Its one week today that I traded in my Canon 5D MkIII along with all of my lenses for the new Sony A7R III mirrorless camera and equivalent Sony lenses.
Thinking it would be a good time to take the plunge as I was reasonably quiet, I ended up in the deep end after a couple of last minute commissions that means I have now used the Sony A7R III for 6 shoots. Being under pressure is probably the best method to find your way around a new camera!
The Sony A7R III has already proved to be a huge step forward in the way I approach my photo shoots. One of the areas of photography I cover is performing arts, which offers huge variations of light and sometimes hardly any at all. The camera has proved its worth for this alone, enabling me to shoot at high ISO speeds that would never have produced acceptable results with my previous DSLR. I’m looking forward to photographing a couple of upcoming events, these often have challenging lighting and I know that I will feel a lot more comfortable in the knowledge that I now have the ability to shoot in these environments without having to be concerned about image noise.
With a 42 megapixel sensor the Sony A7R III has also doubled the size of images I’m shooting, so for my clients it means that I can offer extremely high resolution imagery which is great for photographing anything from fine art to requirements for posters to large window banners.
Furthermore, having a silent electronic shutter will be a massive benefit, next week I have a shoot at a university where I will be photographing a lecture, there’s no way I could attempt that with a DSLR, even on dampened mode the mechanical shutter is still noisy in a situation like that. So, I’m happy to say that I have no regrets and am embracing the advanced technology that a mirrorless camera can offer.
Finally, thrown into the mix I have changed my workflow from Adobe Lightroom to Capture One Pro which offers me near instant download of images from my camera to laptop using the new USB-C standard when tethered, so this is great for product shoots and head shots, it allows my clients to see the images near instantly and select those to use on the fly.
For me its a fresh approach to 2018 with a bag full of the latest camera technology, I can offer my clients some great solutions and even higher quality images that were previously unobtainable.
A shot taken this week at the Garrick Theatre in London.