Sony Alpha 7R III

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It only took me one year to swap my Sony Alpha 7R II for the new Mod­el III with Bat­tery Grip. There was an offer on eBay which I could not refuse 😉

What’s the point?

The new cam­era has the same 42 megapix­el sen­sor as ver­sion II, but apart from that, a lot has changed, espe­cial­ly the han­dling is much improved:

  • The menu was revised and improved, there is now the option for a cus­tom menu
  • The AF area can now be select­ed using a new­ly inte­grat­ed joy­stick or the touch display
  • There are two mem­o­ry card slots avail­able now
  • The new bat­tery lasts more than twice as long as before
  • Both viewfind­er and dis­play have a high­er res­o­lu­tion, espe­cial­ly the viewfind­er is very impres­sive with its XGA resolution
  • Eye-AF works now with adapt­ed Canon lens­es. Espe­cial­ly with my 1.2L 85mm lens I got amaz­ing results, much sharp­er than with Canon bodies!
  • The con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing speed has dou­bled to 10 fps
  • Dur­ing stor­age, the menu remains (at least par­tial­ly) operable.

Espe­cial­ly the new recharge­able bat­tery, the improved speed and the improved AF (espe­cial­ly the Eye-AF with Canon lens­es) and the much bet­ter gen­er­al speed of han­dling moti­vat­ed me to switch. Fur­ther improve­ments are a sec­ond USB 3.0 port, Blue­tooth and the pix­el shift mode, which takes 4 sin­gle images that are each shift­ed by one pix­el and thus improves the res­o­lu­tion and avoids moires com­plete­ly. All in all a good evo­lu­tion, not a rev­o­lu­tion, but it proves that Sony is listening.

Sony alpha 7R III

In addi­tion to the cam­era I also bought the F4 24-105G stan­dard zoom, which is also very impres­sive. There­fore I will prob­a­bly sell the Canon coun­ter­part soon.

What is still miss­ing is an afford­able fast lang lens, I am very excit­ed about the announced 2.8 400mm, where­by the price will cer­tain­ly be very high, typ­i­cal for Sony. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, my Sig­ma HSM Sport 150-600mm with the Sig­ma MC-11 still does not work sat­is­fac­to­ri­ly in AF-C mode on the 7R III. The Canon 400mm still per­forms much bet­ter with the Canon bod­ies, which means that for action shots the Canon sys­tem remains nec­es­sary - oth­er­wise I would think about a com­plete tran­si­tion. Keep up the Sony, good work!

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