Guess who’s shooting with a Sony a7r II camera now? Chief Official White House photographer Pete Souza.
The latest photo posted to the official White House Flickr photostream shows that Souza used the highly-regarded Sony mirrorless camera to photograph President Obama talking to Cuba President Raúl Castro in the Oval Office in mid-September.
Here’s what the EXIF section under the photo shows:
We see that Souza was shooting with the a7R II and a Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA lens:
From the White House Flickr account history, we know that Souza was shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II when the camera appeared in the EXIF data for the first time on May 1st, 2009. Sometime around July 2012, Souza upgraded to the Canon 5D Mark III.
There’s no word yet on whether Souza will be using the a7R II as his primary camera moving forward — we’ll know as more shots are posted to the photostream. But if this latest switch is permanent, then September 2015 is when the White House ditched DSLRs in favor of mirrorless cameras.
P.S. DPReview just announced today that they’ve named the Sony a7R II Product of the Year for 2015.