A7r Annoying Me

Started Feb 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
djp58 Regular Member • Posts: 351
Re: A7r Annoying Me

GeoffM007 wrote:

djp58 wrote:

I have had my A7R since Christmas. When I first used it, it would be ready to shoot in about 5 secs after battery change. Turn off, then back on it would be ready in about 1~2 secs.

I then bought a Vertical Grip.

Now, with the VG fitted it takes 15 secs before being able to shoot if it has been off for hours, still 1~2 secs after off/on.

Now with the VG not connected it takes 10 secs after battery removed/inserted, and 1~2 secs after off/on. All the above times are without a lens mounted.

Also, when shooting for a while with the grip on, leaving the camera on, after approx. 50~60 shots one of the battery remaining icons disappears. The camera is then using the other battery as when it stars working properly again both batteries are slightly discharged and both need recharging. All genuine Sony batteries.

At about the same time the camera stops autofocusing, the AF green square stays green without touching the shutter button. I shoot in AF-S mode. If I move the camera away from my face the green square goes back to grey on the LCD after about 3 secs and it will auto focus again.

I have been using the FE 24-70 F4 CZ

Sounds like you are filling up the buffer by taking multiple shots in succession. My A7R does same thing - it's much more likely to occur if you are shooting RAW + JPEG and highest quality setting. My start up times are in line with most of the other responses: 1-2 seconds in most cases and I didn't notice significant difference with vertical grip attached (though don't shoot much w/VG). All-in-all, very happy with A7R performance so far (2 months, ~3k shots).


Thanks for the reply David, I do shoot RAW + JPG at highest quality, but I am not shooting rapidly, probably a least 5 secs between each one. I am using Sandisk extreme Pro 95MB/sec 64MB SD card. I will experiment by doing a bit of rapid shooting to see if that brings my problem on

You might also make sure you have auto-preview turned off since that eats up processor time/memory.  You can see when the camera is "working" at processing/writing to sd card by the little red light on the back of the grip directly below the sd card door.  Take a few shots in rapid sequence and see how long the light takes to go off - if the buffer is pretty full camera puts most of its resources into processing the images and clearing the buffer - I think AF becomes lower priority in this case and you end up not being able to AF (the AF square stays green).  Lucky for me I do most of my shooting either full MF (mostly with legacy lenses) or DMF.


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