A great list all the best accessories out there for the Sony A7r III and Sony A7 III. From screen protectors, memory cards, batteries and chargers to cases, bags and cleaning equipment, this guide to accessories covers all the must have gear.
Personally I’m excited about all the new enhancements to the camera itself. The A7 series is no longer just an empty shell wrapped a good sensor. We finally have ourselves some really professional grade mirrorless cameras from Sony.
Must Have Accessories For The Sony A7r III, A7 III
I’ve put together a list of all the best accessories for the Sony A7r III and A7 III. I’ll be testing and review almost everything here as time goes on, so I can keep the list tuned to only have the best stuff I can trust and recommend.
I didn’t combine this list with the Sony A9 accessory guide because the bodies are slightly different even though almost all the accessories are cross compatible.
Best Screen Protector
The Sony A7rIII, A7 III and an all new touch screen. Previous models use to have this issue with bubbles forming under the glass around the edges and you had to have a good screen protector to protect it.
Because the new A7 III screen is a touch screen it means you have to be careful which screen protector you buy so that you don’t degrade the performance of the touch, but the ExpertShields have been working great for me.
Best SD Memory Cards Sony A7r III, A7 III
The Sony A7rIII has a completely new memory card buffer and hardware to write to UHS-II memory cards.
I’ve tested all the most popular memory cards in the Sony A7r III and have listed the results on the page below.
Best Batteries For The Sony A7 III, A7r III
The Sony A7rIII and A7III have an all new battery. Finally! I think they gave up on that gimmick of full frame mirrorless cameras being smaller and lighter and finally realized people care a lot about battery life.
The Sony A7rIII and A7III use the same batteries as the Sony A9 but I believe these batteries have chips in them so third-party batteries will not be compatible.
Official Sony NP-FZ100 Li-Ion Battery
The official Sony NP-FZ100 battery is much larger than previous models but it also has a significantly higher capacity of 2280mAh. The previous models only and 1020mAh. So we’re getting over twice as much power. Add that to a vertical battery grip and you’ll get over 4x the power. It would seem the pathetic battery life in the Sony A7 III cameras is a thing of the past.
Wasabi NP-FZ100 Battery
Wasabi has released an NP-FZ100 battery for the Sony A7III, A7rIII and A9. I don’t know much about this yet or how it works and will order one when they are in stock.
The NP-FZ100 require their own charger and there are so far a few from Sony. I recommend using the official Sony chargers to charge your batteries for now. There were only a few third-party batteries and chargers that would charge the previous Sony batteries reliably. I’ll post them once I’ve done proper testing.
Sony BC-QZ1 Battery Charger
The Sony BC-QZ1 has a universal 100-240 VAC Power adapter and can charge a single FZ100 battery in 150 minutes. This is included with the Sony A7rIII along with one battery.
Sony NPA-MQZ1K Multi Battery Adapter Kit
The Sony Multi Battery kit holds up to four batteries for and will charge them in 480 minutes. You can also use it to extend the life of your camera by using it as a portable battery bank or AC adapter. For travel you can convert it down to hold just two batteries to make it smaller and lighter. It even has some mounting holes so it can be easily mounted as part of a video kit and includes two spare FZ100 batteries.
RavPower Battery Bank
The RavPower Battery Bank has QC 3.0 but also iSmart. While the Sony A7r III isn’t really quick charge compatible the iSmart capabilities will make sure you can sustain and charge power at the proper rate. I’ll mount one of these to my tripod when I’m shooting video for a long time or doing long exposure landscape photography. It’s significantly cheaper than the NPA-QMZ1K and holds more power. Plus you can use it for other things. It’s also USB-C capable. I’ve linked you to the one that includes the quick charge wall adapter. – Amazon
Vertical Battery Grips
I haven’t seen any third-party battery grips yet for the Sony A9 or A7r III but I’ll keep an eye out. Personally I believe battery grips are one of those accessories where you should buy the official brand designed for your camera so you can get all the functionality that they offer.
Official Sony VG-C3EM Vertical Grip
The Sony A7r III uses the same vertical battery grip as the Sony A9. Just like the same grip worked for the A7r and A7r II. This gives you access to two batteries instead of one for double the battery life. The grip also has a few of its own function buttons and shutter buttons. It’s also build with an all magnesium alloy weather sealed body.
Meike Vertical Grip For the Sony A7 III, A7r III, A9
I own the official Sony vertical grip and to be honest, am not very impressed with it. It also adds no new features to the camera other than housing an additional battery. Because of that, I would probably just go a third-party grip like this one if you’re on a budget or on the fence about getting a grip. – Amazon
Body And Grip Accessories
There should be a lot more cases and grips coming from third-party accessory companies. I know JB Camera design always has some nice stuff, as does Gariz and Kaza Deluxe.
Gariz Sony A7rIII Half Case
Gariz makes a great affordable leather half case for the Sony A7rIII. I like their cases because of the metal base that allows the camera to still be securely mounted to tripods. This helps prevent the base of the camera from getting scratched up from tripod plates but also ads some extra grip and protection to the camera body.
Lim’s Sony A7rIII Leather Half Case
The Lim’s leather half case is a great alternative for the Gariz half case. I personally like the Lim’s case a little more and this is actually what I used on my Sony A7rII. They use to have a nice machined aluminum base but it looks like they’ve updated the design slightly.
Sony GP-X1EM Grip Extension
For large hands the Sony GP-X1EM grip extension adds some extra grip to make holding the camera more comfortable. Only problem is it makes it so you can’t set the camera flat on a table or use a tripod.
Sony A7r III Eye Cup
I lost my eyecup the first day using my camera. I think it was a bad fit or something because the eyecup on my A7rII was crazy hard to get off and on. However, I’ve lost a few on the A7r.
So I put my A7rII eyecup on my A7rIII and it was a perfect fit. I really wish Sony made these permanently attached like Fujifilm does. I’m tired of buying new ones.
Here are a few options for eyecups for the Sony A7rIII.
Official Sony EyeCup – Amazon
VKO (2-Pack) Sony EyeCup – Amazon
There aren’t a lot of great options for remote triggers by Sony but there are a few I have been using that get the job done. I found I use this less now that the Sony A7r III can have a count down timer with bracketing. You can of course always use your smart phone.
Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release
Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release uses a 2.4 GHz radio frequency instead of IR, so you can wirelessly trigger your shutter from any location and any angle around the camera. You can even press the shutter half way to focus and you can control the duration of the shutter in bulb mode remotely.
Foto&Tech Shutter Release
This is what I use but it requires line of site to the IR sensor on the Sony camera. On the A7rII is was in the front which meant you had to reach around the camera to trigger the shutter. This wasn’t a huge deal since I just use it for long exposure photography and it does a great job of keeping me from moving the camera between exposures.
Camera & Sensor Cleaning Accessories For The Sony A7r III
I’ve moved all my camera cleaning accessories to a dedicated page.
See my guide for cleaning your mirrorless sensor.
However, if you need just a few basic items to keep your camera clean, I recommend these three items.
6-Pack Micro Fiber Cloth
Micro Fiber cloths get dirty very easily and then instead of cleaning up oil and grease from our lenses, they will smear it around. This is why it’s important to always have some clean cloths on hand. I like to buy the 6-packs because they will last me an entire year before I need new ones.
To get better life out of your micro fiber cloths, don’t use them on your rear screen since that’s what your face touches. Use a screen protector then clean your LCD with your t-shirt. – Amazon
Rocket Air Blower
The Rocket Air blowers are essential for quickly cleaning your sensor. I also use them to clear off any dust from my lenses and UV filters. – Amazon
Every so often some dust will stick to your sensor that you can’t get off with the Rocket Air. The next best way of cleaning it is to use a sensor brush. Never touch your sensor brush and give it a few blasts with the rocket air before use and you’ll be good to go. I keep a sensor brush in my camera bag at all times. I highly recommend this accessory. – Amazon
Sony A7r III Lenses
I’ve put together a complete list of every Sony E-Mount Lenses.
I’ve also put together a list of every APS-C E-Mount lens as well. Since the camera actually works well in APS-C crop mode as well. Especially for video.
Sony A7r III Replacement Parts
Sony FDA-EP18 Eyepiece Cup
I always manage to lose these eyepiece cups, so I’ve included them here. I don’t know how it happens but they do fall off randomly. I can confirm that this eyecup works for the Sony A7r III. – Amazon
Must Have Accessories For The Sony A7r III | Conclusions
It seems like it will be awhile before the A7r III ships. You can bet we’ll also see an A7s III and an A7 III very soon as well. I’ll keep an eye out for any more great accessories and I’ll definitely be testing and reviewing everything individually when it arrives.
If you’ve found any accessories you love or hate, let me know.