The Sony a7 III has proved to be an extremely popular addition to Sony’s Alpha series since its announcement. So popular in fact that Sony can’t keep up with the demand, especially in the US where it’s sold out in many stores.
But if you are lucky enough to already have the a7 Mark III sitting inside your gear bag, or perhaps you are thinking about picking one up, then you might be interested in which accessories are also worth purchasing.
I’ve spent quite some time reading reviews to figure out which are the best Sony a7 III accessories to buy so that you don’t have to. I also own and use many of the accessories mentioned here myself with my own a7III, a9 and a7RIII, and because these cameras share a very similar body, the vast majority of accessories are compatible with all three cameras.
So although this guide is primarily for the a7 III, many of these accessories will also work with the a7R III and a9 due to them sharing a similar body. I think it also goes without saying that many accessories here like straps, cases, cleaning gear and tripods will work with many other camera brands and models too.
If I’ve missed anything that you think should be included, or you have your own experience with any of these accessories, then please do let me know in the comments.
Sony a7III Accessories
1. Batteries, Battery Chargers, Battery Grips
2. L-Brackets / Plates, Grip Extensions
3. Screen Protectors / Shields
4. Neck and Wrist Straps, Clips
5. Cases and Bags
6. Waterproof Housing
7. External Flashes, Radio Receivers and Commanders
8. Lens Adapters
9. Remote Controls
12. Travel Tripods
13. Gimbals & Stabilizing Rigs
14. Video Monitors
16. SD Cards and Card Readers
17. Camera & Sensor Cleaning
18. Replacement Parts
19. Storage and Backups
1. Batteries, Battery Chargers, Battery Grips
Sony mirrorless cameras packed full of technology are always going to need lots of juice. So here are your best options for replacement batteries, chargers, and extended battery grips for the Sony a7 III.
Sony NP-FZ100 Battery
The Sony a7 III uses the new NP-FZ100 which doubles the battery life compared with the smaller NP-FW50 battery found in the a7 II. Still, if you are shooting all day then you will probably go through at least one battery. Personally I’ve never gone through more than two NP-FZ100 batteries in one day whilst shooting wildlife and motorsport (stills) with my a7R III and a9, so it’s unlikely that you will with the a7 III. That said, I still have 4 of these batteries just to be safe!
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Wasabi NP-FZ100 Battery
It has taken a while for third parties to produce a battery compatible with the a7 III, Wasabi is one of the first to bring theirs to the market. I’ve read a number of reviews where people have said that when these are inserted into their a7 III it fails to recognise them. So for now at least, I can only recommend you stay away from these batteries. If you are using them successfully, please let me know in the comments below.
Newmowa NP-FZ100 Battery & Dual Charger
Newmowa are also selling their version of the NP-FZ100, but only as a bundle right now. You get two NP-FZ100 batteries and a dual charger for more or less the same price as an original Sony NP-FZ100 battery. Reviews indicate that they appear to work well, but charging time is very slow compared to the official Sony batteries and charger.
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Sony BC-QZ1 Charger
Unlike the Sony a7R III and a9, the a7 III does not include the Sony BC-QZ1 charger in the box. I can only guess Sony needed to save a little money somewhere with all the technology they packed into the a7 III, and so the charger was dropped. You can still charge via USB, but this takes approximately 5 hours to fully charge one official NP-FZ100 battery, compared with only 2.5 hours when charged via the Sony BC-QZ1 charger.
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Sony NPA-MQZ1K Multi Battery Adaptor Kit
The Sony NPA-MQZ1K multi battery kit might be a very useful addition to your a7 III if you shoot very long video sessions and need as much power as possible. This kit can charge four batteries (NP-FZ100) in approximately 480 minutes. It also allows you to power two USB devices as well as the camera at the same time. The NPA-MQZ1K also includes two NP-FZ100 batteries, a cable protector and a mounting plate. You can find full details on Sony’s website here.
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Sony VG-C3EM Battery Grip
The Sony VG-C3EM battery grip is crafted from the same materials as the a7 III, a7R III and a9, it’s also weather sealed. The grip holds two NP-FZ100 batteries, thus doubling your shooting time, and can also be charged via the a7 III’s USB port.
As well as the shutter release button for when you are shooting in portrait orientation, there are also four programable custom buttons and an AF joystick.
You do need to remove the battery door to attach the grip, which slots into the battery compartment on your a7 III. However, the door is easy to remove thanks to a small switch on the door itself.
The battery tray does unfortunately feel rather cheap and flimsy, otherwise this is a fantastic grip if not somewhat overpriced. I’m using it on my own a9 and a7R III and find that as well as extended the battery life, it also helps with the ergonomics enormously. Read my Sony VG-C3EM Review for a closer look at this grip.
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Meike MK-A9 Pro Battery Grip
If the official Sony battery grip is too expensive for your tastes, then thankfully Meike have a solution. Their MK-A9 Pro battery grip is very similar to the Sony VG-C3EM, yet it’s almost a third of the price. The grip itself doesn’t feel as nice as the Sony, but surprisngly the battery tray is actually better built. The button layout is the same, but it is missing the lock dial on the shutter button, so you’ll need to be careful not to inadvertently press this when shooting in landscape orientation.
Meike actually trumps the Sony grip by providing a remote control that works up to 100 meters with a 2.4Ghz wireless transmission. It can be used to control the shutter in Bulb mode or set interval time shooting (time-lapse). This is really quite useful since the a7 III does not provide any time-lapse functionality.
A lot of people will purchase the Sony simply for continuity reasons (myself included), but if this doesn’t bother you then you certainly can’t go wrong with the Meike MK-A9 Grip.
Despite its product name (MK-A9), this grip is compatible with the a7 III, a7R III and the a9 (I have tested it myself on all 3 cameras). Read my full Meike MK-A9 Pro Battery Grip Review for a closer look at this grip.
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Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Portable Charger
You can also charge your a7 III via usb whilst on the move. My personal favourite portable charger is the Anker PowerCore 20100mAh portable charger. Although designed for smartphones and tablets, they are also great for charging your a7 III on the go via USB. The charger has a capacity of 20100 mAh, and the offical Sony NP-FZ100 battery is 2280 mAh, so you can recharge your a7 III approximately eight/nine times.
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My Thoughts on Third Party Batteries and Chargers for the a7 III
Although I have plenty of third party NP-FW50 batteries for my a6000/a6300/a6500 and a7R II, I’ll be sticking with the original Sony batteries and chargers for my a7R III and a9, at least until the third party options have been tried and tested for a little longer. As if my a9 goes up in smoke due to a dodgy battery, it’s unlikely that Sony will be replacing if for me. However, if you have taken the plunge with a third party battery for your a7 III, it would be great to hear how you are getting on in the comments below.
2. L-Brackets / Plates, Grip Extensions
The Sony a7III certainly has a lot of technology packed into a small body, although this is great when it comes to travelling light and packing small, some may find that it’s not the most comfortable camera to work with, especially if you are coming from a much larger SLR. Thankfully, as well as the battery grips mentioned above, there are a few more ways that you can improve the ergonomics of your a7 III, here are some of the most popular.
As well as offering easy mounting to tripods with the Arca-Swiss compatible mounts, the SmallRig l-bracket also doubles up as a grip extension, giving you somewhere to place your pinky finger if you are fed-up with it hanging off the bottom of your a7 III. The l-bracket is very well made, and includes a magnetic allen key housed on the bottom of the grip for easy attachment.
You can easily access all of the cameras ports and battery compartment with the l-bracket attached. My only gripe is that you have to really tighten the single fixing screw for a secure fit to the camera body. Still, this is my l-bracket of choice that I’m currently using. I’ve also written a short review of the SmallRig L-bracket.
The SmallRig l-bracket is compatible with the Sony a7 III, a7R III and the a9.
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Really Right Stuff L-Bracket
The RRS L-Plate has been designed to fit the Sony a7 III perfectly. You are still able to access all of the cameras ports, and just like the SmallRig l-bracket there is also a magnetic storage space for the included allen key. There is space to rest your pinky finger, and the l-bracket is fully arca swiss compatible. However, unlike the SmallRig l-bracket, you will need to remove the battery door to attach it.
The only real downside of the RRS bracket is the price, at around $200 it’s 3-4x the price of the SmallRig! Still, if you want the best then this is it.
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Sony GP-X1EM Grip Extension
The Sony GP-X1EM increases the height of the built-in grip on the a7 III and gives you somewhere to rest your fingers. The grip is very well made from aluminum and rubber, and it also matches the same color and texture that you will find on the a7 III.
Unfortunately the GP-X1EM does block access to your cameras battery door, so you will need to remove it to change the battery. This isn’t ideal but since the new battery in the a7III lasts so long, it shouldn’t prove to be too much of an inconvenience for many shooters.
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Meike MK-X1EM Grip Extension
The Meike MK-X1EM is very similar to the Sony GP-X1EM grip, but it costs half of the price. Just like the Sony grip, you will also need to remove the grip to gain access to the battery.
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3. Screen Protectors / Shields
The Sony a7 III has a new touch screen, so you need to be a little careful about which screen protector you put on it. Pick the wrong protector and you might find the touch screen is no longer as responsive as it should be, or even no longer works at all. Thankfully the following screen protectors work perfectly on the a7 III.
Sony PCK-LG1 Screen Protector
Sony’s official screen protector for the a7 III is the PCK-LG1, but as usual with Sony it’s not the cheapest. You’ll find that the PCK-LG1 is labelled as the screen protector for the Sony a9 in many stores, but rest assured this is also supported fully with the a7 Mark III. You can check the compatibility information here on Sony’s website.
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The screen protector from Expert Shield is the screen protector that I’m currently using on my a7R III and a9, it also works perfectly on the a7 III and allows you to make full use of all the touch gestures. There are three different versions of this protector: anti glare, crystal clear, and glass. I’m using the crystal clear version as it’s much less likely to break when you apply it than the glass version, which I have broken before whilst applying.
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4. Neck Straps, Wrist Straps, Clips
The neck strap supplied with all of Sony’s Alpha cameras including the a7 III is pretty thin, and I don’t find it to be the most comfortable strap for extended periods of use, especially when using heavier lenses like the FE 100-400mm GM (my review here). I also sometimes like to use a wrist strap, or clip my camera to a belt or rucksack. This is certainly not the most comprehensive list of straps, but I’ve been using Peak Design for quite some time now and can certainly attest to their quality as well as their customer service.
Peak Design Slide / Slide Lite
The Peak Design Slide can be worn as a sling, neck, or shoulder strap. It uses internally-padded nylon webbing has a smooth side that glides over clothing in sling mode and a grippy side that prevents slipping in shoulder mode.
Peak Designs unique Anchor Link system connects quickly with dual connection points to keep your camera more stable than traditional sling straps. There are two versions of this sling, a full sized version with a strap width of 45mm, and a lite version with a strap width of 32mm. I’ve been using the full sized version of this strap for over a year, but it’s overkill for a mirrorless cameras like the a7 series, so I’d recommend going with the Lite version which I’ve also since picked up and now the full sized version never gets clipped on!
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Peak Design Cuff
The Peak Design Cuff is a great way to protect your camera from accidental drops. It connects to the a7 III via Peak Designs anchor system and the wrist loop magnetically locks in the open position, or comfortably cinches down on your wrist for added security. It took me a little while to get used to the magnetic lock, but now I wouldn’t want to be without this strap.
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Peak Design Capture Camera Clip
The Capture clip is a secure, convenient, and accessible way to carry your camera. Capture keeps your camera stable while hiking, biking, or moving around anywhere you choose. Capture includes 2 components: a metal clip that clamps to any backpack strap, belt, or bag, and an Arca tripod-compatible plate that screws into the bottom of your camera. I often use this attached to the strap on my rucksack for quick access whilst hiking, gone are the days when my camera sits in my bag and rarely comes out.
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5. Cases and Bags
Needless to say, there are thousands of cases and bags that could be used to carry the Sony a7 III. Here I’ve just listed some of the most popular, including the ones that I’m using myself.
Lowepro Apex 100 AW Case
If you are looking for a case for your a7 III body-only then the Lowepro Apex 100 AW will fit the camera body without a lens attached perfectly. It includes a built in waterproof cover, a belt loop, adjustable strap and carry handle, lens cleaning cloth, internet netting for accessories, a pocket for a spare battery and also a small pocket to keep a couple of SD Cards safe.
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Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW Camera and Laptop Backpack
The Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW is a serious backpack and one of the most popular on the market. There’s plenty of room in here for the a7 Mark 3 and multiple lenses. There’s also space for a 15″ laptop. The staps are well padded and there’s a built-in waterproof cover to keep your gear dry. I don’t own this backpack myself, but after reading the reviews on Amazon I’m thinking that I should!
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Lowepro Flipside 400AW II Backpack
Another very popular choice with photographers is the Lowepro Flipside 400AW II. Like the ProTactic 450, there’s plenty of room in here for your a7 and 5-6 lenses. There’s also space for a 15″ laptop or tablet. The built-in waterproof cover will keep your gear dry should you find yourself caught out in the rain.
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Peak Design Everyday Messenger 13 V2
The Peak Design Everyday Messenger 13 V2 is a serious messenger bag. It features a MagLatch closure, origami-inspired FlexFold dividers, weatherproof expandable protective shell (400D nylon canvas) and hyper-adjusting internally padded seatbelt strap. There are dedicated Peak Design Capture clip attachment points and front access panel. You can easily pack your a7 inside and a couple of lenses with room left for accessories as well as a 13″ laptop.
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Peak Design Everyday Backpack
The Everyday Backpack from Peak Design provides great accessibility, expandability, and organization of your Alpha gear. The MagLatch provides lightning fast top access, and there’s dual side-loading via two weatherproof side zips. Integrated luggage carry makes this bag equally suited for daily commutes and extended travel. There are internally padded accessory pockets to help keep small items in place and a dedicated sleeve for up to a 15” laptop, tablet, and documents. You also never need to worry about your gear getting wet since it features a weatherproof 400D nylon canvas shell. I don’t own this bag, but it is definitely on my list for when I win the lottery as it’s not cheap. The Everyday Backpack is available in both 20L and 30L sizes, as well as 4 different colors.
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The F-stop Ajna is the successor of the Loka. With 40 liters of storage space and carry-on compliant size, the Ajna is a very useful backpack. I own the Red Bull addition of this pack and can definitely attest to its quality. The bag is extremely well made, robust, and waterproof without the need for an additional rain cover. I can easily carry both my a9 and a7R III, and still have plenty of space for up to 6 lenses and accessories.
The bag does not include any ICU’s (Internal Compartment Units), these need to be purchased separately. I’m using the Slope Medium ICU and it’s a perfect fit. My only complaint with this bag is that it’s not really comfortable when fully loaded for long hikes, which is really what it’s designed for! I hiked 8 hours with this rucksack and sorely regretted it afterwards. It’s fine for an hour or two, but then it becomes uncomfortable due to a lack of padding in the straps and waist belt. I’d say for short hikes and carrying gear from A to B it’s perfect, but forget it for longer hikes.
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Deuter ACT Trail Hiking Day Pack 30L + F-STOP PRO ICU – SMALL
Although not designed specially as a camera rucksack, I’ve owned the Deuter ACT Trail for over 5 years now and it’s still going strong. As well as the top opening you also have a large opening on the front, so I simply slip in an F-STOP PRO ICU – Small (or similar sized divider) and I instantly have an extremely comfortable camera backpack that’s easy to access. It includes an integrated waterproof cover as well as a hydration compartment. I can happily hike all day with this rucksack, unlike the F-stop Ajna. I also prefer that it does not scream “camera bag, lots of expensive gear inside, please steal me”. There’s also a 40L version of this bag that I’m very tempted to purchase.
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6. Waterproof Housing
If you are looking to use your Sony a7 III underwater then you will need to invest in a waterproof housing. There are a few options on the market, but you can’t go wrong with the following:
Nauticam NA-A7III Underwater Housing
The Nauticam NA-A7III is probably the best waterproof housing that money can buy. If you need to dive down to up to 100m, then this is the housing for you. Full details can be found on Nauticams website.
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Ikelite 200DL Underwater Housing for Sony Alpha A7 III
If the Nauticam is too expensive, then the Ikelite will save you around $500. But if you read around on the web, you will find that most underwater shooters prefer the Nauticam. Full details on Ikelite’s website.
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7. External Flashes, Radio Receivers and Commanders
The Sony a7 III does not include a built-in flash, so your only option is to go external, but don’t worry as there are plenty of options to choose from.
The HVL-F45RM is a compact flash packed with plenty of features. Like the a7 III it’s dust and moisture resistant, so no need to worry if the weather takes a turn for the worse. The head can be rotated 180° and tilted up to 120°. The flash is pretty powerful and offers 45m/148’ (ISO 100) and a range of 24mm to 105mm.
It has a built-in wireless radio-controlled system, and can be used as either a commander or receiver. As a commander you can connect up to 15 compatible flashes or receivers in up to 5 groups. Full details can be found on Sony’s website.
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Sony’s flagship flash is the HVL-F60RM. More powerful than the HVL-F45RM, if you simply want a top-of-the-range flash and money is no object, then this is it. Full details can be found on Sony’s website.
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Godox VING V860IIS TTL
If the price of the Sony flash units leaves you in tears, then you can dry your eyes now as the Godox VING V860IIS TTL is a much more affordable flash option for your a7 III. If you read the reviews on Amazon and Adorama, you certainly won’t find too many disappointed customers.
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Sony FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander
You can use the FA-WRC1M to connect up to 15 wireless receivers (FA-WRR1) for radio wireless flash control. You can also control existing flash units like the HVL-F60M, F45RM, F43M or F32M over a range of up to 30 m (98.4 ft.). For details on how this works I recommend taking a look at Sony Ambassador Mark Galer’s article.
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Sony FA-WRR1 Wireless Radio Receiver
You can pair a maximum of up to 15 FA-WRR1 receivers with the FA-WRC1M commander. Full details on Sony’s website.
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8. Lens Adapters
There are far too many lens adapters on the market for this article, so I’ll be writing a complete guide to e-mount lens adapters very soon. Until then, here are some of the most popular e-mount lens adapters that can be used on the Sony a7 III.
Sony A-Mount to Sony E-Mount Lens Adapters
If you are looking to adapt Sony A-mount lenses to an E-mount camera, then there are two adapters from Sony that you’ll want to be looking at.
Sony LA-EA3 Lens Mount Adapter
The LA-EA3 A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter enables you to attach most A-mount lens to an E-mount full-frame camera body. It supports Auto Exposure (AE) and features an aperture mechanism. Unlike the LA-EA4 adapter, this does not include the AF motor.
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Sony LA-EA4 Lens Mount Adapter
TheLA-EA4 A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter enables you to attach most A-mount lenses to an E-mount full-frame digital camera body for the a7 III. The adapter features a built-in AF motor, aperture-drive mechanism and Translucent Mirror Technology to enable full-time, continuous, TTL phase-detection autofocus. AF is supported with all A-mount lenses except STF models, and auto exposure will be enabled with all compatible lenses. Teleconverters and Minolta XI lenses are not compatible.
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Canon EF to Sony E-Mount Lens Adapters
If you wish to adapt Canon EF mount lenses to Sony E-mount cameras then the following adapters are two of your best choices:
Metabones Canon EF/EF-S T Smart Adapter
The Metabones adapter lets you mount Canon EF/EF-S lenses to Sony E-mount cameras like the a7 Mark 3. It retains electronic communication between the camera and lens to provide automatic aperture control, EXIF data, image stabilization and autofocus. Metabones regularly update the firmware that helps to improve AF performance with many Canon EF lenses.
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Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter
The MC-11 Mount Converter enables the use of Sigma EF-mount lenses on Sony E-mount camera bodies. It supports autofocus and auto-exposure, as well as in-camera image stabilization and full EXIF data transfer. Sigma has a lens compatibility list for this adapter, but many Canon lenses also work very well although not on their list. I’d recommend a quick Google search to see which lenses people are successfully using in the forums.
This video from Jason Lanier shows just how well the Sigma MC-11 adapter works with Canon lenses on the Sony a7 III:
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Nikon F to Sony E-Mount Adapters
If you want to adapt Nikon F mount lenses to Sony E-mount, then there’s one adapter that you might want to consider.
Commlite CM-ENF-E1 Pro
The Commlite CM-ENF-E1 Pro will let you adapt Nikon F Mount lenses to Sony E-Mount. Unfortunately it’s not officially supported with the a7 III at this time, and the few reviews that I have found suggest the AF speed is pretty slow. So you might want to wait until a firmware update adds support for the a7 III.
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9. Remote Controls
If you want to reduce camera shake or take long exposures in bulb mode, then a remote control is a very handy device to have in your bag.
Sony RM-VPR1 Remote Commander
The RM-VPR1 is the remote that I’m using myself. It connects via cable to the multi-terminal on your a7 III. There’s a shutter release button which can also be locked on, a video recording start and stop button, as well a zoom control rocker switch. The remote works exactly as intended and I pretty much always have it in my bag.
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Sony RMT-VP1K Remote Commander and IR Receiver Kit
If you need to trigger your shutter from a greater distance than the cabled RM-VPR1 will allow, then you might want to consider the Sony RMT-VP1K. It includes both a remote and a receiver unit. You connect the 360-degree receiver unit to your a7 III via the multi-terminal, you can then trigger the shutter remotely. Sony does not provide an operating distance between receiver and remote, but I’ve read reviews where people have mentioned it working up to around 6 meters. Since it uses IR technology, it will also require line of sight.
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Sony RMT-DSLR2 Wireless Remote Commander
If you are looking for a more simple remote control for the a7 III, then the Sony RMT-DSLR2 is a good solution. It uses infrared communication and is pretty reliable, however it does work slightly better from the right side of your camera. As well as letting you control your shutter, it also lets you to control other aspects of the camera. You can access and change menu/settings, start and stop video recording via the ‘start/stop’ button, and remotely review photos, delete photos, or even send photos to your printer if you have this setup. I don’t own this remote myself, but other reviews state that it works at up to around 5-6 meters (18-20 feet) away from the camera.
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10. Intervalometers + Remotes
An intervalometer is a device that plugs into a camera and controls how often, how long and how many shots are taken, they are widely used for time-lapse photography. In an ideal world this simple functionality would be built into the a7 III, but sadly it’s not. In the past you could install a Play Memories App to add this functionality, but with the a7 III and Sony’s latest cameras this is no longer supported. So your only option now is to purchase an independent intervalometer.
The Pixel TW-283 not only works as a remote control, it also works as an intervalometer, and best of all it has a range of around 80 meters. With the intervalometer mode you can select the initial delay, exposure duration, the interval time, number of shots to take, interval repeat time and the number of cycles. The Pixel TW-283 includes both a remote and a receiver unit. The receiver can be attached to the hot-shoe of the a7 III, it then connects via Micro USB cable.
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If you enjoy making videos, then you will probably want to invest in a better microphone than the built-in stereo microphone found inside the a7 M3. Here are just some of the most popular microphones that Alpha Shooters are using today.
Rode VideoMic Pro R
The Rode VideoMic Pro R is a very popular shotgun microphone which also includes Rycote’s Lyre suspension system to isolate your microphone from vibrations or rumbling when operating the camera. It connects to the camera directly using the 3.5mm input and provides a dual mono signal.
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Rode RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker kit
The RODELink Filmmaker Kit provides everything you need to record audio wirelessly, including a receiver, transmitter and lavalier microphone. The receiver features an OLED display with information on level, battery status (receiver and transmitter), mute and channel selection. The unit can be mounted on the a7 III hot shoe mount, a 3/8 inch thread or belt-clip. The lightweight transmitter can be fitted to a belt or clothing and features a locking thread to ensure the microphone connection is as secure as possible.
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Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adapter Kit with Microphone
The XLR-K2M Kit connects to the Multi-Interface hot shoe of your a7 which means you don’t need to connect it to the mic-in port. It’s also powered by the a7 III battery itself. It features two professional standard XLR inputs with independent level controls, and includes an ECM-XM1 shotgun microphone.
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Sony ECM-XYST1M Stereo Microphone
The ECM-XYST1M makes use of the Multi Interface Shoe to pass audio directly to your camera, so no additional cable is required. The directional angle of the microphones can be adjusted from 0° to 120°, allowing you to fine-tune your audio capture with precision. An included windscreen enhances audio-quality further by cutting down on wind noise.
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12. Travel Tripods
If you are planning on travelling with your Sony a7 III then a travel tripod will come in very handy. Travel tripods are usually much smaller and lighter than full-sized tripods, making them much easier to pack and more comfortable to carry on longer treks. Of course, you will always sacrifice a little stability when travelling light, but some tripods are much better than others here.
Manfrotto Befree Advanced Alpha Travel Tripod
The Manfrotto Befree Advanced Alpha travel tripod is a special version of the Befree Advanced Lever dedicated to Sony Alpha Shooters. The plate is designed to match Sony a7 and Sony a9 camera bodies to ensure perfect grip, even in the most angled camera shots. The front jut of the plate physically blocks the camera, preventing any play both on tilt and rotational movements, always keeping the camera stuck to the head plate. The tripod weighs 1590g / 3.5lb, supports a payload of up to 8kg / 17.6lb, has a minimum height of 40cm and a maximum height of 151cm or 128cm with the center column down. It’s not been on the market for very long, but early reviews look positive.
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Sirui T-025x Carbon Fiber Tripod with C-10S Ball Head
The Sirui T-025x is my travel tripod of choice. I was using the MeFOTO RoadTrip until a friend showed me his T-025x and I was blown away by how much smaller and lighter this was than the RoadTrip, yet it still maintains very good stability and build quality. It includes the C-10S ball head, collapses to just 30cm with the head attached, and weighs just 0.88kg / 1.94lb with the head. It’s capable of supporting loads of up to 6kg / 13.2 lb. It extends to a maximum height of 130cm with the center column, or 95cm without. There’s a handy carabiner for attaching a rucksack to add stability as well.
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The MeFOTO RoadTrip is a great travel tripod for the Sony a7 III. I’ve owned one for over 2 years until I replaced it with the Sirui T-025x. It’s only 39.1 cm when folded but extends to 156.46 cm, it weighs 1.63kg / 3.6lb and can support up to 7.98kg / 17.6lb. It comes with a precision matched Q series ballhead and Arca-Swiss style compatibility quick release plate with integral bubble level. This tripod is built like a rock and receives glowing reviews, I only replaced mine because I was looking for something a little smaller and lighter, otherwise I would have most definitely held on to it.
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13. Gimbals & Stabilizing Rigs
The IBIS in the a7 III does a great job at stabilizing stills and video, but if you want the silkiest and smoothest videos possible, then you are going to need a gimbal.
Zhiyun Crane 2
The Zhiyun-Tech Crane v2 is a 3-axis handheld gimbal stabilizer offering 360° rotation along all three axes. The Crane 2 introduces follow focus control, an intuitive way for you to control focus during your shoots. Additionally, the maximum payload weight is 2.2kg / 7 lbs. Other features include a Manfrotto standard quick release plate for rapid camera mounting and a slow-fall function which protects your camera from sudden drops that may occur once the gimbal is powered down.
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The DJI Ronin-S is 3-axis gimbal that supports up to 3.6 kg / 7.94 lb. Early reviews look promising, but it currently sells for around $100 more than the Zhiyun Crane 2.
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If you are looking for a two-handed gimbal then the DJI Ronin-M will definitely be worth considering. The Ronin-M 3-Axis gimbal is suitable for loads up to 3.6kg / 7.94lb. It uses brushless motors that work on three axes: one for side-to-side “roll” (keeping the horizon level), one for tilt, and one for pan. The system is computer-controlled and features a tilt range of 105° up / 165° down plus a roll range of ±110°. In addition to handheld shooting, the gimbal can be used in vehicle mounting scenarios and other contexts where vibrations or other abrupt movements would make tripods and rigid camera support systems unsuitable.
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14. Video Monitors
There are times when shooting video that a larger monitor makes life so much easier.
The CLM-FHD5 features a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 and an HDMI input to display the full HD signal out of your a7 III. The 5″ display features enlarging and peaking for precise focusing, false color and video level marker for exposure adjustment assistance, and S-Log display. It supports W, M, and V-type batteries, and also supports an optional AC power adapter. The monitor includes a hot shoe mount and sun hood that protects the monitor from glare.
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If you want to tether your a7 III to a display, then you’ll want a good quality USB Type-C cable.
Tether Tools TetherPro
Tether Tools offer some of the best tethering cables on the market, and their new USB-C tethering cables are a great match for the Sony a7 III.
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16. SD Cards and Card Readers
There are hundreds of different SD Cards on the market, but some do shine more than others. I have a collection of both Sony SF-G (UHS-II) cards for using in slot one of my a7 III, a9, and a7R III. Then I normally use the SanDisk Extreme Pro (UHS-I) in slot 2. I’ve never had any trouble with any of these cards (touch wood).
Sony SF-G32/T1 High Performance 32GB SDXC UHS-II Class 10 U3
If you really want to make the most of the single UHS-II SD Card slot on the a7 III, then you are going to need a compatible UHS-II card. The Sony SF-G cards are one of the fastest available. I’ve been using these in my a9 and a7R III cameras for a while now and have zero complaints.
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Sony SF-G64/T1 High Performance 64GB SDXC UHS-II Class 10 U3
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Sony SF-G128/T1 High Performance 128GB SDXC UHS-II Class 10 U3
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SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB SDHC UHS-I Card
The second memory card slot in the a7 III only supports UHS-I SD Cards, so for this slot I’d recommend using the SanDisk Extreme Pro cards.
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SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB SDXC UHS-I Memory Card
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SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB SDHC UHS-I Card
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Sony MRW-S1 High Speed UHS-II USB Memory Card Reader/Writer
Sony’s MRW-S1 UHS-II USB SD Card Reader/Writer enables the fast transfer of data via a USB 3.1 interface. It can read/write to UHS-II SD Cards and is backward compatible with UHS-1 SD cards. It’s been designed with the Sony UHS-II SF-G series SD cards in mind which have speeds up to 300MB/s read and 299MB/s write. The MRW-S1 together with Sony SF-G cards can transfer files to and from your computer at around 2.6x faster than UHS-1 cards.
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Beeway Water & Shock Resistant Memory Card Case
I don’t go anywhere without my Beeway SD Card holder. It holds 12 SD/SDHC/SDXC cards and 12 MicroSD cards perfectly in place. The case is water resistant and very strong. It also includes a small bag and a carabiner. It really is great value for the price.
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17. Camera & Sensor Cleaning
Unless you want to spend ages faffing around in Photoshop to remove lens or sensor dust, it really is worthwhile trying to keep your gear clean. Since the sensor in the a7 III is exposed every time you change a lens, it won’t take long before it picks up some dust particles. However, you are unlikely to see these spots in your shots when shooting wide open, but if you step down to f/11 or higher they will soon become visible. Here are the tools that I recommend to keep your gear clean and shots blemish free.
Rocket Air Blaster
If you don’t already have Rocket Air Blaster in your bag this should definitely be your first purchase. It’s great for blowing dust off lenses and from your sensor. Mine goes with me everywhere.
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VSGO Full-Frame Sensor Cleaning Kit
There’s really no need to send your a7 III off to get the sensor cleaned, with this kit you can easily and safely do it yourself for a fraction of the price. Before you start, shoot a piece of white paper with the aperture set at f/22 or higher, this will show you exactly where the dust is located on the sensor.
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Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
Very soft and lint free microfiber cleaning clothes are definitely as essential item for any photographer, you can never have too many of these.
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Care Touch Lens Cleaning Wipes
Some good quality lens cleaning wipes are vital if you wan’t to keep your glass blemish free. They are also useful for cleaning your cameras body, LCD screen, as well as any filters you may have.
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18. Sony a7 III Replacement Parts
There are a handful of parts on the a7 III that you can easily replace yourself, these include:
Sony FDAEP18 Eyepiece Cup
The eyepiece helps to keep out external light to enhance the clarity when using the viewfinder. If you lose yours, it’s very easy to replace.
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Sony ALC-B1EM Replacement Body Lens Cap
If you have lost your a7 III lens cap then you’ll be glad to know that the replacement is very cheap. It’s always handy to have one of these spare too.
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Sony FA-SHC1M Multi Interface Shoe Cap
It’s important to to keep the multi interface hot shoe cap in place to protect the electrical contacts, as if these get wet there’s a risk of shorting out your camera. I know it’s a very small accessory and far too easy to lose, so make sure you have at least one spare.
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19. Storage and Backups
The Samsung T5 is a tiny portable SSD drive. It’s available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. I use this as a short-term storage solution. It’s my primary backup device whilst travelling, and I also use it to work on files at home before backing them up to my Synology box.
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I’ve been using the Synology DS218+ for over 6 months now and couldn’t be happier with it. It’s a Network Attached Storage device that supports a maximum of up to 24TB of storage (using 2x 12TB disks). However, you will probably want to configure this as RAID 1, so this will half the storage that you have available to you. You can also configure the DS218+ to sync all of your files with various cloud storage platforms. Full details can be found on Synology’s website.
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Unless you have a very slow internet connection, backing up all of your photos to the cloud is really a no brainer. I’m using DropBox which syncs nicely with my Synology DS218+. But other options include Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon Drive and Box.
Do you feel like I’ve missed any really good Sony a7 III accessories that are worth including here? Or do you have your own experience (good/bad) with any of the accessories mentioned here? If so, please do let me know in the comments below.