The TCS Staff Shoot with the Sony A7/A7R

  By Evelyn Drake

The Camera Store staff participated in an internal photo contest using the Sony A7/A7R to capture winter photographs. Here are a few of the results:

Colin Tyler
Sony A7R
Sony Sonnar FE 35mm F2.8 Carl Zeiss

I was walking along side a set of train-tracks to the east of Banff, lamenting that I had just missed the shot I wanted, when I came across this scene. The shot was taken at ISO of 200 with an aperture of f14 for 1/100 of a second.

Mark Landgridge
Sony A7
Sony 70-400mm f4-5.6 G SSM II

I was using the 70-400 with a plan of photographing owls and raptors. At one point we crested a hill on a lone township road and found a magnificent, if distant, view of the rockies. I had wanted to experiment with shooting telephoto landscape work for a while, and had this opportunity call into my lap.

Brent Taylor
Sony A7r
Sony Vario-Tessar FE 24-70mm f4 OSS Carl Zeiss

I was walking along a snowy river bank when I noticed the possibility of a juxtaposition the sun vs the back-lit crystallized branches. I used a polarizer to cut down on the glare from the river. A 3 stop soft graduated ND filter was also used over the sun. I selected an aperture of f22 to create the sun burst effect at an ISO of 100 and a shutter speed of 0.4 seconds was set.

Eric Bozek
Sony A7r
Sony Sonnar FE 55mm f1.8 Carl Zeiss

This was taken at the northern lights wildlife centre. I chose this lens because it offered be the best reach for my subjects. I found that this camera was more than capable for shooting moving subjects.

Kenneth Locke 
Sony a7
Sony Sonnar FE 35mm F2.8 Carl Zeiss

As simple as this photo may seem. I really enjoyed the long shadows of the trees and branches, as well as the curvature of the snow in the foreground.

Dean Rumpel
Sony A7R with Metabones Canon Adapter
Zeiss 18mm f3.5 ZE Distagon T* – Canon Mount

I wanted to test out the high ISO performance of the camera, and I had been wanting to try astro photography. I figured why not try out both in one fell swoop. New camera, new type of photography to me. I enjoyed the result immensely, even with being out at -20 Celsius for a few hours.

Derek Neumeier 



Evelyn Drake has been in the camera business since 2004. She has been involved in every aspect of The Camera Store's operations with a focus on marketing and event-based initiatives. She also hosts our YouTube channel The Camera Store TV.