Video Review

My Review of the Sony a7RII after using for a month, what I love, What I hate and some thoughts if this is the camera for you.

This is a work in progress. . .



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Support my work –
Buy the Sony a7R II from B&H Photo

I suggest you pick up the small but so sharp 35mm f/2.8 Lens – Buy from B&H Photo

Recommended Accessories:
Sony 64GB SDXC – Supports 4K:
Spare batteries

USB Charger mentioned, NP-FW50 Dual Rapid Battery Charger for Sony
Charge VIA USB Power from RavPower USB Battery: RAVPower 13000mAh Battery

Small tripod seen in video, used in Iceland: Pedco Ultralight Tripod


Alternative Cameras –

Taking the features that I love about the Sony –

  • Excellent sensor with fantastic low light performance
  • Articulating LCD
  • Shoots 4k video that looks gorgeous
  • In body image stabilization useful for hand-held video and low light photography
  • Fast and accurate AF system
  • EVF
  • Smaller and Lighter (Unless I am packing the adapter and my Canon glass)

As I said in the review – it is difficult to find another camera that does all of this so well but it is expensive and lenses are relatively expensive too*  So if you are willing to sacrifice a feature or two I have some suggestions.

Nikon D750 (My review)

  • Articulating Screen
  • Very good Sony sensor inside
  • Good video quality (not 4K though)
  • Great price with lots of affordable Nikon lenses to choose from
  • Additional Strength – Awesome battery life

Buy the Nikon D750 from B&H Photo for $1,996.95

Buy a stabilized lens for your Nikon D750

Panasonic GH4 (My review)

  • Articulating touch screen
  • Excellent 4k video in good light
  • Fantastic battery life
  • Small and MFT lenses are tiny
  • Affordable

Buy the Panasonic GH4 from B&H Photo for $1,397.99 ($100 instant savings)

Sony a7II (My Review)

  • 1/2 the price of the Sony A7R II but still offers
    • Excellent sensor
    • In body image stabilization
    • Big, bright viewfinder
    • The grip and in hand-feel I like with the A7RII (the bodies are identical)

Buy the Sony a7II from B&H Photo for $1,698.00 ($100 instant savings)

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 They all had dreams. They all had family. They died for us. Arlington National Cemetery is a heavy place, I can't help but think about all the pain and suffering when presented with row upon row of a headstone representing a fallen soldier and my mind boggles that this still happens today. On this little planet hurtling through an incomprehensible ginormous space - some people think it is ok to kill each other. :( p.s. You should google Cornelius H. Charlton - his story is interesting p.p.s My grandfather is buried in Arlington- my Mom's father was instrumental in designing and implementing early radar systems for the Navy in WW2. Captured with the #Sony #a7RII and #Canon #70200L at 200mm and f/3.2
 #mondaymorningshare - I want to see your failed experiments or favorite photos from the last week. GO TO to share your fav image from the past week. Here's my #failedexperiment The US Capitol at Sunset. File this under because I could - a 2 minute exposure with the use of a NISI Filters 10-stop ND. I hoped I would get some interesting wispy movement in the clouds but nothing developed. Next I tried a 6 minute exposure (swipe to see it) and while there may be a little more movement in the clouds it certainly wasn't anything to get excited about. And while I often recommend very carefully shooting building and monuments as symmetrically as possible, I purposefully shot from right of center to avoid losing Ulysses S. Grant statue in the front of the capitol. *  Sony #A7RII and #Canon 2470mm with #NiSiFilters #10StopND
 I love traveling with other photographers on #mckaylive trips. Kari, a trip participant, noticed this line of trees and shared her perspective with me. I had glanced at them but hadn't noticed how nicely they lined up when standing at a certain spot #teacherbecomesthestudent :) We had a great day leaving behind the cherry blossom crowds for a much quieter walk around #HarpersFerryWV. And a visit to #BolivarHeights a much fought over hilltop during the civil war and the site of the largest surrender of Union troops - over 12,000 men surrendered to Stonewall Jackson. *  Captured with the #Panasonic #GH4 and #1235mm lens

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  1. Hi Sir, How are you?

    Sir, I have decided to purchase Sony A7R II. I think this camera is great. Your review for this camera is amazing. Sir, I have got a great commercial wedding project. The wedding program is at night. Can you please recommend a good flash system for shooting a wedding. Please don’t forget to recommend lenses one should have to shoot a wedding.

  2. Hi, I watched thoroughly many of your reviews, especially about event/wedding video and photography. Really appreciate your practical approach. For last two years I used to use C100 with 5DM3 and D800 for landscape and interiors. Now, after selling C100, I’m looking intensively for new gear. As I do both jobs: event/wedding photography and videography, I would prefer more universal camera, suitable for both tasks. I was considering Sony A7SII/A7RII for a while (also GH4) but all these, seem to be artificial limbs, somewhat unprofessional. Now I lean towards 1DC, as it seems to be nearly perfect photo and video camera in one pack. “Nearly” because of lack of ND filter and articulated screen, which was highly useful on C100.
    What is your opinion about this camera? Can we expect any review of 1DC? Is it any specific reason, stopping you from buying one (especially now, after 1/3 price drop)?

    • Hi Robert,

      I don’t have a very high opinion about this camera – it has sold terribly (hence the serious price drop) and Canon has hinted that the line will not be continued. Not that any of that makes it a less desirable camera but when you look at the price and compare vs the Sony – you get loads more for your money, even after the price drop. I would take a second look at the A7RII or the A7SII (or both – you can buy both for the price of one 1DC! These are two cameras that give you amazing image AND video quality – excellent focus for video work and have a decent selection of very sharp lenses and via the metabones the A7RII works well with canon glass too. I am happy to chat more and help you figure out which is best. –T

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