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Sony A7R Shutter Slap Issues Gear Reviews

Latest Sony A7R Accessory – A Block of Wood?

By Gavin Hardcastle on December 23rd 2013

Sony A7R Shutter Slap IssuesLong lens shooters might want to think twice before splashing out on the Sony A7R unless you’ve got access to some premium timber. It seems like the latest DIY accessory for the Sony A7R  is a choice block of wood. The purpose of this hi-tech approach to image stabilization is to counteract the now notorious ‘shutter slap’ of the Sony A7R, which causes major vibration when shooting through a long telephoto lens.

As a Sony A7R user, I’ve found the camera to have more than a few quirks, but I mostly shoot with wide angle lenses so this particular problem hasn’t been too much of an issue for me. Wildlife photographers, however, will find this to be a serious drawback, unless they get busy with some timber and a saw. There’s a detailed article by Joseph Holmes over at Sony Alpha Rumors where you can view examples of the shutter vibration during long lens shooting as well as tips on how to fix the problem with the right sized block of wood.

Sony A7R Shutter Slap - Problem Solved

Due to the small size and light weight of the A7R, the shutter mechanism produces more vibration than the CANON 5d mKII with it’s heavy body and mirror. Sometimes small isn’t always better.

I’m guessing however, that once I’ve shelled out for the extra battery grip and plugged in two batteries, the problem may well be fixed, although it’ll cost significantly more than a DIY block of wood. With the ‘shutter shock’ issue and the short battery life of the Sony A7R, it’s almost certain that most users will be coughing up those extra dollars for the battery grip – clever Sony.

Note: I obviously Photoshopped the log you see in the featured image but if you’d like to order your very own log, I do a nice line in Cedar and Fir.

Check out the full SLR Lounge Sony A7R Review.

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Gavin is a professional landscape photographer from Vancouver Island, BC. He teaches photography workshops all over the world and writes extensively about his experiences on location. You can read his photo guides and tutorials at his photo adventure blog His fine art prints can be purchased from Find Gavin on Google+

Q&A Discussions

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  1. olivier

    I am shooting a nikkor 500mm AI-S with my A7R without any problem. sharpness is way better than with the D800. hands on !
    The lens is 5 times heavier than the sony and dump any form of vibration.
    The shutter vibration is a fantasmatic idea from canon or nikon users.

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  2. Connor

    So let me get this straight, main advantage of ar7 over d800, smaller, lighter form factor. First thing some people do, make it bigger and heavier… genius.

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    • fotosiamo

      Actually, I love the fact that I can add the battery grip, since I shoot in portrait orientation a lot, and still have a camera that weighs less than a regular D800 body.

      I have a battery grip 99% of the time on my GH3 and I will be doing the same once I get the Sony a7R.

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