In early May I was vacation with wife travel to Phuket Thailand, the Challenge here, was weather its unpredictable becoz now in phuket just starter monsoon till September.
I had been reading a lot of the reviews on the Sony A7s, and decided to see if I could get my hands on one. With the rave reviews on the low light capabilities, I wanted to test the waters and see what this camera could give me on a spontaneous shoot such as this one.
There are a lot of reviews on the technical aspects of the camera that have been covered extensively, and I don’t really want to cover too much ground that has already been spoken about. For me this is more about what the Sony A7s can give me as a lowlight still on a trip.
Every camera has the ability to give you great images. But you need to try and understand its strengths and weakness’ before you can get the best out it. The menu’s took a bit of time getting used to, i was taking a bit of a risk using the Canon Lenses TSE17/F4 (adapter Viltrox), as they couldn’t be compatible with Sony’s lens stabilise function. I had loan FE24-70/F4 from my friend.
My experience with the Sony A7s in Phuket was my testing ground. It was honestly the first time I got a real chance abit to play with it. I didn't shoot in extreme low light conditions, but I was very impressed with the quality that I was getting from it. The dynamic range was impressive. From a stills perspective, sure, it’s only a 12 mega pixel camera. But I wasn’t planning on blowing any of these images up to huge scale. I wanted to capture real life moments in areas that I visited.
2s F16 ISO6400
So how would I personally fair the A7s. Like I said at the start of this, I am a strong believer that every camera has its pros and cons. You just have to understand how to use it and get the best out of it. Would I recommend this camera? Most definitely. Would I use it again? 100 percent.
For me, I loved the flexibility it gave me with such a small body. Its probably the best camera to take on your travels and when you are a one man show. Especially when you don't really know what to expect from the trip, and when you are going to see something that will make you want to use your camera. It can shoot at any time of day.
What it gives you is much greater than what you would expect. It’s very much suited for those documentary/photo journalists/lowlight photo that want to tell stories, travel light and still produce work.
Will update again after my trip to Bali and Mount Bromo Indonesia