The original Sony A7r is now 3 years old. Being part of the first generation of a new camera system, it inevitably suffers from some flaws but it is still a valid camera even today thanks to its 36MP sensor and excellent image quality. Its age also means you can find it at a more attractive price or with special deals.
One of the most annoying issues associated with this camera is shutter shock. It is so prevalent that you often have to shoot above 1/400s to be in the safe zone, and the challenge is amplified with telephoto lenses. However, it seems that Gianluca Bevacqua of Addicted2Light has found the final solution to the problem.
…thinking about hi-fi stereo equipment and how you usually fight vibrations, an idea sprung to mind: why didn’t I try not to fight vibrations, but to dampen it?
The Italian photographer uses his A7r with an L-Bracket. Between the two pieces of equipment, he fits pieces of cork to dampen the vibration. According to Gianluca, the shutter shock problem is almost gone and he is able to use telephoto lenses at slow shutter speeds as low as 1/4s, while before he couldn’t go any slower than 1/320s.
Gialnuca also shares a second “homemade” solution to dampen shutter shock when using the camera hand-held rather than on a tripod. You can read his article here or by clicking on the image below.