This image was taken with the Sony (Alpha) a7S.
I wish to thank my good friend Ashwin Rao who was absolutely correct about three things with respect to this camera:
- The a7S digital files are the most CCD-like CMOS files I’ve encountered (not quite like the magic of CCD, but very close — even in their behaviour during post-processing).
- I need to re-acquaint myself with the “tunnel vision” viewfinder the a7S shares with most other cameras. This is a significant limitation, since unless the camera is a rangefinder, it’s not (yet) possible to see “the world outside the window frame” to better anticipate photographic opportunities.
- The a7S sensor and Leica lenses play well together.
- The focus-peaking is quite accurate and very user-friendly.
- The auto-ISO function, in combination with the exposure compensation dial, actually improves upon my set-up with the Leica M8/M9/M-E.
- The silent shutter option makes me weep tears of joy — bravo Sony.
- The advertised high ISO capabilities are not just marketing hyperbole. This sensor was tailor made for dark Canadian winters.
- This latest Sony still feels like a computer to me vs. a “real” camera. But it’s undeniably a “real” camera and a formidable photographic tool.