05 November, 2015

Prince of Darkness - the Sony A7RII

Zeiss Batis 85mm - Ibis - South Bank [Click image to enlarge.]

I'm just not using my tripod these days. 

But it's not the tripod's fault. My Benro A-0691 Travel Angel (now discontinued) is a great balance between cost and weight. It's aluminium so it doesn't offer the weight saving of the carbon fibre models. But, aluminium is less expensive
 and makes for a steadier platform in a slight breeze — perfect for mirrorless sized cameras. And, one of the legs will detach to make a monopod. But I digress.

My tripod is a victim of the Prince of Darkness: Sony's mirrorless, E-Mount A7RII. I'm mostly a prime shooter, so the in-body stabilisation has delivered to me three additional stops (but often it will go four). And, everyone seems to agree the sensor adds a further stop. (I think it's closer to two.)

But, for the sake of the argument, let's say it's four stops all up.

If we were still using film, for example, that would mean a new Tri-X delivering ASA 6400 with the same grain and response that it previously delivered at 400. Money for old rope.

So, where I wouldn't have dreamt of hand-holding 42 mp (or 36). I do now.

I'm not selling my tripod. It's comforting to know it's there if I need it.

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