【 REVIEW 】 Sony a7r3 & GM135

a7r3 & GM135

I am glad to have this apportunity to test the a7r3 & GM135. I am existing happy user of a7r2 with various native lens like FE 16-35 F4, T28-75 F2.8, FE 55 F1.8, and FE 85 F1.8. These are very good camera and lens which helping me take good wedding and commercial shot already. I was invited by YL Camera Malaysia partner with Sony Malaysia to this special experiencing event. In this event, invited guest can loan any prepared camera and lens to experiencing the shooting with 6 ready model. I choose a7r3 & GM135, my initial option was a7r4 with GM85, however a7r4 only have one and being used by YL Camera’s staff and the GM85 was loaned to another guest which acted quicker than me T.T. Hence, I write this post as a mini review to share my experience and some images I took. All the images I took with the camera was just simple post-editing in my tablet Adobe Lightroom app.

 

a7r3 & GM135
a7r3 & GM135

Later almost ending of the event, I managed to grab the a7r4 with FE 35mm. I played a while with the body and lens. Not feeling impressive as I just spent little time with it.

 

a7r4 & FE 35mm F1.8
a7r4 & FE 35mm F1.8

Ampang Glass House

Firstly, the party location was at Ampang Glass House which is an incredible 3.5 storey restaurant. The invited guest can enjoy the food, desert and wine while having fun with shooting. This 3.5 storey building consist of outdoor garden, pond, pool for party.

 

Ampang Glass House Main Building
Ampang Glass House Main Building
Ampang Glass House Main Entrance
Ampang Glass House Main Entrance
Sony Event Banner
Sony Event Banner
Third Storey Outdoor Garden
Third Storey Outdoor Garden
Third Storey Garden and Pool Side with the 4 models
Third Storey Garden and Pool Side with the 4 models
They event serve food and wine
They event serve food and wine
The party was at third storey that consist of indoor dining section and outdoor garden
The party was at third storey that consist of indoor dining section and outdoor garden
I just taken some light food
I just taken some light food
Some deserts
Some deserts
Second Floor Conference Room
Second Floor Conference Room
Third floor outdoor garden pond
Third floor outdoor garden pond
Preparation for the shooting party
Preparation for the shooting party
Sony Japan Marketing Director Giving Speech in the Conference Room
Sony Japan Marketing Director Giving Speech in the Conference Room

Sony Aplha 7r3

First impression of holding the a7r3 was the better ergonomic handling. The body offer relatively good burst rate at 10fps with mechanical shutter and super impressive AI eye auto focus. Me, as a wedding and commercial photographer, the 10fps are more than enough for capturing moment while great eye AF is more important. Last but not least, the improved battery life comfort me while in working condition. Enjoy below images that I shot during the event using the loaner unit a7r3 & GM135.

 

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Half body shot in the pool
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Another half body portrait sharp image
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Closer portrait shot half body
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The two bikini model was sitting together

A7r2 VS A7r3

Compare with A7r2 which I am the existing user of it. I love a7r3 better because of the burst rate at 10fps over 5fps, and the significant point is the AI eye AF increase the percentage of success sharp eye image almost 80% better than a7r2. Of course the another point was the battery life. Every user of A7 mark 2 series know the battery are using NP-FW50 is a disappointment and 3 to 4 spare battery is a must every time on job or shooting where a7r3 is using NP-FZ100 is more than double of the battery life.

 

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Another model portrait standing half body shot
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Sitting pose half body shot
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Closer portrait shot focus on eye

GM 135mm F1.8 – King of Portrait

This a very impressive portrait lens. I have no other word to describe it. See the images for your self how sharp and the beautiful bokeh.

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Third model standing half body shot
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Sharp eye focus and incredible bokeh produced by the G Master lens
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Another incredible blurred background close shot
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Forth model posing at the pool side
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Fifth model which also focusing on the sharp eye
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The sixth model half body portrait posing shot

A7r4 and FE 35mm F1.8

a7r4 increase the mega pixal count straight up to 62MP over 42MP of a7r2 and a7r3. I am happy to hear that but it is just a optional for me. I don’t really need 62MP while 42MP already offer very good quality and detail for me to work on it. Another reason is post-editing workflow, 62MP increase the processing effort and slowing down my workflow and this is a deal breaker for me. Probably the better eye AF is good to hear that but a7r3 is already very good enough as wedding photographer. On the other hand about the new FE 35mm, with offering F1.8 that 1 stop faster than many e-mount 35mm rivals out there (Sony Zeiss 35mm F2.8 and Samyang AF 35mm F2.8). This lens is cost affordable at around MYR 2000 which is much cheaper than Sony Zeiss F2.8 or F1.4 version. This new version 35mm offer relatively good IQ but not impressive. The purple fringing is the thing I need to take care for this lens.

 

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Shot with the new a7r4 with FE 35mm F.18
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KL TRX tallest building testing the noise and dynamic range
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Sony Japan Management Level Marketing Personnel

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