wanted to write here about the Iridient digital RAW for Sony a7 series. Not sure if you would get to shoot and take the RAW files with you, but I would be interested in your analysis after that processing.
The photos of the airport workers under the wing, and the man staring at the cop, are just great.
Thank you again, Steve. I’d borrow you any of my lenses anytime! And I have a couple of Voigtländer. That is, when you’re in Switzerland *g*
The Panasonic Fisheye is a funny one. I’ve had it for quite a while. As it is for special use, I like it a lot.
*sorry, should be lend I reckon – you may borrow..
Love the Panny fisheye, too…especially on the EP5.
Love the Panny fisheye, too…especially on the EP5.