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As usual with my VLOGS, I have a focus. In this episode, I wanted to explore using the Sony a7Rii with the Sony FE 2X teleconverter with the 70-200GM. In my previous 2 VLOGS, I’ve been trying to understand the teleconverter better and seeing how it performs. In my VLOG at the the track meet, I realized that the images came out much sharper with the a7Rii over the a6500 in my real world testing.
In addition, I wanted to prove a point in this VLOG that I could actually shoot sports images using the Sony a7Rii. Having just pre-ordered the Sony a9 with its 20fps, you would think using the a7Rii would be the last thing I’d use. However, in my opinion, you can shoot sports with nearly any camera, you just have to put your mind to it and skill.
Again, the 2X Teleconverter is just awesome to have. It gives me an effective 400mm F5.6 on full frame. It’s enough reach to close in on the bases as well as a little on the outfielders. It was just an overall joy shooting with the a7rii and just working on my timing. A much needed departure from shooting with the Sony a6500 at 11fps.
Autofocus wise I thought the combination was good. It’s not fast like the a6500 obviously, but it’s fast enough to get the job done. What I would typically do is just hold focus and then press the shutter button down completely at a peak moment. I did motor drive on 1-2 occasions using Lock-On AF, and the camera was smart enough to track the subject running and ignore any objects that came upfront.
Video autofocus was very good, autofocus as mentioned is a little slower than normal, but it kept up.
If you haven’t shot with the Sony a7Rii, the EVF is big and bright. Looking at it I really don’t miss optical at all on my 5D.
But as much as I praise the camera, it definitely took a turn for the worst in the blazing Cali sun. In my area it hit around 90-95 degrees that day. Typical temps around this time of year. It’ll probably climb to over a 100+ in a few weeks. I had the temperature warning indicator come on and I could already feel my time was closing in.
To my surprise, I was using the Sony a6500 to VLOG and record B-roll. That camera has yet to fully shut down on me due to overheating. It too had the warning indicator turn on, but that camera made it out like a champ and didn’t stall. Unfortunately, I couldn’t say the same for the Sony a7Rii.
One of the girls went up to bat who has a really good swing. I had posted my camera up to take a photo, and suddenly my camera just shut off. It was at that moment she hit a homerun and went around the bases and she even had her team come out to celebrate with her. All while this was happening, my a7rii was cooling off.
I like Sony gear, but I’m not a fanboy. I tell it like it is. Overheating is a problem I’ve experienced with the Sony cameras for the past year. And it’s because of these issues that I’m hopeful of the Sony a9. Sony is positioning that camera as their flagship/pro/sports camera of choice. I surely hope the Sony 9 won’t experience the same sad fate the a7rii had.
Now, after about 5 min and a battery change, the a7Rii was back kicking again, and I didn’t have any new issues after that.
Let me know in the comment section below if you’ve ever had your a7ii series camera shut down on you. Fortunate enough for me, I don’t shoot at a professional level. I’m a hobbiest and amateur enthusiast. But if a working professional were to ever deal with that, it’d be a big problem. And I truly hope the upcoming a7 or a9 line of cameras will begin addressing these potential issues.
To conclude, the Sony FE 2X teleconverter is one nice tool to keep in the bag. If you really need that reach, it comes in handy. I’m at this time reluctant to recommend it however if you plan to use it on an aps-c body like the a6500. However, on a full-frame body, I’ve found that when focused, there was much less softening occurring in the resulting photos. Autofocus is decent, but could use some improvements, and I’m hoping the Sony a9 will drive that lens combination extremely well.
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