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Shooting weddings with Sony A7

I’ve had my Sony A7 for a few months now and I’ve taken it out on a few weddings and shot with it overseas. A few people have asked what my thoughts were about the camera and how it handles Canon lenses. It won’t replace our main Canon bodies yet, but it’s a nice small and light camera to have alongside our current camera setup for wedding photography.

I’ve only shot with Canon cameras so the buttons and controls were hard to get used to, but I can change the ISO quicker on the Sony vs Canon 5dmk3. Electronic view finder EVF was also hard to get used to but I don’t mind using it now… I wish it was less laggy. I should also add that the battery can go flat really quickly so a 2nd (or 3rd) battery is a must if you’re shooting with it for long hours.

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I mostly use my Canon 45mm TS-E on the A7. It just stays on the camera all day during the wedding, saves me from changing lenses. I find focus peaking helps with getting the shots that I want, and it’s much easier to focus compared to the Canon 5dmk3. Focus peaking on the A7 is not very accurate I have to say, but I’ve learnt how to work around it. Maybe a firmware update can fix the focus peaking?

Sony A7 wedding photography

I’ve also used the Sony A7 on assignment in Egypt February. The police and army have been arresting journalists and anyone with a DSLR so I had to shoot with the Sony A7 and the canon 40mm pancake lens. Auto focus was too slow so I had to manually focus.

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It would be interesting to hear what others think about the Sony A7.

Ahmad Sabra