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What sort of camera is the Sony A7r?

Joe Cornish looks at the A7R after 6 months of use

Joe Cornish

Joe Cornish

Professional landscape photographer.


From the outset let me explain that this is not a conventional camera review. If that is what you are seeking then returning to the usual suspects (DP Review et al) will give satisfaction. This is unashamedly a partial, personal opinion piece, based on experience gained as a regular user, in which I will come to a rather surprising conclusion. If I have now piqued your interest, read on…

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Looking back at my earliest pictures I see that I have now been shooting with the Sony A7r since the beginning of February this year, so over six months. Not surprisingly my first pictures look a bit tentative. When any new camera turns up there is a simple desire to get out and take pictures with it (excitement) tempered by an uncertainty about how to use it (inhibition) eg what do all the flippin' knobs and dials do? And in the case of the A7r, getting used to 24 pages of in-camera menu.

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