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Sony A7r in Studio Work

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras' started by jedilost1, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. jedilost1

    jedilost1 TalkEmount Regular

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    I'm planning on taking my A7r into studio very soon and was wondering if anyone had any tips

    I'd love to see some examples as well [emoji4]

    Also, would A mount glass do well for studio photography on the A7r?

    Has anyone used legacy glass in studio and used manual focus?

    Thanks for any recommendations/suggestionz
     
  2. christian

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  3. ilovehatephotography

    ilovehatephotography TalkEmount Regular

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    Haha thanks Christian

    The A7 and A7r is fabulous for studio work. Great image quality, small and light so you can shoot all day, and high quality lens options. Two issues that i've run into.

    1) In very low light, AF may be an issue some of the time. I shot in a blacked out studio with minimal ambient lighting because I was going for the harsh flash look and the A7 had some trouble locking on. It was no big deal though, it happened only sparingly and I got great shots

    2) EVF will be dark if you set your ISO to 50-100 and shoot in the dark. Whereas ISO settings doesn't really affect an optical view finder, if you are in a dark studio and you insist on using low ISOs because you will be relying on studio strobes, as I did, your EVF will go dark (pitch black sometimes) when you half-press the shutter to autofocus. This makes composition a pain in the ass. I have to keep my left eye open. I wish there was a way to set it so that the EVF is not linked to the ISO.

    I've used the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 and a manual focus Leica 35mm f/2.8. Both works great. I shoot fast so AF is easier, but MF on the Sony A7 is super easy. Just that if you're not used to manual focusing and take too long, the model may appear a bit stiff.

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  4. jedilost1

    jedilost1 TalkEmount Regular

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    Dude thanks so much for the reply, I'm going for more upper body portraits in black and white with some shadow. Similar to the image you posted

    I see you mentioned having an A7, do you think it would be the same as with the A7r?
     

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  5. ilovehatephotography

    ilovehatephotography TalkEmount Regular

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    From what I've read, the A7 and the A7R should be really similar in terms of handling. However, A7r does lack phase type af sensors since it doesn't have an anti-aliasing filter.

    With your setup, I suggest turning up the brightness to the modeling light if you are using studio strobes. AF should be no issue. I was just shooting in ridiculously low light.

    EVF blackout at low iso, I think that's unavoidable. So just be flexible. It's no big deal. You can always recompose in post.
     
  6. mcvu

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    Go to Live View Display - Settings Effect, turn it off. You should be able to see and compose in the dark.
     
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  7. ilovehatephotography

    ilovehatephotography TalkEmount Regular

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    Aww yea, that's awesome! Thanks man!


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  8. jedilost1

    jedilost1 TalkEmount Regular

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    That's how I had used it before, helps a bunch!