So do you have one of these? Not necessarily with this lens.
Seems like it's been out long enough for owners to have formed opinions. If you are (or were) an owner, what do you think?
I'm not looking for buying advice personally, but I'm interested to hear the thoughts, feelings, and reactions of people who have been using them—anything, really: overall impressions; what lenses you're liking with it; problems or annoyances; how you like using it; what RAW developer you use with it; how you like the files; etc. You don't have to address all or any of those issues. But feel free to say whatever you'd like to say.
Do remember the "tl;dr" principle, though ("too long, didn't read"). The longer the comment, the fewer people will read it. With that caution, fire away.
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Kyle Batson: "I have been using the standard a7 for about eight months now and it has quickly become my favorite camera. While I was disappointed at first that it didn't have more of an NEX-6/7/a6000 style design, the camera's use and image quality have made it my go-to camera.
"My most thorough testing was when I took the camera with me for a recent trip to Peru and Bolivia. The camera went with me up to 5,000 meters, through rain in the forest, wind and dust in the desert and never gave me any trouble. 35mm and 50mm are my most-used focal lengths so the available prime lenses for the system suit me pretty well (and the 35 and 55mm Zeiss lenses are possibly the best I've ever used). It's built well, it's easy to use, has great external controls, the image-quality is fantastic and it has a fabulous viewfinder.
"One thing I want to say about the viewfinder, almost more than it's impressive resolution and contrast is the white-balance. I still find myself amazed when I bring the camera up to my eye and the scene looks nearly identical to what I saw with my naked eye.
"It's nearly perfect, though it still desperately needs a few more lenses for the system. You can find a few photos from my trip to South America (all shot on the a7) here."
Kenneth Tanaka: "I've used the Sony A7r since it became available last fall. In brief, I respect it.
"I quickly learned that despite its diminutive size the A7r is NOT a happy-snapper. Its 36-MP stabilizer-free sensor is utterly unforgiving of sloppy camera handling. So while I do use the A7r for occasional hand-held frames, it's a tool best treated as a medium-or-large-format camera. Its menuing, EVF, and articulating hi-res screen make it a joy to use as a more technical imaging instrument.
"There's really no need for me to comment extensively on the camera's image quality; it's simply superb—again, with careful camera craft. Only my Phase One IQ160 rivals, and surpasses, its capabilities. I have just completed a commercial project in which I used a mix of the A7r, a Leica M240, and a Canon 5DIII. The final selections were overwhelmingly A7r frames, while none were 5DIII frames. Interestingly, many of the selected A7r frames were shot with the superb Canon EF 24–70L II (via MetaBones adapter) or EF 16–35L lens. I used a Leica Summilux 24mm and the FE 55mm lenses for the remainder of the work with this camera.
"One aspect not mentioned elsewhere is the A7r's dual-resolution capabilities. Strap on a Sony FE or other full-frame lens and you get a 36mp full-frame file. Strap on an original E-mount and you get a 16mp frame. That's actually pretty cool and occasionally handy!
"Do I wish the A7r's startling CLAP-CLAP louder-than-a-mirror-reflex shutter was quieter? Of course. Who doesn't? Do I wish more FE lenses were available? Not really. Between the current 55mm and 35mm FE's and my Canon EF and Leica M lenses I'm more that adequately covered. And, of course, I can use my E-mounts for faster focus.
"I believe that the sibling A7, with its faster focus and more normal file size, is probably the better general-purpose camera choice. (Frankly, though, the Fuji and Oly systems are the best general-purpose enthusiast camera systems today. Period.) For me, the A7r is somewhat of a specialist/technical camera that produces the best results when it can be treated with some care and respect."
Edward Taylor: "To sum up the A7r—I have many, many cameras (1Dx, 5D Mark III, GH4, NEX-7, among others). I have many many lenses for the above cameras. I only have one 35mm FE lens for my Sony A7r. And yet, it is my favorite stills camera ever, by far. I also have an A7s. I am returning it. Although it can capture images at high ISO, I just don't like the look of the high ISO images that much, whether stills or movies. I know this goes against what other reviewers say, but it just is not a game-changer for me, and not worth the cost. With internal 4K recording, maybe, but not as is."