I have had the Sony a7Riii now for a couple of months, after upgrading from the a7R, and I thought I would just do a quick post on my thoughts using it as a landscape photographer. I won’t bore you with a review on this camera, as it’s been out for long enough for plenty of reviews, but I will let you know what I think on this upgrade. What has it changed in my workflow out in the field?
There was nothing wrong with my old a7R, but it did have its limits…
I will 1st tell you that I probably did not ‘need’ to upgrade my camera, I was getting great images with the Sony a7R, but it did have its limits, especially when it comes to autofocus and its viewfinder when using manual focus, which you do use quite a lot in landscape photography. So really, I think this was my main reason to upgrade, focus performance. What I also gain though was things that I did not realise I was missing!
- more megapixels
- better dynamic range
- improved battery performance
- much better controls/buttons
- performance in general
How does all of the above affect me, well quite simply I can shoot many scenes with more confidence in capturing what I want in the RAW file. The detail that you can pull out of shadows in an a7Riii raw file is simply outstanding. I now always find myself exposing for highlights, and not worrying about shadows, as they will be fine when editing. I prefer the button layout and use of the a7Riii over the a7R. It feels more instinctive to use now I have it set up as I like, this means I can shoot quickly and efficiently as conditions change. The screen, but more importantly the EVF, is so much better, a joy to use with manual focus. Battery performance is also greatly improved, I have no worries about it lasting a normal day in the field. From the a7R it is quite a big update, I can’t tell you if it’s worth it from the a7Rii but I suspect it is? I do like this camera…
Ok well, I guess I also need to tell you what I don’t like about the camera too, the touchscreen implementation would be one, it’s basically only used for focus? Why not make it for all? The zebra functionality on manual focus seems to be either too aggressive, or not enough depending what setting you have it on, this could be me doing something wrong? That’s about it really, I guess you could say that the placement of the main connections for micro and C type USB, etc also. But this is not just this cameras downfall, what it does mean is that you need to be careful on what L Bracket you get. I would highly recommend the Smallrig one for the a7Riii, which has an extendable L part, so it can be used and the sockets still accessed. I will do a separate post on that I think as to me it was a great find.
So there you have it, those are my very basic thoughts, and here are some images I have captured with the camera…