I’ll let you in one a little secret of mine, a little secret that every A7R owner knows but does not want to admit to either himself or anyone else. The A7R serious sucks balls and if it wasn’t for that gorgeous 36MP sensor and low enticing price, would be a p.o.s. paper weight.
I love my A7R by the way.
Don’t get me wrong, I really do love my A7R but there are just so many niggling compromises I have to make, learn to live with and accept that I end up kidding myself it’s a good camera to use. I’m “In Love” with it but I don’t love to use it.
Side by side a Fujifilm X-T1 (even the old X-E1) and the difference clearly visible to see. The Fujifilm’s (and almost any other camera I have used) trounce the A7R.
One area in particular that irks the hell out of me is using delayed shutter releases.
It just makes so much common sense on the Fujifilm twins that it makes you wonder what Sony was smoking to come up with something so user unfriendly.. it’s even borderline laziness.
The A7R includes the standard 2 and 10 sec delay timers, so far so good but can you use them whilst bracketing exposures? No. Why not!?
Okay, now let’s just buy a simple cable release (highlight simple.. it’s only an on/off switch on a wire!). Sure, if you want to pay Sony USD $70 for the privilege. Ridiculous. Seriously. Even third party remotes are scarce which was why it was interesting when TriggerTrap finally released a cable that was compatible with the A7R camera.
What is TriggerTrap?
In essence it’s a wired remote shutter release cable attached to a mini-computer (an iOS or Android device) which along with their free app, lets you do a multitude of awesome tricks.
One of my other bugbears with the A7R, and also the X-T1/X-E1, is the lack of ability to bracket more than 3 exposures in an automated sequence. With TriggerTrap I can do up to 19!
Can you bramp it? Yes, you can!
Timelapse? Sure thing!
HDR bracketed Timelapse? Robert is your mother’s brother.
I have been using the version 2 TriggerTrap device on my Fujifilm gear for a while now and it just works and when I discovered a cable was available for the A7R, I immediately ordered it.
Unfortunately, I (and more than a few others from their support forums) had experienced some delays in my order which meant it wasn’t to be delivered to me until a month later. So long that by the time shipping was confirmed for Hong Kong, I had relocated to London for a short-term stint abroad. Extremely unhappy and frustrating.
The very good news what that Helena of TriggerTrap provided excellent customer service with constant communication which meant that even though I had moved countries, they still managed to get mine out to me where I was. Respect has been earned.
What I received was the version 3 TriggerTrap and cable for the A7R.
What can I say other than it works and it works well. It’s slightly smaller than the version 2 device but works in the same manner. I don’t actually know what the difference so you’ll have to visit the TriggerTrap website fro details.
The best thing is that for less than half the cost of the official Sony wired shutter remote which only does on/off, you can have a super powerful accessory in your pocket.
Something interesting to note and unexpected. When testing and using the TriggerTrap with the A7R on a flat unsecured surface i.e. not on a tripod. The shutter slaps so hard that the A7R jumps to the right after each exposure! I noticed it when reviewing the images and seeing it move each frame, I think I could make the A7R spin 360 with enough exposures taken… I might just try that.