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Shooting at high sensitivities, such as ISO 2500, doesn't present too much of a problem for the A7. Examining the image at 100% does reveal some image smoothing, but sharing and printing at normal sizes is fine.

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Generally, the A7's metering system does a decent job, but there may be times when you need to dial in some exposure compensation to produce a balanced exposure. The camera has coped reasonably well with the mixed lighting here.

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The A7's 24.3 million-pixel sensor is capable of resolving a good amount of fine detail, especially if you use it with the 35mm f/2.8 lens, rather than the 28-50mm kit lens.

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The 35mm f/2.8 is a worthy investment if you can stretch to it because its versatility can cope with portraiture, street work and landscapes.

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Other lenses will be available to buy for the FE system soon, including a 55mm f/1.8 lens, which is ideal for portrait and street work.

mono portrait

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Creative Styles allow you to change the colours of your image while shooting in raw format - helpful if you need a clean version of the image to work with later down the line. This is Black and White, which can also be customised to add extra contrast and sharpness.

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The Sweep Panorama mode on the camera allows you to capture wide vistas quickly and easily. If you examine the resulting images at 100% you might find some image smoothing and repeated patterns, but overall the effect is very good.

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One of the most appealing things about this new system is its compatibility with existing lenses via various adapters. Not only is there an official Sony adapter for converting Sony A-mount lenses, some third-party manufacturers make adapters that can be used with other brands. This shot was taken with a 24mm f/2.8 Canon lens with Metabones adapter. The adapter allows you to retain full autofocus as well.

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Despite its flaws, the 28-70mm kit lens can still be used to take decent shots and it would make a good investment if you're worried about flexibility.

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