After shooting with the Sony A7r for this last year I’ve come across a lot of cool gear for the A7, A7r and A7s I wish I had, or have needed.
Essentials – Screen Protectors, Batteries & Memory Cards
Best Screen Protectors For The Sony A7, A7s, A7r
I didn’t buy any protection to for my camera and now it’s officially a father. Kidding, but it is beat to hell.
I was thinking / hoping it would be more durable since all I’ve ever owned are Canons. Unfortunately, it’s not. This thing is a fragile little guy so you’ll want to keep it protected.
Screen Protectors – (Amazon) – Almost a must, the screen scratches very easily and I even have bubbles forming under mine. Hopefully the warranty covers it. (Update: It did.)
Export Shield Screen Protector – (Amazon) – I have this brand for my Fuji. Works great. But I like the Sony above more for my Sony because it is thicker.
Best Batteries For The Sony A7, A7r, A7s
Sony NPFW50 Batteries – (Amazon) – Don’t buy the Wasabi or cheap third party batteries unless you absolutely can’t afford extra Sony batteries. The Wasabi don’t last as long, and the wall charger will slowly ruin your batteries. Stick with Sony if you can. But if you can’t, the Wasabi will work, just don’t use the wall charger that comes with them. I’ve written a detailed article about buying batteries for the Sony A7 here.
Sony AC Power Adapter – (Amazon)
SD Memory Cards – I have a whole page dedicated to finding the best SD card for you Sony A7 you can find here. My favorite cards are the Sandisk Extreme Pro. They’re fast enough for the A7r, and I’ve have had no problems with reliability with them. And I’ve used them for years.
Grips & Cases
Vertical Battery Grips
There are two right now. One by Sony and one by Meike. The difference? About $200
These only work on the Sony A7, A7s and A7r.
Meike Battery Grip – (Amazon)
Gariz Leather Wrist Strap – (Amazon) – It might come with your half case, but if you don’t get the half case, at least get one of these. You’ll love how portable it makes your camera feel.
Lens & LCD Screen Cleaning
6 Pack MagicFiber Micro Fiber Cleaning Cloths – (Amazon)
Never use anything like this on your sensor. Never touch your sensor with anything unless your 100% sure you know what you’re doing.
I also don’t recommend using liquid cleaners on your lenses either unless you know for sure it’s ok. They can mess with the coatings. I’ve ruined a few UV filter coatings from doing this.
I would avoid wet cleaning if you can. People are scratching their sensors left and right. I wrote a whole article about cleaning the Sony A7 found here.
Here are a few alternatives to the wet cleaning method.
Sensor Brush – (Amazon)
Rocket Air – (Amazon) – Also great for cleaning dust off lenses.
Remotes & Triggers
There are two good ones I’ve used just for use as a shutter release. One by Sony, one by Fototech. I think the Fototech is probably a better device if you just want a shutter release. You can read more about these here.
I wouldn’t shoot HDR or Landscape Photography without one of these.
Shutter Release Only
Fototech IR Wireless Shutter Release Remote – (Amazon) – $9.99
Mudder Wired Timer Remote – (Amazon) $29.99
The Meike Battery Grip above also comes with a wireless timer remote.
Sony E-Mount Lenses
Best Lens Mount Adapters For Sony A7 (E-Mount)
Fotodiox Manual 10 Stop Variable ND Adapter – (link coming soon)
Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter EF to NEX with Built-In Aperture Iris – (Amazon)
Full Frame E-Mount Lenses
There are now too many to list here so I’m keeping a page updated with all the latest and greatest full frame e-mount lenses that work natively with the Sony A7, A7r, and A7s cameras.
You can see them all here.
A7r Video Accessories
Video Shooters With The Sony A7s
With the Sony A7s being the new hotness in videography, I’ve included a few really nice items that you may want to consider if you’re looking to up your filmmaking game with the Sony A7s.
Atomos Shogun Field Recorder – (Amazon) – If you want uncompressed 4k video, here are a few great external recorders that work great for this camera.
Zoom H6 External Audio Recorder – (Amazon) – I’ve used the H4N for years now, I have no complaints. Now the new H6N is even better but won’t fit in your pocket. Your choice, but something like this is absolutely necessary to get good sound.
Audio-Technica ATR 6550 Shotgun Mic – (Amazon) – I personally use the Sennheiser, but it’s a lot more expensive and this will do the job plus people love it.