A7 III Timelapses - wearing down mechanical shutter

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OP indigoshrine Forum Member • Posts: 75
Re: A7 III Timelapses - wearing down mechanical shutter

barnyz wrote:

indigoshrine wrote:

I have contacted them but am still waiting for a reply. Also found some information on the net that with silent mode activated, the Sony does not support flash. I assume that means flash = hotshoe. So it is a structural limitation, too bad they are using the hotshoe connection instead of the other connection options.

Thanks for confirming other devices do not necessarily follow the same concept and it is rather normal to be able to use the silent mode. I agree, movement would probably only be required occassionally and the majority of shots are good enough without. And using the MSM every once in a while should then not make a too big impact.

What bothers me about it though is that aside from the wear, there is also sound and vibration. Not sure if the latter is really an issue, but the mechanical shutter sound on a lengthy time lapse would become annoying after a while. And I can imagine lots of situations where I do not want to attract too much attention.

Guess I'll need to experiment a bit to see how much I enjoy timelapses, but if I really get into it I might consider getting a dedicated device. Would have just been nice if the MSM had supported both functions 'properly', actually want to avoid getting even more gear.

btw: Those are some great timelapses in your youtube signature link!

Thanks. I got my devices separately. They don't work together and now I wish I had an all in one system to pan, slide and rotate all together so i also want more gear I like the genie as its small but i think sliders are even better but they are also bigger and require more careful setup.

Also I fake most of the movement in my time lapse movies using the dynamic zoom feature in davinci resolve so it's another option to use to avoid more gear!

All in one would be nice, but as soon as sliders are concerned, it's getting complicated I guess. The Syryp Genie Mini actually looks quite nice, definitely far advanced than what I am using. You might also want to check out the Benro Polaris, which supports timelapses. There is an extensive thread about it in the astro forum:


Great advice about the dynamic zoom to fake movement.

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