The Sony A7IV as a Hybrid Wedding Photography and Videography Camera
I have been using Sony Cameras every since I began photographing Weddings in 2011
I started out with the Sony A900 and A99 A mount full frame DSLR cameras then progressed to the e-mount A7III a few years ago.
I currently use 2 A7III’s for my wedding photography and videography and last year I purchased a Sony A7IV and have been using it for a full wedding season now.
Sony A7IV Tamron 28-75mm @28mm @f2.8
In comparison to the Sony A7III, the Sony A7IV has 33 Megapixels as opposed to the 24.2 Megapixels, this is a useful upgrade when you need to crop in. I also found the image quality to be improved, when editing a wedding I can usually tell when an image has come from the A7IV as opposed to the A7III.
Sony A7IV Tamron 28-75mm @28mm f2.8
In terms of auto focus I didn’t see that much of a difference in my photography work. The Sony A7III has eye-tracking, but the A7IV has real-time tracking so for video work this was a definite bonus.
Sony A7IV Tamron 28-75mm @75mm and f4
The 10 bit colour that the Sony A7IV supports has also been useful for colour grading in post production and a real upgrade over the Sony A7III. The footage from the A7IV is excellent and on a par with the Sony A7SIII.
It also supports 4K @60Hz so my slow motion wedding confetti clips look awesome.
Sony A7IV Tamron 28-75mm @64mm and f4
Sony A7IV Tamron 28-75mm @28mm and f4
My favourite lens from my earlier A-mount Sony days was the Sony / Zeiss 135mm f1.8 the images this lens produces were really special and something I missed when moving to the E-mount.
At the time I had the LA-EA3 A to E mount adaptor and it worked well with Sony A-mount lenses which had a built in focusing motor but the Sony / Zeiss 135mm f1.8 was a screw drive lens and would not auto focus with this adapter.
So one of the reasons I bought the A7IV was that it supported the LA-EA5 adaptor and now I could use my favourite Sony / Zeiss 135mm f1.8 with full auto focus.
Sony A7IV, LA-EA5 adaptor, Sony Zeiss 135mm f1.8 @f2.2
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