The Sony A7RII A Year Later

A little over a year ago I wrote about the joy of switching to mirrorless from my Canon DSLR system.  I had originally bought an A7II and then upgraded to the A7RII shortly after it’s release.

I was blown away by the image quality and couldn’t help but pixel peep every single image and marvel at the ridiculous clarity from the 42MP sensor.

At the time I started writing a blog post about the A7RII, but so did everyone else on the planet as it was one of the most talked about cameras in many years, so I decided to skip that blog post as I really didn’t think I was going to say anything that everyone else wasn’t already saying,  instead I thought I would hold out for a while, until after after the “new camera” glow wore off.

It was likely I was going to overlook any negative points in favor of the good ones which would result in a biased review and so I thought the best way to write about this camera was after owning it for an extended period of time.

So, what do I think about the A7RII after using it for over a year?

All photos in this article were shot by myself using my Sony A7RII over the past year

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The Fuji X100T

I have had my eye on the Fuji X100 series cameras for a while although I never could convince myself to fork out $1300 for a single focal length camera.  It was more of a want than a need and I already owned enough cameras so it just never made it to the top of my list. 

I loved the vintage styling and the small unassuming form. I had seen great photos online from the X100S and heard nothing but good things although it was still a little more than I wanted to pay for something I wasn’t entirely sure about.
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Haight & Ashbury Wide

San Francisco Street Photography

San Francisco is a great city for street photography. There is a contrast between old and new everywhere you look which give the streets a certain charm and character.

Since moving to San Francisco in 2013 I have tried to have a camera with me every time I head out. You just never know what you’ll see in this city.

Higher res versions of these photos can be found on my Flickr album

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Camera Lineup

Moving To Mirrorless – From Canon To Olympus To Sony

I’ve long been a Canon guy who only shot with “L” series glass, how ever i’ve noticed over the past few years that I have been leaving my big 5D MKII and lenses at home when I head out for day trips. The result from this is obviously that I’ve been taking less photos and ending up with more mediocre iPhone shots, simply because it’s the only camera I had on hand when I came across something interesting.

I used to carry my DSLR with me everywhere, lugging several kilo’s of glass and equipment with me and often not even taking a single shot but just being prepared incase I saw something worth shooting.

I remember carrying my Canon body with 24-105, 16-35MKII, 50mm 1.4, flash gun and more around my neck, every day, in South East Asia for almost 5 months on a big trip in 2011.  I’m still amazed I was never robbed.

That’s a whole lot of extra weight to throw in a shoulder bag and so I find myself simply not taking my camera out lately, which is a bit depressing really. I’ve missed some great shots and had to fall back to my iPhone, which in most cases just doesn’t cut it.

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Welcome To Aperture Addict, a casual blog about photography and gear from an enthusiast, just like you.

This isn’t going to be another tech photography blog quoting chart figures and DxOMark scores but more of an opinion blog about real world usage and my general thoughts around gear, lenses and new technology.

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