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
Today was the first time I have had to do a Sony firmware update, to bring the a7 Mark II up to version 1.20. But what a palaver in comparison with Fuji’s updates with which I am far more familiar. With Fuji, it’s a simple matter of downloading the update file and transferring it to a formatted SD card. Then just insert the card and start the camera while pressing the Disp/Back button. Firmware updates (which are relatively frequent) and lens updates then complete within seconds.
When the Sony a7 Mark II arrived three months ago there was an immediate spark of interest among owners of manual lenses, in particular among Leica fans who fancied a second body to supplement their M9 or M. Many had tried the previous year's a7r and found it wanting in terms of noise and stability: The loud shutter also caused body vibration and added to the problems of shooting with longer manual primes. Now, the a7II, with its five-axis stabilisation, more substantial built and larger grip, promises to answer those criticisms and, at last, offer something unique for the manual lens owner.
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.
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.
Until today it had never crossed my mind that the Sony's in-body stabilisation might not work with manual lenses. The idea seems far fetched, but it has gained some credence on the forums.