Ultimate Guide to Sony a7 III & a7R III Camera Accessories

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Sony a7 III & a7R III cameras share some accessories designed for Sony a9, a few designed specifically for a7 III & a7R III and many accessories compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras. This list will help you navigate your way to the accessories you need.

Batteries and Chargers

My first suggestion with any camera is to buy an extra battery and external charger. Even though battery life is greatly improved from previous Sony mirrorless camera batteries, you can’t shoot while charging your only battery, picking up a spare Sony NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery.

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

Sony a7R III ships with an external battery charger – but a7 III does not. You’ll want to pick one up for a7 III and if you shoot heavily, you may want spare 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 also 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 a7R III camera + Sony VG-C3EM Vertical Grip ($348 at B&H Photo | Amazon)

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 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. Their Sony a9/a7R III will also fit a7 III. 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.

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 a7R III camera + Sony GP-X1EM Grip Extension
[Please Note: Sony GP-X1EM Grip Extension is also compatible with a9, a7II, a7RII, a7SII & a99 II]

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.

Tethering Cables

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Tether Tools is my choice for best tethering cables on the market. Their new USB-C tethering cables are the perfect match for the new Sony a7R III.

For computers with a USB-C port: Tether Tools TetherPro USB-C to USB-C (15′ Orange)
For computers with a USB 2.0/3.0/3.1 port: Tether Tools TetherPro USB 3.0 to USB-C (15′ Orange)

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 a7R III Replacement Eyepiece Cup

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The eyepiece on Sony a7R III 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)

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 a7 III, 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 a7R III 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 at B&H Photo | Amazon)

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 a7R III 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 a7R III 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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      1. Brian, can you use the faster cards in Slot 2? I know you wouldn’t get the speed, but wanted to know if I only carry the faster cards, can I still use both slots.

  1. Hi Brian,

    just wanna kindly ask you to let Sony US representatives/officials know that they should work on a firmware update to fix the Star eater issue and (re-!)enable the possibility to install apps (play memories , gps, Timelapse? Very useful.
    Bracket Pro? same
    Motion Shot? Nice and fun, just like Multiple Exposure and Sky HDR etc.) that they cut with the introduction of the A9/A7rmk3. Any serious astrophotographer or those interested enthusiasts would really appreciate that.
    If they just killed it to prevent hacking the software….then they have to implement an internal intervalometer etc.which isnt been there or bring one with a firmware update….They also killed/ditched on the A7r III the useful panorama mode of the A7r mk2…..the hell why??? Pros wont use it?? Helpful for them too it would do no harm any if it stayed…..bring it back with a firmware update as soon as possible….
    On a future Sony A7r mk4 they should implement the processing of pixelshift mode fully internally like olypmpus omd series and pentax k1 have and introduce one stop lower native base iso (iso 64 and extended to 32 like on Nikon D810/D850) resulting in an even better dynamic range….d850 is still unmatched at ISO 32 (http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm) just because of this feature less so from the new sensor 3 more megapixel.
    Also they should implement a true internal gps receiver and dual SD UHS II (not cripple one with the old I standard) and this is valid the same for an A9 mk II if not even better for the A9 successor they should use a double xqd card slot like Nikon d5. Its curious that sony themthelves developped such storage format but doesnt use it on their cameras esp. nit in their pro flagshipp sports/action camera the A9. A huge bummer on the Sony A7 r III as well as even on the A9 while continous shooting/long exposure (mode) the camera switches/has to shoot in 12 bit raw files and it simply cannot shoot 14 bit files while shooting burst or long exposure mode. The lack of a lossless compressed raw option like on nikon and canon dslrs as well!!! This would lead to save card storage and improve/increase the overall speed/operation of the camera (less huge files to handle inside, faster reading/wrting etc.) Huge bummer and should be improved hopefully with upcoming sony cameras or with firmware updates if possible though….

    You as an sony ambassador and pro shooter can give directly feedback that is more “honored, rewarded” and asked by sony than just one Sony camera customer or even thousands of them starting/participating an online petition…

    Thanks for consideration and doing this in advance!

    Best regards
    Rafaele

    PS: I am not the only one. there is a huge demand….you see already petitons 2 online Star eater issue (https://www.change.org/p/sony-remove-star-eater-en) (https://www.change.org/p/sony-sony-s-star-eater-issue-6ef6380f-d60f-4781-8c3b-97fa260f8655) and one for bringing apps back (https://www.change.org/p/sony-reintroduction-of-cameraapps-on-sony-a9-and-a7riii?recruiter=827056432&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition) …

    1. Regarding “Star Eater’, what image processing software do you use? Yes. It makes a difference.

      Sony a7R III DOES shoot 14 bit RAWs in continuous shooting and long exposures WHEN Uncompressed RAW is selected. Of course you won’t get 10 FPS – but you won’t get that with long exposures anyway. So you can choose between speed and bits.

      As for Play Memories Apps, this website NEVER RECEIVED ONE SINGLE COMMENT praising anything about Play Memories Apps – only endless complaints…until they were removed. It’s possible that a very vocal minority is behind their demise. Or it’s possible that Sony has plans for a new way to implement them.

        1. I have shot lots of long exposures (>> 4 secs) with both my a7riii and a7iii and if I set the drive mode to continuous that NR algorithm must get disabled. Because the difference is obvious.

  2. Brian, I am not sure how much pull you have with Sony, but I have a question about the SmartRemote app. We shoot Architecture and use a 12’9″ iPad Pro as to control our camera. For some reason, the Smart Remote sizes the live view down to about 1/3 the iPad screen or about equal to an iPad Mini. We are glad that we have switched to Sony from Canon, but we really miss using the Camranger and Ipad for our shoots. Note, in the past Sony’s smart remote did not size down the live view screen. I have emailed Sony, but get no response. We have (2) a7rIII with a delivery date of Nov 30 and looking forward to them;0)

    1. It’s quite possible that iPad Pro’s resolution is greater than the size of the Live View image being transmitted over WiFi. A larger image would have more lag. WiFi will never match the response speed of wired USB 3.1 tethering.

  3. (1) I have your excellent e-book on the a7 series, updated for the Mk 22 camera. Will you be issuing an update for the a7Riii?

    (2) The a9 has DRO to optimize exposure. The a7Riii has hybrid log gamma that can be used for stills. Does that replace DRO? Supplement it? Provide an alternative?

    Thanks!

    1. Sony releases cameras more quickly than I can write books, so no, I’m not writing an a7R III book. Instead I’ll post new content here.

      DRO has been around a LONG time it’s still included in a7R III, but to be honest I find it useless. Lightroom/ACR Shadow Recovery does the same thing better by allowing you to select (and revise) the exact amount of shadow recovery you prefer.

  4. Hi Brian
    Confused about Sony wireless remote control…can you confirm it supports bulb mode fir long exposures? As in, pressing once opens the shutter, pressing again closes it.
    Regards

    1. Nope. That how Time Exposure works – not Bulb Expose. With Bulb you must press and hold for the duration regardless of standard shutter button, wired or wireless. I prefer using the wired remote as it has a shutter lock so you can press, lock and wait to the release at the end without holding the whole time.

  5. Does anyone know if Sony will be including a tether-cable-lock-adapter/mechanism withe A7riii as they did with the ii? I haven’t seen any third party tether locks for this system yet.

      1. Right…thanks for reminding me of that B&H feature on the product page – so what they are calling the “Cable Protector” is the interlocking tether lock? Thanks again Brian.

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  7. I’m switching from Canon over to the Sony. I have the Profoto D1 and B1’S
    How does the air remote work with the Sony? I’ve read some not so good reviews about the compatibility with Profoto triggers and Sony

      1. The shutter boss II that use to work with the A7rii does not work with the A7riii. The Newer looks like a rebranded Shutter boss II so curious if that actually works. Do you have one that you are actually using on the A7riii ?

        1. I haven’t tested intervalometers since a7R II. It’s odd that a compatible unit won’t work with a7R III as they use the same multi-terminal port for remote shutter release.

          1. I agree it seemed odd. So on the off chance , I just replaced the batteries and just tried it again. It worked 🙂 Not sure what is going on there I had tried it a couple times before and was a no go. You would think if the batteries were that low the screen would not light up. Battery indicator was not showing low. Anyway sorry for confusion. It does appear to work now with the fresh batteries. Should have tried that before. Appreciate the fast response.
            Thanks

  8. Please ask Sony to make the focus indicator light, (not peaking) available in colours other than green. There is a high % of users (mainly men) that are afflicted with colour blindness in the red/green spectrum which makes the focus indicator difficult to see sometimes. Blue, purple, yellow ……It is surely just a line of code.
    Thank you

  9. I have the below Canon lenes. I was told to get full function out of Canon lenes they had to by the mark ii series lenes. Would I still be able to get full funtion out of the older lenes noted below.

    EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
    Canon Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Autofocus Lens

  10. Michael Chovan-Dalton

    This is not on your list exactly, but the Wired Vello Shutterboss II is not fully compatible with the A7R III. I just confirmed this with Vello. The main shutter release button will only act as a 1/2 shutter depress button. It will activate the pre-shutter release functions but it won’t actually fire the camera. You can still fire the camera using a zero second delay with the start/stop button. Vello was surprised it did not work because it works with the A7R II.

      1. Michael Chovan-Dalton

        I just received the JJC TM-F2 Wire Multi-Function LCD Timer Remote for Sony Multi-Terminal that is on your list and everything seems to work fine with the A7R III.

    1. Well that makes me feel better. Because as you see a couple comments before I was having the same issues. I thought it was fixed but then it didn’t work. I just didn’t want to keep spamming the thread 🙂 I had the RMT -DSLR2 which I found out works in bulb mode on the Riii. Since I had used the vello on the R2 i never tried this one. But if you press the shutter in bulb mode it stays “open” till you press it again. Actually more handy than the corded one. I just wish it had a timer. Oh well just use my phone I guess 🙂

      1. Michael Chovan-Dalton

        The JJC TM-F2 Wire Multi-Function LCD Timer Remote for Sony Multi-Terminal seems to work fine with the A7R III.

  11. Hello, thanks for such a helpful post!
    I’m wondering if the rmt dslr2 wireless remote will work for burst shots and continuous shooting? I take a lot of bracketed images and often find that holding the shutter with my hand ruins the photo. I also would prefer to not use the 2 second delay. So if this remote is able to take continuous bursts in the bracket mode it seems like it will be perfect!
    Thanks again!

  12. Does the Sony A7R3 have the ability to use the NF-FW50 batteries as well as the newer NP-FZ100 batteries? I am upgrading from a A6500 and am wondering if I need to replace all my extra batteries or if they will work with the new camera.

  13. I was wondering if Sony could design a battery grip for A7RII user that uses the same battery of the ARIII.
    It will help loads of photographers out there who can’t afford to upgrade to the new A7RIII.

  14. This will be a game changer I thinks….
    it will help a lot…. If sony don’t do it, you might see other third party come up with this idea. May be godox or elinchrom might have a go at this ideas….
    I know loads of photograph out there would love to have something like that with there sony A7RII….

    1. Hi
      Would be good if someone could convince Sony to have a frameware that slows the a7 r3 to do infinite intervalometer. So hard for me not to be able to use that feature.
      Marc

      1. It seems possible that Sony may one day re-introduce Camera Apps using a new platform that allows purchase worldwide, which was among the main problems with using the PlayMemories Network. Unless that happens, one of the hardware intervalometers listed here will do the trick.

  15. Hi, Did any one try EasyCover silicone cover in combination with a Really Right Stuff base plate?
    Would it fit?
    I plan to use both on my A7r III

  16. For tethering another great option is the Apple Thunderbolt USB-C to USB-C cable 0.8m long it transmits data at 40Gbps as well as has 100W charging capacity. There appears to be nothing on the market of same spec. Tethertools 1m cable is for transmitting data only (no charging) at 10Gbps, when you go long to 3/4.6m the data transmission speed reduces down to 5Gbps. Also worthwhile checking phone cables, my LG V30+ cable also works when tethering but using an apple dongle.

    1. HI: have the tether tools 5 meter USB – C to C cable for my 7RIII. It does charge the camera while connected, when the camera is powered down. Better than nothing IMO. There are times during a shooting break when I can power down. Having 2 batteries in the grip is a godsend anyway. During an 8 hour, 250 product shoot tethered to C1, one battery was only down to 30%, and the second battery was still at 100%. Great progress!

  17. Hi Brian
    Hope you can help. I am a bit confused .
    i have the a7r3 and really love this camera .
    I also purchased a Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA Lens.
    I do not see a redout of the zoom size on the LCD screen when I use this lens, however when I use a metabones adapter with my canon lenses as I zoom in and out I get a zoom size displaying on the LCD screen.
    Is there a way I can enable this feature for the sony lens?
    Thank you
    Tony

  18. Iván Ospina

    Hello, Brian, love your work in photo and this blog as well… just one question…Do you know if A7Riii is compatible with Lumopro180R?

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  20. Do you know where I can find a right angle eye cup adaptor for either my A7r3 OR A73?
    Both my elbows have a medical condition and I know the flip up scren is there if I need it, but on bright sunny days I cannot see all I want to see, holding the camera close to my body and looking into an right angle view finder maybe my answer.

  21. What is in your opinion the best monopod for a a7III with VG-C3EM, and a Sony 70-200 2.8 or 100-400 4.5 5.6?
    The Manfrotto 494 head is a good solution for monopods?
    Thanks You

    1. Nothing against the Manfrotto 494, but I’ve never liked using a ballhead on a monopod. I prefer the stability of screwing the pod straight into the lens collar.

      When testing the FE 400 2.8, Sony had loaner aluminum Manfrotto and carbon fiber Gitzo monopods available for loan but I preferred the Oben CTM-2500 Carbon Fiber Monopod that I brought with me. It’s studier and nicer than the Manfrotto yet not as massive (or P-R-I-C-E-Y) as the Gitzo. Since it worked quite well with the FE 400 2.8, so it’s certainly more than ample for a FE 70-200 2.8 GM or FE 100-400 GM.

  22. Hello Brian,
    ( Lag-free monitoring..)
    Does Sony A7R3 provide SDI output in a way or another, that, if yes, should best minimise image-signal-delay-lag (for instance on the Lilliput FS7 7″ monitor) ?

    Are actually any extenal monitors (5-7 inchish) viable (just) for catching the right furtive moment (like specificaly facial expressions, over tripod, vertical mode), or is it intrinsically impossible to be as reactive and precise as the camera’s viewfinder?

    (HDMI vs SDI vs.. lower resolution over slower 4K? )
    I only found discutions regarding monitors relative to video and recording, never in relation to photography Raw stills.
    Less for focusing inspection (but also would be great, live) or for recording or best colors dynamics etc than to just easely watch out, enlarged on 7inch pad for the right shutter trigger instance.

    Tank You for sharing Your knowledge !

  23. Thnk You Brian,
    Shur some monitor solutions will be worse then others in term of inducing shutterdelay, in general.
    But my primari question is if You know if my expectations are even reasonable;
    to have an ecternal ( 7″ or so) monitor that aids finding best triggering moments for a photograher at the right crucial moment (better observation because bigger and less tiresome), or if the display-lag (hdmi, sdi, …, ?) will actually always worsen the feasibility over not using even the best (in this regard) monitor.

  24. Would there not be out here big interest (marked targeting) for singeling out and promoting (encouraging) those monitor solutions that prioritize specifically the intend to ease the photogher’s job (chore) it sometimes is to wait, observe, watch out for the decisif moments (sujective expressions) to only than trigger (high res raw) photos ? This obviousaly tolerating no shutterlag, but in need for comfortable, orientable, 5 – 7″screen “confort”, regardless of color accuracy etc. ? !

  25. If so, than I dont understand why shuterlag delay-lenght is not a primary standard-quantified technikal spec that is put in the very top of the list of any description of any new monitor and in all discutions regarding “video-monitors for stillphotographers”.
    Should be about time then.
    (Should be easy to establish a procedure, for instance filming a speedwatch. Perhaps ss easy as diminishing legitimacy of my point and concerns.)

    1. How to backlight:
      Put light source behind subject.

      Activating Eye AF on a7 III:
      1. Turn Face Detection On
      2. Program Eye AF to a Custom Button and PRESS & HOLD that button to activate Eye AF.
      (Eye AF is assigned to Center Button by default. I like to assign it to Focus Hold as well since that’s easier for me to PRESS & HOLD)

  26. Hybrid means quickly changing from video to stills, right? But how can you use a mic accessory with a lighting accessory like a flash commander connected at the same time? Are there any multi-mi shoe adapters?

    1. You cannot have two accessories simultaneously connected to the same circuit board.

      “Quickly” is a relative term, but you can certainly change accessories more quickly than it takes to read this sentence.

    1. The details are rather sparse but any power bank should be fine. The description mentions car charging but it’s not clear whether the car charger is included…

    2. I bought this setup, the kit comes with dual charger, two batteries and a USB charge cable.

      That Amazon like does indicate “all chargers sold separately”

      Been using the batteries for about a week, all good so far.

  27. What are your thoughts about using spot metering on Sony a7III all the time? Is it better to use wide I am unsure on how to use the spot metering all the time

    1. If you don’t understand Spot Metering it’s safer to stick to Multi Metering Mode.

      However Spot Metering is not that complicated. It simply means the camera meters a small area – rather than the full image.

      On previous cameras that was limited to the center of the screen which will result in metering errors if the subject is not centered. But a7 Series III and a9 cameras allow you to link Spot Metering to the focus point.

      Menu > Camera Settings 1 > Exposure 2 > Spot Metering Point > Focus Point Link

      When Selecting Spot Metering, I suggest choosing Large – rather than Standard:

      Menu > Camera Settings 1 > Exposure 1 > Metering Mode > Spot (toggle to select L)

  28. Excellent information and very detailed guidance, thank you!!

    Two questions:

    1) Traveling internationally do you have a recommendation for battery charging with the Sony 7aiii … can only get my batteries to charge to 58% maximum in camera body and do not have external charger … both are Sony brand and charging via USB cable provided with adapter in Nepal.

    2) Better recommendation for Canon lens adapter? Purchased Vello from B&H, however it has failed on two of my Canon lens rendering them useless … is there a Sony brand or other adapter that provides full function for Canon lens?

    Appreciate your time and guidance.

    Dale

    1. 1. I never charge in camera. I use a Sony BC-QZ1 External Battery Charger.

      2. Vello Canon EF/EF-S Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Auto Lens Adapter is a good budget priced option – but the best adapter on the market is Metabones T Smart Adapter V. Metabones is the only company constantly updating their firmware for optimal performance with Canon lenses. That said, full functions like Eye AF and Lock-on AF are not possible with all Canon lenses and adapted lenses simply don’t ever match the performance of native glass.

      1. Yes, wish I had external charger on this trip! As for the Vello, I am not completely surprised at only $99, however disappointed. The Metabones is four times the cost, however if it as you state more up to date and functional, that and an external charger are my next purchases once back from Nepal! Thanks again.

  29. Hi Brian, I have the “Weefine Ring Light 3000” , would like to Simply connect a single fiber optic cable to the strobe.Do you know what sort of cable I need to connect to a Sony a7RIII ? Or isn’t it possible top connect a fiber optic cable ?

  30. Is there a way to power a torchled bolt 250w on camera light from the A7iii with a specific cord? I don’t want to have to use the battery on the back of the light which is super heavy so that I can steadicam with the light on top.

  31. Any recommendations for a macro flash for the a7RIII? There’s some question about available ring-lights and whether they are fully compatible with the 7R.
    Thank you.

  32. re: ring light for sony a7RIII:
    spent time with B&H today . . . the short story is that there are no “fully integrated” ring lights that permit TTL or select other functionalities.
    That said, I greatly appreciate your quick reply to my question.
    All the best —
    R

  33. Hello Brian,

    congratulations on the great blog. I have a question that Sony seems reluctant to give a question to (I´m still waiting…). What do you do to carry/protect your batteries? I previously owned a 5D, and all the batteries had a cover to protect the contacts, but I cannot find anything like that from Sony or for Sony, so, the batteries are always “exposed”. I know the Canon covers were just a piece of plastic, but at least there was a piece of plastic protecting the contacts…

    Best Regards,
    Diogo Sousa

    1. I’ve never heard of a single issue with contacts on Sony batteries which is likely why no one makes a cover for them. I generally keep my batteries in a small pouch, but I’ve also carried one or two batteries in my pcket and never had a problem.

  34. Hi Brian
    I using the remote controll program on my windows pc to take timelapse with my A7iii. I use Tether Tools TetherPro USB Type-C Male to USB 3.0 Type-A to controll my camera and transfer the stillimages from the timnelapse to the pc, Will this cabel also charge the battery in the camera at the same time or do have another solution to this? The camera is ment to take a timelapse over severel weeks.

    1. No. You can’t actually charge the battery while shooting.

      But you may be able to draw power from the PC if you select:

      Menu > Setup 4 > USB Power Supply > On

      If not, get one of these.

      1. Thanks a lot for your answer. one more question: Is it possible to use the micro usb to charging while I am timelapsing?

  35. Master Smith! Tis your Tamron friend. Quick question: I just ordered a Saramonic mic set that works with a USB-C receiver for cellphone purposes. A very straightforward set up. I don’t have it in hand yet but I was wondering if you knew whether it might also work via USB-C with the A7III… It seemed like there might be a chance. It’s not necessary but would be a definite plus. Otherwise, I’ll order the miniphone accessory. Hope you’re well, good sir.

    1. Great question, Eminem! I don’t think so. I believe the only way into Sony’s onboard recording studio is the multi-terminal hotshoe and mic port.

      1. Mi Shoe for the win! I dig it. And the minipin, of course. I shall see what needs to be added and make it so. Thanks bunches, as always. Do take care.

  36. Brian – I have the Sony A7R3 with several GM lenses and I couldn’t be happier. My question has to do with post-processing. My computer and monitor are quite old and my photos appear blurry due to their crappy resolution. Do you recommend a 4K monitor and an up to date video graphics card. If so, what do you recommend?

    1. The most important things you should consider is maxing out RAM, choosing the fastest graphics card available and opting for SSD over HDD drives. I own a maxed out MacBook Pro (2017). While newer laptops are faster, it still works fine. The display is (2880 x 1800), so in my opinion 4K monitors are a not a must. If images look fuzzy on your screen when zoomed in – make certain you are not zoomed beyond 100%. If so this is normal.

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