Sony a7 Alpha 7, mirrorless DSLR camera: sample photos with kit lens.

scottish fold cat eyes

I often get asked the question: “What digital camera do you use to shoot photos on La Carmina blog?” Right now, the answer is the Sony Alpha 7, a mirrorless DSLR camera. I just got it (it came out in late 2013), and tested it out on my favorite plus-sized fashion model… Basil Farrow!

funny cat lying on back

I got the Sony a7 body along with the kit lens, a 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6.

scottish fold kitten licking paw

So far, I’m very happy with the camera functions. The shutter speed works well, and images turn out great in difficult lighting including backlit situations.

cat in motion, walking

My Scottish Fold cat in motion. The auto white balance is better than my previous Sony DSLR.

cat meowing, mouth open

Since the mirrorless camera has a body half the size of regular DSLRs, it is much lighter and easier to carry. That’s a “wahh!”

cute cat mouth meow

At the same time, it’s a full frame DSLR that uses interchangeable lenses – so you get top quality images.

furry cat fur coat

Even though it’s just a kit lens, the images are very sharp. You can see all the hairs on Basil’s furry coat!

purebreed scottish kilt cat

There is depth of field blur at the lowest f-stop. I usually shoot in aperture mode.

cat jumping in air

Proof of Basil’s athleticism.

pet cat talking

My review of the Sony a7: so far, great for portraits. Eyes turn out nicely.

cat cleaning himself, licking paws

Lick, lick! All images here shot on the Sony Alpha 7.

sony mirrorless dslr images

It’s a good thing Basil enjoys posing for photos, even when he’s upside down.

ronan farrow pet cat

Mirrorless cameras are ideal for people who travel a lot, like me.

lazy cat yoga pose

So far, there’s nothing to complain about – it’s an excellent camera.

funny angry faced scottish fold cat

The only angry-face goes to the short battery life. However, if you get a separate external battery charger, this speeds up the process and is easier to use than the USB charge that they provide.

cat resting face on arm

I also put the Sony a7 on Airplane Mode in an attempt to keep the battery running for longer.

scottish fold cat with paw raised

Still lots of experimenting to do, but since I was using a Sony DSLR before (a700), the functions are intuitive.

scottish fold cat temperament

Some people said that the color balances tends towards the blue/green side, but I actually prefer that.

scottish fold short nose, fold ears

Love the bokeh-blur in the background.

cat playing with rainbow ribbon

All the colors come out nicely.

sony alpha 7, 28-70mm f 3.5-5.6

I think Basil is a fan of this camera too!

scottish fold cat grooming, care

Isn’t he cute when he cleans himself?

cat tongue sticking out

Scottish Folds are extra adorable when they wash their faces with their fat paws.

Sony a7 Alpha 7 sample photos

I hope you enjoyed this review of the camera I currently use. Here’s a link to purchase the exact Sony A7 mirrorless DSLR.

Sony alpha 7 kit lens photos

What camera do you use for travel and fashion blog photography? Which lenses do you prefer?

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A Scottish Fold stuffed toy cat robot, from Japan! Moving mechanical kitty.

scottish fold cat belly up

What’s Basil Farrow up to lately? Since it’s summer and he’s so furry, he spends a lot of time lying on his back, belly-up — in typical Scottish Fold fashion.

scottish fold cat robot toy

He also got a present from Asia: a Japanese robot Scottish Fold toy, which looks just like him! Watch his reaction in this new Scottish Fold cat video.

Isn’t it funny how this toy Scottish Fold moves and barks?

stuffed plus scottish fold cat

The toy originally had a pink nose, but we painted it brown to look more like Basil.

japanese toy robot cat

Like real folds, this robo-kitty has a short stiff tail, sideways feet and a round body…

moving mechanical robot cat

… and of course, the signature folded ears.

scottish fold toy, clone

It’s true, both robots and Scottish Folds are big in Japan!

scottish fold cat yawning, meowing

Seems like Basil Farrow is bored of the doppleganger-clone already…

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Scottish Fold cat watching Ronan Farrow Daily TV, on MSNBC! Big paws cream kitty.

scottish fold cat face

Basil Farrow is a smart kitty, you can tell from his sharp yellow eyes!

ronan farrow pet scottish fold

He always is alert and makes funny expressions. Looking a little annoyed here…

scottish fold kitten looking up

It’s always adorable when he looks up, with his round earless head.

ronan farrow cat, daily tv show msnbc

He loves to watch his father’s TV show, Ronan Farrow Daily (every weekday, 10am PT / 1pm ET, on MSNBC). Basil Farrow seems to be rolling on the floor laughing at Ronan’s Bengazi pun.

cat big yellow eyes peeking

Someone is watching you… Often, I’ll turn to see this round face peeking at me.

scottish fold dangling paws

Big sideways paws are great for dangling.

folded ears round head cat

Doesn’t Basil look like a teddy bear or owl?

triple folded ears, fold eared cat

He has the tiniest folded ears, which he can move and flip back.

show standard scottish fold breed

His ears need to be cleaned, since they are so small and tightly folded.

fat fluffy kitten

And while he is a “shorthair fur” Scottish Fold / British Shorthair, he has so much fluff that he needs to be Furminated regularly.

rare breed cute cat

Look at the thick folds of fur, which look like cracks or slices of bread.

cream colored fur cat

That’s a bear for sure.

nose profile, scottish fold cat

Scottish Folds are so cute from the side view: short snout, no nose. Similar to Persians, but less pushed in.

scottishfold baby kitten

What a kitten! For more Basil, visit his Facebook and see updates on our LaCarmina Tumblr.

cat yawning, big mouth

Yawn, time for bed!

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