I recently had a chance to take the Sony a7R IIImirrorless full-frame 42.4 megapixel camera on a “test drive.” This exceptional camera produces great images. In studio, I normally shoot with DSLRs but one thing I noticed in a test shoot with my model, Amanda, is that the focusing felt ever so slightly sluggish at times while I was shooting in the mode where the camera detects and focuses on eyes (Eye AF mode), BUT the results were impressive. It consistently produced sharper images and did a great job keeping eyes in focus. That, combined with the 42.4 megapixel sensor resulted in extra sharp images with fine resolution.
This camera has a fast Hybrid AF with 399-point focal-plane phase-detection AF and 425-point contrast-detection AF. The 5-axis image stabilization with 5.5-stop exposure advantage also promises to deliver consistently sharp images. The viewfinder is an approximately 3.69-million-dot Quad-VGA OLED display, making it easy to view, which I really appreciate since I am more accustomed to shooting with a DSLR.
There are so many other fantastic features in this camera that I did not really have time to run through their paces, but I can say with certainty this is a very serious contender for being one of the best cameras on the market today.
Here are several shots from my session with Amanda, using the Sony a7R III.
“The Phottix Laso Flash Trigger System allows users to control and trigger Canon radio-enabled flashes, as well as control and trigger Canon’s non-radio flashes mounted on Laso Receivers. Using Phottix Laso Receivers, photographers can control and trigger older Canon flashes without built-in radio functions. Studio lights can also be triggered by the Laso Receiver, adding a new layer of creativity.”
So, if you happen to own some older Canon flashes like 580EX’s, this would allow you to control them via Canon radio triggering with their newer line of flashes without having to resort to the much less desirable optical triggering. Or if you have a Canon flash with radio triggering, you can use this to trigger studio monolights, etc. Lots of possibilities. Or if you want to use the transmitter to control off-camera radio triggered Canon flashes such as the 600 EX RT, this will do the trick without having to buy the much more expensive Canon ST-E3-RT controller!
Since I haven’t personally used them myself yet, all I can say is that this really appears to be an interesting and quite useful product worth checking out! Make sure you read all the specs before purchasing, of course.
I am giving the new Sony a7RIII a test drive for the next couple of weeks. This is one serious full-frame 42.4 megapixel mirrorless camera.
You can read the full specs on this amazing camera on the Sony website. It is hard to even summarize some of the biggest highlights because there are so many, and frankly what will matter most to you will depend on the type of photography you are doing. It has features that will serve any photographer.
I have used DSLR’s for years. One thing’s for sure, it would be a mistake to overlook some of the new mirrorless cameras coming on the market and the Sony a7RIII is particularly noteworthy as a top contender for the serious hobbyist or pro photographer.
This nifty device, called a “LensPen” is a wonderful device for keeping your lens clean! I always have one in my camera bag.
One end has a retractable brush and the other end is a felt tip with a protective cap. It has a special cleaning compound that does an excellent job of cleaning the front of your lens. Keeping your lens clean is important, especially when you shoot toward the sun. Dust, dirt, and smudges really can harm the quality of your photographs.
I hosted a class the other night demonstrating the use of a PixelStick!
This is a nifty device that is used in light painting. The stick is a little over 6 feet long and has a strip of 200 LEDs that are controlled by a microprocessor that can generate over 16 million different colors at each location.
It can display all sorts of cool patterns and effects, plus you can also load images on an SD card (in Windows BMP format, 200 pixels in height) and the stick can “paint” the image as the user sweeps the Pixelstick across the air.
Here are some examples shot outside our studio at night. All of these images were totally created in-camera (no Photoshop involved). The possibilities are endless!
No, the fence is not on fire. The Pixelstick can “paint” artificial flames! So very cool
Of course there are a lot more details I could cover, but I wanted to keep this simple in this article.
Every camera works differently in how it interacts with a flash/speedlite, and there are all sorts of considerations regarding shutter speed, high speed sync, front vs rear curtain sync, mixing ambient light etc.
Using TTL (known as iTTL or ETTL etc. depending on the brand) is the easiest way to operate your flash. One helpful trick is to underexpose the ambient (existing) light by about 1 f/stop.