[•] Sony A7II with Legacy Glass – i.e Canon FD & Leica Summicron Lenses.
Purchase Camera Here: Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera – Body Only
First part of review with Leica then Canon FD.
Firstly to attach the lens to the Sony I use a Metabones Leica M to E Mount adaptor. Its important to use a quality adaptor as the cheaper ones rattle apart and this could land you in trouble with the loss of quality in your photograph and or have a lens fall off. Just not worth the risk to break or damage a lens. I find the Metabones is a really clean tight fit and snaps into place. I generally prefer to shoot with a 28mm focal length lens at the moment especially on the Sony but many different focal lens work exceptionally well. I rate the menu setup its straight forward and easy to use and what works best is the quick assignment to change the settings manually to correct focal length of the desired lens attached.
Focusing is very easy with a manual lens as you can punch in a digital zoom X1.0, X5.9, X11.7 having a digital viewfinder to finesse the focus of each shot you take is an amazing upgrade from a DSLR. I do not recommended this setup for sports unless you use newer Sony lenses.In the past I have used battery grips but for this camera being much smaller adding the grip makes it feel better in hand more controlled and well balanced. The battery grip addition helps with locking the pinky finger to the camera making it more secure. A7II isn’t the highest in Megapixels at 24.3MP, I just don’t need a 40 MP camera in full frame and either does my harddrive space. Digital capture does add up when you shoot RAW and make sure you set the camera to uncompressed.
Overall I give the Sony a 7.5 out of 10 but the score equates for a number of reasons. At times the camera has internal conflict and will not respond. As I use legacy glass on the camera with the Metabones adapter the small issue at times can happen when I press custom assigned button C2 for digital zoom the Sony goes black. Other times it can lock up and loose the shutter and aperture settings and default back to another setting. It could be the firmware 3.30 and I will look at resetting the camera and see if that fixes the issue.There is so much potential with the Sony A7 series and could easily achieve a 10 out of 10. But the main concern for me is when the camera is not responsive and this can be at crucial times when you really want to take a photograph.
Sony A7II with Canon FD 20-35mm F3.5L adapted with Metabones FD to E Mount adaptor.Camera settings: Aperture: F3.5 Shutter: 1/50 Second, ISO: 400
I can not fault this setup for photography and video use as it its such an excellent aspherical zoom lens from the Canon FD series. The colours, image and rendering are second to none.
Sony A7II with Canon FD 35mm F2 and Metabones Adaptor.
Shutter: 500sec, Aperture: F2, ISO:200
New Update: Firmware 4.0 Added to the A7II camera firmware with version 4.00 which has solved many issues as mentioned above. This has made the camera 100% more enjoyable and fun to use.
- Improves operation of the camera:
- Improves camera operation when the AF area is set to flexible spot
- Adds Live View Display into custom button assignment
- Adds the Set File Name function
- Supports visible light LED with external flash for AF (HVL-F45RM External Flash)
- Improves release time lag when wireless flash is used
- Improves overall stability of the camera.
I had used the Picture Profile set to S Log 2 – Atomos was set as ProRes HQ Codec – In Avid Media Composer the chosen LUT – SGamut to Cine+709. Overall I enjoyed testing the camera and changing the Picture Profile to S Log 2, Sonys go to flat profile for colour grading. In all honesty we all know this is not a video camera but I wanted to see the results. If you want a video camera there are plenty of other options.
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