SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-1 With a Sony a7RII

Longtime readers know that I enjoy shooting astrophotography and rocket launches, but sometimes another subject I enjoy shooting shows up lightning. A fellow Florida photographer tidetothesea managed to capture this unique event with his Sony a7RII and his Tamron 150–600mm. According to tidetothesea the lightning started about 30 minutes before launch and other photographers didn’t bother to capture the unique spectacle.

I actually watched some of the coverage live online and was shocked they didn’t scrub the launch when I found out about the lightning, but SpaceX almost always sends their rockets up the day they intend to launch. His time-lapse consists of 548 images captured of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-1 at Launch Complex 39A shot from the Saturn V complex in Kennedy Space Center, which is where I shot Falcon Heavy from.

It’s a shame Sony removed apps from their cameras without adding a timelapse menu to the Sony a7RIII, because many photographers learn to love the feature when an event like this occurs. Tidetothesea is one of those photographers that started with the a7RII in January 2017 and then added a second a7RII to his bag a year later just because he enjoys shooting time-lapse so much. He hopes to move to the Sony a7RIII in the future, but then he will have to change up his technique slightly since there is no longer an in-camera option for time-lapse.

If you’re a creative the Sony a7R line is an incredible value that provides plenty of resolution for cropping, panning, and zooming when capturing lengthy time-lapse sequences or you can create an 8k time-lapse. Shockingly the Sony a7RII is currently priced below the Sony a7III, so if you want the freedom high resolution provides you don’t have to step up to a $3,000+ camera, just don’t expect fast AF for that you will need the a7RIII/a7III/a9.

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