There are a lot of things to like about this camera. It does video beautifully, and the S-LOG 2 flat profile is quite useful. The first time I took a picture in complete darkness, I was amazed at how well it picks up even tiny amounts of light — even compared to the 5D3.

I found the EVF to be quite fast in comparison to others, and the technology is definitely getting better — although it’s still not perfect. For low-light situations and video, this camera excels. Astrophotography? Heck yes. However, it’s not an all-around workhorse like the 5D/1D series and other professional DSLRs.

There are downsides, of course. It’s slow, and the lag makes it basically unusable for sports and action photography. But then again, it’s not really made for that. My biggest problem is that fact that it has very little, if any, weathersealing. Sony initially claimed it did, but then online camera blogs found out the a7 series does not, and Sony removed the text stating they do from their documentation and website. It’s not built like a professional — multi-thousand dollar DSLR.

Especially the tilt-screen feels quite fragile on the hinges. It has quite a lot of purple amp glow, especially at higher ISOs and long exposures, EVEN with LENR and High ISO NR turned on. Using APS-C mode fixes this issue, but then what’s the point in buying a full-frame camera? Battery life is completely unacceptable. Be warned, you basically have no choice but to carry multiple batteries around.Overall, it is a step forward for Sony. Their cameras are getting better.

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However, they need to build their professional cameras at an acceptable quality for their price range. Professionals put their cameras through a lot of punishment, and I don’t feel the a7S would be able to stand up to it. So, I can’t see people selling their Canon L glass for these quite yet. The Alpha series is improving, though. Keep going, Sony.

Situationally perfect

There are a lot of things to like about this camera. It does video beautifully, and the S-LOG 2 flat profile is quite useful. The first time I took a picture in complete darkness, I was amazed at how well it picks up even tiny amounts of light — even compared to the 5D3. I found the EVF to be quite fast in comparison to others, and the technology is definitely getting better — although it’s still not perfect.

For low-light situations and video, this camera excels. Astrophotography? Heck yes. However, it’s not an all-around workhorse like the 5D/1D series and other professional DSLRs.There are downsides, of course. It’s slow, and the lag makes it basically unusable for sports and action photography. But then again, it’s not really made for that. My biggest problem is that fact that it has very little, if any, weathersealing.

Sony initially claimed it did, but then online camera blogs found out the a7 series does not, and Sony removed the text stating they do from their documentation and website. It’s not built like a professional — multi-thousand dollar DSLR. Especially the tilt-screen feels quite fragile on the hinges. It has quite a lot of purple amp glow, especially at higher ISOs and long exposures, EVEN with LENR and High ISO NR turned on.

Using APS-C mode fixes this issue, but then what’s the point in buying a full-frame camera? Battery life is completely unacceptable. Be warned, you basically have no choice but to carry multiple batteries around.Overall, it is a step forward for Sony. Their cameras are getting better. However, they need to build their professional cameras at an acceptable quality for their price range.

Professionals put their cameras through a lot of punishment, and I don’t feel the a7S would be able to stand up to it. So, I can’t see people selling their Canon L glass for these quite yet. The Alpha series is improving, though. Keep going, Sony.

The next level

I got and use this camera mostly for it’s video functions. Coming from Canon DSLR setup, this was a significant upgrade. Comparing HD footage from the A7S and 5DMIII is just completely different, the Sony footage is ALLOT sharper. Coupled with good control of the S Log2 (PP7) profile, you are really given allot more dynamic range.

The colour-grading ability is also much higher. Although it does not record 4K internally (and not externally in a user-friendly way yet), this is a huge step forward for me.There is a bit of a learning curve regarding shooting in S Log2. Personally, I get the best results by over exposing, without blowing highlights, then bringing the footage down in post.

Focusing in S Log2 is a challenge, with the super flat profile, it can be very hard to see where you set the focus. The peaking feature is very helpful here. I do find myself double checking, zooming into the area to check before hitting record. You can actually also zoom into the footage during recording, without the outcome being cropped.

Native ISO on S Log2 is 3200. So no matter what lens or aperture you plan on using, a ND filter setup is a must in my mind. I keep referring to S Log2, that is really the only profile you should record in. You are not using the cameras full potential otherwise.

The ISO performance of this camera is just insane. That only applies if you over expose the video and bring the footage down in post. Bringing up a underexposed scene will end up quite noisy, that also applies to base iso 3200 for S Log2.Looking forward to unlocking the 4K feature!

All Hail the ISO king

Got this camera a week ago at B & H and had a couple of quick tests, it took my breath away, such crisp clear image up to almost 20.000 ISO and I can dare to say more, the noise isnt as bad as you might think. This is a camera made mostl y for video purposes obviously because at pictures the MK III from canon blows it away, the S-log 2 is so awesome, too bad you need to be at 3200 ISO in order to use it but nothing a good ND filter cant fix! Battery life is a meh, you need at least a couple of them but hey, it’s not so bad just turn off wifi.

Sony Alpha A7S – Situationally perfect
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