Setting up your Sony A7-ii like a dSLR

Setting up your Sony A7-ii like a dSLR

Mirrorless is the future.. probably… maybe. Well it’s definitely an advantage in a lot of situations. They’re lighter, you can judge exposures better as the viewfinder shows you what your exposure looks like. Mirrorless cameras can often have silent shutters, you can display information in the viewfinder, zoom in, adapt old lenses. Lots of fun stuff. However there’s a catch. A lot of people come to them from a digital SLR with a mirror and are used to a certain way of working. To this end I thought I’d list my settings that I shoot with if i’m wanting to emulate a dSLR and then list a few useful changes you might want to make to take advantage of the new cool features of the sony A7 series.

Exposure Simulation/Real time live view

Mirrorless cameras let you set whether you simlate the end exposure with your settings or if they just keep the viewfinder bright. This is one thing you might change on a regular basis. If you’re shooting in a studio and shoot at 1/125, ISO 100, f/11 then obviously that will appear pitch black when looking through the viewfinder as the flash is what is illuminating your images. You can turn this on/off on Sony by going to the settings menu tab 3 and changing the Live View Display to Setting Effect ON or OFF (Off for in the studio – ON for live preview).

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Electronic First Curtain

This reduces any shutter vibration by making the exposure by closing the second curtain. This is generally worth leaving on esp with native lenses as it will in theory improve image quality.

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Shooting with 3rd party lenses with a dumb adapter

If you want to shoot with say nikon or old canon FD lenses like me then you need to tell the camera to let you take a photo even though it may think there is no lens attached. This is the setting for that.
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sony-a7-ii-release-without-lens-setting

Customising your shooting experience

You can customise pretty much any button on the sony a7-ii they are split into custom keys and funtions. Here is what I have. I have iso on the dial for quick changing. I also have custom button 1 set for AF functions. this lets me change the pattern of AF and if in a single af point mode pressing this button lets me move the af point around quickly. much like the af point selection on a dSLR.. of course you can move it anywhere so no worrying like on a dSLR that your composition won’t be in the right place 🙂
Here’s the rest of my settings.
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sony-a7-ii-enable-mf

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Any more questions

Feel free to ask me more questions if you like 🙂

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