Gear Talk With Magic: Sony A7IV for Wedding Photographers

INTRODUCING MAGIC

Based in Poland, Magic is an international wedding photographer. He is incredibly active in the wedding photography industry as he teaches at workshops and conferences, shares his knowledge on his YouTube channel and offers gorgeous presets! For about the past four years, Magic has been one of Sony’s Europe Imaging Ambassadors. He is truly knoweldgable about Sony gear and the right person to talk to about the latest Sony A7IV.

I am Aida, host of My Wedding Season -The Podcast and a wedding photographer based in Germany.

For a detailed account of our conversation, check out the podcast, episode 17.

Disclaimer: This article is not sponsored by Sony. Magic is however a Sony Europe Imaging Ambassador.

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INTERVIEW MAIN TAKEAWAYS

To start off, I invite you to scroll down this page to check out Magic’s incredible work! The images were taken in Madeira, Portugal with the new Sony A7IV. These images are actually edited jpegs because at the time being Lightroom did not support the raw files from this camera (as of mid-December 2021, Adobe CameraRaw and LightRoom have recieved the necessary update).

We talked about how more and more wedding photographers are switching from DSLRs to mirrorless cameras. I just recently made the switch to Sony after shooting for years with the Canon 5D Mark IV – Magic also shot with this camera before switching to Sony. With the technology of mirrorless cameras continuously improving, it is becoming a no-brainer to take this step. We expressed our frustrations shooting with the Canon which for example always required us to work super hard to get the focus right, which is no longer the case with the Sony A7IV because it has outstanding autofocusing capabilities. We both agreed that it is way easier to shoot using mirrorless cameras and as wedding photographers it gives us more of an opportunity to focus on interacting and connecting with our couples instead of focusing on operating the camera.

“It is definitely way way easier to shoot mirrorless these days because the only thing for me that I believe you are working with is your couple and a frame. And that’s it! All that technical b*t in between like “Hey will the camera focus? Hey is this going to be over-exposed or is it going to be under-exposed?” Like nothing, nothing like this doesn’t matter. It is gone.”

– Magic Wedding Photographer

In comparison to the Sony A7III, we absolutely love that the Sony A7IV has 33 Megapixels and not just 24.2 Megapixels – this truly gives us more room to crop. And although the Sony A7III has eye-tracking, it does not have real-time tracking. Not to mention, these features have also been added to video in the Sony A7IV – that goes to show that the Sony A7IV is truly a gem for hybrid shooters! The 10 bit codex also is a worthy upgrade for post-production editing of the colours and adjusting white balance. What is missing is next-level slow motion capabilities. For pure videographers/cinematographers, perhaps another camera would make more sense, but for photographers who make videos more on the side, it has all the features that you need.

To be honest, we talked in way more detail in the podcast episode. We touched up on different lenses, memory cards, battery life, overheating issues (or none-issue), low-light capabilities etc. I would love for you to have a listen to episode 17!

I am so grateful to Magic for taking the time share so much valuable information with us.

Be sure to check out his YouTube channel: Magic Wedding Photographer
YouTube video: Sony A7IV for Wedding Photography

Episode & show notes: Gear Talk With Magic: Sony A7IV for Wedding Photographers
Website: www.magicweddingphotographer.com/
Instagram: @magicweddingphotographer

A SIMPLIFIED COMPARISON:
SONY A7IV VS SONY A7III

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CAMERA BODIES
Sony A7IV: https://amzn.to/3s7JuCF
Sony A7III: https://amzn.to/3IUXR3a
SONY LENSES + E-MOUNT LENSES FROM OTHER BRANDS
Sony FE 24mm F1.4: https://amzn.to/329gPSJ
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM: https://amzn.to/3q34M1S
Sony FE 35mm F1.8: https://amzn.to/3p1RsLY
Sony SEL 55mm F1.8: https://amzn.to/3F4NBTG
Sony SEL 85mm F1.8: https://amzn.to/3ys6cH1
Sony FE 85mm F1.4: https://amzn.to/3F6bdHG
Sony FE 135mm F1.8: https://amzn.to/323MF3s
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art: https://amzn.to/3DVMgND
Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art: https://amzn.to/3IRYGK9
Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 G2: https://amzn.to/3DZa3MU
MEMORY CARDS
Sony CF Express TOUGH 128GB Card: https://amzn.to/3yrfTFw
SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB Card: https://amzn.to/3dTNRch
FLASHLIGHTS
Sony HVL-F46RM Flash: https://amzn.to/3dTmcIx
Sony HVL-F28RM Flash: https://amzn.to/3s6Rt33
BATTERY & CHARGER
Sony NP-FZ100 Battery: https://amzn.to/3oVhhgn
Sony BC-QZ1 Charger: https://amzn.to/327Tjpv

HERE IS A LOOK AT HIS INCREDIBLE WORK USING THE SONY A7IV IN MADEIRA, PORTUGAL

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