Sony A7RII Camera Rolling Review. - Insights from Fashion Photographer, Eli Samuel of Samuel Vision.

 PART TWO (22nd of AUGUST, 07):

I want to update this review on my current progress with shooting with the Sony A7Rii. I have found an incredible resource in correcting Sony biggest problem with video in comparison with a company like Canon. Colour.  

I am not going to repeat the obvious and argue why the colour is more pleasing on other systems, there is a lot of other better blogs out there and it can be subjective. This is about practically, a pro doesn’t care about silly details. All that matters is this will save you time in grading because this colour profile near perfect. The best part is that this is $15, just buy it and set it then forget that Sony’s reds and greens look like crayons. Lol. One note I want to add, I have read from people it doesn’t work as well in daylight. I believe this is because your using auto white balance and not changing the colour profile properly. Read the PDF they provide to the letter, you will get good results.

Here is the links below:  

EOSHD Pro Color for Sony Cameras including a7S II, a7R II and a6300.   

CREDIT: Video below is from EOSHD.

Here is some example of some of my latest stuff with this picture profiles enabled, it also works on images as well! FYI.

If you want to check out the full shoot with the lovely Constance Bailey:    These are obviously edited and retouched but I wanted to show what is possible.  

If you want to check out the full shoot with the lovely Constance Bailey:   

These are obviously edited and retouched but I wanted to show what is possible.  

Clip also required almost no colour correction, there was only one small LED panel on set. Made my life so much easier!

I will report more on my finding as I go.


PART ONE (JULY, 11th, 2017):

I just upgraded to the Sony A7rii and here are my thoughts. I replaced the Sony A7ii and the Sony A7S with the A7Rii and A7R. I will update this post as I go with my insights. 

A couple of years ago I used to shoot Canon, my last bodies were the 5D Mark iii and the 6D. My opinion is that this was a period in the industry that marked a standard of image quality that does not need to improve for most practical purposes.

"A standard of image quality that does not need to improve for most practical purposes."

A bold statement I know but give me a moment to explain, 5D/6D provided clean ISO output up to 3200 and a decent megapixel count. You do not need more. So why upgrade? 

"You do not need more. So why upgrade?"

I will focus on three areas to start this rolling review. Mirrorless practicality, video performance, and image quality. Let's get into it.

Mirrorless Practicality: 

The EVF (electronic viewfinder) has helped me become a better photographer. I can focus on framing and composition alone. My attention is purely set on achieving this and directing my model or subject we have enough to think about when we are shooting. 

Video Performance: 

Canon you should have listened to us, for goodness sakes we used to have the platinum membership. We shoot professionally and have done for over 10 plus years. What does that say? We cancelled because you were utterly incapable of managing your own future, Canon. 

Can you tell I am mad?  

Canon often relegates pro features to pro $10,000+ bodies where Sony has consistently offered features like S-Log and/or 4K in even its consumer bodies. This is unacceptable Canon. 

Enough of my rant, here is the first part of a campaign that we are shooting for Studio Pilates.

This is shot with the Sony A7S and the ATMOS FLAME

This combination produces great results. Comment below with your thoughts!

Image Quality:

The image quality is exceptional, there is enough on the internet about this. I am going to avoid the obvious and focus on what makes this body great for me.

A feature called Eye AF, the A7Rii tracks the eye of my subject across the frame and lets me get on with shooting. The hit rate has been 95% plus, far better than the older Sony A7ii and forget the Canons.

"This is not even in the same world as other cameras and makes it a joy to shoot with."

Most pros, myself included, use just one focus point, lock it and recompose. With the R, I set up custom control over the point and put it somewhere near the face and it just locks. It does an amazing job especially if you have a modeling light switched on, on your strobes. 

"It is bloody good. Watching it lock on to the model's eyeballs around the frame is a thing to behold."
Magazine Shoot: Photo - Model - @rubyroorda Wardrobe Stylist - @we.seoyoung MUA - @hmuachevelle Hair - @laurensieger Agency - @busymodels

Magazine Shoot:

Photo -

Model - @rubyroorda

Wardrobe Stylist - @we.seoyoung

MUA - @hmuachevelle

Hair - @laurensieger

Agency - @busymodels



Anyways I will post some more content here and update this as I go. 

Been fun so far, love the Sony A7rii. Such a beast. 


Keep Shooting. 

Much love,

Eli Samuel.

Brisbane Fashion Photographer. 

Brisbane Commercial Photographer.

A Little About Me. #bio #nerd #aspiration

My name is Eli Samuel and I have been a photographer for over 10 years. I think I may have come out of the womb holding a camera! Lol, I have shot most kinds of photography including pictures of family, strangers, events, street life, weddings, studio portraits, concert images, and friends, though I prefer to shoot fashion so I founded SAMUEL VISION to service fashion/editorial and corporate advertising. 

In my heart and if you know me, I am a little nerdy. I am a “photo enthusiast” as well as a passionate photographer. Blogging is my way of giving back. I read all the posts published by our heroes in our industry every day like Steve Huff, Ken Rockwell etc.  So I thought to myself, stop being selfish!

My dream is to grace the cover of Vogue Italia. I am coming for you Vogue! Help me get there. 


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