Last year I spent some months with the Sony A7r, the world's first full-frame mirrorless camera other than the Leica M (which isn't really mirrorless in the sense we now regard it). Sony did a fantastic job of squeezing a full-frame sensor into a relatively small body. And for owners of Leica lenses it was a magnet for experimentation. I liked the A7r immensely, even for a first stab at a new genre. My only serious consideration was the noisy and vibratory shutter which was obtrusive in street photography and also caused camera shake.
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They say a week is a long time in politics. A year, however, is definitely not a long time in the development of Sony cameras. This time last year the hot properties were the freshly baked A7 and A7r, the world's first mirrorless full-frame cameras (excepting the Leica M which, of course, is not strictly a mirrorless). Then, before the ink had dried on your purchase invoice, along came the A7s to tempt you into divorce. Perhaps, though, you would have been wise to resist because the A7II with five-axis stabilisation slunk into view, licking its chops in anticipation of imminent surrender. Get thee behind me, Sony.
Tom Grill is conducting a fascinating comparison between the Sony A7r and the Fuji X-T1. In many respects these cameras are like two peas in a pod