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Need help/advice buying gear for my A7R

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by giancoli, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. giancoli

    giancoli New to TalkEmount

    Sep 24, 2014
    Hi! I bought the A7R with the 55mm 1.8 zeiss lens this summer. I'm quite happy with my new camera. I'm looking forward to the 16-35 release though as I'm mainly doing landscape photography and the 55mm is quite limiting. I'm getting tired of struggling to get the scene into the frame. I do some merging of several photos, but it's quite annoying to rely on it, and it only works for scenes without change.

    I'm going to buy: New batteries and a remote control. Later I'm probably going to buy a battery grip, but I find them a little too expensive, it's not really necessary.

    Any recommendations to which batteries and remote control to buy?

    I'm from Norway so I need support for international shipping.

    Here's my photos so far:


    As you can see the night shots are too grainy/noisy. I need to use the bulb mode, hence the need for a remote.

    Cheers :)
  2. mcvu

    mcvu TalkEmount Regular

    Sep 24, 2014
    Bay Area, CA
    I used Wasabi batteries and charger and so far they are good.
    I don't know whether the charger is smart enough to trickle down after fully charged, so usually I stop charging shortly after full; no overnight charge

    For remote control, I bought Pixel TW-282. It can work either as a wired or a wireless remote. All functions worked fine on my A7r.

    For L bracket, I have this one but I paid $58 USD couple months ago. Now, it's only $14 :( It fits the A7r like a glove and looking good also.

    Enjoy your new toys.
  3. Bill

    Bill TalkEmount Veteran

    Oct 22, 2012
    Brisbane, Australia
    I use the Wasabi batteries, but I buy from Blue Nook.

    Good luck.
  4. giancoli

    giancoli New to TalkEmount

    Sep 24, 2014
    Thanks for the replies guys! So I will probably buy those wasabi batteries from amazon. Not sure about the remote though, the one sugested seems a little expensive to me.
    Do you guys use a polarizing filter? In case you do, which one? I never understood the use of those L-brackets..is it so you get a mount on the side? But I can just flip the mount on my tripod 90 degrees...

    Cheers :)
  5. mcvu

    mcvu TalkEmount Regular

    Sep 24, 2014
    Bay Area, CA
    I used B+W circular polarizer. Expensive though. Whichever you buy, get one big one (72mm or 77mmmm), then use step-down rings for all other lenses.

    For small lenses, you might be able to get away with flipping the ball head to have camera+lens in vertical position, but for long and heavy lenses, the center of gravity will be off thus easier to get vibrations.

    A side benefit of the L bracket: to avoid A7R shutter vibrations, when hand holding, I usually just use the base, without the side.
  6. mattia

    mattia TalkEmount Regular

    Dec 13, 2013
    I'm using the dstebattery (eBay store, google it) batteries. Cheap, free shipping, stays under the vat/import duty limit for me. Don't have an L plate, so no help there.

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