Sony mirrorless cameras have gained great popularity, a recent survey from Shotkit showed that:
- Mirrorless cameras are more popular than DSLR cameras for professional photographers. 63% of professional photographers use a mirrorless camera, while 36% of them use a DSLR camera. Only 1% use both.
- The Sony a7III is the most popular camera used by professional photographers. 7% of pros use the Sony a7III mirrorless camera, with the Canon R6 mirrorless camera and Nikon D750 DSLR camera coming in joint 2nd and 3rd.
- The Alpha a7III and the Nikon D850 are the most popular cameras used by amateur photographers.
Despite being over 4 years old, the Sony a7 III is still enormously popular among professional photographers. So, in this article, we will list some of the important accessories for Sony cameras especially those that are compatible with Sony a7III.
- Screen Protector
- Camera Strap
- Camera Grip
- Spare battery & charger
- Memory Cards
- Flash and Modifier
- Gear bag
- External mic
- External Camera Screen
Accessories for Sony Camera- Alpha 7III
Most of us prefer to buy a screen protector for our smartphone, the same should be true of anything with an LCD touch screen including getting one for your camera.
For Sony Alpha camera screen protectors, we recommend:
- It has full compatibility with touchscreen sensitivity and features maximum protection, Its 9H Premium Tempered Glass prevents the camera screen from high-impact drops, scratches, scrapes, and bumps. It also protects your camera screen from sharp objects such as keys and knives.
- 99% HD Clarity – The high transparency provides you with high-definition clear viewing. Hydrophobic screen coating protects your a7RIII screen against sweat and oil residue from fingerprints and keeps a high-sensitivity touch response.
- High-Density Anti-Fingerprint Layer – QIBOX tempered glass screen protector will protect your device from scratches, dust, water, oil and so on.
While we spend a lot of time choosing our camera, choosing a camera strap is something we all pay no attention to. Despite the fact that we’ll be spending as much time with our strap as we will with our camera! I recommend:
While the Sony a7 III camera may be the most technologically advanced full-frame camera on the market, it does not have the perfect ergonomics, and feels quite uncomfortable to hold! Especially for photographers who change from Canon DSLR cameras to Sony Mirrorless cameras.
The Sony Grip Extension is a simple way to increase the grip area of the camera body, giving a little extra space on which to rest your lower two fingers. Also, it provides your camera with a vertical-shooting function, it is the best choice for portrait shooting.
It supports two NP-FZ100 batteries, sold separately. The grip features a vertical shutter release and provides a 1/4″-20 tripod thread on the bottom. Other operating controls include front and rear dials, an AF-ON button, an AE-L button, and a multi-selector.
Spare battery & charger
With the new Sony Z battery, you’ll be getting over twice as much power as before.
One helpful feature of Sony cameras is being able to charge them via micro-USB. That means you can always take extra juice with you via a portable power pack.
My favourite is the Jackery Bolt 6000. Many people already use it for their iPhones but it works great for Sony cameras as well.
Most Sony cameras come with a dedicated battery charger, but the Sony a7 III does not. If you get annoyed with the rather fiddly micro-USB cable, I highly recommend
The Newmowa Dual USB Charger for Sony Alpha mirrorless cameras.
- The charger can charge a single battery as well as a pair and comes with a Micro USB cable
- Can be powered by most standard USB Wall or Auto Charger or a computer
- Smart LED light turns to RED when charging and GREEN when completed
The Sony a7III has two slots for memory cards:
- Slot 1: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
- Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo Hybrid (UHS-I)
It’s best to buy a memory card with the biggest capacity you can afford since it is not advisable to frequently change your memory card because you increase the likelihood it will get corrupted. The larger the capacity of your SD cards, the less you’ll be switching them out.
My advice to you is to get the largest capacity you can afford to ensure you never run out of space, and a fast USS-II memory card is highly recommended especially if you shoot 4k.
I recommend the following:
Flash and Modifier
It is likely that you will desire advanced flash features to improve the image quality provided by your Sony A7III, which is why you should absolutely consider some external flashes.
Choosing the right flash for your need involves many factors to consider:
- Knowing In what type of photography you are planning to use a flash. For instance, studio photography, portrait, social media, macro
- Understanding the jargon and terms used in flash specifications, so you can objectively compare different flash units. Finally, find the best price that suits your budget.
If you are interested in buying a new flash for your camera, my advice to you is to read my article “How To Choose A Camera Flash”
For our Sony camera, I recommend
- Compatible with Sony ADI / P-TTL
- Per-Frame P-TTL Flash Control
- On-Camera Flash & Transceiver
- Recycle Time: 1.7 Seconds
- Flash Control Linked to Face Detection
- Up to 60 Consecutive Flashes at 10 fps
- Comprehensive Control from Sony Alpha
- Compatible with Sony ADI / P-TTL
- Guide Number: 66′ at ISO 100 and 50mm
- Coverage: 27mm & 50mm (Full Frame)
- Tilts Upwards 75°
- Wireless TTL Controller
- Recycle Time: 0.1-5 Seconds
- Slow, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
- Runs on 2 AAA Batteries
Flash modifier is absolutely essential to sculpting light into the look you’re seeking. Let’s get to know one of my favourite flash modifiers is the Magmod Magsphere!
The MagMod Starter Flash Kit 2 includes the two most essential modifiers of the MagMod system. The kit features the MagGrid 2 grid and MagSphere 2 dome. The third item is the MagGrip 2 adapter, which secures over your flash head and provides a magnetic base for easily swapping in the other two modifiers. The adapter is optimized for round-head flashes and is suitable for standard ones as well.
Photographers’ needs and requirements for using tripods can be very different. For example, when a photographer uses a heavy camera and long telephoto lens, he needs a sturdy one that can support the heavy gear. While traveller photography may be interested in a light tripod that can easily accompany him on his travel.
I recommend checking the article “Digital Camera Tripod- How to Choose the Right One” to know how to choose a tripod for our camera.
- Amazon Basics lightweight (6.6lbs / 3kg) 60-inch tripod, with max. supported weight: 6.6lbs (3kg)
- Legs extend from 50.8 to 121.9cm; maximum height of centre post up to 152.4cm
- The legs of the camera stand can be securely locked to the desired height with one simple motion
- 3-way pan head with bubble level, geared centre post & quick-release mounting plate
- With a built-in level above the legs for horizontal alignment & additional level on the top to level the camera
- It Comes with a bag for easier storage & transportation
One of the most important accessories is the camera bag. It holds your camera and other important accessories like lenses, flash, lens covers, flash modifiers, and so much more. They also act as a form of protection for all your precious gear.
- Holds 1 DSLR camera body and up to 3 lenses
- External dimensions: 12″ x 7″ x 9″ (LxWxH)
- Internal dimensions: 10″ x 5″ x 7″ (LxWxH)
photo is credited to Depositphotos
While camera lenses are hardly considered part of the accessories list because you can’t take photos or record videos without a proper lens. Choosing a lens depends on the type of photography you are interested in, for example when you are shooting in a tight space and want to include as much as possible of the scene in your frame, you will go for a wide-angled lens.
We have published a couple of articles dealing with the different kinds of camera lenses that are suitable for use with Sony cameras.
Below is our recommended list of the Best Sony Digital Camera Lenses for full-frame camera body
- Ultra-wide-angle prime
- Premium wide-angle prime
- Best ultra-wide-angle
- Best wide-angle
- Versatile prime
- All-around FOV
- Best For portraits
- Best for macro
- Best Overall
- Best for portraits
In addition to Sony lenses, there are also other very good options, I mean the Sigma lenses
Below is our recommended list of the Best Sigma Lenses for Sony full-frame camera body
- Sigma DG DN Art 14-24mm f/2.8
- Sigma DG DN Contemporary 24mm f/2
- Sigma DG DN Art 35mm f/1.4
- Sigma DG DN Art 24-70mm f/2.8
- Sigma DG DN Art 85mm f/1.4
- Sigma DG DN Art 105mm f/2.8 macro
- Sigma DG DN OS Sports 150-600mm f/5-6.3
For further reading, you may check my post, “Sigma Lens For Sony E Mount- Go For The Affordable Option”
To avoid a camera shack when recording video while moving the only solution is to use a proper handheld stabilizer or gimbal. My favourite gimbal stabilizer is :
- Three-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer
- Designed for Mirrorless Cameras
- One-Handed Operation, 4.4 lb Max. Load
- Force Mobile Smartphone Control
- ActiveTrack 3.0 Subject Tracking
- 360° Panorama & Time-Lapse Control
- Battery Grip Lasts up to 11 Hours
- USB Type-C & Bluetooth Control
- Motor Protection, Quick Release Slider
- Control & Configure via Android/iOS App
- Vlogger, Run & Gun, Voiceover, Podcaster
- For Cameras, Mobile Devices & Computers
- Runs on Plug-In Power or USB Power
- Simple Operation with No Controls
- 5mm TRS Output to Camera or Headphones
- USB Type-C Digital Audio Output
- Detachable Flat 3.5mm Cable
- Works with Rode Connect Software
- Windscreen Reduces Wind Noise
- Includes Shoe/Pole Shockmount
- Shotgun Mic for Viewable Media
- Cardioid Polar Pattern
- 35 Hz to 18 kHz Frequency Response
- No Battery, Powers from Device
- 5mm Output
- Furry Windscreen Included
- TRS Cable Included
- TRRS Cable Included
- Shockmount Included
External Camera Screen
Whether your camera has a front-facing (articulating) LCD or not, an external camera screen helps you see a larger live preview with better fidelity and colour calibration.
A large field monitor also helps when checking everything is in sharp focus, particularly when used in conjunction with mirrorless camera focus peaking.
- 1920 x 1080 Touchscreen Display
- 10-Bit Exterior Viewable Monitor
- 4K HDMI 2.0 Input/Output
- Supports ProRes RAW with Select Cameras
- 1000 cd/m² Brightness
- AtomHDR Mode with 10-Stop Dynamic Range
- 10-Bit 4:2:2 ProRes & DNxHR Encoding
- Records to 2.5″ Mini or Standard SSDs
- Supports Multiple Log Formats
- Single Sony L-Series Battery Slot
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed the article, in case you have any questions just drop them below & I will be happy to answer you.
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