Sony A7s Guide

Configuration and Rigging Walkthrough with all Accessories

Here’s how I rig my A7s:

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The entire weight of my rig, as it stands now, is about 6 kg (13 lbs). If I add a matte box, filters and Atomos Shogun, it will reach about a maximum weight of 8-10 kg (Max 22 lbs). Now I need to find a tripod for it!

Here’s what I intend to add to the rig:

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These are important topics raised by subscribers that shed more light on this lesson.

Q. What is the weight of my rig?

A. The weight of my rig without external monitors, matte box or viewfinder is about 6 kg (13.2 lbs). With a monitor, EVF and mattebox, it is 8 kg (17.6 lbs).

If I add cinema lenses instead of Nikon primes, it will increase to about 10 kg (22 lbs). Factor in about 20% for contingencies and the rig will never go over 12 kg (26.4 lbs).

Q. What should be the specifications of a decent fluid head?

At its lowest the system is about 2 kg (4.4 lbs). I would probably need a 14 kg (30.8 lbs) maximum payload capacity as well.

So, a decent fluid head should counterbalance my rig from 2-14 kg. The two options I’m currently interested in are the Sachtler DV 12 SB and the OConnor 1030D. If either of these are expensive (and they are!), then I suggest you take a look at the Cartoni Focus HD.

Q. How do you protect the back LCD of the camera?

A. I don’t use anything, but you could try the Fotga LCD Screen Protector from Ebay.

Q. Do you know of any loupes for the A7s?

A. I’ve found this one: KAMERAR QV-1 M LCD Viewfinder