I recently shipped off my Canon 5D Mark II to move my gear in the direction of the new mirror-less Sony A7R. I had rented the Sony enough times to convince myself it was a worthy swap. I think it was mostly the size of the camera and the dynamic range of the sensor that convinced me. So far I haven’t had any regrets. For those of you who haven’t heard, the big deal is that Sony, the maker of the sensor in the Nikon D800e, widely considered to be the Holy Grail of landscaping cameras, decided to put the same full frame sensor into its own model, the A7R. There are some shortcomings; mainly miserable battery life, lack of native lenses, slowish AF, no optical VF, etc.. You can go read the whines over on FM for more details. For me, since if a person wanders into my photo, I patiently wait for them to move on so as to not ruin the image, AF isn’t a big deal. Once you settle on an adapter for your lenses of choice (mine being Zeiss primes), you find heaven.
That is, I am selling my Canon 5D Mark II to move along to a lighter, higher resolution Sony A7r. After much contemplating and renting of sample gear, I decided the move works for me. I am keeping all my lenses, however, and using them with a Metabones adapter. I hate buying new, so I scrutinized the forums for months to find a used A7R at my price point. I finally nailed one down last week 🙂
Went out into the Arboretum last night for one last round of Azalea shots before I ship the 5D2 off.
In other news, I have a small showing going on at the Phinney Ridge Starbucks. Feel free to stop by and check it out.
While on the way to another Arboretum visit, I changed course to head south to Kubota Garden. I usually go there in the fall, but this would be my first Spring visit. Tom Kubota founded the garden in 1927, with a vision of creating a Northwest garden in Japanese style. It’s 22 acres flourish with many NW plants and flowers. Its a joy to visit.
Spent two days down at the Columbia Gorge for the Lupine and Balsamroot show. The show was definitely wrapping up, but fields of flowers were still to be found. This plateau is near Rowena Crest. Zeiss 21mm. The clouds, barely visible here, became a dark wall of rain squalls as we drove west back to Seattle.