Sony A7III – The Eagle Has Landed

Camera Girl signed for the camera today.  Tonight, I’ll set it up and see what I have to do to get a Capture 1 upgrade for that camera.  I think I’ll take some pictures of my grandson playing soccer tomorrow morning, to test out the autofocus.  If I can’t get the Capture 1 update I’ll have to go with jpegs.  Hopefully by the end of the weekend I’ll know if this camera is the end of a long road of Sony waiting.

2 thoughts on “Sony A7III – The Eagle Has Landed

  • April 21, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    My wife recentlt dropped and destroyed her NX series Samsung and has since since appropriated my “carry around” A6300 as her very own. “Okay” sez I, taking delivery of a A7III replacement, by coincidence, yesterday. I’ve only a few shots so far, just trying various lenses.

    I usually end up taking most of my pictures with my “carry around” because it’s always with me, mostly in the console of my car. The carry around function imposes restrictions on a camera and lens, principally size. The now appropriated 6300 with it’s main lens, a Zeiss 16-70, flat nailed that part. When I compare the body size of an A7 with a 6000 series body, there’s not really that much difference. But add a 24-70 f2.8 G Master to the mix and no way are you gonna get that into the console, the trunk maybe. I shot a few very promising shots with the 6300’s 16-70 lens but that’s a crop sensor lens, reducing my A7III to an effective 12 MP. Using a prime lens would fit the size and image quality bill but another of my needs for a carry around camera and lens is flexibility for all sorts of shooting situations. For me, that means a mid-range zoom. Perfectly: a physically small FE series fast zoom lens in the 24-70 range with outstanding image quality and costing sub-thousand $US. Unicorn time, those qualifications bring the short list down to pretty much zero choices. I think I’ll end up making do until the imminent flood of 3rd party FE lenses start to surface. Example:

    When I called my photo shop to see when they might have A7III’s available, they told me that had just gotten their first shipment of 3 a couple of hours before, but I’d better hurry because 2 had already gone.

    Aside: For the first time in ages, I went with a group photoshoot last weekend where I noticed that the great preponderance of the 60+ attendees are still shooting high dollar Nikons and Canons. I was almost stunned by how big the cameras were, I had forgotten. The word “dinosaur” kept running through my brain. A lot of them were expressing real interest in my A7RII. Even wearing its’ Zeiss 16-35, it was positively petit compared.

    • April 21, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Congrats Tom. Yeah, lenses are always the bigger sin. I’m thinking of renting a Sigma 150 -600 mm (I think that’s the range) along with the new Sigma Canon to e-mount adapter. The Camera Store guys (those two guys in Alberta Canada) said that the autofocus for the Sigma lenses with the Sigma adapter was really really good but I think I’ll rent it first before spending anymore bucks this month.
      Anyway, my first estimation is the AF on tha A7 IIIis similar to what I remember from the A9, but that’s just a dim recollection. What is absolutely certain is that it’s about a million times better than the A7S.
      Once again congrats and add some more comments as you test it out. It’s good info for everyone.


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