A night with the Sony A7s

This year at WPPI, I had the opportunity to spend some time at the Sony booth and see firsthand the technologies that I have been hearing so much about. While talking with a Tech rep, I overheard that there was an opportunity to sign out a camera and lens for a night to shoot with. I was put on the waiting list and was able to get a Sony A7s with the Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 lens for one night of shooting. I tried my best to familiarize myself with the camera while taking a few afternoon classes (it was WPPI) and like a kid waiting for recess, I ran out of the MGM for a full night of shooting. Normally I shoot nightlife and concerts, and that is just what the A7s was supposed to be the best at. I did not have any shows lined up as I was supposed to be attending WPPI all week, so I headed down to Fremont Street where I know the stages always have free entertainment to test the camera out with. The Sony rep. gave me 2 batteries and it was my intention to shoot until both were completely drained. I started with a show called the “Hardwood Hotties” – a themed song and dance on the 3rd street stage for March Madness. I ended up staying for 2 hours worth of the show and then went on my quest for neon and then finally a walk on the Strip. The next morning, before returning the camera, I went to the IceLight booth and captured a few images of their models. All images in this post are completely unedited. I wish I knew more about the camera features and settings, but using a camera for one night was fun and the basic settings were easy enough to figure out for a night on the town.

Here are my thoughts and observations of this camera and lens: First off, it is much smaller than the Canon 6D with a battery grip that I am used to holding! I am also not used to using an electronic viewfinder.The controls and dials almost came naturally to me (but I have been around cameras since the early 80’s). The focusing system was also very fast to respond. When you take the lens off of the camera, the sensor looks huge and is visible, right inside the body opening. There are tons of controls and lots of menus to figure out, and if given another opportunity, I will do my best to do just that. From looking at the images that I captured, I can say that they are sharp, the color is very accurate and the low noise at higher ISO settings is amazing! For my shooting, I had the camera on the manual setting, with the exposure at 1/200th f/4 and on automatic ISO as I wanted to see what the low-light capabilities were and I had no tripod, so everything was handheld. I loved this experience and hope I get to shoot with a Sony again in the near future! Oh, one last thing… the batteries outlasted me, I was worn out and quit shooting with over 50% of the second battery left. 🙂

Fremont Casino

Fremont Casino f/4, 1/200th, ISO 500, 24mm

Slot Machines

Slot Machines f/4, 1/200th, ISO 2500, 70mm

Hardwood Hotties

Hardwood Hotties f/4, 1/200th, ISO 4000, 30mm

Hardwood Hotties

Hardwood Hotties f/4, 1/200th, ISO 8000, 70mm

Hardwood Hotties

Hardwood Hotties f/4, 1/200th, ISO 4000, 59mm

Hardwood Hotties

Hardwood Hotties f/4, 1/200th, ISO 4000, 70mm

Glitter Gultch

Glitter Gultch f/4, 1/200th, ISO 400, 47mm

Chapel of the Bells

Chapel of the Bells f/4, 1/200th, ISO 500, 24mm

Bellagio Lobby

Bellagio Lobby f/4, 1/200th, ISO 3200, 30mm

Paris Casino

Paris Casino f/4, 1/200th, ISO 10000, 24mm

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl f/4, 1/200th, ISO 800, 24mm

High Roller

High Roller f/4, 1/200th, ISO 8000, 24mm

Planet Hollywood

Planet Hollywood f/4, 1/200th, ISO 3200, 24mm

City Center

City Center f/4, 1/200th, ISO 12800, 24mm

IceLight Model

IceLight Model f/4, 1/200th, ISO 500, 70mm

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