« on: December 10, 2014, 10:45:01 PM »
I use the 1Dx & 5DMK III, primarily the 1Dx.
Bought into the a7r around a year ago, mainly because of the 36MP Sony Sensor, but also looking for the smaller unit/weight factor.
Recently completed a 6 week Holiday around mostly Asia, primarily Japan, Bagged the 1Dx, my 5 Zeiss Lenses, and decided to give the a7r a real trial compared with the 1Dx.
The a7r form factor is interesting and at times a plus, but the more I used it the less important this became, I just prefer the 1Dx in hand, even the 5DMK III.
The EVF on the a7r, it's a PIA, some will get used to it as they will compromise, but there's no way the current EVF cameras can compare to the OVF of the Canon/Nikon etc, the latency of the image in the viewfinder is just.....awful, always waiting for the Image to refresh, real Pain.
The Menu system, the system in general, is Ok, but I found frustrating, and Manual Focus on the a7r is an absolute bummer. But it's something given time you could adapt to, it's just a menu system after all, doesn't necessarily impact on Image quality.
The Metabones latest Mk III adaptor to use Canon Lenses (Read in my case Zeiss), works, but I'm not convinced use of an adaptor, any adaptor, doesn't detract in Image Quality.
The Zeiss 35f/2 Lens is very very good, the Zeiss 24-70f/4 is Ok, maybe good, but the f/4 in low light is a killer.
The Sensor is excellent & in my opinion somewhat better than the current crop of Canon Sensors, others will disagree and that's fine, I would simply like the a7r sensor in my 5DMK III and I'de be a Happy Camper.
After this last 6 weeks I gave the a7r to my eldest Lad, he needs a general Camera, non specific, good at most things and the sensor quality he doesn't even think about.
Another suggestion already made may be worth looking at, if your not too committed to Canon in the Lens department, look at Nikon, the D750 & D810 are I believe currently a viable alternative in my view, certainly right at this moment as good or better than Canon's 5DMK III & 6D, that will of course likely change mid next year, but it's not a guarantee.
I'll just wait out Canon for a high MP Body in 2015 as I'm extensively committed to Canon L Lenses & Canon mount Zeiss Lenses, my advice along with others would be see if you can rent an a7r for a couple weeks, I'm just not convinced at this point hat Sony have a Camera that can compete with either Canon or Nikon, Sensors absolutely, Camera Bodies not yet, Lenses certainly not now & not for a very long time, the adaptors are not the answer.