There wasn’t really a big reason why I broke up with my Fujifilm X-T1. For just over a year, the camera served me very well, as you can see in the photos I’ve posted here. But I wanted more. I like the lightweight and compact design of a mirrorless camera. For the most part, the X-T1 has everything I want in a mirrorless camera. However, I wanted a full frame interchangeable lens camera. A full frame sensor captures more light, and hence more image details. This is where the Sony Alpha-7 series comes in.
So meet my new travel buddy, the Sony a7 II. It has a 24-megapixel full frame sensor with an in-body image stabilization (a first for a full frame mirrorless camera). It is also WiFi and NFC enabled. More importantly, you can use non-native lenses with adapters. This means you can use lenses from Canon, Nikon, Minolta, Olympus, to name a few. That opens up a whole new possibility that my former partner just didn’t offer.
I’ve had the camera for a few weeks now and I’ve been able to take a few shots (Including the title image of this post). I’ve found that the image quality is definitely fantastic and sharper! I really like the 24-megapixel resolution and the noise level is also great. It has its quirks no doubt. For example, I find that the autofocus control is not as simple as the X-T1; it requires extra steps to adjust the position. It is also a bit slow. The actual shooting is fast but I noticed that after you take a photo/video, the camera stops you from doing anything for a few seconds. These are just the minor quirks that I’ve found that are definitely not deal-breakers.
I hope this relationship will last longer than my previous one, and so far, I have a good feeling!
Check out the pictures I’ve taken with my new partner: