and I replaced my Nikon D800E with Sony A7II …

_SDI0030 - Version 2Sony A7II, 55/1.8 -front view-

_SDI0040 - Version 2Sony A7II, 55/1.8 -top view-

_SDI0032 - Version 2Sony A7II, 55/1.8 -side view-

On 9th of June 2015, I made a trip to RomaNapoli and Amalfi Coast, and decided to take my Nikon D800E with 24-120mm f416-35mm f4 and 58/1.4, along my V3 with CX70-300VR, and my inseparable Ricoh GR. I had in my mind to give the D800E its last chance … as it was on the shelves since a long time: I had been using the Nikon Dƒ, Leica M240 extensively last year, and recently the Fuji X-T1

My setup for the trip was almost complete, but i felt it a bit heavy if i want to carry all the stuff with me at the same time.

Why the A7II ? 

I have previously owned the Sony NEX-7 and NEX-6 for several months; although i liked the handling and features of these cams, IQ was not as goos as Fuji X …  Later, I tried the excellent A6000 and realised the improvements Sony was going through: but my eye was on the A7 system, as it’s the only Mirrorless Full Frame system with AF in the market today. I have previously tried the A7, and I wasn’t much impressed with it: lousy loud shutter noise, AF was a bit slow, and finishing was not up to what I look in a camera. But seeing what Sony have done later, with the A7s, A7II and the lately introduced A7IIr, It was clear that Sony were heading in the right direction. By the way, I still have a Novoflex M to E mount adapter and a Fotodiox F to E mount adapter.

When I arrived to Rome (my trip started in Napoli), The first thing I did is to check on the Sony A7II. I had in mind to add it to my gear with one lens (I wanted the 24-240mm walk-around lens instead of the 28-70 kit lens) , and to use my M and F primes on it for the time being . When I tried the A7II, I felt that this cam can be more than an addition to my gear: the handling was awesome, The Shutter sound was smooth unlike that of the previous A7, AF speed was very good, as fast as my X-T1 or maybe even faster. It has the exact same size of the X-T1: A7II with FE55/1.8 has about same size than XT1 with XF35/1.4,  a bit heavier though.


_1010171 - Version 2Fuji X-T1 with XF35/1.4 and Sony A7II with FE 55/1.8 size comparison

To cut it short, I ended up by replacing my D800E with Nikkor 16-35/4 with this setup: A7II,  Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA,  Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS and  FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS, with 4 extra batteries. The 3 lenses felt very good on the A7II, in my hands.

_SDI0051 - Version 2Sony A7II, 55/1.8, 16-35/4, 24-240/3.5-6.3, Novoflex M to E mount adapter, and Fotodiox F to E Mount Adapter



Main Reasons for the switch

  • my D800E was staying on the shelves for the last 15 months.
  • 36MP were too much for my needs
  • D800E weights about 1kg body only against 710g for the Dƒ or 550g for the A7II
  • Sony were working very hard lately with the A7 system, and made lots of improvements I thought it was worth to switch.
  • my new A7II setup: 16-35/4, 24-240/3.5-6.3, and 55/1.8, is very light and compact compared to Nikon similar setup. and I can finally travel light with a Full Frame AF system.

Mind you that I still have an almost complete Nikon system with Dƒ, D3s, D200IR, and many  F lenses. Time will tell how long I will keep them… It depends on Sony’s evolution and Nikon (mirrorless) respond in the (near) future.

I won’t make a final judgment on the A7II, yet; as I have it since one week only. So It is too early to come up with a final assessment. I just want to say that I am so far impressed with what Sony came out with, and will share with you some photos taken with the A7II HERE.


A very quick ISO test with A7II, Dƒ, and X-T1

_R011589 - Version 2 I was playing with A7II with 55/1.8, Dƒ with 58/1.4 and X-T1 with 56/1.2. A very quick and unscientific test at ISO 3200 and 12800 resulted in these shots. Try to guess which is which ?

SET #01 -ISO 3200_DSF1038 _DSC0541_DSC0441

SET #02 -ISO 3200_DSF1040 - Version 2_DSC0548 - Version 2_DSC0445 - Version 2
SET #03 – ISO 12800
_DSF1042_DSC0553_DSC0447 - Version 2

  • results coming later on this blog

6 thoughts on “and I replaced my Nikon D800E with Sony A7II …

  1. You went to Roma, Napoli and Amalfi Coast; come on, post real world images, cigarette lighters and beer mugs are horrible image examples and place you in the pool with the other gear lusters and pixel peepers with endless credit lines that enable them to rant about equipment that is beyond their artistic talents to use.


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