Last Updated on 04/11/2023 by Lara Carretero
Leica lens owners: want something really cool? We’re in the middle of a special deals period on Sony cameras and lenses. At the middle of it is the Sony a7c: which is perhaps Sony’s best camera to use with manual focus lenses. Additionally, it’s also their smallest full-frame camera with a rangefinder style camera body that we’ve wanted for a very long time. So if this sounds appealing to you, then check out what’s available below.
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These Sony deals on cameras and lenses end April 2nd 2023
Here’s what we said in our review of the Sony a7C:
- It’s tiny
- This is Sony’s first rangefinder-style full-frame camera, and it reminds me so much of the Mamiya 6
- Good image quality overall
- I adore the shutter sound
- Weather resistance is excellent for shooting in the rain
- The colors from the images are lovely
- High ISO output is outstanding, especially in print
- Focus peaking seems better than previous cameras, but it’s still not Canon’s
- No joystick
- I really wanted the Sony a7r III sensor: that was the most perfect one
- Sony’s IBIS isn’t as good as Canon’s or Fujifilm’s
- The IBIS in the Sony a7c isn’t as good as that of the higher-end Sony a7 models
- No touchscreen menu
- I’d really like a frontal exposure dial
- Sony needs to revamp its delayed shooting option to focus on a subject right before it’s going to fire
- I don’t feel like this is the same autofocus as the other Sony a7 cameras. Sony’s autofocus needs to be revamped to accurately focus on people of color with dark hair and against dark backgrounds
- Needs dual card slots
- 1/200th flash sync
- Dynamic range isn’t that great in Capture One
- Sony is still prone to getting dust on the sensor with this camera
And here’s what we said when using it with Leica M mount lenses.
Though the Sony a7 series cameras are pretty small, I felt they were still too big. To me, they never felt like real cameras. Instead, they felt like computers stuffed into a camera. But the Sony a7c is the closest thing that I’ve ever felt to a real camera from Sony since the Sony a900 DSLR. In this case, though, they’re going small. This camera is the closest thing that we have to a digital Mamiya 6 or a Mamiya 7 with a full-frame sensor. The grip is an excellent addition for anyone that has big hands. Hasselblad has excellent options with sensors larger than full frame. But with the Sony a7c, you get full coverage with your Leica M mount lenses. You’re missing a few things, of course. The shutter dial isn’t on top–instead, it’s on the top rear section. This camera could have used a front dial for its own native lenses. But that’s why the Leica M mount lenses pair so well to this camera. The ISO can be controlled using the back wheel. The camera’s Shutter speed can be assigned to the top wheel. And the lens controls the aperture. You’ll really get this if you’re a Fujifilm shooter. Those who own Sony’s lenses that have aperture rings will really understand the overall process.
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