The Sony A7RII, a New to Me Camera, Black and White Nature Photography



  1. Still using my Sony A7R but only with third party (D)SLR and rangefinder lenses plus adapters. Btw, you might be able to use your manual focus Nikkor lenses with adapter on this camera, too! What you could only do with film and your Nikon SLR camera, is now possible to accomplish in digital using the same lenses with your Sony MLC. The Sony sensor has a great dynamic range.

  2. Great first set of images David! If I had to guess, I think you’ll end up totally switching.

  3. No matter what system you use, you are the critical component in all of it 😊 lovely images as always I still have Nikon gear that I use, Sony and Fuji all have different lenses and jobs to do – mostly go out with one camera one lens unless I’m road tripping then I take a few .

  4. Great video, David. Nice camera. When I’m not shooting film, most of my color is shot with Olympus 4/3 and m4/3. I grew up with Olympus, at the introduction of the digital age. Few years ago, I bought some used m4/3, as they are very portable. I usually shot in Raw, B&W for jpeg. Those images look pretty good with that Sony. Thanks. KB.

  5. Congrats on the new camera David! Nice images, textures, contrasts, lighting. I really liked the image of the rocks near the end, with the two birds (crows?) sitting on the edge of the group of rocks. I will be very interested to see how your photography goes using the Sony mirrorless and any decisions about switching systems. I ‘almost’ purchased a Sony A7iii a few years ago, really liked the size and feel of Sony mirrorless.

  6. Say What ? You got a Sony Mirrorless Camera, now you lost my respect and subscription… I was just joking. Sony was the first to jump into full frame mirrorless camera and leads in fast auto-focus. Iike any other camera brands, it all comes down ot how we like the process of taking the image and we all have our brand preference. It is nice to see your first experience with the Sony mirrorless camara and thanks to the donater of the camera and will be looking forward to more videos of you learning more about the Sony camera system in the future.

  7. The Sony system really can’t be beat. Their lenses are superb. I know that some folks gripe about the mirrorless EVF but I’ve never had an issue and most time don’t see a difference with an optical finder. In the end I think there are more advantages than drawbacks with the EFV. I think you are lucky to now have this dilemma of which way to go. In the end it all boils down to the photographer and the processing of the image rather than if it was film or digital, optical or EVF handheld or tripod or whatever else you can come up with

  8. What a generous person! I hope you enjoy using it. I would suggest trying out a better lens though. I had the Sony 28-70 and found my copy not to be very sharp, Especially wide open. That sensor deserves a lens that can resolve all those megapixels. I replaced mine with the Tamron 28-75 2.8 which was much sharper. Have fun playing with your new toy 😊

  9. Hi Dave.
    This is a very nice gesture from this lady to give you such a camera as a gift.
    I work with micro 4/3 mirrorless cameras and this works great for me.
    What you see is what you get and I really like that.
    And you have a wonderful tool there, friend.
    I’m sure if you understand this process, the mirrorless, you’ll enjoy it a lot.
    And if you don’t like it, I recommend receiving that camera.
    Sell all that DSLR stuff and buy some good Sony lenses.
    Then you have a system, to use your words, a tool that makes you really happy.
    Thanks for the ride, buddy.

  10. Looks like you’ve got a fun new system to play with. Definitely would not have expected you to shoot something other than Nikon, but in the end it’s just a tool and what matters is how you use it. Looking forward to seeing more results from it.

  11. Sony would be a good system to stay with. I have 2 A7Rii bodies, originally purchased so I could use older SLR lenses with an adapter (which works great). You can add your Nikon lenses to the kit for the cost of an adapter.

  12. Loving my A7RII for my B&W photography. I have used Sony lenses, Minolta AF lenses with the appropriate adapter. The best is to use vintage manual glass. I have used LTM, Canon FD, Minolta MD, Nikon and M42 lenses, all with appropriate adapters, and had great results. Even the odd video looks great with manual focus glass. Alot of vintage glass is cheaper in price than all the new “perfect” looking glass. Vintage glass has character.

  13. My first fullframe was a Sony A7II. I really loved it. However, I really wanted the R model. I waited and eventually bought an A7RIII which I really love. I wish I would have waited 4 more months until the RIV came out. I would really have liked that. However, my main full frame is still the RIII. Nice camera and very capable.

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