Ultimate Guide to Sony a9 Camera Accessories

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If you bought your Sony a9 camera with a lens, you already have everything you need to begin shooting. But depending on the type of photography you’re doing, there are some accessories that can really come in handy. This list begins with a few new accessories designed specifically for Sony a9 – followed by accessories compatible both with Sony a9 and other Sony E-mount cameras.

Batteries and Chargers

My first suggestion with any camera is to buy a couple extra batteries. Even though battery life is greatly improved from previous Sony mirrorless camera batteries, I’d definitely recommend picking up a couple Sony NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries.

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Sony NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries ($78 at B&H Photo | Amazon)

Sony a9 ships with one external charger but if you shoot heavily – you may want to purchase a second Sony BC-QZ1 Z-series Battery Charger so that you can charge two batteries at once. Featuring a 100-240 Volt compatible power adapter, this charger will be able to charge a battery completely in 150 minutes. It features an LED indicator for checking charge status and has a slim design with a detachable AC cable.

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Sony BC-QZ1 Z-series Battery Charger ($88 at B&H | Amazon)

PLEASE NOTE: Many third party batteries (Wasabi BTR-FZ100-WP in particular) are NOT compliant with Sony a7 III, a7R III & a9 cameras. Do NOT risk damage to an expensive camera with a non-compliant battery.

I only use original Sony NP-FZ100 batteries – but if you’re determined to buy third-party replacement batteries – please stick to batteries that comply!

Upgraded RAVPower NP-FZ100 Batteries ($59.95 for two battery + charger kit from Amazon) meet compliance with Sony a7 III, a7R III & a9. The only complaint I’ve received is that RAVPower batteries drain more quickly than OEM Sony batteries


Upgraded RAVPower NP-FZ100 Batteries ($59.95 for two battery + charger kit from Amazon)

Vertical Grip

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Sony VG-C3EM Vertical Grip ($348 at B&H Photo | Amazon) is probably a MUST for sports or wildlife shooters or anyone suffering from withdrawals from DSLR-size bodies. In addition to making a bigger body to grip, you get the added bonus of room for two NP-FZ100 batteries for double the battery life. Portrait photographers will appreciate the added vertical release.

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Sony a9 camera + Sony VG-C3EM Vertical Grip ($348 at B&H Photo | Amazon)

Sony GP-X1EM Grip Extension

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Sony GP-X1EM Grip Extension ($130 at B&H Photo | Amazon) mounts to the camera’s tripod socket to provide a larger and taller grip for a more ergonomic shooting setup. For durability, it features aluminum construction with and enhanced scratch resistance surface.

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Sony a9 camera + Sony GP-X1EM Grip Extension
[Please Note: Sony GP-X1EM Grip Extension is compatible with a9, a7II, a7RII, a7SII & a99 II]

Quick Release Base Plates & L-Plates

One of my favorite accessories for any camera is an L bracket which allows you to easily move your camera from vertical or horizontal when shooting on a tripod that accepts Arca Swiss standard. No more hanging your camera off one side of the tripod to shoot verticals.

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Really Right Stuff offers three different baseplate/L-plate options for Sony a9 precision machined from solid blocks of 6061-T6 aluminum. Fully compatible with any Arca-Swiss style quick release system with contoured anti-twist flanges to prevent twisting between camera and plate.

Really Right Stuff Base Plate for Sony a9/a7III/a7RIII ($85 at B&H Photo)
Really Right Stuff L-Plate Set for Sony a9/a7III/a7RIII ($200 at B&H Photo)
Really Right Stuff L-Plate Set for VG-C3EM Vertical Grip for Sony a9/a7III/a7RIII ($205 at B&H Photo)

Really Right Stuff is the ‘gold standard” of camera plates and L Brackets. These plates are all precision machined from solid blocks of 6061-T6 aluminum. Fully compatible with any Arca-Swiss style quick release system with contoured anti-twist flanges to prevent twisting between camera and plate.

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GABALE QR L Plate Bracket for Sony a7III/a7RIII/a9 ($57 on eBay) is a less expensive alternative machined from lightweight aircraft-grade anodized aluminum. It’s two-part construction allows you to control the offset of the side bracket for access to camera ports when mounted vertically.

Tripods

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Manfrotto Befree Advanced Alpha Travel Tripod (Pre-Order for $189.99 from B&H Photo | Adorama) This special version of the Befree Advanced Lever is designed for Sony alpha camera users who want maximum performance and stability in all shooting positions.

The quick-release plate is designed to match Sony a7 and Sony a9 camera bodies, to ensure perfect grip, even in the most angled camera shots. The front jut of the plate physically blocks the camera, preventing any play both on tilt and rotational movements, always keeping the camera stuck to the head plate.

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The plate is also fully compatible with the world’s most widespread standard head attachments: Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-swiss style. With this aluminium plate fixed to the camera, all Manfrotto heads and almost all tripod heads on the market featuring Arca-style attachments can be set up rapidly and effortlessly, without disassembling components.

Gitzo Traveler Alpha tripod ($999 at B&H Photo) is a premium quality black and silver travel tripod with carbon legs weighs only 1.43 kg. With a packed size of 43 cm, offers a maximum working height of 165 cm and is designed for 10 kg camera/lens combinations. At maximum leg spread and the use of the short center column is designed to allow low shooting angles. Legs lock using “Traveler G-Lock” locks, a particularly compact variant of Gitzo’s G-Lock rotary closure system, specially developed for travel tripods. The Traveler Alpha is equipped with Gitzo’s most compact ball head. The pan and tilt axes can be locked independently of each other. For the transport, a carrying strap made of Italian leather in carbon look is included in the delivery.

Gitzo L-Bracket for Sony a7R III and a9 Cameras ($199 at B&H Photo). allows comfortable alignment of Sony a7 III, a7R III and a9 cameras and facilitates quick change between landscape and portrait. Milled from a solid block of aluminum, the new rail is the lightest of its kind, according to the manufacturer, it offers four mounting points for the camera designed for shooting video or tethered shooting in the studio. The supplied Allen key can be fixed in a separate holder.

External Battery Packs

Need to run your camera all-day without A/C power? Here are three external battery pack options that will work while tethering through the USB-C port. They are also ideal for time-lapse photographers or video crews shooting extended day-long shoots.


(1) ANDYCINE Sony NP FZ100 Dummy Battery Converter ($36 from Amazon)
(1) USB Power Bank of your choice (Available from Amazon)


(1) Tether Tools Relay Coupler NPFZ100 ($35 from B&H Photo)
(1) Tether Tools Case Relay* ($100 from Amazon | B&H Photo)
(1) USB Power Bank of your choice (Available from Amazon)
*Case Relay has a built-in 7.4V, 1,200mAh lithium battery which adds the ability to hot swap USB Power Banks without shutting down.

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Sony NPA-MQZ1K Multi Battery Adapter Kit ($398 at B&H Photo – includes Two NP-FZ100 Batteries)

Sony’s new NP-FZ100 batteries pack a lot of power yet if you find yourself needing more, Sony NPA-MQZ1K Multi Battery Adapter Kit might be just what you need for time lapse photography or extended video shoots since it is able to supply power from up to four NP-FZ100 series battery packs for dramatically extended shooting times. At four bills – it’s not cheap, but it includes two NP-FZ100 batteries that would run you $160.

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Sony NPA-MQZ1K Multi Battery Adapter Kit can also serve as a rapid charge, with a charging rate of 480 minutes for four batteries. Users can convert the adapter into a more compact two-battery adapter for a more travel-ready kit.

[Please Note: Due to a clever dual dummy battery set-up, Sony NPA-MQZ1K Multi Battery Adapter is also compatible with cameras using W-style Sony batteries including a7-Series, a6000-series and NEX]

Sony PCK-LG1 Screen Protection Glass

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Sony PCK-LG1 Screen Protection Glass ($28 at B&H Photo | Amazon)

Sony a9 Replacement Eyepiece Cup

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The eyepiece on Sony a9 is well anchored in place so chances are good, you’ll never lose one. But if you do…here’s where you can get a replacement Sony FDA-EP18 Eyepiece Cup ($11 at B&H Photo | Amazon)

easyCover Silicone Protection Cover for Sony a9

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easyCover Silicone Protection Cover for Sony a9 (Black) ($40 at B&H Photo | Amazon)

The following accessories are also compatible with most Sony E-mount cameras:

UHS II SD Memory Cards

SD Card Slot 1 is UHS II compatible with Sony’s world’s fastest Sony SF-G cards featuring blistering fast 299MB/s Write Speed & 300MB/s Read Speed perfect for Sony a7R III’s 10 FPS burst shooting, 4K video, and other buffer-busting uses. If you plan to shoot video, you’ll want to stick to 64GB (or larger) SDXC cards for the best video codex. [Please Note: UHS-II SD cards will work in other Sony cameras – however only Sony a7R II & a9 can take advantage of it’s blazing write speed]

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Sony SF-G UHS-II SD cards available in 32GB, 64GB & 128GB (Stick to 64 or 128 GB SDXC cards for video)

Sony 32GB SF-G UHS-II SDHC Memory Card (Order from B&H | Amazon)
Sony 64GB SF-G UHS-II SDXC Memory Card (Order from B&H | Amazon)
Sony 128GB SF-G UHS-II SDHC Memory Card (Order from B&H | Amazon)

Sony SF-G ‘Tough’ cards offer the same best in class Write/Read Speeds coupled with greater durability.


Sony SF-G Series Tough UHS-II SD Memory Cards are available for pre-order in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB

If you can’t get your hands on the Sony cards listed above, the next fastest option is SanDisk 32GB Extreme PRO UHS-II SDHC, 64GB Extreme PRO UHS-II SDXC or 128GB Extreme PRO UHS-II SDXC Memory Cards with 260 MB/s Max Write Speeds. Once again, stick to 64 or 128 GB SDXC cards for video.

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SanDisk 32GB Extreme PRO UHS-II SDHC Memory Card (Order from B&H | Amazon)
SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO UHS-II SDXC Memory Card (Order from B&H | Amazon)
SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO UHS-II SDXC Memory Card (Order from B&H | Amazon)

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Hoodman Steel 2000x SDXC UHS-II Memory Card available in 64GB & 128GB fall short of Sony SF-G speed, but their 260 MB/s a Max Write Speed equals the speed of SanDisk cards with better construction and a lower price.

Hoodman 64GB Steel 2000x SDXC UHS-II Memory Card (Order from B&H | Amazon)
Hoodman 128GB Steel 2000x SDXC UHS-II Memory Card (Order from B&H | Amazon)

UHS-I Memory Cards for Card Slot 2

Sony a9 Card Slot 2 is compatible with UHS-I memory cards. Sony SDXC UZ UHS-I memory cards with 90 MB/s Write Speed & 95 MB/s read Speed are an excellent choice. Though they don’t offer the same write speeds as UHS-II cards, these cards are also fully compatible in card slot 1.

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Sony SDHC UHS-I Class 10 U3 memory cards available in 32GB, 64GB & 128GB

Sony 32GB SDHC UZ UHS-I Class 10 U3 Memory Card(Order from B&H | Amazon)
Sony 64GB SDXC UZ UHS-I Class 10 U3 Memory Card (Order from B&H | Amazon)
Sony 128GB SDXC UZ UHS-I Class 10 U3 Memory Card (Order from B&H | Amazon)

Memory Card Readers

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While you can always download by connecting the camera to your computer using the supplied USB-cord…however you’ll be limited to USB-2 downdload speeds. But for fast downloads, a MUCH better option is to pick up a Sony MRW-S1 UHS-II SD Memory Card Reader ($29 Here).

SD Memory Card Cases

Nothing’s worse than searching around your camera bag trying to find a tiny SD card. Digital card cases can make quick order out of that chaos. Pelican 0915 SD Memory Card Case will snugly hold the cards in the removable, shock absorbing liner. The water resistant seal ensures that your cards will be safe from moisture, even if the case is submerged in water. To keep track of which cards I’ve shot, I turn the cards face down once I’ve used them.

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Pelican 0915 SD Memory Card Case ($17.25 at B&H Photo) holds and protects up to 12 SD memory cards.

Remote Controls

Remote controls allow hands-off triggering of a tripod-mounted camera or long bulb exposure times. Sony RM-VPR1 remote control with Multi-Terminal Cable ($50 at B&H | Amazon) allows you to trigger long exposures without touching your camera.

If you prefer a wireless remote trigger, Sony RMT-DSLR2 Wireless Remote ($24 at B&H Photo | Amazon) triggers your shutter by sending an infrared signal to the camera’s remote port, ensuring that you don’t shake the camera as you fire it.

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Sony RM-VPR1 remote control (B&H | Amazon) and Sony RMT-DSLR2 Wireless Remote (B&H | Amazon)

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Sony RMT-VP1K Wireless Receiver and Remote Commander Kit ($69 at B&H Photo | Amazon) can operate your camera or a group of cameras remotely using the RMT-VP1K Wireless Receiver and Remote Commander Kit from Sony. The multi-function remote control is compatible with Sony cameras that are equipped with a multi terminal and has further compatibility with MI-show and DI products. For video or still use, the remote has four available modes: Half-push, Release, Bulb lock, and REC/Zoom. The IR receiver has 360° coverage. Full Compatibility with all Sony products with multi-terminal port.

Remote Cables

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Vello 3.5mm Remote Shutter Release Cable for Sony Multi-Terminal cameras ($11 at B&H Photo | Amazon) is the cord you need if you want to trigger your Sony a9 camera remotely using a Pocket Wizard or any other remote trigger with a 3.5mm mini-plug port.

Intervalometers

Here are wired & wireless intervalometers that will work with Sony a7 Series cameras:

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JJC TM-F2 Wire Multi-Function LCD Timer Remote for Sony Multi-Terminal ($26 at Amazon) This is the choice of time-lapse specialist Sony Artisan Drew Geraci for it simplicity, size and easy to read display.

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hahnel Captur Timer Kit for Sony ($89 at B&H Photo) This bundle enhances your Captur remote shutter release system by providing a AA battery-powered interval timer module, as well as a receiver for mounting on a camera. Additional receivers are available for firing even more DSLRs. Use this kit with the transmitter you already have, or purchase one separately. As an alternative to wireless operation, the system can function in wired mode, and this kit includes the cables for connecting both the receiver and timer module to the camera. The module features single, continuous, and bulb exposure modes, allowing you to choose from a huge range of exposure times with the continuous and bulb settings.

Rain Covers

Think Tank Introduces Hydrophobia V3.0 Advanced Camera Rain Covers including new sizes for Sony Full-Frame Mirrorless and Wide Angle Lenses. Hydrophobia V3.0 covers feature DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating and is made from three layers of material for durability. It is also seam-sealed for added protection against rain, sleet, snow, sand, and dust. Fold it down to fit into the included compact carrying pouch and slip it into your camera bag so you’re prepared in a downpour or sand storm.

Hydrophobia V3.0 Advanced Camera Rain Covers feature a non-slip, adjustable strap that cinches to the lens hood so it stays put once in place. It can be used while shooting atop a tripod or monopod and has an oversized window for viewing your LCD and controls. Additionally, two cinchable sleeves provide easy access to your camera functions.

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Fits Sony full-frame mirrorless camera bodies with a 24-70mm f/2.8, 24-105mm f/4, 16-35mm f/2.8, 14-24mm f/2.8, or similarly-sized wide-angle and standard zoom lens. ($114.75 from B&H Photo | Amazon)

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Fits Sony full-frame mirrorless camera bodies with a 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 80-400mm f/5-6.3, 100-400mm f/5-6.3, or similarly-sized lens standard zoom lens. ($124.75 from B&H Photo | Amazon)>

Think Tank Hydrophobia DM 300-600 V3.0
Fits Sony full-frame mirrorless camera bodies with large telephoto zooms and prime lenses from 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 up to 600 f/4 lens. ($149.75 from B&H Photo | Amazon)

Lens Mount Adapters

One of the best features of mirrorless cameras is that, due to their thin body design, it’s possible to mount a huge array of lenses on them using lens mount adapters. Sony a9 cameras allow you to use virtually every make of 35mm lenses with the full angle of view for which those lenses were designed.

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Sony LA-EA3 (Amazon | B&H) and Sony LA-EA4 lens mount adapters (Amazon | B&H)

There are far too many option to mention here, so they’ve discussed in detail in this Guide to the best lens mount adapters for Sony E-Mount cameras:

Extension Tubes

Vello EXT-SFED Deluxe Auto Focus Extension Tube Set for Sony E-Mount Lenses are compatible with Sony full-frame and APS-C cameras and Sony FE and E mount lenses. Extension tubes extend the close focus range of any lens making them well suited for close-up portraiture and macro photography. This set contains two extension tubes, one 10mm, and one 16mm. They can be used individually or together to create the desired magnification effect. Extension tubes have no optical elements so they do not degrade the quality of your lenses and these fully automatic extension tubes communicate all electronic functions from lens to camera including autofocus and auto exposure. They are built with metal lens mounts for durability and longevity and enable you to convert your E-mount lens into a macro lens while maintaining the lens’ original optical quality.

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Vello EXT-SFED Deluxe Auto Focus Extension Tube Set for Sony E-Mount Lenses

Hotshoe Flashes

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Sony HVL-F45RM flash ($398 at B&H Photo | Amazon) is Sony’s first 2.4 GHz radio controlled flash. It features built-in wireless capability of operating up to 15 flashes in 5 groups.

When mounted on camera, Sony HVL-F45M can act as a flash commander or it can be triggered off-camera using a Sony FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander using built-in 2.4 GHz wireless wireless connection capability of operating up to 15 flashes in 5 groups.

HVL-F45RM reduces size and weight over 10% from the previous model while improving the guide number to 148′ at ISO 100 and 105mm and improving the recycle time to 2.5 seconds. Full bounce capabilities are available as well with tilt from -8 to 150° and a total of 360° of rotation. Also, it has a zoom head of 24-105mm which can be expanded to 15mm with a pull-out diffusion panel alongside an LED light useful for video. The flash offers vastly improved controls via the rear LCD, including customizable buttons and flash distribution and memory settings. HVL-F45RM has a dust- and moisture-resistant construction.

Flash Commanders

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Sony FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander ($348 at B&H Photo | Amazon) this Multi Interface Shoe compatible remote flash commander can control up to 15 separately available FA-WRR1 Wireless Radio Receivers or radio-equipped RM-series flashes from up to 98.4′ away thanks to a 2.4 GHz radio system. This configuration also permits operation without requiring line of sight with all the units involved. Additionally, it has access to 14 channels for avoiding interference with other radio triggering systems in the vicinity as well as up to 5 groups for precise control over your lights.

The major benefit of the Wireless Radio Commander is remote control over your flash’s settings. This includes exposure compensation, flash power from 1/1 to 1/256, zoom, and more. Along with this, the radio system has full compatibility with Sony’s TTL method and supports High-Speed Sync at up to 1/8000 second. Other flashes can be triggered in a manual mode and a PC sync terminal is available for connecting to various strobes and other lights. In addition to all of this, the Commander is equipped with a Multi Terminal for connection and controlling other cameras.

Off-Camera TTL Flash Cords

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Vello Off-Camera TTL Flash Cords for Sony Multi Interface Shoe allow you to remotely fire Sony flashes with ADI / P-TTL capabilities and the Multi Interface Shoe – removing the flash from the camera’s hot shoe reducing the harsh shadows commonly encountered with direct on-camera flashes and gives your photographs a more natural look.

Available in three lengths:
1.5′ Vello Off-Camera TTL Flash Cord for Sony Cameras with Multi Interface Shoe ($27.95 at B&H Photo)
6.5′ Vello Off-Camera TTL Flash Cord for Sony Cameras with Multi Interface Shoe ($39.95 at B&H Photo)
33′ Vello Off-Camera TTL Flash Cord for Sony Cameras with Multi Interface Shoe ($54.95 at B&H Photo)

The shorter 1.5′ & 6.5′ coiled options are ideal for hand-held off-camera lighting or with flash mounted on a compact flash bracket. The longer the 33′ straight length is ideal when mounting flash on a light stand.

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One side of the TTL cable fits directly into the camera’s hot shoe to ensure that all of the camera’s exposure data is maintained. The other side can be attached to any stand, tripod, or device with a standard 1/4″-20 threaded stud or flash shoe mount and the shoe has a locking knob to ensure your equipment is secure.


Video Accessories:

Sound

If you want to eliminate the camera noise that comes with recording sound with your camera, you should consider using an external microphone. You can have much more control over the quality of the audio because you are using a device whose sole purpose is to record audio. There is a growing market of microphones for mirrorless and DSLR cameras, including mics with hot shoe adapters that allow you to mount the mic to the camera so you can record without having to worry about holding the external microphone. Sony’s ECM-XYST1M stereo microphone (Amazon | B&H) slips into the multi-interface shoe. Its features include the ability to fine-tune the angle at which sound is recorded, from a single point to a wide 120-degree spread to pick up ambient sound from an entire room.

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Sony’s ECM-XYST1M stereo microphone (Amazon | B&H) fits into the a7-series multi-interface shoe.

If you”˜re looking to add XLR terminal inputs and audio level controls for a pro external audio input, the Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adapter Kit with Microphone $598 (Order from Amazon | B&H) is just the thing. It includes 2-Channel XLR Adapter has audio level controls for each channel that fits into Sony Multi-Interface Shoe and a Sony ECM-XM1 Shotgun Microphone.

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Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adapter Kit with Microphone (Order from Amazon | B&H)

You can also do what the pros do: Record sound separately and sync it later using software. This does take a bit more time, but it also provides you the best sound. Several manufacturers sell separate audio recorders that produce high-quality sound at an affordable price, including the Zoom H1 $100 (Amazon | B&H). I prefer the H1’s bigger brother, the Zoom H4n $200 (Amazon | B&H), because it includes two XLR inputs, which allow the use of a variety of specialized high-quality microphones, such as a more sensitive dynamic or condenser mic, or a shotgun mic that can reach out and grab audio from far away.

Video Monitors

Your a7-series camera offers Live View video through your EVF and LCD, but there are times when shooting video that a larger monitor comes in handy because it gives you more surface area, making it easy to compose your shot. Step up to a full HD Monitor with the Sony CLM-FHD5 5″ HD LCD monitor – $700 (B&H) is an ideal companion to the a7RII for video shooting. A compact 5.0 type Full HD (1920x1080p) LCD monitor, the CLM-FHD5 features enlarging and peaking functionality for precise focusing, false color and video level marker for adjusting exposure and S-Log display assist to assist S-Log shooting.

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Sony CLM-FHD5 5″ HD LCD monitor – $700 (B&H) offers you a bigger area to frame your masterpiece.

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Sony CLM-FHD5 5″ HD LCD monitor + Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adapter Kit with Microphone

4K Recorders

If you wish to step up to 4K 4:2:2 recording, you’ll need a separate 4K recorder like the Atomos Shogun Flame 7″ 4K HDMI/SDI Recording Monitor ($995 at B&H). This 7″ 1920 x 1200 on-camera recording monitor that combines 4K recording with a 10-bit FRC panel that supports native display of HDR (log) footage as well as high brightness viewing of Rec. 709 footage. It utilizes 4K HDMI and 12G-SDI inputs to support clean output signals at resolutions up to UHD 4K (3840 x 2160), recording it to 2.5″ SSDs using 10-bit, 4:2:2 Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHR codecs. It even supports DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) raw video streams over SDI from select Sony and Canon cameras, encoding it as ProRes/DNxHR files.

The monitor features 10-bit FRC processing and AtomHDR display technology support a 10-stop brightness range, allowing you to more accurately monitor your log gamma footage without having to view flat, washed-out looking images or use a LUT to compress the dynamic range and color space.

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Atomos Shogun Flame 7″ 4K HDMI/SDI Recording Monitor ($995 at B&H)

Video Tripods

Smooth pans for video all begins with a good video head – which can be the difference between smooth video and shaky cam. Benro makes great video tripod and fluid video heads at a reasonable price. Benro A2573F AL Tripod with S6 Video Head ($300 at Amazon | B&H) is a good entry video head and legs combination for the Sony A7/A7R/A7S or for even smoother pans, move up to the larger S8 video head with the Benro A3573F Series 3 AL Tripod and S8 Pro Video Head ($450 at Amazon | B&H) – it’s larger, heavier video head makes for even smoother camera moves and it’s hard to beat for under $500. If you’re looking for a pro video tripod, Benro H10 Video Tripod with Carbon Fiber Legs ($1,050 at Amazon | B&H) will meet your needs.

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Benro S8 Pro Video Head and A3573F Series 3 AL Tripod ($450 at Amazon | B&H)

Video Tripod/Head/Slider Combo

If you’re looking for the ultimate versatility, Libec ALLEX S KIT (Amazon | B&H) combines a Tripod, Head and Slider into one handy kit that allows you to slide, pan and tilt your camera elevated on a tripod. You can position the slider slanted at various angles on the tripod and capture smooth, diagonally moving shots. Kit includes two padded carrying cases are included, one for the tripod and head – and another for the slider.

Allex-S-KitALLEX S KIT combines tripod, video head and slider (Amazon | B&H)

Gimbals & Stabilizing Rigs

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Here’s a round-up of some on the best camera stabilizers for mirrorless cameras including Sony a7 Series fullframe mirrorless cameras.

ONE-HAND MOTORIZED GIMBAL STABILIZERS:

CAME-TV Single 3-Axis Handheld Camera Gimbal

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CAME-TV CAME-Single 3-Axis Handheld Camera Gimbal is a single-handed stabilizer that supports loads up to 2.6 pounds, making it suitable for use with compact mirrorless cameras such Sony a7 Series. It utilizes three motors that stabilize the camera along the pan, tilt, and roll axes. This compensates for shakes, vibrations, and other unwanted movements, allowing you to capture smooth, free-floating shots. The system offers multiple operation modes for increased creative possibilities. You can choose to lock the camera in place along all three axes or have the camera smoothly follow your pan and tilt motions while keeping the horizon level. There is also a Commixture Mode, which locks the tilt axis while allowing the camera to follow left and right panning movements. Modes can be easily switched using a joystick, which can also be used to adjust camera pan and tilt position.

The system includes a quick-release plate for mounting your camera. As with sled-style stabilizers, your camera needs to be balanced in order to get the best performance. The balancing process is made easier thanks to tool-less adjustments along all axes. On the bottom of the handle, you’ll find a 1/4″-20 threaded hole for mounting the stabilizer on an additional device, such as a slider, jib, or tripod. An additional 1/4″-20 threaded hole is located just above the handle for convenient mounting of a monitor without throwing of the camera balance or exceeding the load capacity of the motors.

The stabilizer is powered using two included 18650-type, 2500mAh rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that slot into the handle and provide around 10 hours of use on a full charge. A battery charger is also included, along with a hard carry case for storing and transporting the system.

PRICE: $988
LOAD CAPACITY: 2.6 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: I found this gimbal stabilzer thanks to my fellow Sony Artisan Matt Buckman and it hits the perfect balance for fullframe Sony a7 Series mirrorless cameras – not too small and not too big.


Pilotfly H2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

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Pilotfly H2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer – $1,049

Supports mirrorless and DSLR cameras weighing up to 4.9 lb and delivers 3 axes of stabilization. The handle features an ergonomic design and a four-way joystick that provides for optimal motion control. A Li-Po battery is integrated into the handle that provides an operational runtime of up to 26 hours.

Using a 32-bit Alexmos controller with triple motor control units and two integrated IMU sensors, the H2 offers 360° of unrestricted panning, 220° of up tilt and 100° of down tilt, and 100° of left roll and 240° of right roll, all with 0.01 to 0.04° of control precision.

The camera mounting assembly of the H2 offers multiple points of adjustment to allow you to find the center of gravity for all axes. The camera adapter plate is also left/right adjustable to support different cameras. All adjustments are done without tools but rather using thumbscrews and push buttons.

The H2 also offers two 1/4″-20 threaded mounting holes on the sides (on one each side) for attaching accessories and one on the bottom for mounting on tripods, monopods, and other support devices. All three axes of the H2 are made of CNC-machined aluminum alloy.

PRICE: $1,049
LOAD CAPACITY: 4.9 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: This is the gimbal stabilzer of choice to my fellow Sony Artisans Ben Lowy and Michael Rubenstein because it’s beefy enough to support fullframe Sony a7 Series mirrorless cameras with a large prime lens.


ikan MS1 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer

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ikan Beholder MS1 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer supports cameras weighing up to 1.9 pounds including Sony a7 Series mirrorless cameras. It features a 3-axis, motorized gimbal designed to keep your camera level and isolated from hand shake while allowing you to create smooth, organic moving camera shots. It features two operational modes: a following mode that smoothes your camera movements and a lock mode that will hold your camera in its position as you move. The MS1 features a thumb button/joystick which you use to select modes. You can also use the joystick to pan and tilt your camera on the gimbal.

The gimbal features a baseplate and sliding camera plate that allows you to adjust the balance of your camera on the sled, both left-to-right and forward-to-back. An included offset balance plate expands the range of cameras that you can use with the Beholder. The batteries fit inside a removable cradle in the handle, and must be removed for charging. Charging takes between 4 to 5 hours, and can run the stabilizer for 2 to 3 hours. You must use a 2 A charger to properly charge the batteries. A built-in LED indicates battery condition and charging status.

PRICE: $599
LOAD CAPACITY: 1.9 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: Probably best suited for APS-C and smaller mirrorless cameras but it can handle an a7 Series camera with a small fixed lens like FE 28mm F2, FE 30mm F2.8 or FE 55mm F1.8 in a pinch.

ikan DS1 Beholder Gimbal for DSLR & Mirrorless

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ikan DS1 Beholder Gimbal for DSLR & Mirrorless is a 3-axis gyro stabilizer with brushless motors. It supports cameras up to 3.7 pounds such as Sony A7, GH4, G7 Series, Canon 5D, 6D, 7D, GX7, NEX Series, and DMC Series cameras. It features a quick release baseplate that makes it simple and easy to swap out the camera. Additionally, the baseplate can be adjusted, without tools, for precise balance. This can be especially useful when changing lenses.

PRICE: $749
LOAD CAPACITY: 3.7 Pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: IKan’s largest one-hand gimball stabilizer has plenty of load capacity for mirrorless cameras – even with a largish lens.


Pilotfly PF-H1se 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

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Pilotfly PF-H1se 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer is a handheld motorized gimbal stabilizer that utilizes 32-bit technology and dual IMU sensors to deliver high-accuracy 3-axis camera stabilization. The ergonomic handle manufactured of engineering plastic has a built-in battery, equipped with an easy-to-use mode button and 4-way joystick. The 3-axes of the gimbal consist of a CNC aluminum alloy construction and is tool-less designed to balance your camera even faster. Brushless motors can support a payload up to 2.6 pounds which offers a high flexibility of the camera & lens configuration for the user. The Pilotfly-H1se combines elegant design with high versatility and mobility.

PRICE: $899
LOAD CAPACITY: 2.6 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo
THE SKINNY: This mid-size one hand gimbal stabilizer rates high on tech.


TWO-HAND MOTORIZED GIMBAL STABILIZERS:

Pilotfly H2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer & Two-Hand Holder Kit- $1,379.95

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Pilotfly H2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer & Two-Hand Holder Kit- $1,379.95

Supports mirrorless and DSLR cameras weighing up to 4.9 lb and delivers 3 axes of stabilization. The handle features an ergonomic design and a four-way joystick that provides for optimal motion control. A Li-Po battery is integrated into the handle that provides an operational runtime of up to 26 hours.

Using a 32-bit Alexmos controller with triple motor control units and two integrated IMU sensors, the H2 offers 360° of unrestricted panning, 220° of up tilt and 100° of down tilt, and 100° of left roll and 240° of right roll, all with 0.01 to 0.04° of control precision.

The camera mounting assembly of the H2 offers multiple points of adjustment to allow you to find the center of gravity for all axes. The camera adapter plate is also left/right adjustable to support different cameras. All adjustments are done without tools but rather using thumbscrews and push buttons.

The H2 also offers two 1/4″-20 threaded mounting holes on the sides (on one each side) for attaching accessories and one on the bottom for mounting on tripods, monopods, and other support devices. All three axes of the H2 are made of CNC-machined aluminum alloy..

PRICE: 1,379.95
LOAD CAPACITY: 4.9 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo
THE SKINNY: This is the two-handed version of the gimbal stabilzer of choice to my fellow Sony Artisans Ben Lowy and Michael Rubenstein because it’s beefy enough to support fullframe Sony a7 Series mirrorless cameras with a large prime lens.


CAME-TV CAME-Mini 3 Three-Axis Camera Gimbal

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CAME-TV CAME-Mini 3 Three-Axis Camera Gimbal uses Basecam 32-bit controllers with encoders. Encoders are often used in robotics for accurate monitoring of motor position. Some of the benefits include preventing motors from losing synchronization and skipping steps, providing important information about frame and camera angles, decreasing power consumption for longer battery life, and increasing torque and precision of stabilization. The gimbal features a quick release system for the camera and is completely tool-less, enabling the operator to change camera setups and re-balance the entire system very quickly.

All of the wiring and electronics are completely enclosed within the frame to offer a clean, professional appearance and protection to the wiring. The Smart Battery can be quickly installed and provides up to 10 hours of runtime, depending on your rig setup. The top and side handles are removable. In addition, the entire top cross bar can be separated from the lower frame allowing for compact transport. A remote joystick can be installed next to the right handle, allowing for pan and tilt control of the camera and the ability to switch through different profiles. All within an approximate working distance of 164’, depending on your environment.

PRICE: $1,188
LOAD CAPACITY: 2.6 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo
THE SKINNY: When two hands are better than one – check out this mid-priced gimbal.


Moza Lite 2 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer

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Moza Lite 2 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer makes it easy to capture smooth, stabilized handheld footage. Featuring a magnesium alloy frame, the motorized 3-axis gimbal weighs in at 4.8 lb and supports loads up to 8.8 lb, making it suitable for a wide range of mirrorless, DLSR, and compact cinema cameras. Three distinct operating modes lets users choose the mode the best suits the situation, with each mode offering follow and locked gibmal stabilization options. Adding to the stabilizer’s versatility is a detachable handlebar that functions as a quick release system for easy assembly and disassembly, while facilitating attachment to a variety of platforms, such as tripods, cranes, rigs, and drones.

PRICE: $1,599 (Professional) | $1,299 (Premium) | $1,099 (Basic)
LOAD CAPACITY: 8.8 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: With an impressive 8.8 pound capacity this 2-hand gimbal is available with three pricepoints depending of the level of features you need.


Feiyu MG 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal for Mirrorless

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Feiyu MG 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal for Mirrorless Cameras is a handheld 3-axis motorized gimbal stabilizer designed to support loads between 0.77 to 2.36 lb, making it an ideal choice for mirrorless cameras such as the Sony a7 Series cameras. It features precision brushless motors that stabilize the camera along the pan, tilt, and roll axes to provide smooth footage free the typical jitters and shake of handheld shooting. Each axis can rotate a full 360° for unrestricted movement and angle adjustment. For added versatility, the MG includes two cross bar sections, two handgrips, and a handle that can be attached in several different ways, letting you switch between one-handed or two-handed configurations. It is operated using a single on/off and mode-select button, with a 4-direction joystick providing pan and tilt adjustments and control. You can also use the included wireless remote to control the gimbal from distances up to 49′ away.

PRICE: $659
LOAD CAPACITY: 2.36 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: Looking for a budget two-hand stabilizer? Look no further.


DJI Ronin-MX 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer

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DJI Ronin-MX 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer is a dual-use gimbal suitable both for mounting on the Matrice 600 aerial platform as well as deployment closer to the ground. Improving over the Ronin-M, it features magnesium construction to yield high rigidity while keeping the weight down. The gimbal is suitable for cinema cameras, mirrorless cameras, and DSLRs weighing up to 10 pounds. Out of the box it supports two-operator operation, and includes a radio controller (transmitter) for the camera operator. There is also an optional Thumb Controller (available separately) for solo operation. When installed on the Matrice 600 aircraft, the gimbal can be controlled via the DJI GO app. An included universal mounting adapter allows it to be adapted for use with jibs, car mounts, and various other types of camera support equipment. There is also a handlebar for handheld use.

PRICE:$1,599
LOAD CAPACITY: 10 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: The mid-size rig DJI mirrorless users have been asking for is finally available.


STABILIZER RIGS:

If motorized gimbals aren’t your thing and you prefer to roll old-skool with a stabilizer that relies on counter-balance rather than motors, here are the rigs for you!

Axler Robin Pro 40 Stabilizer L

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Axler Robin Pro 40 Stabilizer L helps you capture smooth, free-floating handheld shots with camcorders and camera rigs weighing up to 15 pounds. The system employs a height-adjustable gimbal and two-stage center column that adjusts from 25.5″ to 45″ for balancing heavier loads without increasing the weight of the stabilizer, letting you shoot for longer periods of time with less arm fatigue. Four segmented counterweights are included, which screw into sockets at the bottom of the stabilizer, providing weight compensation along two axes. Each counterweight consists of four separate pieces that screw into each other, letting you to add or remove weight along two axes as needed. This makes it easy to balance your camera rig even when the weight is unevenly distributed.

The camera platform features a quick-release plate with fine-tuning adjustment knobs to help achieve optimal balance. Once balanced, the stabilizer isolates the camera from your body movements, letting you walk or even climb stairs, all while capturing smooth, elegant-looking footage. A durable nylon carry case is included for easy storage and transport of the stabilizer and counterweights.

The stabilizer makes it easy to balance your camcorder or camera rig, even if the weight is unevenly distributed. Four segmented counterweights are included, which screw into sockets at the bottom of the center column and offer weight compensation along two axes. Each counterweight consists of four individual pieces that screw into each other, letting you add or remove pieces one at a time to adjust and fine-tune the system’s center of gravity.

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PRICE: $400
LOAD CAPACITY: 15 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: If you’re looking for an old-school non-motorized stabilizer – this rig from Axler is hard to beat for it’s high degree of balanceability. The counterweights can even serve as a monopod base when you don’t need to “fly”.


Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System

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Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System lets you go where the scene takes you–up or down steps, indoors and out, through crowds–almost without limitation. The Merlin 2 weighs just 1.4 lb and can handle cameras up to 5 lb in weight. It gives you precise, elegant control for dramatic, professional you-are-there footage. The quick-release mount lets you instantly switch between your stabilizer and any tripod. This system utilizes a metal gimbal for smooth camera movement.

PRICE: $270
LOAD CAPACITY: 5 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: Designed for mirrorless cameras by the Mack Daddy of camera stabilizers.


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21 thoughts on “Ultimate Guide to Sony a9 Camera Accessories”

    1. HSS did not work with a9 pre-release firmware as I explained here.

      I do not have a release camera to test to see if that has changed – but HSS is limited to a max power setting of 4.0 (6-stops under full power 10.0) on Profoto B1 – which is useless in my opinion. (Profoto B1X fixed this issue and allows HSS – when supported – up to full power)

  1. Erick Thompson

    Do you think the Sony ECM-XYST1M Stereo Microphone at a 0 degree / single point setting deliver the same focused and targeted sound pick up as the Sony ECM-GZ1M Zoom Microphone would? I will be using it on the Sony A9.

  2. Hi Brian,

    Thanks for all the info you post on the Sony Kit, it’s been very useful as a reference place to go.

    I’m a pro shooter and have a bit of a problem with the transfer speed I’m getting on importing images taken on the A9 using a Lexar 1000x UHS-ii card. I have a Macbook Pro (late 2013) with two USB 3.0 ports. In theory, these run at 5gb, but in practice I’m finding a 65gb card takes about 40-50 minutes to copy over. I did some speed testing and it is maxing out between 35 mbs and 110 mbs (no idea why it’s so varied or so low).
    So I have an ethernet port on the A9 with very little info written up by sony on how to use it. I think, I may be wrong but it is for use with FTP only? Well I tried this on my desktop mac pro and started up an FTP server but when I connect it just says the cable is not connected. I’ve tried connecting another device and it works fine so it’s not the cable.

    Have you any info on transfer speeds, why a 5gb USB 3.0 port only copies at 35 mbs OR any help with this huge ethernet socket on the camera (no idea why they didn’t put in a USB 3.1 port on the A9).

    Thank in advance.

    Dominic

    1. I suspect the culprit is your card reader. Make certain you’re using one that supports USB-II card speed.

      Yes, the Ethernet port is strictly for establishing a FTP server connection.

    1. It should as long as the remote is held down and in the line of sight. If you’re not in line sight with the IR sensor in the front of the camera it’s better to use a wired remote from this list

  3. Been a while since this initial post, but I’m very curious. Is there a chance that a grip out there exists that houses A9 and A7r3 style batteries but compatible for a7r2 body? Would be great to use longer lasting batteries on my existing body.

  4. Hello Brian,
    I stumbled across your great site while putting together my a 9 dream package. The only thing that I can’t find anywhere is a silicone cover that will go over the camera with a vertical grip installed. Do you know of any that are available?
    Regards,
    Radovan

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