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A7r II Expected To Be Announced Within 30 Days

By Anthony Thurston on March 18th 2015

The A7 II is winning over hearts and minds of photographers everywhere, but A7r owners are feeling a little left out. Luckily for you, your wait might not be much longer.

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According to a new report over on Mirrorless Rumors, the a7R II will be announced roughly a month from now. The details are thin at this point, but just like the A7 II, it is expected to feature the new in-body stabilization and the same 36.4MP sensor as the original A7r. One would also expect it to have the new and improved grip from the A7 II as well.

The interesting thing here, in my opinion, will be the sensor choice. All is fine if they stick with the 36.4MP sensor that is in the A7r; it is a good performer and a known quantity. But with Canon’s 5Ds and 5Ds r announcements, one has to wonder if Sony may up the MP on the a7R II sensor to come closer to or match the Canon offering.

The stabilization will be a BIG draw for current A7r owners. The large 36.4MP sensor means that even the slightest movement can cause motion blur at minute levels, but the 5-axis stabilizer could possibly give A7r shooters the ability to shoot hand held more often than they can now.

If the camera is coming in 30 days, we can expect more details to come flowing over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!

[via Mirrorless Rumors]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Francisco Hernandez

    I love my Canon, but I love low light performance better. I want Sony’s a7s so bad.

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  2. Kevin Cucci

    Anthony, now that you have had some time with both systems, which camera has faster and more consistent AF.. The Fuji XT-1 or the A7ii ? They both claim one is faster and better then the other… Lol. I spent a couple weeks with the XT-1 and didn’t feel it was able to compete with my 5d3. If the Sony can do better. I would give it a shot.

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  3. Peter McWade

    Im very pleased with my A7R and all my old Glass. I take my time to shoot so AF is not an issue. Never has even with the Canon. I would like a bit better ISO on the A7R. With in body stabilization will open the A7R to a new level with the use of the old glass. I do get pretty good hand held focus but the in camera stabilization will just bring it home. One problem, don’t drop your camera. Im sure it will be much more sensitive to shock with in camera stabilization. Id like to see 4k recording with the new A7R. If that happens I will sell my current A7R and get the new one. So the selling point for me will be the 4K recording. If not I may just go get an A7s used.

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  4. Dave Haynie

    The A7II is about 7oz lighter than my Canon 6D…. size can’t be a big reason for switching to FF mirrorless. One thing that lead to Olympus.

    But the other reason I think so much attention is given to mirrorless/CSC is simple: that’s where the action is. It’s not simply that these guys are leaving out the mirror and adding an EVF, they’re innovating in all kinds of places. And Canon and Nikon… mostly the same old, same old, with a few tweaks. So this has been way more interesting to watch than the sales reflect. Maybe that’s slowly changing, too, but for a long time, the promise of these far outweighed the actual success.

    IBIS is a good example… not that mirrorless has to be linked to IBIS. And others have tried IBIS in the past with only so-so results. Olympus completely nailed it in the OM-D series — better than OIS for the first time. And Sony’s apparently done nearly as well in the A7II. Works with every lens. Works with video. For me, it made image stabilization interesting again.

    Even as a long time camcorder shooter, I was really against EVF as a “main camera” solution. The EVF on my OM-D E-M5 kind of bore this out .. it wasn’t terrible, but it was clearly a disconnect from the real world. On the other hand, realtime levels, realtime histogram, focus peaking, etc… there are some nice things you can do with you have it. On my new OM-D E-M5II (same EVF as the E-M1), the resolution and speed are pretty close to the threshold of me-not-caring-anymore… it’s very similar to looking through a real viewfinder. You know the difference, but it’s not an in-yer-face difference anymore. Plus, small camera with a FF-sized viewfinder image, that doesn’t suck at all. And how nice it is with adapted lenses that have to stop down. I think, in a generation or two, the optical experience will be pretty much indistinguishable.

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  5. Ben Perrin

    I’m very interested in this. The lack of glass, evf and good af are my main concerns. But I’ll be very interested to see how it stacks up against the 5dsr. Obviously the dynamic range of the Sony will be better but dynamic range can’t make up for a poorly focussed photo. Who knows maybe this will be the camera that makes me switch.

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  6. Richard Bremer

    I’d likely consider Sony A7 camera’s for my wedding photography if there would be more native 1.4, 1.8 and 2.8 glass available. For reasonable prices. Zeiss may build premium lenses, but knows to ask premium prices too.

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  7. Rafael Steffen

    I Like the idea of having more glass choices so I stick with Nikon and the viewfinder is eletronic which presents delays.

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    • robert garfinkle

      I am so with you on this point – I can move from camera to camera in the Nikon world, take my buddies with me (the lens family), and be very happy; wait – I am happy…

      I would not like a limited set of glass, silliness. I have looked through an EVF and it drives me absolutely batty to say the least.

      Cameras will get better, that’s a given; pixels will be added, ISO will get lower / have more noise free latitude; mirrorless will become more prevalent, and my Nikon D810 will be a has-been faster than I can rifle through 10% of the life expectancy of my shutter (according to Nikon) – it’s a given…

      More so, Nikon / Canon could be left in the dust, Sony could lead, Fuji could surprise us, lytro will still feel gimmicky, Samsung will soon embed a phone into one of their cameras vs. the other way around, and Nikon / Canon would take the lead again – and we will all continue to discuss these matters / concerns the next time…

      As I have spouted before – I get easily disgruntled by companies that cop attitude, and I will never forget the time my friend had a Sony laptop, and couple months later he lost the power cord / pack, and when he called them to get a replacement, they claimed they did not have one to sell… I could pitch an attitude based on the fact that he could not get a power cord for sure – but that is not what got to me… Sony stated they were sorry for his situation yet said “It’s ok, you’ll buy from us again, because we’re Sony…” – what a crock… that’s about as arrogant as burger king when they put signs up using the drive through stating “For faster service please have YOUR money ready…” as if the whole reason they were slow was the fact that YOU were not ready – again, arrogance… I hate that “stuff”

      So, what does that have to do with cameras; nothing, well, almost… It seems like Sony, with a lack of glass, peppered with too many new devices coming out, Zeiss this, Zeiss that, everything feels like a “My First Sony” feeling to it – expecting people to continually throw down money for the next “Sony” thingy that lands on the street, “because, It’s Sony”, and, historically (testimonies here in this forum and other sites abroad), they’ve put out not the best products…

      no thanks…

      although I still will buy a Sony television (over Samsung any day) – because it’s a fine, fine, fine piece of electronics still to this day.. only the full backlit, not side lit televisions even though it’s overpriced it’s dependable…

      “I AM” NIKON – hear me roar…

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  8. Kevin Cucci

    Adam, I think you hit the nail on the head there. I agree that I shouldn’t hold it against sony for not having as many Native lenses just yet, but the lack of AF performance, like you said, is inexcusable at that price point. I would love to switch to a mirrorless kit for the EVF, and that Sony sensor, over the my Canons. Also, even if the difference in weight isn’t as much as everyone claims, it still makes a difference to me, carrying it around for 12 hours at a time. Maybe I’ll rent one with the 55mm prime and see what all the hype is about…

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  9. Kevin Cucci

    Anthony. You feel that an a7ii can compare to a canon or Nikon full frame body for purposes of shooting a wedding and you don’t feel hindered by the AF performance/battery life/single card slot/lack of fast native zooms ?

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    • adam sanford

      Kevin, I can’t punish a mirrorless body for its lack of glass — Canon and Nikon have had a decades-long head start. That may affect a *conversion* decision but shouldn’t boss what we expect from a new body. The body has to deliver on its own merits.

      But I’ll have ruthless expectations for AF. Any rig north of $2k should be fire and forget with autofocus. I respect Anthony’s “plenty happy” verdict, but for many uses (not just sports and tracking purposes), photographers want a ton of cross type points, high customizability, and lightning responsiveness. Mirrorless just isn’t there yet.

      As for battery, I’m torn. It’s a fair point, but that (the EVF) is the cost for size reduction, plain and simple. Pack a few extra batteries and call it what it is.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      There are certainly some who would disagree Kevin, but yes. My opinion is somewhat irrelevant though, as I don’t shoot weddings on a regular basis, and when I do, its mostly as a second shooter.

      My statement was mainly in regards to the AF performance, and in that regard, I think the A7 II is plenty fast enough for most wedding situations. In all honestly, mirrorless AF is different from SLR AF, and I think that a lot of the frustration that converts/testers feel is more of a lack of understanding how it works different, rather than its performance actually being so bad. That is not to say it is on the same level as a Nikon/Canon, but as far as what most people need, in my opinion it is plenty.

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  10. adam sanford

    IBIS should be expected if it’s on a lower trimline model like the A7. And A new sensor would really get people buzzing as they have been killing it with their sensors over the last few years.

    But Sony needs to up it’s “infrastructure” — autofocus points/speed/accuracy, burst rate and buffer — far more than it needs more pixels, more DR, or better high ISO performance. Consider: many SLR users are switching to mirrorless but are leaving a ton of functionality/performance behind to get access to small rig with an awesome sensor. Sony can make that transition less painful with a higher performing body, particularly with the AF.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Honestly Adam, I have been plenty happy with the AF on my A7 II. Its not a sports camera by any means, but for your average portrait or wedding pro, I should be sufficient in most cases. Room for improvement for sure, but its not terrible.

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