I was wrong about Sony Colors. My Sony A7iii review for wedding photography

Sony A7iii wedding photography

Should I switch to Sony? Are Sony colors really that bad compared to other systems? You guys have no idea how many messages like that I’m getting. I’ve never been impressed with Sony cameras, even though most reviews about the Sony A7iii have been extremely positive. Wedding photographers seem to love Sony, I just didn’t care as my love for the Fujifilm system kept me loyal for a while. Until I tried the A7iii. This is my review of (in my mind) currently the best camera for wedding photography.

Sony A7iii + Zeiss 35mm + LKO

testing the Sony a7iii in Yosemite

Two biggest reason I never wanted to get into the Sony system have always been infamous Sony colors and the build quality. I’m not gonna lie, Sony cameras never got my heart beating like Fujifilm did or, more recently, Leica that I fell in love with the second I held it in my hands.

I spent last few years using Fujifilm cameras for weddings and even though I still think they have the nicest colors on the market and are super fun to use, there have been times when I really missed having a full frame camera. Especially in low light and hectic situations during weddings where you just need to trust your camera fully without compromises. Full frame is not a must in my opinion. But if I have two photos side by side, I’d always pick the it over a photo from a crop sensor camera.

Those Sony colors

After testing the Sony A7iii for few hours, I noticed how rich the colors are. I rushed to edit the photos and got really excited – Sony colors are actually very good! I compared the photos to Canon, Fujifilm and Nikon files and I’d say the Sony ones looked the best in most cases. I actually spent way too much time playing around, noticing small differences and how the files react to different Lightroom sliders and I ended up creating a new preset specifically for Sony. I’m an editing geek and I should seek help.

Bottom line – I was really wrong about the Sony colors in the past. Colors alone are obviously not the reason to switch, so here’s another one. The ISO performance is the best I’ve seen. You can also underexpose by a stop or two without ever worrying about ruining the photo. The balance between dynamic range and character is probably my favorite thing about this camera.

I’ve always felt that modern cameras (Nikon D850, Canon 5D4 etc) take really flat photos in order to save details in highlights and shadows, which is great but the files lack character in my opinion. That was the reason I got rid of all my Canon gear a while ago and went all in with Fujifilm. Sony seems to figure out the balance perfectly.

Sony A7iii + Zeiss 35mm F1.4 + LKO

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Sony for wedding photography

Here’s my opinion. I believe the Sony A7iii is a best camera for wedding photography now in 2019. I’m gonna lie, it’s not the most exciting camera I’ve had, it’s not really fun to use, nor does it inspire to shoot more or bring it with you everywhere you go (it’s also pretty big when combined with fast F1.4 lenses).

But it offers everything you need as a wedding photographer – great autofocus, amazing ISO and dynamic range, nice colors, customizable buttons, variety of great lenses (I got the Zeiss 35mm f1.4 and Sony 85mm f1.8 as well as a Leica to Sony adapter so I can use my analog lenses, blogpost about that later maybe?).

I’ve shot two weddings with my setup so far, one in the rain up in the hills in California, one in snow in the middle of mountains (west coast in spring, ladies and gentlemen) and the camera didn’t disappoint. I also photographed a couple on a hike in Yosemite and complained once or twice about the weight and size, something I’ll always miss about my old Fujifilm friend.

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Few things I don’t like about the camera: the body feels a bit plastic and fragile, the dials are useless as I shoot in manual mode anyway (some of the Sony lenses have an aperture ring though, much appreciated), the EVF and LCD could also be better. I really don’t like all the clutter you have to see on your display, just give me my basic settings and hide all the icons and info I don’t even need to see, please.

To summarize my thoughts: I was really wrong about the Sony, for way too long. It’s a beast of a camera and I’m excited about the switch.

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  2. Hi Lukas. I admire your photos. I’m using Xpro3 and it is great camera. However all those Fuji images, aparat from great color seems a bit "flat" to me. This is sth I can notice comparing to ff images (previously I had D750 which was great). Do you think that in 2021 switching from Fuji to the A7III still makes sence? …with its weakest point IMO – the low resolution EVF/LCD. How bad is it?

  3. Im using the fuji xt30 and when i apply the lko preset its a bit too contrasty do you have any suggestions on camera settings and in lightroom?

  4. I’m in between systems right now. X series, GFX, Sony, and now trying the Canon out. After over a year of Fujifilm cameras I was wanting more reliable AF and better dynamic range for shadow recovery. The GFX is the most accessible medium format camera I just can’t have it be my only system. I’ve been shooting on Sony since April of this year and I just can’t seem to get a handle on the magenta and green tint that comes with the raw. It also blows out on the highlights so quickly. I’m going to be trying the R as the RF mount lenses look amazing and will only get more affordable as more people buy into the system. Anyways, I enjoyed this write up. I’m hoping to have my gear settle by the end of the year. Crossing my fingers

    1. I feel you, the colors are very green sometimes but after playing around with them they’re really easy to work with. The Raw and JPEGS straight out of camera are terrible though, I agree with that. But nothing a good preset can’t fix I think. I still miss Fuji files though, not gonna lie haha.

  5. Got mine less than week ago and I am also very impressed with Sony colors. This camera is by far the best I have ever used in my entire life. It nails focus very single time and it gives the confidence I need to photograph events, and portraits. I am in love with this camera. Coming from a Nikon DSLR the difference in nailing the focus is simply amazing, 🙂

  6. I use an A7r III for a lot of studio work and it’s great! The files have incredible flexibility and good color (although it can struggle a bit with highlight rolloff). As a primarily Leica/Fuji shooter the feel of the camera is really hard to get past. The Sony just feels like a lifeless computer and as you said it doesn’t inspire shooting like a Leica/Fuji does. Hoping Sony changes that with the next generation!

    1. lifeless computer, couldn’t have said it better. But it gets the job done so pairing it with more exciting camera like leica or fuji makes sense for now. glad i’m not alone!

  7. Really great post brother! It sounds like you are a bit like me with regards to cameras: you experiment with a lots and have no prejudice about them! I have one of pretty much every system and sometimes I just wished I could use them all! Haha… Impossible I know… tough to match them in the edit (at least for me!). Now… I’ve shot a couple of weddings with the A7III and Canon 5D4 and EOS R together and I have to say, there is something about the Canon files… that inexplicable rendering of the images… just sooo nice! And now, with the amazing focusing system of the EOS R, I found myself picking the Canon EOS R for wedding photography! Still a massive fan of Sony for video! Also considering a Leica Type 240 as am experimental one for street, travel and the odd couple portrait session! Technology… why do we love it so much!!! Much love! x

    1. Hey man! Totally, i"m a gear geek haha. I have no problem switching if I have I have a good reason, it’s just a camera after all, glad i’m not alone! Surprised you like the Canon, i really have a problem with their colors now with the recent models but it’s true that their rendering is least digital out of all the main brands, especially since you can use the L lenses… but yeah I sold my canon stuff a while ago and have no intentions of coming back until they change their sensors again haha

  8. My very thoughts written down here 🙂 thanks a lot for that great review Lukas! Sony colors don’t suck at all haha. I’m also so glad I switched from Canon and yes: in the end it’s a workhorse/tool that doesn’t really inspire me to go out and shoot but does it’s job perfectly for documenting weddings!

    1. Glad to hear that! Thanks man. Get a leica or fuji for the fun part and sony can be the go to tool for most scenarios, that’s my plan.

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