New Camera – Sony Alpha 7RII

The irony that this photo of my new fancy camera was taken on my iPhone is not lost on me

Since the day I had enough money to own a camera, I’ve had a Canon. It started with the small ELPH point-and-shoot, then on to a Canon PowerShot (which was the camera I used for my very first food blog). I then made the jump to a Canon Rebel DSLR, and several Canon DSLR iterations since then. Taking high quality photos of food, particularly at notable restaurants, has long been a hobby that also serves a journalistic purpose for me. So after trusting my Canon gear to chronicle thousands of photos, why the change to Sony?

There are many reasons I chose to go with the Sony a7RII, not the least of which was size. DSLR cameras are heavy, and high quality ones are even heavier. More than the weight, I felt I wanted to move into a smaller form factor.

Sony’s mirrorless system allows the camera body to be much smaller (left: Canon 6D, right: Sony a7RII)

Other than the size advantage, the Sony a7RII is also a fantastic camera for low light photography. Considering that 90% or more of my photos are taken in restaurants, where lighting can often be dim, the a7RIIs great ISO performance was very attractive. Combine this with a sensor which nearly 2x the resolution of my Canon 6D and now I have a lot more flexibility in post-processing for my photos. An added bonus of the a7RII is its electronic view finder, which can be repositioned. Taking overhead or low angle photos of food in a restaurant through a traditional viewfinder is awkward, so the adjustable view finder is a big plus to give me more options.

Overall I am very happy with this new camera so far. I’ll need to start researching options for native Sony lenses in the future, as the only drawback of changing cameras is the loss of autofocusing speed and accuracy due to needing an adapter to attach my Canon lenses. But, until then, this low light machine will serve me well in continuing to document my epicurean adventures!

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