It's a Sony!

Well, the marketing guys over at Sony has used that slogan for TV's and other stuff they make for a long time.  "It's a Sony!" And, yes, it's quite fitting for their cameras too, except it doesn't have to mean it's all positive. Whenever I'm using my Sony A7R II I'm actually having that slogan in the back of my head, and it keeps me a bit calmer, more understanding. You know, whenever I'm about to explode because of the frustrations with the A7R II, the words "It's a Sony!"  makes me understand the camera better, like you try to understand and not yell at your child that is pushing the limits or trying to annoy you the best it can. Because you love that child, and you know that this is just something you have to live with and overcome. And you know it will improve as it grows older. And you have so many wonderful times with it. So you try to push your child in the right direction so it will improve it's behavior. But you don't hit it, and you don't yell too loud at it. Well, not that often anyway.

And my Sony A7R II - the same love. It annoys me, push my limits, my patience - but I try not to hit it. But I do yell at it. Sometimes. But I know Sony cameras are just like that, and there's nothing I can do about it. After all, It's a Sony. But then it helps me capture moments like this, below. And I remember how much I love it.

Sony A7R II + FE 24-70 F/2.8 GM, @ 70mm, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1 second exposure. 

That was a cold day! In Jotunheimen, Norway. Well, not really that cold by Norwegian winter standards, but since it's the start of the winter I'm not used to the cold just yet. It was about minus 9 degress celcius. So I used wool underwear, and a thick winter jacket, thick winter pants, boots, scarf around my neck, and gloves. No wait - because of that damn Sony that was impossible! Those frigging small buttons annoys me so much! I hate them. But. I wanted to take pictures so, the gloves came off..

Sony A7R II + FE 24-70 F/2.8 GM, @ 70mm, ISO 100, f/1, 1/10 second exposure.

Just before the sunrise in Jotunheimen. Even colder.  And I'm tired, I've just walked up a mountain before the sun rose. And then I saw this, and it was worth it! Before anyone think that I have pushed the sliders in Lightroom too far, please understand that the light here up north is something special. Actually I grabbed my phone and recorded a short video to show my wife later, and in that video you can hear me talk about a unbelievable sky, it's all pink, purple, yellow and orange I say. "Never seen anything like this before." But, I do post process my images into my liking anyway. But this scene was fantastic in its purest form.

One thing that makes me love my A7R II is all that information I can recover from the highlights. Dynamic range is good. Though it seems to me that I can recover more from the shadows on my Nikon D810. 

Sony A7R II + FE 24-70 F/2.8 GM, @ 24mm, ISO 100, f/16, 1/6 second exposure.

October is coming to an end, and it's  snow in Jotunheimen. The rivers are starting to freeze up. Another thing that makes me prefer Sony A7R II over Nikon D810 is the articulated screen, which I can flip out, up and down, and save me knees and back from a lot of hurt :D  

Sony A7R II + Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 IS MK 2 @ 123mm, ISO 100, f/16, 1/5 second exposure.

The same mountain as the first picture, but from another angle, and at an earlier time in the morning. Taken just as the sun started to hit the highest mountains. I climbed up a hill with all my gear to get this angle, (and started missing my lighter Fuji X Pro 2  camera and lenses right away). The Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM lens is so sharp that I don't miss my primes anymore. It's fantastic. Pure magic. It's a Sony. So, it's heavy.  But, what a lens! Some of you might remember from earlier posts that I have been struggling with the decision whether to keep my Nikon D810 or my Sony A7R II, but then I tried this lens, the Sony FE24-70mm F/2.8mm GM, and then I bought it. And that made it for me, I'm keeping my Sony and selling the Nikon.    BUT - the above picture is not even taken by that lens (the other ones in this post are). This one is taken with a Canon lens, the best 70-200 that exists today, the EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS MK 2. And that is heavy too. But wow! What a lens folks! Sony is coming with their own F/2.8 of that zoom length these days. But I haven't tried it yet, and it's expensive, and I have had this Canon for years. And here's another reason to keep the Sony - I love this lens, the Canon. And I can use it om my A7R II with an adapter. And even have auto focus - though all my landscape shots are manual focused. 

If it was cold during the day, or me just not yet used to it, it was even colder during the night. I was sleeping in my car with a sleeping bag. I had to get it out of the car during the night and pee, and I saw this. So. I grabbed my tripod, my Sony, and only wearing my wool underwear I yelled at my Sony real loud for having so small buttons and frustrating menu system... I felt like I was freezing to death and cold shaking hands made it even worse to operate the camera. But, this is what I got:

Sony A7R II + FE 24-70 F/2.8 GM, @ 24mm, ISO 1600, f/2.8, 20 second exposure.

Remember I'm not at all used to take night pictures like this. So maybe not that impressive. But, that's it. I can safely say that my Sony A7R II now has replaced my Fuji X-T1/X-Pro2 for all my landscape shots. I'm keeping my Fuji's for street stuff and everything else. But the Nikon D810 goes off for sale. So, from now on if you wonder what I used for my landscape shots here on this blog, well, It's a Sony!