On Tuesday, March 18, B&H hosted a live webcast on the topic of Sony's Alpha A7 and A7R full-frame mirrorless digital cameras. Our live panel consisted of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith, Sony's Senior Manager of Technology, Mark Weir, and our own Gabriel Biderman.
Photos covering the webcast, from the B&H Instagram feed
We gave away many great prizes, including several Sony A7 camera kits, and fielded questions from viewers in real time using the #BHPhotoLive hashtag. The show was a huge success, and we received an enormous number of questions from viewers.
Here's a list of the top seven questions from the event.
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1) I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, occasionally Aperture. How proprietary is Sony's raw format? Can I get optimal results with my software?
Answer: Adobe added RAW support for the Sony A7/7R in Camera Raw 8.3. Aperture added support in V5.02.
2) How long of a continuous video can you shoot?
Answer: The Sony A7 can continuously record up to 29 minutes of video.
3) How does the Sony A7 clean and protect itself from dust?
Answer: The A7 has sealing around its buttons and dials to help keep dust out of the body. It also has a cleaning mode!
4) I hear the AF isn't up to speed with the Canon MkIII. Is it enough to be a deal breaker?
Answer: (via Brian Smith, @briansmithphoto): Not a deal-breaker to me. I try never to rush a good thing.
5) How well does the Sony work for underwater photography?
Answer: The A7 would be a decent option for UW photography, though Nauticam is the only MFR currently making a housing for the camera.
6) Which adapters work with Canon L series? Can you show them?
Answer: For Canon EF lenses I would recommend: http://bhpho.to/JmnFpY
7) Why put a mechanical shutter on the A7r ?
Answer: Typically, using a mechanical shutter vs. an electronic shutter allows for a less costly and more efficient sensor.
We would like to congratulate Lisa LeJeune and Philip Sarconem on winning the Sony A7 camera kits we gave away yesterday, as well as Peter Lee, Glen Mills, Bill Morcom, Matt Cowan, Uma Bode, and all of the other prize winners. Thanks for watching our live-event webcast!