Welcome to our blog, where we delve into the world of photography and explore the crossover between two prominent camera brands: Canon and Sony. In this article, we will focus on the Sony A7II, a remarkable mirrorless camera that challenges the dominance of Canon in the photography market. We will dive into the features, capabilities, and overall performance of the Sony A7II, all from the perspective of a long-time Canon user. Join us on this exciting journey as we explore how the Sony A7II stacks up against the tried and tested Canon cameras, giving you a comprehensive review to help you make an informed decision on your future photography gear.
Canon User Shoots on Sony! Sony A7II Review
Hey everyone, today’s video is going to be my official review of the Sony A7II. About a month ago, I started testing out Sony mirrorless bodies alongside my Canon gear to see how they work in my workflow and in my photo shoots. I wanted to see if there’s a quality difference between Canon cameras and Sony, and whether Sony mirrorless cameras can fit into my kit as a Canon user.
Many of you mentioned in the comments of my previous videos that it wasn’t a fair comparison since I was using native Canon lenses on the Canon body, but Canon lenses on the Sony body with an adapter. However, for me personally, I like to do real-world comparisons to see how the camera performs in my workflow and whether I can use it for client jobs. As a Canon user for the past 10 years, I wanted to see if the lighter Sony mirrorless camera could fit into my kit as a backup or travel camera.
For those asking, I used the Metabones adapter to use my Canon lenses on the Sony body. The adapter worked really well, and I was able to get crisp, sharp photos with great color rendition. Overall, I had no complaints about using my Canon lenses on the Sony A7II, except for focusing, which I’ll discuss later.
Why Reviewing the A7II Instead of the A7III
Some of you have asked why I’m reviewing the A7II when the A7III is already out. I actually started this series before the A7III came out, and it wasn’t available in Australia at the time. Even though it’s not the flagship camera at the moment, I wanted to prove that you can still get amazing shots out of the A7II. I also wanted to use the older version before trying out the new version to give you a fair review once I use the A7III as a Canon user.
My Experience Shooting on the Sony A7II
Using the Sony A7II was an amazing experience overall. The camera was easy to use, and I loved the results and image quality it produced. During the first photo shoot, I preferred using the live view mode on the Sony because the viewfinder looked too digital and threw me off a bit while shooting. However, on my Canon, I preferred using the viewfinder as the live view mode on the LCD was slow between shots. In live view mode, the Sony allowed me to shoot from different angles and be more creative with my framing. I ended up getting some of my favorite photos by holding the Sony camera slightly lower than my eye line, which added a cool angle to the shots.
I’ll be sharing unedited raw photos straight from the Sony A7II and Canon 5D Mark III to show you the difference in color rendition and skin tone. Personally, I was extremely happy with the colors that the Sony produced, and I couldn’t tell much of a difference between the Sony and Canon in terms of color. Let me know in the comments below which photos you prefer and if you can even tell a difference between the two.
As a Canon user for the past 10 years, I have an advantage when it comes to focusing, as I know exactly how my Canon camera works. Moving to Sony, I expected a learning curve. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the focusing performance of the Sony A7II. When the model was standing still, the camera kept up easily. It also focused well when shooting mid to close-up portraits and maintained focus on the face and eyes. The majority of the photos were in focus, similar to the Canon ones. The only time I had issues with focusing was when the model and I were walking around, and when the model was walking away or towards the camera. In such situations, the Sony A7II took a while to catch focus, causing me to miss some of the moments I wanted to capture.
Lastly, I want to briefly mention battery life. I prefer not to change batteries during a photo shoot, as I like to keep things as simple as possible. For my test shoots and portrait sessions, I found that the battery life on the Sony A7II was sufficient, but depending on your shooting needs, you may need to carry spare batteries.
Overall, my experience shooting on the Sony A7II was fantastic. It proved to me that Sony mirrorless cameras can deliver amazing results, and they can fit seamlessly into a Canon user’s kit. If you’re considering adding a Sony camera to your gear as a Canon user, I highly recommend giving the Sony A7II a try!
Frequently Asked Questions
Canon User Shoots on Sony! Sony A7II Review
1. Why did a Canon user choose to shoot with a Sony A7II?
Canon users are often curious about other camera systems, and the Sony A7II offers several enticing features such as its full-frame sensor, advanced autofocus capabilities, and impressive image quality. This user decided to give the Sony A7II a try and share their findings through this review.
2. How does the Sony A7II compare to Canon cameras?
While Canon cameras are known for their reliability and user-friendly interfaces, the Sony A7II brings its own set of unique advantages. This review highlights the Sony A7II’s standout features, such as its superior low-light performance, in-body image stabilization, and the ability to adapt a wide range of lenses. Comparisons between specific Canon models and the A7II can be found within the review.
3. What were the user’s impressions of the Sony A7II after shooting with it?
The user shares their personal experiences and impressions in this review. They discuss the overall handling of the camera, its performance in various shooting scenarios, and their thoughts on the image quality produced by the Sony A7II. Readers can get a comprehensive understanding of the user’s perspective throughout the review.
4. How does the user address the transition from Canon to Sony?
In this review, the user shares their insights on the transition from shooting with Canon to using the Sony A7II. They discuss the learning curve, differences in menu systems and controls, as well as any challenges or advantages they encountered during this transition. This information can help Canon users who are considering a switch to Sony cameras.
5. What lenses were used with the Sony A7II in this review?
The user lists the lenses they used during their time with the Sony A7II in the review. They provide their impressions of the lens performance and compatibility with the camera, allowing readers to get an idea of the lens options available for the Sony A7II.
6. Can the Sony A7II be recommended to other Canon users?
This review concludes with the user’s overall recommendation on whether or not Canon users should consider switching to the Sony A7II. The review weighs the pros and cons, factors in personal preferences, and offers an opinion based on their experience. Readers can make an informed decision based on the reviewer’s perspective.
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