Test Driving the new Sony A7 in Alaska
People ask us all the time how we take such beautiful photographs as we roam about the world. Well, part of it is experience, and part of it is our equipment.
For our still photography, I’ve been shooting with a Nikon D7000 DSLR; and for our videos, we’ve been using a Canon Vixia with a set of good wireless microphones. However, I’ve long been frustrated with having to lug all that fairly heavy, and space-consuming equipment all over the world.
For quite a number of years, I’ve been waiting for a lightweight, small footprint camera solution that might allow me to continue getting the great still shots of my Nikon, and also deliver me the quality of video that we’ve come to rely on with our Canon video camera.
Well, it looks like Sony just might have made my dream come true!
From Sony: “the new a7 from Sony delivers all of the advantages of a 35mm full frame image sensor and lens interchangeability in a truly compact body. Without compromising on image quality, shooting comfort, functionality or AF performance, the a7 delivers stunning photographs that were previously only possible on large high-end cameras”.
According to Sony, “the a7 liberates photographers and cinematographers by combining amazing portability with all the advantages of full-frame photography and moviemaking”.
The Sony a7 was introduced in October of last year, and I’ve been reading and watching a number of photographers that I respect give this new camera glowing reviews.
Changing photography gear is an expensive proposition, and requires a necessary learning curve. Therefore, before I made the switch, I decided to write Sony and see if they might ship me an a7 to field test while we’re in Alaska and the Canadian Rockies this summer.
To our glee, they agreed, and I now have a media loaner in my possession!
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be busy reading manuals, watching YouTube videos from Sony a7 shooters, and getting to know the camera before we leave.
If my dreams do in fact come true, which I suspect they might, I’ll soon be making the switch and selling my used Nikon and Canon on eBay.
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Hey David, I agree … the A7 is an awesome camera. If you really want to learn the “nuts and bolts” of it, I highly recommend Gary Friedman’s book about it. He covers every aspect in depth and offers lots of tips and techniques.
You’ll find it at: https://friedmanarchives.com/A7r/index.htm
I’ve read several of his books and always find them to be very thorough, but written with an engaging style.
Thanks Mike, I’ll check it out! And, thanks for stopping by! 🙂