The Heat Of The Desert

SONY ILCE-7R (23mm, f/9, 1/60 sec, ISO250)

Some more shots from my lost vacation in the USA.

While I write this lines I sit on my sofa, the wood burning in the oven and outside it is cold, wet and grey. November at its best. Time to dream about the desert in Arizona. I took those images in 2015. At that time I still had my full frame camera gear. On that walk I only used one camera, one lens. The Sony A7R plus the Canon EF 16-35/4 IS L on a third party adapter which made AF unusable. I shot this more like a medium format camera: from the hip using the back LCD and manual focus.

SONY ILCE-7R (16mm, f/10, 1/100 sec, ISO100)
SONY ILCE-7R (30mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO100)
SONY ILCE-7R (16mm, f/9, 1/60 sec, ISO200)
SONY ILCE-7R (21mm, f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO500)
SONY ILCE-7R (25mm, f/9, 1/60 sec, ISO320)
SONY ILCE-7R (23mm, f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO125)

The Sony A7R was clearly a mark I product. Usability was compromised especially with adapted lenses but the sensor was something completely different. Back then 36,4MP was really something completely different. The files just look amazing even when pixel peeping on my big computer screen.

But beside the resolution I didn’t like the camera at all. The shooting experience was poor, the menu system weird, the shutter sound awful and auto white balance was a disaster. So despite the great files the camera produces I quickly sold it after the Fuji X-Pro2 came out one your later. The X-Pro2 didn’t have the resolution on the Sony but it matched the resolution of my Canon 6D and the shooting experience was vastly superior. I finally sold my full frame camera gear and went completely Fuji.

Why I’m writing this? Because now I can have this resolution again with Fuji! Now I can enjoy the shooting experience and colour science that I love without any compromise regarding image detail. Do I need 40MP? For sure not, I hardly need 26MP. Would I love to have 40MP? Of course. Bigger is better. As simple as that. The only question is if I can wait for the X-Pro4 or not.

SONY ILCE-7R (33mm, f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO500)
SONY ILCE-7R (22mm, f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO640)
SONY ILCE-7R (19mm, f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO400)

The last time we have been there I took images of wild life! I managed to shoot an image of a road runner for the first time in my life. No road runner this time but I would have no chance to capture any wild life anyway with a super wide angle attached on the camera. Sure those files can take some cropping but everything has its limits.

I look forward to have a high res sensor in my next Fuji.

SONY ILCE-7R (16mm, f/4, 1/80 sec, ISO100)