Wedding Amalfi Coast Italy and Sony A7 Review

Featured in this post are some images from a very intimate wedding in the Amalfi Coast, Italy. I shot this entire session with a pair of Sony A7 cameras and two lenses- the 85mm F1.4 Carl Zeiss A mount lens and Tokina 19-35 F3.5-4.5 A mount lens. I used the lens adapter (LA-EA4) that converts Sony A-mount lens to Sony A7 E-mount. The adapter enables the A7 to focus a lot faster and rivals A99 focus speed. Since I was traveling internationally, I wanted to keep my gear to a bare minimum and the Sony A7 was a perfect fit when you want a very portable system. In regards to battery life, I was a bit worried but I shot the entire day on 1.5 batteries per camera for about 8 hours of coverage. So in total I used about 3 batteries. Just to be safe, if I was shooting a 10 hour wedding I would bring 6 batteries or make sure I start charging a set at the reception. You can also charge your batteries with a USB power stick if need be- see my previous post about this.

Wedding & Travel Camera & WiFi

Since I spent a few extra days in Italy, I also used the A7 as my travel camera. I found that the 24-70 F4 Carl Zeiss FE mount lens was perfect for travel! The built in WiFi feature of the A7 is so convenient for editing and posting images right to social media! It is very easy to scroll through your images at the end of the day or on the long plane ride home, select your favorites and then transfer them to your iPhone (even if not connected online). I then edited them on my iPhone mostly with the app Snapseed and when I was connected, I just uploaded them to my Facebook account. All my travel photos where edited on my iPhone, take a look… Day 4-5 Day 1 Day 2

Lighting

When I need to create my own light, I used my Tiny Triggers v3 and my Strobie 230. It was extremely easy to fire an off camera flash because of the built in receiver in the Strobie 230- just turn on the flash and I’m ready to go! The small transmitter fits nicely on my Sony A7 and was the prefect size to fit the camera even from an esthetic viewpoint . I used a simple shoot thru umbrella if I needed softer light.

Low Profile Kit

What is great about the A7 is that you can use E mount lenses made for the popular NEX body. Your camera will act like a crop sensor body but it will give you more lens options. If you want to carry around a pancake lens for ultra small profile, get the SEL16F28 for an effective 24mm lens at 2.8. You can find all these items I mentioned below in my BH product widget below.

Changing Focus Points

One drawback when using the A7 as a pro camera is changing focus points which is a bit more difficult than using a camera like the A99. You have to push down the C1 button near the shutter release while using the dial to change the focus point. Took me a long time to figure this out, I finally had to consult the on camera manual to find out how to change the focus points.

Macro Shots

The one lens I forgot to bring was a macro lens. I was able to get by using the A7’s digital zoom to get in really close to small objects but on my next wedding I’m gonna bring my E mount 30mm F3.5 macro lens I bought for my NEX camera awhile back (If I can find it!)

Conclusions

Although using the A7 for professional purposes may not be as convenient as the A99, the image quality of the A7 is superb. As they say, the best camera is the one that is with you and I found the A7 to do an admirable job. I love the compact size and since 90% of my weddings are destination jobs, I will be using the A7 as my main camera. When I do need a 70-200 lens, I’ll have to break down and buy the FE version, just love the compact size! The WiFi feature is so handy, now I don’t need to take two pictures- one with my camera and one with my iPhone! If you are looking for a cross purpose travel camera and a professional kit at the same time, the Sony A7 may just be the ticket.

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June 27, 2014 - 1:23 pm

shawn - Since the strobie 230 and and transmitter worked on the a7 will it be an issue on the A7R?

July 16, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Anonymous - I love how every single image is a masterpiece for itself 🙂

July 22, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Laura Cottril - Wow! Amazing work in an amazing location, Scott! Love your energy and passion. Keep sharing! 🙂

July 23, 2014 - 4:24 am

admin - it will work with Sony A7r

February 9, 2015 - 8:30 am

Shannon J - Hi Scott,

Your working is inspiring and you can tell that God has given you a true talent! I have been trying to learn the soft lighting technique. Is this taught in one of your Creative Live classes? If so which one, I would like to purchase it!

Thank you and thanks for always being a role model and inspiration!
Shannon

February 9, 2015 - 10:54 am

admin - Hi!! you can either watch Crazy Stupid Light or the sequel Real World Lighting! Go to my store, I think the links are posted. If not let me know!

February 9, 2015 - 10:56 am

Shannon J - Thanks Scott! I didn’t know if one was better than the other to learn this technique.

Thank you for the response!
Shannon

February 9, 2015 - 11:22 am

admin - I would probably start with Crazy Stupid Light but they are both good and you would find value in both. I talk about big light more in Real World Lighting.

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