EVF for Sports

Started Aug 16, 2018 | Discussions
vegas757 Forum Member • Posts: 53
EVF for Sports

Hello,

I'm so close to moving over to the Sony A7R III. My biggest concern is the evf, which I have never experienced. I shoot a ton of action, including competitive youth hockey (12-18 yr olds). I have heard different things regarding a evf with action, panning, etc. I would like to get some actual user feedback regarding this. What are the pros and cons? Thanks in advance!

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MILC man Senior Member • Posts: 3,246
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hopefully you aren't one of those people who has to use glasses while shooting.

i'd suggest renting an a9, for the best af/evf sports shooting experience.

get one of these oversized eyecups for it: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003J7KKIS/

chimbos_matt
chimbos_matt Regular Member • Posts: 266
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I use both the A7RIII and A9 for sports, I came from the Nikon D800 and love the EVF. I have not had any issues with panning, the speed and zero blackout on the A9 is amazing. I also notice the A9 focuses the 100-400 GM a little quicker not as much difference with the 70-200 F2.8. The A7RIII does really well and these difference could only be seen once getting the A9.

Here are a few samples from which you can see the A7RIII does just fine:

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Manfred Bachmann Senior Member • Posts: 1,067
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chimbos_matt wrote:

I use both the A7RIII and A9 for sports, I came from the Nikon D800 and love the EVF. I have not had any issues with panning, the speed and zero blackout on the A9 is amazing. I also notice the A9 focuses the 100-400 GM a little quicker not as much difference with the 70-200 F2.8. The A7RIII does really well and these difference could only be seen once getting the A9.

Here are a few samples from which you can see the A7RIII does just fine:

Great shots with beautiful colors!

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dpeete Regular Member • Posts: 312
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Moved from Canon 70D to A7riii, and no issues... in fact, I enjoy it more with the additional telemetry overlays. I initially was shooting at "Hi" to avoid the blackout, but found that I prefer "Hi+" and have no issues tracking, even with the minor blackout. My sport of choice is volleyball, but I chose the A7riii because it is my only big rig (I also have a Canon M2) and I wanted it to function as an all-arounder.

Here are some outdoor examples:

And some indoor examples in VERY dark gyms:

And a fun action shot between matches:

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splashy
splashy Veteran Member • Posts: 3,035
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Great picture the last one.

Btw EVF get used to it, all camera's will have it sooner or later.

It's working great on the A7R3

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WhatSteveDid
WhatSteveDid Junior Member • Posts: 30
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If you pick up the A7R3 then make sure to enable the high frame rate mode on the EVF. it’ll lower the resolution ever so slightly but will definitely help shooting sports, especially when panning.

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Ltgk20 Regular Member • Posts: 147
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I don't shoot mirrorless but my first EVF was on an a99 (released in 2012).  It was different, but with practice, I could track anything I needed to. I switched to an a99ii and tracking got easier.  The a7riii will be at least as good as the a99ii so I wouldn't be concerned at all. It'll take practice as all new things do, but it won't be a barrier.

Mark0519 New Member • Posts: 24
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dpeete - where do you find optimal settings for the A7r iii for indoor volleyball. Jumping ship from canon and shoot in darker gyms....both volleyball and basketball. Cheers!

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DaFireMedic Senior Member • Posts: 1,347
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Mark0519 wrote:

dpeete - where do you find optimal settings for the A7r iii for indoor volleyball. Jumping ship from canon and shoot in darker gyms....both volleyball and basketball. Cheers!

Mark0519 wrote:

dpeete - where do you find optimal settings for the A7r iii for indoor volleyball. Jumping ship from canon and shoot in darker gyms....both volleyball and basketball. Cheers!

While you are waiting for dpeete, I’ll share mine that I use on the a7iii for indoor grappling and jiu-jitsu tournaments, a little different but usually in gyms or arenas with mediocre lighting at best.

I shoot RAW, manual mode, between 1/400 and 1/800 shutter speed (yours may be faster), widest aperture for lens (usually 2.8), auto ISO, AF-C, and Continuous Hi. My preferred focus area is flexible spot small, but another may be better for volleyball.

I also assign my AF-On button to Recall Custom Hold with the 1/800 shutter speed because I usually keep the shutter speed at 1/500, but if I anticipate a faster motion such as a takedown, I can hit that button with my thumb and it immediately goes to 1/800 as I hold it down.

I also find it easiest if I manually white balance once inside the venue, or take a shot of a WB card inside for later use.

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dpeete Regular Member • Posts: 312
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Mark0519 wrote:

dpeete - where do you find optimal settings for the A7r iii for indoor volleyball. Jumping ship from canon and shoot in darker gyms....both volleyball and basketball. Cheers!

I've got my original settings documented here: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/60629562

I don't think much has changed since that post. Depending on the shot I usually use Flexible Spot at different sizes for action through the net,  Flexible Spot or Lock On for action from the sidelines, and Center or Zone for "jube" shots. And I use GM lenses, so I can grab eye-af any time I want it with the lens button.

Let me know if there is a specific setting you are curious about and I'll check my gear to verify it is still current and/or give you my rationale.

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