Sony A7r4 What Next?

Are we spoilt with technology in this Digital age of photography. The Exposure Triangle still is the recipe that produces the image, the lens has got bigger and expensive most people can’t afford them, or carry them for long periods of time.

The elements that make up the lens, the Sensor in the camera all getting more complicated but that comes at a price. In body stability lens IS all making it easier to take an image in Low Light.

Sigma, Tamron and other 3rd party lens manufacturers making affordable equipment to use with the Canon, Nikon and Sony

From big DSLR to Micro Four Thirds to APS-C to Mirrorless. Extender 1.4 and 2 times helping for the reach to the subject.

Every accessory available from a battery grip, lens protection, LCD protection, covers for the camera body and Neoprene lens covers with any design you want.

Tripods from aluminium to carbon fibre , ball heads and Gimbal heads. Tripods to Monopod black green you name it all the colours of the rainbow.

Camera bags small to big designs to choose from, compartments for different uses, camouflage to beige, canvas, leather or waterproof. Straps for everything to be attached.

A battery charging in your pocket while you walk, SD, Cf, micro cards get bigger and will still fail on you. Image transfer from camera to Smartphone. Cropping editing in Camera, GPS WiFi and Bluetooth.

Bigger complicated menu systems that the average photography never learns, uses to its maximum, New words from the maker abbreviations you don’t understand the meaning of.

Dials and Buttons can be customised to your style of shooting, brightness of the LCD or viewfinder. Built in voice memo to record your image information.

Lens numbers each with a use, static to Horizontal, erratic movements. Buttons on the lens you can customise to go from a static subject to a moving subject.

With all that said I see a Bird and check my readings there right i press the shutter button and get a Lovely image that tells a story.

So I have a camera with 61 Mega Pixels a 200-600 lens that produces outstanding image quality. Where do I go next, Sony will be making another camera as I write this that will have more technology built into it, that they say will do something extraordinary.

When I go out today my Question is still the same, what Aperture do I use. What Shutter Speed do I need, What ISO do I go to.

Just take the shot.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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