Sony A7 Wedding Photography
So, before I start this, I am a self confessed camera gearhead. I love cameras. I love lenses. I can't help it (and let's face it, I'm not exactly the only person in the world with this problem, and besides, there are worse things to be addicted to!)
Over the years I've gone through all manor of cameras. I could list the cameras but we'd be here a while. It's probably easier if I name the brands I haven't owned... Ricoh and anything medium format.
When wedding photography started to get serious, I hibernated the wacky purchase part of my brain, bought into Canon and I was set...... that is until Sony brought out the A7.
Well, perhaps it's more the mirrorless revolution? I guess that started it. The idea that I could shoot a wedding with smaller kit was very appealing to me, I shoot documentary and like to blend in. But no mirrorless camera quite grabbed a guy who'd got very much used to full frame.
So when Sony introduced the A7 series, my ears pricked up and I bought one pretty much straight away (trading in a Canon 5DII at the same time). I quickly added the Zeiss FE 35 2.8 and then the Zeiss 55 1.8.
So I now shoot with Sony only yes? Nope. Why? 1 pretty good reason: I shoot my entire weddings with a 35 1.4 and an 85 1.8, and (until recently) Sony had neither of these. As such I have been dual shooting with my Sony A7 alongside the Canon 6D.
Things of course have moved on recently, and Sony now have the beastly Zeiss 35 1.4 and the Batis 85 1.8 is on the horizon. These 2 lenses make it now feasible for me to make the leap to mirrorless (once I've sold a kidney...)
With this in mind, I recently rented the Zeiss 35 1.4 and gave it a spin at the wedding of Beccy and Tom.
I'm not going to rattle on about performance other than to say it performs! End of. No issues. Well, other than the battery life, but this affects all mirrorless cameras, it's just how it is.
Anyway, onwards to some photography. All the photos here were taken at the 2 most recent weddings I shot this year...
The images above were all shot with the Zeiss 35 1.4. Yes it's big, but wow, it's good. And beautiful to hold. If (when) I buy it, I'll buy a battery grip at the same time. Without it the balance doesn't feel right.
And these shots above from Jess and Craigs wedding were shot using the A7 and the Zeiss FE35 2.8 - yes, that tiny little lens! Seriously impressed with this little fella.
I shot both of these wedding within the last month. And at no point did I find myself missing a shot or feeling compromised. That's not to say it's better than my Canon 6D, but it performs as well and when combined with the 35 2.8 is considerably smaller. Which is the reason that I'd be unlikely to get rid of that lens even if (when!) I do buy the Zeiss 35 1.4 - a small lens has a place in my world. Well, perhaps I'll take a look at the Loxia 35 f2 one day... anyway, I digress.
So, is there anything else? Hmmm, it's wireless implementation is better than Canons. And this is something I like to use a lot. Because I like sharing images on Instagram, and brides like seeing an edited image on the day. It's quick, it's fuss free. Having liveview can be handy for when you're trying to be extra discrete (tho I'll take looking through the viewfinder any day).
Was this a review? Not really - more a mission to find out whether the A7 can compete with the Canon 6D (or any DSLR to that matter) at a wedding, and I honestly believe it can. I just need to add a 2nd A7 and that lovely looking Carl Zeiss Batis 85 1.8 to my setup.
(I'll finish with the image below, shot with the Sony A7 + Zeiss FE35 2.8)
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