As the saying goes: “When it rains, it pours.”
I’m exhausted. Eight days after my last post, my daughter was born. We named her Eowyn (from Lord of the Rings), 7lbs on the dot. That same day, my new a7III was being delivered. I love my daughter(s) with all my heart, but leave it to the baby to come on the day that I was getting a brand new camera. I don’t get a lot of expensive things, especially stuff like this, so of course I was excited. Then she came, and I was overwhelmed! Did I take a lot of pictures, you might ask? Why yes, yes I did.
It was a perfect time to put the thing through its paces, and wow. See, I was using a Sony a6500 before. An awesome mirrorless camera that fulfilled every desire except one. I wanted to shoot at the focal length that was advertised. For example, my bread-and-butter lens, the 2.8 90mm macro actually shoots 4.2 135mm. This really wasn’t a gamebreaker though, and I never had complaints. It was just in the back of my mind, I knew that I wasn’t shooting at the “right” focal length. I know, I know. I can move and adjust for that crop factor. Even more, I knew that (in my still limited experience) that APS-C sensors make for some wonderful landscape cameras. I mean, if you have one of those 70-300mm lenses, that pushes you out to 450mm! For about $1000, that isn’t bad (since the next available lens is a 100-400mm and it’s well over the entire cost of my a7III…). My point being: I get the good stuff and the bad stuff about each sensor size, but I opted for full frame. It was a goal, and I achieved it. So now, to the a7III first impressions!
You guys. This thing shoots like a friggin Cadillac.
I mean, I enough photos on the 6500 to know what the shutter sounded like. It becomes that normal sound, like your car running or your AC. It’s not there at the front of your brain that you’re aware of it…just that if the sound changes, you instantly know. I can very easily remember what the first shutter sounded like on the a7III. It sounded…decisive. You know it Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy where the doors would sigh every time you walked through them? That’s what I do with this shutter sound. It’s just so pleasing to press that button.
Compared to the a6500, it’s also easier to hold. The a6500 was a bit smaller, and I have large hands. It was nice to have the camera fill my hands rather than feeling like my fingers wrapped around the whole thing. All in all, very easy to hold.
Battery life is wonderful, exactly as I expected. The a7III has a larger battery FW-100 compared to the a6500 FW-50, so it does go for longer times than the a6500, but I haven’t done hiking or overnight camps yet. We’ll have to see how it holds up without the convenience of an outlet nearby.
More custom buttons than I know what to do with at the moment. They are all useful though, so any function you feel you need at arms (fingers?) reach is easy to set up.
I will only do an amature image review, because DPreview does a much more comprehensive analysis than I could ever do, and much better written. So basically: the images on the a7III are awesome. Full of detail, low noise and fantastic autofocus. For around $2200 (with the kit lens), a full frame camera with this quality is an unreal bargain. A perfect way to nudge yourself into the full frame market. I sold my a6500 (because I’m not rich enough to afford both) to get to it. I will admit, I was sad to see my a6500 go. But now that I’ve been practicing with the a7III…man. What a world of difference.
All in all, I love this camera. Solid, well crafted and takes some awesome low-light, landscape, indoor and outdoor shots. Super happy with it!
Well. I’m just all kinds of excited. What a month.
Be back soon!