Five Useful Tricks for Sony a7 Photographers

The Sony a7 series has won a lot of acclaim from photographers, but like any camera system, it's not perfect. This great video will give you five tricks and tips for getting more out of your a7 series camera.

I love my Sony a7R III, but there are a few things I would change about it. In particular, I'm not a fan of the menu system. One thing I've discovered is that the camera is capable of even more than I thought; it's just that the functions are buried in the menu system under names that don't automatically form the correlation to what they do in my head. Maybe I'm just dense. Nonetheless, this helpful video from Lok Cheung will show you five tips and tricks for a better experience with a7 cameras. One of the nice things about the a7 line is that the cameras are highly customizable, and I definitely recommend taking the time to work through the menus and take advantage of the custom button assignments to set it up exactly as you'd like. Not only will this keep you out of the menu system more, it'll help you work more quickly and efficiently, which of course adds up to both better work and a more enjoyable experience. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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I have shot with Sony since they started in the camera business. Their menus (on the later cameras somewhat better) are horrible. Even after all these years, I still don't see any logic in their menu system.

I tend to have a love/hate relation with Sony. I own two Sony cameras, the older a77 and the somewhat younger a6300. I bought that camera and a couple of months later, they introduced the a6500. I hated that.

To be fair, the a77 was rather good ergomically (once you could set the movie record button to only record when the dial was set on video) but the a6300 sometimes drives me nuts. Fiddly buttons, a menu system that is horrible, and eye sensor that is too sensitive and when shooting 4k, the monitor is useless.

But still, the end results are great and that is why I stayed with Sony. I had the idea of switching to Fuiji but the introduction of the a7mk3 had me changed. The price difference with Fuji is too small to justify switching to another system. However, I prefer the Fuji lens line-up. As an amateur, the Sony FE lenses are mostly too expensive for me. However, lately there have been somewhat cheaper FE lenses so I might fall for the temptation. Better give in to this temptation than to loose women ;-)