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The Phoblographer recently published an article on 5 photographers that are getting the most use out of the Sony A7R4, and I am grateful to be one of the featured photographers.

I have shot on numerous cameras in the past, including Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Sony. I even shot on Pentax during the film days. Recently I made the switch to Sony from using primarily a Nikon D850. I had a Nikon D850 that I shot most of my wildlife with using the 500mm f4 lens, but when Sony came out with the 400mm f2.8, I decided to make the switch to full Sony. I shot with the Sony A7R when it first came out, and I noticed in looking at my prints over the years, the best ones seemed to come from that camera. That’s not the only reason, but was a big part of the switch.

Other reasons include the following:

  • Mirrorless cameras are smaller, more compact, and lighter
  • Video functionality is better and easier to work with in the field
  • Faster autofocus and silent shutter

By the time you add a 400mm f2.8 to the A7r4, it may not be that much lighter, but they are more compact, and make it easier to travel with, especially if you are traveling internationally.

Video function was a huge part, as with a DSLR you had to switch to live view, and shooting with longer lenses, a tripod was absolutely necessary. It is so much easier with the mirrorless cameras to switch back and forth and catch video in the field. Most of the time, that video opportunity will not last long, so you have to be able to switch quickly. The only downside with that is that with SD card buffer rates, you often have to wait for the buffer to clear before you can start video.

Mirrorless have both phase and contrast detection and can offer faster autofocus, which is a relatively new feature. DSLR’s used to be faster. The silent shutter is awesome to shoot with as well, as don’t have any mechanical movement if you are shooting longer exposure images. It is also nice to be close to wildlife and not have the constant loud mechanical shutter going off. It can present some opportunities that you might not get otherwise.

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Sunset on the white horses of Camargue. Still trying to go through these images, but I really like what I am finding! #camargue #france #camargue #france #camarguehorses #horsesofinstagram#horsesofinstagram #camarguehorses ...

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CAMARGUE! I am already looking forward to the next time I am able to photograph these horses! Next time I think I will go a little later and hit the lavender fields. Who wants to go!? #camargue #france #camargue #france #camarguehorses #horsesofinstagram#horsesofinstagram #camarguehorses ...

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Just some white horses running through the ocean…loved the dark sky and water on this one! #camargue #france #camargue #france #camarguehorses #horsesofinstagram#horsesofinstagram #camarguehorses ...

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Another shot of the "White Angels" in Camargue, France. The area is Les Saintes Maries De Le Mer, and the beaches, salt marshes, and countryside backgrounds were stunning with the horses. I can`t wait to see this one in a print! #camargue #france #camargue #france #camarguehorses #horsesofinstagram#horsesofinstagram #camarguehorses ...

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up close and personal with the horses of Carmague, France. The remind me of the polar bears with the white hair over thier black skin, and hints of yellow in their manes. I already can`t wait to return to photograph them again! #camargue #france #camargue #france #camarguehorses #horsesofinstagram#horsesofinstagram #camarguehorses ...

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This is a short video from behind the scenes of photographing the white horses in Camargue, France 🇫🇷 . This has been high on my list for some time now, and I finally made it. If you like this video, please share and comment! 😄👍

For centuries, these small horses, the “Cheval de Carmargue”, have lived wild in the harsh environment of the Camargue marshes and wetlands of the Rhône delta. There they developed the stamina, hardiness and agility for which they are known today. Traditionally, they lived in semi-feral conditions in the marshy land of the region. The Camargue horse is the traditional mount of the gardians, the Camargue riders who herd the black Camargue bulls used for courses camarguaises in southern France. #camargue #france #camargue #france #camarguehorses #horsesofinstagram#horsesofinstagram #camarguehorses
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Another shot from last night’s light ☀️ at the beach. These are the shots I came for, and can’t wait to get some time to go through the rest of the images.

Shooting at high+ frame rate, which gives me about 30 frames per second on the a1, allows a higher chance of focused shots, especially when they are moving so fast in the water. But, it creates a lot more work in the processing! I’ll deal with it lol #camargue #france #camargue #france #camarguehorses #horsesofinstagram#horsesofinstagram #camarguehorses #danielkordanphototours
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