Sony A7R MK II

The Sony a7R mk II is already being heralded by many as Camera of the Year. While most camera “sequels” add a new feature or two, Sony has put their best-of-everything technologies into the successor to the a7R. Is it the ultimate do-anything camera?

At 42MP it’s competing with the new Canon 5DS for high-resolution. But the Sony a7R mk II also has great autofocus, dynamic range, in-body image stabilization and low noise. Gordon and Doug consider if it’s their new favorite of all cameras. Or not!

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  1. I finally received my Sony AR7r II and I have been loving it. I switched from a Canon 5D Mark III when the A7 came out. As a result, I have dumped all but one Canon lens and replaced them with Zeiss. I do miss my tilt shift. I think Gordon’s review is right on. I have not done any video, but I have done stills and I love the AF. Much improved. The ergonomics have improved, but I agree with Gordon that the buttons do not have that great tactile feel the Canon posses. Overall, this camera is a fantastic camera. I am enjoying the feel, the images and the features…

  2. Excellent review, gentlemen, which tells me exactly what I need to know about this camera.

    The earlier episodes of this show could be a bit stilted between you, but now I think you interact well and you use your different interests and approaches to widen the coverage and appeal of your reviews.

    Gordon is a great detail guy – I thought your AR jibe was misguided, Doug! – we need detailed objectivity otherwise you just sink to the subjective fanboy level of most other ‘reviews’ on the web. Gordon doesn’t talk about minutiae that are irrelevant to 90% listeners, but rather presents an articulate summary based on a prolonged test that does relate to real life usage of the equipment on test and to its competitors. Yes, Doug’s input is also excellent to place Gordon’s findings in a broader context and to keep things moving on.

    Keep up the good work!

  3. Thanks Mark, I love finding out as much as I can about something, then trying to get it across in a reasonably accessible manner! I think Doug does too, but he’s playing a foil to my geek, otherwise we’d get uncontrollably techie! I do enjoy our chats here, so it’s great to hear you’re enjoying them too! Do check out my review-in-progress at cameralabs too for my latest updates and results!

  4. Thanks Cal, I agree with you that it’s easy to scuff the Sony lenses. I’ve been travelling with three of them for a few weeks now and they’re looking a but used… I’m also pleased you agree about the controls, as it can be a very person choice. But the quality and sheer feature-set is unparalleled on the A7r II. The more I shoot with it, the more I’m impressed.

  5. I am hoping the next in each series improve in a similar manner. Even if the A7RII was perfect, $3200 will not fit most of us.

  6. I was waiting patiently for the A7R II, even sold my A7 II to fund it. Joined the preorder list on day one but cancelled it. Sold my A7S and then sold all my lenses, and I had almost all of the Sony/Zeiss ones.

    Why? – lots of reasons, but I’m really familiar with the Sony system and all it’s problems. Zoom lenses are as big and heavy as DSLR. A7 II + grip + 2 batteries is actually heavier than a D810. Fit and finish is poor on the A7 II. That speckled paint comes off easy. Sony took my A7S in for evaluation and their repair facility destroyed it – I got a new camera out of them, but I got a good taste of how dreadful their support is. I had to threaten then with legal action to get them to give me a new camera and they only started to deal with me seriously once I started posting on their customer service blog. Regular support did squat.

    My A7 II got the paint rubbed off the corner after 3 weeks on a sling rubbing against my leg traveling around Myanmar. Then it locked up and had to be sent to the repair facility. I think that having IBIS, while nice, is a mechanical liability and just another component to fail on need adjusting over time. Oh and the paint wore off a Sony/Zeiss 24-70 F4 zoom on the focusing ring after one days use! Sony gear is not pro quality. They are innovating nicely, but the quality is not there for a $3200 body.

    I got a great deal on a D810 and some lenses to replace it all with.
    Same weight when dealing with F4 zooms, better IQ, better files and way more professional fit and finish and support.

    Sony is flavor of the month, but most people jumping up and down about it are new to the system. Give it a year of constant use and wait and see how many are still using it…

  7. You certainly raise an interesting and important point about longevity and general build. I’ve owned several Sony cameras, some being used for a couple of years, and while they’re still operational, their finish is looking more worn than some other brands. It’s something we have to keep an eye on, and hopefully if it does become a common issue, Sony should raise its game in this regard.