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Review: Sony A7s

by Chris Gampat on 07/25/2014

Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Sony A7s product images (1 of 8)ISO 16001-50 sec at f - 4.0

The Sony A7s has to be the single camera that will shift the megapixels race to the ISO stage. When it was first announced, it was billed as a low megapixel high ISO territory trailblazing camera. Then tests started to come out that confirmed this. Indeed, Sony’s 12MP full frame sensor is quite capable not only of delivering very clean high ISO results, but also pretty darned good RAW file versatility. But there is so much more to the camera than this.

The A7s also is one of the fastest focusing cameras that we’ve tested on the site–and for that reason its reliability as a tool in your daily life increases. The camera is a dream come true for many photojournalists, concert photographers, and videographers.

On the other hand, still photographers are bound to be disappointed somewhat by fewer megapixels and the lack of detail at lower ISOs.

But Sony delivered some Editor’s Choice award winning products in the A7 and A7r. Is the A7s worthy of the award too?

Editor’s Note: this review is based solely on a photographer’s point of view. We will post another article later on comparing this camera’s video output to the Panasonic GH4.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 35mm f2 review product images (2 of 6)ISO 8001-50 sec at f - 2.0

Zeiss has always been known for their quality, precision, and craftsmanship since before their rangefinder days. And while going through our Reviews index, we found that we skipped over this one. Sure, it’s been out for a while, but the Zeiss 35mm f2 delivers a look that many will fall in love with. In today’s world of lens technology progressing super fast, does Zeiss really need to update this lens? Or can it still find a home with a niche crowd?

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instagram

Instagram has changed itself many times over the year and even more so after being bought by Facebook and trying to compete with Vine. The app allows you to a take a snapshot on the go with a nostalgic filter. You can use your camera phone or a proper camera that works with your phone to create images. It has filters that can stylize your images the way you want with further customization that has come over time. Version 6.0 was recently released. This version added a tray of photo editing tools to the app. We have been using it heavily since it was released and it’s very much the best Instagram yet.

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Nitz Wrist Strap gservo-01576-20140629

Overall, I’m simple. I am not a fan of the nice, yet terribly expensive wrist straps we have reviewed here. I like my photography accessories to work while not being expensive and prefer to invest more money into my camera and lenses instead of frilly extras. When I was first introduced to the Nitz Strap by my friend Scott Wyden, I was fascinated. It is a hand-made strap by a photographer. When I found out how much the Nitz wrist strap would cost. I bought one.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7s first impressions photos (4 of 22)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 5.0

Just a quick note to let readers know that we updated our Sony A7s first impressions to include not only high ISO image samples, but also our thoughts on the autofocus performance boosts.

Seriously, we think that the Sony A7s could have the best focusing system that we’ve seen in a while.

Head on over and check it out. We’re still working on the full review.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7s first impressions photos (2 of 22)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 5.0

Today, we got to play with the Sony A7s on a short press meeting with Sony. We’re happy to report that we have the unit in for review now and that we also got to test out the camera’s silent shutter function.

And trust us, you won’t be able to hear it. Check it out after the jump. Also be sure to check out our first impressions with the camera. Sample images coming soon; but in the meantime check out more at our Instagram.

Just to let you know, B&H Photo has the Sony A7s for $2,498Amazon also has it along with Adorama.

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