What's Your A7/A7R Customization?

Started Mar 5, 2014 | Discussions thread
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NumberOne Veteran Member • Posts: 4,030
What's Your A7/A7R Customization?

The A7 and A7R give its user many customization possibilities, some of which can be assigned to buttons and/or be menu related.

Unfortunately, all proprietary user manuals, so far - and to put it politely - are not the best example of clarity and usefulness.
This meant for me - and I guess for many of you - going through a "trial & error" time consuming process/trouble just to discover what this (otherwise fine) system can offer.

This is, undoubtedly, the right place to share and learn from all these different combinations, so I opened this thread hoping the ones that follow or contribute to it may enjoy their cameras more quickly and thoroughly...

In accordance - and after some hours fiddling with my A7R - this is the customization that works best for me, so far:

A) Menu > Camera Settings > Submenu 5
Lock-on AF | On

B) Menu > Custom Settings > Submenu 1
MF Assist | On
Focus Magnif. Time | On

Menu > Custom Settings > Submenu 4
AF w/ shutter | Off (Disables 'Focus' from the shutter button)
AEL w/ shutter | On (Enable 'Exposure hold" when the shutter button is slightly pressed)
(Both these settings are mandatory for the customization that follows to make sense!)

C) Menu > Custom Settings > Submenu 6 > Function Menu Set. (Fn Button Settings)
Function Upper 1 | Flash Mode
Function Upper 2 | Flash Comp.
Function Upper 3 | ISO
Function Upper 4 | Metering Mode
Function Upper 5 | DRO / Auto HDR
Function Upper 6 | Quality

Function Lower 1 | Steady Shot
Function Lower 2 | Audio Rec Level
Function Lower 3 | Not Set
Function Lower 4 | Not Set
Function Lower 5 | Not Set
Function Lower 6 | Not Set

D) Menu > Custom Settings > Submenu 6 > Custom Key Settings (Buttons Settings)
Control Wheel | Not Set
AEL Button | Eye AF
AF/MF Button | AF On (Keeping the button pressed while rotating the focus ring, automatically zooms and focus in the focused area)
Custom Button 1 | Focus Settings
Custom Button 2 | Focus Mode (Set usually to DMF, so the AF/MF and AEL Button work)
Custom Button 3 | Zebra
Center Button | Lock-On AF
Left Button | Drive Mode (Default/Unchanged)
Right Button | White BalanceDefault/Unchanged
Down Button | Grid Line

Still experimenting, but so far so good...
Hope other shime in and explain about the "pros&cons" (and usefulness) of their customization.

Thanking in advance,

Best regards,

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