The Sony A7II with the Zeiss Loxia 50mm fixed length lens is absolute photography heaven. From the first day of having this setup I was totally blown away. It’s beautiful.
I’ve never really used zoom lens, much preferring a good quality fixed length lens over anything else, and the Zeiss Loxia 50mm F/2 fixed length lens is a brilliant piece of engineering.
I also can’t stand kit lenses. If you are going to get a decent camera then you might as well get some decent lenses for it.
In my current setup I have only two lens so far – the Zeiss Loxia 50 F/2 and the Sony 28mm F/2. I will naturally expand this in the future.
For this post I am only mentioning the Zeiss Loxia as that is the lens that is on my camera 90% of the time.
My camera before the A7II was a Sony Nex 6 which was perfect for travelling due to it’s small size and great for learning and improving my photography, while still providing good quality images.
The Sony A7II is also great for travelling due to it’s still small size for a full frame camera. It’s incredible that at this size it is full frame. It’s the travel photographers dream, and not a massive jump up in size from the Nex 6.
I’ve had the Sony A7II for 2 months now.
As I’m a long term traveller taking many photographs this is the perfect camera setup for me.
In the photos below you can see the size difference from the smaller Sony Nex 6 and the Sony A7II.
I am not what you would call a professional photographer, you know those people who have tried practically every camera and lens under the sun, while making their entire living from photography.
No I would say I’m a semi-professional. In other words I’ve been paid for my photography before but don’t make my living from it, and have not tried a lot of different camera setups.
I’ve been teaching myself photography for a few years now, generally specialising in travel photography. I’ve studied professional photographers pictures and always observe other photographers.
Instead of doing an in-depth review I figured it was best to show some sample images to show what this camera and lens can do, in order to show my followers and new readers curious of what I am using for photography, and those thinking of getting this setup.
The Zeiss Loxia 50 is a manual focus lens only, and manual aperture. I love that it’s manual only as it’s an absolute joy to use, I feel much more connected to the photography. It was strange at first coming from only using auto-focus but I soon got used to it.
It’s also the perfect lens for street photography and portraits. The colours just jump out at you and it is very sharp.
All photos are shot at F/2 aperture to show the bokeh, and are unedited except for the cropped ones to show a closer look at the image.
All photos are taken hand held.
So if you are looking for a good quality travel camera setup and have some money to invest in a good system, then I can highly recommend this.
Sony A7II and Zeiss Loxia 50 F/2 Sample Images
Catching faster moving objects is not a problem with the manual focus as long as you have the distance to where you want to take the picture already focused.
So hopefully this gives you some idea of what this camera setup can do.
In the future I will put up some sample photos from the Sony 28 F/2 when I have used that lens more.
You can see more of my photography at my other website JonnyDuncan.
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