One good thing about cameras that belongs to a family series, you’ll never have to worry about buying new accessories every time you decided to have an upgrade. It’s because those accessories are still compatible with the others.
One example of this is Sony A7 II, A7S II, and A7R II. Since they all belong to Sony A7-series, they have some accessories that have the same specification.
Today, we’ll discuss some of those by picking the best accessories for Sony A7 II, A7S II, and A7R II to review.
Best Sony A7 II, A7S II, and A7R II Accessories
Sony A7 II, A7S II, and A7R II have the same specification on their battery and that is NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery. Dimension-wise, they are all the same which is 127 x 96 x 60 mm. Their only difference is the weight and battery life (CIPA):
We chose the rechargeable type of this battery for convenience. So, you don’t have to buy lots of extras when it got drained. One battery has a capacity of 1020mAh and weighs 1.5oz.
Aside from that, the number of images that can be recorded per charge is 760 and the playback time is up to 390 minutes, approximately. But this can be changed depends on the shooting conditions.
Overall, this battery is small, lightweight and dependable; great for traveling and shooting outdoors.
2. Battery Grip
A battery grip can help you double the capacity of your battery. For Sony A7-series, the best option is VG-C1EM Vertical A7-Series battery grip. This battery grip can hold 2 NP-FW50 batteries and when your main battery got drained, it automatically switches to the backup battery.
Its other key features are:
- It’s dust and moisture resistant
- It has a battery power level indicator
- With this, you can take up to 1,060 shots.
If Sony VG-C1EM is not within your budget, one of its’ good replacement is Powerextra VG-C2EM battery grip. It’s a quick release battery grip that can hold 2 NP-FW50 batteries and weighs 9.6oz.
Its other key features are:
- It has a tripod socket on the bottom, so, you can easily mount it on a tripod whenever you need it.
- It has a vertical ﬁring release with lock.
- It is designed to fit perfectly with the ergonomics of the A7-series body design.
3. Flash Speedlite
When it comes to flash Speedlite for Sony A7-series, Neewer NW320 TTL LCD Display Flash Speedlite is the ideal choice. It weighs 12.6oz and powered by 2 AA alkaline cell or AA Ni-MH battery. Its other key features are:
- It has 5 flash modes: TTL, M, Multi, S1, and S2.
- It has a flash time from 100 to 15000 times.
- It has an additional function such as LED auxiliary and focusing power saving mode and overheating protection.
4. Memory card
Sony A7 II, A7S II, and A7R II supported the same storage media: SD, SDHC, SDXC, and Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo. The best option for their memory card is Sony Class 10 UHS-1/U3 SDXC Memory Card.
Sony Class 10 UHS-1/U3 SDXC memory card has a capacity ranging from 8GB to 256GB. Aside from its capacity, it has a read speed of up to 94MB/s and writes speeds of up to 70MB/s which is advantageous for continuous shooting. With this, you can assure that you won’t miss a moment and transfer a large load of data at high speed.
The number of photos to be captured or video recorded depends on the capacity and writing speed of your memory card. For an 8GB memory card, you can capture approximately 1,200 photos; while the video recorded is 3 hours and 15 minutes. But for a higher memory card like 256GB, you can capture approximately 38,400 photos; while the video recorded is 108 hours.
Many trusted this memory card because it is designed for both photographer and videographer who need a 4K video shooting and high-speed burst shooting.
For Sony A7-series, one of the best choices for a tripod is Zomei ZM-HR-Z818C Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod. This is because its’ lightweight (3.3 lbs.), and yet can still support a load with a maximum capacity of 15kg; and designed with shockproof, heat and corrosion resistance.
Since this tripod can be used either for a full-sized monopod or compact, this becomes good to use for sports and hunting-and-shooting type of photography.
But if you’re a videographer, a good tripod to choose is Benro S6 Video head and Aluminium Flip lock legs kit. This tripod weighs 6.9lbs. and specifically designed for stability.
It’s equipped with an interchangeable screw-in rubber and stainless steel spiked feet; and has a quick release plate for easy release and mounting.
6. Disc Light Reflectors
For Sony A7-series, Neewer 43-inch/110cm 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflectors is one of the best disc light reflectors available for traveling since you can fold it easily and carry it in your go-to bag. Its size when open is 43 inches, but when folded its size will only be 15 inches.
This 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflector comes with silver, gold, black, white and translucent reflector.
7. Shutter Remote Control
Lastly, shutter remote control. Sony A7-series has an RMT-DSLR2 Wireless Remote Commander that’s designed to avoid camera shakes and only weighs 0.96oz.
But if you’re looking for a lighter and more portable remote control, the ideal choice is Foto and Tech IR Wireless Remote Control.
This shutter remote control is powered by a CR2025 3-volt battery. It may be small (weight is 0.05lbs. with a dimension of 3.38 x 1.57 x 0.26”), but it has an impressive feature such as:
- It can ﬁt to any standard reflector holders.
- It has the capability to minimize the vibration that usually comes up with extreme close-ups and time exposure.
- It can work even with the distance of up to 32 feet.
This shutter remote control is advantageous to use in shooting long time exposures for low-light photography or unusual daylight effects.