I saw your mentioning wanting to meet Portland area photogs in the Zeiss forum. I am a 63 year old Portland resident, fine art photogapher, that now employs only two lenses: The Zeiss Makro 100 and the Otus 55mm. If you ever wish to have a beer/coffee together and chat, just ask.
As for the architectural photography, landscapes and depending of your lens, macro, you might want to check on Sigma Merrill. They are unbeatable in terms of sharpness, micro-contrast and detail, and you can get very true, close to natural results in terms of color rendition.
Those cameras come with a bunch of drawbacks as well, but definitely worth a try for good light photography.
The A7 series cameras are wonderful. One of their best capabilities along with other mirror-less cameras is their ability to use a variety of different lenes.
Some of the M glass work like magic on the A7 type cameras and some suffer heavy vignetting due to design and sensor. Mainly because these lenses were not designed for digital cameras. Longer legacy lenses lenses seem t be the best performers on the mirror-less cameras. Do some research on the net regarding the use of M lenses on Sony cameras. I would say for the most part you cant go wrong. I shoot the A7 with a Leica 75mm summicron and get wonderful results. If you click on the Gallery menu option form the top of the page, you will see a small collection of Leica 75 Summicron pictures taken with an A7S.
Manual focus on the A7 series or Fuji cameras are a joy to use. Focus is so accurate and easy with the use of peaking, and magnification. No more worries of RF alignment or poor eye site. Results are great.
By the way, I use Loxia lenses an my A7 camera and absolutely love them!
I am really tempted to buy a new Sony a7II mainly to be able to shoot again digitally with my beloved contax-zeiss lenses. What i ask you is if you have any experience in focusing manually those or Leica’s lenses with the A7 and if you consider it a friendly experience especially with lenses like the zeiss 85/1.4 or the summilux 75? Oh, how I would like to have a new digital reflex with a good old stigmometer!
Thanks a lot in advance.
I’m discovering your blog with a real pleasure.
I’m a new Zeiss lens fan for 2 years now.
Sony-Zeiss 24mmf1.8 and the zoom 16-70f4 all used with an Alpha 6000 and sometimes a Nex 7.
But when I look the pictures on Zeissimages.com..wow I’ve a lot to do.
Thanks for sharing your passion.
This is an interesting situation for you based on the fact that you were not happy with the D800. Considering your requirements of architecture, landscape, macro etc … I would be leaning towards the A7R. Let me explain why. On the sensor, I would not sweat it too much. You will get highest res possible now in a 35mm camera from A7R or D8xx. However, considering your need for macro and architecture work, the EVF of the A7R is a godsend. It allows you to critically focus unlike the optical viewfinder of the Nikon. Although you do have live view with the Nikon, there is no mirror box to deal with on the A7R. Furthermore, you can use just about any lens on the A7R. Leica, Zeiss, Nikon, Canon etc …. You can take advantage of the various adapters for your specific need. Also, Voightlander makes and adapter for M lenses which lets you focus even closer. For landscape work, again the A7R. It is lighter and easier to transport. Having said all this, the Nikon is just as capable and is also good for sports. I think you will need to consider your needs, see what you are invested in already and decide based on those variables. I can personally tell you first hand that I switched from Nikon to Sony and have never looked back. That is not to say everyone will feel the same.This is an interesting situation for you based on the fact that you were not happy with the D800. Considering your requirements of architecture, landscape, macro etc …
I need your opinion. If you need a high resolution camera, for architecture, landscape and macro, what do you prefer image quality wise? Sony a7r or Nikon D810? I had been one of the first owners of Nikon D800 which dissapointed me deeply with its colour rendition and found its way to a new happy owner at that time. Therefore I am a little bit reserved towards the new D810. I am also sceptical about the lack of dedicated lenses for Sony a7r also. The adapter thing does not always work for critical photography, thus I am wondering how you manage the bulk and weight of Otus on the a7s.