The Sony a7RII — The Hype Train Doesn’t End! And That’s A Good Thing!

by Bret Hoy1 Comment

If you’re reading this blog, that means that, most likely, you’re into camera technology. If that’s the case, then I’m sure you’re aware of the first reaction you usually get from people when you get excited about a new camera. It usually goes something like this:

“You can’t just go out and buy a new camera every time something new is announced!”

We all know at least one person like this.

First, I am flattered at the money that these people think that my fellow photographer friends and I have to throw around on cameras. Beyond that, I’m always surprised at the disdain that they show for the advancements that have been made over the past several years. I believe that this stems from a variety of misguided frustrations that people have about photography and videography. It seems to me that it all comes down to a frustration with quickly advancing technology.

The frustration being two fold. One: You’re afraid to purchase a camera that will be outdated very soon. Two: You feel as if consumer products are infringing upon professional territory.

When your iPhone can take great photos, and shoots 4k and super slow motion video, it’s natural to feel as if your field is being infringed upon by amateurs. It’s true, calling yourself a, “photographer” is easier than ever with the wide range of cameras available and how intuitive and easy to use many of them are. And why is that a bad thing?

It's not. 

This is exactly what we as photographers and videographers should be embracing, and indeed, it’s actually what we all desire. No, I’m not saying that you want annoying selfie Instagrammers calling themselves photographers. You want the barrier between you and the great image that you visualize to be as small as possible. This is exactly what’s being accomplished.

When you see the title of the article we’re linking in this piece, “The a7RII Is The Best Camera Sony Has Ever Made,” I can guarantee the gut reaction of many people will be to recoil and think, “PSHHAWW. Always with the new cameras!” But let me reassure you for a moment, declaring the greatness of a camera itself doesn’t diminish the images from anything else.

When everyone is shooting images of close to equal technical quality, style, composition and skill are thrown into sharper contrast. This also means that professionals can’t claim to be professionals simply because of their equipment. Is this not a better deal for all?

I then urge you all to, when hearing about this, “amazing new technology” and, “Sony’s best camera ever” to join in the excitement. If you are a fellow creative, realize that we all benefit from these exciting advancements in technology.

Resource Magazine has written a very comprehensive breakdown and review of the new Sony a7RII. They’re calling the camera, “the best Camera Sony Has Ever Made.” While I can’t necessarily say for sure that they’re right, I can definitely say that they have made a very decent argument to support that. And it’s really hard to not agree. Despite the fact that I’m more video oriented and would definitely upgrade to the a7SII before the a7RII, the a7RII addresses the needs of a wider group of shooters than the a7SII does.

If you’re on the fence at all, check out this great review, and get excited about the possibilities so readily available to all of us!

Review: The a7R II is the Best Camera Sony Has Ever Made

Via Resource Magazine:

It’s been a long, interesting, often frustrating and ultimately an incredibly rewarding journey watching Sony go from fledgling camera maker to likely the most feared manufacturer today. They have come a really long way, and what at first seemed like strange decisions have culminated now into an incredibly well-conceived long term plan. As disappointed as I was in the Sony a7R, the a7S gave me hope that there was much to love about their future. Now, the Sony a7R II is that future, and it’s a brilliant camera that, though not without its flaws, is easily the best overall camera Sony has ever produced.

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The Sony a7R II is built extremely well, and feels great in hand. If you have held the a7 II, you already know what I mean. The grip isn’t the absolute best on the market (I’ll leave that with the Nikon D750), but it at least feels robust and sturdy. I don’t have particularly big hands, so it fits really well into my grip. If you do have larger hands, it might still feel small and toy-like, but nothing like the original a7R which was an absolute pain to hold.

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Sony has designed the camera to be well controlled from buttons and dials found all around the body, rarely asking you to use the menu system to access anything you would need on the fly while shooting. Four custom function buttons and two custom settings allow you to really build out your a7R II to fit exactly what you want to shoot and how you want to shoot it.

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In terms of weight, the camera is really dense. It weighs more than you expect for such a small body. Most of that weight is centered around the sensor, for obvious reasons. When I held it in one hand and a Canon 60D in the other, they felt about the same.

Though it is weather resistant, it’s not weather sealed. Heavy rain, heavy mist or a strong dust or sandstorm will ruin your a7R II. Though many of us will never put our cameras through that kind of punishment, just know what the a7R II can handle. It’s tough, but not indestructible like a DSLR.

Read full article at Resource Magazine “Review: The a7R II is the Best Camera Sony Has Ever Made”

Note: it is our policy to give credit as well as deserved traffic to our news sources – so we don't repost the entire article – sorry, I know you want the juicy bits, but I feel it is only fair that their site get the traffic and besides, you just might make a new friend and find an advertiser that has something you've never seen before

(cover photo credit: snap from Resource Magazine)


  1. There’s nothing wrong with Sony (or anyone else) constantly improving their products (except to the extent it’s motivated by planned obsolescence).
    But you’re not obliged to “rush right out in a buying frenzy”. Don’t forget that Mr Hoy, et al, are in the business of encouraging you to buy new products. When someone says that this camera is likely the best Sony has ever made, that’s not (in context) a dispassionate statement. It’s an implicit sales pitch.

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