Sony Alpha A7 First Impressions Review & Sample Photo Gallery

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Sony Alpha A7 Sample Photos Gallery

All of the photos below were shot with the Sony Alpha A7 (except for a few of the product shots). Most of them were taken with the new 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens and then resized to 2400 pixels for easier uploading and viewing. The images were shot as JPEGs since there’s no Lightroom support for the A7 RAW files yet. They’ve all been adjusted a bit in Lightroom for color, contrast and exposure, but no selective adjustments have been made.

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Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • John says:

    Interesting camera, but sorry to say horribly written preview. The paragraphs are ridiculously long, nothing is split into headings, everything is just written boring peppered with random stats.

    • Photo-John says:

      Thanks for the feedback, John. I’m sorry you didn’t like the article. To be fair to myself, it is just a quickly-written first impressions article and it’s really more about presenting the photos than it is about being a comprehensive review. Was there anything you wanted to know that wasn’t included? I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

  • Kevin says:

    Hi John, I very much enjoyed your first impression reviews of the A7 and A7R. I’ve read every write-up I can find online, and got some good info from yours that I haven’t read elsewhere. Contrary to John above I also thought it was fine to read. The photos split it up into easy to digest sections.

    If you have time to answer, I have a couple of questions?

    Firstly, what did you think of the 28-70 kit lens on the A7? I’ve ordered it with the A7, as it’s very inexpensive and will give a walk-around lens with stabilisation. I was also thinking of using it for video. I’ve also ordered the 35 2.8 and 55 1.8 primes. Is it worth getting the kit zoom, even if only until I can buy the 24-70 4 Zeiss?

    The second question is pretty subjective, but I’m going round in circles so any help would be much appreciated. I currently have the Olympus OMD EM5 with a few lenses, including the Panasonic 12-35 2.8. I love the size of the system, especially the lenses, and was planning to upgrade to the EM1. That was until the A7 was announced.

    My Wife is currently pregnant, due at the end of January. I want to ensure that I can take as good photos of our baby as I can. As she’ll be born in Winter there won’t be much natural light. I’m torn between the A7 for the better IQ and ISO performance and the EM1 for the IBIS which will allow me to take handheld pictures at lower ISO. Having tried both, which would you choose in that situation?

    • Photo-John says:

      Glad you liked the article, Kevin. John did have a good point about section headers and I did use them in the A7R article. I’m glad it worked for you, though :-)

      There was a lot to do in not much time on the Nashville trip and one of the things I wasn’t really able to do is do a good lens analysis on the 28-70mm kit lens. My very unscientific impression is that it’s pretty good, although no really top-shelf glass. I would definitely expect the 24-70mm Zeiss to be sharper. I wasn’t at all unhappy with the kit lens, though. And if I were to buy the camera and I couldn’t have the Zeiss zoom, I’d definitely get the kit lens. It’s small, has a good all-purpose zoom range, and OSS image stabilization works well.

      I’m not really sure how the Sony 28-70mm kit lens compares to the E-M5′s image stabilization. That’s another thing I wasn’t really paying close attention to. However, with the A7′s considerably larger sensor, you’ll be able to shoot at least two stops faster and get the same image quality. So the image stabilization might not be as important than you think. Given the choice, I think I’d choose the larger sensor.

  • Kevin says:

    Thanks for answering John, much appreciated. The A7 with kit lens it is!

    The lack of stabilization with the primes is something I’ll need to get used to again. With the EM5 I’ve managed to take pretty sharp shots with the 20 1.7 at almost a second shutter speed handheld…crazy.

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