Lately I seem to be shooting more and more with the Sony cameras, and the more I shoot with them the more I like them (both the A7 and A7s). I love pretty much everything about them, and for my shooting style they are pretty close to the perfect tool.
Until recently the title of “favourite” was held by the Fuji X-T1, but I now find myself reaching for one of the Sony’s in almost all situations. I actually have to force myself to shoot with the other 2 cameras I own, otherwise they simply wouldn’t get used.
When I have a bit more free time I will write a long term review of the A7 and A7s and run through what I like and dislike (this section will be incredibly short) about the cameras and try to compare them to shooting with the Fuji X-T1 and Olympus E-M1.
Back to this shoot… A special thank you to all involved… my shoots are always a team effort, from concept through to the final edit, and without a great crew the images below would not have been possible.
Lighting was kept simple (as always) and I used an Elinchrom Ranger Pack with an Elinchrom 100cm Rotalux Deep Octa as my main (or key) light. We also had a prop which was an old hollywood style stage light housing. I managed to squeeze a Godox Wistro AD360 into the prop so it appeared as a “working” light. The flash running at a fairly high power setting (with a bare bulb) and apart from adding to the overall look of the images it also made for some effective backlighting. The Wistro was gelled with a full cut of CTO to colour balance it with the tungsten video lights, which were also used in some of the still images.
The warehouse we were shooting in had lots on windows and the right time of day the quality of light coming streaming in looked perfect, so a couple of the images you see below were shot with nothing more than window light and a Lastolite Silver Reflector.
We did film a Behind the Scenes video with the A7s (the still images were shot with the A7) which should be live within the next week or so, but in the mean time here are a handful of BTS still images (shot by Stu Edwards) as well as some of the final edited images.
Here is a list of the gear used on the day:
Sony Zeiss Tessar T* 4/24-70
Sony G 4/70-200mm OSS
Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 2,8/35mm
Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 1,8/55mm
Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS
Elinchrom Rotalux 100cm Deep Octa
Elinchrom Quadra Hybrid Li-Ion
Godox Wistro AD360
Lastolite Skylite Rapid 1.1 x 2m x 3
Manfrotto 1004BAC Light Stands
Manfrotto Tripod & Ball Head
Enjoy the images: