The SonyA7R is a lot of camera for an extremely low price. When my NikonD800 died for the third time I decided to make the switch to mirrorless. I had been tempted by the small form factor for some time and on paper the SonyA7R is actually a slightly better camera then my old D800 but minus the weight. Having done a lot of travel photography over the years with my D800 I was finding it cumbersome and I knew that I was no longer enjoying the experience of lugging so much weight around across country, the thought of having everything I needed in a much smaller, compact size was becoming much more appealing to me.
I was able to pickup one of the last A7R’s at my local Jessops store in Glasgow for £795. Which was an absolute steal of a price, and even against the newer A7Rmk11 I preferred the smaller A7R. I liked the fact the A7R had the electronic view finder which meant I had no worries of light coming in when doing long exposures and I did not need the extra megapixels of the newer model nor that extra price tag.
Ive always been a manual focus shooter and I loved how easy the peaking focus was on the Sony A7R and of course that meant I could use all the old and wonderfully cheap film lenses like the Minoltas.
Having now been shooting with the Sony A7R for a few months now my only regret is not making the change sooner, I know my last big road trip across South East Asia would have been so much more fun and productive if I had the little Sony instead!
For less then a £100 I picked up a few older lenses all of which I find a real pleasure to use and have produced some tremendous photos.. really can’t fault them at all.
Since moving over to the SonyA7R have been playing a little with some macro photography when the weather is wet outside have a little home photography studio setup.
This photo was taken with the SonyA7R and a reversed 24mmNikon prime 2.8mm lens. Reverse lens adaptors are a very effective and cheap way to achieve good extreme macro results as you can pick up a reverse adaptor for a few pounds to work with lenses you already own.
The Voigtlander 15mm super wide is a fantastic lens to look at and no-doubt performs like a trooper when matched with a film SLR but is not so great when paired with a SonyA7R. Due to the lens being so close to the sensor even when using an adaptor to E mount it produces a very strong green at the edges.
The first problem I found was with an E mount adaptor the lens did not screw on without being slightly offset. This caused a problem in the small attached hood of the lens was in the frame when I took a photo, I thought a way to get around this would be to use a small rubber circular washer so I could align the lens correctly. That worked great but the extra couple of millimetres travel sent the focus off on the lens. So even when set to infinity pictures where very soft.
It is a fantastic looking lens and would have made a great point and shoot everything when set to infinity. But unfortunately not suitable with the SonyA7R.
This is the first version of the lens and would be ideal because of its price, I paid just over £200. You can get the version 2 and version 3 of this lens and they would work better on the little Sonys but the price is much more, so your defeating the object of getting a super wide lens for you Sony on a cheap budget.
So, instead of the Voigtlander if your after a super wide lens that works 100% for your mirrorless full frame Sony and you want a reasonable price I would choose the Samyang14mm and the Samyang 12mm fish eye. Both great lenses that I’ve owned and produce sharp photos.
A couple of weeks ago I decided it was time to trade in my trusty NikonD800 and join the mirrorless revolution. I had been thinking of making the change for a long time and seeing as I had killed my D800 again on my last trip to Thailand I thought now was the time… and TBH I wish I had made the change years ago. Carrying all that weight around before, here I have a pretty much similar setup (if not better) for a fraction of the size and weight!
This is the first proper shoot with the SonyA7R and I decided to head 5 mins down the road from my house to catch a sunset at Dunure. Even though it’s close it’s taken me over 2 years to visit Dunure 🙂