The Sony A7R Arrived

FedEx just delivered my new Sony A7R. I used to be excited when I got new stuff, but no more. Ever since I started this endeavor, I order new cameras to try them out and write about them and reserve my judgment for a later date. Unlike before this site, I now don’t order cameras because I necessarily want them.

So it is with the Sony. I’m pretty sure it’s going to impress me with image quality, but I have no clue about the rest and I have enormous doubts about adopting a camera with so few native lenses available for it, especially from a brand that hasn’t been known to stick with a model line for eternity.

Anyway, I unpacked the Sony. Packaging is okay, but nothing to write home about for a camera costing $2,300. Apparently the manual is as bad inside as it looks on the outside. I’ll find out. Sony gives us the pleasure of receiving a new camera with a depleted battery. And without a standalone charger, about as cheap a move as Olympus shipping expensive lenses without hoods.

The USB cable from the adapter to the camera is short, very short, so I had to put the camera on either a bathroom or kitchen counter to be able to charge it without having to search for an extension cord. But now my camera is charging. If I keep the camera, I’ll buy a standalone charger and extra batteries.

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Funny thing was that Sony and FedEx had notified me that the camera was going arrive yesterday, but that was before the lens was shipping. Then I got an email from both that the lens was shipping and suddenly the camera was delayed by one day. But at least I did get the 35mm f/2.8 lens at the same time as the camera it fits on.

My current plans are to shoot with that 35mm on the A7R and also try the Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH I got recently. I’ve rented the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART lens for my Nikon D800e to compare the output of that combo against the Sony. I’ll write about my findings here.

For now, while the camera is still charging, I continue working on my post dealing with the online confusion on how well or how badly Leica M lenses are performing on the Sony A7/A7R. That post should appear later today or sometime tomorrow.

Comments

  1. Can’t believe a $2300 camera does not come with a wall charger.

  2. Dear Mr. Wanderings,
    please do keep us entertained with your acerbic observations.

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