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!
I got the Sony a7 body along with the kit lens, a 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6.
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.
My Scottish Fold cat in motion. The auto white balance is better than my previous Sony DSLR.
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!”
At the same time, it’s a full frame DSLR that uses interchangeable lenses – so you get top quality images.
Even though it’s just a kit lens, the images are very sharp. You can see all the hairs on Basil’s furry coat!
There is depth of field blur at the lowest f-stop. I usually shoot in aperture mode.
Proof of Basil’s athleticism.
My review of the Sony a7: so far, great for portraits. Eyes turn out nicely.
Lick, lick! All images here shot on the Sony Alpha 7.
It’s a good thing Basil enjoys posing for photos, even when he’s upside down.
Mirrorless cameras are ideal for people who travel a lot, like me.
So far, there’s nothing to complain about – it’s an excellent camera.
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.
I also put the Sony a7 on Airplane Mode in an attempt to keep the battery running for longer.
Still lots of experimenting to do, but since I was using a Sony DSLR before (a700), the functions are intuitive.
Some people said that the color balances tends towards the blue/green side, but I actually prefer that.
Love the bokeh-blur in the background.
All the colors come out nicely.
I think Basil is a fan of this camera too!
Isn’t he cute when he cleans himself?
Scottish Folds are extra adorable when they wash their faces with their fat paws.
I hope you enjoyed this review of the camera I currently use. Here’s a link to purchase the exact Sony A7 mirrorless DSLR.
What camera do you use for travel and fashion blog photography? Which lenses do you prefer?
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.
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?
The toy originally had a pink nose, but we painted it brown to look more like Basil.
Like real folds, this robo-kitty has a short stiff tail, sideways feet and a round body…
… and of course, the signature folded ears.
It’s true, both robots and Scottish Folds are big in Japan!
Seems like Basil Farrow is bored of the doppleganger-clone already…
Basil Farrow is a smart kitty, you can tell from his sharp yellow eyes!
He always is alert and makes funny expressions. Looking a little annoyed here…
It’s always adorable when he looks up, with his round earless head.
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.
Someone is watching you… Often, I’ll turn to see this round face peeking at me.
Big sideways paws are great for dangling.
Doesn’t Basil look like a teddy bear or owl?
He has the tiniest folded ears, which he can move and flip back.
His ears need to be cleaned, since they are so small and tightly folded.
And while he is a “shorthair fur” Scottish Fold / British Shorthair, he has so much fluff that he needs to be Furminated regularly.
Look at the thick folds of fur, which look like cracks or slices of bread.
That’s a bear for sure.
Scottish Folds are so cute from the side view: short snout, no nose. Similar to Persians, but less pushed in.
Yawn, time for bed!