Sony a7R Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera – Body Only

Sony a7R Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera – Body Only

Sony a7R Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera - Body Only

  • 36.4 MP full frame CMOS sensor without an anti-aliasing/OLP filter
  • Up to 4 FPS in Speed Priority Continuous shooting
  • ISO 100-25600(AUTO ISO 100-6400)
  • 1080/60p/24p HD video (AVCHD/MP4)
  • 3″ tiltable LCD with 921,600 dots
  • 1/2-inch XGA OLED color electronic viewfinder with 2.4M dots
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Multi-interface shoe (optional external flash sold separately)
  • Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo card slot
  • Compatible lenses: Sony E-mount Full Frame, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses confirmed via optional LA-EA3/LA-EA4 adapter

No other full frame, interchangeable-lens camera is this light or this portable. 36MP of rich detail. A true-to-life 2.4 million dot OLED viewfinder. Wi-Fi sharing and an expandable shoe system. It’s all the full-frame performance you ever wanted in a compact size that will change your perspective entirely.

List Price: $ 1,898.00

Price: $ 1,898.00

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    Wat July 11, 2016 at 4:49 am
    116 of 116 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Believe the hype! But A7R is not for everyone., February 19, 2014
    Wat (SF, CA) –

    This review is from: Sony a7R Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera – Body Only (Electronics)
    I’ll cut to the chase – the image quality (resolution and color) are the best I’ve ever seen. It truly is ground breaking to be holding such a powerful tool that is so compact and relatively affordable compared to the other 36 MP cameras the Nikon D800 and D800E.

    What really puts it over the top is that the two lenses I own for it, the Zeiss FE 35mm f/2.8 and 55mm f/1.8 are among the finest lenses made. The 55mm has even been ranked as the top resolving AF lens by DXO mark. They worked great on my A7, but they really explode with their full potential on the A7R.

    For context, you can look up my A7 review on Amazon under my name. The gist of that review was that the A7 is an incredible all-around stills and video camera that is not quite as good as my Nikon D600 was, but the size and other features made it the best for me at that moment after two months of use. I gave it four stars.

    I’ve owned the A7R for two weeks and have since sold the A7, but NOT because the A7R is a better all-around camera. Quite the opposite. The A7R is more specialized and requires more patience to use, but as I mentioned, the files just blow me away with detail.

    What I Shoot
    The A7R is my “studio” camera and also for travel. The image quality is fantastic for portraits and landscapes. Like most folks, I’ve dreamed of having the raw power of a medium format camera, but spending ten to thirty thousand dollars was way out of the question. There was a lot of hype when the D800 came out and comparisons made to medium format produced results which were very comparable. Now two years later that level of power is a bit more affordable and very compact to boot!

    What the A7R is not ideal for
    The A7R is not a good all around camera. The autofocus is a bit slow (A7 is definitely faster) so I wouldn’t use it for family shots with fast moving kids. The shutter is quite loud so it’s not ideal for candid shots. My current “all around” camera is the Sony RX10. With a superb Zeiss 24-200mm f/2.8 lens and a large 1” sensor, the RX10 is perfect for almost anything. BUT, when I need the maximum resolution and quality, that’s when I turn to the A7R.

    True game changer…for me
    The A7R has really raised my expectations for the type of image files possible. It’s really put my priorities for photography in much clearer focus. No camera or group of cameras is going to be perfect for everything. It’s all about finding the right tools for what you want to do. For me, that search has ended with the combo of the RX10 and A7R. I would love to add something that is truly pocket size, but honestly the A7R, RX10 and the two FE lenses have really stretched my bank account. I’m very happy though and having a great time enjoying focusing on photography.

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    Brian Matsumoto July 11, 2016 at 4:57 am
    219 of 231 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A good working tool, December 4, 2013

    This review is from: Sony a7R Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera – Body Only (Electronics)

    Our Sony a7R arrived five days ago and we, my wife and I, have had a chance to put the camera through its paces. Although, it does not have a kit lens, we also have a Sony a7 that comes with a 28-70 mm lens. Our experience with the a7R reflects using that lens.

    As we expected the camera works great, delivering consistent exposure in dim or bright light. We have found autofocus speed to be good under daylight conditions. We have used it indoors and have been satisfied with its automatic focusing speed, although in dim light it takes a tad longer. We have used the Sony NEX-6 and NEX-7 and found the a7R’s focusing speed comparable to those two cameras. For most subjects, the focusing speed is fast enough and we found it satisfactory.

    We rely heavily on manual focusing, especially for our scientific photography work. This camera makes manual focusing a pleasure. The camera has two modes for facilitating focus. One is the traditional increase in viewfinder magnification: the center of which is magnified for close inspection of fine detail. The increased magnification sacrifices the field of view. The other is peaking. This provides a pseudo colored fringe around in-focus edges and provides us the advantage of seeing the whole field of view. We have used both and find them to be powerful working tools when focusing lenses manually.

    The electronic viewfinder works very well with a diopter control for focusing ones eye to the screen and various aids for evaluating exposure. Not only does the viewing screen vary in brightness as one departs from the recommended exposure, but there is a histogram displayed in the viewfinder. In addition, there is a “zebra” mode. This causes over exposed highlights to display stripes and is a good indicator of when and where you will lose your highlight detail.

    We have taken some great shots in dim lighting conditions. For us, we took advantage of Sony’s Image Data Converter software v. 4.0 and opened the images into this program; however, we note that this program immediately applies an aggressive noise reduction filter so that in regions with fine detail the image appears “smudged”. We found it preferable to turn off the noise reduction in that program and save the image as a 16-bit tiff. This picture can then be processed in Photoshop where we used Noise Ninja to reduce the effects of noise without losing fine detail. We were happy with pictures taken at ISO 3200.

    The a7R’s major weakness, in our opinion, is the paucity of full frame Sony autofocus lenses for this camera. While you can use the NEX series of lenses, this will use only the central part of the sensor. When you do so, the camera crops down and provides a 15-megapixel (4800×3200 pixels) image. If you are willing to sacrifice autoexposure, autofocus, and image stabilization you do have the option of using non-Sony lenses. We have used a 20 mm AIS Nikon and while we need more time to check the image files to evaluate edge sharpness and chromatic aberration, our initial results look promising. We used these lenses in Aperture-priority mode, letting the camera set the shutter speed while we set the lens diaphragm. With the camera operating in “stopped down” mode, it gave us a real time depth of field display. It should be noted that when using the camera in Aperture priority or Manual mode, the lens is always used in a stopped down mode. So autofocus speed of E mount lenses will be slower when you use smaller apertures. In dim lighting conditions, using these modes will also cause the lens to “hunt” for focus when the aperture is closed down or if you are using a slow lens. If focusing speed is an issue, try using P or S mode on the camera..

    There is a lot more to describe about this camera, but in a nutshell it is a reliable photographic tool. We have noticed that it does consume batteries. We ordered a couple of spare batteries by the second day. We also prefer to use an independent battery charger rather than charging the batter through the camera body.

    Update 1

    We have been working with the LEAE4 lens adapter for the a7R and we are very satisfied with the combination. As noted in our review, we felt a weakness of this series of cameras is the lack of full frame autofocus lenses that can be used with this camera. One solution is to buy the LAEA4 adapter that accepts Sony’s A mount lenses and maintains full autofocus capability. This adapter is quite complex and as a result it is expensive. It contains a semi-transparent mirror that directs a fraction of the light to a set of focusing sensors. This unit takes over focusing and, essentially, converts the a7R to a SLT camera. In essence it replaces the contrast detection focusing system with a phase detection one. This has a couple of advantages. First, there is an increase in focusing speed over the contrast based system. Second, it appears that this unit has more sensitivity for…

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